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Random Travels in the UK

There are worse places to live in than the UK. Much as I love travelling overseas, there's so much to see in the UK considering how small it is. This list is, in no particular order, some places I have visited. It's rather random and will be updated at even more random intervals...

Updated September 3, 2017
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  1. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Ludlow, England, UK
    There are more spectacular castles in the UK, for sure, but Ludlow's castle is worth a visit for a few reasons. Firstly, the ruins have survived well, and it is very possible to access most of them, including the tall towers of the North range. Th…
  2. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Snowdonia, Wales, UK
    Mount Snowdon might get all the plaudits, but pretty little Betws-y-Coed is a pleasant place to spend a couple of days, making you realise there's more to the area than the famous mountains. Lovely scenery can just as well be enjoyed from here! Th…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Gateshead, England, UK
    Anthony Gormley is responsible for such artistic works as the "Another Place" statues on Crosby Beach near Liverpool (some of which get submerged by the sea as the tide comes in) and the "Event Horizon" installations which moved to Sao Paulo from Lon…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in North Yorkshire, England, UK
    Somewhat unheralded outside of Yorkshire, Brimham Rocks are weird and wonderful rock formations that manage to tick both the aesthetically pleasing (because they're unusual) and fun (kids and adults who are kids at heart can clamber all over them) bo…
  5. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Middleton-in-Teesdale, England, UK
    The North Pennines website claims that High Force waterfall is the biggest in England, which is a bit of a rich claim considering that there are other waterfalls in the country with a longer vertical drop than the 21 metres of High Force. A very s…
  6. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Skegness, England, UK
    Skeggy, as it seems to be referred to by the locals and the busloads of Yorkshire folk who come here for their summer holidays, is seriously for amusement arcade loving, crazy-golf-playing and cheesy disco dancing people only. The town is overflow…
  7. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Conwy, Wales, UK
    Conwy Castle might not be quite as intact or imposing as Caernarfon, but its distinctive, almost symmetrical, structure (rectangular with eight majestic towers) have earned it UNESCO world heritage status. Its dramatic location on a coastal ridge an…
  8. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Cambridge, England, UK
    Think University education in the UK and the two places that spring to mind are Oxford and Cambridge. Whilst the former tends to be seen as THE place to go for the terribly clever, its upstart younger sibling (in the sense that Cambridge University w…
  9. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Louth, England, UK
    A decent sized market town, Louth has enough to see to make it a reasonably diverting destination for a day or so. Its central draw is undoubtedly St James' church and its remarkably Gothic spire. The church itself is nothing particularly outstan…
  10. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Beeston, England, UK
    Outside of Chester itself, Beeston Castle is probably the best draw in Cheshire. Situated atop a hill, the lower than average entry fee and steepish hill climb are rewarded by some decent castle ruins and spectacular views. On a good day you can …
  11. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Olney, England, UK
    I have a friend who lives in Buckinghamshire, and he's been on a it of a mission in recent weeks and months to introduce me to the villages of the county. Olney is probably the most diverting place I've been to in the county so far. It's home to a…
  12. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Liverpool, England, UK
    If you're a big Beatles fan, which I'm guessing is pretty much everyone who's in to rock music, then a trip to the place where the Fab Four made their name is akin to a holy pilgrimage. The club may not strictly be as it was when they played there…
  13. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Chester, England, UK
    With one foot in North Wales and the rest in England, the attractive town of Chester is very much worth a look if you're in the region. Perhaps overshadowed a little by Liverpool and Manchester to the North, this town, formerly the largest Roman …
  14. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Ripon, England, UK
    Perhaps best known to the casual observer as the place where the 'History Boys' visited in the film adaptation of Alan Bennett's play, Fountains Abbey is a very impressive ruined Cistercian Monastery, and a World Heritage site. Set in acres of rol…
  15. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Sheffield, England, UK
