As We Travel » UK http://www.aswetravel.com Traveling Tips, Destinations, Videos & Travel Blog Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:07:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Romantic Holidays in Wild Coastline of Cornwall http://www.aswetravel.com/romantic-holidays-cornwall/ http://www.aswetravel.com/romantic-holidays-cornwall/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:54:14 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46573 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Few destinations included in your itinerary are as suited to romantic holidays as the wild coastline of Cornwall. This remote spot was all but completely culturally separated from the rest of England until a couple of centuries ago. It boasted its own language, some words of which are still widely used, and a thrilling connection […]

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Few destinations included in your itinerary are as suited to romantic holidays as the wild coastline of Cornwall. This remote spot was all but completely culturally separated from the rest of England until a couple of centuries ago. It boasted its own language, some words of which are still widely used, and a thrilling connection with smuggling. The dramatic, rocky coastline is the perfect place for a couple to enjoy romantic holidays. With the opportunity to stay in a cozy Cornish cottage and to pick up some one-of-a-kind souvenirs, Cornwall is the very definition of a romantic getaway3 Great Reasons to Visit Cape Cornwall, England

Romantic Holidays in Cornwall

The best way to ensure a romantic escape is by choosing the perfect accommodations, and a good place to start is with the essentials. Fortunately, Cornwall features numerous lodging options, and none of them could be considered ordinary. Many working farms offer cottages that were designed with lovers in mind. Guests enjoy as much privacy as they wish while cuddling in front of a fireplace or soaking in a Jacuzzi tub. Outside the cottage are spectacular views of the rolling fields or the ocean along with plenty of walking trails for intimate rambles through the wilderness.

Romantice Holidays Portwrinkle

Romantice Holidays Portwrinkle

Among Cornwall’s best attractions are its beaches. Try Portwrinkle or Porthgwarra for picturesque views and a lack of crowding. These are some of the best places to enjoy a picnic or a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand.

It’s no secret why couples love to visit the Port Eliot House and Garden at St. Germans. Once a monastery dating back to the third or fourth century, the structure underwent extensive renovations during the 18th century by owner Sir John Sloane. The gorgeously decorated house is only the beginning of the attractions. The stunning gardens are highlighted by rhododendrons that are greater than a century old. They provide the ideal spot for a lovely picnic. The many summerhouses and the secret maze garden are also of particular interest for those with an eye toward romance.

Of course, Cornwall’s most romantic setting just might be Tintagel, which legend says was King Arthur’s birthplace. There’s no better place for lovers to imagine themselves as a knight errant and lady fair as they traverse the castle ruins and gaze into the mysterious Merlin’s Cave. A stop at the nearby village is a must for seeking out a crystal ball or magic wand.

Romantic Holidays Cornwall

Romantic Holidays Cornwall

Couples will also adore one of Cornwall’s many artists’ colonies, like St. Ives. The village boasts a beautiful beach, unrivaled scenery and fantastic light, which is probably why so many artists have settled here. Visitors wander the winding cobblestone streets at will searching gallery offerings for a unique treasure to take home.

With so many romantic experiences available, it’s no surprise that Cornwall is one of the best spots in the world for romantic holidays.

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Discovering London – What to Do and Where to Stay http://www.aswetravel.com/discovering-london-england-stay/ http://www.aswetravel.com/discovering-london-england-stay/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:30:27 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=45160 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Some destinations are so packed with must see sights that it’s virtually impossible to select which ones to visit. London is an excellent example of such a destination. It’s an ancient city that successfully blends a lot of modern glamour alongside venerable locations. Experiencing it all would require several lifetimes. That’s why the Discovering London […]

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Some destinations are so packed with must see sights that it’s virtually impossible to select which ones to visit. London is an excellent example of such a destination. It’s an ancient city that successfully blends a lot of modern glamour alongside venerable locations. Experiencing it all would require several lifetimes. That’s why the Discovering London Tour is such an amazing idea.

