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Built for pleasure and relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times. The waters are still a big draw, both at the ancient Roman Baths and the thoroughly modern Thermae Bath Spa, which houses the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in. Bath?s compact, visitor-friendly centre is overflowing with places to eat and drink, plus some of the finest independent shops in Britain, making it the ideal destination. Immerse yourself in Baths remarkable collection of museums and galleries, and enjoy year-round festivals, theatre, music and sports.
With a wide selection of shops, restaurants, and attractions along the seafront, buzzing nightlife, theatres & shows, events and endless surrounding countryside with beautiful award winning gardens - Bournemouth really is a cosmopolitan town appealing to all ages and interests.
For those who fancy a stroll along the sea-front, why not try the Pier to Pier walk! Starting at Boscombe or Bournemouth Pier and finishing at the other. Enjoy a delightfully scenic stroll along the promenade and either treat yourself to an ice-cream (if the weather is in favour) or a delicious afternoon tea at one of the eateries at either end.
Cardiff?s rich culture has a diverse range of influences, from the Romans and Normans of antiquity to the industrial revolution and the coal industry - which transformed Cardiff from a small town into a thriving, international city.
Cardiff's city centre provides an excellent mix of old and new, with the imposing Castle, beautiful Llandaff Cathedral and the lovely National History Museum sitting alongside modern shopping districts, harbour and the Millennium Stadium.
The journey to Carlisle takes you over the Settle & Carlisle Railway route in at least one direction, which carves its way through the Cumbrian Mountains and across the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.
Once in the ancient city, which dates back to Roman times, there is much to see and do. Particular highlights include the magnificent Castle founded in 1092 and nearby Citadel built by Henry VIII, as well as the beautiful Cathedral with its famous 14th century stained glass window.
For art lovers, there is no better place to begin exploring the city's fascinating past than the award winning Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. The classical Grade One Listed Jacobean building is full of exciting exhibits and interactive displays.
The Tudor Market Cross stands at the centre of the four main Georgian shopping streets which also offer many pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. Alternatively, you can enjoy the one and a half mile walk around the medieval city walls.
For 900 years Chichester Cathedral has stood at the heart of Chichester. Visitors encounter unique architecture spanning the centuries; ranging from original Norman features to the magnificent Victorian Spire. The Cathedral is especially famous for its art, both ancient and modern, with medieval carvings alongside world famous 20th Century artworks.
Founded in 1093, Durham Cathedral is a breathtaking example of Romanesque architecture and one of the finest Norman buildings in the world.
Together the Castle and Cathedral form a UNESCO World Heitage site- an unmissable attraction for most visitors. However, explore Durham's quaint cobbled streets and you'll find it has much more to offer, including the array of shops and markets, the Oriental Museum and The medieval Crook Hall and Gardens.
Discover Eastbourne's beautiful seafront and plentiful attractions including the Observatory Science Centre, Eastbourne miniature steam railway and the Wish Tower. Alternatively seek out the World's leading tennis players in Devonshire Park as they participate in the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event. Alternatively, take a stroll along the Victorian pier and enjoy the seaviews with traditional fish and chips or perhaps a cream tea.
Edinburgh is descibed by Prince Charles as one of the Worlds most beautiful cities and was recently voted one of the top ten cities in the World by Expedia.
The city?s backdrop of Arthur?s Seat, the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh?s Waterfront make the city a unique visitor destination. In just one day you can explore the city?s exciting new waterfront development, explore the shops and restaurants on the Royal Mile, visit the famous castle and explore the rugged terrain of the volcanic Arthur?s Seat.
Explore Ely Cathedral with its unique Octagon Tower, experience the famous and unique Stained Glass Museum or visit Oliver Cromwell's House, home to Ely's most famous past resident, with its specially restored rooms and exhibits on 17th Century Life.
For more information about the city of Ely, including information on the various markets, tours and places of interest, please go to visitely.eastcambs.gov.uk
Southern Fife is dominated by Dunfermline, a former capital of Scotland and the 'Lang Toun' of Kirkcaldy, Fife's largest settlement. The Forth Road and Rail Bridges are the most memorable sights on this stretch of coastline.
North of Kirkcaldy in Central Fife, the highlights are the historic village of Falkland with its impressive ruined palace and the county town of Cupar, a charming market town set in rolling countryside.
