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A visit to Dover Castle and the Secret Wartime Tunnels

17 June 2018
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We had some unseasonably warm weather over the early May bank holiday weekend so we booked a last minute trip to Kent to visit Dover Castle. It had been on my English Heritage wishlist and I was keen to finally visit after a previous attempt had been thwarted by bad weather. We stayed overnight in Broadstairs and then made our way to the castle in the morning, although it is possible to visit Dover Castle on a day trip from London...

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Exploring Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight

12 May 2018
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Our first stop on the Isle of Wight was Carisbrooke Castle, located near the island’s capital, Newport. This castle has a rich history, having been an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king’s prison and a royal summer residence. Upon arrival, the first thing we did was walk around the castle on the battlements. From here you can see across the island in all directions. The castle sits upon a hilltop dominating the centre of the island...

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Osborne House - the family home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

28 April 2018
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After binge-watching ITV’s Victoria series over the Christmas break, I was captivated by the story of Queen Victoria and Price Albert. Through being an English Heritage member I’d heard of their family home on the Isle of Wight, Osborne House, but after learning more about the royal couple I was even more eager to visit. A brief history of Osborne House Victoria and Albert wanted a home where they could escape from the stresses of court life...

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November Re-cap: A trip to Bruges

2 December 2016
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What’s been happening this month? I popped down to Brighton for a couple of days for a conference. Sadly I didn’t get much time for sightseeing as the conference started quite early and it was dark outside by the time it finished! We went to Franco Manca for dinner which was just around the corner from my hotel. The pizzas were excellent so I’ll definitely have to make more of an effort to visit one of their London restaurants...

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A private viewing of Restormel Castle

17 September 2016
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We didn’t think we were going to make it in time. Last admission is normally half an hour before closing and we arrived at Restormel Castle about 15 minutes before closing. We were expecting to be turned away but thankfully the lovely English Heritage staff member let us in for a quick visit. There were no other visitors left on the grounds so we had the castle completely to ourselves...

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Day trips from London: Upnor Castle

25 June 2016
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Upnor Castle has been on my English Heritage wishlist for quite a while so when we had a particularly sunny Saturday a few weeks ago I decided to take advantage of the great weather and finally pay it a visit. Located on the west bank of the River Medway in Kent, you can get to Upnor Castle in under an hour by road from London. It’s also quite close to Rochester Castle, another English Heritage property, so you could easily visit both in one day...

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Days out in Kent: Scotney Castle and Bayham Old Abbey

14 May 2016
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Over the last bank holiday weekend we spent a day riding around Kent and visited a couple of historic sites. Our first stop was Scotney Castle which belongs to the National Trust. You’ll actually find two houses here - the original medieval castle and moat from the 14th century, as well as the Victorian country house which was built in 1837 to replace the old castle. We started our visit with a look inside the house...

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Day trips from London: 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield

7 May 2016
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With my scooter finally repaired and back on the road, we decided to take a day trip to the town of Battle to visit Battle Abbey and the battlefield where the 1066 Battle of Hastings took place. It’s around 65 miles south of London and can also be easily accessed by train with regular Southeastern services between Battle and Charing Cross. The Abbey and Battlefield are managed by English Heritage so members can get in for free, otherwise it’s £8...

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Day trips from London: Rochester Castle

25 January 2016
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I’ve been itching to get out for a ride on my scooter again but lately the weather just hasn’t been cooperating. We finally had a calm and clear day on Saturday so I took the opportunity to ride to Rochester Castle, about a 40 minute trip from home. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own wheels - you can still get to Rochester via Southeatern trains from St Pancras International...

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A look back on 2015

24 December 2015
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Things have been a bit quiet on the blog this month. Work has been crazy busy and I’ve just returned from a ski trip in Austria, but I thought I’d get back into the swing of things by wrapping up all the highlights from 2015. I try to write one of these posts every year as I really enjoy looking back on the things I’ve done. Biggest personal achievements On the first day of January 2015, I skied my first ever black run!..