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A Spirited Vacation in Llandudno Have an amazing time at the finest seaside resort town of Wales

Llandudno is a beautiful, waterfront resort town in Conwy County Borough, Wales. Situated between the twin limestone headlands, The Great Orme and The Little Orme, the sublime city of Northern Wales is a hotspot for tourism. Imagine yourself surrounded by the seraphic Irish beaches, lagoons of prismatic colors, whimsical little Victorian shops, aged copper mines and scenic walkaways. This summer, grab your luggage and set out to explore the wondrous Llandudno.


Llandudno is named after a Christian saint named Tudno. It is also famously known as the Queen of Welsh Resort. The high land area has seen Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages settlements over the centuries. The various copper mines on promenades were operated until middle of the nineteenth century when the Victorian town went into development as an uptown holiday resort. There are now over 200 hotels and the place is always bustling with happy tourists. One of the renowned hotels was Penforma Hotel, notably linked with Alice in Wonderland. According to a legend, Lewis Carroll was inspired to write about his heroine, Alice, after meeting a little girl, Alice Liddell, whose family used to vacation at the holiday-home of Carroll‟s family. The hotel was recently torn down. The Welsh catchphrase for Llandudno is, 'Hard Hafen Hedd', which means 'Beautiful haven of peace'. The slogan was given by a Romanian Queen Elizabeth and it reflects the tranquillity the town oozes


As the largest seaside resort of Northern Wales, Llandudno is blessed with countless alluring attractions that will make your vacation refreshing and memorable. Start your trip by visiting the Great Orme that stipples the coastline. Standing atop the peak, you will be surprised by the magnificent landscapes of the little Welsh town. The summit's backdrop is a radiant country park composed of bewitching scenery of fluttering butterflies, blossoming flowers and the songs of seabirds. The Great Orme has ancient Bronze Age copper mines. A tramcar will take you into the depths of olden shafts where you can have the visual pleasure of centuries old monuments. A superb adventure at Snowdonia National Park can be a highlight of your retreat. The largest Welsh mountain, Snowdon and about hundreds of azure lakes, pristine beaches and moors make up the resplendent park. The Bodnant Gardens are simply the most dazzling of ornamental gardens. The Gardens are ideal for a serene day spent under cool shades of whispering trees. Another great spot for placid walks is the long Victorian pier. Moreover, the pier is surrounded by an array of quaint cafes, shops and restaurants where you can relish the best of the Welsh cuisines. Venue Cymru is an immense arts venue incorporating a huge theatre, concert area, arena, conference centre, bars, restaurants etc. The Venue holds live music shows, ballet performances, opera and ice shows. For history enthusiasts, Llandudno Museum is a place to be. It proudly displays a collection of paintings and a range of items from World Ward and prehistoric times. To end a perfect day, stroll along the calm bank of West Shore. Llandudno is a perfect destination to escape the busy routines. Come back home rejuvenated from the trip of your dreams.

An Exquisite Getaway to the Isle of Wight Spend your weekend in the sublime British haven, The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is the largest island of England. Take one step on this pretty atoll and you are instantly time traveling to the 1950s with little chaos of the current century. We are talking soporific green villages, sun basked beaches and a peaceful county life. This charming island makes an immaculate weekend getaway. It attracts all sorts of tourists - be it a group of urbane youths, couples on a romantic retreat or a happy family with a bunch of excited kids.


The Isle of Wight was formed during the last ice age. The island is full of historical and archaeological ruins. Dinosaurs‟ remains, prehistoric fossils, memorials of Bronze and Iron Ages, artefacts of the Roman period and beyond, it dwells in the depths. The isle has been ruled by dozens of empires. After Romans, the Jutish Germans took over the reign which was later encroached by the Saxons. Queen Victoria's summer home, Osbourne House, was a royal residence which became a Victorian luxury resort and after the Queen's death, a training college for navy students. Today, it is open to the public. During the Sever Years War, it was used as the post for troops to attack the French coast. The notable Isle of Wight Festival took place from 1968 to 1970. The last event saw the largest gatherings of people ever. The lively music festival was restarted in 2002 and must be attended when traveling the Isle.


The Isle of Wight is a remarkable destination for a holiday throughout the year. Explore the isle easily on foot. Sandown is a lush seaside resort town on the South-eastern side. A silver sand beach that brims with sun kissed serenity and a convivial amusement park like pier are the main attractions of this little town. There are pubs, tea rooms and classy English restaurants. But to the north are the famous Isle of Wight Zoo and the Dinosaur Isle. The

zoo is known for the enormous Indian white tigers. The retreat is awesome for families with kids who will surely get excited by the display of wild animals like lions, lemurs and jaguars. Blackgang Chine in Ventnor is a fantasy themed adventure park. Explore lovely settings like Fairylands, cascading waterfalls and have a delicious picnic while looking at the great view of Needles across the sea. Similarly, the Robin Hood Adventure Park is great for kids and adults alike providing an array of fun activities like toboggans, rides and exploration of tunnels. Near Brightstone is the house of largest collection of pearls, The Isle of Wight Pearls. Choose an oyster, remove the shell and get a unique pearl of your own. This quirky warehouse of pearls also sells amazing jewellery. The Needles Park is situated on the top of the cliff. The famous landmarks, three chalky rocks and the Lighthouse, lure the tourists across the world. A chairlift will take you to the Alum Glass beach where you can end the superb evening perfectly. Other must-visiting places include the Yarmouth Castle, Rosemary Vineyard and the Godshill Church. The Isle of Wight is fabulous for a fun -filled yet a calming vacation.


A Wild Holiday on the Atlantic Shores of Newquay Brave the waves and experience the beautiful sandy coasts in Newquay

A vacation in Newquay, Cornwall offers an ideal opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of life. It is a sublime waterfront resort town and a fish port with immaculate scenery and placid shores. The Cornish town has plenty of beaches and challenging waves, thus, is naturally a surfer's paradise. During the sun soaked summer days, a number of surfers and beach bums descend upon Newquay to get a taste of Cornish azures.


The first settlement of Newquay took place around the Iron Age, however prehistoric relics of 3,500 years ago and Bronze Age have also been found. In the Medieval times, it used to be a fishing town famous for its shoals of pilchards. These pilchards have long disappeared, and today only one or two edible crabs can be caught on a lucky day. In 1801, according to British Census, there were 1300 inhabitants. Construction of the current Newquay Harbour began in 1832. In the modern 21st century, Newquay has substantially urbanized.


Exploring Newquay is most fun when it's done by foot for all the attractions are on a walking distance. A fine cluster of shimmering white sand beaches and crystal clear waters are a delight to every eye. Towan Beach is located on the central part of Newquay and is popular for its scenic beauty and calm water. The tides are low and surfing is not allowed on this strip of luminous beach. However, it's awesome for families and kids. Swim along the mild waves and have a Cornish meal under the sun. The Blue Reef Aquarium is nearby and is worth a visit. Check the dwelling of various marine creatures different types of fishes, octopuses, sea-horses, starfishes and even sharks! If you are a water sport enthusiast then Fistral Beach is your ultimate destination. It is situated on the western side of Towards Head and proffers a myriad of surfing options and other activities such as water skating, snorkelling and scuba diving. Be a part of the famous sporty music festival, Ripcurl Boardmasters and if you dare, compete against the international surfers. If you don't know how to surf but you want to, don't hesitate; just walk down to the Lusty Glaze Beach where they hold classes for beginners. A day in the Holywell Bay Fun Park is bound to be exalting. It is suitable for all ages and offers adrenaline pumping thrill rides, laser shooting, bumper boats and a serene countryside golf course, Pitch & Putt. Talking of serenity, the Trenance Leisure Park is yet another treat for travellers. It's a fascinating composite of ornamental gardens, lush sub-tropical plants, adventurous rides, massive swimming pools, boating lakes and Cornwall's

only zoo! The park gets even more animated after sundown when all the glamorous nightclubs open up. Although, Newquay's museums aren't that well known, visiting the Tunnels Through Times and Driftwood Gallery give an insight into the heritage of Cornwall. Your vacation will be lacking if you did not taste the whiskey of Cornish bars. A vacation in Newquay is refreshing and sends you home with an amazing tan!


An Enticing Holiday in Blackpool
Have a Boisterous Time in the English Seashore of Lancashire

A pleasant weather, golden beaches, sparkling lagoons, lengthy piers, and friendly locals define Blackpool, Lancashire, England and what else can one want on an inspiriting respite? The lively seashore of Lancashire is situated on the North West England. It has everything for everyone - from tranquil water banks to animated night clubs. So whether you are a couple on a romantic retreat or a group of adventurous teens - a vacation in Blackpool is an excellent choice.


Blackpool used to be a small nook by the sea enveloped by swampy woods. In 18th century, the upper class citizens traveled to Blackpool to bathe in the sea to cure diseases. Gradually, middle and lower classes were also lured by the curative powers of the ocean. 1781 brought big changes. Two men, Thomas Clifton and Sir Henry Houghton, constructed a road in Blackpool to make it easily approachable. Hotels were built and stagecoaches started travelling. In 19th century, holiday cottages were raised for accommodation of the ever increasing number of tourists. Railway tracks were laid down and electrical system was set up. Slowly but steadily, the town became an urban holiday destination.


An Adventure Packed Family Holiday in Skegness The English Seaside Town is perfect for a Fun Filled Respite

Looking for an exciting spot for a holiday? Skegness might just be the place. A picture perfect landscaped town, Skegness is by the sea in Lincolnshire, England. Having over ten miles of golden beaches and scenic paths, Skegness is a spectacle to behold.


The name Skegness suggests that the place is of Danish origin, however it has not been proved. It was a small village and a fishing port for several centuries until the railways were invented. In early 20th century, a railway company, Great Northern Railways, advertised Skegness as a holiday resort town with the help of 'The Jolly Fisherman' poster. This poster was the prime reason of the successful tourism that followed. It is also the place where the famous Wash incident took place - a popular belief that a UFO flew over Skegness on the early hours of an October morning. Butlins, a chain of holiday camps, were constructed in Skegness for the first time.

Skegness provides travellers with a little bit of everything. There are classy beaches, tranquil countryside‟s, bewitching gardens, promenades, amazing nightlife, art galleries, nature reserves, castles, holiday campsites and caravan parks. For accommodation, taste the luxurious comfort of the notorious Butlins Resort Skegness. Other grand lodges include Ivydene Hotel and Serena Court Hotel. Once settled, grab a seat on a bus and be ready to have a delightful time in the charming seaside resort. Natureland Seal Sanctuary is a wonderful animal attraction centre sheltering a large number of penguins, seals, tropical fishes, friendly goats, fluttering butterflies, weird reptiles and even rare creepy insects! The visit to Natureland is a great experience, especially for kids. The countryside is unique to Skegness when it comes to coastal towns. With the backdrop of

sweet clime and pleasant Nature, the rugged countryside is an amazing opportunity for cycling. Bottons Pleasure Beach is a radiant fairground situated on the bank. Exhilarating rides, wild parties, eat outs and surfing options make the fair an awesome place for everyone. Go, seek your future by the help of mystical Romany gypsy palm reader and take a ride on one of the cute donkeys. On a lazy day, lie down on the sand and have a little dose of sun. Dreaming of even more boisterous moments? Skegness Cable Ski Centre is your dream comes true. Let go off your worries and ski down the crashing waters. If you are a novice, don't be disheartened, for there are trainees to teach the beginners. The cafeterias in the water park are simply appealing and perfect for a quiet cup of coffee after a day full of excitement. The Church Farm Village and Museum instantly take you a hundred years back. The farm gives a vision of olden relics and traditions of rural villages of Skegness. Hildreds Shopping Centre is best known for its exhibition of animated array of stuff during the Christmas Season and other festivals. Skegness Pier is on the central part of town. The fun and buzzing promenade offers bowling, laser quests, adventure worlds, video games and the yummiest ice creams! Skegness is highly recommended for vacations all over the world.


