Monthly Archives: March 2012

Leeds Castle

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I know what Sourtherners are thinking while reading this blog – I can’t possibly travel several hours northwards merely to visit a castle….well, good news! Leeds castle is in Kent 🙂 How bizarre eh?

Anyhoo, it’s a majestically fantastic castle and well worth a visit in Spring/Summer 2012 so put it on your list and have a gander at the images below:

Leeds Castle - Lizzy Bradbury Blog

Leeds Castle - An overview

Leeds Castle - Lizzy Bradbury Blog

Leeds Castle Front

Leeds Castle - Lizzy Bradbury Blog

Leeds Castle has a spectacular moat

Leeds Castle - Lizzy Bradbury Blog

Leeds Castle is stunning even in bad weather!

Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle is a lovely day out. It has over 900 years of history in which to immerse yourself through reading the information throughout the castle or simply looking an soaking in the sites!

Leeds Castle - Lizzy Bradbury Blog

Leeds Castle Has Some Immense Events On!!

Tickets to Leeds Castle are valid for one year from the date of purchase, so you can visit the castle and grounds as many times as you like – What great value eh?

Leeds Castle - Lizzy Bradbury Blog

Leeds Castle - Events

In the last 30 years over 10 million people have visited the castle so why not make it 10 million and 1 this year?

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Winchester – A day out in Boutique’s, Castles & Restaurants

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If you know anything about Winchester you will know that it was once the capitol of England, the main city under Alfred the Great, has one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe and is home to the famous public school Winchester College.

King Alfred the Great - Winchester - Lizzy Bradbury

King Alfred the Great - Winchester

Thanks so a serious fire in 1141 which destroyed much of the city, the bell tower in the City rang out the curfew at 8 o’clock every evening to signal it was time to extinguish all home fires until morning. This is a practise still alive today so if you decide to spend the day and then the evening in Winchester you may well hear it while eating in one of the many Al Fresco restaurants in the city.

Al Fresco Dining - Winchester - Lizzy Bradbury

Al Fresco Dining - Winchester

Winchester was also home to various famous literary names including Jane Austen who died in Winchester in 1817 and is buried in the Cathedral:

Jane Austen Lived, Died & is Buried in Winchester - Lizzy Bradbury

Jane Austen Lived, Died & is Buried in Winchester

Romantic poet, John Keats, stayed in Winchester during early autumn in 1819:

John Keats Stayed in Winchester - Lizzy Bradbury

John Keats Stayed in Winchester

A last historical fact (before I get onto the subjects which will interest non-history-buffs), the Cathedral which I have already mentioned to be one of the largest in Europe actually almost sank 100 years ago! It only survives upright today because of the ingenuity of two Edwardian engineers who saved it from the bog below!

Winchester Cathedral Nearly Sank - Lizzy Bradbury

Winchester Cathedral Nearly Sank

Now for you non-history lovers there is a High Street full of shops:

Winchester Shopping - Lizzy Bradbury

Winchester Shopping

There are also some beautiful river-side walks:

River Walks Winchester - Lizzy Bradbury

River Walks Winchester

And always some weird and wacky street performers hanging out:

Winchester Street Performers - Lizzy Bradbury

Winchester Street Performers

The Hat Fair - Winchester - Lizzy Bradbury

The Hat Fair - Winchester

So, all in all this is definitely an interesting day out!

Versatile Blogger Award!

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Many thanks to Sarah. M. Lawton (of Journal of an Adventurous Mother) and Xander J Turian for awarding me with my very FIRST Versatile Blogger award on the 10th & 12th of March! I feel very honoured to be nominated and very much appreciate their readership and support!

About the Versatile Blogger’s Award

The Versatile Blogger’s Award is a way bloggers can support each other and recognize versatile, interesting and helpful blogs. There are a few rules to follow when you accept the award.

  • Thank the person who nominates you and link back to them in your posts.
  • Share seven things about yourself.
  • Pass the award on to fifteen more bloggers that you enjoy.
  • Contact the people you have nominated.

