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Decline and rebirth at Liverpool’s Albert Dock

Despite plenty of trips to Manchester over the years, I’d always managed to miss visiting Liverpool until now. So it was well overdue when I made my first trip up there earlier this month, and the first stop on my whistlestop tour of the city was the Albert Dock. Read more

In pictures: A carpet of bluebells in the Forest of Dean

After what always feels like an endless winter in Britain, the first bluebell I see is a sign that days are getting longer and temperatures are getting warmer – summer is finally on its way. Near my home in Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean is one of the best places in the country to see native English bluebells. Read more

Budget-luxe hotel accommodation in London

One of the biggest shocks I’ve had in going from being a London resident to a visitor is how tough it can be to find somewhere to stay in the city. The problem definitely isn’t a shortage of options – there are over 1000 hotels in central London, and that’s before you get to the B&Bs and rental apartments. So how do you go about narrowing it down and choosing somewhere? Read more

Stepping inside British history at the Houses of Parliament

The Palace of Westminster – home to the Houses of Parliament – is one of London’s best-known buildings, its towers forming the backdrop to so many images of the capital. But although almost everyone can recognise it from the outside, what goes on inside is a bit more of a mystery. Read more

Take 12 Trips April: Palaces and parks in London

As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip a month – which can be anything from a local day out to an international trip. After starting the year with two trips to the north of England, it was lovely to see some sun on last month’s mini-honeymoon in Morocco. Read more

Take 12 Trips February: Traversing Newcastle

As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip each month – anything from a local day out to an international trip. After January took me to Manchester, I stuck with the chilly, northern cities theme by heading even further up the country to Newcastle. Read more

In pictures: Bridging the gap between Newcastle and Gateshead

Straddling the River Tyne in north-east England are the twin cities of Newcastle and Gateshead. They’re divided by the river, with Gateshead on the southern bank and Newcastle on the northern bank, but have seven bridges to connect them. Read more

Take 12 Trips January: Politics and prosecco in Manchester

Being a part-time traveller, I’m always looking to fit in as much travel as I can possibly manage, so the ‘Take 12 Trips’ challenge was made for me. Read more

Following the Sherlock trail across London

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous creation, ‘consulting detective’ Sherlock Holmes, has had more than a few different incarnations over the last 125 years. But one of the latest is in the BBC’s fantastic series Sherlock, which has taken the old stories and cleverly updated them to modern London. Read more

In pictures: Walking London’s South Bank at dusk

After a quick trip to London yesterday (more on that to come next week), I took advantage of a free few hours and some beautiful clear skies to take a walk along the south bank of the Thames. Despite living in London for 10 years I only took a handful of photos of the city, so when now I visit I try to make up for it. Read more

In pictures: Christmas carols at London’s Albert Hall

The decorations are up, the presents wrapped and the cards posted, but it still doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until I’m listening to carols at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s become a family tradition that each year we head up to London for a Christmas concert. Read more

In pictures: Belfast’s Christmas market

We’re approaching the start of December, the weather’s getting chilly and the scarf and gloves have been dug out of the cupboard. It can mean only one thing – Christmas market season is coming. Read more

In pictures: Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire

In the small Cotswold town of Winchcombe is Sudeley Castle. One of the few castles that’s still a private home, its owners Lord and Lady Ashcombe open it up to visitors for part of each year. Over the years since it was built in the 15th century it’s had numerous owners and played host to at least six English Kings and Queens. Read more

In pictures: Perranporth beach in Cornwall at sunset

Cornwall might have been beautiful last week, but it wasn’t very kind to us on the weather front. After grey skies and drizzle for days, when the sun finally appeared late one afternoon we headed straight down to the beach with our cameras. Read more

Reviewed: Old Pear Tree Barn, North Cornwall

Rather than jetting off somewhere exotic post-wedding, we decided a week of rest and recovery nearer to home would be a good plan (plus I’m still struggling with the big honeymoon question). Somewhere peaceful where we could laze around among beautiful countryside would be perfect – like Cornwall. Read more