Day 1. Visiting The Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent doesn't always spring to mind for a short break in the U.K. but reading about its industrial heritage as the world capital of ceramics tempted us to spend a few days exploring the city.  Stoke is located midway between Manchester and Birmingham and has direct rail services to London taking only 90 minutes.  In …

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A visit to Thorp Perrow in the Yorkshire Dales

I've always enjoyed woodland walks and when it was suggested that we visit an arboretum I was eager to explore Thorp Perrow Arboretum, which boasts one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the north of England.  These include the national collection of Ash, Lime, Laburnum, Walnut and Cotinus.  The Arboretum is located …

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A visit to Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough

Although we are frequent visitors to the spa town of Harrogate it's awhile since we visited the attractive North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough yet it's only 4 miles from there. We had come to visit Mother Shipton's Cave, England's oldest paying visitor attraction which has been open to the public since 1630. Admission is …

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Bingley and its Five Rise Locks

We decided to visit Bingley to view the famous Five Rise Lock staircase on the Leeds Liverpool canal, which is the steepest in Britain.   Bingley is located in West Yorkshire and can be accessed by train as Bingley is on the Airedale Line with regular services from Leeds and Bradford.  The Locks are approximately …

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Exploring the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford

After enjoying our visit to MediaCityUK in Salford we decided it was time to take a look around the National Science and Media Museum based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.   The museum is devoted to Film, Photography and Television and the science of light and sound, which is part of the National Science group. The museum is …

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In search of wildlife at Wicken Fen 

One wintry weekend we decided to visit the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve in East Anglia.  It's one of Britain's oldest nature reserves and it has been owned by the National Trust since 1899.  My husband is a keen ornithologist, so equipped with binoculars and hiking boots we drove to the Cambridgeshire Fens. As we approached the …

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A Sunny Day in Southampton

I decided to visit Southampton to explore its rich, maritime history. It's a port city in Hampshire located on the south coast of England and is now known as the cruise capital of Europe.  The Pilgrim Fathers sailed the Mayflower from Southampton in 1620 taking settlers to the new world of America.  More recently, in …

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Leeds Heritage Trail: Marks & Spencer

Michael Marks, a Russian born Polish refugee, opened his first penny bazaar in a covered arcade in Leeds in 1884. His slogan was 'Don't ask the price, it's a penny' and after successful trading, went into partnership ten years later with Tom Spencer, creating the beginnings of the company we know today. To celebrate the …

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Quarry Bank Mill 

It was a sunny Saturday morning when we set off early to visit Quarry Bank Mill, one of the finest places to explore Britain's industrial heritage.  Quarry Bank is located on the Styal Estate in Wilmslow close to Manchester Airport and is now owned by the National Trust, further details can be found here. After finding …

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A Ride on the Shipley Glen Cable Tramway

One weekend we decided to travel to Saltaire to take a ride on the oldest functioning funicular railway in the United Kingdom.  Getting there by public transport was relatively easy, Saltaire having a railway station on the Airedale line with links to Leeds, Bradford and Skipton. Leaving the station by a short flight of stone …

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