The Holiday Inn Castle Marina, Nottingham

Location We chose the Holiday Inn for our weekend stay in Nottingham as it is conveniently located a few minutes drive from the city centre, close to the Castle Marina Business Park. We had travelled to Nottingham by train and taking the tram from outside the station, it was just one stop to Meadows Way …

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Day 3. Nottingham’s University and Arboretum

The sun was shining through the windows as we drew back the curtains which was a good start to the day. After a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant we wrapped up warm and walked along the now familiar route to the Meadows Way West tram stop. Instead of taking a tram into the city …

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Day 2. Exploring Nottingham

Our day started with a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant and a glance at the morning newspapers. We then wrapped up warm before setting off for a walk along the canal towpath. The Nottingham and Beeston canal runs through the city centre and was just a few minutes walk from the Holiday Inn. Before …

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Day 1. Nottingham – how to enjoy 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 3. A snowy day in Warsaw

We woke to heavy overnight snow which was surprising for late March, leaving the city looking beautiful in the sun. We started the day with a visit to the Museum of Life Under Communism located on the left bank of the river in the Praga district. To get there, we took Tram 22 from Centrum. …

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Day 1. Our first day in Warsaw

We arrived in Warsaw the previous evening on a Ryanair flight from Leeds-Bradford Airport.  Our flight departed promptly at 16.10 arriving into Modlin, Warsaw's second airport.  Transferring into the city centre was very easy with tickets costing 19zl (£3.95) per person, available from a machine in the baggage hall.  A regular shuttle bus service then …

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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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Day 2. Exploring Norwich

After a hearty breakfast in The Bell Hotel we were ready to spend the day viewing more of the city's cultural attractions.  We'd planned our first stop at the Plantation Garden but on the way discovered a hidden gem.  Tucked away on Bethel Street is the South Asia Decorative Arts & Crafts Collection museum and …

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Day 4. A final day in Norwich

After checking out of our hotel the Travelodge, Norwich Central Riverside and leaving our luggage to collect later in the day, we walked across the city to visit Elm Hill.  This historic, cobbled lane is the most complete medieval street in Norwich with many of its buildings dating back to the Tudor period. The photogenic …

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Day 1. The start of our 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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