England Off The Beaten Path

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England Off The Beaten Path

  • Libraries

    Manchester Off The Beaten Path

    The John Rylands library was built as a memorial to a husband, from a wife, in the late 19th century. It now is part of the University of Manchester and is open to the public. The building is Victorian Gothic and is really beautiful, almost church-like with stained glass windows in the main reading room and vaulted ceilings. When we went there...

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  • Riverside

    York Off The Beaten Path

    The New Walk was created during the Georgian period to provide a space for the high society to promenade and socialise. It was laid out in 1730 as an avenue along the river Ouse. By 1824, 820 trees had been planted. The gentry and other fashionable people could take some fresh air and enjoy each other's company and the possibility to present...

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  • Parks

    Birmingham Off The Beaten Path

    Cannon Hill is a reasonably sized park just on the out skirts of the city centre its about 5 to 10 minutes away on the bus ( no 45 or 47 from ouside the palisades shopping centre). it has a large collection of pools, flowers, trees and wildlife. also has tea rooms and the midlands art centre.

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  • Iffley

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    When you have seen the university buildings and are a bit tired of the touristy and noisy city, come to Iffley to enjoy its peace and quiet. Situated on the Thames, it can be reached by boat from the pier by Folly Bridge or just by bus. See the interesting Iffley Lock but don't stop at that. This little village boasts a wonderful little church...

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  • Wittgenstein's Grave

    Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

    This little burial ground with its Neogothic chapel is the final resting place for many Cambridge academics. Probably the most famous is Ludwig Wittgenstein, others include two of Charles Darwin's sons. Wittgenstein's grave is usually covered with small tokens of remembrance, like small coins or stones in the Jewish tradition. This place was even...

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  • Salford Quays/Lowry/War Museum

    Manchester Off The Beaten Path

    The Lowry is a brand new arts complex with galleries, a huge theatre and eateries. the visual look of the building is stunning as well. Unfortunately the day i saw it, the sky was gun metal gray and the building more or less faded into it. It truly is an amazing building. It houses the L. S. Lowry collection. Lowry was a local Manchester area...

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  • City - Miscellaneous

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Mansion House is the beautiful red-coloured house located at St Helen's Square. It certainly is an eye-catcher! It is the official residence of York's Lord Mayor and was built from 1725 to 1732 for exactly that purpose. The style is Early Georgian. The interior is said to be equally fine and exquisite, and there is a collection of silver and...

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  • Nearby Attractions

    Birmingham Off The Beaten Path

    Birmingham is slap bang in the middle of England. With an excellent public transport system, there are literally hundreds of locations within a hour or so of the CBD by train or bus. Hiring a car makes the more inaccessible or less well-served-by-public-transport places easily reached. The immediate vicinity is rich in English history -...

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  • Christchurch Meadow

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    I chanced upon this memorial plaque whilst walking along the main path in Christchurch meadow. It is affixed to the wall of the garden of the very picturesque cottages there (see other picture) and commemorates, as you can see, an early balloonists exploits. Personally, I'd never heard of him until I saw this. The website given shows a print of...

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  • Mill Road area pubs

    Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

    Mill Road.Seen here in the early morning,but usually busy with people and traffic.The shops,cafes,restaurants and pubs on and around Mill Road are among the best on offer and well worth a wander over this way if you're in town.Very eclectic choice to suit many tastes,up market and down.Indian,Turkish,Chinese food,Middle Eastern hookah pipe coffee...

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  • Castle Howard

    York Off The Beaten Path

    14 miles. By bus including entry £15. Pay the driver board at Bootham Bar, across from the tourist info. This is where the TV series 'Brides-head Revisited' was filmed. The castle grounds are worth walking round too.

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  • Canals

    Birmingham Off The Beaten Path

    Many locals and tourists don't have the Birmingham Canal Network in mind when having a holiday - obviously I wouldn't suggest in Winter, but it is good to take a sideways trip from the city sights and experiences to go to the Gas St. Basin/Brindley Place. All the canals which transported goods at the birth of the Industrial Revolution from...

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  • Port Meadow

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Port Meadow is a large open country public field that stretches as far as the eye can see,there are plenty of footpaths to walk on and you can cross bridges over the River Thames that flows through the meadow.While out walking you may want to stop for refreshment so may i recommend thePub located over the river,just go over the main bridge and...

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  • Cathedral City of Ely

    Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

    Ely Cathedral is a wonderful church inside and it has lovely stained glass. Within the Cathedral, there is a Stained Glass Museum which is woth visiting. You need to pay separately to enter the Museum. At Summer or during Spring it is even more enjoyable.

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  • Whip ma whop ma gate

    York Off The Beaten Path

    What a great name for a street. I wish more streets had great names like Whipmawhopmagate - it's rather more interesting than Castle St. or High St. Only 32 metres long, It's very easy to miss this street, which starts at the end of Colliergate and ends at the junction of Pavement and Stonebow. Despite the plaque on the wall claiming the street...

