I’m walking across the shingle beach at Dungeness, reflecting on how the landscape is very different from anywhere else I’ve been in Britain. It feels like I’ve reached the outer margins of another world although I’m just on the extreme southern edge of the Kent coast. A million […]
Kent is one of England’s most popular tourist hotspots with its wealth of castles, country houses, historic towns and seaside resorts. With the boom in staycations, I decided to take a road trip to discover some of its more unusual attractions, from miniature railways to a submarine adventure […]
It’s hard to find a quiet corner in the heart of London away from the crowds, but it’s not impossible if you know where to look. One of my favourite tranquil spots is within easy walking distance of two of the capital’s busiest railway hubs. St Pancras Old […]
The Isle of Bute is a pretty island on the west coast of Scotland, the perfect place for a short, relaxing break. In Victorian times Bute was a popular playground for Glaswegian tourists. It was part of the “Scottish Riviera” and its harbour was once packed with steam […]
The town of Jarrow on Tyneside has a long history dating back to the Romans, Vikings and the beginnings of early Christianity. But it’s perhaps most famous for the Jarrow Crusade of 1936 when 200 men marched from Jarrow to London in protest against mass unemployment. I was […]
Cheeseburn is a remarkable sculpture garden which showcases art by contemporary artists in the great outdoors.
Wemyss Bay Station is arguably Britain’s prettiest railway station.
Starlight Castle is an intriguing name. It sounds like a Romantic castle or a Gothic house perched high on a hill in a novel by Mary Shelley or Bram Stoker. But what’s the story behind this mysterious castle not far from where I live in North East England? […]
Having a holiday or weekend break is something we’ve all taken for granted over the last few years. But the travel industry changed beyond recognition in the blink of an eyelid when the Covid-19 pandemic struck . The world of travel is now a very different place to […]
Cordoba is one of Spain’s most beautiful Andalucian cities but it can be overlooked by tourists travelling to its ‘noisy neighbours’, Seville and Granada. It’s a great shame because Cordoba makes for a fantastic city break. This vibrant city is stuffed with history, culture and intriguing places to […]