Monday December 9, 2013
Sooner or later this month, you'll probably want a bit of respite from stores and canned Christmas music and kids demanding the latest game consoles. Visiting a historic property in the UK could be the best way to escape holiday commerce for a few hours.
Both English Heritage and the National Trust open the historic properties in their care during the holiday season. There are wreath and decoration making workshops; chances to see these wonderful places decorated for holidays circa 1850 or 1750 or even 1300; music events, carol concerts; holiday snacks and more. I can't promise you a complete escape from the shops but at least what's offered at English Heritage and National Trust shops is original with profits going to a good cause.
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Sunday December 8, 2013
From the top of Snaefell, on the Isle of Man, you can see England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. And it's the only place in the world where that is possible.
Adventure writer Helen Ochyra explores four walks - easy and not so easy - on the Isle of Man and discovers there's a lot more to this underrated British island than motorcycle racing.
See for yourself.
Laxey Wheel, Isle of Man/Getty Images
Thursday December 5, 2013
We didn't think anything could top 2012 - what with Britain's smashing medal hall at the 2012 Summer Olympics and all the spectacle of the Queen's Jubilee.
It turns out that 2013 was a pretty good year for UK travel, attractions, trips and events too. I've picked my favorites for 2013.
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Tuesday November 26, 2013
Thousands of sports fans will be heading to Glasgow in July and August 2014 as the Commonwealth Games get underway. 6,500 athletes will compete from 70 teams and 53 countries around the world.
Besides the chance to see some of the world's top athletes compete, this event (that takes place every four years somewhere in the countries that used to make up the British Empire) will turn Scotland's biggest city into even more of an international party than the Edinburgh Festivals, the following month.
Come to think of it, why not plan a visit that takes in both?
For a lot of visitors, Glasgow is something of an unknown quantity...which is why a few new free Apps, available in several phone and tablet formats, will come in very handy. They could help you slip into the Glasgow vibe in no time at all.
Check out why Glasgow will be the place to be this summer and the Apps that will help you discover it.
photo Visit Britain