Rather than being overwhelmed by the prospect of “doing it all” in London in a short space of time, the Discovering London Tour helps tourists get acquainted in a personalized way. It just might be the best value for visitors who only want to hit certain highlights or who want to see what London is like beyond the guidebooks.

Each Discovering London Tour is hosted by Peter Berthoud, an expert on the city’s history and culture. Every tour is unique and tailored to the visitor’s specifications. That means no scripted dialog and no inflexible routes. In fact, people who book a tour have final say as to all the stops that the tour will make. That’s because each tour is for a small, select group. They choose which sites they want to see and which sights should be left out. Moreover, because groups are limited in size, many more destinations within the city are able to accommodate them. Being able to enjoy a professional tour guide without the hassle of a massive group is definitely a major advantage.

With the help of their guide, visitors can craft a few hours or even a few days of superior sightseeing. All of the major London attractions can be placed on the itinerary. Alternatively, people who are looking for a more behind the scenes look at the city can request to be taken to places that are off the beaten path. The result is a highly personalized experience that no one is likely to forget.

As an expert guide, Peter Berthoud can provide visitors with an insider’s view of London. He shares stories that most people are unfamiliar with, and his conversational style immediately puts people at ease. Each tour is conducted at the pace the participants request. That means being able to stop for breaks or allow for a detour if a sight that’s not on the itinerary catches someone’s eye. These are authentically customized tours that are designed to save the traveler time, money and energy.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with London, these tours can be a lifesaver. Chances are good that time in the city is limited, so a Discovering London Tour is the best way to maximize the experience. However, these tours are also beneficial for locals who are hoping to discover a new side to their city. Peter has spent years developing familiarity with all of London’s twists and turns, and he loves sharing his knowledge with others.

Discovering London Tour

Whether you are a first time visitor or have lived in the city for decades, a Discovering London Tour can be the ideal introduction to a fascinating destination. London is full of life, vibrant and busy with amazing festivities for all ages. Discovering London With many cultural events to explore for little or no cost, you can visit art museums such as Tate Modern, the Florence Nightingale Museum, the National Theatre, and take the kids on Harry Potter Tours or spend a day at the London Sea Life Aquarium or the new London Dungeons. London vs New York

Discovering London

Discovering London

All situated on the South Bank and Bank Side on the Thames River, great hotels, restaurants, pubs, boutiques and markets await those who visit London.

Take in the Art is a Great Way in Discovering London

The Tate Modern, one of the most famous museums in London, is located on South Bank. Offering a fantastic blend of modern and contemporary art, view artists work by Picasso, Warhol, Pollock, Mattise and Dali.

For nearly 2,000 years South Bank has been home to artisans, entrepreneurs and lovely architecture.

All within walking distance from your hotel, are great restaurants, shops, pubs and beautiful walking paths on the Thames.

Bring the Kids

South Bank is alive with activities for children as well. They will love the Waterloo Carnival, the Sea Life Aquarium, Harry Potter Tours, the Reptile House at the London Zoo and the great underground London Dungeons with rides and shows for all.

In the summertime the streets are filled with activity, particularly festivals with food, amusement park rides and more.

Drink Up!

Just across the Waterloo Bridge on Bank Side, a wonderful busy and vibrant area of London, are pubs once frequented by Charles Dickens- The Rake and The Anchor. You may also enjoy wine tasting at the Vinopolis, a visit to the Borough Market, an outdoor produce market, and artists shops and book stores for easy browsing.

Catch a Show

Theatres reign in this unique area of London so be sure to take in a show, whether it be Shakespeare or something a bit more contemporary. Leaving the South Bank area, a stop at Abbey Road where the Beatles made their last album cover is an interesting feature- the Zebra Crossing.

London offers tours of the London Rock and the Beatles Site Tours for all Beatles fans. Without a visit to the many delightful museums, historical sites, musicals, plays, famous parks, shops and restaurants in London, your holiday would be at a loss. To locate a place to stay in the area of London you’re visiting, checkout TravelStay. Stay at one of the amazing hotels in London, this city as much to offer and you can find easily find the perfect room that is just an easy stroll to pubs and restaurants.

