Europe, Travel

Exploring Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight

12th May, 2018

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 […]

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

28th April, 2018

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. […]

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November Re-cap: A trip to Bruges

2nd December, 2016

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 […]

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A private viewing of Restormel Castle

17th September, 2016

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 […]

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Day trips from London: Upnor Castle

25th June, 2016

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 […]

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Days out in Kent: Scotney Castle and Bayham Old Abbey

14th May, 2016

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 […]

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Day trips from London: Rochester Castle

25th January, 2016

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 […]

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A look back on 2015

24th December, 2015

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 […]

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An autumnal afternoon at Chiswick House

14th November, 2015

One of the first properties on my English Heritage wishlist was Chiswick House and I was determined to fit in a visit before it closed for the winter. I didn’t end up taking my scooter, Sasha, this time since I didn’t want to ride all the way through Central London and wasn’t sure what the […]