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England travel stories, activity recommendations and visitor information


From the bright lights and big city attractions of London and Manchester to oddball countryside attractions and blissful rural scenery, England offers a lot to travellers of most persuasions.

Grumpy Traveller has plenty of suggestions for anyone taking a holiday in England – including sampling fine rums and whiskies at London’s specialist hotel bars and a pub crawl through time in Nottingham.

In the Peak District, you can climb Mam Tor or go underground in the Castleton caves. Meanwhile, sports fans may be more interested in Manchester’s National Football Museum or a tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground.

That selection is just a teaser, however. There are plenty more England travel stories on the site, and they’re all linked to below.



Hotel Review – Amba Charing Cross, London

Hotel Review – Amba Charing Cross, London

David Whitley July 28, 2015 Comments Off on Hotel Review – Amba Charing Cross, London

Has another great railway hotel makeover worked out?   Disclosure: I was invited to stay at the Amba Charing Cross for review purposes by the hotel’s PR agency. Both accommodation and a meal for

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10 reasons why Yorkshire’s the best place in Europe

10 reasons why Yorkshire’s the best place in Europe

David Whitley July 17, 2015 Comments Off on 10 reasons why Yorkshire’s the best place in Europe

According to the World Travel Awards – the travel industry’s equivalent of the Oscars – the top destination in Europe isn’t one of the great Italian cities, the Greek Islands, or a buzzy hub

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The world’s greatest commutes

The world’s greatest commutes

David Whitley June 28, 2015 Comments Off on The world’s greatest commutes

For most of us, the commute into work involves a miserable crush in a crowded train carriage, face into an obese man’s armpit, knees thwacking into umbrellas and eyebrows dicing with paper cuts from

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Free city guide | York, England

Free city guide | York, England

David Whitley June 22, 2015 Comments Off on Free city guide | York, England

Why York? The layers of history pile on thick in York. Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and various warring royal claimants have left their mark on a city that, for a long time, was the de

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Hotel review: The Xenia, London

Hotel review: The Xenia, London

David Whitley June 17, 2015 Comments Off on Hotel review: The Xenia, London

The welcome Bags are leapt on by silly-hatted porters at the bottom of the steps to the neo-classical portico, but the vibe inside the Xenia is thoroughly modern. Vivienne Westwood tapestries hang on the

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Free city guide: Liverpool, England

Free city guide: Liverpool, England

David Whitley June 1, 2015 Comments Off on Free city guide: Liverpool, England

The birthplace of the Beatles is a model for urban regeneration – and packs in some excellent museums too.   Why Liverpool? This is not the England of unremarkable regional cities, dulled into interchangeability

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How I learned to love Yorkshire

How I learned to love Yorkshire

David Whitley May 17, 2015 Comments Off on How I learned to love Yorkshire

After years of ambivalence, I attempted to connect with the county I’ve far too many links to.   Feet, ankles and then shins sink into the moor’s squelchy mud soup, each step an excessive

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Ten museums for people who hate museums

Ten museums for people who hate museums

David Whitley April 28, 2015 Comments Off on Ten museums for people who hate museums

Museums can be incredibly boring. Especially if you’re not very interested in old ceramic pots or trudging through room after room of religious art. But not all museums are full of dusty coins in

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Eyam, Derbyshire: The village that sacrificed itself

Eyam, Derbyshire: The village that sacrificed itself

David Whitley April 17, 2015 Comments Off on Eyam, Derbyshire: The village that sacrificed itself

Britain’s most infamous ‘plague village’ has a harrowing tale of exceptional self-sacrifice to tell.   In the graveyard outside the Eyam Parish Church is the chunky, box-like tomb of Catherine Mompesson. For her husband,

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The world’s coolest castles

The world’s coolest castles

David Whitley March 28, 2015 Comments Off on The world’s coolest castles

From Windsor Castle to Schloss Neuschwanstein, 19 of the greatest castles from around the world. Look at a road map of Britain – or indeed Europe – and you’ll see a castle every few

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