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  • Brindley Place

    Birmingham Off The Beaten Path

    I always remember coming down to Brindley place when I was younger to go to The National SeaLife Centre which is just next to Brindley Place. Especially in the Summer next to the canal this area of Birmingham can be a good area to come to especially if you have children.

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  • Cowley Road

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    If Oxford is a genteel, civilised place, Cowley Road is its uncouthed, yet strangely alluring neighbour. Just 5 minutes walk from the town centre, but a million miles away in terms of atmosphere, Cowley Road is a true Bohemian/ethnic enclave and is where most students live, drink, shop and did I mention drink? Cowley Road used to be quite run-down,...

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  • Castle Hill

    Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

    .....is closed off at the moment. I suspect local skateboarders have been using and eroding it. A typical Norman motte, its bailey now hidden by the council buildings, it's still worth a visit. Cambridge was originally centred on this side of the river (Roman/ early Medieval remains found) but moved to the other side when the colleges were...

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  • Fountains Abbey

    York Off The Beaten Path

    The monks elected Prior Richard abbot, but by 1133 they were forced to look for outside help in order to survive. They turned, naturally enough, to the source of their inspiration, the Cistercian Order, and specifically, to Bernard of Clairvaux. in 1135, the abbey was admitted to the Order, and eventually gained the patronage of wealthy nobles in...

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  • Museums & Galleries

    Birmingham Off The Beaten Path

    By Car: Take the A38 (Bristol Road), turning onto Edgbaston Park Road. Parking is available in the University's South Car Park, with the Institute situated at the top of the hill opposite King Edward's School, two minutes walk from the car park. By Bus: Nos 61, 62 and 63 leave the city centre (Corporation Street or Navigation St). The bus stops...

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  • Old Town Wall

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Oxford's city wall remains are scant.It ran from the castle along the southern edge of Broadstreet. Officially there were three gates, north, west and east. These now only remain in name, ie; Westgate Shopping Centre, Eastgate Hotel and St. Michael at the Northgate. Michael's accommodation on Longwall Street backs on to a few wall...

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  • Grantchester

    Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

    This church is just a few steps away from the tea garden " Orchard ". A graveyard is all around it, many of the tombstones are too withered to read who has been buried there. In front of the altar the floor is made by a large, beautiful mosaic, showing a pelican . This bird is an old symbol for Christianity all throughout Europe, because in...

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  • Stamford Bridge

    York Off The Beaten Path

    I'm a local of Stamford Bridge, and love this 'little' village to pieces. The history of the place is amazing, with undiscovered Roman towns popping up all the time. The amount of natural beauty that the village offers is also stunning. The closeness to York and only being 40 minutes away from the coast means that Stamford Bridge has...

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  • Jewellery Quarter

    Birmingham Off The Beaten Path

    The advent of such contraptions as the thing I am using now to scrawl this tip led to the death knell of a once proud Brimingham industry. That and the Bic Biro. There was at one time over 100 firms producing quality pens in the Jewellery quarter of Birmingham, employing people (mainly women) in their thousands. Pretty much all of this has now...

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  • Headington Shark

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Somewhat annoyingly, I was looking for this piece of art, but got a bit lost, so I have yet to describe it from the flesh, as it were. The story of the shark and the battle for it's retention against the combined forced of Oxford's planning department is a good read. The owner also did battle with the same foe over a giant pair of can-can dancers...

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  • Cambridge Union

    Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

    Hidden away bhind the Round Church in Cambridge is the Cambridge Union. Primarily the world famous debate society they also host a top speakers from Hollywood stars to famous artists and musicians and have an entertainment programme for students. If you are nice to the staff you can often get in to one of the events. I saw 'This House Would Pay...

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  • Helmsley

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Helmsley lies about 20 miles west of York and is one of England's loveliest market towns. This is really the perfect English town - a large market square with a beautiful church and castle commanding itself over the town. There are some good quality shops and eating places and it is a pleasant town to spend a few hours in. Also see the Walled...

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  • Oxford Canal

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    On eof my greatest pleasures in life is walking beside either rivers or canals. The canal system in Britain is so fascinating I would recommend it to any visitor to spend at least half a day just exploring a canalside somewhere. Many people come to Oxford and never even know there is a canal there. I suppose it's understandable with so many other...

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  • Hobson's Conduit

    Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

    A visit to Hobson's Conduit on the corner of Lensfield Road and Trumpington street is worth doing, perhaps on the way to exploring the open areas past the backs. The conduit spilt up water that came into the town from hills to the south. It then ran along various channels or 'runnels', some of which can still be seen at the side of the streets in...

