Places

Discover Britain

Britain has an exceptional collection of delightful towns and this section aims to provide a fantastic resource for deciding where to visit.

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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.

Portsmouth, UK

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 […]

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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

Greenwich, London, UK

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 […]

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Visit Lavenham, a Suffolk wool town, to find a treasure chest of medieval timbered buildings. In its heyday it was one of the wealthiest settlements in England.

Lavenham, Sudbury, UK

The history of Lavenham is one of gains and losses. In 1524 the village, a successful wool settlement, paid more in taxes than either Lincoln or York. Yet, 500 years later in 1824 the village was struggling with poverty. Today, it has recovered and is one of the best preserved medieval English villages. Lavenham in […]

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Brighton, the play ground of the Prince Regent, later George IV, has entertained sea-side visitors in style for more than 200 years.

Brighton, UK

The Royal connections in Brighton go back before the Prince Regent. Sussex Yatch Club organises the Royal Escape Race  from Brighton to Fecamp in Normandy. The race celebrates the escape to France of King Charles 11 in 1651. Today a bunch of hardy volunteers organises the race and raises funds for sailing charities such as […]

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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, Salisbury, UK

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 […]

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Bristol a thriving metropolis and gateway to the oceans

Bristol, UK

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 […]

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

Evesham, UK

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 […]

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

Camden Town, London, UK

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 […]

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

Aylsham, Norwich, UK

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 […]

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

Warminster, UK

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, […]

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

Bath, UK

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 […]

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Enjoy a huge slice of British history in the bustling City of Leeds in West Yorkshire

Leeds, UK

Leeds has more listed buildings than any other city outside London. The built heritage here is one to marvel at and enjoy. For a slice of British history the city has plenty to offer. It has a number of nearby historic houses, including Harewood House and Temple Newsam. While Kirkstall Abbey, is one of the […]

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

Wooler, Northumberland, UK

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 […]

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Reigate Heath Windmill church is possibly the only windmill that is a consecrated church in England.

Reigate, UK

For anyone with an interest in church buildings Reigate has plenty to offer. St Mary’s is another large parish church. It possibly dates from the C12th but the exterior appears Perpendicular, it also had some restoration in the C19th. An interesting point is that the Nave has no clerestory. There is a tower with embattled […]

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

Stratford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

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 […]

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VisitWiltshire is producing a series of new guides for visitors to put the county on visitor’s map.

Cricklade, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

VisitWiltshire is kicking off the new year with a great new series of new guides for visitors to put the county on the map. There are three new guides which reach out to visitors at home and abroad. Time for Wiltshire Visitor Guide, Time for Wiltshire Visitor Map and Travel Trade Guide. Part of a […]

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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.

Guildford, United Kingdom

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 […]

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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.

Derby, United Kingdom

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 […]

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

Windsor Castle, Windsor, United Kingdom

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 […]

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

Trowbridge, United Kingdom

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 […]

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

East Grinstead, United Kingdom

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 […]

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Harpenden the bustling town with a traditional English village feel.

Harpenden, United Kingdom

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 […]

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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.

Chepstow, United Kingdom

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. […]

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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.

Penrith Castle, Penrith, United Kingdom

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 […]

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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, United Kingdom

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 […]

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Rochester in Kent, is a historic town on the route between London and Dover, and home to one of England’s greatest novelists.

Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom

Rochester is a very old city, within the walls of a Roman town where Watling Street crosses the river Medway. Later Anglo Saxons built Rochester Bridge which has ten timber spans across the Medway; a great achievement. Named landowners were responsible for the upkeep of piers or spans. Rochester Castle The first castle dates from […]

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Chichester in West Sussex is a busy market town with resident Peregrine Falcons nesting in the Cathedral. Be prepared, bring a shopping bag and a pair of birdwatcher’s binoculars!

Chichester, United Kingdom

Bishop Edward Storey gave the Market Cross to Chichester in 1501 to shelter the itinerant merchants. As he market grew, the town added more market buildings. The Buttermarket of 1807, built by John Nash, still survives with its six Doric columns and Coat of Arms. It leads now to an indoor market. West from the […]

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Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland has the heart of a city and the character of a town with a host of historic buildings.

Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness is full of surprises; I think it has the heart of a city with a town’s character. There are always events to participate in, shows and live music to go to. There are plenty of activities such as trampoline, ice skating, wall climbing, water flumes, golf, and cinema in the city. And, there’s an […]

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

Stevenage, United Kingdom

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 […]

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The village of Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire has the air of being pleasantly caught in a time warp.

