White Hart Hotel, Lincoln

The White Hart Hotel, Lincoln

Hotel Review Location The White Hart Hotel opened in the 14th century as a coaching inn and it has continued to welcome guests for more than 600 years.  It's located in the heart of Lincoln's historic Cathedral Quarter close to both the cathedral and castle.  Lincolnshire is situated in the East Midlands and is easily …

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Steep hill, Lincoln

Day 3. Sightseeing in Lincoln

After another delicious breakfast at the White Hart Hotel, we checked out of our room, leaving our luggage to collect later in the day.  We'd read that an exhibition entitled 'A Century of Valour' documenting Lincolnshire's aviation gallantry had just opened at the Collection Museum and as it was nearby, we decided to begin our …

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Lincoln Cathedral from the Lincoln castle grounds

Day 2. Exploring Lincoln

After starting the day with a delicious cooked breakfast at The White Hart Hotel we returned to the Cathedral as there hadn't been much time to look around the previous evening when we were attending Evensong.  Standard adult admission to Lincoln Cathedral is £8 and this includes an optional introductory floor tour but as we …

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Lincoln Cathedral from castle square

Day 1. Lincoln winter break

Lincoln is a historic city located in the East Midlands and conveniently situated for travel from most parts of the United Kingdom.  Recently, LNER began operating AZUMA rail services direct from London King's Cross station with a journey time of just under two hours making the city even more accessible and perfect for a weekend …

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Upton House, Warwickshire

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

The weather forecast was good so we planned a visit to Upton House and Gardens near Banbury in Warwickshire.  Arriving around 2.00 p.m. on a glorious summer's day the main car parks were already full but we were directed to an overflow parking area in a field which was only a short walk from the …

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Holiday Inn, Castle Marina, Nottingham

The Holiday Inn Castle Marina, Nottingham

Hotel Review Location We chose the Holiday Inn for our weekend stay in Nottingham as it is conveniently located a few minutes drive from the city centre, close to the Castle Marina Business Park. We had travelled to Nottingham by train and taking the tram from outside the station, it was just one stop to …

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Nottingham University Building

Day 3. Nottingham University and Arboretum

The sun was shining through the windows as we drew back the curtains which was a good start to the day.  After a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant we wrapped up warm and walked along the now familiar route to the Meadows Way West tram stop. Instead of taking a tram into the city …

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Nottingham Council House, City Hall

Day 2. Exploring Nottingham

Our day started with a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant and a glance at the morning newspapers.  We then wrapped up warm before setting off for a walk along the canal towpath. The Nottingham and Beeston canal runs through the city centre and was just a few minutes walk from the Holiday Inn.  Before …

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British Waterways building alongside the canal, Nottingham

Day 1. Nottingham – a perfect weekend break

Nottingham is often referred to as the 'Queen of the East Midlands' because the English kings held court there when they went hunting in its surrounding forests.  It's also famous for the legendary Robin Hood so we thought it was about time that we explored the city for ourselves. Nottingham is easily accessible from all …

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Burleigh pottery display

Day 3. Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Trail

It was slightly overcast as we checked out of the Trentham Travelodge which had been an excellent base for touring The Potteries.  We drove into nearby Hanley for breakfast which we enjoyed in the Reginald Mitchell pub named after the inventor of the Spitfire.  The building was once a meat market and its glass roof …

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