Cottages in Heptonstall

Day 3. Heptonstall and Todmorden, Calderdale

Our short break in the picturesque South Pennine town of Hebden Bridge was nearing its end and we reluctantly packed our belongings into the car and bade farewell to Josephine, the friendly owner of the Croft Mill Aparthotel where we'd enjoyed a two night stay. It was then only a short drive up to the …

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Humber Bridge, Hull

Day 3. Hull and the Humber Bridge

It was yet another bright, sunny morning as we enjoyed a final relaxing breakfast overlooking Hull's marina, if only each day could start like this!  Having set ourselves up for the day with freshly prepared smoothies and full English breakfasts we gathered our things together and checked out of our room, leaving our bags to …

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Outside the National Science & Media Museum, Bradford

The National Science & Media Museum, Bradford

After enjoying our visit to MediaCityUK in Salford we decided it was time to take a look around the National Science and Media Museum based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  The museum is devoted to Film, Photography and Television and the science of light and sound, which is part of the National Science group. The museum is …

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Bridgewater Canal, Manchester

A walk along the Rochdale Canal in Central Manchester

One sunny afternoon in Manchester, instead of shopping we decided to take a 7 km canal side walk through the heart of the city.  The Rochdale canal runs from the Bridgewater canal at the Castlefield basin across the Pennines to join the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, a distance of …

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Sheffield Town Hall Fountain

A day in Sheffield

It's been at least 15 years since I last visited Sheffield so it was time to return to see how the city centre has changed.  We travelled by train arriving into Sheffield station late morning.  The concourse seemed bright and airy leading out onto Sheaf Square, a pedestrianised plaza featuring a cascading water wall and …

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Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London

Day 1.  The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The start of another long weekend in London.  Arriving in the capital around lunchtime, I decided to take the Underground to South Kensington so that I could visit the Victoria & Albert Museum which is on Cromwell Road. The Victoria & Albert (V & A) is the world's leading museum of art and design housing many of …

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TheStudios and MediaCityUK, Salford Quays

Salford Quays and MediaCityUK

Salford Quays, Greater Manchester's waterfront destination is situated just a 15 minute tram ride away from the centre of Manchester, our destination today.  An adult return from Piccadilly costs £3 see Metrolink for details and passengers need to take the Eccles line for MediaCityUK.  If you are planning on travelling by car there is a large car …

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Stormont Assembly building, Belfast

Day 1. A weekend in Belfast

A part of the British Isles that we'd neglected to visit up to now, so a free January weekend tempted us to book flights and visit Northern Ireland.  We took a 7.00 am flight from Leeds Bradford Airport over to Belfast with Flybe on one of their small Bombardier Dash aircraft and in little more …

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Queens University, Belfast

Day 3. Queen’s University, Belfast and the Titanic Quarter

After a hearty breakfast we walked along to the Queen's Quarter taking us 20 minutes. We strolled through the grounds of the Queen's University which was founded in 1846, it's historic buildings were beautiful with carefully tended lawns and quads. Just across the road stands the Botanical Gardens, being January there was little to see outdoors …

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