Milford on Sea, United Kingdom

Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire sits on the New Forest Coast and offers something for all ages whatever the weather. It’s one of the few remaining coastal villages in Hampshire, and being on top of the cliff offers wonderful views. Download a map of the village here. All Saints Church Milford-on-Sea All Saints is an C11th church; […]

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Whitby on the Yorkshire coast, a stunning sight with atmospheric Abbey ruins looking out to sea

Whitby, United Kingdom

Whitby is an ancient sea port on the Yorkshire Coast. It is rich in history, which includes fishing, and the jet industry. Today it’s still the best place in the world to find the gleaming black stone. In addition, Captain Cook was born nearby, and his famous ship the Endeavour was Whitby-built. The town was […]

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The county of Essex has some historic churches which are well worth a visit

Colchester, United Kingdom

Thaxted church, described as the cathedral of Essex, is very grand. It is a ‘cathedral style’ church with a narrow crossing between the nave and the chancel. The medieval stone spire, unique and tallest in the county, is now 181 feet high, and so dominates the countryside. For more information visit The church has 3 […]

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Scarborough in Yorkshire, was once a town of sailors and fishermen, then a fashionable spa town, and recently a popular, genteel seaside resort.

Scarborough, United Kingdom

The history of Scarborough in Yorkshire goes back at least as far as the iron age, with the remains of a hill fort to show it. In Roman times the vantage point up on the cliffs was a signal post. A tower in a courtyard, it was the look-out post against raiding Angles, Saxons and […]

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Castle Harlech, in Gwynedd, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a magnificent, cliff-top stronghold.

Harlech, United Kingdom

Edward I built Harlech Castle over 6 years from 1282 to 1289; like a giant clenched fist it symbolised power and domination. It was a response to an uprising led by Llewellyn in 1282 in which the English had big losses. But Edward I drove Llewellyn back to Snowdon and he died in a skirmish. […]

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Visit Seaford in East Sussex and enjoy the stunning, world-famous view of the Seven Sisters and the Coastguard Cottages

Seaford, United Kingdom

Just three of the reasons that this East Sussex coastal town is unique and attractive to visitors are: The world-famous view of the Seven Sisters and the Coastguard Cottages can only be seen from Seaford Head Nature Reserve. The seafront is unspoilt with free parking. A wide promenade runs the length of the sweeping bay […]

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Pay a visit to Saffron Walden, in rural Essex, is a quaint medieval market town about 50 miles from London

Saffron Walden, UK

The town has an ancient heritage, and since medieval times has been prosperous. The name Saffron comes from the valuable Crocus sativus crop, which was cultivated here between the 15th and 18th centuries and was used as a dye, flavouring and medicine. The Woolcombers Hall survives from this period. The area is a good place […]

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Witney a beautiful ancient market town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

Witney, United Kingdom

Witney is situated 12 miles west of Oxford and was once an important river crossing on the River Windrush.  The place-name Witney is first attested in a Saxon charter of 969 as Wyttannige; it appears as Witenie in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name means Witta’s island. A charming and bustling market town, there’s […]

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Godalming in Surrey, an ancient and pretty town, and a popular place to live.

Godalming, United Kingdom

Godalming a market town in South West Surrey has a long history. The presence of Mesolithic and Neolithic flints points to human activity here in prehistoric times. Also, remains of Roman pottery suggest Roman occupation nearby. The pretty town was already a large busy village in Anglo Saxon times. Then, King Alfred left the village […]

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Hailsham, in the Wealden District of East Sussex, at the gateway to the South Downs National Park.

Hailsham, United Kingdom

Hailsham is a small town in the Wealden District of East Sussex, at the gateway to the South Downs National Park. It is convenient for travel having easy access to the coast and coastal towns, airports, and London. The town has a mix of old and new and there are interesting medieval buildings. It was […]

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Great Yarmouth a beach resort with a tradition that goes right back to the C18th

Great Yarmouth Seafront, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom

Great Yarmouth is one of the UK’s top seaside resorts with stunning beaches and a newly revived seafront. It has a fascinating maritime past with a wide range of period architecture. As the beautiful countryside around includes the famous Norfolk Broads, Great Yarmouth is hard to beat as a holiday base. Its coastal location, almost […]

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Visit the ancient market town of Bampton in the Bush near to the River Thames

Bampton, United Kingdom

The ancient market town of Bampton lies in the south of the area, not far from the River Thames. Until about 1850 it stood in the centre of a large area of common land, hence its name ‘Bampton in the Bush’. The name, meaning Beam-tun (the settlement by the tree or cross), was a major […]

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Waltham Abbey, in Essex, the final resting place of the remains of the last Saxon King of England

Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom

Waltham Abbey, in Essex, grew into a Saxon settlement on well-drained gravel close to the River Lee. The first church on the site dated from about 700. It rose to fame because of the Abbey. According to legend, Tovi the Proud, standard bearer to King Cnut, accompanied a cross that travelled under its own direction […]

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Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire a market town in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom

