A perfect 48 hour itinerary for exploring Amsterdam, the capital city of The Netherlands. Discover canals galore, lots of history and museums, as well as interesting sites and lovely views. Read on to find out more!
A review of Treehouse Hotel, London – a perfect place to call a home away from home, particularly special for the incredible soaking bathtubs with skyline views.
My 2021 challenge was to visit 12 English counties in 12 months, to make the most of the year of the staycation amongst worldwide COVID related travel restrictions. And wow am I lucky to call England home – read on to find out more.
An overnight stay in Lincoln at Christmas time to see the famous castle Christmas lights (and lots more!). Read on to find out more.
A tour of London’s Christmas lights in a 10 stop 1 hour walking itinerary. A bit of festive fun!
A magical winter visit to Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire to see the Christmas displays and learn about this wonderful historic house.
A festive visit to one of the most historic castles in England – Tamworth, capital of an Anglo Saxon English Kingdom.
10 wonderful things to do in Salisbury, including visiting the Cathedral, historic Stonehenge and the beautiful town. Read on to find out more about this wonderful area of England.
A day exploring the post card perfect, historic town of Shaftesbury and its surrounding countryside, including the incredible Old Wardour castle.
A review of the exceptional Linthwaite House, located on the shores of Lake Windermere in the English Lake District – the perfect place for a luxury getaway.
Photos to inspire you to visit one of the most beautiful villages in England, Castle Combe
A day trip to visit a unique London site – Highgate cemetery. A Victorian Gothic graveyard which is even home to Karl Marx’s gravesite! An incredible place, well worth a visit if you’re looking for something different to do in London.
Welcome to my home city! Here’s a local’s guide to a perfect 48 hour break in wonderful Cambridge (though I am a little biased!)
A weekend in Bradford on Avon, exploring one of the prettiest towns in England, plus historic Lacock, wonderful walks and an ancient castle. A perfect off the beaten track break.
A day exploring Woodbridge, Suffolk – from Anglo Saxon burial grounds to Tudor manor houses to a working tide mill. This market town is a great option for a day trip or staycation.
A magical experience visiting Stonehenge after hours for a unique tour amongst the stones.
A perfect 2 day itinerary on the North Norfolk coast – from history and windmills to villages and beaches, it’s the perfect staycation option.
A guide to hiking Loughrigg Fell – a perfect half day trip from Windermere, Ambleside or Grasmere with amazing views out across the Lake District
A trip to Anne Boleyn’s birthplace, Blickling Estate. Read on to find out more about this wonderful house, gardens and church with a difference!
A guide to visiting the most famous church in England – St Paul’s Cathedral. Read on to find out more about its rich history, beautiful interior and spectacular dome!
What’s it like to stay in an English windmill?! Absolutely amazing is my answer, and you can read all about it in this blog post!
A perfect 2 day itinerary to take in the main sights around Lake Windermere, in the stunning English Lake District.
A day in the English countryside visiting historic manor houses and enjoying long walks and picture perfect houses in Long Melford, Suffolk.
Peterborough – is it really deserving of its bad reputation? I don’t think so; it has lots of history, nature and fun activities to enjoy. Read on to find out more.
A visit to Bletchley Park – home to the incredible men and women who worked here during WW2 to crack codes and gain intelligence that would change the course of the world forever.
A day discovering the sights around Ullswater, in the Lake District. A stunning part of England, this part of the country is really worth discovering as it’s absolutely beautiful.
A perfect 2 day itinerary for exploring the beautiful Suffolk coastline – full of beaches, history, wildlife and wonderful walks. Read on to find out more.
A guide to hiking Old Man Coniston via Dow Crag, Buck Pike and Brown Pike. An incredibly scenic walk – but boy do you have to work for it! Read on to find out more.
A beautiful weekend in Bakewell, The Peak District – one of the most picturesque places in England. Read on to find out more.
Exploring one of England’s smallest counties to discover some of Rutland’s prettiest cottages – read on for lots of thatched and beautiful houses.
A guide to Castleton, one of the Peak District’s most beautiful villages – from spectacular hikes to ancient history, this beautiful place is not to be missed!
Knebworth House makes a perfect day trip from London, Oxford or Cambridge – with beautiful grounds, a stunning house and lots of fun things to do, it’s definitely worth a visit.
12 hours exploring Melbourne, Derbyshire with all its history, beautiful houses and picturesque views.
A day trip from Ronda to the cliff top town of Setenil de las Bodegas, Roman Ronda (Acinipo) and some 30,000 year old rock drawings at La Pileta Cave.
Amazing, wonderful, lovely Berlin. A city that’s so easy to fall in love with and has so much to offer, from great museums to beautiful sites to interesting history. Read on to find out more.
A weekend getaway to England’s smallest county, Rutland. Full of charming countryside and pretty villages, it’s the perfect ‘slow travel’ destination. Read on to find out more.
If you’re visiting Malta, then here are 5 great ideas for day trips to explore more of this beautiful island nation.