Memorable sites such as Tate Modern, the Thames River’s South Bank and Bank Side are sure to catch your breath with history dating back thousands of years.

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Holidaying in Devon Captures Hearts of Singles, Couples and Families http://www.aswetravel.com/holidaying-devon-captures-hearts-singles-couples-families/ http://www.aswetravel.com/holidaying-devon-captures-hearts-singles-couples-families/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:22:50 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=48039 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Holidaying in Devon – It’s time for a well-needed vacation, a real holiday. If you’re looking for a break from it all and hoping to keep your wallet intact, then a trip to Devon should be on your itinerary. It’s the place to go whether you’re on your own, with your significant other or with kids […]

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Holidaying in Devon – It’s time for a well-needed vacation, a real holiday. If you’re looking for a break from it all and hoping to keep your wallet intact, then a trip to Devon should be on your itinerary. It’s the place to go whether you’re on your own, with your significant other or with kids in tow. It offers a wide range of choices to fill your days and nights, ensuring there is something for everyone at this preferred vacation destination.
Holidaying in Devon

Holidaying in Devon On Your Own

Complete with gorgeous scenery, eco-friendly activities, games and sports, shopping and museums, it is the ideal vacation spot to escape from everyday life. Alternatively, it’s a great place to meet people, who enjoy the same life experiences as you. Whether you prefer to venture out on your own or meet like-minded individuals along the way, Devon is a single-traveler’s dream trip.

Exmoor National Park

Holidaying in Devon Romantic Getaway

According to the official Devon Guide, three of the top-rated romantic places to visit are Doone Valley, Dartmeet, and Bigbury Beach. Located in Exmoor National Park, you can indulge in long walks throughout the picturesque countryside of Doone Valley with its eye-catching heather and its rolling hills. Take a moment to relax by a river and view nature’s splendor in a special moment in time for you and yours. If you go to Dartmeet in Plymouth, you and your sweetheart can lose yourselves in the vast expanse of Dartmoor National Park. You can stone-step across rivers while listening to birds and viewing the vast array of flowers. Lastly, consider visiting the southern coastline to take in what Bigbury Beach has to offer. With its breath-taking views, it’s a beautiful area to take in an after-dinner sunset or a before-breakfast sunrise. If it’s difficult to choose between these destinations, then take in all three. You can make Doone Valley, Dartmeet, and Bigbury Beach into a romantic retreat for two through the heart of this lovely county.
Woolacombe Bay

Family Fun

Devon is an exceptional place to engage the whole family. There are numerous activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, fishing and cycling as well as watersports including surfing, canoeing, kite surfing and water skiing. You can take the family shopping on Exeter High Street, and then treat the kids to an underground exploration of the passages below. Not to be outdone for fun, one of the best caravan-holiday parks for families is Woolacombe Bay. Your family can avail of caravans, apartments, lodges, or camping on your stay. In addition, you can arrange to bring the family pet, since Woolacombe Bay is pet friendly. Furthermore, there are age-specific activities for kids of all ages from toddlers to teens, such as arts and crafts, dance classes and pool-based fun including surfing simulators and waterslides. Woolacombe Bay also focuses on enjoyment for parents with spas, coastal walks, golfing, bowling and nightlife entertainment including music concerts and comedy shows as well as disco and beach club parties. If it’s family fun you’re looking for, you’ve found the perfect choice.

Overall, Devon captures the hearts of single travelers, couples and families alike. If you haven’t had the chance to visit this majestic county, it’s time to book a trip.

What is it about Saint-Malo that tempts tourists to board ferries to France?  What leads them to cross the English Channel in droves?

