Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Titsey Place

12th August, 2017

On an uncharacteristically warm day in June I made my way to Oxted in Surrey to visit Titsey Place. This country house dates back to 16th century when it was bought by Sir John Gresham, a Lord Mayor of London and prominent merchant. The house and estate passed through several generations of the Gresham family. […]

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Five things to see in Painshill Park

5th August, 2017

Painshill Park had been on my London bucket list for a while but until I visited I didn’t realise just how big it was. Comprising of 158 acres, there is plenty to see in this 18th-century landscaped garden. These were my top five highlights from my visit to Painshill: Gothic Temple The late 18th-century Gothic […]

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A tour of Burghley House

29th July, 2017

All too soon we were at the end of our UK road trip but I wanted to make one more stop at Burghley House before returning home. This was one of the properties on my Historic Houses Association wishlist and it’s close to the A1 so it made for a convenient stop on our way […]

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A look inside Castle Howard, Yorkshire

22nd July, 2017

Whilst staying in the North York Moors National Park for a couple of nights we popped in to visit Castle Howard. This incredible stately home is located just outside the national park, about 15 miles north of York. Despite what the name suggests, Castle Howard is not a true castle. This term is also used […]

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Visiting Caerphilly Castle from Cardiff

7th May, 2017

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you probably know that I love a good castle! During my recent trip to Wales I was determined to visit as many castles as possible – they have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world! The first on my list was Caerphilly […]

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Day trips from London: Knole

14th April, 2017

This historic house in Sevenoaks, Kent had been on my National Trust radar for quite a while. I wasn’t able to visit last year as the house had been closed while a restoration project was taking place but as of March it is once again open to the public. Over the course of the 14-month […]

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Day trips from London: Box Hill and Polesden Lacey

2nd April, 2017

I’m so happy that spring has finally arrived as it means I’m now able to start doing more weekend trips on my scooter. The first of the season was a ride to Dorking in Surrey to visit a couple of National Trust spots – Box Hill and Polesden Lacey. Box Hill is a summit of […]

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Day trips from London: Hever Castle

11th February, 2017

The winter months are a dull time for exploring historic properties. Most of them close up for the season and I’m fast running out of options for places to visit near London at this time of year. Thankfully Hever Castle was open over the Christmas and New Year period so I jumped at the chance […]

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Day trips from London: Bodiam Castle

12th November, 2016

Bodiam Castle was #1 on my National Trust wishlist and I finally got around to visiting over the August bank holiday weekend. This 14th-century moated castle is located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, less than 2 hours drive from London. We arrived around lunch time so we stopped at the cafe first for some food […]

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Where to find the best views in Cambridge

6th November, 2016

One of my favourite things to do when travelling to a new destination is to find the highest vantage point, however on my first visit to Cambridge I couldn’t find any obvious landmarks from which I could take in the views over the city. I paid a second visit to Cambridge back in July with […]