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 […]

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Day trips from London – Castle Farm lavender fields

16th September, 2017

During July I noticed photos from the lavender fields at Castle Farm showing up in my Instagram feed. I looked up their location and found it was only a 40 minute drive from home, so I decided to pop down for my first ever visit to a lavender farm. Castle Farm is the biggest lavender […]

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A look inside the Freemasons’ Hall, London

19th August, 2017

In June the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden opened it’s doors to the public to mark the 300th anniversary of the world’s first masonic grand lodge opening. I had missed the opportunity to visit this Art Deco building during last year’s Open House London weekend so I was glad to have another chance to have […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]