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Experiencing Cornwall: Three Things You Must Do http://www.aswetravel.com/experiencing-cornwall-three-things-must/ http://www.aswetravel.com/experiencing-cornwall-three-things-must/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:49:23 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46704 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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If you’re visiting and experiencing Cornwall for the first time, it won’t be your last. It makes such an impression with its stunning scenery that you’ll end up never wanting to leave. Cornwall is practically its own country, with a language, flag and dedicated dishes, it’s a beautiful area of south west England. You can’t […]

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If you’re visiting and experiencing Cornwall for the first time, it won’t be your last. It makes such an impression with its stunning scenery that you’ll end up never wanting to leave. Cornwall is practically its own country, with a language, flag and dedicated dishes, it’s a beautiful area of south west England. You can’t go to Cornwall without trying the food, so take a look at the dishes you absolutely must try while you’re there.

Experiencing Cornwall: Three Things You Must Do

Cornish Pasty

The Cornish Pasty a Tastie Way Experiencing Cornwall

The most famous export of Cornwall has to be the Cornish pasty. A savoury dish, it traditionally consists of beef steak, onion, potato and swede encased in pastry. Locally referred to as oggies, the pasty can come with a variety of fillings. They were traditionally given to the miners for their lunch. Easy to get hold of, a Cornish pasty is best bought from a shop where you can see them in front of you, though a big commercial company like Ginsters or the Cornish Pasty Company will do you no wrong.

Stargazy Pie

Stargazy Pie

As a part of England surrounded by the coast, the cuisine is heavily influenced by the sea. The most famous fish dish of Cornwall is Stargazy Pie. Fish such as pilchards, or crayfish, potatoes and eggs are placed under a pastry lid with their heads sticking out, as if looking at the stars in the sky above. You might find this pie on the menu of the more traditional seaside pub.

Cornish cream tea

A Cream Tea – A must for Experiencing Cornwall

You can’t go to Cornwall without experiencing the delight of a Cornish cream tea. If the tea room or coffee shop you’re in doesn’t serve it, then get out. It’s obviously some sort of trick. A cream tea will vary from place to place, so you may need to try several. It’ll either be a scone or a Cornish split, served with jam (usually strawberry) and clotted cream you might also be given butter too. The way you construct your cream tea is a hotly debated issue, but you are usually left to do it yourself. Do you put jam or clotted cream on first – it’s up to you. The Cornish clotted cream is a product that is terrible for you, but it tastes incredible. It can only be described as Cornish if it’s 55% fat!

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Climbing and Scrambling for Adventure Lovers in the Lake District http://www.aswetravel.com/climbing-scrambling-adventure-lovers-lake-district/ http://www.aswetravel.com/climbing-scrambling-adventure-lovers-lake-district/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:34:00 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46699 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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The Lake District offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK and provides an opportunity for adventure lovers of all ages to reconnect with nature. For those searching for holidays that include a real sense of adventure, the Lake District is the ideal destination. You don’t have to leave Britain to have a […]

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Lake District England

The Lake District offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK and provides an opportunity for adventure lovers of all ages to reconnect with nature. For those searching for holidays that include a real sense of adventure, the Lake District is the ideal destination. You don’t have to leave Britain to have a holiday fit for even the most daring of thrill seekers. The Lake District offers plenty of climbing and scrambling opportunities, so if you have a head for heights, don’t hesitate to get involved.

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Scrambling in the Lake District for Adventure Lovers

Scrambling is somewhere between walking and climbing. Scramblers can avoid busy routes up mountains by using climbing techniques and due to the use of these skills, it can be a dangerous pastime. If you’re a beginner, take note of how certain scrambles are graded. A grade 1 scramble is more like an exposed walking route but as the numbers ruse, you will definitely need the support of a rope. Scrambles follow lines of weakness in the land, so if you’re unsure of how to start a route, look for the easiest way up, and take that. If you’re meant to be on a low-grade scramble and the terrain suddenly becomes very difficult to navigate, it’s likely that you’ve veered off course. The correct footwear is absolutely essential so choose boots with a stiff, inflexible sole. These must be worn for scrambling even in warm weather, as they will protect your feet when finding holds in cracked rock and when loose rock falls on them. For grade 2 and 3 scrambles, take at least 30m of role, HMS karabiners and some eight foot slings. Top scrambling destinations in the Lake District include Leeming Farm in Penrith and More Than Mountains, encompassing several locations around Cumbria is for adventure lovers.

