Donegall Square, Belfast

Belfast – Top things to see and do

Belfast is the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland and the perfect destination for a city break with a host of attractions to keep the entire family happy. Getting there: By air: Aer-Lingus, British Airways, KLM, Eastern Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2 and Wizz Air all operate flights into either George Best City or Belfast International Airport. …

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York Cathedral

York – What to See and Do

Getting there: York is easily accessible from all parts of the country with trains between York and London taking only one and three quarter hours meaning that visiting the city can easily be combined with a trip to the capital. Attractions: York Minster This is one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals (adult admission £11.50).  …

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Maritime Museum, Hull

Hull – a travel guide

Hull is a port city in East Yorkshire, northern England, located on the north bank of the Humber estuary and was awarded the title of UK City of Culture in 2017.  Brightly coloured banners proclaim 'Its never dull in Hull’ and there definitely are plenty of interesting things to see and do. Getting there The …

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Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra

Day 3. Belfast and its Museums

We woke to another bright morning and after starting the day with my favourite bircher muesli, fresh fruit and pastries at the lovely Harrison Hotel we were soon ready to walk into the city centre. Belfast is a great walking city as it's relatively flat and quite compact.  It only takes about 20 minutes to …

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Clifford's Tower, York

Day 2. Exploring York

After a good night's sleep at the Roomzzz Aparthotel, we enjoyed our complimentary Grab & Go breakfast before setting out for a second day of city sightseeing.  Mist was just beginning to lift as we strolled along the riverside path outside the hotel towards York Castle Museum just a few minutes walk away. It's a …

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Day 5. Moscow Lubyanka district

After a leisurely breakfast we took the metro to Lubyanka to make a return visit to the Central Children's Store next door to the station.  It had only been open about 40 minutes and few people were about as we took one of the lifts to the top floor to visit the Museum of Childhood. …

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Day 2. Stuttgart and its motor museums

After enjoying a varied selection of dishes for breakfast in our hotel's restaurant we were ready to set off exploring. If cars are your thing then Stuttgart is definitely the place to visit as the city is the home of Mercedes and Porsche. Both of these motor manufacturers have museums on the outskirts of the …

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Hull Station concourse

Day 1. Hull – UK City of Culture

Hull is a port city in East Yorkshire, northern England, located on the north bank of the Humber estuary.  It was awarded the title of UK City of Culture in 2017 and I was interested to visit the city to take a look at its cultural attractions for myself and discover if the accolade was …

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Day 3. Frankfurt Transport Museum

After a leisurely hotel breakfast, we wrapped up warm and set off to the nearby U Bahn station at Hauptbahnhof from where we travelled the short distance to Willy-Brandt Plaza. From there, we transferred to a No.12 tram which had conveniently just arrived as we were approaching the tram stop. It was then a 20 …

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Carriages at The National Railway Museum, York

The National Rail Museum in York

Doesn't everyone love a steam train - we certainly do, and when an opportunity arose to visit the National Rail Museum in York, we were thrilled!  The museum is located behind York's railway station, just cross the footbridge over all the platforms and you will see the museum on leaving the station.  A large car park is …

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