- EAST ANGLIA
- Wroxham - a brief description. Wroxham
is on the Norfolk Broads, and an ideal starting place to any
boating holiday. For those wishing to stay on dry land it is
beautifully situated n the heart of Norfolk. It has hotels,
tea rooms and gift shops, thatched cottages and of couse, the
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- Aldeburgh - a brief description. Aldeburgh
is an unspoilt and charming town with a beautiful shingle beach.
There are many places of interest to in Aldeburgh and
many things to do. The High Street offers a range of shops selling
anything from antiques to groceries. There are many pubs and
several good restaurants.
- Southend - a brief description. Southend-on-Sea is a seaside resort in the county of Essex
on the north bank of the Thames estuary. It has a 1.3 mile (2km)
long pier which extends out into the Estuary - the longest pleasure
pier in the world. Southend also boasts a Golden Mile
of amusement arcades and attractions.
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- Ipswich - a brief description. IPSWICH is in the heart of East Anglia.
It is an ideal centre for business, shopping, sport and entertainment.
Ipswich has a proud heritage and beautiful parks. Is is an ideal
base to explore the beauty of the Suffolk countryside.
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- Peterborough - a brief description.
Peterborough boasts a mix of the exciting, modern
regional centre and the timeless traditions of an historic cathedral
city, with its magnificent Norman Cathedral. There are plenty
of attractions such as a Bronze Age Centre, steam railway, historic
houses, wildlife parks, theatres, sports venues, pubs, clubs
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- Norwich - a brief description. Norwich is considered to be the capital
of East Anglia. As well as Cathedral and Castle, which dominate
the city, it also has more medieval churches than any other city
in western Europe. Within the remaining parts of the ancient
city walls, the central streets follow their course around a
wealth of historic buildings.
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- Cambridge - a brief description. Cambridge is a beautiful city and whatever
time of year you plan your visit, it has plenty to offer. King's
College Chapel is the best known of all Cambridge buildings.
Cambridge has numerous museums and galleries. There are various
guided tours of Cambridge available.
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- Colchester - a brief description. Colchester is an interesting, exciting
place to visit, from the ancient ruins in Castle Park to water-filled
fun at Leisure World. It is Britain's oldest recorded town. Walkers/cyclists
can try the Wivenhoe Trail.
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- North Walsham - a brief description.
North Walsham is a market town in the heart of Norfolk,
ideally situated to explore the coast and inland waterways of
the Norfolk Broads.
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- Cromer - a brief description. Cromer
is one of Norfolk's most attractive seaside resorts and
is and is famous for it's Amber, Jet and Crabs.
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- Bishops Stortford - a brief description.
is East Herts' largest town. Bishop's Stortford has developed
from its early days as a coaching stop and market centre, offering
a rich heritage for both the resident and visitor to explore.
Bishop's Stortford has a wide range of pubs ans restaurants,
from lively town centre bars to more serene country pubs.
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- Great Dunmow - a brief description.
Great Dunmow is an attractive small market town.
Visitors can enjoy the old inns, good restaurants, and shopping
in a traditional High Street. You can walk or cycle The Flitch
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- Merthyr Tydfil - a brief description.
Merthyr Tydfil sits
at the top of the Taff Valley , with Cardiff and Swansea both
30 minutes away. At its height in the 18th and 19th centuries,
Merthyr Tydfil was the largest iron-producing town in the world.
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- Swansea - a brief description. Swansea
is situated on the south coast of Wales, at the narrow mouth
of the River Tawe and on the fringe of the Gower peninsula. It
is the second city of Wales.
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- Cardiff - a brief description. Cardiff was
made official capital of Wales in 1955. It is located on the
banks of the River Taff and is the largest city in Wales. It
is a busy commercial, maritime and university city.
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- Newport - a brief description. Newport
is the gateway that links England and Wales and is the third
largest urban area in Wales. It is set on the Western bank of
the Severn Estuary, with the River Usk flowing through its centre.
It has a population of about 150,000 people.
