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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, hosts events throughout the year, including jousting tournaments. Deal Castle, overlooking the sea at Dover, is a fantastic example of a well-armed fortress. Tonbridge Castle includes some exciting inter-active displays and hosts a medieval annual fair. Probably the most visited of all castles in Kent is Dover Castle.

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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. Vivary Park is a nice place for a picnic lunch and a relax. Glastonbury, well known for its music festival, is a good place for a day trip (though maybe not when the Festival is on!). Take a walk up to Glastonbury Tor for some spectacular views over Somerset,

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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, and continues to be a scientific institution containing a vast knowledge of plants from around the world.

Kew Gardens is also a great place to visit during the half term break. At the last count there were 24 badger setts occupying these gardens.

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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. Numerous rights of way cross common grazing occupied by sheep and mountain ponies (not wild, as they are owned by local farmers, but allowed to run free for much of the year).

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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. These tend to focus on the university and its colleges, although there is also a pretty good ghost walk if you want to scare the kids! The city is relatively compact, however, and you can easily wander round on your own and see most of the sites without having to join a tour if you prefer.

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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, Tenterden has a long and active history to be explored by those that come to visit it.

The modern day town offers a surprisingly large and modern range of shopping and facilities given the size of the town. Boasting a mixture of good restaurants,

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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. Visit the locations used in filming the Harry Potter films and don’t forget to look up as you walk around the streets – many of the buildings are covered in gargoyles, some depicting them doing interesting things,

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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. These tours are run by expert guides who can offer walks and climbs for people with varying degrees of experience. Various climbing walls in Cumbria provide the opportunity to practice before attempting the real thing.

The many lakes in Cumbria provide the perfect opportunity for sailing and other water-based activities like canoeing,

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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, The Cornovii, and the Anglo Saxon word for foreigners ‘wall’, this area of the UK is like a country all of its own. 

Famous for its sandy beaches and glorious summers, Cornwall makes the perfect place for UK school holidays. Although it tends to get very busy in the half term break,

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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, a cultural tour of the country can easily become an epic journey of discovery. Here are some of the places to look out for, including some of the lesser known ones.

Skara Brae, Orkney

The bleak and windswept yet somehow strikingly beautiful and otherworldly Orkney Islands may not be the first place you would think of as a holiday destination.

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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, Porthminster and Porthgwidden beaches.

As you’d expect from a fishing port, seafood restaurants are easy to find along the cobbled streets. However, perhaps the biggest attractions are the many galleries. The most famous of these is the Tate Gallery, which boasts a wide variety of artwork in many genres.

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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.

Parking was free, as the charges only apply during the main holiday season from mid March to the end of October, though do check on arrival to make sure these dates haven’t changed. The car park was literally a minute walk to the beach! With Dave my border collie raring to go we set off for some fun on the sand!

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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, beyond a stag or hen weekend in Dublin. Such a shame. Dublin is less than an hour’s flight away from many of the UK’s major airports, even Gatwick in the south of England to Dublin is only 55 minutes flying time.

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