Bowder Stone Lake District England

Climbing in the Lake District for Adventure Lovers

There are plenty of climbing opportunities in the Lake District, and not just on indoor walls. For climbers who wish to experience some outdoor action, it’s important to remember that most accidents occur due to climber errors. Always check that the climber and belayer’s harness buckles are doubled back and that the knots are ‘tie-ins’, finished with backup knots. Never climb without a helmet. It’s important to pay attention to your surroundings while climbing, as a loss of concentration can increase the likelihood of an accident occurring. Experienced climbers should check out Little Chamonix in Shepherds Crag Borrowdale, Engineers Slab in Gable Crag and Troutdale Pinnacle in Black Crag Borrowdale.

Lake District England

To book your Lake District adventure lovers holiday and experience some real adventure, visit www.sllodges.co.uk

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Lesser Known Places to Stay in the UK http://www.aswetravel.com/lesser-known-places-to-stay-in-the-uk/ http://www.aswetravel.com/lesser-known-places-to-stay-in-the-uk/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:26:06 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46621 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Somewhere Unique to Stay on Your Travels? Lesser Known Places to Stay in the UK That title question isn’t rhetorical – are you currently looking for some lesser known places to stay in the UK as you make your way around the United Kingdom, but perhaps a little fed up with staying in your everyday, average […]

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Lesser Known Places to Stay in the UK

That title question isn’t rhetorical – are you currently looking for some lesser known places to stay in the UK as you make your way around the United Kingdom, but perhaps a little fed up with staying in your everyday, average hotel? Do you fancy something a little different from the rather predictable norm?

If you answered yes to our questions, then you have definitely come to the right place, friend! We’ve been looking out for the more unusual places to stay for some time now, ever since we got a bit tired of staying in the same old places every time we went for a weekend away.

We feel that the place you stay should be every bit as interesting as the city or town you’ve gone to visit, so we decided to start collating some of the better locations. Now we’re sharing those lesser known places to stay in the UK with you, you lucky, lucky guys. Enjoy!

Castle Snug in Edinburgh

The Castle Snug in Edinburgh

Only about 200 metres away from the more famous of Edinburgh’s castles (known as er… Edinburgh Castle), the Castle Snug is a rather more subdued affair. It was formerly the home of a James Boswell, and has been stayed in by a number of esteemed individuals, including Dr Samuel Johnson (the dictionary guy).

It’s set inside James’ Court, which dates back around 400 years, and proudly shows off the original, exposed stone walls and a beautiful cedarwood ceiling. It’s a great place for a nice romantic getaway, relaxing in the leather seats as dinner simmers away on the cast iron stove.

Portmeirion Village

The Cottages of Portmeirion Village

Portmeirion is a lovely little village, almost like a slice of the Italian riviera was plonked down in Wales one summer’s day, and was the brainchild of the wonderful architect, Mr Clough Williams-Ellis.

With bounteous beautiful beaches, colourful homes and gorgeous sights galore, it’s a fantastic place to spend a long weekend, which makes it fortunate that there are plenty of cottages to stay in! Cliff House offers up some pretty spectacular views, the Chantry overlooks the entire village, and White Horses sits on the waterfront – you’re spoiled for choice!

Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth

The Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth

Man oh man is this the absolute dream location for any chocoholic! Located nicely within Bournemouth’s most fashionable Soho Quarter, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel is a Grade II listed building housing just thirteen bedrooms. This is no bad thing – it gives the place a charming, homely and intimate feel, and quality is always superior to quantity is what we say!

