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Bath

on Monday, 01 August 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

The Romans established the City of Bath in AD 43 and this city, awash with architecture, history and culture has made Bath travel a priority when visiting England. Many of this city's great buildings date back from its renaissance in the 18th century when it again became a fashionable spa town and played host to royalty and the cream of aristocracy, who travelled to Bath to 'take the waters'.

Today Bath travel attractions include a walk around the old Roman Baths, to enjoy the splendour of Bath Abbey or simply take in the breathtaking Georgian architecture of this beautiful city.  For an authentic feel of life gone by, period decorations and furniture have been reinstated in No1 Royal Crescent, so that the house appears as it might have been as a fine 18th-century townhouse.

Though most travel to Bath for its architecture as its seen as something of a period piece, it is also a very modern city; its restaurants and pavement cafés packed full of local businessmen and artisans making it a destination not to be missed.

The International Music Festival marks the beginning of summer and adds to Bath's lively, festive atmosphere and its Theatre Royal is one of the country's leading provincial theatres, attracting big names and pre-West End runs.

Anytime is a good time to visit Bath. Summer July-September is the busiest and prices can be higher. The best time to travel to Bath is late spring May and June with English gardens in full bloom.  Winter is probably the least busy.

Brighton

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

Brighton is one of the most famous seaside resorts in the United kingdom, located in the south coast in the county of East Sussex nearly of the capital city London. Brighton and its close neighbor Hove form the city of Brighton and Hove since 2000.Brighton emerged as an ancient settlement called Brighthelmston during the 18th century and was a popular destination for day-trippers after the arrival of the railway in. During the period of Prince George IV when Brighton reached its apogee, the prince decided move to Brighton and to establish its home in 1873, his house was the Royal Pavilion, with its Indian domes and minarets and its Chinese style interior.

A major tourist attraction in Brighton is the pebble beach, which has bars, restaurants and night clubs. With noticeably rock but they are not uncomfortable on bare feet like other beaches. Also Brighton's is known as nude area, because hedonism is biggest in the summer months. Londoners like Brighton because is an escape from the crowds and Gap-Minding of the tubes, to a cute, pedestrian friendly beach town. The pier is a cool diversion providing all the joys of a typical carnival trap.

 

Cambridge

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

Cambridge sometimes referred as Silicon Fen due to the growth of high technology in the city, is located at Cambridgeshire County and approximately 50 miles in the north-northeast of London, and surrounded by smaller towns and villages. Cambridge owes its popularity to the presence of the Cambridge University and also for its wonderful medieval architecture that makes of it a fascinating place to explore.

During the period of the Roman invasion, Cambridge experienced his first changes towards the its development, the Romans found in Duroliponte, it was the name that Romans gave to the city, a strategic place of defense of the river Cam called Granta. After Romans has left England, the Saxons renamed the city as Grantebrycg and soon was change to Cantebruge, during this period Cambridge benefited from good trade links across the otherwise hard-to-travel fenlands.After England its conquer by the Normans in 1066, The king William of Normandy constructed the Castle Hill, during this period the name of the city changed to Grentabrige or Cantebrigge.

Today Cambridge is an internationally acknowledged center of excellence for technology and science, and one of the most visited destinations in England and more than 3 million visitors come to Cambridge every year.

Cotswolds

on Monday, 01 August 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

This beautiful area With its small villages of thatch-roofed stone cottages, rolling meadows, grazing sheep and stately manor homes, it looks like what England is supposed to look like. Bordered roughly by Oxford to the southeast, Bath to the southwest, Stratford-upon-Avon to the north and Gloucester to the west, the Cotswolds have an atmosphere unchanged since medieval times—except, that is, by large numbers of tourists. At least two days are needed to visit its charming hamlets: Upper and Lower Slaughter, Stanton, Stanway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Northleach, 

Burford and Painswick are among the most popular villages.Broadway is known for antiques stores and lots of tourists. Cheltenham, a former spa town, retains its fine Regency and Greek Revival buildings. The town of Cirencester has an immense, richly carved parish church and a notable 

Roman museum. If you're up for some outdoor activity, take to the 160-km Cotswold Way, a well-travelled footpath (or at least a portion of it). Or find the source of the Thames, just north of the village of Kemble. Lots of other, shorter walking trails are dotted across the region.

The weather in The Cotswolds region is fairly mild year round due to the warm Gulf Stream off England's west coast. The Cotswolds gets most of its rain in the autumn and winter months, with its driest season being between April and July. 

