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5 tips for visiting Birmingham, England on a budget

5 tips for visiting Birmingham, England on a budget

Birmingham, the UK’s second-biggest city in terms of population, is no London copy. The West Midlands city is full of classic Victorian buildings and bold contemporary architecture alike. Historically an important center of manufacturing and modern industry, Birmingham has more recently seen an extended refurbishment of canals and industrial areas and the creation of a » Read more

London Day Trip: Visit Brighton for a low-cost seaside getaway

London Day Trip: Visit Brighton for a low-cost seaside getaway

Dare I say it, but London has been enjoying a great summer so far and long may it last. But sometimes we just need a change of scene, especially when temperatures are scorching. So if you’ve had enough of picnicking in the park or cooling down at London’s lidos, a day trip to Brighton might » Read more

London day trip: History and entertainment at Warwick Castle

London day trip: History and entertainment at Warwick Castle

England is full of tourist attractions of broad interest within day trip distance from London, and there are countless excellent destinations to explore. Warwick Castle, located in the town of Warwick just a stone’s throw from Birmingham, is among these. Located only 90 minutes from London by train, Warwick Castle combines dizzying histories and tactile » Read more

Spas, history & architecture in Bath: 5 budget-friendly tips

Spas, history & architecture in Bath: 5 budget-friendly tips

The attractive southwestern English town of Bath is one of the few places in the UK that can rival London for general tourist cost index. It’s not an obvious place for a budget-conscious break, and in fact, the tips that follow hardly enable anyone to scrape the bottom of the budget barrel. Instead, they point » Read more

Rocking Out in Devon’s National Parks: Dartmoor and Exmoor

Rocking Out in Devon’s National Parks: Dartmoor and Exmoor

If you are in any doubt about the capacity of rocks to shape relief, go to Devon. The county offers many good tutorials in geomorphology. South-west England is fabulous territory for rock jocks and Devon’s two national parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor, are good places to start. Dartmoor delights Dartmoor is England’s most extensive area of » Read more

Explore Devon by bus, boat and train to get closer (and save)

Explore Devon by bus, boat and train to get closer (and save)

There was a moment on the train journey to Barnstaple when the valley of the River Taw opened out to reveal a scene of rare beauty. Two fishermen waved at the train, as we slowed to stop at King’s Nympton station. A heron, evidently quite untroubled by the train, waited on the railway platform at » Read more

Devon’s Heart and Soul: Exeter Cathedral

Devon’s Heart and Soul: Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral comes as something of a surprise. While most cathedrals soar upwards to the heavens, Exeter squats — firmly anchored to the ground by its twin towers. The cathedral is curiously invisible from many parts of the city centre. And when you do eventually see the cathedral, its colour is something of a surprise. » Read more

England: Making time for Devon’s serene beauty (and rental farmhouses)

England: Making time for Devon’s serene beauty (and rental farmhouses)

Susanne Kries and Nicky Gardner, editors of hidden europe magazine, introduce a special EuroCheapo series in which the writers explore an English county that deserves far more attention by overseas visitors to Britain. Few English counties have exerted so strong an appeal on the imagination as Devon. But that appeal is essentially to English minds. » Read more

5 tips for visiting England’s Lake District in autumn

5 tips for visiting England’s Lake District in autumn

The Lake District is one of the UK’s most significant tourist destinations, taking in a whopping 15 million visitors every year. Located in Cumbria in the northwest of England, it is flooded with lots of different types of tourists. Outdoorsy nature lovers comprise one significant stream, as do the literary-minded – above all else fans » Read more

Day Trips From London: Escape to Brighton

Day Trips From London: Escape to Brighton

Less than an hour from central London by the fastest trains, Brighton makes a perfect escape from the English capital. Tim Locke, author of the Bradt Guide Slow Sussex and the South Downs, describes Brighton as “exuberant, quirky and even outrageous.” Brighton is the nearest point on the Sussex coast to the capital and generations » Read more

Lingfield: Take a day trip from London to a Wealden village

Lingfield: Take a day trip from London to a Wealden village

Some of the most beautiful English countryside lies within a stone’s throw of London. In particular, between London and the Sussex coast there are two striking chalk escarpments: the North Downs and South Downs. Between these two lines of chalk are the wooded hills and valleys of the Weald. You’ll catch some sense of the » Read more