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- Anglesey - a brief description. The Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn
in Welsh) is situated off the north-west coast of Wales near
the beautiful Snowdonia mountain range. It is separated from
the mainland by the Menai Strait, which is spanned by two picturesque
bridges, the Menai Bridge and the Britannia Bridge.
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- Llandudno - a brief description. Llandudno
is the largest resort in Wales, uniquely situated between the
Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches, the award
winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore.
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- THE COTSWOLDS
- Banbury - a brief description. Banbury
has been made famous through the nursery rhyme, 'Ride a Cock
Horse'. The Banbury Cross is located on a roundabout in
the middle of the town. Today it is an expanding market and industrial
town. There is a market on Thursdays and Saturdays as well as
a Farmers Market on the First Friday of Every Month.
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- Reading - a brief description. Reading is in the Thames Valley about
halfway between London and Oxford. Visitors can hire narrow boats
at Reading to travel the canal or the River Thames, and towpaths
along both waterways provide pleasant walking.
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- Chipping Sodbury - a brief description.
Chipping Sodbury is an old market town situated at the
southern end of the Cotswolds. JK Rowling the author of
the Harry Potter Books was born in Chipping Sodbury. The
town offers a wide variety of pubs and restaurants for the visitor
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- Cheltenham - a brief description. Cheltenham is an elegant Regency town in the heart of the
Cotswolds. Cheltenham is an inland spa resort with handsome architecture,
broad avenues and fine parks. Home to the famous racecourse.
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- Swindon - a brief description. Swindon is
the largest town in Wiltshire. Swindon has a well preserved history,
as well as being a good base to explore the surrounding countryside.
Once the centre of the development of the railways in this area,
the railway works of Brunel were busy here for over 150 years.
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- Gloucester - a brief description. Gloucester lies on the east bank of the river Severn. The
city 's great new tourist attractions are the Victorian docklands,
and its most magnificent possession is the cathedral.
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- THE EAST COAST
- Lincoln - a brief description. Lincoln is
famed for its cathedral, the third largest church in England.
With its triple towers and sited on the top of a steep hill,
it can be seen for miles across the flatlands of Lincolnshire.
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- Kings Lynn - a brief description.
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- Market Rasen - a brief description.
Market Rasen is a
traditional small market town. The town has changed little during
the 20th century particularly notable being the original shop
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- Grantham - a brief description. Grantham is a small market town in Lincolnshire
situated on the river Witham. The impressive parish church of
St. Wulframs has one of the highest spires found among English
churches. Two world famous people are associated with the town:
Sir Isaac Newton and Margaret Thatcher.
- London - a brief description.
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- High Wycombe - a brief description.
High Wycombe is a
hilly town situated at the southernmost foothills of the Chilterns.
High Wycombe has a modern town centre, with arcades and many
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- Slough - a brief description. For accommodation close to Heathrow Airport.
The leisure and sports centres around Slough offer top class
facilities. Slough's Museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions.
It is a rich and diverse community.
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- Staines - a brief description. Staines has a large shopping area, and
has always been a Market town.
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- THE NORTH WEST
- Oldham - a brief description. Oldham
has lots to offer from art and entertainment to shopping, nightlife
and spectacular countryside with many beautiful villages and
canals. The pedestrianised town centre area offers plenty of
shops, two shopping malls and a traditional market.
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- Stockport - a brief description. Stockport
lies between the cosmopolitan City of Manchester and the
beautiful countryside of the Derbyshire Peaks and the
Cheshire Plains. The area has excellent shopping facilities
and a diverse and interesting range of visitor attractions.
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- St Helens - a brief description. St Helens, Merseyside is home to the worlds greatest glass
manufacturer - Pilkingtons. St Helens has some great pubs
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- Widnes - a brief description. Widnes
is a town of about 60,000 inhabitants on the northern bank of
the River Mersey. It is 12 miles from Liverpool, 15 miles
from Chester and 24 miles from Manchester.
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- Preston - a brief description. Preston
was established as a port at the head of the River Ribble estuary.