Ross-on-Wye is a market town in Herefordshire overlooking the Wye and inside the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Midway between Hereford and Gloucester; it is the Gateway to the Wye Valley. At the centre is the historic Market House; a listed Ancient Monument. It houses an art and craft gallery and one of […]

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The beautiful harbour town of Fowey sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, looking out to the Atlantic Ocean

Fowey Harbour Marine, Fowey, United Kingdom

Fowey is pronounced Foy; it rhymes with ahoy and buoy. This area is part of the country’s early naval history. St Catherine’s Point is a rocky headland at the entrance to the River Fowey estuary. It’s also a popular heritage site on the South West Coastal Path. Due to its strategic position, the site has […]

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Fine Food produced in Kent – the Garden of England. A Great British product!

Kent, United Kingdom

Discover Towns has enjoyed trying some real ales and fine food from the East Kent Triangle. Kent is famous for its hops including East Kent Goldings. Sold under that name since 1838, it is now a Protected Food Name. Grown only in East Kent by a few growers, it is one of the local varieties […]

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Castleford in West Yorkshire a market town rich in history and archeology

Castleford, United Kingdom

Castleford in West Yorkshire, a C20th coal-mining town, rests above earlier settlements on land which is rich with archaeology. Late C20th building work in the town centre opened the way for digs which reveal the details of earlier times. Today, Wakefield Council has an interesting guide to the archaelogy and some finds are on display […]

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Beautiful Bradford on Avon… the perfect setting

Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom

History of Bradford on Avon On the edge of the Cotswolds and a stones throw from Bath, Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire makes the perfect base for visitors to the area. It’s an architectural treasure chest with buildings from centuries past. Many buildings are made from local Bath stone. Visitors can discover dwellings from tiny […]

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Bexhill in Sussex, home of the iconic De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill, United Kingdom

Bexhill-on-Sea grew up around the railway, which first came to the area in 1846. In medieval times Bexhill was a manor owned by the church. After the reformation, Elizabeth I owned it and granted it to Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset in the C17th. Bexhill in Napoleonic times During the Napoleonic Wars, Martello towers were […]

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Edinburgh, UNESCO City of Literature: The world’s first

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dean Bridge View ©This is Edinburgh In 2004 Edinburgh became the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. This is a permanent title which celebrates Edinburgh’s status as a literary capital. The city has become a pioneer in the UNESCO creative cities network, which now has over forty member cities. Edinburgh has always had strong links […]

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Liverpool, once the gateway to the New World, today a feast of culture and vitality

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool and its delightful mix of galleries, museums, city-centre shopping and waterfront vistas is a popular destination for visitors. In the past, millions both left and arrived here; beginning of a new life either in the New World or here in England. Museums and Galleries in Liverpool In 1873, the businessman Andrew Walker presented the […]

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Re-discover liquorice in the bustling market town of Pontefract in West Yorkshire

Pontefract, United Kingdom

Pontefract in West Yorkshire is an ancient settlement, but little is known of the area before the Norman occupation. Known as Kirby in Saxon times, the town eventually became Pontefract, the home of liquorice. The origin of the name is a mystery as there appears not to have ever been a bridge, let alone a […]

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Visit Bridge House at Stock Beck in Ambleside; a most curious relic

Ambleside, United Kingdom

Ambleside has rich history and heritage. Every year, visitors flood into Ambleside to photograph, paint, sketch and just to enjoy seeing Bridge House for themselves. A C17thbuilding, the house has had many uses over its long lifetime and is one of the smallest in Britain. The house was built by the Braithwaite family who needed […]

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The bustling Northumbrian market town of Alnwick

Alnwick, Northumberland, UK

Alnwick ©www.visitnorthumberland.com Alnwick in Northumberland is a bustling market town. A medieval town, it has a wealth of twisting cobbled streets full of local shops and well known brands. A market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays 9 – 4 at Alnwick Market Place, NE66 1TN. On the Great North Road, the town was an […]

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Visit Haltwhistle in Northumberland at the geographical centre of Britain

Haltwhistle, United Kingdom

Stone houses in Haltwhistle © visitnorthumberland.com Three miles from Hadrian’s wall, Haltwhistle, with its stone built houses, is a great base to stay while visiting Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site and the Northumberland National Park. The National Park contains some fine sections of Hadrian’s Wall. In the past local farmers used it as a handy […]

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Visit a market in historic Faversham in the beautiful county of Kent

Faversham, United Kingdom

Faversham Market Place © Visit Kent The history of Faversham dates back to pre-Roman times. Its quaint charm and setting, between the beautiful Kentish Downs and the coast, makes it a popular choice for visitors. Markets in Faversham There is a market here three times a week; it’s the oldest in the county. It takes […]

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Amble, the friendliest port and a haven for bird watchers