Liverpool

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

Liverpool located on the north bank of the River Mersey, in the north-west of England is a great shipping port and industrial center.Internationally famous for its maritime heritage, architecture, music and sports, Liverpool is the home of The Beatles, certainly the most famous rock band in the world, the Liverpool FC and Everton FC and also is a major port for transatlantic shipping in England. Liverpool boast wealth architecture with Victorian, Georgian and Neoclassical buildings that attract to thousands of visitor every year, also is home of Europe's oldest Chinatown.

Liverpool has received World Heritage City status from UNESCO. Is the third city in the UK that has this honor, the other two cities are Bath and Edinburgh. This recognition highlights the importance of Liverpool as a commercial port at the time of Britain’s greatest global influence and includes the Waterfront, commercial and cultural districts including an area of warehouses, Pier Head and the historic docks. Also Liverpool was awarded as European Capital of Culture 2008.

London

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

London is today one of the world's most important business, financial and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the most major global cities in the world. London has a population of 7.7 million and it is the most populous city in the European Union. Its population is very cosmopolitan, drawing from a wide range of peoples, cultures and religions, speaking over 300 different languages, mixing they culture, traditions, music, festivals and many others. London is an international transport hub, with five international airports and a large port. It serves as the largest aviation hub in the world, and its main airport, the multi terminal Heathrow, carries more international passengers than any other airport in the world.Despite a population more than 30% of London is made up of parks and green space, greater than any other city of its size in the world. This space provides the perfect opportunity for walks, relaxation or sporting activities. Compare hotels in London. London is a very accessible city; it has five international airports, an efficient road network and extensive Underground, train, bus, and taxi services. The city is famous for a wealth of history and culture. Home to Britain’s national art collections, the Royal family and a host of major attractions, London’s rich history, striking architecture and over 200 museums offer a unique cultural experience.London is a major tourist destination and one of the world’s most remarkable and exciting cities, with iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye amongst its many attractions, along with famous institutions such as the British Museum and the National Gallery. It has something to offer every type of traveller.London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, a mix of history, architecture and culture has created an amazing and constantly evolving city.

Manchester

on Friday, 26 August 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

Manchester  lies at the heart of Greater Manchester in the north west of England.It Is within The Historic County Boundaries of Lancashire,and part of The County Palatine of Lancashire,and The Duchy of Lancaster. The city proper has a population of around half a million, while the larger conurbation, referred to as either Greater Manchester or Manchester City Region, has over 2.6 million inhabitants. The ten component parts of the conurbation are working much more closely together, of late. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority was created on April 1st 2011.

Manchester is known by some for its influence on the histories of industry and music, and for its sporting connections. It has a large number of students. It is seen by many as the "capital" of the north of England, the second city of the United Kingdom and is home to the UK's largest airport outside London, which is owned by the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester. Others view Birmingham as the second city, but it is not an official sanction and opinion is very much divided, whilst Leeds also lays claim to capital of the north.

Manchester is in the northwest region of England, about equidistant between Liverpool and Leeds. Although it has the image of being very wet the rainfall and number of rainy days in Manchester are less than the UK average.

Manchester once had a negative reputation derived from its industrial past. Things have dramatically changed in the last decade and now the city has a vibrant, exciting air. Investment in the city's regeneration following the 1996 IRA bomb and 2002 Commonwealth Games has paid off and Manchester is well worth a visit, even if just for a couple of days, or for longer, if you plan to use it as a base to explore northern England and North Wales.

Manchester is becoming more and more a city where people are choosing to settle. It is seen by many as young, vibrant and cutting edge city, where there is always something happening. Many see their city as a rival to London, albeit on a more human scale; nevermind the ongoing battle with Birmingham for "The Second City" title. This feud seems to go on and on and hinges, at least in population size, on how you add up the numbers. If you compare Greater Manchester's population to Birmingham's and its neighbouring towns and districts, Birmingham pips Manchester to the post by a 100,000 or so. However if you look at the actual population of the city of Birmingham, which is more than 1 million, it is more than twice as big, in terms of population, as the actual city of Manchester which has a population of around 450,000 people. But the city argues that population is just one aspect and that history and contributions to the world should also be considered. The "Manchester brand" is seen to extend well beyond the city's boundaries (covering all of neighbouring Salford & Trafford, as well as districts of other boroughs) and even beyond those of Greater Manchester. This serves to reflect the influence it has on the wider region as a whole.