Sparkle Up On Your Respite to Torquay Fabulous beaches and resplendent sights await your visit!

When it comes to finding a real good spot for an appeasing vacation, England has quite a number of them. Torquay is an English county town in Devon, England with many attractions for tourism. The seashore shimmers with fawn sand against the scrim of clear turquoise waters and sawing palm trees. There is a small strip of scenic countryside, inciting parks, a theatre and a zoo. Kids and adults alike are sure to have a marvellous time.


Torquay has been known to be inhabited since the Palaeolithic times which were proved by the evidences like stone hand axes buried deep. Spanning thousands of years, Torquay owns quite a rich background. It was primarily a small fishing village with agricultural potential. Tourism began in the early decades of the 19th century when, as a result of Napoleonic wars, royal and rich citizens could not visit abroad and had to travel in England. The status of Torquay instantly got upgraded with rapid development of spas and resorts. To this day, the resort town serves its purpose as a stable and exquisite tourist area.


You will not face a single dull moment on your retreat to Torquay. Set along the bank with a plethora of sanguine beaches as it becomes a renowned place for holidays. There are plenty of great accommodations and breakfasts and guesthouses supplying luxurious comfort and excellent services. The Meadfoot Bay Hotel is an award winning guesthouse and is only a few steps away from the Meadfoot Beach. The Hotel Balmoral overlooks the best of English landscapes and is known for its lush atmosphere and friendly staff. Torquay can be explored with the help of a public bus which goes around the entire town. Kents Cavern is a cave system which lures millions of people across the globe. Some of the notable visitors include Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter and King George V. The mysterious cave holds vestiges of cairns and relics of prehistoric period. The geological and archaeological features reflect the lifestyle of ancient humans of Stone Age and are truly an awe-inspiring experience. Torquay's amazing coastal zoo, Living Coasts, contains the fauna and flora of kinds. The zoo exhibits both outdoor and indoor lives and a sojourn through the place is engaging. Babbacombe Model Village is a miniature model village and railway which is a charming amusement to both the children and grown-ups. The witty model has managed to incorporate every important spot - a football stadium, a beach, a Stonehenge, lovely gardens, shopping malls, a castle and strange, imaginary Lilliputian people! This whimsical Model Village is a must-visit sight. Travel the waters on a Babbacombe Cliff Railway while being surrounded by the divine and symmetrical natural beauty. The Princess Theatre is an entertainment complex showcasing the best of West End theatre, comedy and local shows. The adjoining restaurant provides appetizing English meals. Cockington Court and Country Park is a world famous village. It has a beautiful setting of scenic woodlands, wetlands, meadows, ornamental lakes completed with a church and a Manor House. Wander along the serene landscapes of the village and feel at peace.


A Blissful Getaway to Anglesey

Get to see the most beautiful horizons of the World in Anglesey, Wales.

Anglesey provides an ultimate opportunity for escapism. The small island, Anglesey, is located near the North West bank of Wales. It boasts of dazzling sandy beaches, waterfront attractions, sublime countrysides and other striking landmarks that reflect its rich historical background. The isle of Anglesey, Wales is an enchanting vacation spot, captivating the hearts and minds of travellers of all ages.


Prehistorical monuments of megalithic period foster an evidence of human life in the pre-recorded era. Anglesey has been long affiliated with the Celtic Druids. In AD 60, Romans attacked the isle in order to empower it. For centuries, it was ruled by the Romans and was noted for copper mines. In the early decades of 5th century, Irish pirates invaded the island and reigned for ages. Anglesey then fell into the hands of Vikings, Saxons, Normans and finally, in 13th century, to King Edward I of England. Anglesey became popular during the 18th century due to its numerous copper shafts, its travel access to Ireland and later, as a result of widespread tourism.


There is a vast number of enthralling treasures in Anglesey. An eager holiday seeker will have a fine time appreciating the many natural and archaeological beauties of the isle. A 13th century's royal dwelling, Beaumaris Castle, stands to this date in a curious town. The unfinished concentric paragon is an imposing sight that overlooks the scenic panorama. Spend half a day in the King's fortress and get an insight into the royalties of another era. Pili Palace is visual treat for nature bugs. Large exotic butterflies, alien birds and beastly snakes abide in the Palace. Moreover, there is a huge variety of other animals - from friendly herbivores to hissing creepy crawlies. This together with the lush backdrop of falling waterfalls and green scenery make the trip to Pili Place refreshing and delightful. Talking of animals, Anglesey Sea Zoo is occupied by thousands of enigmatic marine species. Aquatic shows display submarine wolves, seahorses, piranhas, lobsters, sharks etc. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty takes after its name. It conserves the idyllic beauty of the English isles and has a varied outlook. It covers the divine rocky cliffs, beaches, countrysides, sand drifts and meadows. Along with that, it also shelters the wildlife. Like many English shore towns, Anglesey also has an advantage of handsome beaches. Blue Flag Beaches, Green Coast Beaches and Church Bay are the popular ones. Perfect the art of surfing, gently swim with the ripples of water or ride a horse. From the outdoorsy, sporty type to lazy sunbathers, these beaches have everything for everyone. Ellin's Tower seabird centre rests on a summit of a cliff and overlooks the amazing views of the island. This towering lighthouse is ideal to look at the immaculate birds flying around. Anglesey has quite a number of charming pathways for serene walks. The Coastal Paths, Saint Footpath and The Circular Walks are the oldest sights with historical relics and mesmerizing spectacles. The place is also great for cycling for there are several routes to the coast and mountain. Exploring the isle will prove to be a wonderful experience of your life.


Succumb Into the Charming Stillness of Isle of Bute

Explore the exotic panorama of Scotland in Isle of Bute

Isle of Bute is an enchanting island that lies in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. Highly stunning and uncrowded, the Isle of Bute provides the tranquillity and intimacy one looks in a rejuvenating retreat. The island supports a unique picture of dilated time and calmness. Succumb into the charming stillness of Isle of Bute.


The island has been inhabited since the prehistoric era. It has seen the dwellings of druids and times of Norse reign. Around 13th century, it came under a feudal system, since then the land is possessed by a Scottish Steward Family. It has always been an important industrial and cultural town of Scotland. Around the turn of 19th century, it became a popular holiday spot.

A comfortable retreat is lacking if accommodation is improper. Fortunately, Isle of Bute has good many exotic yet cosy hotels like Port Royal Hotel, Ardbeg Lodge and Cannon House Hotel. These luxuriant travel shelters provide sophisticated facilities and magnificent views of the isle. A perfect way to explore the island is to rent a cycle and ride away, or if you wish, public buses also make a good option. Kyles of Bute is stunning channel of water and brooks which separates the Isle of Bute from the Cowal peninsula. The rocky, green nature around the Kyles gives a deep sense of relaxation. Mount Stuart House is a remarkable Victorian Gothic Mansion with immense gardens in the town, Rothesay. The inside of House is as grand as outside if not more. The intricate walls and ceilings are embellished

with rare marbles and alabaster of Italian origin while the windows are ornamented with stained glass which exudes prismatic rainbows into the hall when the sun glows. The acres of grounds are adorned with a number of brilliant gardens that are known to be the most photographed gardens of England. The Rock Garden has a soothing atmosphere and is situated in front of the mansion. The Wee Gardens blooms with unique flora while The Kitchen Garden nurtures the green vegetables. The house also incorporates a restaurant and a venue where weddings and celebrations are held. St Blane's Chapel is a spiritual spot of green tracks, cliffs and extensive mounds of ruins. These ruins, churchyards and graves are enclosed by the walls which still show signs of being decorated. The coastal terrains around the area supply superb pathways for placid walks. As the feet approach the Glencallum Bay, the pathway becomes rockier and grassier, however, a spectacular horizon awaits and overcoming this tiny hitch is worth it. The Bay is surrounded by dreamy beaches, an impressive lighthouse and rocky reefs. Another splendid beach is Ettrick Bay Beach. Stroll the scenic coasts and be lost in the breezes of ocean. Rothesay Leisure Centre is a spa and and fitness centre where you can unwind yourself after an exciting day. There are swimming pools for both kids and adults and lush saunas. On rainy days, it makes an excellent escape. While in Isle of Bute, you must try out the Scottish Rose Veal, a tender and delectable treat.


Be Swept Away By the Charm of Enthralling Oceanic Town, Lyme Regis A fascinating vacation on the sun-kissed historical beauty of Dorset, Lyme Regis.

Lovely weather combined with the unspoiled waterfront beauty, fossils and olden country themes make up the amazing parts of Lyme Regis, England. Lyme Regis is a small coastal resort town of British county, Dorset. It's also a fish port, promenading on the famous Cobb Harbour. The ever serene town is one of the favourite spots for vacations among the tourists.


Also known as a Jurassic Coast, the first of the fossils of stomping dinosaurs were found in this region. Lyme Regis was authorized with a Royal Charter by King Edward I in 1284. It played an important role in the amplification of the domineering England from 16th to 18th century. Acting as the main berth, numerous ships from New World used to embark there. It also acted as a substantial ship industry. It thrived for decades when in 19th century, a stroke of luck began to attract tourists into the resort town. It instantly flourished as a result of its outstanding natural beauty. The Cobb Harbour is also featured in various novels of the renowned author, Jane Austen, who lived there for a while.


The connected, circular paths of Lyme Regis make it suitable for walking. On feet, explore the immaculate routes of the small harbour city. Once you have compared the several hotels, choose one of them and get accommodated. The Cobb Arms is just next to the Cobb Harbour welcoming you with stylish cordiality and spacious rooms with views of the turquoise azures. Springfield House is a sophisticated Georgian House which gives off an air of elegance and classy outlooks of opulent ocean. The Jurassic Coast is an imperial beach which has been given the honour of being included in the World Heritage Site. The gushing ocean tides support excellent water sports. Brave the waves, body board, wind surf, dive or simply take a swim with the harmonious ripples of the lagoon. A picturesque sail on a boat trip will sweep you back in time. The fine beach with the sun soaked golden sand and sea breeze is stunning and perfect for picnics and sunbathing. Another activity along the beach on the Black Ven cliffs is fossil hunting. Naturalists and history buffs are in for a real treat! Among the sandy layers of mounts are paleolithic relics of long dead dinosaurs. Spring is the best season to go fossil hunting when the seasonal storm erodes the cliff and bares the ancient remains. Langmoor Garden is an oasis of tranquillity. The ultimate shower of green trees, shrubs, bushes, blossoming flowers and a handful of fauna and pretty seabirds are quite a spectacle. Play crazy golf

and after sundown, have a barbecue and camp on the grassy hills to stargaze. Philpot Museum is built on the house of famous fossilist, Mary Anning and is packed with a number of wondrous unique, geological and archaeological vestiges. On your vacation to Lyme Regis, having the delicious English seafood is must. Taste the appetizing fish on the Cobb and head over to Jurassic Seafood for dinner. The engaging prehistoric theme and an ambrosial menu awaits your visit.


A Vacation in the Haven of Tranquillity, Babbacombe Take a Step Back in Time in the Fascinating Panorama of Babbacombe, Devon.

The charming district of Torquay, Babbacombe, is one of the favourite honeymoon destinations and other respites for couples who are party to intimacy and placidity. The unexpected unique and quaint settings of the town are totally opposite to its urban neighbour, Torquay. A sweet climate throughout the year, stunning seascapes and outstanding natural charm make Babbacombe an exclusive zone for inspiriting vacations.


Babbacombe is a part of the resort town Torquay. The city was occupied since the times of Paleoliths and has a vast historical and agricultural history. The unknown fishing town became notorious for tourism during the Napoleonic wars when the English citizens had to vacation in the country as they could not leave it. Spas, hotels, resorts and other facilities were readily constructed and since then, millions of travelers descend to spend an English holiday.


