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Visit Kent – Quick Travel Guide

Kent, in south-east England, is the most populated county in the UK. Perhaps most famous for the white cliffs of Dover, Kent has always been the gateway to Britain. This historical county can trace its name as far back as the 4th century BC when it was called ‘Cantium’, from the Celtic word for ‘coastal land’. Take a trip to the white cliffs today and you’ll find a visitor’s centre accompanying some dramatic cliff top walks.

Proud of its history, Kent has some fascinating castles, homes and gardens to visit during the half term break. Hever Castle, Anne Boleyn’s childhood home,

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Visit Somerset – Family Days Out

Things to do in Somerset for the Family

Somerset is a popular holiday destination for families. Located in the south-west of England, the county often has warmer weather than in other regions and has plenty of activities and attractions to fill a short break or a long holiday. Outdoor activities are popular – this is a beautiful region – but there are also plenty of indoor options if the weather does take a turn for the worse.

Towns and seaside resorts in Somerset

Taunton is the county town of Somerset. Dating back to Saxon times, it has an interesting historical Heritage trail that guides you on a walk through the town.

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Visit Surrey – Quick Travel Guide

The South England county of Surrey takes its name from the old English, simply meaning ‘southern district’. Perhaps most famous today for its horse racing, Surrey hosts some fantastic days out at the races. Amongst its many horse racing events is The Derby, which has been held at Epsom Downs Racecourse since 1780. The first horse race to take place at Epsom Downs was in 1661, making this well-established venue a historic site.

This area of the south of England is home to some stunning parks and gardens. The most famous of these is Kew Gardens. Kew Gardens features glass houses and landscapes,

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Visit North Wales – Quick Travel Guide

North Wales is one of those parts of the world to which everyone should consider going at least once. Unlike so many tourist destinations, it has no target audience. There is something for everyone. The things North Wales has going for it cross a wide spread of interests.

1. Mountains.

Snowdonia National Park may be a pimple compared to the Alps or the Rockies, but what it lacks in height it makes up for in sheer beauty. Whether from your car or on foot, the hills and valleys of this landscape are easy to get lost in. In late August (the best time of year to visit) the moorland is spectacular with the deep purple of heather and the brilliant yellow of gorse.

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Explore Cambridge – Quick Travel Guide

Things to do in Cambridge:

Cambridge is a great place for a family visit. You have plenty of open-air options if the weather is good from a simple walk or cycle around the world-famous colleges to a gentle punt along the River Cam. The city also has a wide variety of museums and galleries to suit all tastes and ages and, if you are there at the right time of year, the chance to enjoy various Folk, Beer and music festivals. Let’s look at some highlights.

Walks and Tours Around Cambridge

There are various guided walks and tours of Cambridge that you can sign up for.

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Explore Tenterden Kent – Quick Travel Guide

Travel Review: Tenterden, Kent.

Tenterden in Kent is a picturesque little town situated on the edge of the Weald, and a lovely place to visit while on holiday in Kent and the South East of England.

Steeped in Kentish history, Tenterden takes its name from the Old English “Tenet Waraden”, which translates as the clearing (the forest of the Weald used to cover much of Kent) of the men of Thanet. Initially growing up around the wool industry in the fourteenth century and later made a subsidiary of the Confederation of Cinque Ports under the province of Rye half way through the fifteenth century,

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Explore Oxford – Quick Travel Guide

A Visitor’s Guide to Oxford, England

Oxford is one of the two famous university cities in the United Kingdom and is a popular place to visit thanks to its unique architecture and close proximity to London. Visitors here can enjoy the quaint city, which is filled with ancient Saxon and Roman inspired buildings, or head out to the stunning surrounding countryside to enjoy a day visiting the green landscape of Britain.

Oxford; What to see and where to go

Oxford is well known for its many spires which give it a unique skyline, and it has been chosen to feature in a number of blockbuster movies because of its intriguing architecture.

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Explore Cumbria

Cumbria, in the north-west of England and bordering with Scotland, is a land of lakes, mountains and legends. The land is full of ancient myths and stories, but the county of Cumbria was only created in 1974. Made up of the former counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, Cumbria is better known as the home of The Lake District.

The area’s stunning mountainous landscape includes Scafell Pike, the highest point in England, and is a favourite with climbers, ramblers and hill-walkers. If you’re interested in doing any of these outdoor activities, but aren’t familiar with the area, it’s a good idea to book onto a guided tour.

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Explore Cornwall – Quick Visitors Guide

Cornwall, on the south west tip of the UK, is home to the most southerly point in Britain and the most westerly point in England. Lizard Point is the southern tip of The Lizard Peninsular and the most southern point in the UK. Land’s End to the west of The Lizard is the most western point in England and is 1,249 kms from John O’ Groats, Britain’s most northerly point.

This area of outstanding natural beauty has maintained its wild character and continues to keep itself slightly separate from the rest of England. Taking its name from the original Celtic inhabitants,

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Britain’s Most Ancient Sites

Beyond Stonehenge – Britain’s Most Ancient Sites

The Neolithic monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, built well over four-thousand years ago, may be the UK’s most famous prehistoric landmark, but there’s a great deal more to prehistoric Britain than this world-famous tourist trap. Those with an interest in the Neolithic history of the British Isles will find plenty of stunning sites with many of the most impressive being worlds away from the enormous crowds of Stonehenge.

In fact, Britain boasts some of the finest treasures of prehistoric cultures in the whole of Europe. Spanning from the southern coast of the UK to the remote Orkney Islands,

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A Guide to British Small Towns and Villages

Everybody has heard of London and Edinburgh, but there is far more to Britain than the main cities. There are many smaller, less celebrated places in the UK that still contain wonderful tourist attractions.

St. Ives

Although officially part of England, Cornwall has always maintained a sense of independence from the rest of the country. Due to being the southernmost English county it also enjoys milder weather than the rest of the country. Jutting out on a spectacular peninsula, St. Ives is home to four clean, sandy beaches. As well as the working harbour, there are also Porthmeor,

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Watergate Bay Cornwall – Beautiful Beach

Now that I am living in Devon I have to remind myself that locations in Cornwall are now no longer 6+ hours drive away. Where as a trip to Newquay would be a weekend event, it is now just over an hours drive out of the holiday season.

Watergate Beach With Dave

My parents had mentioned Watergate Beach to me, so without doing my usual pictorial research on Google I took a chance and headed off early January to see what it was all about.

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Walking Wicklow – Bray Head

I walk lots and not just in the South Downs of England. I was very fortunate to live in Ireland for a few years recently within sight of the majestic Wicklow Mountains and the picturesque Irish east coast.

If you don’t know the area well, the Wicklow Mountains are towards the east/ south-east coast of Ireland and are just over an hour drive south of Dublin. My local walk from home, took in the equally dramatic but more accessible coastline.

Walking Greystones to Bray Cliff Path

I’m still surprised to this day by the number of people who have never explored Ireland,

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