Over the years, many have moved to Manchester from London. These people are by no means all returning to their northern roots. Some are from overseas, who stopped off down south on their way north in search of a more affordable urban existence. Manchester is a friendly city as well. Northerners do talk to each other and to strangers. Just compare asking for directions in London and Manchester and the difference is often clear. Of late, locals seem more proud than ever of Manchester and all it offers. Some outsiders may find this fierce pride in their city somewhat "un-British," but it is very similar to that of Australians in their country. Positive comments and praise go down a treat with the locals, and with all that has happened in recent years, such is often due.

Manchester was the site of the Roman Fort Mamucium (breast-shaped) in AD 79 but a town was not built until the 13th Century. The old Roman road that ran to the nearby fort of Coccium (Wigan) is mirrored today by the route through Atherton & Tyldesley. A priests' college and church ( now Chetham's School and Library and the Cathedral ) were established in Manchester in 1421. Early evidence of its tendency towards political radicalism was its support for Parliament during the Civil War and in 1745 for the Jacobite forces of the Young Pretender.

It was not until the start of the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th Centuries that this small Medieval town would build its fortune. The presence of an existing cloth trade, coupled with the mechanization of spinning in nearby Bolton, created a thriving cotton industry in Manchester. The damp, humid atmosphere was good for cotton spinning since it meant less broken threads and cut down on the risk of explosions from cotton dust. Water power rapidly gave way here to steam invented by Boulton and Watt and a steam-driven factory was built in the Ancoats Northern Quarter section of the city. By the end of the 19th Century, Manchester was one of the 10 biggest urban centres on earth (even before counting the wider population, within 50 miles of the Northern England region, such as Liverpool, Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds, and Central Lancashire ).

Whitworth, inventor of the eponymous mass-cut screw thread, also manufactured his equally revolutionary rifled guns in huge quantities at his factory on Sackville Street. After their initial meeting at the Midland Hotel, still one of the city's most luxurious, Rolls and Royce began manufacture of their luxury motor cars in Hulme.

Trafford Park, in Trafford, was to become the first industrial estate in the world, housing the Ford Motor Company and much of the pre-wartime aircraft industry, notably the 'Lancaster' Bombers of the AVRO Co.

Manchester's success during the Victorian era and before is evident everywhere you look. Great Ancoats Street was a source of wonder to Schinkel, the neo-classical architect from Berlin. Equally grandiose neo-Gothic buildings line the old Financial District around King Street, and public institutions such as the University and the many libraries are dotted around everywhere. There is even a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Square (Brazennose Street, straight across Albert Square from the Town Hall main entrance) commemorating his personal thanks for Manchester's support during a cotton famine created by Britain's refusal to run the Federal blockade of the slave-owning Confederacy during the American Civil War.

Continuing its radical political tradition, Manchester was the home of opposition to the Corn Laws and espoused Free Trade, as well as Chartism and the Great Reform Act. It was instrumental in the establishment of socialism in the UK. Both Engels and Marx frequented the city; the former conducted his famous inquiry into the condition of the working class, and the latter sought to draw universal rules from the particular circumstances of the early industrial revolution, with disastrous consequences in the 20th century. Cleaving to a more gently pragmatic English tradition it was the birthplace of the Trades Union Congress which led to the creation of the Labour Party. It was also home to a number of philanthropists of the industrial age, such as John Owens and John Dalton, who bequeathed large parts of their fortunes to improving the city.

In more recent times, Manchester has been famous for its influence on the UK music scene. The Madchester movement of the early 1980s, started by Factory Records and Joy Division, led to the creation of the Haçienda nightclub (now unfortunately demolished after standing empty for many years) and the birth of modern club culture. Manchester has given life to many hugely successful musicians, among them The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Fall, Joy Division/New Order, The Happy Mondays, Oasis, James, and Badly Drawn Boy.

At 11L20 a.m., on Saturday, 15 June 1996, Manchester's city centre was rocked by a huge IRA bomb blast. Although preliminary intelligence managed to clear people from the scene enough for there to be no fatalities, the very heart of the city was ripped to shreds. A huge amount of money and effort was put into regenerating this bomb damaged part of the centre, redubbed the Millennium Quarter. The area has renewed interest in the centre and contains the entertainment and shopping heart of the city.