Babbacombe is well known for its various whimsical attractions, notably the Model Village, theatre, Downs and the beaches. Abide in one of the comfortable Devon Holiday Cottages and lush hotels or simply raise a camp on the campsite or get a caravan. You can walk the charming town or travel through the public bus. Near the Torquay coast is the Babbacombe Model Village which is a delight to any eye. The Lilliputian model exhibits a range of fantasy-reality things - beaches, stunning gardens, a castle straight from a fairy-tale, a raging dragon, and football stadium to the happiness of the football fans, a miniature replica of Stonehenge, immense shopping centres, several of world famous landscapes and models of those Lilliputian humans like from the novel, Gulliver's Travels. Babbacombe Theatre is noteworthy for its display of amazing shows. It used to be a concert hall where bands performed and today it runs acclaimed theatrical shows. The latest season of 'Stardust' is one of the most awaited shows of 2012. The beautiful and unblemished beach, Babbacombe Beach lies east to the Torquay. There you can play water sports like windsurfing, jet skiing, go swimming and even fishing. Take a stroll along the bank with your special someone and watch the sun melting down into the ocean. Another enticing beach is Oddicombe Beach. Grab a plate of yummy fish and chips, sit down on the warm sand and watch the pure blue waters dance to the rhythm of the sea. Climb the

rolling green hills of Babbacombe Downs which is located above the sea level. A view from the top of the summit overlooks the eye catching Bays of Lyme and Babbacombe. Little blooms of flowers, dancing leaves and clumps of shrubs make the cliff top even more inviting. Put in a coin in the telescope and find yourself looking at the coasts, towns and sea far across the hills. Babbacombe Cliff Railways takes you around the waters of Oddicombe Beach against the scrim of some fabulous natural scenes. This train trip is vividly beautiful and calming to the nerves. Hansbury Fish Restaurant serves the award winning fish and chips and it is imperative that you eat a plate or two on your vacation.


A Weekend Getaway to Whitby in England Spend a glorious weekend in one of the best coastal resorts in the country When it comes to the charm of an old town rich with culture and history, Whitby is the place to be. The place is a rich combination of medieval charm with modern restaurants and resorts that will blow your mind with their breath taking, scenic views. The streets are lined with pubs and souvenir shops, ultimately leading down to a gorgeous harbour overlooking the sea. You can watch the fishing boats during the day, and take a walk out in the summer breeze at night and spend a vacation in Whitby that you will never forget.

The oldest English name for Whitby was recorded in AD 656 and was known as Streonshal which later evolved to Witebi meaning the White Settlement in the 12th century. The small charming town of Whitby had about a population of 200 people, with 20 or 30 houses in the year 1540. During the reign of Elizabeth I, Whitby was mainly a small fishing port. This served as the main tourist attraction as well as for the business of buying and selling

goods that came from the sea. Eventually the town thrived and became wealthy, extending their activities to ship building as well, using oak timber from the local woods.

One of the strongest aspects of Whitby is the fact that over the years it has been able to retain its classic 18th century character and cleverly infuse a modern touch to it, so that you don‟t feel completely out of place. Much of the charm comes from the locals, their hospitality, the scenic views, and generally the idea of celebrating life that exists in this town. One of the places you must visit when in Whitby is the St. Hilda‟s Abbey which dominates much of the town‟s skyline as well. One of the main attractions that the town has to offer is the Whitby Gothic Weekend which is basically a festival that is celebrated twice a year for Goths. The first ever Gothic festival was held in 1994 and then it became an annual event till 1997, when the

town‟s governing bodies decided to make it a twice yearly event. This is generally held during the months of April and November. It has now become one of the world‟s most popular festivals and attracts attendees from all over the UK and other parts of the world. Most of the hotels have panoramic views of the sea and you can simply choose one of the many

accommodations available and wake up to the sound of the sea waves crashing. You can spend a relaxing day at Whitby beach, befriend some locals who will tell you fascinating tales of the town‟s history or simply stroll down the harbour for the scent of the fresh sea air. When in England, there is the need the eat fish and chips and Whitby boasts the best that you will find in the entire country, so trying that is a must. With its sea resorts, gorgeous sandy white beaches, and classic English cuisine, Whitby is a spectacular place for a vacation that will be memorable indeed.


A Spectacular Vacation to Bridlington Make your summer a memorable one at Bridlington Resort If you are looking for sandy white beaches with the sea water that is translucent and sparkling, then a vacation in Bridlington is just what you need for this summer‟s retreat. Bridlington has all that and more for the perfect vacation that you need. Whether it is a picnic on the beach or a hub of different cuisines to check out, Bridlington has it all. Along with the materialistic necessities, Bridlington also has character and charm, likely to bowl you over with its quiet hospitality.

Although the origins of this charming seaside place are unknown, most historians have traced the roots of Bridlington to ancient times. Dykes made in the Bronze Age have also been spotted near the town of Bridlington, one of them being Dane‟s Dyke which is a 4km long dyke made by man, from the Bronze era. Historians also have reason to believe that Bridlington was the root for a Roman station as well since a Roman road has been discovered


with its route leading directly into the town. Moreover, roman coins have also been found in the quaint town of Bridlington.

When you need a change from just the usual beach resort holiday, Bridlington is the place you need to see. It does have a beach but also so much more to explore in terms of shopping, cuisines, history, architecture and culture. In the middle is a spectacular harbour with golden beaches on either side of it, so that you are torn between which one to visit. Perhaps you can alter your beach vacation days. The harbour is filled with gorgeous promenades which give you the opportunity to merely stroll around in the day breeze or sit on a bench and enjoy the sea waves crashing against each other while you paint, draw, listen to music or simply sit and see the world go by you. Bridlington is a happy town, where celebration is a must; there are carnivals and funfairs so your children will enjoy their time there for sure. The historic town of Bridlington has the unique opportunity to offer you a startling contrast to a vacation at the beach. Take a stroll through the picturesque villages of the Yorkshire Wolds, or simply relax at the resorts of


the Hornsea and take a tour of the amazing historical Heritage Coastline. In a recent online study, Bridlington was named as the best place to live in so as a vacation spot, you can get all the attractions in a period of time that suits you. Bridlington has much to offer, even if you have young kids when you make a visit. There is also the British Open Darts competition for which Bridlington has now become the venue. For all the women out there, the seaside town boasts a massive shopping complex as well along with golf courses for the men. There are tour guides and road trains for all the tourists, taking them through a route of all the main attractions that the town has to offer.


A Seaside Vacation in Scarborough Make your trip memorable with Scarborough‟s attractions Scarborough is the perfect place if you are looking for a vacation whether it a weekend getaway with a loved one, a day trip with the wife and kids or simply a relaxing month or two, away from the hub dub of the city life. Not only does Scarborough have natural wild beauty, destined to blow you over with its freshness, but there are countless other tourist attractions as well that can be seen and enjoyed throughout the year. There are beaches, events, fun fairs, carnivals, piers to enjoy walks on and much more. A number of accommodations to choose from also make the place worth at least one visit.

The town of Scarborough was found in 966 AD by a Viking raider known as Thorgils Skarthi. However, historians believe that there is not enough archaeological evidence to support such claims and is merely a myth, to add to the lure of the town. In the 1960‟s a pageant of Scarborough was carried out in order to further learn about the history of the land. In the 4th century,

there used to exist a Roman signal station on this land that we now know as Scarborough which points towards earlier settlements in the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. However, any other new settlements were burned by Viking raiders leaving nothing to trace. It was finally under the reign of King Henry II that Scarborough recovered, with the new building of castles and a charter to allow trading in markets to make a living.

Scarborough is fondly known as the „Queen of the Yorkshire Coast‟ with Whitby on the north and Filey and Bridlington on the south. The York Inland can also be reached in 45 minutes via train so you have plenty of options once you are done exploring the beautiful and picturesque land of Scarborough. Scarborough has the perfect venue for a fun filled seaside holiday for people from all ages. It doesn‟t matter how old or young you are, the beach is for everyone! The beaches there are safe, enjoyable, and clean and have plenty of other attractions to keep everyone enthralled. Scarborough is basically divided into the North Bay and the South Bay, by Castle Headland. You can find lush cottages, luxurious hotels and resorts,


recreational parks, caravans and guest houses on both the bays, with views of the sea, and quite close to the Railway station as well as the centre of the town. From there you will be able to get to virtually anywhere you would like in a minimum amount of time. The North Bay has the holiday chalets, parks for children such as the Peasholm Park which a must see, the Miniature North Bay Railway as well as the Scarborough Sea Life Centre. With such attractions to visit, your children will be overwhelmed with the sites to see and the places to visit. Take a walk on the beach under the starry moonlight, or a picnic during the day, Scarborough has something for everyone.


An Exciting Trip to Chapel St Leonard’s

Enjoy Your Summer at Chapel St Leonard‟s

Chapel St Leonard‟s is a beautiful, lush green village, known for its holiday fun and the relaxation it can provide when on vacation. Found on the east coast of Lincolnshire, Chapel St Leonard‟s is also located about 6 miles from Skegness. Chapel St Leonard‟s is an open invitation for the entire family. With entertainment and events happening year round, you won‟t regret your decision to visit one bit. Imagine the sun sparkling on your face, the sandy white beach for relaxation and tanning your back and local shops to browse through in the day time. Just sit back, relax and take a trip to Chapel St Leonard‟s for your vacation relaxation.


The name of the village Chapel St Leonard‟s comes from the chapel located at Mumby which was made in dedication to St Leonard. Chapel St Leonard‟s and Mumby were once part of the same ecclesiastical parish and hence the histories of these villages are quite intermingling. After a flood destroyed the Anglican church of the village, which was also dedicated to St Leonard, it was rebuilt in 1794 on a much smaller visual scale. There were further additions of rebuilding in 1866 and again in 1901 because the church was increased in length and red tiled tower which is unique to only Lincolnshire was added.


When in Chapel St Leonard‟s you will most definitely be overwhelmed with the beauty of the land. There is lush greenery, natural beauty and the land has been preserved to look its best. Lakeside Leisure is one of the places that you should definitely visit when in Chapel St Leonard‟s. They offer activities suited for children of all ages along with adults so everyone will have something to look forward to. You can spend a quiet morning fishing and relaxing your mind or simply rent a couple of bikes and go exploring the village and what it has to offer. There are amusements, cafes, and bouncy castles for children and a whole lot more and this is all just at Lakeside Leisure. Moreover, Lakeside Leisure is located just a five minute walk away from the beach so you have access to the sun, sea and sand whenever you wish. Come rain or shine, Lakeside Leisure can provide you with everything that you need to enjoy your time at Chapel St Leonard‟s. You can even opt for a camping trip and turn your visit into a stay. It makes the trip all the more memorable and in years to come your children will definitely look back on these glorious days. Club Tropicana is another place that you can enjoy when in Chapel St Leonard‟s. You can catch live shows here, every night, with a star spangled line up including musicians, comedians, and other similar acts. The village centre in Chapel St Leonard‟s is the hub dub of all the activity and here you can find all kinds of traditional craft to take back home with you and enjoy amusement arcades as well. With entertainment, accommodation and a quaint lifestyle all set, what are you waiting for?



Exploring Tenby

An Exciting Vacation in Tenby

If you are looking for a vacation that is somewhat out of the ordinary and would like to have fun and relax at the same time then Tenby is the place for you. Many people through an online survey have labelled it as one of the most beautiful vacation spots in England. Tenby is a small and delightful town, and a seaside resort guaranteed to give you the best when it comes to a holiday. It would be hard to find a place more picturesque than this charming and quaint little town. One of the best things about Tenby is that most of the accommodations there have a fantastic view of the gorgeous beaches of Pembroke shire.

The earliest historic reference to Tenby is perhaps a poem from the 9th century which has been preserved in the Book of Taliesin. During this time the land was probably a hill fort, with the settlement developing into a trade


and merchandise business. After the Norman Conquest took place, the lands were handed to the Earls of Pembroke who worked on the defence system of the castle hills back then. They built the first stone walled castle and made the town a place to live in. Soon, income started to come in as the town developed into a sea port.

