Symonds Yat East

Exploring Symonds Yat and Monmouth

Symonds Yat is a scenic beauty spot spanning the River Wye.  It is located mid-way between the market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, both approximately five miles away. Narrow, winding roads lead to the village centre at Symonds Yat East and continuing slightly further there is a large car park where we were able to …

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Ross-on-Wye town sign

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Ross-on-Wye is an historic market town sitting on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  This scenic part of Herefordshire is only an hour's drive from Birmingham and is easily accessible, being just off the M50 motorway. The town centre, with its attractive Tudor buildings is centred around the …

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Tewkesbury Hgh Street

A day in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Our travels took us to the medieval town of Tewkesbury, noted for its well preserved half timbered Tudor buildings and its 12th century Abbey. We started our walk around town at The Cross adjoining the High Street which has a wonderful collection of Tudor buildings including the cantilevered 18th century Golden Key House, the top …

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Cirencester town centre

Exploring Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Cirencester is located 80 miles west of London and is often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds as it lies in the heart of this beautiful part of England.  It was our first visit to this prosperous market town and after finding somewhere to park on the edge of the town, we were …

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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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