Central Manchester is home to two of the largest universities in the UK. The University of Manchester (formed from a merger of Manchester University and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)) [3] and Manchester Metropolitan University (aka 'Man Met', formerly the Polytechnic, itself a conglomeration of municipal colleges), as well as the Royal Northern College of Music. There is also a university in Salford, within one mile of the city centre, which is renowned as a European Centre of excellence in Media. Together they create a body of over 86,000 students living full-time in the city.

Manchester is often named 'best student city'. It is very welcoming to the student lifestyle and many establishments in the centre and South Manchester are geared towards students; eating and drinking in Manchester can be very inexpensive due to the high competition that goes on between these establishments.

However, if you want to be far from students, there are many places that are not frequented by students although you may have to be prepared to pay a little extra. Also, a few places have a strictly 21+ policy so take identification with you. But those places are quite rare. In the student areas of Fallowfield and Withington, some venues operate a student-only policy so production of a student card (or something resembling a student card) is necessary.

Manchester is famous all over the world thanks to its football clubs, including Manchester United (Old Trafford) and Manchester City (City of Manchester Stadium, Sportcity).

Old Trafford is also home to the Lancashire County Cricket Club. despite no longer being a part of the county of Lancashire.

In 2002, Manchester was the host to the Commonwealth Games and a large area of East Manchester was converted into a new Sportcity, the centre-piece of which is the new athletics and football stadium.

The Manchester Velodrome started off the whole regeneration of East Manchester and formed part of the bid for the 2002 Commonwealth Games (and for Manchester's failed bid for the 2000 Olympics). Britain's great success in the cycling events in the 2008 Olympics is very much due this venue and most of the medal winners are based in and around the city. However the London-centric authorities, preparing for the 2012 London Olympics, plan to build a venue in the capital and are not willing to share events around the country. Some still fear that Manchester may be sidelined furthermore in the future. The UK authorities have always been lukewarm to any Olympic bid that was not based on London, claiming that only a capital can host such a large event. Many cities who have hosted the games are not capitals, and this fact reinforces what a centralised country the UK is. Some reports in the press did suggest that the team wishes to keep their base in the city as they are also supported by a large administrative team.

In July 2009, it has been reported that the world's first purpose-built BMX Centre is also to be built on the site. Work on this addition to Sportcity is expected to start in January 2010 and is said to remove any lingering doubts that Manchester will be replaced by London as British Cycling's headquarters after the 2012 Olymipic Games. The centre will be used by athletes preparing for London 2012 and help bring major national and international events to the city. It will also be open to schools,clubs and the local community.
In the Queen's New Year's Honours list in January 2009, some of the locally based cycling heroes were given awards, including a knighthood to Chris Hoy.

Manchester is a very mixed city. Many races and religions have communities in the city and it has a long history of being more tolerant than most cities to people of any background. The very large number of British Citizenship ceremonies, held in Heron House by the Town Hall each year, are testament to this.

Manchester is also extremely gay-friendly and very liberal-minded. It is very well known as being one of "The Big 3" in terms of sexual diversity along with Brighton and London.The Village is an area concentrated around Canal Street and is very popular with people of all sexualities. It is also home to an annual 12 day Pride festival with the involvement of people of all types; attracting all kinds of people: not just from Manchester but from the entire country and abroad ;further reflecting Manchester's unique approach to tolerance and acceptance. Expect to see amongst others the likes of gay police officers, fire fighters and health workers in the good natured parade.

The atmosphere of the village area is very friendly and welcoming; as is Manchester's very large LGBT community; known to be one of the most accepting in the country. It is certainly the most gay friendly major city by far and has the most visible LGBT community of any major city outside London; as well as the highest percentage. Most Mancunians have grown up with a tolerant attitude towards sexuality and it is extremely rare to come across homophobia making Manchester a very welcoming city for LGBT people.














































































































































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Newcastle

on Sunday, 28 August 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

Newcastle upon Tyne  is a city in the North East of England. It has a population of 250,000 but including the surrounding urban area its population is almost 1 million.

Newcastle is a lively and diverse city, known for its nightlife, art, music and sports. Compact, attractive and friendly, it is one of England's core cities and is a centre of culture, architecture and business. Newcastle is a starting point for tours of the Northumberland coast and Hadrian's Wall. The town is also home to the Geordie culture, with a rich heritage of folk music and dance and its own dialect.