Tenby has been most commonly known as the Little England beyond Wales and the town even to this day, is somewhat anglicised from Wales. Since the 19th century, it became somewhat of a fashion to visit Tenby for both the English as well as the Welsh and that comes as no surprise because of the many attractions available, one of them being the gorgeous beaches stretching endlessly towards the north, south and the west. There is much to do in this picturesque little town and you can begin with a glorious walk along the South Beach moving towards Giltar Point and the beginning of the Pembroke shire. For the nature lovers, you can get absolutely fantastic


views from this walk and if you travel to Caldey Island, there is much of the lush landscapes in store. The cobbled streets that are littered with cafes and shops of handicraft, takes you back in time and provides a glorious picture of the simple life in the olden days. You can sit in one of the many cafés, enjoy a latte, and watch the world go by or you can explore the gift shops and buy souvenirs for all your friends. You can explore the harbour and simply hop on one of the boats that will take you to the nearby Caldey Island, or simply watch the fish swim hurriedly past you. Tenby is a serene and calm place, destined to relax you and win you over with its wonderful charm. For those people who would love to sit on the beach all day long would be spoilt in Tenby for the beaches are gorgeous, clean and some of the best you will visit in the country.


A Fantastic Holiday in Weston-super-Mare

Spend your summer at Weston-super-Mare

Think about green landscapes, a variety of cuisines, and fresh, clean beaches to enjoy at? That‟s right, a vacation at Weston-super-Mare is due and if you haven‟t been even once, now is the time to pack your bags and book your tickets. There are many parts of England that a lot of people haven‟t seen and the chance to explore these lush green hillsides is one that nobody should miss out on. Weston-super-Mare is one of those places and this summer you should make sure you, your loved one or your family has a vacation period set aside on exploring the lush seaside resort.

As historians tell us, during the Ice Age, the sea level was vastly different from what it is today. Excavation on the hillsides of Weston-super-Mare has revealed a number of facts and these include the remains of animals being

found. These animals include the woolly mammoth, the giant deer as well as the rhinoceros. Tools such as leaf shaped arrow heads, and flint knives point towards early people and their life in this area and these tools date back to the Neolithic period. Interestingly enough, the name Weston is made out of Old English, or rather two Saxon words meaning the West Tun or the Settlement.

There is a lot to do and see in Weston-super-Mare, especially in the form of annual events. It doesn‟t matter what your age is, you don‟t need a number to enjoy a vacation. Visiting another land specifically points towards the fact that there is so much to see and learn about another community. Westonsuper-Mare allows you to do that and more in a relaxing, green and beautiful environment with hospitable locals and all that you would need to make your vacation a perfect one. If you are a music lover, then the massive T4 on the Beach event is definitely made for you. Bringing the hottest acts from all over UK and Europe, a typical gathering for T4 on the beach has around 50,000 people. There is good music, the sandy beach, great food and a whole lot of fun and games, right on the beach. Moreover you might get

the chance to meet some of your favourite celebrities as well. Unlike other events, Weston-super-Mare has a unique spin on one of their best festivals which is the Sand Sculpture Festival. After the locals realized the sand is perfect for sand sculpting, a festival was soon organized for the world to see and there you can witness some of the most gorgeous sand sculptures that you will ever see. After that you can take a quick tour of the Wookey Hole Caves and end up at the stunning Helicopter Museum which features hundreds of restored and ancient helicopters. For a little boy, that may be one of the top most places to visit. For a quiet walk and maybe a light lunch, the Jill Dando Memorial Garden would be the perfect place to visit. Other interesting places include the Weston-super-Mare Museum, Sea Aquarium and the Observation Wheel.


Take a Trip to Bournemouth, Dorset

Make your summer memorable with Bournemouth, Dorset

Vibrancy and a cosmopolitan lifestyle, what could the two have in common? Visit the gorgeous town of Bournemouth to find out what you have been missing out on in all these years. Located within a few miles of the breathtaking golden sands of the beach and the tourmaline sparkling water, the bright, busy town of Bournemouth has it all. Here you can enjoy your vacation amidst a variety of restaurants, bars, shopping complexes, all kinds of accommodations and a great night life. With so much to offer, why not visit as soon as you can?

The areas surrounding Bournemouth has been the place for human settlement for a few thousand years. However, surprisingly in the 1800‟s Bournemouth was a barren land, remote and inaccessible and no one lived

at the mouth of the well-known Bournemouth river. The only people to visit would be fishermen, few in number, from nearby areas, smugglers and gangs till the 16th century. Interestingly enough, by the time the Tudor period came along, the site began to be used as a hunting area. By the time the late 18th century rolled around, much of the Bournemouth area was unkempt and very little parts of it were maintained, one of them being a cottage known as Decoy Pond House which can still be seen today.

Bournemouth is a great holiday destination with much to look forward to. Beaches, shopping malls, cuisines, night life, exotic drinks are just a small portion to make your vacation in Bournemouth an unforgettable one. One of the best things about Bournemouth is the fact that there are many attractions that you can enjoy for free as well. When in Bournemouth you don‟t want to miss UK‟s biggest aviation festival, called the Bournemouth Air Festival and it is happening this year in the very place. Incredible stunts, great entertainment and a whole lot of fun await you at this festival which promises to be UK‟s biggest. If you want a quiet evening to yourself, the

Boscombe Pier is the place for you. Stroll along the pier for some fantastic views, an ice cream cone or maybe two and enjoy the gorgeous weather at Bournemouth. The fresh sea air will do you good and is known to clear your mind off all stress and tension. Forget the world when you are at the pier, just take in what is around you and let Bournemouth work its magic on you. For the nature lovers, the Bournemouth Gardens are the place to be. Whether it is a stroll or a picnic that you have in mind, the Gardens will not fail to awe you with their luscious beauty and lustrous green life. For more picnics, the Coy Pond, the Pine Walk and the Fisherman‟s Walk are all beautiful places that deserve exploration and admiration. From history to a natural heritage, Bournemouth has what every relaxing vacation requires and that is a picturesque view every time you look out the window. Once you are there, you will forget your job and whatever life you leave behind because that is the true way of enjoying a holiday.



Enjoying Brighton at its Best An Exquisite Vacation to England‟s Brighton From beach games and activities to tourist extravaganzas, Brighton is indeed a treasure box once opened. There are things to do, places to visits, and historical sites to explore. Brighton really is unique in the sense that it literally vibrates with freedom, fun, and the general joy of life that comes with celebration. Brighton offers a somewhat carefree and stress less environment and after a hectic month at work, a holiday in Brighton will be the perfect summer for you to start with. So enjoy the sun and the sea and explore the various attractions that are there; make the most of your vacation.

In the summer of 1514, every inch of Brighton was burnt when French raiders attacked the area, during the war between France and England. The only two surviving aspects were the Church of St Nicholas and a street pattern which is now commonly known as The Lanes today. The first


recorded drawing of Brighton was also made in 1545 which historians believe illustrates the raid that was done in 1514.

If you are looking for a fun filled holiday, then Brighton is the place to be. As the name suggests, the town is indeed bright with life and has much to do. If you want a traditional family holiday, then what better way to have one than to hit the gorgeous Brighton beach? Imagine the sun shining on your face and the sparkling waves of the sea crashing behind you while your children play with the sand in a safe, clean and hazard free environment. For the more adventure lovers, there are plenty of water sports to be done in Brighton as well. The activities are merely endless and when on vacation here, you will not be bored at all. At the beach, there are activities to be done such as swimming, basketball, sailing, volleyball and if you are not into sports, then there is always the Brighton Races to enjoy or test your skills at power boat riding. Whether it is the lush green country side that you require or the coastal waves of the sea, Brighton can provide you with


whatever you need. There is an outdoor life that you don‟t want to miss, parks and gardens for long walks and picnics and the fresh sea air to do you good. From the serenity of the Royal Pavilion Gardens to the gorgeous duck pond and the Victorian style Clock Tower in Queens Park, there is no dearth of gardens and parks to explore in Brighton. The interesting thing is that there are a total of 98 parks in all of Brighton with six of them being award winning ones. With such beauty to be explored, why not extend your stay a day or two, and once you are done with the beach fun, a quiet relaxing evening in one of these 98 parks will sound like a blessing. The unique thing about Brighton is that it has the perfect balance of country side and coast and provides you with the kind of vacation that you need.


Enjoy Eastbourne on a Dream Vacation Make your dreams come true on a fantastic vacation to Eastbourne Located at the bottom of the South Downs in Sussex, Eastbourne is a gorgeous retreat away from the busy life of the city and practically an escape from all the tension and stress in your life. The hospitality of the locals as well as the year round extravagant events has made Eastbourne the top holiday destination for this summer. If you haven‟t visited even once, then it is high time that you did; for not only will the trip be memorable, you will definitely want to visit one more time. With a wide range of activities available on the beach and outdoors, Eastbourne can be anything but boring.


During excavation expeditions, artefacts belonging to the Stone Age have emerged, such as flint knives and these have also been found in the surrounding countryside of Eastbourne. Historians have also pointed out towards Roman influences and found not only Roman remains beneath the town that have been buried for centuries, but also artefacts such as a section of pavement obviously influenced by Roman patterns in art and architecture, a Roman bath, and a Roman villa which is located close to the entrance of the present day pier and Queens Hotel. Even King Henry III, along with his children, Princesses Sophia and Elizabeth and Princes Octavio‟s and Edward, visited Eastbourne during a summer holiday.

Eastbourne is a beautiful heaven on Earth and has much to offer to its visiting tourists. The beach with its sparkling sun and sea, the gardens to walk in, the outdoor activities to enjoy, and the fireworks at night make the entire trip almost magical and worth every penny. Starting with the nature lovers, the Carpet Gardens are the place to be for they make the most picturesque setting in all of Eastbourne. These Gardens are famous for their beauty all over the world and are somewhat a centrepiece on the beautiful

table of events laid out by Eastbourne for all its visitors. Known since the Victorian era, the Carpet Gardens, as the name suggests are known for their carpet bedding and the array of floral sculptures that you will find designed to awe and inspire you. From there you can head down to the Victorian pier which is located right in the centre, easy to reach from virtually anywhere in Eastbourne. From there the Beachy Head is just a few miles walk away. You can even simply relax on the pier. Take in the sea air, read a book, paint or simply sit idly by because the views are absolutely fantastic. In terms of cuisine, Eastbourne has a lot to offer. Indian, Thai, Italian, French, Chinese, American, Caribbean, Greek and of course England‟s world famous Fish and Chips are just some of the varieties that you can choose from. There are cafes, bistros, takeaway and pubs so you can pick and choose as you like. Maybe you can alter around each day and take a trip around the world in terms of cuisine when you are in Eastbourne.


Enjoying in Great Yarmouth Have a fun filled holiday in Great Yarmouth A premier beach resort, Great Yarmouth has what it takes to make your holiday fun, exciting and entirely memorable. Whether it is a short break or a seaside vacation spot for your entire summer, even for a weekend, Great Yarmouth has plenty of things for you to do and see and make the trip worthwhile. As one of the UK‟s top most beach resort areas, Great Yarmouth, apart from all the activities in store, has a great line up of cuisines and drinks as well. You can choose from the variety available at your own leisure and have a top notch holiday.

The site that we now today know as Great Yarmouth was an actually a site for a running river in around 500, 000 BC. The river ran from the current

Midlands through an extremely deep valley between the chalk hills. The river was where the North Sea is today and it ran across the entire country side going east. There was no agriculture at the time and interestingly enough no archaeological artefacts have been found either from that era. Historians suggest that perhaps the evidence that may have existed is buried too deep beneath the sea level. However the geology has been known and confirmed from a borehole made in the 19th century for Lacon‟s brewery.

