Bruntsfield, Edinburgh

Day 4. Edinburgh Morningside

Although our hotel room was lovely and quiet there was no need to set an alarm as each morning we were roused from our slumbers at 8.00 a.m. sharp to the clattering sounds of a glass recycling truck emptying bins along the road. With so many nice things we wanted to fit into our Edinburgh …

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Humber Bridge, Hull

Day 3. Hull and the Humber Bridge

It was yet another bright, sunny morning as we enjoyed a final relaxing breakfast overlooking Hull's marina, if only each day could start like this!  Having set ourselves up for the day with freshly prepared smoothies and full English breakfasts we gathered our things together and checked out of our room, leaving our bags to …

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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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Punting under the Mathematical Bridge, River Cam, Cambridge

Day 1. A weekend in Cambridge

We had arrived in Cambridge by train the previous evening and checked into the nearby Cambridge Central Travelodge a short stroll away.  The hotel overlooks the central plaza of the Cambridge Leisure Park where there are several places to eat, plus two small supermarkets meaning that we didn't need to venture into the centre that …

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Sheffield Town Hall Fountain

A day in Sheffield

It's been at least 15 years since I last visited Sheffield so it was time to return to see how the city centre has changed.  We travelled by train arriving into Sheffield station late morning.  The concourse seemed bright and airy leading out onto Sheaf Square, a pedestrianised plaza featuring a cascading water wall and …

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Big Ben and Houses of Parliament at dusk

Day 2. The Faraday Museum & Wallace Collection, London

A much brighter morning and gladly somewhat milder than yesterday.  After taking a train to Victoria from Clapham Junction, the country's busiest railway station we rode the Underground one stop to Green Park as we wished to visit the Royal Institution on Albemarle Street, just off Piccadilly. In the basement of the Royal Institution you …

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TheStudios and MediaCityUK, Salford Quays

Salford Quays and MediaCityUK

Salford Quays, Greater Manchester's waterfront destination is situated just a 15 minute tram ride away from the centre of Manchester, our destination today.  An adult return from Piccadilly costs £3 see Metrolink for details and passengers need to take the Eccles line for MediaCityUK.  If you are planning on travelling by car there is a large car …

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Edinburgh Christmas decorations

Day 4. Edinburgh Christmas 

Our final morning in lovely Edinburgh and the time has sped by so quickly. we've had so much fun.  After checking out of our hotel, the Queen Street Travelodge, we left our luggage to collect later in the day and went off to a nearby pub for breakfast. A little later on, we returned to …

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Former Naval College, Greenwich, London

Day 4.  Maritime Greenwich and London’s South Bank

We woke to clear blue skies and sunshine but needed to wrap up warm on this November morning.  After checking out of our Travelodge, we left our luggage and made our way to Greenwich taking the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from Canary Wharf.  Please remember if using the DLR that there are no ticket barriers …

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Tower Bridge at night in London

Day 3. Walking along the Thames at Richmond

We decided to try breakfast in the hotel and were pleasantly surprised to find the Travelodge offerings to be much better than we were expecting.  So, feeling nourished, we boarded a main line train from Vauxhall to Richmond, approximately 20 minutes away.  As mentioned previously,  it's possible to use Oyster cards on shorter main line …

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