    I lived in Sheffield for a year, as a student, so it's a place close to my heart. For the traveler, though, there's not an awful lot to recommend it - the nearby Peak District and York are two places in the region that come more highly recommended - …
    This review was featured on Friday February 14th, 2014
  16. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Durham, England, UK
    Perhaps I should say 'city', as Durham boasts a fine Cathedral, which is undeniably its prime attraction. But Durham is a small place, with a beautiful river running through it, splendid view s of the surrounding leafy countryside and cobbled streets…
  17. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Winchester, England, UK
    The UK isn't short on visually stunning, spiritually fulfilling places of worship. This Cathedral, situated in the pretty Southern town of Winchester, one of England's oldest established settlements and former capital of the country (as determined by…
  18. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in North Shields, England, UK
    Tynemouth is the seaside resort of choice for the locals in nearby Newcastle, and for the traveller, the most interesting thing to see is this reasonably well preserved priory/castle. It is approximately 2000 years old, and its location affords so…
  19. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England, UK
    'Royal' Tunbridge Wells has become something of a byword for Conservative, reactionary, quintessentially English Middle Classdom among British folk. This is because of a notorious series of letters sent to the Times newspaper in the early 20th Centur…
  20. Ridiculously Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Windsor, England, UK
    These twin Berkshire towns - spliced down the middle by the River Thames - are steeped in history and tradition. A very popular tourist destination, the streets of Windsor in particular can be rammed with visitors. As this is a town that isn't sh…
    This review was featured on Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
  21. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Canterbury, England, UK
    Mother church of the Church of England, Canterbury Cathedral is the HQ of the Anglican communion for good reason. Dating back to 597AD, when it was founded by the missionary St Augustine who had been dispatched on a holy mission by Pope Gregory the G…
    This review was featured on Friday July 4th, 2014
  22. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Cardiff, Wales, UK
    Cardiff! I figured it was about time I boasted of the charms of the capital city of my homeland, which I grew up a mere 20 miles away from and visited often. This naturally makes me biased, so forgive me if I'm not as objective as I usually strive to…
  23. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Bedford, England, UK
    As the old adage goes, an Englishman's home is his castle. That being the case, many tourists flock to the UK in the hope of seeing grand, stately, palatial homes dotted around the countryside. Many of these are definitely impressive, but as if to il…
  24. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Dover, England, UK
    Dramatically perched above the unassuming coastal town of Dover, this castle is the largest in England and may just be its very best one. It's known as the 'key to England', and it fits the bill in more ways than one - as a first line of defence fort…
  25. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Leicester, England, UK
    The discovery of Richard III's bones under a Leicester car park caused quite a stir back in 2012. The subsequent renewed interest in this most controversial of English Kings ultimately resulted in the opening of this fascinating visitor centre earlie…
    This review was featured on Wednesday December 3rd, 2014
  26. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Chichester, England, UK
    In a land full of elegant places of worship, it can be difficult for all but the most awe-inspiring cathedral to attract time-pressed visitors within its walls. Chichester Cathedral, a perfectly fine attraction in its own right, is one of those place…
  27. Ridiculously Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Portsmouth, England, UK
    The must-see attraction of this important coastal city - Britain's Royal Navy has its headquarters here, and it's a gateway to both the continent and the nearby Isle of Wight - Portsmouth's historic dockyard's website boasts of showcasing ten major a…
    This review was featured on Thursday May 7th, 2015
  28. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Stonehenge, England, UK
    A place of true magic and mystery that scribes as diverse as Thomas Hardy and Spinal Tap have waxed lyrical about, Stonehenge is arguably the UK’s single top attraction outside of London. Over one million people visit this UNESCO world heritage sit…
  29. Ridiculously Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Watford, England, UK
    If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books and, in particular, movies then this is the place for you. If you can’t stand them then here’s two words for you – wide berth. If you’re somewhere in between, like me, then this place is undoubte…
    This review was featured on Wednesday September 9th, 2015
