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A tour of Burghley House

29 July 2017
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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 back from Sheffield. After collecting our tickets at the visitors centre we headed to the upper floor of the Brewhouse where there is an audio-visual introduction to the house and a small exhibition space...

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A look inside Castle Howard, Yorkshire

22 July 2017
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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 for English country houses which were built on the site of a former military castle...

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A trip to Hogwarts (Alnwick Castle)

15 July 2017
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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 the first two Harry Potter films. I could barely contain my excitement when I walked in and saw the Outer Bailey, where Harry and his fellow students learned to fly broomsticks with Madam Hooch...

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A visit to Conwy Castle

20 June 2017
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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 was spent building both the walls and castle, which was huge amount of money for that period (the equivalent of £45 million in today’s money)...

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Caernarfon Castle - A Medieval Fortress in North Wales

10 June 2017
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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 and bringing Wales under English rule, he built these castles to ensure that he could hold on to his new lands and keep a lid on rebellious activities...

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Visiting Caerphilly Castle from Cardiff

7 May 2017
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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 Castle, which is easily accessible from Cardiff. Regular trains run between Cardiff and Caerphilly and the journey is about 20 minutes...

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Our 6 day Cornwall itinerary

22 October 2016
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To round up my series of Cornwall posts I’d thought I’d share our full 6 day itinerary. What I had planned originally was a bit different to what we ended up doing, there were a few other places that I had wanted to visit but missed out on due to weather or time constraints. I’d love to plan another trip as there’s so much to see and do, 6 days wasn’t nearly enough time for me but we still got to explore so many beautiful places...

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Day trips from London: Waddesdon Manor

15 October 2016
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While driving back to London from Cornwall we decided to stop by Waddesdon Manor. It wasn’t exactly on our route but I’d wanted to visit for a long time so I figured it was worth taking a little detour. Waddesdon Manor is located in the village of Waddesdon, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, so it can easily be visited on a day trip from London if you have your own wheels...

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My first Airbnb experience

10 October 2016
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I guess I’m a little late to the game with Airbnb. I’ve known about it for years and have heard great things but I never got around to trying it until my trip to Cornwall a few months ago. In case you aren’t familiar with Airbnb, it is an online marketplace which lets people rent out their properties or spare rooms to guests. With properties available in pretty much all major cities around the world, Airbnb is favoured amongst travellers as you can often find accommodation that is centrally located at a cheaper price than a hotel...

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Four beautiful coastal spots you should visit in Cornwall

13 August 2016
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I was blown away by Cornwall’s unique and magical coastline. With over 400 miles of coastline to explore, we were never going to be able to see everything in the limited time we had, but I wanted to share four of my favourite spots that we were able to visit during our trip. Lizard Point Located at the tip of the Lizard Peninsula, Lizard Point is the most southerly place in mainland Britain...