Tag: uk travel

Alternative guide to Manchester

There’s much more to Manchester than football and the Northern Quarter. This buzzing northern city is famed for its music, nightlife, food scene, architecture, shopping and fascinating history. In the 1800s it was one of the UK’s most important industrial power houses, known globally for its cotton trade. Take a walk around the city and…

By travelyoutopia November 14, 2022 0

Review: Gunton Arms, Norfolk

Set in a magical 1,000-acre deer park near Cromer in Norfolk, The Gunton Arms is a very special place. Owned by art dealer Ivor Braka, with interiors by Robert Kime, ex Mark Hix chef Stuart Tattersall heads up the kitchen at this sublime country pub. After years of decline, the park was bought in 1982 and…

By travelyoutopia October 7, 2022 0

Review: The Rose, Deal

I set off for a solo road trip up the Kent coast, starting in Sandgate, making my way through Folkestone, Deal, Ramsgate, Botany Bay, Broadstairs and Margate.  After a day exploring the delights of the Garden of England, I couldn’t wait to spent the night in Deal, staying at The Rose. This 200 year old…

By travelyoutopia March 17, 2022 0

Postcard from Folkestone

Most people who live in the south of England have probably been to Folkestone. Either to get on a ferry or take the Eurotunnel to France. But how many have ever actually stopped off to explore? And what are the best things to do in Folkestone? There’s been a lot of investment in Folkestone in…

By travelyoutopia March 1, 2022 0

Edinburgh with kids

Before this summer I’d never visited Edinburgh. Shameful, I know. So with foreign travel still too uncertain, August was the perfect time to go. I was all set to go solo but managed to persuade my daughter to come with me on a three day mini break. Thankfully, Scotland’s capital didn’t disappoint. This beautiful city…

By travelyoutopia November 3, 2021 0

Discover Hastings

No petrol, no problem. I hopped on the train from Brighton and took a day trip to Hastings. In just over an hour I was exploring Hastings Old Town and wandering along the very hip Norman Road, St Leonards On Sea. I’ve lived in Brighton for nearly 20 years and as much as I love…

By travelyoutopia October 30, 2021 0

48 hours in Cheltenham

Cheltenham is the perfect base to explore The Cotswolds. You’ll need at least 48 hours in the area as there’s so much to see and do. There’s a huge foodie scene in The Cotswolds – choose from cosy pubs, fine dining or laid back restaurants serving up budget street food. The area is also the…

By travelyoutopia April 14, 2021 0

Review: The Mitre Hotel, Hampton Court

Staying at the newly opened Mitre Hotel, right opposite Hampton Court Palace (home of the charming Henry VIII), felt very special as it had only just opened its doors to guests. The first hotel to be opened as part of the Signet Collection – founded by Hector Ross, former chief operating officer of Longshot (owner of…

By travelyoutopia November 18, 2020 0