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Top 10 Free Attractions in London - British Museum
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Top 10 Free Attractions in London - British Museum
From the modern architecture of the London Eye to the historic Tower of London, don't miss London’s 10 most popular attractions and landmarks with our guide.Top 1: British MuseumFollowing in the footsteps of human history and culture, the British Museum is one of the richest museums in the world. Under no pretext leave English soil without having visited the British Museum and its wonders.Entrance to visit these permanent exhibitions is free, as in all museums belonging to the British State. However, some temporary exhibitions may require a fee.Visit the British Museum to immerse yourself in more than two millennia of history and culture. World-famous, the British Museum exhibits the creations of Man, from prehistoric times to the present day, with collections from around the world. Among the key works, you will find the Rosetta Stone, the sculptures of the Parthenon and the mummies of ancient Egypt.Impossible to see everything in one visit, but a guided tour will allow you to cover the main exhibitions.Why not take a guided tour of the British Museum? This fabulous London museum will be perfectly explained by a guide who will lead you to the most important rooms and give you all the keys to better understand the major works of the British Museum. To be sure not to wait for hours to book your visit, it is best to book it online, without waiting.Visiting the British Museum is indeed the promise of a return to the past, in the footsteps of the great moments of glory of the British Empire. Unfortunately, in the first decades, many priceless objects landed at the British Museum following looting in the British colonies. Rest assured, most of the artifacts and ancient objects, however, are the work of donations and ethical acquisitions.In 1880, due to lack of space, all the collections of the natural history branch were transferred to the Natural History Museum, a museum dedicated to natural history.In 2000, the famous architect Norman Foster worked on enlarging and renovating the entrance to the British Museum: the Great Court. As soon as you start visiting the British Museum, you are dazzled by this incredible central rotunda, in glass and honeycombed steel.Among the most emblematic and significant temporary collections in the history of the British Museum: that of the terracotta army of the first Chinese emperor (2007) and that dedicated to the pharaoh Tutankhamun (1972). These two exhibitions shattered all the museum's sales and attendance records.The British Museum in LondonAddress: British Museum, Great Russell Street, LondonPhone: +44 (0) 20 7323 8000E-mail: information@britishmuseum.orgPublic transport:Bus: Bus - 14, Bus - 19, Bus - 38, Bus - 68, Bus - 73, Bus - 8Train: Train - GREAT NORTHERN, Train - SOUTHEASTERN (Find Trains)Tube: Tube - CENTRAL, Tube - NORTHERN, Tube - PICCADILLY
posted April 16, 2020
Travel to London
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Travel to London
Best known for its capital, London, a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, or for its green countryside alternated by valleys and hills, England is a nation with a very wide variety of landscapes and a multitude of prestigious places to discover.Many natural parks mark out the country, like the national park of Exmoor with its waterfalls, its torrents and its cliffs which are thrown into the sea; the Dartmoor national park with its menhirs and landscapes of moors which plunge us into the heart of Celtic legends; Seven Sisters Park in Sussex, with its magnificent white chalk cliffs or the Cheddar Gorge, a sublime place favourable for hiking and trekking.Monasteries, castles, picturesque villages, bustling cities with many architectural treasures populate England, testifying to its rich past. The most touristy region in the country, Cornwall enjoys a favourable climate and presents a magnificent landscape made of moors, beaches, cliffs and small picturesque fishing villages like Polperro in its green setting. In Sussex, the village of Rye has incredible charm with its half-timbering as well as Castle Combe, beautifully preserved.The interest of London is no longer to be demonstrated with its pubs, shops, animations and of course its famous monuments such as the Tower of London, classified as World Heritage by Unesco, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or even the prestigious British Museum. Its surroundings are full of essential sites such as Windsor Castle or the majestic Canterbury Cathedral.Outside the capital, many other cities such as Oxford or Cambridge, ancient university cities steeped in history, Manchester and even Liverpool, have real assets. Brighton, a charming seaside resort or Stonehenge, a prehistoric site classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, are still among the many destinations to discover in this charming country.Popular UK Destinations:Trains to ManchesterTrains to EdinburghTrains to BirminghamTrains to GlasgowPopular UK Routes by TrainsLondon to ManchesterLondon to EdinburghLondon to BirminghamLondon to Glasgow
posted April 20, 2020
Visit Manchester: A Sunny Getaway in England
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Visit Manchester: A Sunny Getaway in England
Manchester is the second-largest city in England after London. She is very British, but also a whole world apart. Admit it, you probably had a pretty negative image of the city of Manchester, made up of industries, images taken from Ken Loach films and rainy scenes, right? However, Manchester presented itself in its best light when you go there and it is under the sun that you will discover the city, which in a few moments has become a real favorite. Musical cradle of many groups (such as Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division, Take That, Bee Gees…), the host city of great European teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, shaped by its rich industrial past, Manchester has a thousand faces, Manchester tells hundreds of stories that spread on its walls, in its museums, in its galleries, in its cafes and in its restaurants, in the mouths of Mancunians ... If images of industrial wasteland, abandoned warehouses, Poverty and wasteland come to mind, you will, because the crisis has hit Manchester in a very violent way, but Manchester is much more than that and it shows as soon as you put a step outside. Manchester is undergoing a renaissance and opens its arms to you!A large English city, Manchester city center can be explored very easily on foot, especially under the sun. What a pleasure to stroll through the shopping or residential streets, to explore the different districts of Manchester, ranging from surprises to discoveries. Drop the map, go on an adventure down the alleys, follow the chance, think about looking up, reading the plates, concentrating on the details and you discover another Manchester.Find trains to Manchester
