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Port Isaac Harbour View
Port Isaac Harbour © Jack Vincent

Port Isaac – Renowned for having one of the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain

The picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac is one of North Cornwall’s more popular ports. The village provides lovely walks along the coast due to its position in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its Heritage Coastal Area status. The village port From the Middle Ages until the middle of the C19th, Port Isaac […]

St Mary in the Castle © Jim Linwood
St Mary in the Castle, Hastings © Jim Linwood

Heritage Open Days – England’s unexplored heritage sites at a town near you. Here’s your starter for ten

In early September the doors will be open on hundreds of unusual and exceptional historic and iconic properties. We start you off with some ideas of where to visit around the country.

St Austell Holy Trinity Church
St Austell Holy Trinity Church © Visit Cornwall

St Austell – A stone’s throw from the Cornish Riviera

Referred to as the Cornish Riviera, St Austell is an old market town not far from the beautiful South Cornish coast line. It is the largest town in Cornwall and overlooked by the white peaks of the China Clay industry. Holy Trinity (above) is an ancient Grade I Listed church and is unusual as parts date back to […]

Portsmouth by 921563 on Pixabay
Portsmouth by 921563 on Pixabay

The city of Portsmouth, with its historic dockyard, proud home of HMS Victory, is a vibrant and popular destination which blends the old and the new.

At the entrance to the Harbour, The Point and the Camber, visitor to Portsmouth will find some of the oldest, and many listed, buildings. In 1180 a wealthy merchant founded a chapel. In time it became the Parish church for the settlement which grew around the Point and Camber, Portmouth. Richard I granted the town […]

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 […]

colourful buuildings overlook Bristol Harbour © Steelfish on Pixabay
Bristol Harbour © Steelfish on Pixabay

Bristol a thriving metropolis and gateway to the oceans

Bristol has always been linked to the sea. It has been a large and important city for over eight centuries. Near the rivers Frome and Avon, it has been inhabited since the Stone Age. And, there is evidence of a number of Roman settlements here. The town really started to flourish during the Middle Ages […]

Simon de Montfort on horse © battleofevesham.co.uk
Simon de Montfort on horse at Battle of Evesham © battleofevesham.co.uk

Step back in time to the C13th at the Battle of Evesham between Prince Edward and Simon de Montfort

The C13th Century Battle of Evesham is re-enacted on the 4 & 5 August 2018. This free to attend event, takes place in the Heart of Evesham. It features a mediaeval festival and camp with demos of cookery, weapons and medicine, and the main battle re-enactment. We expect thousands to attend, to witness a battle […]

Silver Street © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
Silver Street Warminster © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

Make spring time for Warminster nestled between Cley Hill and Battlesbury Hill, the area offers wonderful spring walks along ancient routes.

Situated beneath the chalk downland, with its abundant flora and fauna, Warminster lies on the edge of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area around Warminster shows evidence of early settlers with Iron Age forts. In the middle ages the town thrived on the wool and cloth industries, […]

Royal Crescent, Bath © visitbath.co.uk
Royal Crescent, Bath © visitbath.co.uk

Visit the beautiful City of Bath from where the first Penny Black was posted in May 1840.

The golden city of Bath has been welcoming visitors for over 2,000 years. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is home to some of the most impressive buildings in the world. These include the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge. The Royal Crescent is C18th; designed by John Wood the younger, it is […]