Saturday, 22 November 2014

Morpeth


Morpeth in Northumberland is the administrative centre of the county. Situated on the River Wansbeck it is close to the border of Scotland. 

Now a busy market town with the market still being held on Wednesdays and a Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month. Morpeth offers a good selection of independent shops and some nice restaurants and cafes. The Sanderson Arcade has some particularly good quality retail outlets.
There is plenty of history here too, a beautiful park and even a bagpipe museum. Definitely worth stopping off to look at and taking a leisurely stroll around the local area. 
For photos of Morpeth click here



Thursday, 23 October 2014

St Albans


St Albans is situated just 19 miles from London. It is a famous old established market town. St Albans Abbey Church looks more like a cathedral with its impressive architecture. The town benefits from a good selection of independent traders, restaurants and cafes.


There has been a settlement here since Roman times when it was the most populated town outside of London. Today it is a popular filming location with a number of films and soaps having used the backdrop of buildings and streets in St Albans.




Sunday, 17 August 2014

Portsmouth


Portsmouth. One of England's most famous cities and with a rich maritime history known around the world. You can find out more about its history here:

http://www.localhistories.org/portsmouth.html 

Just 65 miles from London and only 19 miles from Portsmouth this city is a must on your visit list if you are coming from overseas.


Portsmouth has the world's oldest dry dock which is still in use today. The city is home to one of the most famous ships in naval history - HMS Victory. Portsmouth is still a significant and important strategic base and dockyard for the Royal Navy.


With a population of over 200,000 the nearby Southampton, Havant, Eastleigh, Fareham and Gosport all contribute to making this the 6th largest urban area in England. Portsmouth today is still a busy port and ferry terminal. The centre of the town has an abundance of cafes, restaurants and bars and there is a long sea front promenade from where you can observe the old sea forts and the incoming vessels as they travel to and from port.

For more photos of Portsmouth and HMS Victory click here





Portchester Castle



The medieval Portchester Castle has its origins from a Roman Fort. Situated just East of Fareham and close to Portsmouth Harbour, this late 11th century castle is an impressive structure in a prominent position at the head of the Harbour.


This Grade I listed building is part of the Southwick Estate but managed by English Heritage it is open to visitors all year round. Today it is a popular recreational destination with some spectacular views of the harbour and a good place for ramblers.

Rumour has it that the castle is haunted with sightings of a horse appearing from a wall and then disappearing from site. You can find out more about the history of the castle at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

For photos of Portchester Castle click here






Southampton


Southampton in Hampshire is just 19 miles from Portsmouth. Both Southampton and nearby Portsmouth have a population of over 1.5 million people. Southampton has been an important strategic military town since the civil war. It has seen expansion and popularity as a Spa Town and today it is a popular tourist destination close to the New Forest.


The Pilgrim Fathers left Southampton on the Mayflower in 1620 and in 1912 the RMS Titanic left Southampton on its fateful maiden voyage.The famous Spitfire Aircraft was designed and built in Southampton. 


Southampton docks play a major part in the economy as well as being a major employer in the city. The port is used for cruise ships and luxury liners as well as for freight, the fourth largest in terms of tonnage of freight in the UK. 

This is a major UK historical town with a good infrastructure and plenty of accommodation, restaurants, cafes and bars. There is plenty to do and see in the town and you have the added advantage of Portsmouth being situated nearby.