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Bangor lies at the edge of the Menai Strait (a narrow 14 mile stretch of shallow tidal water separating Bangor and the mainland from the Isle of Anglesey).
The strait is spanned by two magnificent bridges - Thomas Telford?s 1826 iron suspension bridge and Robert Stephenson?s 1850 Britannia Tubular Bridge.
Bangor has the longest High Street in Wales and the second longest pier in Wales (1,500 feet) - where you can enjoy a gentle stroll, visit the gift shop, quench your thirst at the quaint coffee shop, or just sit back and take in the stunning views towards Snowdonia and Anglesey.
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.
Blenheim Palace was built as a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from Queen Anne and a grateful nation in thanks for his victory at the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. Today, the Palace is home to one of the most important and extensive collections in Europe, which includes portraits, furniture, sculpture and tapestries. Amongst the many treasures to be found in the State Rooms are the famous Marlborough Tapestries ( the 'Victories Series') in the Green Writing Room and the First, Second and Third State Rooms. Be sure not to miss the magnificent Long Library with its walls lined by more than 10,000 books, many of them hundreds of years old and of great historic significance.
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.
Transfer from the train to Bressingham Steam & Gardens, what better way to explore the beautiful gardens, woodlands and countryside of Bressingham than by climbing aboard a magnificent steam engine! With over four miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four journeys to choose from, it's the perfect way to relax and enjoy the scenery!
Bristol straddles the River Avon in the southwest of England and has a prosperous maritime history. Its former city-centre port is now a cultural hub, and at the Harbourside, the M Shed museum explores local social and industrial heritage. The harbour's 19th-century warehouses now contain restaurants, shops and cultural institutions such as contemporary art gallery The Arnolfini. Other iconic attractions include Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain.
Waterside walks provide a constantly changing view.
For more information head to www.visitbristol.co.uk
The University buildings with their golden stone and intricate carvings form a magnificent backdrop to the compact city with the River Cam winding through the centre and alongside the "backs" - the beautiful parks.
The ancient Britons, Romans, Saxons and Normans all put their mark on Cambridge and the first of the University's 31 colleges, Peterhouse, was founded in 1284. This was followed by Clare (1326) and Pembroke (1347).
King's College Chapel is breathtaking with the largest (and widely considered most beautiful) fan vault in the world, 26 pre-Reformation stained glass windows and the wooden organ screen - a gift from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn on their marriage. On Sundays there is Evensong at 3.30pm.
Find out more at www.visitcambridge.org
The River Stour winds its way through the middle of the city and in summer punts can be hired for a leisurely trip.
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.
Known for its lovely architecture, sweeping avenues and gardens, wide streets and a pedestrianised shopping centre based around The Promenade and Montpellier Gardens.
Cheltenham was specifically designed in its 18th and 19th century heyday as a pleasure health resort for wealthy visitors, the legacy of which is its award-winning gardens and impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, in an elegant Regency spa town.
Make a visit to one of it's historic features, such as the Neptune Fountain or the Pitville Pump Room. There are also many museums and buildings to explore, for example the Cresent Holst Birthplace museum and the Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.
Spend some time exploring Chepstow's winding Georgian and Victorian streets with a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes, and take in the old town walls and the 15th Century gatehouse.
The first stone castle to built in Britain following the Norman Conquest still stands guard over the River Wye as it nears its confluence with the Severn Estuary. And the town that grew up around it has been an important port and market centre ever since.
The original walls of this historic gem in the North West were built by the Romans and offer a two mile walkway around the city, interrupted by ancient towers and gates in the form of imposing stone arches. Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old Cathedral with Europe's finest example of medieval carvings - and of course the one and only 700 year old Rows galleries where shopping is a double delight.
For more information on the shopping districts, tours and riverside at Chester, go to www.visitchester.com
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.
The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle stand on a natural hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills. Nothing could pass in or out without going past the Castle. With breathtaking views across Purbeck, you can't fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins.
The village surrounding the castle is constructed almost completely from the local grey Purbeck limestone and comprises two main streets, East Street and West Street, linked at their north end at the Square and offers a unique range of independant shops, tea-houses and restaurants.
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.
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
The vibrant life of the city is epitomised by its revitalised quayside, varied shopping centres and majestic Gothic St Peter's Cathedral and the Roman City Wall.
Other historic buildings include the Exeter Guildhall and Tuckers Hall, or head down to Exeter's Historic Quayside, a hub of leisure and activity, where you can explore the River Exe and Exeter ship canal by boat, bicycle or on foot, and discover the historic Exe Island.
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In the quaint regenerated streets of Folkestone, you'll discover cutting-edge art in its unique Creative Quarter, which houses over 100 artistic enterprises within its cobbled centre. Explore pastel-painted studio-galleries, and indulge in quirky stores, laid-back bars and chic eateries.
The mile-long cliff-top promenade of The Leas is just a short stroll away, offering sea views to France, and where you will find the WW1 Memorial Arch and the Leas bandstand.
Head to the Folkestone Harbour Arm for an eclectic mix of food, drink and enterntainment. Be sure to try Rocksalt for super-fresh fish and al-fresco dining with superb harbour views.
The Cathedral, founded in 700AD, one of Europe's architectural glories, is the resting place of murdered King Edward II and the glazed cloisters are the most complete medieval example of their kind in England - the setting for parts of the famous Harry Potter films. Parliament has also been held within its walls.
Gloucester?s restored 200-year old historic docks contain two museums, an antiques market and a shopping centre.
For fans of Beatrix Potter, there is also a Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop based in the original building used by Beatrix Potter in her wonderful story, and brings her magical world to life with displays, illustrations and unique gifts.
