United Kingdom Off The Beaten Path

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United Kingdom Off The Beaten Path

  • Surroundings

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    A self guided audio tour in 15 languages is offered on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Adult price is £9.00 children £5.00 Over 60's £7.00. Opening times are April - October 9.30 - 4.30 November - March 10.00 - 3.30 Pre booking is recommended in August Tel. 0131 555 5566 We didn't take the tour - but if you have an interest in the Royals & want to see...

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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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  • Loch Lomond

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    If you plan to travel from Glasgow to Loch Lomond then consider taking the A81 via Killearn. On the road you can visit the small an beautiful distillery GLENGOYNE. They arrange tours, there is a shop and you can taste some of the products. Be sure to choose at designated driver first!

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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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  • Castell Coch (The Red Castle)

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Castell Coch (which means Red Castle in Welsh), stands on a wooded hillside above the village of Tongwynlais, north of Cardiff, Wales.It was was probably founded in the early thirteenth century by a Welsh chieftain named Ifor Bach. The De Clare family claimed it because of its strategic importance, commanding both the plains area and the entrance...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Further Afield

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    Finding this sight along the banks of the River Lagan in March herald's the arrival of better days and Spring. It's a wild flower that grows in profusion. It's name is a mystery to me! But I am quite certain that its bright yellow colour is clearly an optimistic show to lift our mood following the long, dark days of winter.

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  • Many Miles From Edinburgh...

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    There were several bonny sections of gorse, as pictured, near where we started, at Flotterstone. This is about 7 miles/11km south from the centre of Edinburgh. There is a small visitor centre here, with basic maps, and a pub, the Flotterstone Inn. This is an old rural inn, though I am sure the farmers of 100 years ago would have choked on their...

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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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  • Ayrshire

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    On the West Coast of Scotland about five miles south of Ayr and beautifully perched on a craggy cliff top knoll stands the ruins of Dunure Castle. It was originally built for the Kennedy family. The site is actually only the shell of a late 13th century oblong keep on the main knoll with the very fragmented remains of two additional wings. These...

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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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  • Barry Island

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Barry Island is very much the traditional seaside resort with its long sandy beach, amusement arcades and fun fair, attracting visitors from far afield. Seafront shops will tempt your taste buds with ice-cream, candy floss and fish and chips. And in summer months weekends are buzzing with street theatre and live music. The pleasure park has over...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Outside Belfast

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    March 16, 2005 and yes that's me in the tee-shirt on the edge of Belfast Lough. If it's peace, tranquillity, fresh air and exercise you need then walk the coastal route from Crawfordsburn in an eastern direction to Bangor. You will not be disappointed. This picture tells the story! Get over here.

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  • Arthur's Seat

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    This is Arthur's Seat, the highest protrusion rising above Edinburgh in Holyrood Park, as seen from my son's kitchen window on South Oxford Street. For some more views, please see my Views of Edinburgh travelogue.

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  • Stirling...

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    Stirling- one of Scotlands former capitals, is one of its most historic cities as well, with a lot of tales of battles and struggles for Scottish independence centred around the region. Its was also home to the famous William `braveheart' Wallace and `Robert the Bruce'. The Stirling castle is one of the most evocative castles i`ve seen to...

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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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  • Roath Park

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Roath Park is my favorite park in Cardiff and one of my favorite parks in the world. It is extremely beautiful! A perfect place to go for a walk and just relax. It just got it all! A big lake housing a ton of swans and other birds such as geese. It has a large paved pedestrian path around the lake and under the trees - perfect for walking, running...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Political

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    one of the things that belfast is famous for is the murals. i had hard time finding them because you don’t really wanna go wondering into the “strange” areas... and i wasn’t sure this is something you can ask from people on the street. we did manage to find couple of the murals from the loyalist side... they were just next to our hostel... if...

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  • Old Town - General

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Edinburgh is a beautiful city with an enticing, yet often very dark history. Just as most old European cities, every street corner tells a story of murder, intrigue, execution, plague & poverty, etc... (and I love that kind of stuff!) A small enclosed section in the Grassmarket marks site where the gallows used to stand. Those of higher rank...

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  • Linlithgow

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    This is a really beautiful ruin of a royal palace which is set in its own park on the shore of Linlithgow loch and it is one of the countries most visited ruins. Most of the ruins are buildings commissioned by James V although some sections date from the 14th century. The fountain in the courtyard is being restored and it was a wedding present from...

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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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  • Llandaff Cathedral and Village

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    Llandaff is a s small picturesque village two miles northwest of Cardiff city centre. It is home to an impressive cathedral with two different towers. Llandaff Cathedral is said to be founded in the 6th century, but rebuilt by the Normans in the 12th century. Various restorations and modifications followed in later centuries. From Cardiff city...

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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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  • 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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  • River Lagan

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    If you enjoy walking, and love the river, then follow the circular Riverside Walkway upstream to Ormeau Bridge. Start at Lagan Weir, head south past Queen's Bridge and along the left bank past Waterfront Hall, the Hilton and the BT building to the Edge pub at May's Meadow. Then, cross East Bridge Street to St George's Harbour and continue past...

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  • Royal Mile

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Just outside St. Giles Cathedral, near the building's west door, on the Royal Mile is a heart-shaped mosaic sent into the cobbles. It marks the site of the old Tollbooth (15th century prison) where criminals were occasionally executed, hence it was a place Edinburgh's criminals would regularly spit upon. Although now sometimes said to be for good...

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  • Gretna Green

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    Gretna Green was our first stop on the way up to Kilmarnock to get to our house and we stopped there for lunch. Although the Blacksmiths shop is very much a tourist trap I think (you pay 80 pence to see the anvil where so many people have been married) it does have some charm. This is especially so when you arrive (as we did) just as a couple has...

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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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  • Cardiff Bay

    Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

    This wall in the Cardiff Bay area (opposite Mermaid Quay) has been used by fans as a makeshift memorial to the character Ianto Jones, played by David Gareth Lloyd, who appeared in the first three series of Torchwood, before being killed off for plot reasons. Apparently, some fans were so upset about Ianto's 'death' that they organised a protest of...

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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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  • 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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  • West Belfast

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    On the corner of Park Road, facing Ormeau Park and the Ballynafeigh Bakery, stands this beautiful church with lovely stained glass windows and timber ceiling. It's interesting that it occupies a site with no postal number. The construction of Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church (its official name) started in 1890. It took 2 years to...

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  • South Queensferry

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    One of the most spectacular man-made landmarks in Scotland is the Forth Rail Bridge. The bridge is 2.5 km long and the world’s first major steel bridge, with its gigantic girder spans of 521 m. It ranks as one of the great feats of civilization. It was begun in 1883 and formally completed on 4 March 1890. It was constructed by Tancred–Arrol and...

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  • Blackness Castle

    Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

    This was built in the 14h century and then strengthened as an artillery fortress in the 16th century. In the 1870s it became an ammunition depot before being restored in the 1920s. It was used as the setting for the film Ivanhoe. I love the views over the Firth of Forth - and it has family memories also as my aunt made the cake that was cut at the...

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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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