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    The setting for "Swallows and Amazons"

    Those who have read the classic children's book "Swallows and Amazons" by Arthur Ransome, may recognise Bowness as the lakeside town of 'Rio' where that story is set.

    Stephanie Taylor

    Home of the Pencil

    The discovery of a large deposit of graphite near Keswick in the early 16th Century led to the invention of the modern pencil and for many years the town was the world epicenter of pencil production.

    Stephanie Taylor

    The Royal Mail Packet Station

    Between 1688 and 1850, Falmouth was the Royal Mail Packet Station; meaning that all mail going between Britain and the Mediterranean (and later the Americas) was processed here.

    Elizabeth J.

    Holy Headland

    Penzance derives its name from the Cornish Pen Sans, meaning holy headland - most likely in reference to a chapel that stood on the western head of the harbour in the middle ages

    Elizabeth J.

    The hometown of Liam Neeson

    The sexy Hollywood heart-throb Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena in 1952.

    Katy Ryan

    Attractions

    The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    An absolutely beautiful place where you could easily spend an entire day. This is a must-visit for any gardening boffin and if you have to make a choice between here and the nearby Eden Project, this should win hands down!

    Located a couple of miles out of Ambleside, this gorgeous house was the home of William Wordsworth for 37 years. His family still live here and the house contains many of his personal items. The beautiful large garden is almost unchanged from when it was first designed by Wordsworth himself.

    Stephanie Taylor

    Always interesting exhibitions and an impressive permanent collection that includes works by Gainsborough, Sargent, Henry Scott Tuke, and the renowned Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse -

    Elizabeth J.

    A beautiful one acre private garden with a huge variety of flowers, and shrubs in different 'rooms' - and also a collection of rare fowl. Delicious home made cakes and drinks are available from a small cafe to enjoy in the garden. Well worth a visit!

    Elizabeth J.

    17 gorgeous acres with a huge diversity of plants, all lovingly maintained by a passionate crew of volunteers.

    Stephanie Taylor

    Places To Eat

    Dolly's Tea Room & Wine Bar

    During the day, Dolly's is a traditional tea room serving cream teas and homemade cakes.. By evening, it becomes a wine bar/gin palace/tapas bar with quaint 'tea service' cocktails. Shabby chic repurposed furniture, a great selection of reading material and a dog-friendly environment make this a relaxed and homely place to while away the day or evening.

    An amazing little cafe/deli with all the usual counter fare made fresh on the premises. Great value and generally scrumptious. They also have a good range of vegetarian and gluten-free options.

    Stephanie Taylor

    All food in the restaurant (cafe) is prepared onsite with mainly fresh local ingredients. There are also yummy treats from local specialty and artisan fine-food producers in the farm shop.

    Liz

    A cute wee restaurant hidden away in an old traditional slate building down a quiet lane in the center of town. The menu is unadventerous, but tasty and made with mostly local ingredients. They also serve a nice range of locally brewed beers.

    Stephanie Taylor

    The Lost & Found Cafe & Vintage Shop

    The front rooms of this historic Chapel Street house are a hip vintage store, selling upcycled furniture and collectables. In the back is the cafe and dining areas, continuing the eclectic vintage theme. Their coffee and counter food are superb and the staff are very friendly.

    Elizabeth J.

    Traveller Tips

    A great central base for Western Ireland

    Main attractions and destinations of Western Ireland including Galway, Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and the lakes of Killarney are all within an easy day trip of Bunratty, making it a perfect base for visiting the area.

    Katy Ryan

    Try to be in town for Whitby Goth Weekend

    The Whitby Goth Weekend is a Gothic music festival that has been held in Whitby for over 20 years and is now held twice yearly in April and October. For several days Whitby is over-run with goths, steampunks and various other dandys dressed to the nines, and the town takes on the appearance of a Tim Burton film set.

    Katy Ryan

    Sat Nav

    Uae Sat Nav in your car

    Lorraine Hennessy

    A Walk Around the Left Bank

    Walking around the Left Bank especially the area of Saint Germain is great for soaking up the atmosphere of Paris.

    Laura Thomas

    Cycle around Elba

    Porto Azzuro is a perfect place to stay on Elba, and you can get to know the island by biking to secluded beaches. The island is only about 200 sq km so once you have your favourite spots you can get there easily by bike.

    James

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