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  • Sightseeing

    London Favorites

    2012 update-it appears that for a 7 day travelcard at a rail station that you now have to get a photocard so bring a passport size photo with you, I believe the photocard is free London attractions can be very expensive but with a little help from the Days Out Guide 2 for 1 offers, I've saved a bundle of money over the years on some of the really...

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  • Trafford Centre

    Manchester Favorites

    There is so much about Manchester i love. Not just the City Centre itself, but the surrounding areas of Greater Manchester are well worth taking the time to explore. From the Uk's biggest and best modern Market located in Bury town centre (Please check out the website:- www.burymarket.com click on the regular website link)(15/20 mins by metrolink...

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  • Belsay Hall

    Newcastle upon Tyne Favorites

    A two storey Tudor mansion was added to the west side of the old castle at Belsay, and later the mansion was given a Jacobean west wing, both are now ruinous, but well worth viewing. The old hall was abandoned when the occupants moved the 300m or so to their new hall. Admission Charge Adults - £5.50 for hall, castle and grounds Directions: In...

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  • Walking Tours

    Birmingham Favorites

    Walk up New Street to Victoria Square. At the end of New Street facing you is the Town Hall. In 1830 there was a competition for a new town hall in Birmingham with less than two months allowed for the preparation of designs. The design chosen was that of Joseph Hansom and E Welsh, based on the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Construction began in...

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  • Impressions

    Oxford Favorites

    Being in Oxford for three days gives you enough time to discover several colleges, the beautiful parks of Oxford and also some of the vicinity. You might want to go out to the Cotswolds for one day or to Blenheim Palace for half a day. Alternatively, you could spend some time in the city's museums. Your first day in Oxford Take the itinerary...

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  • City Walls - General

    York Favorites

    Some sections of YORK CITY WALLS date back to Roman times. When the Romans first came here in the first century A.D., they built a military fort on the banks of the River Ouse. Strong walls were built to enclose both the Fort and Town. The three main gateways in to the old city stand at Bootham Bar, Monk Bar, Walmgate Bar and Micklegate Bar which...

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  • Punting

    Cambridge Favorites

    While we were punting down the River Cam we came across the Mathematical Bridge...our guide told us that many years ago the maths students couldn't work out how the bridge was built without any bolts etc so they pulled it apart, then they couldn't get it to go back together without the bolts so they had to use them to join the bridge back...

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  • Liver Buildings

    Liverpool Favorites

    Edwardian Baroque design (1904) of Sir Arnold Thornley and F.B. Hobbs. Originally the Mersey Docks and Harbour Docks Building - recently restored for both offices and residences. A reinforced concrete frame, clad in Portland Stone. One of Liverpool's "Three graces".

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  • Street Scenes

    Chester Favorites

    Just the other side of the wall from the Roman garden is this lovely row of tiny timber and sandstone cottages built as almshouses in about 1650. And no you haven't miscounted - only six of the original nine survive! Take a little detour from your walk around the walls to see them.

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  • House That Moved

    Exeter Favorites

    One of Exeter's oldest, and most interesting, buildings now sits rather incongruously on the corner of West Street and Edmund Street looking out onto the inner-city ring road. The actual date of its original construction isn't known precisely but estimates put it as around 1450 when it was probably a merchant's home. It's original location was on...

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  • Dolphins

    Ilfracombe Favorites

    The word "awesome" is a word that I hate to hear being used frivolously. To my mind it should be reserved as the superlative of superlatives and not applied to mundane things like "Awesome body" or "Awesome football game" & etc. The first time I found a true use for the term was when I visited the Grand Canyon, the first sight of which literally...

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  • Environmental

    Paignton Favorites

    The seafront esplanade is gaily lit-up at night with rows of hanging lights strung between the regular streetlamps. As you can see from the pic these are powered by both wind and sun with solar panels and wind turbines charging their batteries - there's always one or the other on this part of the coast.

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Brixham Favorites

    For all your tourist queries such as things to do, public transport information, assistance with accommodation etc the Tourist Information Centre is located in the old market house on the Quay of the Inner Harbour. Staff are friendly and helpful and as well the usual freebie leaflets there are guides, maps, souvenirs and postcards for sale. The TIC...

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  • Car Parking

    Lyme Regis Favorites

    Although there are several car parks in town the one nearest Lyme Regis harbour and close to the Cobb and Marine Parade is the best one - Monmouth Beach car park GPS DT7 3JJ After you leave the Sidmouth Road (A 3052) head for the harbour.With the harbour in front of you the Cobb Arms will be on your left and the Lifeboat Station on the...

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  • Royal Avenue Gardens

    Dartmouth Favorites

    I just love this cute little statue of two boys with their fish. The Italian marble sculpture was presented to the town by a local benefactor, Finch Ingram, in 1950 and has pride of place in the Royal Avenue Gardens. Finch is sometimes credited with being the artist but this seems to be erroneous, the actual sculptor isn't credited - if you look at...