Amble, United Kingdom

Amble town centre ©www.visitnorthumberland.com and Richard Moran Amble is a waterfront town on the river Coquet estuary, and gateway to the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an SSSI. It is now a popular place for holidays; with a pleasant harbour, a marina, a nearby castle and nearby beautiful beaches. A mile off […]

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Great Grimsby a town built on its fishing heritage

Grimsby, United Kingdom

Grimsby Town Hall © Visit Lincolnshire The Town of Grimsby, built upon a rich maritime heritage, has a reputation as the UK’s seafood centre. Grimsby Smoked Fish even has Protected Geographical Indication Status! Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish is fillets of cold-smoked cod or haddock, smoked according to the traditional method. The tradition, reputation, smoking process […]

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Mere in Wiltshire a historical and archaeological hidden gem

Mere, United Kingdom

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, […]

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Take a trip back in time to York, the Northern capital of England

York, UK

The Romans founded York by the River Ouse in AD71, and of the three Roman Legions in Britain one was in York. Stretching for three miles, the town walls are one of the country’s most complete ancient city defences. The four medieval gateways – known as Bars – also remain in tact, and two of […]

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The beautiful market town of Malmesbury in the southern Cotswolds in the county of Wiltshire

Malmesbury, United Kingdom

Malmesbury in Wiltshire…a town buzzing with vibrancy and charm, there is so much to discover! History of Malmesbury Malmesbury is full of history stretching back centuries. It’s a town with a story to tell. In 2012 a metal detectorist found The Malmesbury Coin Hoard in a field in Milbourne, Malmesbury. This is a rare collection […]

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Step back in time to the village of Dunster in Somerset

Dunster, United Kingdom

Dunster, in Somerset, is a quaint old medieval English village in a country setting. As the best-preserved medieval village in England it punches well above its weight for interesting heritage features. There’s an ancient castle, a watermill, the stunning Old Yarn Market built in 1609, and a C16th tithe barn. The ancient eight-gabled Yarn Market […]

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Poole in Dorset the largest natural harbour in Europe

Poole Harbour

Poole is a large coastal town with a historic harbour in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. Today, it is a tourist resort, attracting visitors to the natural harbour, its long history, and the Lighthouse arts centre home of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. It is also home to some beautiful Blue Flag […]

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Wareham in Dorset, a riverside town between the rivers Piddle and Frome

Wareham, Dorset, United Kingdom

Wareham Town Hall dressed for Britain in Bloom © H Randall Until the C14th, Wareham was a major port but the increasing size of ships and the silting of the river changed its role. It is now a riverside town lying between the rivers Piddle and Frome surrounded by walls dating from the Saxon period. […]

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The Market Town of Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom

The Kings Head in the Square, Wimborne © H Randall 2017 The town of Wimborne Minster in Dorset owes its name to the C8th Monastery paid for by the King’s sisters. It was a Saxon settlement on the river Stour, but today the town boasts the largest indoor market in the South of England and […]

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Wetherby in West Yorkshire – mid way between Edinburgh and London

Wetherby, United Kingdom

Welcome to Wetherby © Wetherby Town Council 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 […]

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If you’ve never been to West Yorkshire, why not make a start in Wakefield.

Wakefield, United Kingdom

Wakefield is a settlement in West Yorkshire on the banks of the Calder. The first record of the town is in the Domesday Book, but archaeological finds pre-date that. There is evidence of coal mining in the area in Roman times. The river and then canals were always central to Wakefield’s thriving industrial growth by […]

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The 2017 Blackpool Bucket and Spade List

Blackpool Tower, Blackpool, United Kingdom

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, […]

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The market town of Stratford in Warwickishire, home of the world’s most-loved playwright and poet

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Stratford in Warwickshire is a market town with more than 800 years of history. Many of the buildings we see today would have been familiar to Shakespeare, the world’s most loved bard. The town is also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure, places to stay and shopping. Visitors to Stratford can make […]

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Keswick in the Lake District home of the Lake Poets

Lake District National Park, Keswick, United Kingdom

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) […]

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Morpeth the historic county town of Northumberland

Morpeth, United Kingdom

Morpeth in Northumberland ©www.visitnorthumberland.com. Morpeth lies on the river Wansbeck. A market town, which has a rich history to explore, it is the historic county town of Northumberland. It is a good base from which to explore the county of Northumbria. Markets Morpeth’s Farmers’ Market takes place on the first Friday of every month 9 […]

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Caldbeck in Cumbria, home of John Peel – the grey-coated hunter

Caldbeck, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Caldbeck in Spring with daffodils © Brian Sherwen / Go Lakes An interesting stop in Cumbria, perhaps for a pub lunch, is Caldbeck which means cold stream. Its best known inhabitant was John Peel (1776-1854) the hunter not the BBC’s much-loved DJ. The C18th Peel is the subject of the famous song, D’ye Ken John […]