It became important in Roman times as a river crossing and rich
from the weaving of wool in the Middle Ages.
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- Blackburn - a brief description. Blackburn
is the largest town in East Lancashire and is noted for its large
shopping malls, celebrated three day market, Thwaites Brewery
(one of the biggest independant brewers of real ale in the North-East
of England) and its modern Cathedral. Once the largest weaving
town in the world Blackburn was visited by Mahatma Gandhi
when he toured the area to study Lancashire's textile Industry.
Blackburn was mentioned in the Doomsday Book and was originally
an agricultural community before producing wool and then cotton
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- Barrow in Furness - a brief description.
Barrow-in-Furness is a large industrial town which grew
from a tiny 19th Century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel
centre in the world, and a major ship-building force, in just
40 years. Barrow-in-Furness, Britain's newest Port of
Call for cruise liners, is the only deep water port between the
Mersey and Clyde and provides instant access to the world famous
English Lake District.
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- Blackpool - a brief description. Blackpool is the UK premier seaside resort.
has three piers, all built in the 1800's;the North, Central and
South. Blackpool Tower, built in May 1894, is a 518-foot-tall
copy of the Eiffel Tower.
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- Southport - a brief description. Southport
is the North West of England's classic resort. Southport
is recognised as one of the most successful conference destinations
in the North West, the Southport Theatre and Floral Hall
Complex is the largest conference venue on Merseyside.
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- Crewe - a brief description. CREWE
has always been known as a railway town and in the early 1900s
a large proportion of Crewe's workforce were employed by the
railways. Many of the buildings which still exist today were
opened or constructed before 1925 including The Edwardian Lyceum
theatre, which today still hosts many top shows.
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- Chester - a brief description. Chester
is the county town of Cheshire. It is the richest city
in Britain for archaeological and architectural treasures, preserved
to this day from the time of the Roman occupation.
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- Carlisle - a brief description. Located at the very north of England,Carlisle
is the county town of Cumbria and its largest city, and just
a few miles from the Scottish border.
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- Manchester - a brief description. Manchester is the third largest conurbation in England. Manchester
prospered with the arrival of the industrial revolution in the
18th century. The area was transformed by a wealth of cotton
producing mills that paid for many of the grand Victorian buildings
that can be seen around the city today. The arrival of the Manchester
Ship Canal in 1894 gave the city Britains third largest
port and encouraged further trade.
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- Liverpool - a brief description. Liverpool
is a city in the metropolitan county of Merseyside in
north west England. Liverpool is world famous as the city
that produced the Beatles. It has two cathedrals and a
legacy of magnificent municipal buildings.
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- THE MIDLANDS
- Oxford - a brief description. Oxford,
the "City of Dreaming Spires", is famous all over the
world for its University and place in history. It sits at the
confluence of the Thames and Cherwell rivers.
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- Kidderminster - a brief description.
Kidderminster is surrounded by beautiful countryside
with many peaceful and secluded villages. It lies at the southern
end of the Severn Valley Railway - Britain's premier steam
line. It is famous for its carpet industry which began in the
early 18th century. Sir Rowland Hill, founder of the 'Penny
Black' was born in Kidderminster in 1795.
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- Milton Keynes - a brief description.
Milton Keynes is 14 miles southwest of Bedford and
is Britain's largest new town. It was designed to incorporate
13 existing villages and covers an area of almost 50 square miles.
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- Stoke - a brief description. Stoke-on-Trent is situated almost equidistant
to all the major cities in the North/Midlands of the UK. Stoke-on-Trent's
famous people list includes Sir Stanley Matthews, and is home
to two Football League teams, Stoke City F.C. and Port Vale F.C.
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- Derby - a brief description. Derby
is the UK's most central city with a great cultural base and
situated on the edge of the Peak District National park. It is
famous for setting in motion Britain's Industrial Revolution
with some of the countrys first factories and spinning mills.
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- Nottingham - a brief description. Nottingham's famous export is its lace,
the lace making industry thrived here in the 19th century. Nottingham
is also famous for its legendary resident Robin Hood.