Each and every bedroom shares a similar theme, and that theme is (yep, you guessed it) chocolate! They all house some fantastic furnishings and décor, with super comfy beds just waiting for you to jump right in. Voted one of the six best novelty hotels on the planet by the Sunday Times Travel mag, it is the only chocolate-themed hotel in the world, and they sure take their passion seriously – just book yourself into one of their truffle-making workshops to see for yourself!

We hope you enjoy these lesser known places to stay in the UK. Also, we encourage you to check out this awesome infographic on the Denbighshire area.

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Denbighshire

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Denbighshire http://www.aswetravel.com/denbighshire/ http://www.aswetravel.com/denbighshire/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:40:54 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46618 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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There is so much to do and see in the very historic area of Denbighshire. The below Infographic is but a snap shot of places of interest and things for you to do on your visit to Denbighshire. We encourage you to go online and download PDF’s about the history and significant places of interests within […]

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There is so much to do and see in the very historic area of Denbighshire. The below Infographic is but a snap shot of places of interest and things for you to do on your visit to Denbighshire. We encourage you to go online and download PDF’s about the history and significant places of interests within Denbighshire.

Welcome to Denbighshire!

Welcome To Denbighshire – An infographic by the team at www.digitaldenbighshire.co.uk

Denbighshire: Jewel of the U.K.

What do you look for in the perfect travel destination? Great food? Charming accommodations? Spectacular attractions? Natural beauty?

If you’d like to experience all of these things and more on your next getaway, consider vacationing in gorgeous Denbighshire. It’s the ideal spot for enjoying golf, charming beachside villages and some of the oldest historical sites in the entire U.K. Denbighshire genuinely excels at offering something for every traveler.

The key to making any trip truly great is outstanding lodgings. Fortunately, Denbighshire has plenty of diverse selections. Most visitors can’t resist the opportunity for a stay in an authentic castle like Ruthin Castle or a grand estate such as Faenol Fawr Country House. Even travelers hoping for something of newer construction will find plenty of great choices available. These deluxe accommodations, and others like them, provide all the comforts of home in surroundings of unparalleled luxury. Enjoy services at upscale spas and gourmet meals that are cooked to perfection. Many of Denbighshire’s best restaurants source their food from local farmers, crafting a splendid feast that’s fit for a king.

You’ll need the hearty Denbighshire meals to keep your strength up as you explore the glorious countryside and the county’s many fascinating attractions. There’s the Valle Crucis Abbey that dates all the way back to the 13th century and magnificent Bodelwyddan Castle with its museum, spectacular portraits and practice trenches from World War I. Even more history is uncovered at the Llangollen Museum, which highlights local events of historical significance.

While Denbighshire’s history is truly fascinating, it’s natural attractions are utterly enthralling. Gorge walking is extremely popular in the region, with participants taking their chances on an adventuresome journey through Denbighshire’s most challenging terrain. Visitors who just can’t get enough of the gorgeous countryside also make their way to the Clwydian Range. It’s been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and people come here to hike, paint or take stunning photographs. There are also opportunities for whitewater adventures and some of the best fishing in Wales.

For a destination that’s sure to delight every member of the family, you can’t go wrong with Denbighshire. This small Welsh county is big on charm and features so many things to do that you’ll probably want to return again and again. From historical attractions to high octane adventures, Denbighshire is an authentic jewel in the U.K.

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Oddest Days Out In the UK http://www.aswetravel.com/oddest-days-out-in-the-uk/ http://www.aswetravel.com/oddest-days-out-in-the-uk/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:46:15 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46608 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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With the usual string of walks and adventure parks on most families’ agendas, it’s always nice to shake things up a bit with Days Out In the UK. In the UK, we have no shortage of quaint – and just plain weird – things to do and sights to see. For a quirky trip with […]

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With the usual string of walks and adventure parks on most families’ agendas, it’s always nice to shake things up a bit with Days Out In the UK. In the UK, we have no shortage of quaint – and just plain weird – things to do and sights to see. For a quirky trip with the kids, look no further than the following attractions:

 Oddest Days Out In the UK

Cumberland Pencil Museum
The Cumberland Pencil Museum

Calling all pencil fanatics, this is your idea of cloud nine. Hopefully, your kids love colouring, because you won’t be able to turn around without spotting a pencil or two. Within the rooms of the pencil museum, you can find the largest pencil in the world – standing at 8m long, it was clearly made for a giant. The Cumberland Pencil Museum offers art workshops throughout the year on how to achieve stunning pencil masterpieces.