posted April 20, 2020
Edinburgh Travel: When is the best time to visit Edinburgh
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Edinburgh Travel: When is the best time to visit Edinburgh
Even though Scotland is a country of legends, its humid and gray climate is not one. The winter (from December to February) is very harsh and the summer (between the end of June and September) particularly rainy even if beautiful days are also expected during this season.The best season to visit Edinburgh would be in spring, between April through June, to be able to take advantage of long and sunny days, and also to avoid the crowd of tourists who invade the Royal Mile and crowd the doors of museums and attractions in July and August.June to August is festival season. If you plan to go there during the festival season (mid-August and early September), consider making reservations well in advance, as the city is crowded.September is also a good time to visit the Scottish capital.Popular UK Destinations:Trains to EdinburghPopular UK Routes by TrainsLondon to Edinburgh
posted April 22, 2020
A long Weekend in Glasgow
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A long Weekend in Glasgow
How many days in Glasgow?Glasgow is a quite small city. Should we stay one, two or three days on-site?You could spend a weekend there to be able to appreciate the city. And three days seems to be the ideal duration! (Excluding transport). Check the trains to Glasgow.Why visit Glasgow?At first glance less attractive than its big sister Edinburgh, Glasgow is a city more suited to "short" stays. More accessible (check the trains to Glasgow), smaller, but just as exotic!Glasgow's "attractions" will appeal to as many people as possible, be it architecture, art or cuisine. There are lots of things to see and do (and eat the famous Haggis )! It is, therefore, an accessible city, on a human scale, pretty, and full of good things. A perfect place to spend a weekend!Popular train routes about Glasgow:London to Glasgow train
posted April 24, 2020
National Gallery - Top 10 Free Attractions in London
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National Gallery - Top 10 Free Attractions in London
Top 2: National GalleryAdmire a vast collection of Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th century at the National Gallery. Presiding majestically over Trafalgar Square, this iconic London art gallery houses the works of great masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs.The National Gallery exhibits more than 2,000 paintings from western Europe from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, including captivating works created by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh.The main collection and some small temporary exhibitions are free, while access to larger temporary exhibitions is often chargeable.Price:FREE child ticket | FREE family ticket | FREE senior ticket | FREE adult ticketEntrance to the National Gallery is free.The following charges apply for special exhibitions:Gift Aid * adult: £ 16Gift Aid * senior (60+): £ 14Full price: £ 14.00Senior (60 +) / concession *: £ 12.00National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders: £ 7.00Students / Jobseekers / 12-18s: £ 7.00* This content has been provided by The National Gallery: London National GalleryOpening timeDaily 10 am to 6 pm, and Friday 10 am to 9 pmClosing starts five minutes before the time stated. Free admission to the collection and some special exhibitions. Charges apply for major loan exhibitions.National GalleryAddress: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, LondonPhone: +44 (0)20 7747 2885E-mail: information@ng-london.org.ukPublic transport:Embankment, Charing Cross and Leicester SquareFind Trains
posted April 27, 2020
Transport in the United Kingdom
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Transport in the United Kingdom
By travelling in the UK, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful British countryside, the bustling big cities and the picturesque villages. The UK is a small country and it is easy to get around by public transport. Be careful however because they are not always punctual because of the congested roads and motorways. Always plan to leave a little early.Inter-city travelDomestic flightsThe plane is an expensive but fast means of transportation. There are a large number of airports including 24 international airports in the United Kingdom. You can reach many destinations with domestic flights. Check the routes offered on FlightMapping, then book through a travel agency or directly with airlines. Low-cost airlines will allow you to travel at a reduced price across the country.TrainsThe national rail network is simple to understand and dense. You can choose to travel first (first class) or second (standard class). Unlike France, the British system is private and divided by region. Delays are frequent.Train journeys are sometimes expensive depending on the season and destination, but discounts are offered regularly. Remember to book online and in advance. If you are under 25 or a full-time student, ask for the 16-25 Railcard discount card: it will save you 33% on the price of your tickets. For regular journeys, ask about subscriptions to save money.Book Train tickets BusThe bus lines are less frequented for long distances and make connections between the main and neighbouring cities. For regular trips, you will save money by taking out a subscription. Coaches are buses that make longer journeys. It may be necessary to reserve in advance.