A busy town centre, gorgeous sandy white beaches stretching far, far away from the endless horizon, beautiful Norfolk culture, and natural preserved wildlife to explore is what makes up the brunt of Great Yarmouth. There are a host of lovely accommodations, and you can choose from a variety of 4 star hotels to small cottages that can be rented for your stay in Great Yarmouth. The charming thing about these cottages is that they provide a fairy tale like setting, located in one of the most gorgeous pieces of land in Great Yarmouth and surrounded with fresh greenery, flora and fauna. For a fun family holiday, if you have young toddlers with you, then a trip to the

Amazona Zoo is a must. With an interesting collection of animals available for display such as otters, flamingos, jaguars, and spider monkeys, your little ones will surely be thrilled to have the chance to pet one of them. From there you can take a trip down to Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens which boasts a 250 year old landscaped garden preserved to this day and age. There is a play area and a wide array of Asian animals as well such as crocodiles and tigers. Combine boating; luxury, wildlife and a spectacular dining experience and you get the Waterside Rollesby which is a fun and guided tour of Great Yarmouth and not to be missed. For the souvenir shopping, you can head down to Wroxham Barns, which is known as a contemporary and traditional crafts studio. There are daily supervised activities, fun fairs for the children and of course the availability of handicraft from the wonderful people of Great Yarmouth. Great Yarmouth is a great holiday destination and if you haven‟t been before, now is your chance.


Seaside Beauty of Hastings Immerse yourself in the seaside beauty of Hastings, while also enjoying the History.

If you plan on travelling to Hastings be prepared to immerse yourself in this seaside beauty. Hastings is a fairly nice sized town, having nearly 100,000 inhabitants, rich with history and beauty. Walking down the sleepy seaside streets you will find shops, parks, and chippers galore. Although a quiet place to live today, Hastings is probably best known for its happenings in 1066. On October 14 1066 King Harold II of England fought William the Conqueror about ten kilometres north of Hastings. This battle was one of great importance, not only did it express the importance of strategic land fighting with archers and infantry but it was also the battle that killed King Harold II. Until Richard III, King Harold was the last British Monarchy to die in battle. The story of the battle is told beautifully in Hastings Castle, which is now a popular tourist attraction. Originally, this castle was the first Norman castle to be built on British soil by William the Conqueror. While you‟re touring Hastings Castle, don‟t forget to check out the other attractions available to you. The Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is rich with Hastings history and sports two Native American galleries. The Hastings fish market is definitely not to be ignored either. This lovely place is not only a historical treasure trove of fisherman‟s lore, it is also a working market that is open e very day of the year except Christmas and has almost one hundred and fifty thousand people visit annually. While on the subject of fishing, don‟t forget that not all journeys by sea are pleasant ones. Hastings has a series of tunnels which labyrinth underground and was once used by smugglers and pirate villains. These

tunnels are now open to the public and with the help of a friendly smuggler guide you and your family can escape back to two hundred years ago and hear the tales of old. When you get tired of touring underground, take a walk along the streets of Hastings and get a real feel of the people and life in this beautiful community. The Priory Meadow Shopping Centre Hosts over fifty six stores and is a lovely place to get in out of the sun and enjoy a shopping spree. Around the cobblestone streets of Hastings are some excellent little shops and boutiques including vintage clothing stores with items suitable for all tastes and some of the finest jewellery stores including Pearl and Queenie which displays items from some of the top designers in the United Kingdom. After you‟ve finished your shopping, stop along and grab a bite to eat from the best fish and chip place in the UK, the Blue Dolphin. Then, enjoy a few hours playing a game of crazy golf by the sea as you breathe in the lovely atmosphere and wonderful people that make Hastings the beautiful place it is. Hastings is very easy to get to by car, train, or the nearby airport. A wonderful place to take a holiday.


Sidmouth – The Little Town full of unforgettable landmarks. Stay where King George III‟s son and his family enjoyed their holidays.

Sidmouth is a lovely little coastal town situated in Devon and full of life and unforgettable landmarks. Sidmouth has been the subject of many literary works and the ideal location for many families of importance including once a holiday spot for King George III‟s son and his family. The first thing recognizable in Sidmouth is the breathtaking red cliffs that line the coast. These cliffs are part of the World Heritage Site‟s Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic Coast is the fifth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom and its beauty is insurmountable. It is easiest to get to the red cliffs by going down the set of steps known as Jacob‟s ladder. Jacob‟s ladder is a popular tourist spot. Its wooden stairs lead from Jacob‟s ladder beach to the breathtaking Connaught gardens. The steps are easy to get to from the Esplanade and they serve as a way to get to the best place for people to go and view the span of the beach. While visiting Jacob‟s ladder it is highly recommended you take the opportunity to go to Connaught Gardens. These fabulous gardens were established in 1820 for the third son of Queen Victoria. In 1934 the Duke of Connaught opened the gardens officially and it has been one of the most popular places in Sidmouth since. But, these gardens are more than just a beautiful place to spend the day they were also a very strategic military command during WWII because their view of the south coast sea provided protection. Today, all throughout the year live bands can be found entertaining the young and old in the gardens.


The Esplanade in Sidmouth is the main street and it leads to Jacob‟s ladder and Jacob‟s ladder beach. The main street is not only a lovely tourist place full of little shops and boutiques suitable for every taste, it is also the perfect place to pull up a chair, grab a book, and spend the day watching the beach. While on the subject of books, if you want to be in a place right out of a story, Sidmouth is the place to be. This lovely town has been the inspiration for poet‟s and authors alike. Sidmouth was renamed Sty mouth for a Beatrix Potter book and was also mentioned in the Merry Adventures of Robin Hood as Spud mouth. The poet Laureate was also quite captivated by this charming coastal town. Sidmouth isn‟t only a place to view the beach this lovely town is full of natural beauty which is reflected in all the seasons. Many of the hotels are open year round to accommodate tourists and there is plenty of natural beauty from the spring daffodils to the occasional winter snow. Any time of the year you will be able to find something to do in Sidmouth from the Duck Derby to Drama Society productions this town is never lacking. If you happen to be here towards the beginning of August, you will also be just in time for the annual folk festival week which has music and entertainment from around the world.


Southport – One of the few sandy beaches around. Why not experience a sandy beach rather than a pebble beach these holidays

Southport is a splendid coastal town located in Merseyside on the Irish Sea. This beautiful city is approximately twenty five kilometres north of Liverpool and some two hundred kilometres from London. Unlike some of the tourist places with fabulous pebble beaches, Southport is home to one of the most beautiful sandy beaches around. Historically, Southport was nothing more than a few sand dunes and a coastline. In 1798, however, William Sutton decided to open a hotel in the main street which is known as Lord Street. The town began to boom during the Industrial Revolution as tourists visiting from Leeds and Liverpool realized they had easy access to this Victorian splendour. Walking down Lord Street is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. The street is exactly one mile in length, making it an easy trek for the afternoon, and is lined with beautiful trees and elegant Victorian buildings. These buildings are residential and commercial, but they are all stunning in appearance and the Victorian architecture will keep you in awe throughout the day. It also pleases the historian to know that he is walking down the same street which was once home to Napoleon III of France. Aside from the rich beauty of the history and architecture, Southport has a lot to offer any family on holiday. Silcock‟s Funland is a fabulous way to get to Southport pier. This funland offers games, videos and mini-rides for your amusement before heading to the beach. If you‟re looking for some fun land

activities on a blustery day, Windmill Animal Farm is the place to be. Not only do you get to see a real working farm up close, but you also get to pet the animals and share in the experience. This is great fun for the entire family. Splash world is also a place for family fun and even if your holiday is rained out, you can still enjoy the water in the all-weather indoor family swim centre. For those days when the sun is bright and you‟re on your way to the beach, take a stop at the botanical gardens. The Botanical Gardens has a regular bus from Lord Street if you don‟t have your own car and it is full of all kinds of spectacular flora. These beautiful gardens also sport an aviary and a café so you can enjoy a bite to eat before heading out. Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa is a great way to get away from it all and enjoy the quiet relaxing atmosphere of a golf getaway. This fabulous retreat is home to a four star hotel, and eighteen hole championship course, and a PGA Residential Academy. The Royal Birkdale golf club is also in Southport and has been home to many great golf championships and the 16th hole has a plaque dedicated to Arnold Palmer‟s time there before the 1961 open. Weather your fancy is golf, beaches, architecture, or shopping, Southport offers an array of things to do for you and everyone in your family.


Weston Super Mare, a very busy seaside resort town. Visit the ever popular - Seaquarium

Weston Super Mare is a seaside resort town located in Somerset. This lovely town is home to over seventy thousand people and hosts millions of tourists each year. Although once a small village during the Iron Age, Weston Super Mare is now a bustling city with plenty to offer those on holiday. Weston Super Mare has been home to many famous persons over the years. Bob Hope lived here as a child, the Monty Python lad John Cleese also resided here, as did Jeffrey Archer, Jill Dando, and Arthur Stanley Eddington. During WWII, Weston Super Mare was home to aircraft and pumps manufacturing and was a base for the RAF and was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe. One of the first things you will notice about Weston Super Mare is its temperature. This little town has an average temperature of approximately ten degrees Celsius with a little bit of seasonal variation. The second thing you‟re likely to notice is the art. Weston Super Mare is a well-known haven for artists who find the sleepy seaside has the perfect inspirational lighting. Not only are painters popular, but this city has a lovely music following and even a song “Sunny Weston Super Mare” in its honour. There are many landmarks and sites to see in Weston Super Mare. Grand Pier is one of the most popular tourist attractions here and although it was damaged by a fire some years ago, the reconstruction has made it open to the public once again and families can enjoy a wide range of activities as they look out over the water. Knight Stone Island, which was once home to a theatre and sauna, is now the location of luxury apartments and commercial outlets where tourists can come to from one of the daily boat

trips. If you‟re looking for architecture, Weston Super Mare is known for its art deco buildings and neo Gothic churches. Not only do these structures have a wonderfully rich history, but they also provide plenty of outlets for the painter and photographer. For those sports enthusiasts out there Weston Super Mare is best known for the Weston Beach Races it holds every year for adult and youth riders. The Woodspring football stadium is an all-purpose stadium and the town has two rugby clubs for those who are rugby fans. For those who are looking for family events to enjoy with the children, Seaquarium is the place to be. Seaquarium is host to many different sea creatures including sharks and sting rays and will give you and your children hours upon hours of entertainment and learning. You won‟t want to miss the famous donkeys, either. The Weston Super Mare Museum and the helicopter museum are also places not to be missed during your visit to this wonderful town. If you‟re looking for an evening out while on holiday, Weston Super Mare has beautiful performing arts shows at the Playhouse Theatre or Winter Gardens which is an elegant venue for a classy evening out.


Enjoy all the attractions that Weymouth has to offer. Weymouth is host to over two hundred annual attractions including motor cross, fireworks, and has been home three times to the tall ship races.

Weymouth is located in Dorset just south of Dorchester and north of the Isle or Portland. This small seaside town has a population of slightly over fifty thousand and is full of history. Although it was once mostly fishing and trading town, more recently it has become an attractive tourist destination due to its midway location along the Jurassic Coast. Nearby the Portland Harbour is known for its national sailing academy and here Weymouth harbour is home to pleasure boats of all sorts, private yachts, and crosschannel ferries. Weymouth has been around for hundreds of years and in the year 1252 it became and established seaport, particularly in the wool trade, because of its easy access, and constant French raids, however, the trading eventually moved locations. The port of Melcombe Regis in Weymouth is most notoriously though to be one of the first points of entry for the bubonic plague back in 1348. Although it is unclear how exactly the plague came to England, historians believe it was soldiers returning from the Hundred Years war. Melcombe Regis was once a separate town from Weymouth; however, the two towns joined together in 1571 and are now simply known as Weymouth. Cross culturally, many early settlers from Weymouth settled in Nova Scotia and Weymouth, Massachusetts. Some of those in Massachusetts eventually migrated to Salem, home of the Salem witch trials. The area is also known for its Portland stone extracted from the

Portland quarries. During WWII, American troops boarded landing ships at Weymouth for the invasion of France. Visitors to the Timewalk museum can see Weymouth‟s history and importance during the war. Although the area is a strategic location for trade and defence, today Weymouth is a huge tourist destination. King George III often took holiday here and even went into the water with a bathing machine. Today, you can see statues dedicated to the King and his family along the esplanade. The esplanade of Weymouth is one worthy of mention. Not only is it rich with history, but it also is full of striking beauty. Gregorian architecture lines the street and the terraces form a continuing arc. Because Weymouth and Portland are known for having one of the highest amounts of annual sunlight, there are plenty of opportunities to go out and enjoy the beauty. For those who are looking for things to do, taking a stroll down the esplanade and seeing the amazing architecture and sea is a breathtaking way to spend the day, while shopping in the many stores Weymouth has to offer is also a great idea for a sunny afternoon. However, for the more adventurous, Weymouth is host to over two hundred annual attractions including motor cross, fireworks, and has been home three times to the tall ship races. Because of its natural beauty and tourist popularity, this town has also been commissioned as the home of the 2012 summer Olympics. Theatre production, golf, and water sports are many of the items on any itinerary to Weymouth, but don‟t forget to take the kids to Electric Palace, which has bowling, arcades, and all the food you could eat.


