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Experience a taste of Victorian- and Edwardian-era life in northern England with a visit to this award-winning living museum where "villages" represent periods from the 1820s to the mid-1900s. The exhibits focus on working class life in the rural...
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Durham DH1 3RW, UK
Just south of Newcastle upon Tyne, the historic town of Durham is home to two of England’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, both situated together atop a hill in a bend of the River Wear. Durham Cathedral is a spectacular Norman structure,...
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The Romans first built a fort called Pons Aelius as part of Hadrian’s Wall in the area that is now Newcastle upon Tyne, and the Normans later built the wooden “new castle” in 1080 that gave the town its name. But it wasn’t until 1172 that a stone...
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Located in a historic 13th-century medieval friary where King Henry III was known to stay when he was in the north of England fighting the Scots, Blackfriars is arguably the oldest dining room in the country. It’s also one of the top restaurants...
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Order a classic Newcastle Brown Ale, or a pint of locally produced cask ale, at one of the city’s oldest, and most famous, pubs. The Crown Posada sits quayside near the River Tyne, slotted into a small storefront with a Victorian facade and...
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Royal Mile, Edinburgh, UK
Walking the Royal Mile is interesting - you go from one end where the castle is, to the other where you'll find the Scottish Parliament and a palacial looking building that costs you about $20 to get into. Me, I like getting off the beaten track,...
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376 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 5HX, UK
The deli is right down the road from Loopy Lorna’s. It’s the only place in Scotland to get the best French butter, and they sell some delicious rare cheeses. —Gaynor Salisbury 376 Morningside Rd. 44/(0) 131-447-8877. This story appeared in the...
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Countryside Ranger Service, 69 Hermitage of Braid, Edinburgh EH10 6JF, UK
by Gaynor Salisbury, As Told To Nick Draney A great escape from the city. The nature reserve is a 10-minute walk from Loopy’s. It’s a great to way to work off too much cake. South of Hermitage Dr. fohb.org This story appeared in the...
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English Market, Grand Parade, Centre, Cork, Ireland
This covered food market dates back to 1786 (there has been a market on the site since 1610) and today it’s a bustling indoor food market with everything from fresh fish to spices, cheeses, oils and homemade cakes on sale. It's also a hub of...
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Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
I was so drawn to the primary colors of these 3 boats; the 3 primary colors of light: red, blue and green. The colors were complimented by the colorful houses of Kinsale in the background. This small harbor town has great places to stay, nice...
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Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
Myrtle Allen is Ireland’s answer to Alice Waters: The centenarian chef has lobbied the Irish parliament for better food policies, earned some Michelin stars, and, 50 years ago, opened a restaurant called the Yeats Room in the town of...
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The English Market, Princes St, Centre, Cork, T12 NC8Y, Ireland
Farmgate Café is a lively spot upstairs at the buzzing English Market, Ireland’s oldest food market, in Cork City Centre, with balcony seating that has great views of the bustling crowds and vendors below. Try...
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1 Oxford St, Belfast BT1 3LA, UK
OX Belfast recently added a Michelin star to its ever-lengthening string of accolades. This is one of the city's new wave of restaurants that showcase the best ingredients Ireland has to offer, like smoked eel from nearby Lough Neagh with a modern...
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Ireland
Take a leisurely day trip (or a couple of days) to drive around Inishowen, the largest of Donegal’s peninsulas and enjoy the rugged scenery, with remote beaches, stone forts, castle ruins and a military museum at Dunree Head to explore. The total...
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7 William Jessop Way, Liverpool L3 1QZ, UK
There are some slightly odd things about the Malmaison in Liverpool. There are the aggressively purple sofas and wall coverings, the bizarre decorative fire bowl at the entrance, and the fact that in the evening, they make it so dark that you...
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89 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4HF, UK
Bold Street Coffee, hands down, has the best coffee in Liverpool. If you're looking for some serious lattes and fantastic treats, this is the place to go. Nestled in the heart of Bold Street in downtown, it's an easy place to start out your day in...
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Liverpool, UK
The World Famous Docklands Fish and Chips Shop is located at the Albert Dock. Touted as the best fish and chip shop in Liverpool, I have to say the food was pretty outstanding!
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15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, D02 Y066, Ireland
If big museums aren’t your thing, but you’d like to get a flavor of the story of Dublin, drop into the Little Museum on St. Stephen’s Green, which is full of quirky memorabilia from times past in the city, all donated by the...
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59 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, Ireland
In one word? AWESOME! It was so campy and I loved every minute of it. But, be ready to suspend belief. The bus had blackout drapes so it was pitch dark and it was decorated like a Haunted House inside! OMG, it was fabulous. Our tour guide was...