07 July 2015

Galleries and Museums In the North of England

Are you are wondering what to do over the weekend or where to go for your summer vacations without having to spending too much? Why don't you consider exploring places in the North of England? Galleries and museums situated in that part of the country are bound to leave you fascinated and stunned. You can take your family on a historic excursion and visit these galleries and museums, which will prove to be a great trip for the children. You can get to all of these destinations quickly, affordably and safely by train. 

The cost of train tickets will vary depending on your departure destination, but you can usually save by booking in advance. Here is a list of 5 must visit galleries and museums in the North of England:
The Pencil Museum

You begin with entering a replica of Seathwaite mine, which is popular known as the origin for graphite. From there you will embark upon a journey on the history of the pencil. One of the mesmerizing historic importances of the pencil was the manufacture of 'secret pencils' by the British government and M19, which held a secret map and compass to help stranded pilots. They have a kids' art studio which will keep your little ones occupied as you browse through the museum and marvel at its wonders. Visit them for more information or bookings.


The Royal Armouries Museum

It is home to over 75,000 world-renowned objects and it houses UK's national collection of arms and armour from the past. This magnificent array of weaponry is displayed in five impressive galleries: Self Defence and Hunting, War, Tournament and Oriental. It displays armour and weapons, which were used in the early ages by medieval knights as well as modern-day soldiers. There are artefacts that come from different empires and golden ages for instance the Ottoman Empire, Japan, India, Europe and the Wild West. The museum holds an interactive programme of daily events which includes talks and tours and combat demonstration to give you and your family an insightful experience about the specific weapon or armour used in that specific time. 
Yorkshire Museum

This stunning Georgian building is home to some of the greatest collection of Britain's finest archaeological treasures, which include rare animals, birds and fossils, which date back to more than 1000 years. Medieval artefacts from the Roman Empire, Viking Era and Anglo-Saxon include items such as jewellery, mosaics and silver show their lifestyles and rich culture, which surrounded them. From swords, amazing warrior stones, detailed plant fossils to life size statues, hand crafted pottery and battle-axes, you will be left spellbound by all these historic objects. The museum has fun activities for the kids in each of its gallery; there is also a trail that you can follow around the museum and its grounds. 

The museum facade is often illuminated - see below

Royal Pump Room Museum

This bizarre establishment was built by Isaac Shutt in 1842, and is considered one of Europe's strongest sulphur well, which tells the story of Harrogate as a premier spa building. It was reopened in 1953 and since then has served its purpose as a museum and invites people to its absurd spa treatments. The water in these wells is popularly known to have healing qualities that cure anything from lumbago to gout. To know more about this spa building visit their site.

Streetlife Museum

Situated in Kingston upon Hull, it is a transport museum, which dates back to the early 20th century, which includes epic and vintage modes of transportation. Take your children down memory lane of transport history, which is over 200 years old. Let them experience the smells, sights and sounds of the past as they walk down the 1940s replica high street and board a train to enjoy a carriage ride. The museum is popularly known to house veteran cars, horse driven carriages, trams and bicycle gallery.

02 July 2015

An Adventure on the South Cornwall Coast

Looking for a summer vacation spot? You should definitely be considering the South Cornwall Coast! This area in the far southwest of England has a long history that includes both a Celtic heritage (it's the mythical birthplace of King Arthur), as well as a smugglers' history. It's easy to access by trains, buses, or cars from other parts of England, and it's easy to get around the county as well—and although you might hear some Cornish speech or see some bilingual road signs, don't worry: everyone speaks English as well. That said, Cornwall has a unique flavor of life not found elsewhere in England.

So what should you do while you're there?
Visit the Seaside

This one is pretty obvious. Although many counties in Britain border on the ocean, South Cornwall has coastline down to perfection. You'll find plenty of beautiful beaches, as well as sweeping coastal vistas that will delight the photographer or naturalist. You've got plenty of options for beaches, which is part of what makes this such a perfect summer retreat. If you're looking for a pebble beach, a sand beach, a beach where you can take your dog, a beach where you can take your kids, or something else, you're guaranteed to find a place that feels like paradise. Don't forget the sunblock!
Take a Hike

But Cornwall isn't only home to beaches; instead, a lot of the land offers spectacular and rugged hiking spots which range from beginner trails to expert ones. Head to Dartmoor National Park for some lovely hiking in the interior of the county. Or hike all or part of the Southwest Coast Path, one of the most beautiful and well-marked long-distance trails in England, where you'll pass by quaint little towns and sweeping coastal vistas that will have you fumbling for your camera every few steps.
Head to Land's End

If enjoy photography or you're really into walking, you should head to Land's End, the place farthest in the southwest in all of Britain. This is the starting point of the trail to John O'Groat's—the longest thru-hiking trail in Britain—but you can also just head to Land's End to enjoy the scenery, snap some pictures, maybe take a day-hike, and drive off to wherever's next! And hey, when your friends ask you where you went on your trip, it's easy to point it out on a map.
Chase the Legends

As mentioned, Cornwall is the mythical birthplace of King Arthur. Tintagel Castle, the place where Geoffrey wrote in the 12th century that Arthur was conceived, is located on the northern coast of the county, but head out into the countryside and you can imagine tales of chivalry and magic. Not doing it for you? Head back to Penzance for some of its festivals—the Midsummer's or Winter Solstice festivals might set the mood
Need to brush up on your King Arthur myths? Watch Merlin, which is available for free streaming on Netflix. You'll need to use a VPN to hide your true location if you want to stream Netflix from outside the US, but it's easy to set one up and you'll have all the magic with you on your vacation.
Become a Pirate

Okay, so maybe you won't become a pirate in modern-day Penzance, but you can check out its plethora of interesting buildings, including its Town Hall and the Egyptian House—and the fish and chips are to die for. The town can also make a good base for exploring places like the Isles of Scilly, which you can easily reach by ferry. These islands are home to some beautiful beaches, and there tend to be fewer tourists here than there are elsewhere. Bonus: from Penzance, you can also view St. Michael's Mount out at sea!
Work up an Appetite

When you go to Cornwall, you're definitely going to want to try all the local dishes. Of course, you're going to encounter a lot of seafood, from fish cakes to creamy fish stew. But there's more to the cuisine than just that! Grab some Cornish pasties, small pies full of meat, potatoes, and vegetables and in the words of the Pasty Muncher . . . munch on!

Or get the squab pie, which is made of mutton, onions, and apples. Or try the Hog's puddin', a kind of thick, white, and spicy sausage. Finish off your meal with some saffron cake or a heavy fruitcake called hevva cake. Whatever you choose, you're in for a real treat.
Whatever you're looking for in a vacation, whether it's relaxation or historical exploration, South Cornwall is sure to have something for you. From the friendly locals to the delicious seafood to the beautiful coastline to the… Well, there's a lot that's going to make this vacation truly, shall we say, magical—even if you don't happen to meet Merlin.