Day trips from London by train: Strawberry Hill House

I recently wrote about my day trip from London by train to Portsmouth.  My next trip was much more local: an afternoon at Strawberry Hill House in south west London. As its name suggests, Strawberry Hill House can be found in Strawberry Hill, a few minutes’ walk from the River Thames in the London borough...
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Day trips from London by train: Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower

Like most people in the UK, this year has been more about day trips at home than holidays abroad.  And as someone without a car, I’ve been looking for destinations that would make interesting day trips from London by train.  For the first on the list, I chose Portsmouth in Hampshire. This was my first time...
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Childhood weekends revisited: rediscovering Dorset’s West Bay

This post contains affiliate links It might have first drawn national attention in 2013 with ITV’s “Broadchurch” and David Tennant, but for me, it’s always been there.  Growing up nearby in south Somerset, Sunday afternoons often involved a drive down to West Bay on the Dorset coast.  As a small child, my focus was the flashing lights of the...
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A short break to Gibraltar: 5 must-do things

Where can you go where you can walk across the airport runway to get to your hotel, explore a rock that has over 30 miles of tunnels bored into it, and wander along country paths and not bat an eye at a large monkey sitting preening itself on a fence?  The answer is on a short...
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The Jersey War Tunnels Museum: island life under the Nazi jackboot

When I wrote my previous post on my one-night in Jersey, I said I would write another about my trip to the Jersey War Tunnels Museum. I wanted to do this because it’s one of the best museums I’ve visited in a long while (that and Chicago’s Museum of Science of Industry that I posted about...
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One night in Jersey: a little bit of childhood nostalgia

I grew up a short drive from England’s Dorset coast. This meant that most Sundays we were bundled into the car for a day out, to spend some time walking along the coast, rock pooling in the bays, followed by an obligatory stop in a local tearoom and a wander around a souvenir shop to buy...
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Hadrian’s Wall: Walking in Roman Footsteps

Guest post by Monica Castenetto You’ve always wanted to see Hadrian’s Wall, but thought you can’t do it on a time budget? Think again. Granted, in a weekend you won’t walk its 117.5 kilometres in their entirety, but you’ll certainly take in its unbelievable scale, connect with its intriguing history and experience the breath-taking landscape...
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A weekend in Bath: the perfect spa break

If you’re looking for a spa break with a difference, then look no further than Bath.  A beautiful Georgian city in the South West of England, you can visit a traditional spa and also learn some history about the waters.  So, with this in mind, my one night break took in a visit to the...
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