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  • Admission Charges

    Clovelly Favorites

    Because the village as a whole is effectively a museum-piece all the repairs and maintenance are carried out to very strict criteria using only traditional materials which require skilled crafts people. Thus the village is quite expensive to upkeep and visitors are charged an admission fee which goes towards this upkeep. The admission fee...

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  • St James Church

    Teignmouth Favorites

    Walking the main road towards Shaldon Bridge from the railway station I caught a glimpse of what looked like a castle on a rise in the middle of a housing estate. I didn't think Teignmouth had a castle and so a bit of investigatory digression was required. It turns out that the building is in fact a church, dedicated to St James and that its...

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  • East Gate Arch

    Totnes Favorites

    In a town full of interesting buildings the East Gate Arch still stands out. The original gate dates back to the early 16th century when Totnes was a walled borough and was the main entranceway coming up from the port. The clock and upper level is obviously a later addition with the arch having become the delineating feature marking the end of...

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  • The Watergate - WiFi

    Barnstaple Favorites

    I'm not a big fan of the national chain of Wetherspoons pubs as pubs but they do have their uses - the freebie Wi-Fi is a major bonus and the breakfasts are generally excellent value for money. One of the things I dislike about them as pubs is that they tend to be a bit souless and the staff usually come across as totally uninterested in either...

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  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty -...

    Woolacombe Favorites

    AONB is the acronynm of the non-governmental National Association for Areas of Outstanding National Beauty. As the name suggests this a group formed specifically for the protection and promotion of some of the most spectacular landscapes of England and Wales. The members are mostly representatives from local authorities working together with the...

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  • Lynton and Lynmouth

    Devon Favorites

    Lynmouth, along with its umbilically connected twin Lynton, just has to be my most favourite place on this, or any other, planet. Tucked below the cliffs overlooking its eponymous bay where the rivers East and West Lyn meet the sea on the North Devon coast, Lynmouth spent much of its formative years as a sleepy little fishing village whose catches...

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  • Historical

    London Favorites

    St. Peter upon Cornhill is a Christopher Wren church in the City of London. St. Peter Cornhill is considered to be the oldest church in the City - established in 179 AD - it is only a couple of meters (as it were) from St. Michael church. There are several churches, which are thought of as being the oldest church in London, so this is...

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  • Granada Studios

    Manchester Favorites

    Manchester is the home of Granada Studios which produces Coronation Street, a long running British soap. It first aired on Dec. 9, 1960 and is still going strong. I am a dedicated Corrie fan and I have met most of my interenet friends through the corrie communities online. Granada used to have set tours open to the public but stopped that in 2000....

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  • The Quayside

    Newcastle upon Tyne Favorites

    The 1990's saw the transformation of the derlict docks on the east quayside of Newcastle to the modern splendour of today with the Batic Art Centre linked by the blinking Gateshead Millenium Bridge with its pedestrian and cycle paths. Interesting art work can be seen along the quayside too. This was probably the best part of Newcastle for me and in...

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  • Football (Soccer)

    Birmingham Favorites

    Name Birmingham City Nickname The Blues Stadium St Andrews League Play In Premier League Honours Home Kit Blue shirt, white shorts and blue socks Away Kit The Blues are Aston Villas fiercest rivals although they very rarely play each other because they have been in diferent divisions for so

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  • Oxford University & Colleges

    Oxford Favorites

    So which is better ? Oxford or Cambridge. When it comes to academic rating, Cambridge battles it out on the world stage with Harvard, but Oxford struggles to make the top ten. So a clear win there. But what of other measures ? Oxford can claim to have produced 25 British prime minsters, against 13 from Cambridge. In sport, Oxford has an...

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  • City - Miscellaneous

    York Favorites

    We were fortunate to visit York in April of 2004 on our way from London to Edinburgh. York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities. We spent there only...

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  • St John's College

    Cambridge Favorites

    First we saw the St John College while we were punting , later we entered into the college and visited the beautiful Front Gate , First Court , The Chapel ,Chapel Court,Second Court , Third Court ,New Court and Cripps Building as well. The Architecture of this college made me speechless , I could never ever imagine One College Could be so...

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  • Cathedrals

    Liverpool Favorites

    The architect Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) won the architectural competion to design the cathedral when he was just 22! Work on its construction began when Liverpool was truly the second city of the Empire, before the outbreak of World War I. That war, the economic problems of the 1920s and 30s, and World War II all slowed down construction....

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  • The Rows

    Chester Favorites

    The Rows are probably the most often photographed sight in Chester, a series of half-timbered buildings joined with long galleries, looking like a Tudor shopping mall -most are in fact Victorian! There is not one single "Rows" but several complexes of houses in the same style, with the best examples on Watergate, Eastgate and Bridge Street. The...

