The Shambles, York

Day 1. Historic York

We set off bright and early in order to maximise our time in York as there were so many things we wanted to see and do during our short stay.  Arriving mid-morning at our riverside accommodation, the newly opened Roomzzz Aparthotel, we were pleasantly surprised to find that our room was ready so we dropped …

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Anderton Boat Lift

Day 2. The Lion Salt Works & Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich Cheshire

After enjoying a relaxing breakfast in our idyllic Garden Room accommodation at Cheshire Boutique Barns, we set off for Northwich, 22 miles to the north. On our way we made a brief stop at Nantwich Marina where we had hoped to take a stroll along the towpath of the Shropshire Union canal but the weather …

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Boat trip on the River Great Ouse, Ely

Day 2. A day in Ely

We planned to spend the day in Ely which is one of the smallest cathedral cities in England.  Located just 15 miles from Cambridge, trains are frequent taking only 15 minutes with fares as low as £2.30 for an adult off-peak return. Ely's imposing cathedral dominates the city's skyline and it took us around 10 …

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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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Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

Day 3. SS Great Britain & Aerospace Bristol

After the previous day's glorious sunshine, we woke to grey skies but as we'd planned to spend the day visiting two of Bristol's top cultural highlights which were both indoors, it didn't bother us too much.  So, after our usual cooked breakfasts and large cappuccinos we felt suitably nourished and ready for a day of …

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Clifton suspension bridge, Bristol

Day. 4. The Clifton Suspension Bridge & M Shed, Bristol

Our final day in Bristol, but still plenty of time for more sightseeing, so after checking out of the Travelodge and leaving our luggage to collect later in the day we once again caught the Bristol Ferry Boats 10.00 a.m. service.  Unlike the previous day, when we disembarked at SS Great Britain, this time we …

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Leeds Liverpool Canal in Leeds

Discovering waterside Leeds

I'd heard that there was more to Leeds than city centre shopping so one sunny morning I took the train there to have a look around.  Leeds is located in West Yorkshire and is only a two and a quarter hour rail journey from London King's Cross station.  Instead of leaving Leeds Railway Station from …

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Statue of Liberty, New York

Day 3. Visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands, New York City

Following breakfast in Champs Gourmet Deli on Broad Street we headed towards Battery Park and onto the Ellis Island boat terminal.  Tickets cost $18 each from the kiosk at Castle Clinton and include a stop at Liberty Island on the way out.  There was only a short wait until the airline type security commenced at 9.00 am and …

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