Museum

829b – St Fagans National Museum of History

8 Dec , 2018  

After heading back to Alex’s and checking into the hotel, we set off again with Alex’s mum Jenny with us to visit St Fagans. We had paid £15 each to attend the last of the three evening openings for Christmas. Although not every building is open, there is a circular route to follow to visit […]

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House and garden

829a – Tredegar House

8 Dec , 2018  

We enjoy a few hours at the lovely Restoration red brick house outside Newport and run by the National Trust. Enjoy a super home made soup in the busy cafe, then walk through the gardens with Christmas decorations to the Orangery and stable block. On the way we enjoy listening to the carol singers in […]

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Break

829 – South Wales break

8 Dec , 2018  

Travel to South Wales to visit Alex for a weekend staying at the local Newport Ibis hotel on Saturday 8th December. The weather on the Saturday is not good, some heavy showers although we miss the worst of it.

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Other historic building

828b – Bodleian Library

11 Nov , 2018  

Sunday 11th November is a lovely sunny day. After a good breakfast we walk into the centre via the river path; following the Thames then the Cherwell, we pass by the side of Christchurch meadow, the Broad walk (some lovely autumn colours), then a passage way between Merton and Corpus Christi colleges. We head to […]

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Museum

828a – Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

10 Nov , 2018  

This intriguing museum is free to enter and is housed in what used to be the Ashmolean, opened in 1683 and was the first purpose built public museum in the world. It became the current History of Science museum in 1935. On three floors, it houses an outstanding collection of scientific instruments such as sundials, […]

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Break

828 – Oxford break

10 Nov , 2018  

Have a one night stay in Oxford staying at the Ethos Hotel, about 1km from the centre and south of the River Thames. We travel down at noon on Saturday 10th November arriving at the Parkway R&R in torrential rain. After paying for overnight parking and catching the bus into the centre we head to […]

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Museum

827 – Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

24 Oct , 2018  

A lovely sunny day. I enjoy a short break exploring the central part of Sheffield near the Town hall with its pretty water features in the square in front of it (eat my late lunch here on a bench). Have a walk through the Winter garden with lovely plants and curved glass ceiling, then onto […]

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House

826c – York Mansion House

5 Oct , 2018  

Another first for me and thrill to visit the recently reopened home of the Lord Mayor of York after a major revamp. I am loaned an IPad to read information on each room, but there are also good room guides including a former (twice over) Lord Mayor who explains about the regalia worn when the […]

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Church

826b – St Michael le Belfrey church, York

5 Oct , 2018  

I am very excited to see the Tudor period church next door to the Minster open although I don’t get far. It is only open for workmen to set up for an evening event. However, one of the guides does let me have a look from one side of the nave. I am thrilled to […]

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Cathedral

826a – York Minster

5 Oct , 2018  

Travel up to York on Thursday 4th October for an overnight stay at the Best Western Dean Court Hotel; have a super room with a bay window and view of the Minster. Enjoy drinks in the Edwardian Bluebell pub and an excellent meal at Cafe No.8. Breakfast is excellent in particular the vegetarian cooked breakfast. […]

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