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Wilton the ancient capital of Wessex

Wilton Chiropractic, South Street, Wilton, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

History of  Wilton Wilton was once the ancient capital of Wessex, founded by Anglo-Saxons who settled here. An English market town, it is timeless; it nestles where the rivers Nadder and Wylye meet and has a history spanning more than 2000 years. After the building of the new Cathedral and planned city of Salisbury, much […]

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Southport a beautiful seaside town in Merseyside

Southport Beach, Southport, United Kingdom

Churchtown Southport.  © Visit Southport Southport is one of the UK’s favourite seaside destinations. It has 22 miles of sandy beaches, wonderful parks, and a shopping and cultural centre. Throughout the year there are events and festivals adding to the vibrant cultural scene. Southport Market The market is in the centre, on King Street, close […]

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The historic City of Lincoln in Lincolnshire

Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA, United Kingdom

Lincoln sits on the site of a Roman fortress. The Romans grouped the local people together in great cities such as Lincoln (and York for example). Enclosed by great walls, the local people in the cities governed themselves but paid taxes to the Romans. Great roads linked the cities. The Roman road known as Ermine […]

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Kendal a green and beautiful town!

Kendal, United Kingdom

Kendal was already a settlement when the Romans arrived. The local people, the Brigantes, provided goods and services for the newcomers. The Romans built a fort at Watercrook which is just south of the present settlement in a bend of the River Kent. They remained for about 400 years. At the time of the Norman […]

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The town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland

Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle and Ramparts, Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom

Berwick-upon-Tweed, now an English town, changed from Scots to English and back thirteen times in the last 300 years. Three miles from the border with Scotland, Berwick had a violent past. The Border region once thrived on raids, and disorder was just a way of life. There were raids, pirates, sea battles and occasional truces. […]

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A Golden Year for Stamford, England’s finest stone town

Stamford, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Sir Walter Scott once said that Stamford in Lincolnshire was ‘the finest sight on the road between Edinburgh and London’. Stamford has a lot to be proud of. It has 600 listed buildings, some unspoilt Georgian streets and lots of mellow limestone. In 2017 the town will mark the 50th year of its status as Britain’s first urban Conservation Area. This helps to […]

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The magic of Haworth, West Yorkshire

Haworth, United Kingdom

Steam train arriving at Haworth © John Huxley With its cobbled Main Street, Haworth in West Yorkshire is famous the world over for the Bronte family who lived at the Parsonage. The Bronte sisters, Anne (1820 – 49), Charlotte (1816 -55) and Emily (1818 – 48), lived here, as the daughters of the curate. Their […]

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The Market Town of Chipping Campden in Gloustershire

Chipping Campden, United Kingdom

Chipping Campden © www.cotswolds.com The C7th town of Chipping Campden derives its name from the Saxon “Campa-denu” or “Campadene”, meaning a valley with fields or enclosures of cultivated land. Chipping means market. In medieval times Chipping Campden was one of the most important wool towns and was famous throughout Europe. Today, it is a small […]

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Helmsley, the only market town on the North York Moor

Helmsley, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Helmsley is on the North York Moor equi-distant between Thirsk and Pickering. There is evidence of settlement here since 3000BC, including Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Viking. The town is one of the 17 with a mention in Magna Carta. The medieval Canon Garth, the vicarage, is the oldest surviving house in Helmsley. Helmsley […]

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The beautiful Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold, United Kingdom

Stow-on-the-Wold © www.cotswolds.com Stow-on-the-Wold, is a market town in Gloucestershire. It is the highest town in the Cotswolds with views over the lovely rolling hills (the wolds). It has been a market town since 1107 when Henry I granted the right to hold a weekly market. In 1330 Edward III granted a charter allowing an […]

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The historic Market town of Devizes in Wiltshire

Devizes, United Kingdom

Devizes is a vibrant market town with a medieval past, wealth of history and architectural heritage. National Express recently quizzed the nation to uncover the top 15 UK streets you need to see. The people they questioned rated Devizes Market Place one of the prettiest streets in Britain. A Roman settlement existed here and several […]

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Cricklade in Wiltshire, the southern gateway to the Cotswolds

Cricklade Museum, Calcutt Street, Swindon SN6 6BD, United Kingdom

History of the town Situated in the north of Wiltshire, Cricklade has been called the most intact example of a late Saxon new town in Britain. It is also the first town on the River Thames and southern gateway to the Cotswolds. The name Cricklade means the place by the river crossing. It is one […]

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Sherborne in Dorset – a town to paint

Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, United Kingdom

Sherborne Castle Capability Brown Orangery and Ginkgo Lawn ©Sherborne Castle An ancient Dorset town, Sherborne is close to the north west boarder with Somerset. Once noted for its woollen trade, silk, lace and button making, it is now a magnet for creative talent. The town was formerly the capital of Wessex. The architecture of Sherborne […]