posted April 29, 2020
The 7 essential things to do in Newcastle
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The 7 essential things to do in Newcastle
Visit Newcastle: what are the best things to do and see in the city of Geordies?Newcastle upon Tyne is a city in the north-east of England with a population of approximately 270,000. The city is located between Edinburgh in Scotland and London. It is known around the world for its football team and for the special accent of its inhabitants, named the Geordies!The origins of Newcastle date back more than 2,000 years. At the time, the Romans had built an imposing fort there to protect their empire. Years later, the industrial revolution allowed Newcastle to develop actively. The economy was then centred around the steel and coal trade. One of the largest production centres in the world, Newcastle quickly became a rich and attractive city, establishing itself as one of the most important in England.Today, the city has evolved into a modern, artistic and lively metropolis. Its often original architecture and its museums make it a cultural city in which there is a warm atmosphere. It was also named European Capital of Culture in 2008.Are you planning to visit Newcastle upon Tyne and wonder what you can discover in this British city? Here is a selection of 7 essentials to visit during your trip.1. Castle KeepWhat would a visit to Newcastle be without going through the "new castle" to which the city owes its name? The discovery of Newcastle Castle and its keep, which dates back to 1178, is possible every day. You can observe a panoramic view of the whole city.Children's tours are also planned, with re-enactments and costumed guides. Its Norman stone architecture and fun tours make this site an unmissable point of interest in the city. You don't know what to do in Newcastle when you arrive? So don't miss the Castle Keep.2. The banks of the TyneSure, visiting the quays along the River Tyne is a must to visit Newcastle. On Sundays, you will find a market for clothes, antiques and art called Quayside.You can also take a stroll along the quays to discover the modern architecture of this area of ​​Newcastle. Among the highlights of the panorama, there is, of course, the Millenium Bridge. This pedestrian bridge was built in 2000. It is the first in the world to use a side rotation system to let boats through. This spectacle, which lasts about 4 minutes, makes it very popular with travellers, as does its colourful illumination at night.3. DowntownThe heart of Newcastle is bustling with its many shops and restaurants. Neoclassical architecture is very present, especially in Gray Street, often considered one of the most beautiful in England. In the evening, you will discover the hectic atmosphere of a university and cultural city. You will quickly realize this: Newcastle is a festive city!It is also a student city that hosts a very famous university in England, founded in 1834. It is separated into three faculties: medicine, humanities and social sciences and science. Visiting the campus and its period building is very interesting to discover.Book your train to Newcastle4. BALTIC Museum of Contemporary ArtThe BALTIC museum, located on the banks of the Tyne, is considered an emblem of the city’s modern architecture. BALTIC is one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world.His particularity? There is no permanent gallery. This museum hosts constantly renewed exhibitions, as well as numerous events where influential personalities from the artistic world express themselves. BALTIC is a museum to discover without hesitation if you are looking for what to do in Newcastle. There is also a gourmet restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Tyne River!5. Sage GatesheadYou can't miss this peculiarly shaped building when you visit the banks of the Tyne in Newcastle. It is on the Gateshead side, and you will definitely have to take the Millennium Bridge to get a closer look.Opened in 2004, The Sage is actually a performance hall, which has been ranked among the best in the world. Its curved glass and steel design can be enjoyed from the outside as well as from the inside. Indeed, it allows you to enjoy exceptional acoustic performance. There are three different stages, which allows the Sage to offer hundreds of concerts each year.The biggest stars of the song are regularly there. So, if you don't know what to do in Newcastle to occupy your evenings, you can find out about the concerts planned during your stay. The opportunity to live amazing sound experience.6. The Angel of the NorthAngel of the North is a sculpture created by artist Sir Antony Gormley in 1998. It stands 20m high and is 54m wide. Designed as a kind of totem, this work has become the emblem of the city of Gateshead.It is located on Birtley Hill, above the city centre. Built exclusively of steel, the structure withstands the sometimes complicated weather conditions in England, and it seems that we come to admire it a little for this reason too… It represents the transition from the industrial era to the era of information and marks the evolution of the Newcastle-Gateshead region.7. Things to see and do in NewcastleSt James' Park stadium: Going to a game in Newcastle is the best way to soak up the bustling city.Gateshead: Gateshead town centre is great to explore for half a day.The North Sea: You can get to South Shields by tube and take a stroll by the sea to experience a peaceful country feel, very close to Newcastle.Sunderland: The small town of Sunderland, connected by the Newcastle underground, is best known for its football team but also has a lot of charm.Grainger Market: The Grainger Market is a covered market where you can come to eat, buy fresh products or simply visit the many small shops! A must when visiting Newcastle.