7 more things about me

  1. I love England
  2. I am definitely a Royalist
  3. I enjoy home decorating
  4. I love being outside in the countryside in any weather
  5. I think dogs are FAR better than cats
  6. I HATE spiders
  7. I am an avid coffee drinker

My 15 nominations
I would like to nominate the following 15 blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. Ridiculousauthor
  2. Modern Country Style
  3. Happy Homemaker UK
  4. Xandre Verkes
  5. Part of my World
  6. Bucket List Journey
  7. PhotoBotos
  8. Zelmare
  9. Tales from cuckoo land
  10. Pinecones and acorns
  11. Once Upon A Chocolate
  12. Marketing Comms
  13. Country Days
  14. Crumpets In Camelot
  15. Emerald Cove

Thanks to you all for providing such great reading material!

Tintagel in the West Country

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Tintagel has to be one of my top UK places I’ve visited. It has to be one of the:

1. Strangest places I visited.

2. Most breath-taking places I’ve visited.

3. Most inspiring places.

Basically, if you didn’t know, Tintagel is a small Cornish parish situated on the North coast of Cornwall. The village is also home to Tintagel castle, the ruins of which are found on an island connected by a stairway suspended between the cliffs.

The castle is the mythical birthplace of King Arthur and is associated with many legends of him and his knights of the Round Table. According to Wikipedia (the fountain of all knowledge), it is one of the most visited places in Britain today and you can see why from the pictures:

Aerial View of Tintagel

Aerial View of Tintagel

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Antique Painting of Tintagel

Antique Painting of Tintagel

Tintagel Castle Stairway

Tintagel Castle Stairway

Tintagel Castle Ruins

Tintagel Castle Ruins

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle Overview

Tintagel Castle Overview

English Heritage, whose site the above two photos are from, describe Tintagel as,

‘A magical day out in Cornwall, take the family to Tintagel Castle. Its wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views, and its fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it a perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Dorset, Cornwall or Dartmoor.

Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin’s Cave. The castle also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west.

  • The introductory video ‘Searching for Arthur
  • The rugged trail to the ‘island’
  • A visit to our stunning Beach Cafe
  • The ‘tunnel’ on the ‘island’ what was it used for?’

I can honestly say it’s a fabulous day out!

p.s. I reserve no rights to the above photos

I give you Bath, no not A bath, I give you BATH…Never mind…

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Hi all, apologies, it’s been rather busy here but without further ado I give you Bath for 2012:

Bath High Street

Bath High Street

 Lots of lovely shops to visit.

Bath's Stunning Architecture

Bath's Stunning Architecture

When you’re standing on that bridge you have no way of knowing it’s a bridge because it has a road, pavements and is lined with shops like any other street!

Bath Abbey & The Roman Baths & The Pump Room

Bath Abbey & The Roman Baths & The Pump Room

Amazing how this little square in Bath contains so much of my favourite thing – History!

Bath Abbey sits straight ahead, to the right is the Pump Rooms, a famous and once fashionable place for the ton to meet and loiter and the Roman Baths sitting happily behind the Pump Room, like it has done for thousands of years…..

City of Bath

City of Bath

And of course this is just a beautiful city to see!

So, whether you want to admire the beauty of the Roman Baths:

Roman Baths in Bath

Roman Baths in Bath

Look at and try and imagine the splendour of bygone days whilst taking tea in the Pump Room:

Tea in the Pump Rooms

Tea in the Pump Room

The Pump Room Built in 1795 by Thomas Baldwin & John Palmer As The Focal Point of Georgian Society

The Pump Room Built in 1795 by Thomas Baldwin & John Palmer As The Focal Point of Georgian Society

 Walk around the incredible architecture of the Royal Crescent:

Bath Crescent

Bath Crescent - On one house there is a plaque describing an elopement of one of the women that lived there with a young man!

 Or just milling around, doing a little shopping, popping into the many art gallerys or museums, Bath is a lovely city to visit.

 

I have been and it remains one of my favourite places in England and my favourite part was Jane Austen’s house and Great Pultney Street (I cheated with two!!).

 

How about you? Have you been? What did you think? What was your favourite part?