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UK travel stories, activity recommendations and visitor information
Few countries offer as much to see in do in a relatively small space as the United Kingdom. Whether it’s exploring Peak District caves, learning to make your own chocolate bar in York, or touring London’s rock heritage locations, the experience options are nothing if not varied.
The links below will take you to all the UK travel stories on Grumpy Traveller. These include free city guides to Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh, a route for beer lovers between the UK’s best railway station pubs and a theme park made entirely from diggers.
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 forRead More »
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 hubRead More »
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 fromRead More »
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 deRead More »
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 theRead More »
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 interchangeabilityRead More »
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 excessiveRead More »
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 inRead More »
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,Read More »
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 fewRead More »