“On a dark night, the ghosts emerge to fright”. That’s what people say about Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire, dubbed England’s “most haunted”. The notorious reputation of the castle has grown over the years with sightings of ghosts, unexplained apparitions and paranormal activity. Earlier this year, I embarked on […]
18 Folgate Street may look like an ordinary old house on a historic street in Spitalfields, but once inside, it’s quite extraordinary. The house is a Noah’s Ark of historic objects, a mirror to a lost period in history. It’s like being stuck inside a Charles Dickens novel […]
What’s hot this summer in London’s culture and theatre scene. A dozen of the very hottest shows.
Discover the locations featured in the classic British movie “Brief Encounter” filmed at Carnforth in Lancashire.
Bamburgh Castle is built on a dramatic volcanic basalt perch overlooking the North Sea with impressive views along the coast as far as Holy Island to the north and Dunstanburgh Castle to the south. The small village of Bamburgh tucks in neatly behind the castle with its long main […]
Rye is famous for being one of England’s prettiest old towns with its half-timbered buildings, cobbled streets and medieval alleyways. But its literary links are perhaps less well known. Henry James, the famous Anglo-American author, lived here and wrote five of his best known novels in the town […]
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 […]
Abandoned places are one of my obsessions but now I’ve discovered a new interest – abandoned boats! Recently I stumbled upon a shipwreck on the shores of Loch Linnhe in Scotland’s Western Highlands. I was surprised to see the massive hulk of a fishing boat stranded on the […]
Does anyone send holiday postcards any more? One of my old holiday rituals was to pick the perfect postcards for friends and loved ones. For years, I even held a competition with my friend Dave to see who could send the tackiest! Today, social media is king, and […]
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 […]