Lincoln Cathedral from castle square

Day 1. Lincoln winter break

Lincoln is a historic city located in the East Midlands and conveniently situated for travel from most parts of the United Kingdom.  Recently, 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 for a weekend …

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The Shambles, York

Day 1. Historic York

We set off bright and early in order to maximise our time in York as there were so many things we wanted to see and do during our short stay.  Arriving mid-morning at our riverside accommodation, the newly opened Roomzzz Aparthotel, we were pleasantly surprised to find that our room was ready so we dropped …

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Blackpool Tower

Day 1. Blackpool – the perfect winter break

I've visited Blackpool several times but always either in the summer or during the autumn illuminations when the resort has been in full swing so I was curious to find out what it would be like to visit the resort out of season. Plans made, we were up at the crack of dawn (well, earlier …

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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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British Waterways building alongside the canal, Nottingham

Day 1. Nottingham – a perfect weekend break

Nottingham is often referred to as the 'Queen of the East Midlands' because the English kings held court there when they went hunting in its surrounding forests.  It's also famous for the legendary Robin Hood so we thought it was about time that we explored the city for ourselves. Nottingham is easily accessible from all …

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Day 1. A weekend in Cambridge

We had arrived in Cambridge by train the previous evening and checked into the nearby Cambridge Central Travelodge a short stroll away.  The hotel overlooks the central plaza of the Cambridge Leisure Park where there are several places to eat, plus two small supermarkets meaning that we didn't need to venture into the centre that …

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Day 1. A weekend in Norwich

After enjoying recent weekends away in Bristol and Birmingham we decided to turn our attention to Norwich and take a look at the county town of Norfolk.  Norwich lies approximately 100 miles (161 km) north east of London in East Anglia.  We travelled by train and coming from the north of England, I took a …

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Coloured houses, Bristol waterfront

Day 1. Bristol city break

After enjoying city breaks in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham we decided to head to the south west of England for our next weekend away.  My journey on board a CrossCountry train was pleasant, having an interesting conversation with an Edinburgh green keeper, learning about life on one of Scotland's premier golf courses as we journeyed …

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Blackpool Tower and beach

Day 1.  A day at the seaside in Blackpool 

It's been a number of years since we last visited Blackpool, one of England's premier seaside resorts, so we thought we'd return and see if it had changed.  Blackpool is located in the north west of England on Lancashire's Fylde coast.  We travelled by train, arriving into Blackpool North station shortly before lunch.  When purchasing …

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Grand Central, Birmingham at New Street Station

Day 1. A weekend in Birmingham

Meeting my son for a weekend away in the U.K. has usually resulted in trips to London or Edinburgh so for a change we decided to explore Britain's second city, Birmingham.  Strangely, Birmingham isn't a city I am familiar with, in fact I've only ever visited three times and then only to attend courses and …

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