Great Yarmouth is famous as a family holiday destination, bursting with fun things to do, activities for all, shows and attractions stretching along the fabled Golden Mile and the huge expanse of pristine beach. Visit the Nelson Museum to discover unique facts about Norfolk-born Lord Horatio Nelson and his life and times. Alternatively, there are penguins and sharks at the Sea Life aquarium on the sea front and a model village and mini golf to also enjoy.
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 largest town on the Isle of Anglesey, Holyhead is best known as the busiest UK Irish ferry port, but there is more to the town than that.
Housed in the oldest lifeboat station in Wales (circa 1858) is Holyhead Maritime Museum which has an amazing collection of exhibits that tell the fascinating maritime history of Holyhead and Anglesey. With over 100 shipwrecks in the vicinity - this is the place to learn their story.
If you are feeling energetic why not take a taxi to visit South Stack Lighthouse accessed via a bridge and steep flight of 400 steps! On the way down you will be able to view the awesome geology of the surrounding vertical cliff faces. Wonder at the exhibitions on the bird life and natural environment as well as visiting the lighthouse engine room before climbing to the top of the lighthouse.
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.
Often described as one of the most beautiful castles in the World. During its 900 year history, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England's medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century. It has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
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.
For up to date information on tours and events in the city of Lincoln, go to www.visitlincoln.com.
With its unique combination of Victorian style and Edwardian elegance, Llandudno is the largest holiday resort in Wales. Dubbed the Queen of Welsh resorts, it stands on a peninsula jutting out into the Irish Sea, between the twin headlands of the Great Orme and Little Orme.
The town boasts two beaches - the North Shore, backed by an imposing crescent of large Victorian hotels, with its graceful pier (at 2,220ft it's one of the longest in Britain) and the West shore backed by the mountains of Snowdonia and wonderful sunsets.Take either the tramway or the cable car to the top of the Great Orme for fantastic views across the town and Snowdonia
Enjoy an unforgettable day out to Britain's capital city. Take an open-top bus tour, or for a more gentle pace, take a cruise down the Thames to discover Londons top attractions such St Pauls Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. There is also a multitude of galleries and museums, all of which combine to make London one of the greatest cities in the World. Shopping opportunities are endless, from world famous department stores to historic street markets and everything in between.
At 22.75 miles long, this heritage railway is the longest independent railway in Britain.
The journey takes you through the rolling Quantock hills, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, past the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales, confident Church Towers and Dunster's imposing Castle.
Minehead's seaside charm is just waiting to be discovered at the end of the line.
The main attractions include the picturesque old harbour and sandy beach, which extends from the Strand along to Warren Point.
Walking around Norwich feels like stepping back in time, surrounded by ancient architecture including the iconic Norwich Cathedral with its 315 foot spire and the largest Cathedral Close in England. Building work started in 1096 and a canal was constructed to bring the large stones from Normandy. The Cathedral draws many visitors from around the world.
The castle, dating from around 1160, contains the castle museum which houses a collection from the Norwich School of Painters.For more information about Norwich and its attractions, go to visitnorwich.co.uk
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.
The town of Paignton, once a Celtic settlement and fishing village, is now a popular resort with award winning sandy beaches and a colourful, bustling pier.Also home to the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, medieval Kirkham House, and Oldway Mansion, built in the 1870s for Isacc Singer, there is lots to see and do.
Find out more about local events and attractions at www.paignton.com
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?!
A beautiful trip awaits passengers on the Severn Valley Railway through sleepy Worcestershire and Shropshire.
Our train will terminate at historic Bewdley where passengers may spend the afternoon. Alternatively, catch a Severn Valley Railway train to any of the other lovely attractions on the line including picturesque Highley, visit the Arboretum at Arley or the Castle at Bridgnorth.
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
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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Swanage is a traditional Victorian seaside town, set at the heart of Purbeck and built around a beautiful bay sheltered from the north by Ballard Down and at the south, Peveril Point.
A prominent Victorian resident, George Burt, brought many old London Landmarks to the town including frontages and columns from such buildings as Billingsgate Fish Market and the structure of Wellington's Clock Tower. Swanage abounds with curious architectural landmarks, causing it to be christened Little London.
The worlds first preserved standard gauge heritage railway line takes you from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park, cutting through the beautiful Sussex Weald.
Sheffield Park station was really built to serve Lord Sheffield who owned the large house, which still stands to this day. The house and gardens are owned by the National Trust and there is plenty to see and do.
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.
Windsor is a town full of history and charm as you will discover when you visit. The town is dominated by Windsor Castle which is over 900 years old and the largest inhabited castle in the world!
Aside from the Castle, theres much more to see and do, including visiting the award-winning Savill Garden, taking a guided tour of the town's numerous cobbled streets and Tudor buildings, or enjoying a walk along the pretty riverside.
It can be said the English Civil War began and ended at Worcester, earning the City its motto - The Faithful City, for its support of the Stuarts.
The magnificent Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century, is the burial place of infamous King John and offers unequalled views of the Malvern Hills and Cotswolds from its tower . The city is best known for its magnificent Cathedral but is also famous for the world renowned Worcester Porcelain, the piquant Worcestershire Sauce and the most picturesque cricket ground in the country. Explore The Commandery to learn about our important role in the English Civil War. See a contemporary exhibition at the City Art Gallery and admire the half-timbered buildings in Friar Street. These include Greyfriars? House & Garden and the 500 year old Tudor House. If you prefer to join a guided tour around the city, walks are available every day, morning and evening, from the Guildhall which in its own right is a truly beautiful building dating back to 1721.
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?