Blackpool Tower

Blackpool – 12 top things to see and do

Getting there: By car:  Blackpool has a motorway link direct to the centre of the resort – take the M6 to Junction 32 and the M55 will lead you there. By train: The town has 3 railway stations, Blackpool North, Blackpool South and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.  With direct services from London Euston, Birmingham, Glasgow and …

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Swiss Bridge, Birkenhead Park

Day 4. Liverpool – Exploring The Wirral

After checking out of our accommodation in the city centre we left our bags to collect later in the day and then walked the short distance across to Liverpool Central Station to take a train to Birkenhead Park.  Our plan was to continue along the same line to New Brighton later in the day so …

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The Eden Project

Day 9. The Eden Project, Mevagissey & Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

It was raining hard as we set off from our hotel in Bodmin on the 10 mile journey to St. Austell where we'd planned to have breakfast and a little look around the town.  Apart from a cosy pub for some breakfast, there seemed little in the town to interest us but to be fair, …

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Padstow harbour

Day 8. Padstow & Newquay, Cornwall

After stopping off in Bodmin for some breakfast we headed to Padstow which took around 35 minutes along some exceedingly narrow lanes.  Fortunately we didn't meet any vehicles coming the opposite way so unlike the previous day there was no reversing required. As we were visiting off season and reasonably early, we managed to find …

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Tintagel, Cornwall

Day 7. Doc Martin’s Port Isaac & Tintagel, Cornwall

Despite it being an overcast morning, my spirits were high as we started the day with a drive to the small fishing village of Port Isaac on Cornwall's north coast.  We left our car in the main car park paying £3 for a three hour stay.  The car park is located 725 metres from the …

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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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The entrance to Land's End, ,Cornwall

Day 3. Land’s End, Porthcurno & St. Ives, Cornwall

It was a bright and sunny morning as we pulled back the curtains in our hotel room and after tucking into some tasty bacon sandwiches we were back in the car for another day of sightseeing.  Our starting point was to be Land’s End, the headland that sits at the most westerly point of England …

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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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Fishing boat on the beach in Espinho

Day 8. Exploring Espinho, Portugal

Our original plan had been to set a day aside to visit the Douro valley but as organised trips were not operating, this proved problematic.  It's possible to take a train from Porto to Pinhāo from where one can connect to boat trips up the Douro valley.  However, with a journey of more than two …

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