Off-Season Cornwall: Making tracks for Looe

Off-Season Cornwall: Making tracks for Looe

The far southwest of England is just five hours by fast train from London. And we think it’s at its best off-season. The stylish coastal resorts of St. Ives and Padstow, both in North Cornwall and good for art and seafood respectively, still pull a winter crowd. Through Wessex to the Duchy of Cornwall Looe, » Read more

United Kingdom by Train: Winter Deals on BritRail Passes

United Kingdom by Train: Winter Deals on BritRail Passes

While London is always worth a visit, winter is a wonderful time of year for exploring the rest of Britain by train, and special incentives for off-season travelers make the treat even sweeter. Effective immediately (through February 28), ACP Rail International is offering discounts on many products in their BritRail pass range. ACP represent Britain’s » Read more

England: Slow Sussex and the South Downs

England: Slow Sussex and the South Downs

Britain’s newest national park is also the most accessible from London. Less than 50 miles from the capital, the South Downs National Park takes in impressive downland, a spectacular stretch of cliffed coastline in East Sussex and some breathtakingly beautiful villages. We love this part of England. After the frenetic pace of London, Sussex and » Read more

Beyond London: Art in the provinces

Beyond London: Art in the provinces

London has such a galaxy of galleries and such a lively arts scene that it is too easy to overlook the rich world of the arts in the capital’s hinterland. Here are two topical ideas for days out from London for art lovers. Compton: The Watts Gallery This weekend (June 18, 2011) sees the long » Read more

Birmingham: Britain’s second city

Birmingham: Britain’s second city

The virtues of Britain’s second city, Birmingham, are often overlooked by the majority of Brits who see the city as a place to change trains rather than a spot to linger. Yet the Midlands city with a population nudging a million boasts some of Britain’s most striking modern architecture and cuts a dash in culture, » Read more

2007 Tourism Oscars Go To…Blackpool

Two hotels in the northern English town of Blackpool were recently awarded two tourism Oscars at the Enjoy England Excellence Awards ceremony. The two Blackpool winners: the Number One Guesthouse (Bed and Breakfast category) and the more upmarket Stanley House (Best Small Hotel of the Year.) Blackpool is certainly worth a visit. Twelve miles of » Read more

Thursday Night Belfast Blues

Thursday Night Belfast Blues

Forget the penny whistle and fiddle. Whenever we’re in Belfast, we like to swing by the Empire Music Hall for one of Rab McCullough‘s blistering Thursday night blues sessions. And we’re not the only ones. Though the Empire is a spacious venue, it’s typically packed soon after McCullough’s band takes the stage at 10:30 p.m. » Read more

York: City of Music, Ghosts and Vikings!

York: City of Music, Ghosts and Vikings!

The historic city of York in the north of England is a must-see destination at any time with its medieval cathedral, narrow cobbled streets and city walls, evening “ghost walks,”and the Yorvik Viking Center, which recreates the sights and even smells of York’s viking founders. In June and July the city is at its very best, » Read more

UK: Brighton Beach Memoirs

The weather is finally perking up in fair ol’ England, and it’s time again for the Brighton Festival. Now in its 41st year, the fest runs from May 5 through May 27 and showcases an array of up-and-comers in the fields of dance, theater, music, and literature. There’s plenty of family-friendly fare too. The 2007 » Read more

UK: Starship Enterprise inside Leicestershire Flat

Star Date: 2007 Captain’s Log: A member of the Enterprise crew has detected a replica of my commanding station in a little town called Hinckley in Leicestershire, England on planet Earth. A single man, who goes by the name Tony Alleyne, appears to be living in a replica of the Enterprise “Bridge” remodeled from what » Read more

Britain’s McMovement

We admit that once or twice, while gallivanting through London, we inhaled a six-piece McNuggets like it was our McJob. Was this so wrong? We didn’t think so, though that was before we learned Prince Charles isn’t exactly lovin’ it. Here’s another interesting nugget. The UK arm of McDonald‘s has just launched a campaign to » Read more

Belfast: Reality a Drag for Elf

A 45-year old man in Belfast has been accused of stealing bras, knickers, suspender belts, and stockings from an Orchid lingerie shop. Disguised in a wig, hat and glasses, the defendant claims it “could be right” that Beho, a female elf character he plays in the role-playing game Shadowrun, intended to rob the shop. Funny, » Read more

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