In the northeast corner of Fife, the landscape varies from the gentle hills in the rural hinterland to the windswept cliffs, rocky bays and sandy beaches on which scenes from the film 'Chariots of Fire' were shot.
Our scenery quickly changes as we rush towards the South Coast, where observant ones can catch a glimpse out to Southampton docks and the Solent. The train then turns inland and begins heading north, following the River Itchen to Eastleigh before heading back up to Salisbury.
Perfect for those who want to enjoy steam without travelling to a destination, this trip allows you to sit back, relax and experience the leisurely pace of steam travel.
A thriving and vibrant maritime town, Harwich epitomises the great British seaside with its bright and colourful beach huts, blue flag beach, Victorian wooden Hapenny Pier and lighthouses. The attractive old town was built on a grid pattern, in the 13th Century, by the Earl of Norfolk, to exploit its strategic position at the mouth of the Stour/Orwell estuary. The famous seafarers Hawkins, Drake and Frobisher all sailed from Harwich during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I on various expeditions.
This cosmopolitan town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror, a preserved Old Town and a strong local arts community.
Hastings is really three towns in one joined by a level promenade; the Old Town to the east, the bustling contemporary shopping Town Centre in the middle and St Leonards to the west.
The Island currently has the highest number of award-winning beaches in England, all managed to the highest standards and inspected daily.
The island is also home to a five mile-long steam railway, which offers an idyllic view of the Island?s unspoilt countryside. Keep an eye out for a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through ancient woodland.
To view the Isle of Wight?s beautiful landscape from a different angle, catch a ride on an open top bus. The Island?s bus routes take you through a maze of patchwork fields and along the chalky coastlines, giving you a chance to witness the stunning scenery and snap the perfect holiday postcard picture.
If you love historic houses and gardens, castles or immersing yourself in history and culture, then Dartmouth is the place for you.
Shopping, galleries, museums, arts and crafts - the list goes on in Dartmouth town centre. While away hours browsing through Dartmouth?s beautiful historic streets - it?s the perfect town for some serious window shopping.
The short ferry crossing from Kingswear to Dartmouth is included in your ticket.
Standing proudly above the fens, Lincoln was the capital of the Roman Province covering most of eastern England. Its Cathedral was founded in 1072 by William the Conqueror.
Today the world famous Cathedral and castle are at the centre of a vivacious city where the historic Bailgate and the regenerated Waterside and St Marks areas provide plenty for shoppers and sightseers.
Sitting proudly in the northernmost part of The Suffolk Coast is Lowestoft. Famous for being the most easterly town and the first place to see the sunrise in the UK, it's also the birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten.
The town is a favourite with families, and there's plenty to see and do; with two piers, a wildlife park, an award-winning sandy beach, museums and the bustling 'Scores' a series of pretty lanes showcasing Lowestoft's rich history.
Take the scenic river taxi to Oulton Broad to see more of the Suffolk Coast.
Highclere Castle, instantly recognisable as the set of Downton Abbey has a rich, multi-faceted heritage and has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679. Built on an ancient site, the original house was recorded in the Domesday Book. The present day Castle was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, the architect also responsible for building the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
Passengers visiting Highclere will alight the train at Newbury and be transfered by road coach. They will have around 5 hours to explore the house and gardens.
Wander down to the transformed waterfront, now lined with designer bars, restaurants and public art. From here you can view the Gateshead Millennium which arches across the Tyne to link the city to Gateshead?s quays and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
Castle Keep is worth a visit as is the Life Science Centre in Times Square.
The Bodleian Library (which claims to purchase every book published in the UK), part of Britain?s oldest museum - the Ashmolean.
Add to this a bustling shopping centre, the beautiful River Thames winding through the city and lovely parks and gardens and the main problem will be deciding how to spend your time in Oxford!
It is possible to visit most of the University Colleges, Museums and Galleries and there are also two-hour walking tours of the city which include visits to college and university sites.For up-to-date information about walking tours and events in Oxford, go to www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/oxford.
Overlooking one of the world's great natural harbours, Plymouth has been at the fore of maritime exploration for hundreds of years. It was from here that the Mayflower set sail for the New World in 1620. Visit the Plymouth Mayflower Exhibition and explore the cobbled streets of the Barbican, following in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers.
Allegedly, it was on Plymouth Hoo that Sir Francis Drake was playing bowls when the Spanish Armada was sighted in 1588 and with great sang froid he said there was plenty of time to finish the game.
