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  • Tower of London

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    London Things to Do

    With some 2.7 million visitors in 2015, the Tower of London is the most visited paid for attraction in the UK. It goes without saying therefore that a bit of planning before going there will help the visit go more smoothly. Timing is always important of course but with a steep entry price of £25 to get in for a full adult fare (Apr 2016), it pays...

  • Amba Hotel Charing Cross

    London Hotels

    We had been invited to a wedding in central London and decided to make a night of it and stay in a...

  • Wagamama

    4 out of 5 stars

    London Restaurants

    After a rude awakening at the nearby Indian restaurant I sought a meal at Leicester Square's Wagamama. The restaurant was very busy but I managed to get a seat and had a lovely meal. I ordered a Katsui curry (with sweet potato, aubergine and butternut squash wrapped in panko breadcrumbs covered in curry) with rice and salad. For dessert I had the...



See all 3782 Edinburgh Tips
  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Standing at the head of Old Town the Edinburgh Castle is the main paid visitor attraction and dominates Edinburgh skyline. You may want to save these £16 but if you pay the ticket for this not really big castle you can easily spend some time inside (from 2 to 5 hours depending on your pace) as the castle includes military museums, café/restaurants,...

  • The Balmoral Hotel

    Edinburgh Hotels

    Two men wearing kilts (or trews) welcome you at the door and an open fire welcomes you in the lobby,...

  • The Witchery By The Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Restaurants

    The other half of the Secret Garden - visited Hallowe'en 2013 and 2014 and going same day 2015! - please refer other review ! Also from http://thewitchery.com/The-Secret-Garden.html "Is this the prettiest restaurant ever? I think so" -Andrew Lloyd Webber The elegant charms of the Secret Garden are one of the city's best-kept secrets. Hidden down...


Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Newcastle Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    If you’re anything like me, one of the first things you’ll want to see in Newcastle is the building that gives the city its name - so what can you expect? Well firstly, don’t expect a Bamburgh or Alnwick Castle because all that’s left is The Keep and Black Gate. Northumberland has any number of castles due to its proximity with the Scottish border,...

  • Jesmond Dene House

    Newcastle upon Tyne Hotels

    This nice little cozy B&B sits in the lovely residential neighborhood of Jesmond just north of the...

  • Chinatown restaurants

    5 out of 5 stars

    Newcastle upon Tyne Restaurants

    Newcastle has its own small China town with supermarkets and several restaurants. There looked some great buffet restauants - eat as much as you can/dare type - that looked very tasty . In particular Dragon House looked inviting judged by all the dishes we saw through the window as we walked past. Shame we had already etean, next time then ;-)



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  • Chinatown

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    Manchester's Chinatown district is very central near Piccadilly Gardens and a short walk from Albert Square. Walking through the area, the most striking feature is the delightfully ornate Imperial Arch that welcomes you into Britain's second-largest Chinatown. I enjoyed walking the surrounding streets and taking a look through some of the windows...

  • Lowry Hotel Manchester

    Manchester Hotels

    One of the things you notice first of all about Manchester is how friendly and polite everyone...

  • Yang Sing

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Restaurants

    The Yang Sing is a large, very posh Chinese Restaurant in Manchester's Chinatown, and generally regarded as the best Chinese restaurant in Europe. I have only eaten here once but it was delicious, definitely an experience I will remember! The staff were also very friendly, suggesting a delicious alternative to an item from the set menu. We had the...



See all 1433 Glasgow Tips
  • Necropolis

    Glasgow Things to Do

    There are good views over Glasgow from the Necropolis, especially towards Glasgow Cathedral and the Royal Infirmary. The Necropolis has lots of interesting graves, some of them are extremely ornate. As usual I took too many photographs for one tip.

  • Sherbrooke Castle

    Glasgow Hotels

    I certainly would never recommend this Hotel to anyone. We had a small problem which was brought to...

  • The Willow Tea Room

    4 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Restaurants

    I met up with my friend, Helen, when I was in Glasgow in July 2014 for the Commonwealth Games. We visited Sauchiehall Street branch for lunch. The original tea room is adorned with Mackintosh's architectural gems in forms of furniture and interior décor. Please note the Sauchiehall Street branch is currently closed (August 2016) as its...



