Stirling

Day 4. A day in Stirling

We decided to spend the day in Stirling and booked anytime day return tickets from Edinburgh Waverley at £16.90 per person.  Stirling lies 37 miles north west of Edinburgh and is often referred to as the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.  The journey time was only 45 minutes and it seemed no time at all …

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St Andrews Links

Day 3. A day in St. Andrews

From our base at the Altido Vita aparthotel in the Fountainbridge district of Edinburgh it was just a ten minute walk downhill to Haymarket station for our train to St. Andrews (Leuchars station).  We'd pre-booked our tickets (£18.50 standard off peak day return) for the one hour journey and as we were sitting on the right …

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Princes Gardens, Edinburgh

Day 1. Exploring Edinburgh

It had been more than a year since my last visit to Edinburgh and I couldn't wait to return to one of my favourite cities.  We travelled north on board an LNER train which whisks passengers from London in just four and a quarter hours.  If you plan to travel by train try to book …

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Durham on the River Wear

Day 1. A weekend in Durham

Durham is a small city nestled on the banks of the River Wear in the north east of England.  It's famous for its Norman cathedral, 11th century castle and world renowned university, with this part of the city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In his book 'Notes from a small island' Bill Bryson called …

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New Islington, Manchester

Day 3. Manchester canal walk – Etihad Stadium to Piccadilly

For our final morning in Manchester we planned a canal side walk that would be new to us.  Making good use of our weekend tram ticket, we caught a service to the Etihad Campus taking less than ten minutes on the Ashton Line.  The Etihad stadium is home to Manchester City football club and was …

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MediaCityUK Manchester

Day 2. Manchester – Museums and a visit to Salford Quays

After the previous day's torrential rain, we opened the curtains to a dull but thankfully dry morning.  After going out for breakfast our first planned activity was a visit to the People's History Museum in Spinningfields.  We'd booked a timed entry for 11.00 a.m, and arrived promptly to look around this, the national museum of …

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The Three Graces, Liverpool

Day 1. Exploring Liverpool – Pier Head and Albert Dock

After almost four months of lockdown the sheer novelty of boarding a train was an uplifting experience, just sitting gazing out of the window at the changing scenery as our journey progressed.  We'd planned a four day city break in Liverpool which is located in north west England on the banks of the River Mersey.  …

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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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Bailgate, Lincoln

Lincoln – A Travel Guide

Getting there: Lincoln is an historic city located in the East Midlands and conveniently situated for travel from most parts of the United Kingdom.  Last year LNER began operating AZUMA rail services direct from London King’s Cross station with a journey time of just under two hours making the city even more accessible and perfect …

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Shambles Square, Manchester

Day 1. A weekend in Manchester

I was so excited to be spending a weekend in Manchester as it's one of my all time favourite cities and somewhere I visit often. Five long months seemed much too long to be away and as our train approached Victoria station even the sun broke through the clouds to welcome us back. We'd arranged …

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