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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.

    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!

    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 -

    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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!

    The Centre of Wiltshire

    Devizes no longer has it's own train station but there are good bus services from Swindon and Chippenham train stations. It's worth the visit and a great place to stay (especially Avalon Lodge B&B) as there are so many attractions close by. These include Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle, Silbury Hill, Bath, Salisbury and many National Trust properties.

    Visit The National Wallace Monument

    This historic monument allows great views of the surrounding area, including Stirling Castle. There is ample parking and a minibus service to take you to the base of the monument. Lots of steps but it's worth the climb.

    Use the Info Center

    This is a better info centre than most. It's just opposite the Carter's Arms & has info on everything plus a great display and selection of local art and crafts.

    Visit Black Spout Wood

    The waterfall is a beautiful sight, particularly if you can see it in full flow after it has rained. If you are ever in Pitlochry, make sure you make the effort to see this.

    Facts about United Kingdom

    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.

    Shakespeare Fact

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

    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.

    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.

    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