MediaCityUK, Salford Quays

Day 2. Exploring Manchester by tram

We woke to another sunny morning (who says it always rains in Manchester!) and after preparing breakfast in our swish apartment at CitySuites it was just a short walk across to Exchange Square. From a machine at the tram stop we purchased two Metrolink weekend travel cards allowing us unlimited tram rides across the entire …

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Shambles Square, Manchester

Day 1. A weekend in Manchester

I was so excited to be spending a weekend in Manchester as it's one of my all time favourite cities and somewhere I visit often. Five long months seemed much too long to be away and as our train approached Victoria station even the sun broke through the clouds to welcome us back. We'd arranged …

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Kilnsey, Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales villages of Kilnsey & Kettlewell

Kilnsey is a small village located in the heart of Wharfedale and is noted for its impressive limestone cliff.  Situated 12 miles north of Skipton and easily accessible from the motorway network as it's just 25 miles from the M65 at Colne or 40 miles from the M1 at Leeds. Leaving the motorway and driving …

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StayCity ApartHotel, Greenwich

Staycity Aparthotel Greenwich

Hotel Review Location Staycity Aparthotel is located in the historic centre of Greenwich and is just a few minutes walk from Greenwich mainline railway station with frequent trains to and from London Bridge taking only 8 minutes.  The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is also nearby with links from the London Underground at Bank taking 20 …

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Cutty Sark

Day 2. Exploring Greenwich & Docklands

After feeling refreshed following a good night's sleep at the Staycity Aparthotel we utilised our apartment's kitchen to prepare some breakfast and with a dishwasher on hand we soon had things tidied away and were ready to go out.  After popping our key cards in the express check-out box in the entrance lobby we jumped …

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Greenwich Old Royal Naval College across the River Thames

Day 1. A weekend in Greenwich

I had a spring in my step as I boarded an LNER early morning train between Leeds and London Kings Cross.  Using public transport and travelling by train is something I do constantly but alas not in these strange times so I was excited to be taking my first journey for over four months. I'll …

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Malham Cove

Malham Cove

Malham is a small village at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales and is an idyllic little place.  Nowadays hill farming and tourism are Malham's main activities with a good selection of accommodation to suit all tastes dotted around the village.  Located at the upper end of the River Aire valley, the area has …

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Green World Grand Nanjing Hotel, Taipei

Hotel Review Location: This Taiwanese owned, Japanese style hotel opened in early 2017 and is located approximately 40 minutes from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. We took the MRT airport line direct to Taipei Station from where we connected to a service along to Sonjiang Nanjing station located just five minutes walk from the hotel. Step …

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The Coldstones Cut, Pateley Bridge

The Coldstones Cut is said to be Yorkshire's biggest and highest piece of public art work.  It was created by Andrew Sabin and overlooks the Coldstones quarry on Greenhow Hill just outside Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire. Perched at a height of just over 500 metres above sea level it can be freely explored by …

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Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Silsden

Silsden canal walk

Silsden is a former mill town located in the Aire Valley of West Yorkshire.  This small town was a centre for textiles and nail-making and at one time was home to more than 200 small forges.  We'd decided to visit so that we could enjoy a walk along a short section of the Leeds & …

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