World War 2 is a period that holds much nostalgia and mystery. It is a time where technology and ingenuity were at a rise, simply because they were required to fight the war. Bletchley Park, and in particular the story of Alan Turing and his development of the Turing machine, which went on to decrypt the Enigma code is a critical tale in Englands history and is retold in the Hollywood Blockbuster 'The Imitation Game'.
I came to learn of Bletchley Park Estate and Alan Turing from the Imitation Game film and was immediately intrigued. Luckily much of the Bletchley Park Estate still stands and this site, which once was a top secret military location, is now open for the public to explore. It's one of the easiest day trips from London you can make and is well worth the visit. Intrigued? So were we...
Everyone knows about the 'White Cliffs of Dover' but have you heard about the White Cliffs of Beachy Head? No? I'm not surprised, it's kind of a local secret and that's what makes them so good. Just one county over in East Sussex, lay a chain of impressive white cliffs with drops and views to rival Dover's and best of all they're much more accessible than those in Dover and can be viewed from the shore. They're one of the best things to do in East Sussex and in our opinion the most impressive chalk cliffs in England.
Before you visit Beachy Head, you'll need a plan in place. The cliffs can be accessed from multiple points and depending on how much time you'll have and what you'd like to see, it's best to have a plan in place before you visit. This guide will give you an idea of what you can see at each location and help you plan the perfect visit.
Quaint would be the word that comes to mind when describing The Cotswolds. Located around 2 hours west of London, this region is known for its old world charm. Laced with ivy covered stone cottages, picket fences and cobbled lanes, its villages exude an old world charm that has drawn visitors under its spell for years.
It's not hard to see why. Just two hours west of London, it's an easy weekend getaway and one of the best places to see quaint English villages. There are so many Cotswolds villages to choose from, all with their own unique charm, however one of the best Cotswolds villages to visit is the iconic The Slaughters.
If you're searching for impressive cathedrals, then Britain has some of the best. If you've visited England and skipped visiting a cathedral or a castle, then in our opinion you've missed out on an important part of England's history both culturally and historically. In our travels we've been to many, in all honesty, we search them out! Here are some of the best.
Calling Harry Potter Fans!
So you've been on the Harry Potter Studios Tour and you're wanting to expand your Potter experience, then look no further, Scotland's Harry Potter train is for you.
We boarded our carriage at Arisaig, Scotland's western most train station, with excitement. Whilst officially known as the 'Jacobite Steam Train', it has been lovingly renamed the 'Harry Potter Train' by many, after the track was used in several of the movies. The Potter fans were particularly excited and had been waiting for this moment the whole trip. The non Potter fans, were just as excited, anticipating the beautiful scenery that lay ahead on what is one of the world's famous train journeys.
We've seen squirrels galore and even a badger or two in the East Sussex Wilderness, but we've yet to see an otter in the wild. Unfortunately the native otters are almost extinct in our area, with sightings sadly being reduced to finding dead otters. Last year we had hope to go on an otter cruise up in Northumberland, but transport to the region caused us to change our plans and visit Wales instead.
When the opportunity came to see wild otters being cared for with the view of returning them to the wild, we jumped at the chance, and we weren't disappointed.
Located on England's South East coast, around 2 and a half hours from London, the historic fishing town of Rye has been synonymous with beachside holidays. With a quaint village to explore and a mere 10 minutes drive from the sandy beaches of Camber Sands, the only sand dune system in East Sussex.
Rye is also an easy 2 hour drive from Brighton and accessible by rail from London, Brighton, Eastbourne and many cities in neighbouring Kent.
The Cotswolds are a declared 'Area of National Beauty' that are situated around 2 hours North West of London. They are renown for their quintessentially British market towns and their beautiful stone cottages.
The Cotswolds are home to larger towns such as Cheltenham and Cirencester but have been put on the map for their unique smaller villages such as Stowe- on-the-Wold and the very popular Lower Slaughter.
When we first moved to the UK, we had lots of plans of weekend away in Europe exploring new and exciting places. After living in the UK for nearly two years, we have now realised that weekends in Europe come at a cost. It is tiring travelling to the airport, gaining and losing time, and we have also been caught out a few times with airline delays when flying home on a Sunday evening. Sometimes you want to get away, but to truly relax.
Here lies the beauty of the 'staycation'. For those of you who aren't sure what this is, it is a vacation, or holiday in your own neck of the woods. You get all of the benefits of a weekend away without the hassle of travelling far to your destination. Sounds perfect, right?
The Queen of England has three residences in the UK. Buckingham Palace in London, Holyrood Palace in Scotland and Windsor Castle on the outskirts of London. It could be said that Buckingham Palace is her office, Holyrood is for Scottish visits and dignitaries and that Windsor Castle is her home.
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