Sudeley Castle

Day 1. Cheltenham: Sudeley Castle & Winchcombe

We planned a weekend based in the Regency spa town of Cheltenham and on the way there spent an afternoon at Sudeley Castle nestled in the Cotswold hills.  It is located just outside Winchcombe and only eight miles from Cheltenham.  The castle and gardens are open daily from 10.00 - 5.00 p.m. until the end …

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Bailgate, Lincoln

Lincoln – A Travel Guide

Getting there: Lincoln is an historic city located in the East Midlands and conveniently situated for travel from most parts of the United Kingdom.  Last year 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 …

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Elm Hill, Norwich

Norwich – A Travel Guide

Getting there Norwich is the county town of Norfolk and lies approximately 100 miles (161 km) north east of London.  Getting to the city is easy with excellent road links, regular rail services and an airport five miles from the centre.  Trains leave London's Liverpool Street Station every 30 minutes with a journey time of …

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Tintagel, Cornwall

Day 7. Doc Martin’s Port Isaac & Tintagel, Cornwall

Despite it being an overcast morning, my spirits were high as we started the day with a drive to the small fishing village of Port Isaac on Cornwall's north coast.  We left our car in the main car park paying £3 for a three hour stay.  The car park is located 725 metres from the …

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Guimaraes, Portugal

Day 3. A day in Guimaraes, Portugal

After spending the first two days of our holiday exploring Porto we were ready to travel further afield so after a hearty breakfast we headed off to Saō Bento station where we marvelled once again at its exquisite blue and white tiled concourse. From the ticket office we requested return tickets to Guimaraes with discounted …

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Colourful cottages in Abergavenny

A walk around Abergavenny

Abergavenny is a Welsh border town located in Monmouthshire, South Wales on the banks of the River Usk.  It's a popular base for touring the nearby Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains and as we were in the area, it was an ideal opportunity for us to explore the town. We arrived on a recent Sunday …

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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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View towards Pendle Hill

Day 1. A Ribble Valley short break

The Ribble Valley is an idyllic part of the north of England located in north east Lancashire and covering 212 sq. miles of the Forest of Bowland, an area of deep valleys and peat moorland.  It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but despite booming tourism with ever increasing numbers of visitors, it's still a …

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Day 2. From Vilnius to Trakai, Lithuania

The rain clouds of the previous day had cleared resulting in a dull but fine morning. We enjoyed a lie in and a leisurely breakfast as we had planned a visit to Trakai for mid-morning. Trakai was the former capital of ancient Lithuania and its 14th century castle was the summer home of the Lithuanian …

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Norwich Castle

Day 2. Exploring Norwich

After a hearty breakfast in The Bell Hotel we were ready to spend the day viewing more of the city's cultural attractions.  We'd planned our first stop at the Plantation Garden but on the way discovered a hidden gem.  Tucked away on Bethel Street is the South Asia Decorative Arts & Crafts Collection museum and …

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