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  • Yorkshire Air Museum

    York Off The Beaten Path

    If you like airplanes and travel to North of England you MUST COME HERE! Yes, this originally small air museum is quickly becoming a menace for London's or Duxford's. Why? Come here and discover Elvington Airfield -or York Air Museum-. Still not much referenced at trip pages or leaflets, this astoundlingly well prepared and assorted museum may...

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  • Jericho

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Jericho is one of Oxford's most interesting neighbourhoods. Most of the action takes place on Walton Street, where there ar enumerous bars and restaurants, but it's also worthwhile exploring the side streets of Jericho, where you can find some great pubs.

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  • American Military Cemetery

    Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

    American Military Cemetary. Between Cambridge and Maddingley (only about 1 to 2 miles out of Cambridge). Here lie many of those American servicemen killed while stationed in or around Cambridge during WWII, along with those who died at sea on the Atlantic crossings - in total over 3000 graves. Also, a wall lists the some 5000 men who were lost in...

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  • Yorkshire Musem, Gardens, Etc.

    York Off The Beaten Path

    When you enter the Museum Gardens from Museum Street, there is a ruin on the right-hand side. This is St Leoard's Hospital. The ruin now looks rather small, but in the Middle Ages this was an impressive building and a very important institution. The hospital was built in 1137 upon the remains of an even older hospital that had been destroyed by a...

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  • Godstow Nunnery

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    This medieval nunnery - founded in 1138 - is where Henry the second's mistress was murdered. It's just across the meadow from the famous Trout Inn in Wolvercote. You cna get here either from Port Meadow or by passing through Wolvercote.

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  • Jesus Green

    Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

    It sounds like some sort of preacher, or religious person but Jesus Green is a place-name in Cambridge. It's slightly north of the city centre, near Jesus College, and is a green area for sports, relaxing, lunch, etc.

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  • Yorkshire Moors

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Victoria wanted to see the Moors, so on our way to Edinburgh we disembarked the train in York for the soul purpose of making Victoria’s dream come true. Once in the station we had no idea where exactly “The Moors” could be found. The station master pointed us in the direction of a bus headed out of town. To this day I cannot remember the name of...

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  • Summertown

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Summertown is a popular area of North Oxford, where I lived during my first year in Oxford. It's a slightly middle class area with nice pubs and shops. Many students ahve moved in recently, giving the area a bit more zest!

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  • Beverley

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Beverley. It is a small market town approx 35 mile between York and Hull. It has a large Minster which could rival York but is sadly overlooked by most tourists. The town is nice for an hour or two, Some nice pubs with good food and beer and also has a market on a Saturday. Ideal for going to Hull to catch the ferry to the continent.

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  • Botanic Garden

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Britain's oldest botanic garden with thousands of species of plants from all over the world. A lovely place to sit, or wander down the river. Situated on the site of the old Jewish cemetary. Open: winter - daily 9am-4.30pm, summer - daily 9am-5pm (closed Good Fri & Christmas Day). £ : yes though I can't remember how much

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  • Minster

    York Off The Beaten Path

    At the edge of Dean's Park you can see a section of ancient arcading, looking like a ruin and not attached to any other building. It is used as a war memorial, as you can see by the poppy wreaths laid down there. In the Middle Ages, this arcading connected two buildings: The Archbishop's palace and his chapel, which is now the library. The...

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  • May Day

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    Not so much off the beaten path...more like a timing issue. Party it up at the May Ball the night before, hie on down to Magdealen Bridge at 06:00 on May 1st and fight through a crown of 10,000+ people to listen to the choir sing on top of the tower. Traditionaly, still-drunk students would jump off the bridge and into the 3 foot deep mucky...

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  • Yorkshire Dales

    York Off The Beaten Path

    West of York is the naturally beautiful area of the Yorkshire Dales, designated as one of England and Wales ten national parks. The Dales lie between Kirkby Stephen in the north, Leyburn in the east, Skipton in the south, and Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh in the west. More remote and less dramatic than the Lake District but easier to get away from...

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  • Natural History Museum

    Oxford Off The Beaten Path

    OXFORD UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Parks Road, Oxford, Tel: 01865 272965. It houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological, palaeontological and mineral specimens, accumulated in the course of the last three centuries. Open every day from 12 noon to 5pm throughout the year, except for short breaks over...

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  • Eden Camp

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Brilliant day out for any age. Second world war memorabilia, sounds morbid but it is great, even a mess hut for lunches, very reasonable and good choice of food.Takes at least 2/3 hours to see all the huts, and the outside displays of aircraft etc. Approx £5.00 entrance fee but it was a couple of years ago that I went.Highly recommended.

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  • Shambles

    York Off The Beaten Path

    A sacred site in York that might be easily missed is the Shrine of Saint Margaret Clitherow, located in a small medieval house on The Shambles. St. Margaret met a rather gruesome martyrdom in 1586 for being a Catholic in a newly Protestant England. The life story of Margaret Clitherow, which can be read on the wall of the shrine, is at once...

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