Aug
23
2010
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What is the United Kingdom’s “Blue Lagoon”?

blue-lagoon-pembrokeshire-walesThe name Blue Lagoon suggests a piece of paradise from the tropics, however there is also a Blue Lagoon in the United Kingdom. It’s near the town of Abereiddy in Wales. The lagoon is a former steep-sided slate quarry that was flooded after it was abandoned. Today it is connected to the ocean by a [more...]

Apr
27
2010
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Where can I sleep in a castle or a lighthouse?

martello tower aldeburghHave you ever wanted to sleep in a castle, or perhaps a tower, or a folly? Or what about a grand mansion, a tower, or a lighthouse? Or a simple cottage far from the madding crowd? There are now plenty of opportunities to have such an experience. Many historic buildings have been adapted to take [more...]

Apr
13
2009
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What can you do on a visit to York?

Half-timbered upper storeys overhang some narrow York streets. (Photo by di_the_huntress - CC-BY)Arriving in York by train is more fun than driving in by car, grappling first with ring roads and then with parking. As soon as you come out of the station you’ll see the medieval city wall just across the road. If you aren’t going direct to the nearby Railway Museum, you can follow the [more...]

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Mar
27
2009
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Any ideas for days out in Dorset?

Even the street lights in Lyme Regis are Jurassic (photo by Susannah Grant CC-BY)On the south coast of England, Dorset is famous for its evocative landscapes as described in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novels. There are beautiful beaches and the famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site stretching from Purbeck to Lyme Regis. The seaside resorts of Bournemouth and Poole, and the timeless countryside with its tiny villages and busy [more...]

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Mar
16
2009
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Any ideas for days out in Hampshire?

HMS Warrior, moored at Portsmouth (photo by ForsterFoto CC-BY)Situated on the south coast of England, Hampshire has a lot to offer for a day out for all the family. Visit Portsmouth and its historic naval dockyard; or the New Forest, a unique national park; or explore the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Since Tudor times the naval dockyard at Portsmouth has been at [more...]

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Feb
19
2009
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Any ideas for a day trip to Glasgow?

Glasgow - looking across the River Clyde to the Science Centre  -  photo by Francois Schnell - CC-BYIf you’re in Glasgow with children, you could spend most of the day in the titanium-walled Science Centre pictured above. As well as spacious halls full of try-it-yourself exhibits appealing to different ages, there are cleverly-staged demonstrations, a café, an Imax cinema, and fine views from the impressive rotating tower. Staying near the river, visit [more...]

Feb
09
2009
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Any ideas for days out in Kent?

Leeds Castle (photo by jimbowen0306 CC-BY)Kent, often called the garden of England, has many attractions for a day out. Explore the countryside of the High Weald, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty with its rolling hills and large ancient woodlands, and dotted with Wealden villages, great houses and the site of the Battle of Hastings. Or try its varied [more...]

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Feb
07
2009
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What can visitors do in the Scottish Borders?

Paxton House in Scotland looks towards the River Tweed, and the English border.  Photo by kristeenb - CC-BYIf you’re travelling between England and central Scotland, why not leave time to explore the Borders region as you pass through? There’s plenty of choice for tourists and for anyone planning a day out from Newcastle, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Amongst the wonderful scenery, there are great opportunities for hiking, biking and hill-walking. The River Tweed [more...]

Feb
05
2009
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Any ideas for days out in Somerset?

Cheddar Caves (photo by johnblackmore  CC-BY)The geology of Somerset gives it a wide variety of contrasting landscapes with dramatic changes over a short distance. The unique National Park of Exmoor and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the Blackdown Hills; the Quantock Hills, and the Mendip Hills, and on the coast, long sandy beaches and the holiday towns of Burnham-on-Sea, [more...]

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Feb
04
2009
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Any ideas for days out in Suffolk?

Beach hut at Southwold (photo by by Martin Pettitt CC-BY)Suffolk has a wonderful mixture of historic villages and towns, pastoral countryside, long shingle beaches, and the unique areas of outstanding natural beauty found in the wetlands and ancient heaths known as the Sandlings. Why not start with a walk on part of the Suffolk Coast Path from Walberswick to Dunwich? Starting at Walberswick walk through [more...]

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