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    Rydal Mount & Gardens

    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.

    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.

    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!

    MattT

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

    Stephanie Taylor

    Charming displays and a small Lake District garden bring the world of these beloved characters to life. Well worth a visit for any young or nostalgic fans.

    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

    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

    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 perfect foodie mix of healthy/vegetarian/organic/seasonal and deliciously decadent. Also has a lovely outside dining area for summer.

    Elizabeth J.

    Traveller Tips

    Getting There

    You can get to the Isles of Scilly by ferry from Penzance or twin prop plane from Lands End, Newquay and Exeter. Fog can delay travel but don't let that put you off!

    Emma Smith

    Stay overnight at Orvieto

    Ovieto is a beautiful town, teeming with tourists during the day. But by night, they've got into the buses and gone. Stay a night or two to enjoy Orvieto without the throngs.

    James

    Check out Saaser Museum

    This wee museum is spread over four floors of an old historic building. From photos of days gone by on the ground floor, to a collection of religious artefacts in the attic, it gives you the history and background information on Saas Fee.

    Simon Sez

    Get up Piz Gloria

    Well worth the price of the cable car to the top. There is a 360 degree view of the most amazing peaks. The revolving restaurant is quite good though the food is very expensive.

    Simon Sez

    Hang out in Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)

    This is the biggest park close to downtown Madrid, it has an area of 12 hectares. King Felipe IV constructed it in 1632 as part of his Buen Retiro Palace.

    Simon Sez

    Facts about Europe

    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.

    Shakespeare Fact

    Did you know that Shakespeare's play have been translated into every living language known to man!!!!

    Emma Smith

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