Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London – Chiddingstone Castle

23rd September, 2017

You can’t go too far in Kent without bumping into a castle or stately home. One of my favourite castles in Kent is Hever Castle, and if you’re planning a day trip there from London you can easily add a visit to Chiddingstone Castle to your itinerary – they’re only 10 minutes apart. And if […]

Europe, Travel

A trip to Hogwarts (Alnwick Castle)

15th July, 2017

We had to cut our trip to Scotland short due to inclement weather but the strong winds, rain and hail weren’t going to stop me from visiting Hogwarts, or Alnwick Castle as it is known in the Muggle world. Located in Alnwick (pronounced annick) in Northumberland, this castle was one of the filming locations in […]

Europe, Travel

A visit to Conwy Castle

20th June, 2017

The last stop on our tour of Wales was Conwy Castle. Like our previous stop, Caernarfon Castle, it was built by King Edward I and is one of the best preserved castles in North Wales. The castle was constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy. An estimated £15,000 […]

Europe, Travel

Caernarfon Castle – A Medieval Fortress in North Wales

10th June, 2017

Thankfully the weather had improved the day after our visit to Penrhyn Castle so we made our way to the town of Caernarfon to visit the famed castle. Caernarfon Castle was one of a series of castles built by King Edward I after his invasion of North Wales in 1282. After defeating the Welsh princes […]

Europe, Travel

Visiting Penrhyn Castle in North Wales

28th May, 2017

Our hotel in North Wales was only about a 10 minute drive from Penrhyn Castle, so after we’d checked in we made our way there to squeeze in a visit before dinner. After parking up and having our membership cards scanned at the visitor’s centre, we quickly made our way up to the castle as […]

Europe, Travel

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 […]

Europe, Travel

10 Historic Houses Association properties I want to visit in 2017

18th February, 2017

I was first introduced to the Historic Houses Association membership by Kelly from Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, one of the few people I know who loves visiting historic properties as much as I do! This membership offers free entry to over 300 of the UK’s privately and charitably owned historic houses, […]

Europe, London, Travel

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 […]

Europe, Life

January Re-cap: Castle hunting, escape room and winter lights

1st February, 2017

What’s been happening this month I got my Historic Houses Association membership in December and used it for the first time at Hever Castle. It had been on my list of places I wanted to visit for a long time so I’m glad I’ve finally ticked it off. I visited over the New Years Day […]

Europe, London, Travel

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 […]