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Shakes-paws at Anne Hathaways Cottage - three lovely retrievers sitting outside © Shakespeare’s England
Shakes-paws at Anne Hathaways Cottage © Shakespeare’s England

With Spring on the doorstep there’s no better time to take up the dog lead and walk off the winter blues.

Here at Discover Towns we’ve noticed a trend toward people and dogs travelling together. So we’re looking round for pet friendly places visit and stay with your best friend. People tell us that taking their dog with them on a visit is a happier option than telling it that you will be back in a […]

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 […]

High Street © Guildford Borough Council
High Street © Gulidford Borough Council

Historic Guildford in the centre of Surrey has architecture from Saxon times through to the C20th. Enjoy a walk along the tow path by the River Wey, or take a boat trip from Dapdune Wharf.

The early town grew in importance because of its situation on the River Wey. It was a resting place for pilgrims on the medieval Pilgrims Way. Later the town was a coaching stop on the route from London to Portsmouth. The Angel Inn, a medieval timber-framed building on the High Street, remains a hotel to […]

Derby © Visitderby.co.uk
Derby © Visitderby.co.uk

Derby has been in the middle of it all for thousands of years, boasting Bronze Age artefacts, to Neronian forts, and Georgian arts, there’s plenty for visitors to see and do.

The centre of the City of Derby is an eclectic blend of old and new. The mix includes the Cathedral, Georgian buildings in Friargate and cobbled streets, next to C20th urban townscape. The once splendid Friar Gate Bridge dates from 1878. Local iron foundry Andrew Handyman & Co. designed the bridge for the Great Northern […]

Windsor©windsor.gov.uk
© windsor.gov.uk

Windsor is famous world wide for its Royal connections which go back to William the Conqueror

Windsor Castle has the distinction to be the residence of the Royal Family. And is the oldest and the largest occupied castle anywhere in the world. It has been home to 39 monarchs. The first Norman castle was the typical motte and bailey, which was part of the Conqueror’s ring of castles surrounding London. It […]

Trowbridge Town Hall shows summer flower displays and hanging baskets © Visit Wiltshire
Trowbridge Town Hall © Visit Wiltshire

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 […]

The historic High Street with half-timbered buildings © East Grinstead Town Promotions
High Street © East Grinstead Town Promotions

The beautiful medieval market town of East Grinstead has a magnificent historic High Street full of Medieval and Tudor timber-framed buildings

The beautiful medieval market town of East Grinstead is in reach of Gatwick Airport, London, Ashdown Forest and the South Coast. It is therefore an ideal base from which to explore the South East. The Bluebell Railway runs steam trains from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park Station. And, the return journey covers 20 miles of […]

St Mary's Chepstow showing the town, the Castle and the 1816 bridge© John Burrows
Chepstow © John Burrows

Chepstow has always been a forward looking, modern town. At the gateway to the Wales Coast Path, you can stand on its Bridge and have one foot in Wales and the other foot in England.

William FitzOsbern, cousin of William the Conqueror, founded the Castle, Priory, and Town at Chepstow. He was joint 2nd in command of the Normans in the Norman conquest of 1066. So afterward, William I made him Earl of Hereford. Chepstow Castle The priority for both the Conqueror and FitzOsbern was to secure the English-Welsh border. […]

Morris Dancers at Apple Day © www.golakes.co.uk.
Morris Dancers at Apple Day © www.golakes.co.uk.

Penrith in the Lake District is right in the middle of it all! It’s a market town with cobbled lanes, and surrounded by Bronze Age monuments.

In the heart of Cumbria, Penrith is the social and commercial centre of the Eden District. It is the perfect base from which visitors can explore the Eden Valley and the Lake District National Park. The cobbled lanes in the town centre have independent shops and a range of eateries which range from cafes to […]

© 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 […]