Day Trips From London

Blenheim Palace Don't miss the Blenheim Tapestries, a set of 10 large wall hangings; the State Dining Room, with an impressive trompe l'Ioeil ceiling; and the magnificent Long Library, which is overlooked by a statue of Queen Anne, who funded Blenheim's conception by providing both funds and land. Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's famous war-time Prime Minister was born here in 1874. Fans or those curious to discover more about Britain's most famous PM should look to the Churchill Exhibition, which is included in the ticket price. The exhibition details Churchill's work and life including...

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Day Trips from Manchester

Energetic, diverse, and bursting with character; Manchester is an exciting city to explore. When you're tired of the amazing cafes and restaurants, and thoroughfares lined with imaginative street art, there are HEAPS of places you can head to for a day trip from Manchester. Whether you're looking for a day out with the family or looking for some solitude, we've got you covered in this post full of days out from Manchester. Don't drive? No problem. In this post we've included options for a day trip from Manchester by train and also included options for a day trip from Manchester by coach too! If you're new to driving in the UK, you should know that conditions for driving in England can vary widely. Toll-free motorways (prefix of A or M i.e. A1 or M1) will help you get from A to B with ease, by way of a quality multi-lane roads. Away from arterial roads, country roads (B roads) carry less traffic and usually run between smaller towns. These can be single lane and walled with...

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Iconic London Landmarks You Cannot Miss

St Paul's Cathedral One of my favourite places in London, St Paul's is the work of the great Sir Christopher Wren. The stunning Baroque church designed by Wren in 1673, after the original was destroyed in The Great Fire of London. As one of London's most important religious sites. This London landmark should be on everyone's to-visit list. There are many different parts of the Cathedral to discover, from the underground crypt to the Golden Gallery, 111 metres above London. Views of the interior: Climb the stairs to the Whispering Gallery and look straight down onto the Nave, or head further up to The Stone and Golden Galleries. Big Ben If someone says Big Ben, you instantly think of the iconic clock tower next to the Palace of Westminster which overlooks the River Thames. The bell that dongs on the hour or when the BBC News starts every evening. There's no denying Big Ben is an iconic landmark of London. Did you know that Big Ben is actually the physical bell inside the...

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Reflections on My First Safari near Cape Town

Juggling full time work and our busy schedules meant that for our trip to Cape Town we only had 11 days, including travel days and a multi-day wedding, to explore the Western Cape. As much as I wanted to discover Kruger National Park near Johannesburg or Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth doing so would be at the expense of discovering Cape Town. It just wasn't going to happen this...

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The Best Castles Near London To Explore

Rochester Castle, Kent Strategically placed to guard an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. This Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone dates back to the 12th century and still stands as a prominent feature of the city of Rochester, dominating the skyline from a top of the hill, standing at 113 feet high. In 1215, the castle endured an epic siege which resulted in the southern corner crashing down. The castle was rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained as a viable fortress until the sixteenth century. The fortress has been included in the works of artists and writers, including diarist Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens who lived in Rochester and included the castle ruins in The Pickwick...

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Things To Do in London for Couples

Aside from Buck Pal and Parliament, London Eye has got to be one of the iconic landmarks of London. As the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel it has dominated the southern side of the Thames since its inception for the millennium in 2000. Standard ticket holders can expect to share one of the 32 pods with up to 28 people but it is possible to exclusively book your own private pod....

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Ultimate Guide to Weekend Break in Cardiff, Wales

A mix of modern architecture and ancient buildings, a central city stadium for sports entertainment, and a thriving independent food scene makes a weekend break in Cardiff perfect for all to enjoy. Providing visitors with beautiful Victorian arcades and quirky weekend markets, cultural sites including Cardiff Castle and the National Museum, the seaside of the updated Cardiff Bay, I ventured...

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