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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Bodmin Prison, Cornwall

Day 6. Truro & a visit to Bodmin Jail, Cornwall

The time had flown by and before we knew it, we had already reached the halfway point of our 10 day Cornish road trip.  After enjoying a final breakfast in the bar of the John Francis Basset Hotel where we had been staying, we packed up the car and were soon on our way to …

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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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Day 2. Exploring Cologne

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in our hotel we popped on our coats and scarves and wandered along to Cologne Cathedral which had been closed the previous afternoon as a service was taking place. Fortunately, it was open and we were able to admire the majestic interior with its wonderful stained glass windows. This UNESCO …

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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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