posted April 30, 2020
Travel & Visit Newcastle
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Travel & Visit Newcastle
Why visit Newcastle?Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the northernmost city in England, is also one of the coldest, if one refers to the climate. In terms of atmosphere, it would rather be among the warmest, especially on football match days! Its inhabitants, nicknamed the Geordies, still use the old language which bears the same name. They are bon vivant, who love to party and will gladly invite you to join them. Newcastle is not just about football and theaters, it is a city that has many architectural attractions.Follow the guide, we take you to discover the most festive city in the country.Travel & Visit NewcastleTo help you organize your stay in Newcastle, we have listed the tours and places of interest to do in Newcastle.Where to stay in Newcastle (apartments, hotels, hostels, ...)?Newcastle is a rather opulent city, which has a good hotel offer. You will find a wide range of accommodation, from the youth hostel to the luxury hotel, including the traditional Bed & Breakfasts.If you are going to Newcastle to party, do not hesitate to settle in the Quayside district, by the river Tyne. You will be near the famous Tyne Bridge, Saint Nicholas Cathedral and Center for Contemporary Art Baltic. Also in the center and close to museums and the castle, the historic city center, the Grainger, is also a good option for accommodation. You can even walk to St James Park if you want to attend a soccer game. Do you prefer a quieter area? Look at Jesmond's side.How to get to Newcastle?Newcastle upon Tyne has an airport located to the north of the city, 15 minutes from the center. There are regular direct flights from France (Paris and Nice in particular). You can then reach the city by public transport, or by car if you have opted for car rental or private transfer.It is also possible to include the city in an itinerary in England from the capital. Trains and buses leave from London daily to Newcastle.It should also be noted that Newcastle is a two-hour drive from Edinburgh in Scotland. Train and bus transfers are frequent between these two cities. To find a train or coach at the best price for your trip, use TrainPal!When to go to NewcastleIf Newcastle is a rather cool city, because of its situation in the north of England, it nevertheless benefits from an oceanic climate. As a result, the temperature variations are small and it rarely freezes. Like any region of England, it is regularly watered, but the rainfall remains reasonable there, except in April and the last three months of the year.Consequently, it is preferable to choose the period from May to October, July being the warmest and least rainy. The temperatures will be around 20 °, but you could have surprises with days above 30 °! The Christmas period is also to be considered to go to Newcastle, to take advantage of its festive atmosphere.
posted April 30, 2020
Transport in the UK: Travel by Train
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Transport in the UK: Travel by Train
Do you want to discover Great Britain by train? Traveling by train is a scenic and relaxing way to explore the different regions of the country. The rail network covers the whole country and serves more than 2,500 stations. The system is efficient and reliable: you can leave London and get to Scotland in just over 4 hours. From London, you can get to almost anywhere in Great Britain by train from 7 main stations.London Euston - Birmingham (1h20), Manchester (2h05), Liverpool (2h15), Glasgow (4h40)London King’s Cross - Cambridge (55 minutes), York (1h50), Newcastle (2h50), Durham (2h55), Edinburgh (4:20)London Liverpool Street - Norwich (1h40)London Marylebone - Bicester Village (50 minutes), Warwick (1h25), Stratford-Upon-Avon (2h), Oxford (1h10)London Paddington - Oxford (55 minutes), Windsor (55 minutes), Bath (1h25), Bristol (1h40), Cardiff (2h)London St Pancras - Brighton (1h30)London Victoria - Brighton (55 minutes)London Waterloo - Salisbury for Stonehenge (1h20), Bournemouth (1h55)Do you prefer to come by train rather than by plane from France? The international Eurostar line links Paris, Lille, Calais and Brussels directly to London (St Pancras) and to the stations of Ebbsfleet and Ashford, in Kent, via the Channel Tunnel.Train ticketsYou can buy your tickets at any station or from major travel agencies. Allow enough time to purchase your ticket and be sure to check for special offers or rates available. Note that buying a return ticket is sometimes a more economical solution than buying two one-way tickets.You can also check train times and prices and buy tickets online from the National Rail service, directly on the railways website or through other booking companies such as TrainPal.
posted May 9, 2020