It is steeped in history and welcomes thousands of tourists every year. Now Durham city has been named one of Britain's eight most beautiful cities by National Geographic. Durham was described as a 'perfect little city' by writer Bill Bryson on the site, with the perfect spot for taking pictures found along the banks of the Wear. With towering views of the Cathedral and castle, to the Elvet Bridge and Framwellgate Bridge, there are plenty of photographic opportunities. Here are 10 reasons why Durham has been named one of the best cities. Durham Cathedral There's no doubt about it, the Cathedral looks stunning from all angles. Dominating the skyline, it has no doubt been photographed from every viewpoint in the city. And, just to make it even better for those who like to take a snap, a ban on photographs being taken of its interior has been lifted. Visitors are now encouraged to get snap happy, capturing everything from the medieval architecture, to the intricate stained glass windows … [Read more...] about 10 reasons Durham has been named one of the best UK cities
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Out & About Mark Ramshaw 10 Apr 2019 There’s no mystery to the Cotswolds’ popularity. England and Wales’ largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasts green hills and pleasant rolling lands to match those of Devon and Cornwall, but with easier access. Spanning five counties and 800 square miles this land teems with historic towns, honey-stone villages and clued-up tourist attractions. In fact, there’s so much going on that a day trip just doesn’t cut it. A wealth of possibilities exist for overnighters and weekenders of all budgets and tastes, but here we look beyond the usual stuffy hotels, manor houses and country inns to highlight some of the area’s best and most inviting restaurants with rooms. Wild Garlic & Wilder, Nailsworth Nailsworth is now regarded as something of a foodie haven, in no small part due to the efforts of chef Matt Beardsall, a veteran of Ramsey, Wearing and Hartnett’s restaurants. Food at … [Read more...] about The best Cotswolds restaurants with rooms
From the splendour of Rome, the colour of Venice’s Carnevale, the art of Florence and the quaint trulli homes of Puglia, Italy is a country of year-long delights. January Florence Florence is, of course, the cradle of the Renaissance, and it’s the city’s remarkable architecture and art which are the main draw for tourists. This means long queues for several of the key museums and churches at most times of the year. But in January you can enjoy the art and the sights – most of which are indoors – entirely free of crowds. There’s great shopping to be had, too – especially during the January sales – and it’s an excellent time to make the most of the best bars and restaurants. The best hotels in Florence February Venice Always beautiful, always alluring, always romantic and never disappointing: you can’t go wrong with Venice at almost any time of year. But, while it can undoubtedly be chilly, there is a special magic … [Read more...] about The 20 greatest destinations in Italy – and the best time to visit each one
With that in mind, we have asked three expert walkers - authors all - to choose their favourite walks for spring. That means places with the finest bluebell displays, the best newly-green woodlands, the most dramatic scenery. The result is 30 great routes that criss-cross the country, including Northern Ireland. For urban dwellers, there are escape routes out to Ireland's Eye and south to Bray and along the Royal Canal, none of which require a car. There are even a few places where thick-skinned bathers can take a dip. There are trails here for families with toddlers or buggies, for those looking for a good stretch, and for serious hikers wanting to blow the cobwebs out of their hair after the long dark winter. And all of them finish near a good spot for a cup of tea or something stronger. Each walk listed includes the distance and the time it takes to complete at a moderate pace, as well as directions to the start point. Most of the routes can be covered without maps, but we have … [Read more...] about 30 best spring walks in Ireland: Fresh air for every age and fitness level!
Plymouth is packed full of restaurants, cafes and street-food vendors - all vying to serve you delicious food and a great selection of drinks. Visiting one of the city's amazing eateries offers the perfect opportunity to sample the local cuisine, as well as spend quality time with friends and family. From fine-dining establishments by the sea to hidden gems in the city, it can be difficult to choose the right place to spend your hard-earned money. So to help you out, here's our list of 50 of the best eateries in Plymouth. Click the links below to read the TripAdvisor reviews and book your table. The Eastern Eye Advertorial The Eastern Eye Restaurant on the Barbican has been serving some of the best contemporary Indian cuisine direct from Bangladesh for more than 30 years, and is one of Plymouth's best-loved Indian restaurants. The popular venue on Notte Street, has hosted many a celebrity including Ainsley Harriott, Claire Sweeney and Bobby Davro. The team uses fresh ingredients … [Read more...] about 50 of the best restaurants and cafes in Plymouth