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

When you picture days out in Scotland, you probably think of piling on the clothes, rather than taking them off. However, at the Isle of Arran, you can bare all to the unforgiving Scottish weather. At least it’s unlikely to be crowded…

Diggerland

Diggerland

If your kids have grown up with a whole farmyard of toy diggers, this odd day out may go down a treat. Diggerland is in fact a theme park where you can drive these huge behemoths yourself. Just think of it as digging practice for your vegetable patch later.

Nessie Loch Ness

Nessie-Spotting, Loch Ness

This has got to be even less fruitful than bird watching, but travelling to Loch Ness, you can stand by the giant lake yourself and see if you can catch the legendary beast with your own eyes. But let’s face it; you’re going to be waiting there a loooooooooong time.

Genesis Expo Creation Museum

Genesis Expo Creation Museum

If you don’t mind exposing your children to the utter craziness that is the theory of Creationism, this could a rather…enlightening… experience. Effectively, this whole museum flies in the face of science and says “you, sir, are wrong.” Warning: you may leave significantly stupider than when you arrived, but it may be an enjoyable way to kill some time (and brain cells).

Knowsley Safari Park

Knowsley Safari Park

Probably the most ‘normal’ day out on our list, Knowsley is pretty standard, as far as safari parks go, but the animals are weird and wonderful. From Egyptian fruit bats to the feathery Rheas. Expand your wildlife knowledge with the kids in tow, and marvel at how evolution must have been drunk when it created the Pink Fairy Armadillo.

National Space Centre

National Space Centre

So…the UK isn’t exactly famous for its exploration of the universe…unless you count our surplus of sci-fi writers. But hey, you can still look at some retro astronaut suits at the National Space Centre. We may not have the credentials of NASA but it does have a planetarium (yay, stars!) and a 3D simulator. And who knows, you may have the next Neil Armstrong on your hands!

So enjoy your Days Out in the UK

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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival Top Tips http://www.aswetravel.com/edinburgh-fringe-festival-top-tips/ http://www.aswetravel.com/edinburgh-fringe-festival-top-tips/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:35:50 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46381 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Tip if your planning on attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival With thousands of performances in hundreds of venues over a span of 25 days, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a massive arts celebration. Taking it all in is utterly impossible. What is possible is devising a sensible plan that makes it possible for anyone to enjoy the […]

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Tip if your planning on attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

With thousands of performances in hundreds of venues over a span of 25 days, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a massive arts celebration. Taking it all in is utterly impossible. What is possible is devising a sensible plan that makes it possible for anyone to enjoy the highlights that matter most to them.

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If there is a particular show or performer you’re dying to see, make certain to buy tickets in advance. Actually, it’s possible to buy advance tickets for many events, but it makes sense not to overbook yourself. One of the most wonderful facets of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is its spontaneity. Leave yourself some time to relax and talk to people in pubs. Also, leaving yourself with plenty of free time makes it possible for you to enjoy the impromptu parties and events that seem to spring up out of nowhere without having to worry about sticking to a schedule.

Get your hands on a festival program as soon as you can. Get really familiar with it so you’ll know which performances are must sees and so you’ll be able to locate venues easily. The program is free and you can order it in advance to study before leaving home. Keep it with you throughout the festival to help you plan your days. While you may have a favorite plan for each day, keep several contingency plans in mind as tickets tend to sell out quickly.