Enjoy the small Port Town of Exmouth Admire the breathtaking architecture and scenery.

Exmouth is a small port town with a population of little over thirty thousand people located on the east bank of the river Exe in Devon, England. This little town began to really establish itself in the thirteenth century; however, it has had some troubled history. The Power of Exeter limited commercial trade through this small town for quite a many centuries and during the seventeenth century the town was plagued with Turkish raiders attempting to capture villagers to sell into slavery. During the eighteenth century, however, the troubles in France and spreading fear of revolt made many European places unsuitable, or even frightening, for tourists and so they flocked to Devon to take part in the salty sea water and air, which were known for their medicinal purposes. Today Exmouth is full of breathtaking scenery and stunning architecture and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Devon. With the sea on one side of you and the Gregorian, Edwardian, and Victorian style home on the other side, a great way to spend a day in Exmouth is to stroll along the esplanade and enjoy the beauty. There are plenty of little shops and eateries to steal away to including butchers, bakeries, and fish shops and so on. For those wishing for things to take back home, there are plenty of art, clothing, and music shops to keep you occupied for hours. The Exmouth indoor market is also an excellent place to be, especially of the weather turns cool. This market houses over fifty unique shops for every individual taste. You can also wait for the Farmer‟s Market which is held every other Wednesday. Water sports are one of the most attractive reasons for tourists. Exmouth‟s location makes it ideal for sailing, wind surfing, diving, and just sitting along the beach playing in the sand. If water sports are not for you, then take the time to turn up at one of the many annual events around the area. The Arts

and Music Fest is a breathtaking visual event not to be missed, as well as the illuminated carnival. New Year‟s Eve gives you and excuse to dress up, as everyone in Exmouth dresses up for the upcoming year. Of course, if you‟re up for it, the Christmas swim will get your heart racing and your blood flowing, as well. For your children, or the child in you, take a trip to the model railway, which is over one hundred and fifteen scale miles of miniature scenery and has been around for over forty some odd years. Of course, Exmouth also offers the opportunity to catch in a little golf or bowling, or to go and see a film on an evening out. Many people however are attracted to Exmouth because of its rich history and beautiful landscape. The clear and beautiful sunsets set a perfect backdrop for the colourful boats and ferries that dot the shoreline as far as the eye can see. Take the time to really relax and enjoy the amazing views in this tiny sea town.


Rhyll – The Family Friendly place to visit. Experience the eighty meter high sky tower

The quaint sea side resort town of Rhyll is situated on the northeast coast of Wales in Denbighshire. This lovely little town I only home to approximately twenty four thousand people and easily accessible by road, rail, and air, making it an ideal getaway for those who are looking to get away from the large tourist crowds. Although it used to be an Elegant Victorian resort, the small town has changed with the times. Bodelwyddan Castle is of historical interest to the historian. This castle, which was the home of Sir John Hay Williams, has been in the Williams family since the 1400s. During WWI, after a considerable decline in the family fortune, the entire estate began to be used as a recuperation hospital and a camp for trench warfare training. Although it had a rough history, the estate is now owned by the county council and is home to many beautiful and important national portraits from the nineteenth century and furniture from the Victoria and Albert museum. It is a wonderful place to visit while in Rhyll. Aside from its rich history, Rhyll is now a beautiful location to visit and is extremely family friendly. Rhyll has clean, sandy beaches which are perfect for days soaking up the sun and making sandcastles. You can also book trip sea fishing or take a donkey ride while you‟re at the beach. For a nice summer vacation spending time along the beach can be relaxing and fun, but for those days of excitement there are plenty of things to do in this town. Rhyll has one of the best bowling centres around, the Crown Green Bowling centre which has carousel rides, a multiplex cinema, miniature golf, and even a vintage car ride. It even has an eighty meter high

sky tower to the amazement of young and old alike. When you get hungry, make a quick stop at Fatty Arbuckle‟s American Diner for a burger and fries. Rhyll Sun Centre is an indoor pool attraction for the entire family with tons of fun not to be missed. This lovely town also has its own seaquarium which brings the beauty of the sea right to you. However, the miniature railway is the thing to experience. Rhyll miniature railway was first opened in 1911 and has been entertaining guests ever since. This fabulous piece of living history allows you to take a miniature train ride around Marine Lake and then stop for hands on history for the smaller children. Of course, don‟t forget your evenings out. Rhyll Pavilion Theatre hosts a number of live entertainers each year including singers, comedians, and performing arts. Although the town might seem small in size, it is definitely large in things to do for the entire family. Rhyll has beautiful weather, the perfect sandy beaches, and a number of attractions for people of all ages and all energy levels to keep you coming back for more. There is even a lovely golf course for those who just want some quiet time.


Beddgelert in Snowdonia, North Wales Go back to nature and enjoy the serenity

Beddgelert in Snowdonia is a picturesque village in North Wales., This lovely town is the highest village in all of England and Wales and it‟s very quaint population makes it the perfect little getaway for people who want to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Instead of bustling cars and honking car horns, you‟re going to notice the sound of rushing rivers and chirping birds. The scenery is full of deep green grass and wild water flowing over cobblestone bridges. In the summer Beddgelert in Snowdonia is famous for its award winning flora, while the winder holds breath taking views of a winter wonderland. Beddgelert in Snowdonia is also known as the grave of Gelert. According to legend, Gelert was the faithful dog of Prince Llewellyn and Lorwerth. One day the prince decided to go hunting, but was afraid to take his infant son with him so he left his son with Gelert. When he returned from the hunt, Prince Llewellyn did not see the infant child where he left him and found that Gelert was covered in blood. Fearing his dog had done the unthinkable, the Prince began to kill the dog. Suddenly, the prince heard crying and when he followed the sound he found his son lying in a patch of tall grass with a dead wolf beside him. Realizing his fatal error, the prince ran over to Gelert, but it was too late to save his loyal dog, so he watched as the dog died in his arms. There are two stones marking the grave of the prince‟s loyal hound. Now, the truth is this is merely a myth formed by local traders many years ago in order to convince people to come to their small town. It obviously had its affect, and still does today, as people still love to visit this thriving,

friendly little town. The history is full of Celtic lore and even said to be where Merlin of King Arthur‟s court saw a prophecy of the Holy Grail. Aside from its special lore, Beddgelert in Snowdonia is home to some of the best mountain climbing available. The snow-capped mountains and rugged terrain are where many adventurers come to train for their climb to Mount Everest. For those historians who venture here, there are fabulous Stone Age burial chambers, Roman forts, and Welsh and Norman castles to be explored. Slate mines as well as gold and copper mines are also local tourist attractions and will take your adventures from the mundane to the imagination. There are also many wonderful railways to see. Whether you‟re visiting Beddgelert in Snowdonia for its breath taking mountain views, coming to see the spring blooms that are beyond compare or exploring old caverns and tombs, make sure to walk around town and get to know the people. Beddgelert in Snowdonia is known for its friendly hospitality and the people are always quick to share a smile and a tale. The food is quite wonderful, too.


Betws-y-Coed – “Church In The Woods” Get inspired in this little colony

Betws-y-Coed is a lovely village town in county Borough, Wales. This quaint mountain village is home to little over five hundred people and is roughly translated as “church in the woods”. Having its roots deeply planted since the early Neolithic period, Betws-y-Coed has survived its Celtic traditions all throughout the ages. In fact, many of the invaders, including very early Spanish settlers and Roman invaders, did not venture deep enough into the woods to overthrow the Celtic traditions in this town. The mountainous surrounding area and high climate make Betws-y-Coed the ideal place for quarries and wool mills. This small town maintained it economy by these methods until around the Victorian times when tourism became the main industry. Today, Betws-y-Coed is widely known as the most popular inland resort in all of Wales. With its scenic splendour and fabulous history, the town of Betws-y-Coed is definitely the place to visit. It is nestled contently in a valley in the Snowdonia National Park and is well known for its outdoor activities. Although the air might be damp and chilly at times, there is no shortage of natural inspiration. In fact, the lush green valley with its flowing rivers and emerald fields is the reason Betws-y-Coed is home of one of the very first artist colonies. If you aren‟t an artist, don‟t worry there are still plenty of things to do. Taking a bike tour through the lovely area will get your blood pumping and your energy high. Also, Betws-y-Coed is the perfect place to bridge enthusiasts as this town has a number of historical bridges full of rich history.


Inside Betws-y-Coed the main street, Holyhead Road, has plenty of places to warm up and relax. It‟s been said they have some of the best food in Wales, also, and there are many comfortable bed and breakfasts to rest your head. If you‟re looking for something to take back home with you, there are lovely shops to stop in along the main road. Of course, souvenirs can also be found at the local museum, which is also the railway station and has a restaurant, shop, and miniature railway. For the historian in you, take a stop at St. Michael‟s church, which is one of the oldest churches in Wales having been around since the fourteenth century. It is also the church that this small town was named for. It is also recommended you visit the very picturesque Pont-y-Pair bridge which crosses over the River Llugwy or the Fairy Glen which holds magical beauty in this beautiful village. If you happen to be here during the winter, and avoid the summer tourist ruche, you will see the most breath taking sites. Snowy hills lead down to an ice covered river, while the large trees gently bend to the weight of the snow. People all walk along the cobblestone bridge to admire the beauty while also in the distance the faint yellow glow from the houses and taverns bring a welcoming site.


Caernarfon and the Caernarfon castle Why not explore the history of the Caernarfon Castle or take in the stunning views and shops along the seaside.

Caernarfon is a royal port in Gwynedd, Wales with a rich history and a modern twist. This small town is home to a little less than ten thousand people and lies opposite of the Isle of Anglesey, while Snowdonia surrounds it on the east and southeast. Although originally a Celtic state, Caernarfon was occupied by the Romans from the late first century to the fifth century. After the Romans lost their holding, Caernarfon became part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd until William I overtook it as part of his Norman Conquest. Although this is a very strong background and enough to keep any historian occupied with seeking out the historical landmarks, the most notable historical even came in the thirteenth century when Llewellyn and Gruff, the grandson of Llewellyn the great, refused to pay homage to Edward I. In turn, Edward invaded and built Caernarfon castle staking his claim on the small town. The castle he built was nothing short of awe inspiring. This intimidating medieval fortress has bands of multi-coloured mortar and rises to impenetrable heights. There are obvious signs that this is meant to be a fortress to ward off even the most fearless enemy, but Edward also meant for Caernarfon castle to be a royal palace and government seat. When he overthrew the Celtic prince and built his castle, Edward also secured his seat by ensuring his first son was born at Caernarfon castle. Nobody could then argue his rule. Now, Caernarfon castle is a fabulous place to visit and it still holds its symbolic meaning. When Prince Charles became Prince of Wales it was done in Caernarfon castle.