See all 1798 York Tips
  • Minster

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    York Minster is known as the Heart of Yorkshire and is a architectural masterpiece built between the 1220s and the 1470s. There are tours to be made around the Minster and a book and gift shop. The website has details.

  • St Denys Hotel

    York Hotels

    Tucked away, St Deny's Hotel is a nice two-story building with a very at home feel to it. Not far...

  • Betty's - St. Helen's Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Restaurants

    Tell anyone you are visiting York and it's quite likely that they will tell you to go to Betty's and have a fat rascal. So I figured on my 3rd trip to York that I should finally visit although I did pass on the fat rascal. We went around noon and there was a short queue, if you didn't mind eating downstairs with no windows you could walk right in...



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  • Punting

    Cambridge Things to Do

    As I made my way along Magdalene Street, I came across a River with lot's of empty Punt's, and lots of Student's trying to take me Punting for a fee. Sorry.... I wasn't interested, and was on my way, only to find another lot, further on. It looks ok, and the few people I saw being punted looked to be enjoying themselve's. I don't know how much the...

  • Gonville Hotel

    Cambridge Hotels

    It was rather on short notice that we decided to go to Cambridge once again, and our favourite B&B...

  • The Eagle

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Cambridge Restaurants

    I would recommend the Eagle rather as a place of interest than a pub. Of course, a drink in the RAF bar and a toast to Crick and Watson, the scientists who met here to discuss their progresses in their DNA research. A commemorative plaque to Crick and Watson, who discovered the secret of the human DNA in 1953, is located in one of the bars. The RAF...



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  • Oxford University & Colleges

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Oxford Things to Do

    Most of the colleges of Oxford University can be visited by the public at some time,so look out for visiting times. I visited Balliol College in Broad Street. Admission was £2 and £1 Oap. Balliol is the oldest college in the world to still be on its original site. I visited the Front Quadrangle ,the Chapel ,the Hall,Fellows garden, and the...

  • Old Bank Hotel

    Oxford Hotels

    Single £150.00 Standard double/twin £165.00 Deluxe double/twin £205.00 Superior deluxe...

  • Eagle & Child

    4 out of 5 stars

    Oxford Restaurants

    The Pony Yard at the back of the Eagle and Child has been covered over as a restaurant area. This means that The Rabbit Room where the famous Inklings (JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, et al) used to meet together is not now a back parlour, but a recessed area near the bar. It is easily recognisable with photographs and mementos of The Inklings framed on the...



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  • Cadbury World

    4 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Discover the history of chocolate and see it being made. The Cadbury factory at Bournville has a visitor centre that is dedicated to the history of chocolate. Visitors can learn about how cocoa beans are grown, how they came to be imported to Europe and made into the chocolate that we know today. There is also a factory shop where visitors can...

  • Premier Inn Birmingham City Centre (New...

    Birmingham Hotels

    We stayed in this lovely Premier Inn, a stone throw from Birmingham New Street Railway Station,...

  • Balti Triangle Info

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Restaurants

    Award winning Chef and friendly, stylish restaurant with food to delight, savour and wish I could get them to franchise in Australia! The Indian migrants were on a winner by giving Brummies an alternative to bland Anglo food. especially after the clubs and pubs closed! The food is exquisite and good value. 5-10pounds. The staff always courteous...



See all 1054 Cardiff Tips
  • Cardiff Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cardiff Things to Do

    Undoubtedly my highlight of visiting Cardiff was exploring the castle. I was excited about visiting as my mum and sister had been previously and enjoyed it a lot. I arrived at about 10.30 am and purchased an entry ticket for £12. You can also book additional guided tours at the visitor centre but I chose to walk around on my own using the free...

  • Lincoln House Hotel

    Cardiff Hotels

    This is a Victorian town home that has been nicely restored to a very comfortable and modern hotel....

  • Pubs/Bars

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cardiff Restaurants

    I stopped by at the Rummer Tavern for lunch on my final full day in Cardiff in January 2016. I had a look through their menu, ordered at the bar and took a seat at a table at the rear of the pub. The pub itself is supposedly three centuries old and the building definitely has the ambience of an old pub full of character. The lighting inside is a...



See all 502 Blackpool Tips
  • Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Blackpool Things to Do

    English copying French? Impossible! Let's explain this in "English" version: By the end of the 19th century, the world desperately needed a big tower. Several architects were projecting it worlwide, and in England James Maxwell and Charles Tuke planned an iron tower, with several attractions in it. The French knew, and ordered Eifell to built...