Festival fatigue is a common problem in Edinburgh. Fight it by wearing comfortable shoes and clothes. This is not the time to try out sky high heels and miniskirts. Aim for sensible shoes, jeans, T-shirts and perhaps a raincoat. Carry a tote with a water bottle and a few portable snacks. The festival is huge and chaotic, making it easy to lose track of meals and proper hydration.

Those who are attending the festival alone need have no fear of remaining so. The convivial atmosphere and spirit of inclusion quickly make everyone feel at home. You’ll meet a few lifelong friends in addition to some temporary drinking buddies. However, the festival is also welcoming to whole families. Check out the program to discover a multitude of performances geared specifically toward children.

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Attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is an unforgettable experience. By making some plans, we recommend the Ibis Hotels in Edinburgh, but also leaving yourself open to going with the flow, you’ll get the most out of your time there.

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A Guide to 4 of London’s Most Haunted Destinations http://www.aswetravel.com/guide-to-londons-most-haunted-destinations/ http://www.aswetravel.com/guide-to-londons-most-haunted-destinations/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:43:51 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46331 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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If you have an interest in the paranormal and love nothing more than going in search of otherworldly encounters, London is the perfect place to indulge your penchant. Aside from the spooky settings of the Tower of London and the dungeons, there are many more reputedly haunted destinations off the beaten track. Keep reading for […]

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If you have an interest in the paranormal and love nothing more than going in search of otherworldly encounters, London is the perfect place to indulge your penchant. Aside from the spooky settings of the Tower of London and the dungeons, there are many more reputedly haunted destinations off the beaten track.

Keep reading for a run-down of four of London’s Most Haunted Destinations Hotspots:

Bleeding Heart Yard

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The cobbled courtyard off Greville Street in the historic area of Farringdon reportedly takes its names from an inn sign displayed nearby, showing the heart of the Virgin Mary being pierced by five blades.

However, another story has been reported with regards to how the area received its name; according to urban legend, the name was drafted to commemorate the death of Lady Elizabeth Hatton, whose body is said to have been found in the courtyard in 1626, with her limbs dismembered yet the heart still pumping blood.

The Langham

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London’s prestigious five-star hotel The Langham is known as one of England’s most haunted hotels, home to up to seven ghosts that have been seen by various guests in the establishment’s long history. Opened in 1865, the site of the hotel was previously occupied by a mansion owned by the third Lord Foley.

Among the guests reporting paranormal activity were members of the BBC, who occupied the building for a period of time. Guests reported having seen a grey-haired Victorian man said to be the spirit of a doctor who killed himself after murdering his wife during their honeymoon at the hotel. Another ghost has taken the shape of a footman in blue livery from the 18th century.

The most famous of the spirits said to haunt the hotel is the ghost in Room 333, which was seen by BBC radio announcer Alexander Gordon in 1973. According to his report, the spirit was dressed in Victorian attire, its arms outstretched and its legs cut off.

City of London Cemetery

The Grade I-listed landscape of London’s cemetery and crematorium dates back to 1856 and is the final resting place of some of Jack the Ripper’s victims, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that reports began flooding in of locals witnessing some strange goings-on at the location.

During the decade, people in the surrounding area reported seeing a bright orange light shining out of one of the tombstones in the cemetery’s western section, but investigations have failed to pinpoint any light source outside the grounds that could account for the occurrence.

50 Berkeley Square

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Located in Mayfair, 50 Berkeley Square is an 18th century townhouse that was home to prime minister George Canning between 1770 and 1827, becoming known as the most haunted house in London after being mentioned in Peter Underwood’s book Haunted London.

Legend has it that the attic room of the building is haunted by a young woman who killed herself in the building, throwing herself from the window after suffering abuse, and it is reported that she has the power to scare people to death.

Among the tales told of the building is that of a maid who spent the night in the attic and was driven mad, dying in an asylum the following day, while a nobleman who stayed in the room was pronounced dead the next day. Another rumor suggests a second nobleman was so paralyzed with fear after spending a night in the attic that he could no longer speak, and a sailor was found dead at the property after tripping as he tried to flee.

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