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16 Delightful Free Things To Do in Edinburgh

Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

I fell in love with Edinburgh the first time I visited – which is why I will soon be returning back again for my 4th time. Wandering down the narrow cobblestone alleys of the city feels like squeezing through the aisles of an old bookshop and the stately Georgian and medieval buildings tell countless stories of Scottish history. When you …

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Why I Prefer British Pubs to North American Ones

As a Canadian who has lived abroad in the UK and traveled throughout Canada and the USA, I have had plenty of experiences in both British and North American drinking establishments. I have come to the (perhaps controversial) conclusion that when it comes to pubs, the United Kingdom does it better. Here are a few of the reasons why I …

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Ten Brilliant UK Cities to Visit Besides London

When tourists think of visiting the UK, they usually have one destination in mind: London. The capital city of England seems to dominate the international image of the UK and many other cities are not usually considered in most tourists’ plans. Of course, the city of Big Ben and Beefeaters is certainly worth visiting, as it is a world class …

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Discovering the Delights of Derry

  Whether you call this place Derry or Londonderry (and it depends a bit who you’re speaking with as to which name you use), “the maiden city” and its surrounding coastline is a fascinating part of the world. Derry is the original name for the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, the name is derived from the Irish word for “oak …

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My UK Travel Bucket List

For the last few weeks Lee and I have been back in England, visiting his lovely family and our wonderful friends and enjoying all of the pleasures that this country has to offer, from cups of tea to steak and kidney pies to football matches and walks in the countryside.I’ve already expressed in a previous post how much I love the …

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In Defense of the “Awful” British Weather

Brits seem to love nothing more than to complain about the rain. It seems to almost be a national pastime to moan about the wet and drizzling weather, but are they missing the point? Yes, it’s true and there is no denying it. It rains a lot in the UK. The summers are short and briefly sunny and they are …

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Beyond London – Yorkshire

It only takes 3-4 hours by train or car to visit Yorkshire from London, but this beautiful county offers a completely different side of England. What makes this part of the UK so special? First of all, there are the landscapes of rolling dark green hills and quiet farms leading up to the dramatic cliffs on the coastline. There are …

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Beyond London: Stratford Upon Avon

A quiet town on the river Avon in beautiful Warwickshire, Stratford Upon Avon is a great escape from the big city bustle of London and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Most people visit Stratford Upon Avon because it was the home of the playwright William Shakespeare. However, this destination offers not just Shakespeare attractions but …

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Beyond London: Bath

Ancient Roman Spas, natural hot springs, medieval buildings, gorgeous Georgian architecture, excellent museums and a range of great pubs, restaurants and nightclubs… all this and more is waiting only an hour and a half from London. Bath is set within the rolling hills of Somerset on the edge of the Cotswolds and makes a perfect weekend getaway from the chaos …

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Beyond London: Cornwall

The ancient kingdom of Cornwall is home to the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain and is one of the most popular regions of the UK with travellers and holiday-makers. The sun seems to shine a little more in this part of the UK upon the rugged coastal cliffs and the old market towns. Its fascinating Celtic history is …

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Beyond London: The Wild Beauty of Wales

(This is the third post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK.) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, it almost seems that people around the world …

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Beyond London: Cumbria and the Lake District

(This is the second post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK. Check out the rest of the guides here) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, …

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Beyond London: Lovely Lancashire

(This is the first post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK.) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, it almost seems that people around the world …

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Why The United Kingdom is Not a S#!thole

After falling for his sexy accent, I followed my boyfriend Lee home from New Zealand, and ended up living for 14 months in the small Lancashire town of Accrington, England. During our many evenings socializing at the local pub, I would end up chatting with people who noticed my unusual Canadian accent. These locals would more often than not ask …

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World’s Coolest Cities: Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh has the wonderfully rich atmosphere of an old bookshop. Its cobblestone alleyways give the impression of narrow aisles, and there is an overwhelming feeling that the buildings are made of volumes and volumes of stories stacked on top of each other. Even just standing within all this, you can feel a pervasive sense of history. When …

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Bournemouth Hotel is Chocolate Lover’s Dream

If you are chocolate fan, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth, UK is the closest you will get to heaven while still staying on this earth. It is the world’s very first chocolate themed hotel! Imagine a holiday completely themed around chocolate, with a bar that serves Chocolate Martinis, chocolate themed rooms, and chocolate portrait painting sessions on offer where …

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Cumbria in Photos

Many people think that visiting England is all about London. However, there are also some truly gorgeous and much more tranquil locations throughout the English countryside which are worth a visit. Take the Lake District in Cumbria for example, which we explored in January 2011.

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Worlds Coolest Cities: Manchester

Photo by Anosmia

A trip to the UK isn’t complete without enjoying its second city, the “Capital of the North of England”. Manchester is a modern haven of sexy British cool, known for its music scene, shopping, dining and of course football. Why is Manchester so effortlessly hip? Pic by Anosmia

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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Photos

Images from the August 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. The Fringe Festival is a celebration of independent performing arts, and the city of Edinburgh comes alive with music, art, live theater, and more. With hundreds of shows every day in venues all over the city, it is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of culture. Click here to learn more about …

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