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- Leicester - a brief description. Leicester
was the capital of Coritani in Roman Britain. It became an important
centre of hosiery manufacture during the 18th century. Trade
was helped by good water links to the river Mersey and the Humber.
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- Wolverhampton - a brief description.
represented in the English Premier League by Wolverhampton Wanderers
F.C. The area around Wolverhampton is also known as the Black
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- Telford - a brief description. Telford is a New Town, formed over twenty
five years ago. Telford Steam Railway is a preserved railway
operated by a small and friendly team of volunteers.
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- Shrewsbury - a brief description. Shrewsbury is the County Town of Shropshire.The
town centre is within a loop of the River Severn. Shrewsbury
is well-known for its historic buildings including the Norman
castle, medieval abbey, timber-framed tudor buildings, fine churches
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- Rugby - a brief description. Rugby
is a lively, medium-sized town in Warwickshire, with a population
around 65,000. It is home to the game of Rugby Football, where
the sport began in 1823.
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- Bedford - a brief description. Bedford is situated along the banks of
the river Ouse. It has a pleasant town centre and many picturesque
parks and quiet surrounding countryside.
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- Birmingham - a brief description. Birmingham is one of the most accessible
cities in the UK. Situated in the heart of the country and well
served by all major forms of transport, travel to and from the
city couldn't be easier. Birmingham is a dynamic business city,
offering a world class cultural scene, a diverse and lively mix
of shopping, attractions, nightlife, major international events
and exhibitions and access to some of the country's most beautiful
countryside. If you're looking for a destination that offers
you easy access to some of the UK's top attractions, look no
further than Birmingham.
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- Coventry - a brief description. Coventry
is now part of the West Midlands and is the largest city in the
Warwickshire area. Coventry developed as the centre of the British
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- Mansfield - a brief description. Mansfield
is a modern town in Nottinghamshire, close to Sherwood Forest.
It has one of Britain's largest open air markets and a large
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- Walsall - a brief description. Walsall is ideally situated to explore
the the West Midlands, close to Junction 10 of the M6 motorway
and the new Black Country route ensure that it has easy access
to main road network.
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- Worcester - a brief description. Worcester
sits on the banks of the river Severn, with the Malverns to the
west and the Cotswolds to the south. The skyline above Worcester
is dominated by huge sandstone mass of the cathedral.
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- Luton - a brief description. Luton is the home town of the dates back
to when Luton once had a substantial straw hat-making industry,
giving Luton Town F.C. football club their nickname, "The
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- Stevenage - a brief description. Stevenage, Britain's first 'New Town'
, with each residential estates having its own collection of
local shops, and usually a pub. In the town the main shopping
centre alsohas plenty of pubs and restaurants and also a little
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- Hemel Hempstaed - a brief description.
Hemel Hempstead's history dates back to when the area
used to be a forest. It grew into a small market town, but major
growth to the area happened when it expanded in 1947. Hemel
Hempstead is now one of the 'New Towns' located outside London
to cope with the increasing population.
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- St Albans - a brief description. St Albans
can be dated back to Romans times when it was named after Alban,
Britains first Christian martyr. With its deep historical
past, many of St Albans buildings and sites date back to
the 15th Century.
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- Harlow - a brief description. Stansted Airport lies12 miles north from
Harlow at Junction 8 of the M11. Whatever your interests there
is plenty for the visitor to Harlow to do.
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- Watford - a brief description. Watford
is a diverse borough with many green spaces, sports amenities
and centres offering good shopping. There are excellent leisure
facilities, including formal parks and recreation grounds. it
also offers a wide range of cultural activities.
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- Northampton - a brief description.
Northampton's central position gave it great importance
during medieval times. It grew up as an industrious and prosperous
city during the industrial revolution, much of its prosperity
was based on shoe manufacturing.
- Alcester - a brief description. Alcester
is a pleasant market town retaining much of its historic charm.
