Though having an increasingly rough time thanks to Brexit, Britain is still a treasure trove of travel treats, from England and Cornwall to Wales and Scotland. And across to Northern Ireland, too, of course!


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The Great Orme Tramway is a vintage charmer in Wales

    At just 206 metres (680 feet) above sea level, the Great Orme (below) might be thought of as rather a slight hill. But it looks as imposing as a far greater eminence, as it overlooks the seaside resort of Llandudno, on the north Welsh coast about a 4½-hour drive or train ride from London and just over an hour's drive and two hours by rail from Liverpool. It’s a limestone headland about two miles long and a mile wide where, back in the Bronze Age, copper was mined (but they only…

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Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh: 400 years of buried history brought to life

  Photos courtesy of TheRealMaryKing' The year is 1645. The most virulent strain of the bubonic plague - the "Black Death" - has immobilized Edinburgh, Scotland, claiming the lives of more than half the city’s population. The area hardest hit: Mary King’s Close off High Street, a lively, busy thoroughfare of pubs, shops, and residences. Cries of suffering have replaced the friendly chatter, and the stench of death the aroma of tea and scones. The place, the time, the horror have…

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Top 3 Places in UK You Should Consider a Holiday Home

Howdy Folks! The United Kingdom has already been one of my favourite places to spend vacations, but I think it is better to have a vacation home there instead of paying rentals and fares to expensive hotels. Even after my retirement, I will live in a vacation home in the UK. Here are my favourite places to get a vacation home: Dorset: It is one of the most beautiful places in the Southwest of England. Especially its villages are worth living and visiting. It will be a great idea if you get a…

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The UK in '12 Top Destinations for African Diaspora Travel'

dmbaker   Although the reason for the African diaspora was tragic and horrific - the brutal, centuries-long trafficking of human slaves - it has also enriched many parts of the world, and indeed, world culture as a whole, and here I take a look at a dozen of the most fascinating destinations to experience the culture and contributions of the sons and daughters of Africa across the world, from the mother continent itself up to Europe and across to the Americas: read post

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  • Wembley Stadium has a great tour where the kids can check out the soccer pitch, run the tunnels and even climb the winners podium! There is also the Flying Fish Tours (speedboat sightseeing tours of the Thames that take you past all the iconic landmarks along the river) and the London Motor Museum where they can check out exotic autos from Europe and the States. Queens Ice & Bowl is tons of fun as well as the Namco Station which is a tri-level, action-packed entertainment arena!
  • Ed, no i didn't post there, buit thanks for the suggestion. I will. Grand Historic Buildings can be tough for kids, but many of them are building some sort of interactivity into their offerings which i think is what kids these days need.

    Jools. Excellent suggestions, especially based on the fact that they are free. Right next to the Natural History Museum (around the corner) is the Science Museum. Lots of hands on stuff for the kids. What's good for kids in Edinburgh?

    In York there are some great things for kids. The National Rail Museum, the Jorvik Viking Museum and the Castle museum. I always recommend people get away from London for a day or two if they can and York is great for families and easy to get to.
  • Covent Garden area to watch all the street performers for free. Natural History Museum for the dinosaurs, and other free ones nearby in South Kensington.
  • Tower of London for kids, for sure. A boat ride on the Thames. Street musicians, mimes, and self-appointed orators. The London Zoo. One thing I've never been able to interest kids in is grand historic buildings, but your kids, knock wood, can feel the awe. On which subject, Longleat and a couple of other mansions that are open to the public maintain zoos or animal parks. Curious to see what other people think on this subject. And Jonathan, did you also post your question in the Family Travel group?
  • Just about any corner of London; Bath; they'd have a ball at Brighton. I think kids would have a great time just about anywhere in the UK. I also think the title, "Budget Travel," kind of gives it away. It's not a real budget friendly destination.
  • Budget Travel magazine has produced a list of the "15 places every kid should see". All of them are in the U.S. Now since the magazine is a U.S. publication, that's understandable. but it got me to ask the question, what are the places in the U.K. that every kid should see? I'm curious to know what people think are the important
  • The London Pass was super!
  • Hi Maureen,
    So glad you had a great time! How did you find the London Pass?
  • Cardiff, Tenby, Brecon Beacons. Had a car and managed to stay on the right (left) side of the road the whole time.
  • Hi Maureen
    Glad you enjoyed it, where did you go then? Never been to Wales myself.
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