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Castle Warwick by InspiredImages on Pixabay

Warwick, famous for its medieval castle, is a town bursting with character. Its hidden gardens, rich mix of architecture and historic attractions make it a great place for a short break.

Recent excavations at Warwick have found evidence of Neolithic people living in the area. Since then, it was a Saxon settlement, afforded protection to William the Conqueror and his army, and survived The Great Fire of 1694. The town boasts buildings from every period of the last thousand years, even though the Great Fire of […]

Menai Bridge © SueCG on Pixabay
Telford's Menai Bridge © SueCG on Pixabay

Our great engineers were drivers for change in the industrial revolution which shaped so many of our towns. We’ve taken a look at some of them and the towns where they lived.

Telford’s Langholm Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway was the childhood home of one of the greatest civil engineers ever, Thomas Telford. He was born in Westerkirk, Langholm in Dumfries-shire, the son of a poor farmer who died soon after Telford’s birth. He grew up in Langholm, where he was an apprentice to a stone mason, […]

Wooler © www.visitnorthumberland.com with Cheviots behind
Wooler © www.visitnorthumberland.com

Wooler in Northumberland lies mid-way between Hadrian’s and the Antonine Walls, and is the gateway to the Cheviot Hills.

Wooler in Northumberland, a market town, became a health resort and a base from which to visit the Cheviot Hills. The town is a popular base for walkers, and is on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. Its visitors include Sir Walter Scott and Daniel Defoe. The town lies on St Cuthbert’s Way between […]

Lower High Street Harpenden showing trees coming into leaf in spring with red tulips and spring flowers on the ground © Harpenden Town Council
Lower High Street © Harpenden Town Council

Harpenden the bustling town with a traditional English village feel.

Harpenden has 30,000 residents and a growing number of businesses, but still has a village feel. It has an unspoiled  tree-lined High Street, town greens, and period cottages. The Common with 96.39 hectares of open space that supports cricket, football and Golf clubs is a County Wildlife Site. Harpenden Shopping Centre The Town Centre offers […]

Old Town High Street © Stevenage Borough Council
Old Town High Street © Stevenage Borough Council

Stevenage in Hertfordshire is a study in urban planning and design, and has several notable features and public art installations

Stevenage in Hertfordshire was once a quiet country town, but in 1946 it became Britain’s first New Town. These provided quality housing and community facilities in response to the post-war housing shortage. The new town of Stevenage was six self-contained residential areas arranged around the original town. Now called Stevenage Old Town, this original part […]

Mere nestling in the countryside © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

Mere in Wiltshire a historical and archaeological hidden gem

Mere © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk Mere in the south-west corner of Wiltshire nestles beneath the South West Wiltshire Downs large parts of which are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Ridgeway in use since prehistory, with several Iron Age hill forts providing a wealth of archaeological interest for visitors, is a real hidden gem. The name, […]

Welcome to Wetherby © Wetherby Town Council
Welcome to Wetherby © Wetherby Town Counci

Wetherby in West Yorkshire – mid way between Edinburgh and London

Wetherby in West Yorkshire stands half way between Edinburgh and London and was on the Great North Road. In the past it was an important staging post. In 1837 the Angel Inn, now on the High Street, served two coaches daily. There was, briefly, a castle here. In 1140 the Percy family built a castle […]

Blackpool Prom showing the Tower

The 2017 Blackpool Bucket and Spade List

Blackpool Prom and Tower ©Sean Convoy and VisitBlackpool Looking to create some unforgettable summer memories?  Then why not head to Blackpool and you can see for yourself why this is the UK’s favourite beach resort. Not only does it have sand and sea, more shows, attractions and entertainment than you can shake a stick at, […]

Couple eating fish and chips in Keswick Town Centre.
Keswick © www.golakes.co.uk.

Keswick in the Lake District home of the Lake Poets

Keswick was a settlement in prehistoric times. In the C13th Edward I granted a licence for a Market here which continues today. In the Tudor era Keswick was a mining area, but since the C18th it has been a popular destination for visitors Buildings in Keswick The town has a Moot Hall (or court house) […]

Hastings home of the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe

Hastings in East Sussex is one of the medieval Cinque Ports. It has the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe. We call the beach here the Stade which is a Saxon term meaning landing place. The town is most famous for 1066 – the Castle was built by William the Conqueror. Its ruins are at […]