Newcastle was founded around 2,000 years ago as a Roman fort called Pons Aelius along Hadrian's Wall, a ruin of which still exists at Segedunum, a short walk from Wallsend Metro station. The city developed into an important port and was at the centre of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries. As heavy industry declined, Newcastle's fortunes took a dip. The city has now re-invented itself as a cultural centre and Science City, and is possibly one of the trendiest places in the UK.

Oxford

on Monday, 01 August 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

Experience Oxford travel with a walk down the long sweep of The High, one of the most striking streets in England; enjoy a mug of cider in one of the old student pubs; the sound of May Day dawn when choristers sing in Latin from Magdalen Tower; students in traditional gowns whizzing past on rickety bikes; towers and spires rising majestically; nude swimming at Parson's Pleasure; the roar of a cannon launching the bumping races; a tiny, dusty bookstall where you can pick up a valuable first edition – Oxford, the city of spires, home of one of the greatest universities in the world.

Romantic Oxford is still here, but to get to it, you have to experience the bustling and crowded city that is also Oxford.  Travel at any time of the year and you can enjoy a tour of the colleges, many of which represent a peak in England's architectural history, as well as Victorian contributions. The Oxford Tourist Information Centre offers guided walking tours daily throughout the year at this great destination. Oxford colleges like visiting Eton is much more restricted during term time (generally September to late March and late April to mid-July.

The busiest time in Oxford is in June and July with Henley’s Royal Regatta and Ascot's Royal Meeting. Most stately homes are open March through September or October only.  Winter is considered to be low season and the quietest for tourists although one can enjoy Oxford travel at any time of year.

United Kingdom

on Tuesday, 04 October 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

England shows many different faces: pulsing city life and lonely landscapes, old-fashioned customs and avant-garde culture, lovely beaches and rough mountains. For cultural sightseeing as for nightlife, London is ceaselessly thriving, and inevitably, it is the one place that features on everyone's itinerary,last minute deals, London’s West End offers a fantastic theatre experience with many popular classic theatre productions and also new emerging shows,holiday rental,
It is not only Europe's biggest city (with a population of over seven million} and capital of the United Kingdom, but also the place where the country's news, politics and money are made. Within the southeast of England, along the coastline, Canterbury, the bishopric seat of Thomas Becket, offers contrasting diversions. This is the richest part of the country due to its agricultural wealth and proximity to the capital. The southwest of England with the rugged moorlands of Devon and the rocky coastline of Cornwall is another spot worth discovering. Salisbury, where they say the West Country starts, is dominated by the elegant spire of its cathedral,backpacker rooms,     
In Neolithic times, a rich and powerful culture evolved here, as shown by monuments such as Stonehenge and Avebury. The main urban attraction of western England is Bristol, but Bath and Exeter are also worth a visit. In the centre of the country, the chief attractions are the old university cities of Oxford and Cambridge, and the town of Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon, though the often bypassed city of Norwich, over in the picturesque flatlands of East Anglia, can be equally rewarding. In the north of England, the industrial cities of Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester are gritty and lively places, and York and Durham have splendid historical treasures, but the landscape again is the real magnet, especially the uplands of the Lake District and the dales of Yorkshire,last minute beds,

Yorkshire

on Monday, 01 August 2011. Posted in United Kingdom

The walled medieval city of York, 90 kms northeast of Manchester, is a great place to explore, with narrow streets, lovely shops and timbered homes with gabled roofs.Don't miss the 14th-century York Minster) and York Castle Museum. Take a walk along the city wall and visit Clifford's Tower, the Yorkshire Museum Jorvik Viking Centre (tour the reconstructed Viking-era town on the exact site where archaeologists found streets, shops, dwellings and other remains—get there early to avoid crowds), the award-winning National Railway Museum and 18th-century Castle Howard, a gold-domed baroque mansion. York is reputed to be the most haunted city in England (tours of spooked locales are given after dark).

The surrounding countryside features the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. 55 kms north of Manchester, the Yorkshire Dales are a world apart. Kilometres of unspoiled countryside, country lanes and stonewalls surround lively market towns, isolated farmhouses, ancient lead mines and great limestone caverns.

This is the middle stretch of the Pennines and is great hiking country for the hale and hearty. The small village of Malham makes a good base if you want to explore this unique limestone countryside, but the market town of Richmond has more of interest, with an 11th-century castle, walking tours and traditional shops..

The fabulous scenery of Yorkshire attracts plenty of four-wheeled visitors, making the roads very crowded, especially during the summer. If you can’t avoid busy summer weekends, try to come by bus or train, and even then 

it’s well worth getting off the beaten track.

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