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Van Gogh Walk in Lambeth is an oasis of calm in the city

Van Gogh Walk, London, United Kingdom

Van Gogh Walk opened in 2013. It is an oasis of calm in the middle of busy, urban noisy South London. Local people came together in 2005 to set up a neighbourhood group; and they formed Streets Ahead. They wanted to make their streets safer and greener. Their focus was around two schools in their […]

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Historic Marlborough in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside

Marlborough, United Kingdom

The market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire nestles in the Kennet Valley. Enclosed in the stunning scenery of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is countryside within 10 minutes’ walk of the High Street in almost any direction. Avebury stone circles and the ancient Savernake Forest are on the doorstep. The River […]

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Boscastle is one of Cornwall’s hidden treasures

Boscastle, United Kingdom

Boscastle in Cornwall, is a quaint little fishing village and harbour which is full of pretty, odd-shaped and odd-fitting cottages. The National Trust owns and cares for the harbour, which is one of the unspoilt treasures on the Cornish coast. The harbour and surrounding area is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The white-washed, thatched […]

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Shrewsbury – It’s not just Black and White.

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Shrewsbury is practically an island in the County of Shropshire. Set within a loop of the River Severn it is tucked away from the world, protected and little changed. Indeed Shrewsbury’s most famous son, Charles Darwin, would still recognise the town he grew up in today. Shrewsbury has had many golden ages. Its famous black […]

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Girl About Yorkshire in Otley

Otley, UK

This week we feature an article on Otley by new contributer Lyndsey Thomas, AKA Girl About Yorkshire.  Lyndsey has made it her mission after moving back North from London to Yorkshire to rediscover the area and what makes it so special. All words and images (@AllAboutTheStory.)below are credited to her. For more of Lyndsey’s work […]

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Chippenham is a bustling market town in Wiltshire

Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK

Chippenham is a large town with over 45,000 residents. It is close to the Wilts & Berks Canal, the London to Bristol stage coach route, and the Great Western Railway. There is a wealth of historic buildings, beautiful parks and modern shopping centres. The River Avon and Wilts & Berks canal form a peaceful backdrop […]

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Spotlight on the Harrogate Girl

Harrogate, United Kingdom

This week we are absolutely delighted to feature Victoria Turner aka The Harrogate Girl as our guest writer. Victoria is a lifestyle blogger and expert on all the happenings in Harrogate as well providing readers with health and beauty tricks and travel tips. For Discover Britain’s Towns, Victoria gives us some insider’s information on the […]

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Close up on Baildon and Baildon Moor

Baildon Moor, Baildon, United Kingdom

This week, Photographer Geoff Tynan focuses his lens on Balidon and Balidon Moor in West Yorkshire, giving you a lovingly crafted snapshot of why this area of the UK is well worth visiting. “The town is a mix of traditional stone and more modern 1960’s architecture. Back in the days of the industrial revolution the […]

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Pateley Bridge and the beautiful Fountains Abbey

Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom

Pateley Bridge can be found within the heart of Nidderdale, which is an official area of outstanding natural beauty, and the town is the starting and finishing point of the 53 mile circular route of the Nidder Way. Well worth a visit, there are many impressive outdoor landmarks to see in and around Pateley Bridge. […]

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The historic town of Boston in Lincolnshire

Boston, United Kingdom

Boston is a small port town set on the edge of the Wash where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. The  town is steeped in fascinating history, and was once one of England’s “Staple Towns” authorised to carry on the import and export trade, as well as being a place of religious dissent in the 16th century. This […]

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Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom, United Kingdom

Ramsbottom in Lancashire is not only set in a beautiful part of the countryside and is a gateway to 90 miles of moorland but is full of character and the town love a good excuse to have a party. A 15 minute bus or car ride beyond Manchester’s Metrolink, it is well worth a visit, […]

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The historic town of Melksham in Wiltshire

Melksham, United Kingdom

There are many timeless towns and villages in Wiltshire and the town of Melksham is one. It evolved at a ford across the River Avon and was once part of a vast royal forest that stretched as far as Chippenham. It was a favourite hunting ground of Tudor kings. Melksham appeared in the Domesday Book; […]

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Lytham

Lytham Saint Annes FY8, United Kingdom

“Let us take you on a revealing journey to, Lytham, St Annes-on-Sea and Fylde villages through the seasons. Discover three destinations for the price of one; each one presenting a distinguished charm and appeal that just makes a special weekend away or family holiday, anytime of the year. Experience exhilarating walks in the winter, nostalgic […]

