Author: Siobhan Clarke

Penglais (Pendinas) by Ian Capper
Aberystwyth Penglais (Pendinas) by Ian Capper on https://www.geograph.org.uk

Aberystwyth the cosmopolitan town which retains its Welsh character

Aberystwyth is unique because it retains its Welsh character, with half the population speaking Welsh, but is at the same time cosmopolitan. We have welcomed Syrian refugees here and they love it because of the warm welcome they have received. The mile and a half long promenade is the place to be at sunset and […]

Wye Bridge © Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Wye Bridge © Visit Herefordshire

Hereford a walled city where the street plan is almost exactly as it was in medieval times.

The modern city of Hereford, on the boarder between England and Wales, is a treasure trove of historic buildings and artefacts. While the Old Market is an up-to-the-minute, and buzzing, shopping destination. Hereford Cathedral The see of Hereford dates from AD 676, and the present Cathedral from C11th-C12th. The columns and arches in the nave […]

Guildhall and Newton © Ruth Crook – Grantham Civic Society

Grantham in the heart of England, always in the thick of it.

Grantham is a market town in Lincolnshire dating from Saxon times or earlier. In the heart of England, it was the birth place of our first female Prime Minister. History of Grantham The town has always been in the thick of things! The Royal Manor belonged at one time to Queen Edith, wife of Edward […]

Greenwich Park by Primrose on Pixabay
Greenwich Park by Primrose on Pixabay

On the banks of the Thames, Greenwich, home of the Cutty Sark, is one of London’s maritime landmarks. Steeped in the nation’s history, it is a World Heritage site, and home to the National Maritime Museum

The early town grew around the Royal Palace which Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and brother of Henry V, built in 1427. A grand palace, it had battlements and a moat, and became a favourite of the Tudors. Greenwich Park was the ‘garden’ of the Royal Palace. It was the playground and hunting ground for the […]

The town sign saying Historic Amesbury the home of Stoehenge © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
© www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

Amesbury is a bustling town, surrounded by an ancient landscape including Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site, which attracts over a million visitors a year.

Amesbury has a rich history dating back beyond the Iron Age. Settlers built a large Iron Age hill fort here defending the River Avon. And, in 2002, archaeologists found the grave of the famous Amesbury Archer. Notably, it held the most Bronze Age artefacts ever found in Britain. The building of the first abbey began […]

Camden Town © London & Partners
Camden Town © London & Partners

Once the centre of London’s Gin industry, Camden Town is a great day out in a unique corner of London

Camden Town is a special part of London, to the north of Totenham Court Road and including Regent’s Canal. Blossoming out of post war London, Camden became a bustling, thriving neighbourhood. There’s everything you need here and more, including London Zoo. To start off your visit, there are plenty of hostelries to welcome you with […]

Aylsham market place © visitnorthnorfolk.com
Aylsham market place © visitnorthnorfolk.com

Aylsham in Norfolk is a traditional market town with two markets a week, a monthly farmers’ market and a busy town centre.

At the northern terminus of the Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham sits beside the river Bure, one of the busiest rivers in the Norfolk broads. Nestling in the Bure meadows is the National Trusts’ Bickling Estate, the birth place of Anne Boleyn. The Gallery Library in the Jacobean mansion contains the National Trusts’ most precious collection […]

Street Chertsey ©
Windsor Street Chertsey © Visit Surrey

Chertsey on the Thames had some of the finest medieval floor tiles in England.

Chertsey is a market town on the banks of the Thames which grew around a Benedictine Abbey founded in 666. The Vikings destroyed the Abbey in 871 killing the Abbott and 90 monks. King Edgar refounded the Abbey in 964 and some ruins, mostly the gardens, still remain. The Abbey fishponds remain and fill with […]

Trowbridge Town Hall shows summer flower displays and hanging baskets © Visit Wiltshire
Trowbridge Town Hall © www.visitwilthshire.co.uk

Trowbridge in Wiltshire, here you can wander through the streets where Romans, Saxons and Normans have all left their mark.

In the heart of west Wiltshire, Trowbridge is a vibrant town with truly ancient roots. Here you can wander through streets where Romans, Saxons and Normans have all left their mark. In the C13th the town was the headquarters of a Magna Carta Baron. With 24 others, he forced King John to sign the ‘great […]

© Avant-EBC
© Avant-EBC

Eastbourne is a vibrant town with majestic buildings. Its breathtaking carpet flower bedding on the seafront is testimony to the value that the town places on its visitors.

Eastbourne was a large coastal community that lived on fishing and farming. In 1232 it was granted a market charter, but it remained a village. The town became more popular in the C18th as a health resort and the King’s family stayed here. However, transport was difficult on poor roads and travel was expensive. Once […]