Caernarfon isn‟t just a place with a castle, however. Today as you walk down the sunny streets of Caernarfon, staring in amazement at the Caernarfon castle, be sure to take a walk along the beach and see the colourful array of boats beaming in the sun. Also, the town of Caernarfon is full of tiny shops and places to eat with a variety of cuisine ranging from burgers and pizza to kebobs and Chinese food. If you‟re looking for an evening on the town Feanol is host to many singers and performers including the opera legend Bryn Terfel. There are also plenty of things for the family to do together including a fabulous indoor water park, bowling, golf, and the cinema. Of course, heading to the beach is always a lovely way to spend an afternoon. If you‟re a sports enthusiast there are numerous water activities to enjoy as well as sports facilities to enjoy at your leisure. The massive structure of Caernarfon castle as the backdrop to this small tourist town might seem like a contradiction in time, however, be assured that Caernarfon is very modern, very friendly and absolutely and thoroughly Welsh. Anyone who comes to Caernarfon is welcome with a friendly smile and warm greeting. If the castle doesn‟t keep you busy for a few days then the lovely sea view and fabulous food certainly will.


Criccieth and the famous Criccieth Castle Learn all about the Castle that was used to prison Llewellyn and Gruff .

Criccieth is a small bay town Gwynedd, Wales with a population of just under two thousand people this lovely town is home to some very rich history. Standing upon a beautiful emerald hill overlooking the blue sea is Criccieth castle. Although it might not seem like an important castle in the scheme of things, Criccieth castle was actually the prison of Llewellyn and Gruff who refused to pay homage to King Edward I causing the King to overthrow the Celtic rule in Wales. Criccieth castle is one of many castles Edward I had erected in order to secure his status as king. However, in 1284 King Edward I declared Criccieth to be a free borough so long as they continued to pay him homage. Today Criccieth is one of the most beautiful tourist towns to visit. Its vast beaches are free of arcades so you can go enjoy the sound of the sea without the distracting noise of modern electronics nearby. There are two main beaches in Criccieth. One I made up of pebbles while the other is a mixture of pebbles and sand. Both beaches host year round swimmers as the warm Gulf Stream waters keep tourists here throughout all seasons. Not only are the beaches both blue flag beaches, but you can quite often see dolphins and porpoises enjoying a leisurely swim as well. If you‟re not up for a day of swimming today, take a trip to the famous Ffestiniog Railway. This railway runs through Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog and is worldly known for the scenery it passes along the way. The green forests and towering mountains of Gwynedd are visually stunning and railway enthusiasts trek to Criccieth each year to enjoy the views. Another beautiful attraction in Criccieth is the Italian style village of Portmeirion where some of the filming for the television series The Prisoner was made. If you‟re going to be near Blaenau Ffestiniog make sure to take a

tour of the slate caverns. The slate cavern is where much of the world‟s slate for roofing heralds from. Of course, the maritime Museum is bound to keep you entertained for a full day. The rich bountiful history of the tall ships and their trade route from Porthmadog is just one of the many fascinating things yo9u will learn from a day in the museum. Even though Criccieth has enough to keep you busy with its lovely seaside views, warm waters, and rich life it is always nice to make it to the annual Criccieth festival. This festival is host to a number of performers and venues including art, music, and poetry. It is a festival of human imagination and creativity that happens every year in the middle of June. Of course, the local attractions might pale in comparison the friendly locals and tasty cuisine. There are also plenty of lovely local shops where you can purchase a number of souvenirs to treasure or send to loved ones back home. Criccieth has a lot to offer people of every age.


Tenby- “The Little Fortress of The Fishes”. See the ghost of someone past while walking past the lovely St Marys Church.

Tenby, South Wales is a lovely walled in town full of history and tourism, in the Welsh language Tenby means “the little fortress of the fishes”. This beautiful resort getaway is surrounded in medieval glory and modern comfort. Tenby is safely secure between the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and has been inhabited as a merchant town since at least the ninth century. Tenby, being in a strategic location, has been attacked and conquered more than once. By 1148 AD, Tenby was under the rule of the Earl of Pembroke. However, when a Welsh nobleman was wounded in 1151, his brothers carried out a night-time assault and captured the town while taking their revenge for their brother‟s death. The town of Tenby was attacked by Welsh forces in the late 1100‟s and by 1260 AD Llewellyn the Great had also attacked the city showing the need for walls to be built. A defence wall was built in the thirteenth century. History still comes alive in this small town. As you walk down the walled streets of Tenby you can feel the echoes of the warriors and Kings who lived here before. In fact, if you take an evening trip to the lovely St. Mary‟s church you are likely to see the ghost of someone past. St. Mary‟s is known for its unexplainable moving furniture and moaning sounds. You might also see the ghostly figure of someone in a robe moving along the isle of the church. Not only can you feel the history in this town, but you might be able to catch a glimpse of it as well. Fear not, however, Tenby isn‟t merely a ghost town full of rough legends and restless spirits, this lovely town is also one of the best known resorts in Wales. It‟s seemingly endless sandy beaches and fresh sea blue water makes this town one sight truly to behold. In fact, today Tenby is an artist‟s haven with is brilliant sea and stunning flora.

If you‟re in Tenby on holiday there are plenty of things to see and do. Talking a leisurely stroll along one of the beaches, or through the flowered hills, is a fantastic way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and get back to nature. Also, taking a nightly ghost tour might allow you the opportunity to see the ghost of St. Mary‟s or some pirates and witches of lore. If you‟re more about relaxing on the beach and shopping during the day, there are still plenty of things to do here. Walking along the walled enclosure you will find many beautiful Victorian buildings painted pastel giving Tenby an Italian villa feel. There are shops of all sorts and foods for all tastes to be found here as well. For the children, Folly Farm and zoo will keep you occupied for hours as will Ocean Commotion and Silent World Aquarium and Reptile. Don‟t forget to get in a game of golf while you‟re here.


Dunoon – One of the Top tourist destinations! Take a breathtaking trip on the paddle steamer

Dunoon is a small resort town in Argyll, Scotland with a population of just under ten thousand people. This lovely waterfront town is full of history and life making it one of the top tourist destinations in the area. Dunoon is best known for its pier. The Dunoon Pier, which was established in the mid eighteen hundreds, was the place that launched many paddle steamers to carry holiday travellers to and from Glasgow. Today, the PS Waverly is the last surviving paddle steamer that still goes off to sea. The lovely paddle steamer isn‟t the only thing to take note of in this small town. Dunoon was also once the location of the twelfth century Toward Castle. This Castle became a royal estate and Mary Queen of Scots is noted for having stayed at the castle in the mid fifteen hundreds. Now, however, nothing remains of the Castle after a rebellion in the year sixteen eighty-five destroyed it. You can take a tour of Toward Castle remains and feel the history in the air. If you are taking a trip to Dunoon there are plenty of sights to see. The pier and waterfront are a beautiful view and the dark ocean view makes a lovely way to escape from the rest of the world. If you‟re looking for something a little more inland, visit the Kilmun Arboretum. These breathtaking forest walks are home to over one hundred and sixty different species of trees from all over the world. Of course, the Linn Botanic Gardens and Nursery as well as the Benmore Botanic gardens are both full of flourishing fauna, glorious waterfalls, and beautiful sparkling fountains. Make sure to take your camera.

Of course, don‟t forget to take your golf clubs, either. Dunoon and its surrounding area are full of lush green courses to go and play a few holes and relax. If you‟re looking to enjoy an evening out, the Queens Hall is the perfect place to be. This venue is host to numerous acts throughout the year and has had exciting performers including Pink Floyd and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers in its time. A bike ride around Hunter‟s Quay and Castle Hill is bound to be inspiration for the artist in you and the scenic lush green valley speckled with multicoloured flowers lying against the blue waters of the pier are enough to keep any tourist coming back for more. If you‟re here during the annual Cowal Highland Gathering you‟re in for a real treat. This annual event hosts guests from all around as it is the largest highland gathering in the country. You will find fun, food, and plenty of festivities including bag pipes, athletic competitions and much more. While in Dunoon don‟t forget to stop at the local tea house for some tasty treats. Black of Dunoon Bakery is home to many tasty fresh treats including a tasty shortbread that will have your mouth watering. If you‟re looking for a hearty Scottish meal, the Lorne Bar is the place to be. This pub is well known for its fine Scottish fare. Don‟t forget to pick up a souvenir to take home with you from one of the many delightful local shops.


Rothesay, Bute Great place for everyone, even Golf Enthusiasts

Rothesay is the main city in Bute Scotland, Full of beauty and history this lovely sea side town will keep your imagination going. Like many of the small sea side ports and towns in the United Kingdom, Rothesay became largely known as a tourist down during the Victorian era. Those on holiday travelling down the Firth of Clyde found this little town to be an ideal place to stop and visit. Rothesay was not only a tourist town but also part of Scotland‟s hydropathic establishments and had a convenient electric tramway which stretched across the island giving travellers more ways to visit. Although the tramway is no longer in use, Rothesay is still a popular tourist site. Rothesay Castle is one of the most notable landmarks for those on holiday. This lovely castle is unique in its circular structure and is still visually stunning to those who visit. Of course, Mount Stuart Castle and gardens are also quite beautiful and once again stepping away from the traditional, this lovely castle is rich with gothic architecture and full of history. The lush emerald gardens are forested with trees overhanging the little one lane road and the castle itself has high arched doorways, a stunning alabaster and marble chapel and some of the most breathtaking stained glass images you‟ll ever see. The marble chapel has no equal in the entire country. The castle drawing room is rich with detailed art and patterned rugs and furniture while the horoscope room is fascinating with its beauty. The room

has the exact star coordinates of the birth of Lord Bute painted on the ceiling in glorious wonder for everyone to see. The purple library is a book lover‟s heaven with thousands of delicate books hundreds of years old. Outside of the castle in the castle gardens you will find all manner of traditional Victorian style gardens. From quaint little sitting areas to signature rock gardens and labyrinths these gardens are not only beautiful, but also functional, such as the very delectable looking kitchen garden. If you have children on holiday with you, don‟t miss out on the local Bute Museum. The museum is full of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, the history of the town and surrounding areas, and of course the famous Clyde Steamers. Also, while in Rothesay, Bute is sure to check out some of the local golf courses. Scotland is known for its golf and this town is no exception. From inland golf courses to holes with views of the sea, Rothesay has numerous places to play a round or two and enjoy the fabulous scenery surrounding you. If you happen to be a sports fan, the annual motorsport classic is held in Mount Stuart displaying a number of classic race cars for the public to enjoy. There is also horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, and sailing you can take up on your holiday as well. The town of Rothesay is very friendly and the accommodations here are plenty.


Ayr – Enjoy the beautiful seaside that Ayr has to offer. Walk along the beach, play some golf or even learn about a famous poet.

Ayr is the largest port town situated on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. This beautiful seaside holiday destination has a bustling population of almost fifty thousand people and is most well-known for its aviation industry and famous golf location. If you want to step into a place where people throughout history have also tread Ayr is the place to be. Robert the Bruce held the very first parliament of Scotland here in the year 1324 at St. John‟s Tower. During the times of Cromwell, this town was used as a base for some of his men. In fact, Cromwell built a fortress wall around areas of Ayr which is still visible today. The economy of Ayr is mostly based on the shipping industry. Ships and barges build and run along the river Ayr are responsible for much of the cities commerce and the town is still a commercial port. The town of Ayr is also a great place to go shopping, due to the size of this city there are many stores to trek of too during your holiday including Marks and Spencer and H&M. Shopping isn‟t the only thing to do in Ayr. This beautiful port town is rich with sandy beaches and sparkling views of the sea. Because there is a railway linking Ayr to Glasgow, this metropolis has increased as a tourist destination in the past two centuries. If you‟re on holiday as a sports fan Ayr has it all, including football, rugby, horse racing and even ice hockey. Outdoors is definitely the place to be. In fact, it is highly recommended you spend a day fishing, as the angling opportunities along the Firth of Clyde are many. Golf is also a very popular pastime here and choosing a nine or eighteen hole course along the sea side


is just as stunning as choosing a course settled inland with the lush green landscape and beautiful blooming flowers. For the poet in you take a visit to Burns Cottage where Robert Burns once lived and get a lovely view from the Burns Memorial Tower or visit the Burns Museum. In January you can visit the annual Burns Festival which holds celebrations around his birthday each year. The Ayr Flower Show in August is also a thing of beauty with flowers and vegetation of all kinds. There are also folk festivals and highland games in the area not to be missed. Children will be in awe of Culzean Castle and park. This beautiful castle sports an oval saloon and striking oval staircase. Of course, being built in the seventeen hundreds there are also pleasures of the time including beautiful gardens, a plant centre, and farm shops. You can also take the children out to the park to play. Ayr is rich with city life and country splendour not forgetting the rich history of the land. There is also plenty of modern Shops and fine dining to be had as well. A long walk along the beach is also a great getaway.


Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales Rich with culture, beauty and a variety of things to do and see.

Bangor is one of the smallest towns in Gwyneed; however, it is not to be dismissed on your holiday travels. This lovely little seaside town has a population of just over thirteen thousand; however, being a University town, Bangor is rich with culture, beauty, and things to do. The town itself was built around Bangor Cathedral back in the early sixth century. The original cathedral named after a Celtic saint was formed in an enclosure, thus the name Bangor which is Welsh for enclosure. There is little history within the town of Bangor. Bangor is famous for its High Street, however, which is the longest main street in all of the United Kingdom. The refuge Morris Wartski did much to establish Bangor as a town in the late eighteen hundreds by first opening a jewellery store, then a drapery store and finally a lovely top quality hotel. His popularity and contributions led him to be mayor of the town. Bangor was also a safe haven for parts of the BBC during WWII. As a college town, Bangor is well known as an important centre of study for classical music enthusiasts and concerts are often given at Powis and Pritchard-Jones Halls. There are also other beautiful music and art galleries in the town of Bangor. The universal concert series is a major attraction and this beautiful music troupe performs regularly throughout the year. There are plenty of things to see in Bangor. Although it might seem lacking in flashy tourist spots, Bangor is visually striking in its natural beauty and rich culture. Standing on Bangor Pier, for example, is a wonderful place to get pictures that will last a lifetime or inspiration from the beauty of the sea. Taking the day and spending your time watching the sailing ships along the

pier is both relaxing and inspirational and for those who are artists, this is a perfect little haven for inspiring your creativity. You can also take a visit to Bangor Cathedral, the place that started it all and marvel at the beauty of this sixth century chapel. Penrhyn Castle is also a must see for those in the Bangor area. This lovely castle is breathtaking in its splendour and looks exactly like something out of a fairy tale. Built in the nineteenth century, the castle is best known for the location of the famous one ton slate bed made for Her Majesty Queen Victoria. The fully functional kitchen prepares marvellous treats worthy of a king and fascinating sweets for the children. There are also a couple of railway museums and a doll museum to take wonder at while you‟re here. While touring the castle be sure to check out the area gardens which include beautiful flowers and trees and shrubs trimmed in the classic Victorian style. The Gwynned museum and art gallery is also an excellent way to spend the day, but don‟t forget to eat. Bangor has a number of fine restaurants for all tastes and budgets.


Barry, UK Visit the Barry Pleasure Island or the Amelia Trust Farm.

Barry, vale of Glamorgan, is a beautiful seaside resort along the northern coast of the Bristol Channel. The current population of Barry is a little over forty seven thousand making it one of the fifth largest cities in Wales. According to the discovery of flint tools found at Friars Point, Barry has been occupied by man since at least the Stone Age. Many Neolithic artefacts and even an Iron Age farmstead ruin have been found supporting the evidence of habitation in Barry. There are many traces of Roman influence on Barry Castle and in the St. Nicholas and St. Baruc‟s churches. The discovery of a third century Roman building at Glan-y-Mor hints at a possible naval base for the ancient Romans. Traces of ancient Romans can also be seen in the viaduct neat Porthkerry Park. No stranger to invasion, Barry was considered a raider base by Vikings in the early eleventh century. Being a port town and one with a high area of invasion and trading, Barry was no stranger to the Black Death and lost much of its population during that time. Barry has had a history of trade and travel. Although it was a largely agricultural community for many years, during the late eighteen hundreds that changed and Barry became a coal mining town. With the advent of the industrial revolution, Barry became the largest scrap yard for steam engines at Marshall Yards however the steam engines were eventually saved by Woodham Brothers Scrapyard. Today there are plenty of things for people touring Barry to see and do. The Amelia Trust Farm is a wonderful place to take the children, this fully functioning and working farm is spread across a span of approximately one

hundred and sixty acres. This lovely center is more than a farm it also has a place for lodging and conference rooms, you can record your first demo in the music hall and recording studio as well as play sports at the indoor sports activities centre. Barry Island Pleasure Park is also a great place and fun for the entire family. The Barry Island Pleasure Park has over thirty fun rides and attractions including the Sea ray Pirate Ship, the Viper Rollercoaster, and more. There are also plenty of places to eat and shop while you‟re at the park, so it is not necessary to bag your own lunch. The ruins of Barry Castle are also a great place to visit for a bit of history. Although nestled amongst modern suburban homes, this once beautiful manor home still gives the imagination a go. You can still see the glorious archway of the main door of the castle and walk among the ruins of what was once the seat of the Barry family. Take the time to go for a walk in Glamorgan and enjoy the many picturesque views of the sea and the greenery. If you do not know the area you can certainly request a guided walking tour which will show you the splendid beauty of Barry.


Bognor Regis – “The sunny resort town” Once a smuggling location, now a popular tourist destination.

Bognor Regis is a beautiful little seaside resort along the south coast of England near Sussex. Nestled not far from Brighton or London, Bognor Regis is a very popular sunny resort town. What is now a popular tourist destination was once a smuggling location. King George V had a hand in the tourist trade of this town although it may not have been intentional. His Majesty King George V stayed ion Craigwell house while on holiday in 1929. According to one story the town petitioned the King‟s secretary to use the term Regis after its name because of the King‟s visit. As legend would have it the kind didn‟t particularly care for it and exclaimed “Bugger Bognor”, in which case his secretary replied that the King would be happy to allow the term Regis. This is just a legend, of course, but it is still said that King George V did come here to get some lovely sea air and did not find it to his appeal. Of course, things have changed since the time of King George. Today the tourism flourishes and Bognor Regis has a large pedestrian friendly town centre full of shops and friendly places to eat. There are also plenty of things to see and do. For example, Bognor Regis is home to the annual aviation competition for a human powered flying machine. The person who can launch himself from the pier and glide the furthest is the winner. There is also a free music festival each summer known as Bognor Rox which gives live entertainment for all.


Bognor Regis is also one of the sunniest placed in great Britain and its blue flag beaches and close London location means that tourists flock year round to be here. Aside from visiting the lovely beaches, there are plenty of family friendly places to be in Bognor. Butlins‟ resort is a wonderful place to stay with activities ranging for children of all ages including an aquarium, a waterpark, sports activities and live family shows. The Bognor Regis museum is also a great place for the entire family to enjoy. The museum, although quaint, has everything you could ask for including fossils from millions of years ago and today‟s living history. Taking a walk along the picturesque pier is also an ideal way to spend an afternoon. In fact, die to the wonderful number of sunny days in Bognor Regis you‟re likely to find that sitting along the beach with a good book is the way you want to spend your vacation. Watching the sun set over the pier is almost magical in its beauty. Of course, there are plenty of things to do in town also. The lovely white picturesque streets allow you to enjoy the beauty of the city while also indulging yourself in the wide array of shopping this town has to offer. Being a high tourist town Bognor Regis has many commercial retailers and places to eat. In fact, there are eateries of every kind in this town and the locals are friendly and helpful.


Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales Definitely a great seaside place, but also a great place to shop.

Cardigan boasts the title for being the second largest town in Ceredigion with a population of just over four thousand people. This lovely little town lies on the edge of Pembrokeshire and is very modern. For being such a small town, Cardigan has a hospital, a theatre and modern arts centre, as well as a lovely college. The strategic location of this town made it susceptible to Norman invaders much like many other Welsh towns during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. A castle and stronghold was built in the town and after many years the Normans were defeated. King Rhys then instilled the first music and poetry competition and people from all over Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales came to compete. In the sixteenth century Cardigan went from being a small quiet seaside town to a bustling centre for import and export. Towards the nineteenth century Cardigan became big in the shipbuilding industry and there were numerous types of craftsmen in Cardigan due to the large trading reputation it had built. Now, of course, there is plenty of history to experience in Cardigan. The Cardigan railway, which is now closed, has a fine history to see and much of Cardigan‟s history can be found at the heritage Centre. Also, there are plenty of outdoor things to see and do. There is canoeing and water sports aplenty with a ton of water adventure sports for those who love the sea. Cardigan is rich with lush green hills which are perfect for those who enjoy a beautiful walking trek. If you like to stay close to the sea, taking a walk along the walled pier and watching the sun glisten off the water and onto the pastel coloured houses is a perfect escape. The picturesque view is the ideal place for artists.

In fact, there are numerous art exhibits in Cardigan as well. The Cardigan summer art society show is a treasure not to be missed and all throughout the year there are artist exhibits in different locals. Still, for the children you might want to consider a day at the beach taking in the sights. The beauty of bird watching combined with the occasional porpoise on a dolphin spotting boat trip is well worth the trip. You can also take the kids for a day fishing trip to get out in the sun and get some refreshing sea air. Cardigan is also an excellent place for shopping. This lovely town has numerous shopping venues from clothing, music, art, and souvenirs in which to go and spend the day relaxing along the high street. Cardigan‟s French villa appeal keeps the streets full of people who love the scenic views of the town just as much as they love the scenic views of the sea. Of course, there are also plenty of places to eat as well. Cardigan has lovely little eateries and pubs to stop at and rest for a moment while filling your hunger.


Clovelly Let you or your children enjoy a Donkey Ride in the summer.

Clovelly is a lovely village in Devon, England with a population of just over fifteen hundred. This small town is best known for its steep cobbled main street, its picturesque view over the Bristol Channel, and its donkeys. Clovelly‟s temperate climate keeps tourists flocking here year round. Due to the steep nature of the hills, you cannot access the village by car or by the local harbour, unless you have a special permit. The visitor‟s centre does offer taxi and land rover rides to the village, however. The village centre does have a lot to offer including a restaurant, public restrooms, and a fudge and gift shop. One of the most notable things about Clovelly is that the buildings are all done very traditional with a series of white washed wattle and daub cottages, which can be costly to repair which is why there is an entrance fee into the village of Clovelly. Of course, you won‟t see any cars along the main street. The one hundred and twenty meter descent of the main street to the pier makes it impossible and very dangerous to drive here. However, supplies still get to the village and the streets are lined with café‟s, shops, and houses. If you‟re visiting Clovelly make sure to take a trek up and down the famous steep main street. Also, be sure to take pictures of the village from the view of the pier. There are many famous paintings regarding this town, one of them in Dublin, Ireland. The sea green water lying below the steep main road with its white cottages and colourful window planters is the ideal picture for any artist‟s imagination. Of course, for the children you can also get a donkey ride during the summer months. Donkeys were once the only way to travel in this town,

however, now people just walk and donkeys are used to amuse the kids. There are two museums in the village, one dedicated to the author Charles Kingsley who lived there as a child and the other dedicated to the rich fishing history of this tiny town. Aside from spending a day exploring the hidden gems of chapels and window flowers, take the time to listen to the locals tell stories about pirates, smugglers, and unsolved murder mysteries that this town has seen in its day. You can watch history come alive as skilled craftsmen create breathtaking silks and pottery in a stable yard or visit the Victorian glasshouses and herb gardens of the Clovelly court. Clovelly also offers you a lovely meal, in fact, when it was still a fishing village Clovelly was famous for its fish. Today, people still boast about it lobster and having a picnic mean up along Mount Pleasant is a visually stunning way to spend an afternoon. After your picnic stop down at the beach to enjoy the beautiful colours of the houses on the hill, the greens and blues of the sea, and of course the rainbow beauty of the local boats.