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Newark-on-Trent

Newark NG24, United Kingdom

“Newark-on-Trent boasts one of the finest Georgian market squares in the UK and has many wonderful places to stay. Whether you prefer a boutique Hotel, elegant Guest House or a chic Bed and Breakfast, there is a wide choice of hotels in Newark on Trent. It is a market town steeped in history with a […]

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Filey

Filey YO14 9RF, United Kingdom

Filey is a wholly unique, quiet; and quite beautiful, small seaside town on the picturesque North Yorkshire coast. Betwixt it’s more famous cousins, Bridlington and Scarborough, it is often – and to it’s benefit – overlooked. In circa 1830, the now Grade II listed Langford Villa was built and later became the summer residence of […]

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Leek

Leek ST13, United Kingdom

Leek, a traditional market town on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Perfectly placed for a relaxed break away, mooching around the markets, independent shops and wealth of cafes, tea rooms and pubs or for the more adventurous and active types taking on the challenging terrain of the Peak District National Park and […]

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Richmond

Richmond DL10, United Kingdom

Richmond, North Yorkshire is a town of unique character and beauty which has changed little through the centuries. With the variety of shopping and its many pubs, hotels and restaurants, the proximity to the most stunning scenery anywhere to be seen, Richmond remains one of the most beautiful and rewarding places to visit in the […]

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Barrow in Furness

Barrow-in-Furness LA13, United Kingdom

Barrow is situated at the tip of the Furness peninsula on the north-western edge of Morecambe Bay, south of the Duddon Estuary and east of the Irish Sea. Walney Island, to the west of Barrow, surrounds the peninsula’s Irish Sea coast and is separated from Barrow by the narrow Walney Channel. Both Morecambe Bay and […]

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Alston

Alston CA9, United Kingdom

Alston in the North Pennines is surrounded by a unique landscape of moorland, hills, rivers and waterfalls and is one of England’s highest market towns (being about 1,000 feet above sea level). Designated Britain’s first UNESCO European Geopark, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a haven for special wildlife and plants. […]

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Stanhope

Cross Street, Stanhope DL13 2ND, United Kingdom

Stanhope – the green and tranquil market town at the heart of the Durham Dales and hub for outdoor activities. Pronounced ‘Stan-up’, Stanhope is a small market town in County Durham in northern England, situated on the river Wear between Eastgate amd Frosterley on the north side of Weardale, where the A689 Trans-Pennine road meets the B6278 from […]

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Hull once a busy sea port, now a city of culture

Hull, UK

Hull was once one of the great North Eastern trading centres. With a proud maritime history, the city retains its unique identity and offers visitors a distinctive experience. Yorkshire’s Maritime City, this year the City Council is aiming to improve the its visitor attractions at the Maritme Museum, the Dock Office Chambers and the North […]

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Corbridge

Corbridge NE45 5AY, United Kingdom

The village of Corbridge in Northumberland is surrounded by hills and steeped in history as it grew from the Roman town of Corsoptium, which was a garrison town for the troops on Hadrian’s Wall. Roman stones were used to construct many of the town’s buildings, including the Church, and today you can still walk through […]

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Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2EH, United Kingdom

Kirkby Lonsdale is a small Historic Market Town on the edge of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales in Cumbria. Sara Young reports on why it is so special and worth discovering. Every year, usually in the summer holidays, my sisters and me, with our parents would make the pilgrimage from where we live along […]

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Stranraer

Stranraer DG9, United Kingdom

Discover Stranraer Stranraer, the largest settlement in South West Scotland, laying at the head of Loch Ryan just above the border. This town is situated on the north side of the neck of land that prevents the Rhins of Galloway becoming a separate island. The town’s origins date back nearly 500 years. Stranraer Castle, also […]

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Discover Withernsea, a Yorkshire resort with a Blue Flag beach

Withernsea HU19, United Kingdom

Discover Withernsea A Yorkshire seaside resort town, with a newly built promenade and European Blue Flag beach. Come to the delightful seaside resort of Withernsea, for exceptionally clean waters! Above the terraced houses on the seafront is the famous whitewashed lighthouse, also, home of the Lighthouse Museum. Sandy Beaches The area is a delight for […]

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Bude Town

Bude EX23, United Kingdom

Discover Bude Firstly, Bude has a lovely laidback allure all of its own. From romantic whiskaways to fun-fuelled family holidays, most of all, it’s an amazing Cornwall destination a little drive from Newquay. Bude is the Best UK Coastal Resort according to the 2015 British Travel Awards, so, a must for you to explore when […]

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Visit the Northumberland town, Hexham, a hidden treasure which is close to Hadrian’s Wall.

