Slemish: Discover St Patrick’s Mountain in Northern Ireland

I have been a regular visitor to Northern Ireland over many years, visiting the town of Ballymena, County Antrim. And anyone familiar with the approach to Ballymena will recognise Slemish. Towering over the surrounding flat landscape, Slemish is unmistakable and, when the mists clear, unmissable. It is also St Patrick’s mountain. The story goes like this: at the age of 16, the teenager who would[…]

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Little Moreton Hall: A Tudor timewalk

Few periods of European history have quite the splendour and mystique of Tudor England. The age of Henry VIII and his six wives, of Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I, the period is known for its violent history and religious upheaval, set against a backdrop of elaborate fashions where doublets, hose and ruffs were the order of the day. But the period is also known for[…]

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The Mourne Mountains: Northern Ireland’s beautiful southeast

If you are visiting Northern Ireland, you could do far worse than a day or two spent exploring the Mourne Mountains. Nestled in the far south of County Down, the stunning peaks (of which the highest is Slieve Donard at 850m, Northern Ireland’s highest point) rise out of the Irish Sea to provide breathtaking hiking and scenic drives across hillsides covered in moorland, farmland and[…]

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Explore historic Ely, Cambridgeshire

The historic city of Ely lies just north of Cambridge, and within easy reach of London and the Norfolk coast. It makes for a great day out, but why should you visit? Ely Cathedral Dating from 1083, the crown jewel of the city is the beautiful Anglican cathedral which stands proudly above the town. According to legend, Ely means “Isle of Eels” (from the eel-catchers[…]

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Portrush to Castlerock: Discover Northern Ireland’s northwest coast

The part of the Northern Irish coast to the west of the Giant’s Causeway is the province’s holiday playground. With white sand beaches, caravan parks and coastal towns, it is a great spot for a family break, but it also has history and stunning scenery to explore. So how could you spend a day or two in Northern Ireland’s northwest? Dunluce Castle Dunluce is a ruined[…]

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Discover Northern Ireland’s beautiful Causeway Coast

If you’ve been to Ireland and not visited the north-eastern counties, you have missed something special. Politically part of the United Kingdom and with a chequered history to match, Northern Ireland today is a peaceful place with much to see and do. And top of that list is the beautiful Causeway Coast. A rugged coastline beginning near Belfast, the Causeway Coast stretches north and then[…]

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How to go punting in Cambridge, England - and look good doing it!

How to go punting in Cambridge – and look good doing it!

Punting down the Backs, the water meadows of the River Cam, is the classic Cambridge activity and has been enjoyed by students, residents and visitors alike for centuries. Fancy giving it a try? Here’s everything you need to know about punting in Cambridge! Pick your location There are several locations where you can sample the full punting experience, and it just depends on your mood.[…]

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