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 […]
Go on board Ocelot, a former submarine at the forefront of the Cold War.
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 […]
Five huge billboards have popped up around Killhope in Weardale, rather like the three billboards made famous in the Oscar nominated movie. But these aren’t protests or advertisements, they’re part of an art project reflecting the landscape and history of this former mining area. In the 18th and […]
Daugavpils is Latvia’s second city and is world famous as the birthplace of American painter Mark Rothko. It also boasts a stunning star shaped fortress and a dark Jewish history.
They were nicknamed ‘fart lamps’ in Edwardian times and caused quite a stink in their day. The gas sewer lamps of North Tyneside were unusual engineering wonders.
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? […]
Latvia isn’t the first place you associate with the Cold War, but a secret Bunker deep in its countryside holds surprising Soviet secrets. Once upon a time, Latvia was on the frontline of the Cold War. This Baltic country has always stood on the fault lines of history, from […]
Dubrovnik is known as ‘the jewel of the Adriatic’ – and for good reason. Its dramatic location on a rocky promontory above the almost impossibly bright blue Adriatic Sea cannot fail to blow your mind. First impressions are everything. The city shouts ‘look at me’ and shimmers like […]
Vilnius in Lithuania markets itself as “the ‘G’ spot of Europe”. Not a bad selling point! “Not many people know where it is, but once you find it, it’s amazing!” boasts the city’s clever tourism marketing campaign. The truth is that Vilnius is an extremely interesting city which […]