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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Surprising 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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Cambridge and its Colleges

An opportunity to visit Cambridge as my husband had a business meeting there recently.  I've only been to this university city a couple of times and its many years since my last visit.  We parked our car at Homerton College where the meeting was taking place so I started my tour of the Colleges here. …

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Taking the BBC MediaCityUK tour

On a recent visit to Salford Quays we noticed that it was possible to take guided tours of parts of the television and radio studios - so when we returned home we visited the BBC website and booked online.  Tours last 90 minutes and cost £11 per person with concessions available.  A maximum of 22 visitors are …

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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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Day 1.  An afternoon in York on my way to Edinburgh

On my way north to Edinburgh for a pre Christmas weekend away with one of my sons, I decided to spend the afternoon in York as that was where I needed to change trains. I hadn't visited this historic northern city for several months so on this bright but chilly afternoon I started with a …

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