Hexham NE46, United Kingdom

Discover Hexham Hexham is a historic market town and the last place that Modernist poet Basil Bunting lived. Bunting led a life highlighted by open pacifism in response to the First World War leading to a prison sentence. He went on to study at London School of Economics. He engaged in socialist activity and travelled […]

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Wye Village

Ashford TN25, United Kingdom

Discover Wye, The Perfect Village Featured in BBC TV show The Perfect Village in 2006. Wye also voted as the third best place to live in the UK in an annual broadsheet’s review in 2013. A top place to visit while in the South East. A little village in Kent also believed by some modern historians […]

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Colchester

Colchester CO3, United Kingdom

Discover Colchester Learn about Colchester’s past and present. From a troubled history including a Roman town burnt to the ground by Queen Boudica. Discover the facts and stories surrounding our rich heritage. From a Roman Temple to cutting edge 21st century design, via Victorian decor and medieval timber frames. Views of beautiful buildings reflect the town’s history and […]

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Brockley

London SE4, United Kingdom

Discover Brockley Firstly, Brockley contains several attractive open spaces, amongst them Blythe Hill, Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries (opened in 1858 and now a nature reserve) and Hilly Fields. The Commons Preservation Society and local groups prevented development in the 1880s and 1890s. The park became a regular meeting place for the Suffragette movement between 1907 and […]

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Oswestry

Oswestry SY11, United Kingdom

  This Welsh Borderlands market town is one of Britain’s oldest settlements, able to trace its history back for 3,000 years, with a present-day reputation for being very friendly. It is also the fabled birthplace of Guinevere (King Arthur’s Wife) and actual birthplace of Wilfred Owen. Old Oswestry Hill Fort is where Owen completed his […]

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East Coker

Yeovil BA22, United Kingdom

This small village and civil parish in South Somerset was the inspiration of the second poem of T.S.Eliot’s ‘The Four Quartets’, and the famous line ‘In my beginning is my end.’ You will find rolling hills surrounding the parish church of St. Michael where Eliot is buried, and if you visit the Heylar Arms for […]

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Corsham

Corsham, United Kingdom

Corsham developed from Saxon origins into a prosperous town thanks to the wool trade and the quarrying of golden Bath stone.

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Bradford-on-Avon

Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom

Perched on the edge of the Cotswolds, the honey-coloured gem of Bradford-on-Avon is packed with buildings from centuries past, many reflecting its textile heritage.

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The beautiful and historic town of Rye

Rye, United Kingdom

Rye is one of the best-preserved walled medieval hill towns in England. It also has a wonderful selection of Tudor and Georgian buildings. The town kept a strong sense of its own identity when many high streets became clones of one another. One of its great draws is its many independent shops, particularly its antiques […]

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Saltaire

Saltaire, Shipley, United Kingdom

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire is four miles from Bradford and is recognised as one of the best preserved 19th century ‘model villages’ in the world. It provides the chance to see just how the woollen industry worked, and it supported a whole community. The leading industrialist Sir Titus Salt founded the picturesque […]

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

Hastings, United Kingdom

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 […]

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Sedbergh

Sedbergh, United Kingdom

The historic market town of Sedbergh, with its flagged yards and hidden lanes, is set in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. The town lies amidst the mighty Howgills, some of Alfred Wainwright’s favourite fells, and has been England’s Booktown since 2006. It now has six bookshops. The largest, Westwood Books, was last year named […]

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Folkestone

Folkestone, United Kingdom

In Folkestone, quaint cobbled streets meet cutting-edge art and sea views to France. The Creative Quarter is home to a plethora of studio-galleries, quirky stores and chic eateries. Meanwhile, the historic Leas Lift is a fun way to ride between cliff top and the Lower Leas Coastal Park and a chance to take in the […]

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Clacton-On-Sea

Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom

As a coastal resort Clacton-on-Sea is relatively new, and it was primarily the vision of one man – Peter Bruff – that led to its development. Before the mid-19th century the spot was marked by just a beach, known locally as Clacton Beach – after the village of Great Clacton a mile or so inland […]

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Buxton

Buxton, United Kingdom

Buxton is famed as the gateway to the Peak District, one of Britain’s 15 National Parks, yet it’s within 30 miles of the cities of Manchester, Sheffield, Derby and Stoke on Trent. The town is well served by bus services to and from local towns and by train to Buxton’s own station with direct services […]

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Warwick

Warwick, United Kingdom

Warwick, famous for its mediaeval castle, is an intriguing town that is bursting with character. Its hidden gardens, rich mix of architectural styles and fine historic attractions make it a great place to spend a day or two and will appeal to a range of tastes and needs. The town has visibly enjoyed an extensive […]

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Coventry in Warwickshire, a town risen from the ashes

Coventry, United Kingdom

For a city that has re-invented itself as many times as Coventry, you would be forgiven for thinking that most of its historic sites or places of interest might have been lost. But while transformations, in particular those resulting from the Blitz, have certainly had their effect and significantly altered parts of the city, there […]