  • Big Blue

    Blackpool Hotels

    Our stay was very nice the hotel was spotless and the breakfast was very good.( Mmmm full English)...

  • Dance festival

    Blackpool Nightlife

    One of the best events of ballroom dancing in the world happens each year in Blackpool, by the end of May. A full week with... the best. Events do take place all day, but the masters only dance at night, in the finals.



See all 206 Torquay Tips
  • Boat Trips

    Torquay Things to Do


  • Meadfoot Bay Hotel

    Torquay Hotels

    This is one of the best I've found in the UK. We stayed in the Suite and it was a real spoil. The...

  • Hole in the Wall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Torquay Restaurants

    I have mentioned many times on Virtual Tourist about the great value of local knowledge when choosing a place to eat and this applies whether I am in Durham or Dumaguete, Bangkok or Bangor. It was therefore with high expectations that I went to the Hole in the Wall in Torquay during a recent VT meet brilliantly organised by Malcolm aka EASYMALC as...


Isle of Skye

See all 487 Isle of Skye Tips
  • Dunvegan Castle

    Isle of Skye Things to Do

    The castle is the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod and is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the chiefs of the clan for more than 800 years. The castle is perhaps not the most striking castle in Scotland when viewed from the loch but from the land entrance is an imposing...

  • Carters Rest Guesthouse

    Isle of Skye Hotels

    Upper Milovaig, Glendale, IV55 8WY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Cuillin Hills

    Isle of Skye Things to Do

    There are red and black Cuillin Hills. The black Cuillin Hills are best seen from Elgol (see photo below) across Loch Scavaig. They are mainly composed of rough Gabbro rock that gives climbers a good grip. The highest summit is Squrr Alasdair at 992m / 3255 ft.The red Cuillans are best seen from Broadford Bay. They differ in that they have more...



See all 1327 Liverpool Tips
  • Ferry Cross the Mersey

    Liverpool Things to Do

    Some people may know the song "Ferry Cross the Mersey" sung by Gerry & the Pacemakers, turns out there is still a ferry cross the Mersey, used as both a tourist attraction and by commuters. Since we arrived by car, we took the tunnel under the Mersey so we didn't take it, the attached link has all the information on taking it either just across the...

  • Premier Inn Liverpool - Albert Dock

    Liverpool Hotels

    This wonderful hotel at Albert Dock is housed in a wonderful 19th Century Grade 1 listed building....

  • EastZEast

    Liverpool Restaurants

    After a day of exploring Liverpool, we decided to have an Indian for our Friday dinner. It was a busy restaurant and the service was good. They have a good menu and this is one of a small chain of restaurants. Go with the flow, however I have to say that I really did enjoy their biryani dishes.



See all 928 Brighton Tips
  • Royal Pavilion

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brighton Things to Do

    The Royal Pavilion started as a modest lodging owned by George, the then Prince of Wales in 1787 and with the architect Henry Holland it was transformed into a neo-classical villa known as the Marine Pavilion. By 1815 after George had become king he hired the architect John Evans to totally redesign the building into its current Indian style with...

  • De Vere Grand Brighton

    Brighton Hotels

    Certainly the best hotel - grand in name and in the old style. Very expensive, particularly if you...

  • The Regency Restaurant

    Brighton Restaurants

    The Regency has it all. History, great location and excellent seafood. The restaurant looks almost identical to when it opened as an eatery in the 1930’s. It’s actually part of an 18th century mansion that belonged to Harriott Mellon. She was the widow of Thomas Coutts, founder of the prestigious Coutts Bank. It enjoys excellent views of the...


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    Apr 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    It has been announced that the ceremonial funeral of Margaret Thatcher will take place at St Paul's cathedral at 11am on Wednesday 17th April. St Paul's is completely closed to visitors and worshippers on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th.

    Roads in the area will be closed to traffic on the day of the funeral. It is likely that there will be substantial crowds lining the route of the ceremonial funeral procession (from the Palace of Westminster to St Paul's) as well as outside the cathedral itself.

    There is potential for street disturbances in the area, before, during and after the procession. My advice would be to keep well away and, if you want to see the funeral, to watch it on the television (where you will see much more anyway).

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