A guide to some of the prettiest villages in Cambridgeshire, all worth a visit if you’re wanting to discover more of rural England and get off the tourist trail.
A week long road trip to the Amalfi Coast, including Pompeii, Sorrento, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius, Capri, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. Stunning views and great food aplenty!
Ronda is a magical mountain top city with Roman, Moorish and modern history – from ancient bridges, to famous bullrings and sweeping views, Ronda is a great option for a weekend break.
Exploring the Olympic stadium in Berlin – from it’s original Nazi history, to Usain Bolt’s world record and Hertha Berlin’s training ground, it’s the perfect option for a half day trip from the capital.
A moving day visiting Sachsenhausen concentration camp – the first major camp in Germany set up by the Nazi regime.
Beautiful Bergen is a Norwegian fjord city on the southwest coast. It’s perfect for a weekend break to discover the incredible scenery of the area. Here are 10 ideas for things to do whilst in the city.
A day trip to the glass blowing centre of Europe – Murano. A small island a short Vaparetto ride from Venice which is well worth a visit to learn more about the historic tradition.
A long weekend in Venice exploring the canals, palaces, churches and food that this amazing historic city has to offer.
A day exploring the pretty town of Sorrento, including lemon groves, historic churches and beautiful marina views.
A guide to visiting the archaeological site of Herculaneum, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79, like its sister town of Pompeii. Herculaneum is smaller, but beautifully preserved and perfect for a half day trip.
An authentic day on the Amalfi coast, away from the main tourist path – visiting Ravello, Minori and Maiori with amazing clifftop gardens and quaint streets to explore.
A day trip to visit two gems on the Amalfi Coast – Amalfi itself and beautiful Positano, home to jaw dropping clifftop towns and one of the most scenic places in Europe.
The city of dreaming spires, Oxford, is a true gem set in the heart of England. Here are my highlights of a visit, including the historic university, beautiful libraries and wonderful views.
An attempt at the 10 travel photos in 10 days challenge – I hope you enjoy my selection of travel experiences captured in photos. Can you guess where number 1 is?
A night pretending to be a Queen at the historic Leeds castle. Take in the history, the stunning grounds and the beautiful surrounding area. Read on to find out more about staying here!
A guide to a day in Potsdam – an historic city home to Sanssouci Palace, WW2 landmark locations and another Brandenburg Gate.
Exploring the countryside in and around Cambridge is well worth it, especially if you have along weekend in the city. Read on to find Instagram worthy English cottages, countryside and pubs.
2 days exploring the stunning region of the Wachau Valley in Austria – from cycling along the Danube, to wine tasting in the sunshine, and visiting medieval castles and abbeys – this area of Europe is well worth your time.
Austria’s capital city is known for its artistic and cultural heritage – shaped by residents like Mozart, Beethoven and Freud, and it’s the perfect weekend break destination.
Salzburg, Austria – home to Mozart, The Sound of Music and epic mountain views. This post covers 10 things to do in Salzburg from ancient castles, to beautiful walks and even a visit to Hitler’s mountain retreat.
Lincoln is often overlooked as an English city break destination – but with a beautiful castle and cathedral, plus winding streets and lots of history, it really is worth adding to your list. Read on to find out more.
A guide to visiting the stunning beautiful region of Obersalzberg, home to wonderful mountain views and Hitler’s mountain retreat – the Eagle’s Nest. A unique, once in a life time experience.
Berlin is an incredible city with so much history, beautiful architecture and lots of tasty food. It’s the perfect weekend break destination, though you could easily spend a week here!
A day in St Albans, full of history from Roman to Norman to Tudor times. Explore the house of a young Queen Elizabeth, visit an ancient cathedral and see a surviving Roman mosaic on a day trip to this interesting city.
One of the nicest things to do on the Isle of Wight is to take in its natural beauty by exploring on foot. Picture perfect beaches, rolling English fields and stunning stately homes await on this selection of walking routes.
Are you looking for something fun to do in London? If so then Greenwich could be for you – explore London’s Maritime History, as well as stand across the Prime Meridian line where East meets West.
Have you ever heard of the Isle of Wight? If you’re looking for rolling English countryside, a selection of beaches, stately homes and castles – then this island could be for you. Read on to find out more.
A day exploring Stratford upon Avon, home to one of the world’s most famous playwrights – William Shakespeare.
The perfect itinerary for a long weekend in the Cotswolds, one of England’s most famous areas, full of stunning villages and beautiful English countryside.
A guide to a busy day in and around Kensington, London – including Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Gardens and even visiting Sherlock Holmes. Read on to find out more.
A day trip to Wells – a pretty English coastal town with beautiful beaches, cute beach huts, a vast country estate and a light railway to enjoy. The perfect day out (unless you choose to walk it all like we did!)
A day spent in central Suffolk exploring beautiful Bury St Edmunds with its houses built in to old monasteries, and stunning Lavenham – home to Harry Potter’s house and often titled the prettiest village in England.