It has a picturesque High Street with half-timbered buildings
containing small shops and tearooms. Alcester dates back
to Roman times.
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- Warwick - a brief description. Warwick
is a delightful town best known for its magnificent castle, a
great day out for all the family. Warwick has many other
buildings of historic interest including a 17th century Market
Hall. Wander around the streets of Warwick with its large
selection of antique, gift and specialised shops around the Market
Square. There is also a good selection of pubs, fine restaurants
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- THE SOUTH EAST
- Chatham - a brief description. Chatham Kent is opposite Rochester on the river Medway,
Chatham has a naval dock history, and in recent years
the old docks have been developed into a heritage centre. It
has Gillingham to the east, good facilities, and a Tourist Information
Centre in the town.
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- Canterbury - a brief description. Canterbury is probably England's most famous cathedral city.
Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's
Church together form a world heritage site, attracting over 2.5
million visitors every year.
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- Margate - a brief description. Margate
was of Britains first seaside resorts, its easy access
from London enabled huge numbers of city workers to flock
there during Georgian and Victorian times,
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- Ramsgate - a brief description. Ramsgate
is a gentile and handsome resort, and a working and commercial
ferry port with a marina. Most of the redbrick Victorian town
is set high on the cliff, linked to the seafront and harbour
by broad sweeping ramps.
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- Dover - a brief description. Dover
has many famous landmarks including the White Cliffs, Dover
Castle, the Port of Dover and the harbour.
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- Folkestone - a brief description. Folkstone
is seven miles down the coast from Dover. A ferryport and a resort
town with sandy beaches, Folkstone attracts visitors with its
narrow cobbled streets and clifftop marine promenade.
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- Hastings - a brief description. Hastings
is situated on the south east coast between Eastbourne
and Dover. It is famously linked with the Battle of
Hastings in 1066, where William the Conqueror finally
defeated the Saxon King Harold and his army.
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- Reigate - a brief description. The area around Reigate is packed
with places of interest, walks, and some great pubs and restaurants.
Many visitors to Reigate fall in love with this hidden
gem of the Home Counties.
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- Gillingham - a brief description. Gillingham is in the borough of Kent, on the Medway immediately
east of Chatham.
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- Maidstone - a brief description. Maidstone
is Kent's principal commercial, industrial and agricultural centre.
Maidstone is Kent's county town and stands in a countryside
of orchards and hopfields on the River Medway.
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- Basingstoke - a brief description.
Basingstoke lies within North east Hampshire and
is a large, prosperous and modern town.
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- THE SOUTH WEST
- Exeter - a brief description. Exeter
offers the visitor plenty to do and see. In the centre of Exeter
stands the impressive Cathedral.
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- Torquay - a brief description. Torquay,
the "English Riviera", benefits from the sheltered
climate and exuberant vegetation. It has a small harbour and
marina, landscaped promenades, a copper-domed pavilion and sandy
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- Plymouth - a brief description. Plymouth
offers plenty for the visitor including the spectacular Plymouth
Hoe, and one of the best theatres in the country, Plymouth's
Theatre Royal. The narrow streets of the Barbican hold an array
of individual and unique shops.
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- Penzance - a brief description. Penzance,
a delightful town on the Lands End Peninsula of Cornwall
in the far South West of England. Old Penzance
has narrow streets and alleyways crammed with shops to explore,
elegant Victorian Terraces, such as Regent St, and a working
harbour. St Michaels Mount is at the other end of the bay with
The Lizard in the far distance.
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- Newquay - a brief description. Newquay
is the UK's surfing capital with Cornwall's biggest nightlife.
Newquay has some of the best and safest beaches in Cornwall,
and the Harbour is a real suntrap in a beautiful setting.
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- Weston Super Mare - a brief description.
Weston-super-Mare has become one of the premier holiday
resorts in the West Country. Weston Super Mare's beach
and seafront host a varied programme of fun and family events
right through the summer, including spectacular firework displays
over Weston Bay every Saturday evening throughout August. French,
Italian, Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Indian and traditional English
cuisine are all available in Weston.
