Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Day 2. Exploring Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

After the lovely sunny weather we'd experienced the previous day, it was a little disappointing to wake up to a dark, gloomy sky accompanied by rain soaked pavements. Still, undeterred we braved the elements to find somewhere for breakfast. After being brought back to life with two cups of coffee and my favourite smashed avocados …

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Brighton Royal Pavilion

Day 2. British Airways i360 and Brighton Pavilion

After waking early we caught the Coastliner 700 bus service into the centre of Brighton.  Before leaving home our original plan had been to travel into Brighton by train but on noticing these buses passing along Worthing's seafront at ten minute intervals we opted for the Coastliner instead.  Despite the journey time by road taking …

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Halifax town centre

The Piece Hall, Halifax

It was a long time since I last visited Halifax and hearing about the re-opening of its Piece Hall, I decided to take a look.  The town is located in the South Pennines of West Yorkshire, four miles from the M62 motorway.  It's easily accessible by train, my preferred mode of transport, and lies on …

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Entrance to Ilkley Toy Museum with police bear

The Ilkley Toy Museum 

Tucked away on a side street yet only a few minutes walk from Ilkley railway station stands the Ilkley Toy Museum.  This hidden gem has been located in a former Sunday School building in the attractive small West Yorkshire town of Ilkley for the past 16 years. The museum contains one of the finest private collections …

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London Underground Tube Train

Day 2.  Exploring London’s East End

Buffet style breakfast is included in the room rate at Ibis Styles hotels and there was a good selection of both hot and cold dishes to set us up for the day in its brightly coloured restaurant.  Setting off, I walked the short distance to Prince Regent DLR station and made my way via Canning …

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View from Carlton Hill, Edinburgh

Day 2. The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

It was 8.00 am when we roused from our slumbers and on opening the curtains we noticed  it was raining so our first stop was to Wetherspoon's on George Street for their traditional Scottish breakfast.  Next, we wandered up to St. Andrew's Square and spent a leisurely hour in the Virgin Lounge sipping cappuccinos and …

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