  30. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Sussex, England, UK
    Certain battles and dates are so engrained in a nation’s psyche that they are eponymous with that country’s history. Of all the battles from the many wars that Britain has been involved in, the 1066 Battle of Hastings is perhaps the conflict that…
  31. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    First a royal residence dating from the 11th century, and second a military stronghold that has seen action as the fortunes of Scotland have ebbed and flowed through various conflicts over the years, Edinburgh’s most iconic attraction is both visua…
  32. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Falkirk, Scotland, UK
    Clearly visible from miles away on surrounding roads, the Kelpies – unveiled as recently as 2014 – are a pair of 30-metre high horse head sculptures in Denny, a region on the periphery of Falkirk in central Scotland. They can be found within an a…
  33. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Caernarfon, Wales, UK
    The most visually formidable of all of the castles built by Edward I to subdue the Welsh, Caernarfon Castle is impressive both on the outside – the sheer scale of the walls looming over the little town below is breath-taking – and in, where its r…
  34. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Porthmadog, Wales, UK
    Portmeirion is part rural seaside resort, part working village (yes, people actually live here…and visitors stay here too!), but most of all it’s a whimsical, neo-classical folly, the surreal, decades-long pet project of the architect Clough Will…
    This review was featured on Thursday November 5th, 2015
  35. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Colchester, England, UK
    An easy day trip from London at just over an hour away by train, the somewhat dowdy town of Colchester makes itself worthy of a visit by virtue of its rich history, as exemplified by its imposing castle keep. It’s bigger than the one at the Tower o…
  36. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in United Kingdom
    The first time I went to Salisbury I did what many people do – used it as a transport hub for the world famous Stonehenge nearby, bypassing the city entirely. Recently, I rectified this mistake and am glad I did. For Salisbury is picturesque, olde …
  37. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Pontypridd, Wales, UK
    The South Wales Valleys were, once upon a time, the industrial heartbeat that powered Wales. This was almost entirely down to the rich natural resources of coal that lay underground, which effectively created a boom period for the industry in the reg…
    This review was featured on Friday August 26th, 2016
  38. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Ely, England, UK
    In a land of numerous, beautifully constructed Cathedrals, what helps this majestic Cathedral stand out is the effortless way it looms over the small, pretty city of Ely. You can spy it the moment you alight from the train station, its towering spire…
  39. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lewes, England, UK
    The pretty town of Lewes doesn’t seem to get as many visitors as many other places on and around the coast of South England, and this is something of a pity as there are certainly enough attractions to make this worthy of a day trip from a nearby b…
  40. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Avebury, England, UK
    Stonehenge is arguably the most well-known attraction in the UK outside of London…maybe even including London! A stone circle of majesty and mystery on the Salisbury plains, it dates back to prehistorical times and remains a beloved, UNESCO-listed …
    This review was featured on Thursday December 15th, 2016
  41. Ridiculously Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Blenheim Palace, UK
    Grand, stately Blenheim Palace stands out as one of the very best of its kind, in a country renowned the world over for its grand, stately, manors, mansions and, yes, palaces. An opulent, baroque masterpiece, it is the only non-royal, non-episcopal r…
    This review was featured on Thursday June 29th, 2017
  42. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lincoln, England, UK
    Lincolnshire is situated in one of the flattest regions of the United Kingdom, so it’s somewhat ironic that the blockbuster attraction of its principal settlement requires a lung-busting climb up a very steep hill to get to (or a bus ride, admitted…
  43. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Tongwynlais, UK
    Set majestically against a leafy hillside a few miles north of Cardiff, this castle stands in strong contrast to the typical, grand fortresses that litter the Welsh landscape. Whilst it was initially built as a castle of some strategic military impor…
joseph98 says:
Quite, and still many places to be added to this list :-)
Posted on: Dec 12, 2014
Travel2014 says:
Was it really almost a year ago when I first read your list?? Time flies.
Posted on: Dec 12, 2014
joseph98 says:
I know Helen, but got no photos of my visits there. I'm hoping to return next year so will post something then :-)
Posted on: Dec 02, 2014
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