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- Bristol - a brief description. Bristol
is the biggest and most dynamic city in the West Country, sophisticated
and cosmopolitan. The River Avon weaves through the centre
of the town forming part of the waterway system that made Bristol
a great inland port.
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- Bath - a brief description. Bath
is a particularly beautiful city which stands on the River
Avon among the hills on the western fringe of the Cotswolds.
The Roman baths and Georgian terraces, combine to produce one
of the most elegant cities in Europe.
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- THE NORTH EAST
- Grimsby - a brief description. Grimsby
in Lincolnshire offers a natural route connecting Britain with
mainland Europe.The port is located only 10 km from the open
sea on the Humber estuary.
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- Scunthorpe - a brief description. Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire was originally five rural
villages. The discovery of iron ore in 1860 changed the landscape
and created the industrial town we see today.
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- Sunderland - a brief description. Sunderland, bisected by the River Wear, has a long history
and industrial heritage. It was once the largest ship-building
town in the world and its history is well told in the excellent
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- Darlington - a brief description. Darlington is 20 miles south of Durham city, famous for its
railway heritage. It was from Darlington that Stephenson's
"Locomotion" made its inaugural run in1825.
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- Stockton on Tees - a brief description.
Stockton-on-Tees lies opposite Middlesbrough, on the
northern bank of the River Tees, 10 miles from its North Sea
mouth. Stockton grew up around the castle of the bishops
of Durham, and was originally a market town for the surrounding
agricultural area.The main impetus came in 1825 when the town
was linked to the Durham coalfield by the Stockton
and Darlington Railway.
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- Scarborough - a brief description.
Scarborough is the biggest town and resort on the
North Yorkshire coast. As the oldest resort in the country,
it first attracted early seventeenth century visitors to its
newly discovered mineral springs. Scarborough now has
all the traditional ingredients of a beach resort.
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- Newcastle - a brief description. As the largest city in the northeast
of England, Newcastle has always been a heavily populated
area. Newcastle has been been an important industrial and commercial
centre over the centuries. The main industries have been based
around the exporting of coal, steel manufacturing, shipbuilding
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- Middlesbrough - a brief description.
Middlesbrough, on the south bank of the Tees estuary,
was a small fishing village before a group of Quakers associated
with the Stockton & Darlington Railway, decided to
turn it into a town in 1829.
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- Hartlepool - a brief description. Hartlepool was a collection of small, isolated villages,
sand dunes and marshes until the second quarter of the 19th century,
By the end of the century it had become the fifth largest shipping
port in the country.
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- Hull - a brief description. Hull,
or "Kingston-upon-Hull", has a maritime history
that dates back to 1299, when it was made a seaport by Edward
1. It became England's leading harbour.
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- THE PEAK DISTRICT
- Buxton - a brief description. In 79 AD the Romans discovered a spring
in BUXTON Derbyshire from which 1500 gallons of pure water
gushed every hour at a constant 28'C. The spring became so famous
that Mary Queen of Scots was allowed by her captors to come here
for treatment of her rheumatism. Today visitors can fill their
own water bottles from St. Ann's Well, a little street fountain
in front of the Crescent.
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- Bakewell - a brief description. Bakewell is an ancient town in the centre
of the Peak District It is the home of the famous Bakewell Pudding.
Bakewell has one of the oldest markets in the area, dating from
at least 1300, and are still held every Monday, along with the
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- Chesterfield - a brief description.
Chesterfield is famous for its"Crooked Spire",
the twisted timbers are the result of inadequate seasoning rather
than the romantic tales surrounding the landmark.
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- Ashbourne - a brief description. Described as "Gateway to Dovedale",
Ashbourne is a busy market town centred around a cobbled
market place. The streets are lined with pleasant Goergian houses,
now mostly converted into shops, the most attractive being Church
Street with its antique shops.
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- Dumfries - a brief description. Dumfries
sits on the banks of the river Nith, a few miles from the Solway
Firth. Dumfries flourished as a medieval seaport and trading
centre and was known as "The Queen of the South".
