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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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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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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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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The Book Hive, Norwich centre

Day 1. A weekend in Norwich

After enjoying recent weekends away in Bristol and Birmingham we decided to turn our attention to Norwich and take a look at the county town of Norfolk.  Norwich lies approximately 100 miles (161 km) north east of London in East Anglia.  We travelled by train and coming from the north of England, I took a …

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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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Coloured houses, Bristol waterfront

Day 1. Bristol city break

After enjoying city breaks in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham we decided to head to the south west of England for our next weekend away.  My journey on board a CrossCountry train was pleasant, having an interesting conversation with an Edinburgh green keeper, learning about life on one of Scotland's premier golf courses as we journeyed …

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Christmas in Abbey Square, Bath

Day 2. Exploring Bath

We were up bright and early as we had planned to spend the day in neighbouring Bath, 10 miles (16km) from Bristol.  Getting there was easy as trains depart frequently from Bristol Temple Meads taking just over 10 minutes to Bath Spa station, adult off-peak day return fares are £8.60. From the moment we left …

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Birmingham Canal Boats

Day 2.  Exploring Birmingham 

After a leisurely breakfast we were ready for a morning of sightseeing in Birmingham's city centre.  Our first stop was to the Great Western Arcade, an elegant Victorian shopping arcade built in 1876 over the Great Western Railway line.  The arcade has two entrances, one on Temple Row and the other on Colmore Row, the …

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