Chester Zoo entrance

Day 3. Chester Cathedral and Zoo

We'd arranged to take a tour of Chester Cathedral but as this wasn't scheduled to begin until 11.00 a.m. there was time for a short walk after breakfast.  Just along Pepper Street from the Leonardo hotel lies the Roman Gardens which we'd viewed from the city walls but not yet explored. The gardens were established …

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Eastgate, Chester

Day 2. Exploring Chester

We drew back the curtains to another bright and sunny spring morning and after enjoying a delicious breakfast in the Leonardo Hotel's restaurant we were soon ready for a day of sightseeing. We'd arranged to take a city walking tour with Chester Tours (£10), which run at 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. each day from outside the …

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The Rows, Chester

Day 1. A weekend in Chester

After enjoying weekends in the historic centres of York and Lincoln we decided to turn our attention to Chester.  Located in the north west of England the M53 motorway links the city to the main road network with a frequent rail service connecting to major cities.  We opted to travel by train and leaving home …

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Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas market and a night at the pantomime

It wouldn’t be a proper Christmas for me without a visit to Manchester as it's a city that knows exactly how to put on the Yuletide cheer.  Christmas markets are to be found all over the centre and when darkness falls the charming little wooden huts take on even more of a magical charm with …

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Bridgewater Canal, Manchester

Manchester – a travel guide

MANCHESTER - WHAT TO SEE AND DO Manchester Town Hall Located in Albert Square and one of the most iconic landmarks in the city.  It's a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United Kingdom.  Constructed in 1877 at a cost of £1m and containing more than 14m bricks it's a joy to behold.  The …

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Port Sunlight cottages

Day 2. Port Sunlight & The Ness Gardens, The Wirral

After starting the day with a brisk walk along the seafront at Hoylake, we popped back into the car and headed to Ness Botanic Gardens located in Neston, Cheshire.  The gardens are open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with standard admission £8.25 The gardens were founded in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a Liverpool …

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National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Day 1. The National Waterways Museum, The Wirral

After recently spending an enjoyable weekend in nearby Liverpool, we decided to turn our attention to the Wirral Peninsula.  This stretch of land is bordered by the River Mersey to the east, the Irish Sea and River Dee to the west and the Shropshire Union Canal to the south providing us with 25 miles of …

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Gibbon Bridge Hotel

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping – A Review

Location: The Gibbon Bridge Hotel & Restaurant is located on the edge of the charming village of Chipping in the picturesque Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.  The hotel is set in 23 acres of beautiful gardens in a secluded position yet is easily accessible to the …

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Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Day 3. Exploring Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley

Our stay at the gorgeous Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Chipping had been lovely and after packing up the car we didn't hurry off but instead relaxed awhile on its sun drenched terrace.  Overlooking the beautiful landscaped gardens and rolling hills beyond, the setting is idyllic and the perfect place to unwind. Although we could have lazed there …

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Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe

Day 2. Touring the Ribble Valley

It was the perfect way to start our day, sitting in the conservatory of the Gibbon Bridge Hotel enjoying a cooked breakfast with views across the delightful landscaped gardens. Our first activity of the day was then just down the road at Leagrams Organic Dairy just outside the picturesque village of Chipping.  The entrance to …

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