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- Stranraer - a brief description. Stranraer
is the largest settlement in south west Scotland. It lies at
the head of Loch Ryan, on the north side of the neck of land
that prevents the Rhins of Galloway becoming an island. Stranraer's
origins date back nearly 500 years to the building in 1511 of
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- Belfast - a brief description. Belfast, the
town that built the Titanic, was the only city in Ireland which
experienced the Industrial Revolution. Belfast is situated
on the River Lagan, at the head of Belfast Lough.
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- Dublin - a brief description. Dublin
is one of Europe's finest capitals, with its great sweep of Dublin
Bay.The city is spread over the broad valley of the River
Liffey, with the Wicklow Hills sheltering it on the south.
Dublin is rich in 18th century architecture with fine
Georgian mansions, many of them with historical association,
lending elegance to the city's wide streets and spacious squares.
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- Cork - a brief description. Cork
City is Ireland's third city and has always been an important
seaport. It began on an island in the estuary of the River Lee
and gradually climbed up the steep banks on either side. Today
the river flows through Cork city in two main channels, so that
you find yourself constantly crossing bridges.
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- Dundee - a brief description. Dundee
is Scotland's fourth-largest city and lies on the north bank
of the Tay estuary. A city with an ancient history, today Dundee
has a great deal to offer the visitor. The city centre has an
excellent range of shops and some fine buildings.
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- Wick - a brief description. Wick
lies on the east coast of northern Scotland, 15 miles
south of Duncansby Head. The name Wick comes from the Norse for
Bay and it was the Vikings who first used the mouth of the River
Wick where it flows into Wick Bay as a harbour for
their longships and trading vessels. Wick still has the
feel of a town that revolves around its harbour and its seafaring
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- Thurso - a brief description. Thurso is mainland Scotland's most northerly
town, and is home to the country's most northerly railway station.
It is located on the north coast of Caithness, its seaward views
dominated by the distant cliffs of Dunnet Head to the north east,
and those of the island of Hoy to the north. Thurso has long
been a gateway to Orkney, with the well established ferry routes
to Orkney, the car ferry to Stromness, leaving from the harbour
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- Ayr - a brief description. Ayr
is an attractive town with with a streetplan dating back to the
1200s and many fine buildings. Ayr has a river that was
first bridged 800 years ago and a harbour that for centuries
was the most important on the west coast of Scotland.
Ayr has a racecourse dating back (on an earlier site)
to 1770 and all the trappings of a seaside resort.
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- Aberdeen - a brief description. Aberdeen
is Scotlands third largest city, a prosperous cosmopolitan
city and the gateway to Royal Deeside, an area of outstanding
beauty, sparkling Highland rivers and misty mountains.
Aberdeen and Grampian is an ideal place for outdoor activities
of every kind and is a mecca for golfers with 69 golf courses
to play. From galas and ceilidhs to world renowned festivals
and Scottish Highland Games.
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- Glasgow - a brief description. Glasgow
is a bustling and cosmopolitan city. Art and culture play an
integral part in the life of the city of Glasgow, also
famed for its diverse and exciting architecture.
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- Edinburgh - a brief description. One of Edinburgh's most notable
features is Edinburgh Castle which overlooks the city's
Princes Street, and is at the top of the Royal Mile. Edinburgh
is split into the Old Town and the New Town, both of great architectural
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- John O'Groats - a brief description.
John O'Groats is the northernmost point of the mainland,
over 876 miles from Lands End, the southernmost part of England.
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- THE SOUTH
- Southampton - a brief description.
Southampton is one
of the countrys busiest and most successful deep-water
ports, a convenient port for ferry crossings over to France or
simply somewhere picturesque to enjoy a few drinks.Nearby attractions,
that make Southampton a popular base for tourists, include the
Isle of Wight and the New Forest.
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- Bournemouth - a brief description.
Bournemouth remains one of the most popular holiday
destinations for British tourists, because of its fine and very
long beach and the wide range of accommodation and entertainment.