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  • Left Luggage

    Exeter Favorites

    Because of the spate of terrorist bombings around the UK over the last few decades most of the railway stations no longer offer left-luggage facilities and the same is true here in Exeter. However the offices of the Apple Taxi firm, which is just across the road to the right of the main station exit, do have a secure luggage room and charge £2 GBP...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Ilfracombe Favorites

    As with most North Devon towns Ilfracombe has its Tourist Information Centre to help you make the most of your stay. The office is situated in the rather oddbod building which houses the Landmark Theatre (the one with the often maligned ,but certainly distinctive, concrete chimney-pot things). Here the friendly, knowledgeable local staff will help...

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  • Families

    Paignton Favorites

    Paignton is a wonderful seaside resort to spend with your family, especially with young children. It is ideally situated for touring the whole of South Devon and Cornwall, safe beaches lots of activities such as crazy golf and pitch and putt etc. My fondest memory of Paignton is spending my 21st birthday there with Maurice before we were engaged...

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  • Fish Town - TV Series

    Brixham Favorites

    Fish Town is a British documentary that provides insight into life in the fishing port of Brixham and consists of ten hour-long episodes. With unique access to the town and it’s welcoming residents, each 60-minute instalment immerses the viewer in the lives of the people living and working in Brixham, providing an eye-opening insight into the...

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  • Beaches

    Lyme Regis Favorites

    I thought it a little strange that the town's main beach is half pebbles and half sand, with a groyne separating the two. That had me scratching my head until I found the answer on the website - both halves have been artificially created by importing thousands of tons of materials. The pebble beach is part of the town's coastal defence and extends...

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  • Architecture

    Dartmouth Favorites

    Dartmouth's heyday as a port was during the Tudor and Stuart periods (from the late 15th to early 18th centuries) and many of the town's finest buildings were constructed then, financed by the profits from things like the salt cod trade. Whilst at ground level many of the shop fronts and other buildings are contemporary most have lovingly restored...

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  • Harbour

    Clovelly Favorites

    The village is actually mentioned in the Doomsday Book around 1100 AD. It was a George Carys who actually had the breakwater built around the late 1500's. He was a lawyer and a Sherrif pf Devon. His family/descendants lived here until the Hamlyn's. At the top further along from the tourist information is Clovelly Court built by Zachery Hamlyn in...

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  • Tourist Signage - Maps and Notices

    Teignmouth Favorites

    You need never get lost in Teignmouth, nor wonder what you are looking at. Teignmouth is emminently walkable and all around the town, and along the seafront, the local authority provides useful maps and information signs. The maps are accurate, easy to read and the signs informative, giving a bit of historical and local background (and even...

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  • Guildhall and Butterwalk

    Totnes Favorites

    A couple of other interesting buildings are the Guildhall and Butterwalk, on Ramparts Walk in the shadow of the church. The Guildhall dates from 1553 when King Edward VI granted the use of the former Benedictine priory (thought to have been established in 1088) to the borough council. The building is still used for council meetings and is open to...

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  • Chambers - CLOSED

    Barnstaple Favorites

    UPDATE 2015 - No Longer Trading As Chambers. On my last visit when I dropped in for an afternoon beer I noticed that Chambers now offers free WiFi and also has a couple of computers for general use - always useful! More info on my restaurants tip section. Chambers is a cafe/bar overlooking the square. No proper beer though but reasonably-priced...

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  • Parking

    Woolacombe Favorites

    ...expect to pay! Woolacombe unfortunately does attract a lot of day visitors during the summer who want to drive there. OK, I understand that for the whole family day-out at the beach you do need to haul all the beach paraphernalia: tents, wind breaks, towels, swimwear, picnic baskets & etc. etc. The resort is well provided with car parks but...

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  • Barnstaple

    Devon Favorites

    Barnstaple may not be the prettiest town in North Devon but it is unrivalled as the most useful and does have a very definite character. The town straddles The River Taw at the point where it starts to widen with its centre on the north bank, connected to the south bank by its 15th century Long Bridge and has been the administrative, commercial and...

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  • Arts and Entertainment

    London Favorites

    Last year in Barbican Art Centre Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition had taken place and I went with a friend to see this extraordinary show. I'm quite glad that I did as it was had amazing outfits from film stars outfits to a a dress made of black bin liner. This was the first major exhibition in London celebrating the French couturier. The exhibition...

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  • Old Trafford

    Manchester Favorites

    Visit Old Trafford - Home of Manchester United. A vast 67000 seat Stadium, complete with themed shops, restaurants and a must see Museum charting the History of United. Take the Metro form the City Centre, Direction Altrincham, to OLD TRAFFORD. Manchester on a United match day. Awash with the supporters of United, who pack the bars to sing the...

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  • City Walls

    Newcastle upon Tyne Favorites

    In the Middle Ages, Newcastle was an important outpost in the far reaches of the English kingdom. It's not surprising that it was heavily fortified for protection against those people to the North. This section of the medieval wall is attributed to the efforts of King Edward I (r. 1272-1307).

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