Alternatively, there is the National Marine Aquarium on the waterfront or the City Museum and Art Gallery.Plymouth is also the largest regional shopping centre.>
From the naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth offers something for everyone.Get a unique view over the City, Solent and Isle of Wight from the 90 metre high Spinnaker Tower with its gravity defying glass floor!
Fans of naval or military history will be spoilt for choice with the Historic Dockyard exhibiting over 800 years of naval history within the surroundings of its working docks, and the D-Day Museum on the seafront, the UK's only museum dedicated to the Normandy landings that took place during WW2. You'll also discover Southsea Castle, built by Henry VIII as well as many historic forts, follies, towers and the Royal Marines Museum.
A walk along the Millennium Trail, a 3km walk along the waterfront, taking in Old Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays and many of Portsmouth's old defences, is highly recommended.
Known as 'The city in the countryside', the magnificent medieval city of Salisbury has it all; historic streets and alleyways, charming half-timbered buildings, traditional English eating houses and pretty shopping streets, not to mention a superb range of attractions, including the UK?s finest medieval cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral offers one superlative after another, from the tallest spire in Britain to the world?s best-preserved Magna Carta. It stands in the largest medieval close in Britain, where you will also find award-winning museums.
Don't miss a stroll along the Town Path across the water meadows; the awe-inspiring sight of the Cathedral has been described as 'Britain's best view'!
Set in the middle of the delightful town and only a few minutes walk from the station, Sherborne Abbey has been a Cathedral, a Parish Church and a Monastery. Surrounded by almshouses, Cathedral cottages and the famous schools, the Abbey is a lovely place to visit.Sherborne is also home to two castles - Old Castle dating back to the 12th Century and a newer one originally built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594.To find out more about Sherborne and its various attractions, visit www.sherbornetown.com
The city has magnificent theatres, unique galleries and museums, plus a bustling port and modern shopping centre. The award winning parks make Southampton the greenest city in Southern England and Southampton Common has over 300 acres of flora and fauna for you to enjoy.
Discover the city's rich history at the SeaCity Museum, which houses an interactive model of the Titanic, or visit Tudor House and Garden, which displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike.
Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specialises in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire.
If the weather is kind, why not take part in the popular guided walks of the Old Town, or explore the city on the self guided trails - Titanic Walk and QE2 Mile.
Synonymous with Shakespeare, whose birthplace incorporates a museum illustrating his life, Stratford is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the beautiful River Avon. Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare is buried, is one of the loveliest parish churches and nearby Hall?s Croft, Nash?s House and New Place all give further insights into Shakespeare?s Stratford. The Swan Theatre, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, provides a lovely place from which to admire the River Avon with its many swans.
Shopping too is a treat with many individual and specialist shops within easy reach.
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The seafront is connected by over three miles of level promenade which provides access to the beach, rejuvenated town centre, historic harbour and Lodmoor Country Park to create a very special place to visit.
You will never be short of things to do in Weymouth, with an abundance of natural and themed attractions for everyone to enjoy! From sand sculptures to a magical underwater world of dazzling sea creatures, Weymouth has attractions to delight visitors of all ages! A visit to the Nothe Fort is a must! Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, this unique attraction is a network of underground passages and is steeped in history. Not only that it provides stunning views out towards Portland and over Weymouth Bay.
This pretty Hampshire city, proclaimed as England's capital by King Alfred in 871 AD, is steeped in history. Aside from the world-famous Cathedral, you can also visit The Great Hall and its legendary Arthurian Round table- the only remaining parts of Winchester castle.
Winchester College is another popular attraction, founded in 1382 it is believed to be the longest continuously running school in the country.
For more information on Winchester, visit www.visitwinchester.co.uk.
The walled city, with its winding streets and architectural gems, is compact enough for visitors to get a real feel for the place within a couple of hours, although there is so much to see and do, you might want to stay longer.
The stunning Minster with its renowned Rose window is a must-see for any new visitor to York. The National Railway Museum is home to a large collection of notable locomotives and rolling stock. The Jorvik Viking Centre, the medieval guildhalls, Georgian town houses, National Trust and English heritage properties are also well worth a visit.
York's many little lanes and alleyways, known as The Shambles, are full of interesting shops and cafes. The world-famous speciality tea room and patisserie, Betty's, can be found in St Helen's Square - perfect for afternoon tea.
Alternatively, why not take a leisure boat trip on the River Ouse which runs through the city?