A day exploring Ely, the isle of eels, in Cambridgeshire. If you’re in England this city has an amazing Cathedral, lovely boutique shops, a pretty riverside and lots of English history. Perfect if you’re looking for a day trip in England!
Market Bosworth is a pretty little town in the Midlands, and the perfect place for a day trip. Discover the history of the War of the Roses, some lovely local walks and even ride on a traditional English steam train or canal boat!
Not sure where to start on your visit to London? If you just have a few days, here’s some ideas for an itinerary that covers most of the main sites at a good pace, including The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Further posts will follow for other things to do in London if you have more time in the City!
Often overlooked for the its more famous neighbour Amsterdam, Rotterdam deserves more credit – this 2 day itinerary is perfect for taking in the main sights and is a lovely way to spend a weekend!
The Netherlands is known for its iconic windmills, and where better to see them than on a day trip to Kinderdijk – home to 19 original 18th century windmills.
A guide to my local city – Cambridge. From ancient universities to river trips and copious amounts of gin, it’s a great English city which is perfect for a weekend break.
Granada is a southern Spanish gem, home to the World Heritage Site of the Alhambra with its stunning Moorish fort and beautiful gardens. It’s a beautiful city and perfect for a weekend break.
Do you want to discover the birth place of pizza? If so, then Naples might be a good pick for you. It’s busy and loud and not as polished as some other places in Italy, but it’s well worth a visit and there’s lots to do there. Read on to find out more.
Seville is an amazing city with great weather all year round – perfect for a city break at any time of year. Read on to discover 10 things you can do when you visit.
Do you want to visit a Game of Thrones Castle? Or an ancient city? If so, then these 2 day trips could be for you – read on to find out more.
Cordoba is a lovely city in the south of Spain, with a rich history running from Roman to Islamic to modern times. Read on to find out more about The Mezquita, The Alcazar and the Flamenco!
Capri is a playground for the mega rich and famous. I am neither, but enjoyed 24 hours on the island exploring the rugged coastline and high end shops and restaurants pretending I was! Read on to find out more about Capri, Italy.
Have you ever been to an active volcano and looked in to the crater? You can do that at Vesuvius, the famous volcano which erupted and destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii. Hopefully this guide will help you plan your visit!
Are you wanting to find out more about visiting Pompeii? If so this guide is for you – covering how to get there, whether to have a guide or explore alone and the best sites to see. Read on to find out more…
Discovering copious amounts of port wine, the Portugese tradition of Fado, and lots of beautiful river views in Porto. Read on if you want to find out more.
A trip to Coimbra, Portugal to discover ancient universities, Roman houses and pretty river cruises. Read on to find out more.
Do you want a beautiful warm climate? A short flight from the UK? Some amazing walks with epic cliff views? AND a ride at 30mph down a hill in a wicker basket? If the answer is yes then a trip to Madeira may well be the right choice for you!
A weekend trip to The Pudding Club to stuff our faces on 7 different traditional English desserts. Then some lovely Cotswolds walks the next day to make a weekend of it (and burn off some of those pudding calories!)….Perfect.
A weekend in York exploring the rich history if this city – from Roman times, to the Vikings, to the Wars of the Roses. There are also great tea rooms, nice walks and amazing architecture. Just a shame it was raining….
Do you want a day trip with a fairy tale castle, beautiful Rhine river views and all within an hour from major cities? If so, you’ve come to the right place – here’s a day visiting the Drachenfels.
Cologne is the 4th largest German city and home to Gothic cathedrals, some great beer halls, the river Rhine and a lovely old town. It makes for a perfect weekend break, so read on if you want to find out more.
A bank holiday weekend on the island of Jersey – a less visited area of the British Isles with stunning coastal walks, beaches that look like they could be in the Caribbean and castles galore!
Two day trips from Porto, including Roman celebrations, an ornate monastery and the Venice of Portugal!
Do you love deserted beaches? Do you like lots of beaches all a short distance away from each other? Do you want to find some in Europe? If so, then read on to find out more about the hidden gem of Jersey!
A day trip to the English city of Norwich, exploring an historic Castle, beautiful Cathedral and eating world class food. Perfect if you’re looking for a day out in England.
2 days exploring the churches, castles, districts and food of Lisbon. A vibrant, fun and colourful city. Click on the picture above to find out more!
A day exploring the main sites of Sintra, including Pena Palace, the Castle of the Moors and the National Palace. Click above to find out more!
2 days in one of Norway’s most scenic villages. Beautiful Balestrand is all about the fjords and mountains. Click on the picture above to discover more!
3 days in Norheimsund riding out on the fjords, hiking up glaciers and walking behind waterfalls! Click the picture above to find out more!
2 days in Stavanger exploring the town and day tripping to Pulpit Rock, one of the biggest tourist spots in Norway! Read on to find out more.
2 days in Valletta discovering ancient history, modern history and lots of beautiful views. Read on to find out more.