Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Day 10. Fowey & Lanhydrock Estate, Cornwall

The final day of our Cornish holiday had come around all too quickly and as we'd enjoyed ourselves so much the time had just sped by.  After checking out of our hotel in Bodmin we drove into the town centre for breakfast and to have a short walk through the town.  Earlier in the week …

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Falmouth High Street

Day 5. Falmouth and a visit to the Glendurgan Gardens, Cornwall

It had rained overnight but fortunately we woke to another bright, sunny morning.  After breakfast in Camborne, we set off for Falmouth located on the south coast, which is one of Cornwall's largest towns.  The journey took us 40 minutes and our 10.15 a.m. arrival afforded us ample street parking opportunities along the seafront cliff …

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Porthleven harbour

Day 4. Porthleven, Lizard Point & Helston, Cornwall

After enjoying a cooked breakfast in our hotel in Camborne we were ready to go by 9.30 a.m. and the first place on our list was the village of Porthleven, located 11 miles away.  We easily found some unrestricted street parking very close to the centre and were soon on our way to its picturesque …

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St. Michael's Mount Cornwall

Day 2. St. Michael’s Mount & Penzance, Cornwall

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in our hotel, we hopped in the car for the 25 minute journey to Marazion on Cornwall's south west coast to visit St. Michael's Mount.  We parked in the main Folleyfield car park which charges a flat rate £4 all day fee.  The car park is only a few minutes …

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The Giant's Causeway

Day 4. Giant’s Causeway Day Tour, Northern Ireland

We were up bright and early as we'd booked tickets (£25 each) for a full day excursion on a combined Giant's Causeway and Games of Thrones tour with McComb's Coach Travel.  The meeting point was outside the Europa Hotel for our departure at 8.30 a.m.  The company seemed very organised as we set off on …

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Aer Lingus ATR 72 at Manchester Airport

Day 1. A short break in Belfast

When considering where to go on holiday in these uncertain times, Belfast ticked all the boxes for us.  We'd still be travelling by air, feeling as if we were actually going abroad but with the security of knowing that we couldn't be quarantined on our return as Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.  …

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Dorchester town centre

A day in Dorchester

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset in south west England and on one sunny Sunday morning recently we decided to go along and explore this historic market town.  We left our car in the Fairfield long stay car-park which we were pleased to discover offered free parking all day Sunday making this a welcome …

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Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle is a small village on the Isle of Purbeck located midway between Wareham to the north and Swanage to the south in the picturesque county of Dorset.  Wandering around the village with its charming buildings constructed from the local Purbeck stone we soon arrived in the village square.  Here we found a cluster …

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Edinburgh's Christmas sign

Day 1. Edinburgh at Christmas

It had been exactly three years since my last visit to Edinburgh and as it's one of my favourite cities, that was far too long. So, to remedy the situation, we managed to squeeze in a short break to the Scottish capital just before Christmas.  We travelled on a Cross-Country train that was over-crowded all …

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The Pheasant Inn, Highclere, Hampshire

Hotel Review Location This picturesque 17th century inn is located in the village of Highclere, Hampshire close to the Berkshire border. Highclere Castle, where most of the filming for Downton Abbey took place, is just up the road and the attractive market town of Newbury a fifteen minute drive away. The Pheasant has ample parking …

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