England Off The Beaten Path

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England Off The Beaten Path

  • 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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  • Beamish Museum

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    When I first heard the name of this museum I thought it was a museum about beer as Beamish is a popular stout in Ireland. However, this particular Beamish refers to the town near Newcastle and the Beamish Museum is a large open-air museum displaying how life was at the turn of the 20th century. It's a very popular place with locals and tourists...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Often Missed Details

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    St Petrok's is another ancient church (the centre of Exeter has several). St Petrock was a 6th centruy (500s) Welsh abbot. This building dates from early Medieval times (1000s onwards) but has been alteed and enlarged many times over the past 400 years. The church only has occasional service but houses a bellringing centre (there's a display...

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  • 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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  • Northumberland's coast and castles

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    When we want to get a good dose of sea air, one of our favourite short trips is to Druridge Bay. It is far less developed and more wild than the seaside resorts closer to town, such as Whitley Bay or Tynemouth, but not too far for a short outing, though you’ll need a car to get here. The beach stretches for seven miles and is designated as a...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Highwayman Inn at Sourton

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    ...But A Fascinating Pub. The Highwayman Inn at Sourton, just past Okehampton, is one of the most characterful pubs in the World. The original inn was built in 1282 and has been serving victuals ever since, sometimes doubling up its role as a farmhouse when the 20 acres to the rear have been put to use. In the 17th century it was known as The...

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  • City Walls

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    The North East’s most famous wall is of course that built by and named after the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which starts (or finishes!) here in Newcastle, at Wallsend. But Newcastle has its own wall too, which once circled the city – the medieval town wall. This was built during the 13th and 14th centuries, and was approximately 3 kilometres (2...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Devon Churches

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    One of the many unique features of Branscombe's church is this fragment of a wall painting. It shows an embracing couple being impaled by a skeletal demon. Apparently there used to be a whole series of these murals, depicting the punishments for the Seven Deadly Sins.

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  • Ouseburn

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Update August 2014: some photos replaced In recent years the development that first started around the central part of the Quayside has spread eastwards, and the area around where the smaller Ouseburn flows into the Tyne, in particular, has benefitted from regeneration. But we had never got round to visiting that part of the city until our most...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Canalside Walks and Cycling

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    If you fancy an escape from the ubiquity of the city's infernal-combusting-engined machines then a wander down the Exeter Ship Canal is the ideal way to get away from them all and doublyplus ideal is the cracking pub at the end of the journey. The Turf Hotel, located at the Turf Lock where the canal meets the Exe Estuary, is one of the few pubs in...

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  • Whitley Bay

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Whitley Bay is Newcastle's downmarket seaside suburb. During the 1980's, when Harry Enfield was funny, he created a character called Loadsmoney. He was based on an Essex plasterer who made his wads and liked to show it off in the most vulgar way possible. The character became a phenomenon, with football supporters waving bunches of fivers in the...

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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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  • 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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  • Stamford Bridge

    York Off The Beaten Path

    This is a pleasant village to the east of York that is well known locally for its fish and chips and pubs. Also there is a river here with pleasant walks and it is generally a popular place for people to come and relax here. The Battle of Stamford Bridge on 25 September 1066 marked the end of the Viking era in Britain. The settlement was called...

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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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  • Parliament Street

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    Parliament Street in Exeter is officially (according the The Guiness Book of Records) the world's narrowest street and yet until yesterday I never even knew it was there! The street itself measures 25" at The High Street end (sandwiched between Nickleby's and Dr China)widening to 45" where it joins Waterbeer Street and by all accounts was...

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  • Tynemouth

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Part castle, part religious site, Tynemouth Priory dominates the northern entrance to the River Tyne and makes a striking back-drop to Tynemouth’s beaches and small sailing harbour, the Haven. The first known building here was a 7th-century Anglian monastery, the burial place of Oswin, sainted King of Northumbria. It was destroyed by Danish...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Exe Estuary Trail

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    This leg of the Exe Trail starts from Exeter Quay as does the Exeter to Dawlish route. From the quay you can follow the river's left bank before joining the road at Countess Wier and continuing folowing the roads until Topsham. Alternatively you can take the same starting route as the east bank path past the Double Locks pub and then either cross...

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  • Hadrian's Wall

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Hadrian's wall is the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain. It was ordered to be built by the emperor Hadrian in 122 A.D when he decided that the empire needed securing. When it was completed it was 73 miles long from Wallsend-on-Tyne in the East to Bowness-on-Solway in the West. Every mile along the wall were 'milecastle' gates...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Medieval Exe Bridge

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    This is supposedly the oldest surviving stone bridge in England. You'll find the remains of this early Medieval bridge, which once spanned the river Exe, off Western way....more or less at the bottom of the wonderful, Medieval Stepcote Hill (see photo). The bridge dates from around 1238, although it was begun as far back as 1190. It was built...

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  • Angel of the North, Gateshead

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    The Angel of the North is probably the most famous outdoor sculpture in England. It was funded by National Lottery money and created by the Turner Prize winning sculptor, Antony Gormley. The steel sculpture was erected by the side of the A1, just south of Gateshead, in 1998. It is 20 m tall, has a wingspan of 54m and is the largest sculpture of an...

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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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