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- Portsmouth - a brief description. Portsmouth is Britain's foremost naval station on the peninsula
of Portsea Island. King Henry V11 made Portsmouth a royal
dockyard, it has flourished ever since and it is now a large
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- Havant - a brief description. Havant
is in the south east corner of the county of Hampshire, situated
on the South Coast. Havant is 90 minutes from London and
just across the Solent from the Isle of Wight.
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- Fareham - a brief description. Fareham
is to the west of Portsmouth, in the heart of South Hampshire.
It has an excellent range of shops, good entertainment and sporting
facilities. Fareham's excellent mix of coastline and countryside
provides some good walking, explore the surrounding countryside,
the attractive Meon Valley, several country parks or the Solent
shore with its yachting activity.
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- Crawley - a brief description. Crawley
is located just inside the West Sussex border to the south of
Surrey, and is around halfway between London and Brighton.
Gatwick airport is just a few miles from Crawley
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- Guildford - a brief description. Guildford
nestles in a gap carved through the North Downs by the River
Wey. It is 35 miles from London and halfway along the route from
London to Portsmouth on the south coast.
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- Woking - a brief description. Woking
is situated in north-west Surrey, 25 miles from London. Woking
was originally a village located at what is now known as Old
Woking. The town became more accessible from London
with the arrival of the Basingstoke Canal and then the
railway in 1838.
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- Eastbourne - a brief description. Eastbourne is one of the southeast's seaside resorts, with
an elegant 3-mile seafront of houses and hotels. The dramatic
chalk cliffs of Beachy Head are just west of the town.
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- Brighton - a brief description. Brighton
is situated in East Sussex and has enjoyed mass appeal for centuries.
It was recently awarded city status to mark the new millennium,
and has two famous landmarks, the exuberant Royal Pavilion and
the Palace Pier.
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- Worthing - a brief description. Worthing is located along the West Sussex
coastline, to the west of Brighton. Worthings most famous
landmark is its pier built in 1862.
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- Poole - a brief description. Poole
is a coastal town and tourist destination. It has been a working
port for many hundreds of years. Poole harbour is the
second largest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney harbour).
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- THE NORTH
- York - a brief description. York
is the home to historic buildings and stunning visitor attractions.
York is a great tourist destination at all times of the
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- Barnsley - a brief description. Barnsley
in south Yorkshire sits on the River Dearne. Markets have been
held in Barnsley since it was awarded its charter by Henry
III in 1249. This industrial town has factories producing clothing
and metal products.
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- Doncaster - a brief description. Doncaster
owes its importance to its position on the great North Road.
It was a major coaching centre in the 18th century and throughout
the 18th and 19th centuries it was primarily an inland leisure
town based on the world famous racecourse.
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- Wakefield - a brief description. Wakefield
is a city in West Yorkshire, south of Leeds and by the River
Calder. Wakefield was a centre for cloth dealing and had its
own Piece Hall. The cathedral in Wakefield was restored by Sir
George Gilbert Scott. In 1460, during the Wars of the Roses,
the Duke of York was defeated near this city (then a town)
in the Battle of Wakefield.
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- Leeds - a brief description. Leeds
is a city of great streets and ornate buildings, with many parks
and grassy, wooded areas. Leeds prosperity was built
on the wool trade and later the textile industry, today it is
a vibrant, rapidly changing city.
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- Bradford - a brief description. Bradford
is one of the ten largest cities in England and conveniently
placed amongst some breathtaking scenery. Home to the National
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- Huddersfield - a brief description.
Huddersfield is a university town in the county of
West Yorkshire, south of Bradford, on the River Colne. Huddersfield
stands on the edge of the Peak District National Park
and the Pennine hills. It has a strong industrial base including
engineering, chemicals and textiles.
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- Sheffield - a brief description. Sheffield
is famous worldwide for its stainless steel products. Sheffield
is also home to the massive shopping centre, Meadowhall.
Home to Sheffiels United & Wednesday football teams.
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