Stately Homes

Burghley House, Cambridgeshire – near Stamford, Lincolnshire

January 10, 2012

Today’s expedition south from our northern base is to Lincolnshire in the East Midlands. To be technically precise Burghley House is in Cambridgeshire, but it is so close to the ancient town of Stamford just across the county boundary that it is usually considered to be in Lincolnshire, and that is its postal address. Burghley […]

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Lowther Castle – Restoration on a Massive Scale

January 26, 2011

When, many years ago, I first saw Lowther Castle I was quite taken aback.  Driving near Askham, south of Penrith, on the Eastern side of the English Lake District, suddenly this amazing building appeared on the horizon.  Decades after its substantial destruction and exposure to the elements the massive skeleton stands impressive still. Over the […]

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Muncaster – Overnight at a Lake District Castle

January 28, 2009

Over the past thirty years of driving up to Whitehaven, I’ve often looked across the valley to Muncaster Castle on the hillside above the River Esk not far from Ravenglass. Last week, though, I had reason to stop there. On my way north in the morning, and looking for somewhere to spend the night before […]

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The Great British Heritage Pass

June 13, 2008

If you’re visiting the UK from overseas here’s a great option for making considerable savings in both time and money when visiting major tourist attractions. (Unfortunately for UK residents this is not available to us; it is only for international visitors to our country). I’m referring to The Great British Heritage Pass which covers entry […]

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