United Kingdom Journals

London, Manchester and Afield

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A May 2009 trip to United Kingdom by tvordj

Flowers on Bury Market,Manchester Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: My annual trip to the U.K. this year included a couple of nights in London. We did some day trips from Manchester/Salford as well.

London

Back in Blighty

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Hilton London Islington Photo, London, England
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We arrived in London at 6 p.m. local time at St. Pancras International (via Eurostar from Brussels) and made our way through the station. I wanted to pick up our train tickets that I'd booked for our return to Manchester on Sunday so we had to find the ticket machines in the station. St. Pancras is actually quite large and connects to King's Cross as well. We got confused and a bit turned around but eventually found where we needed to be. I even successfully navigated the machine but we still had to go through a queue anyway when we wanted to top up our Oyster transport cards. Oh well. Then we got mixed up tryi...Read More

Hilton London Islington

Hotel | "Up to the Usual Hilton Standard"

Hilton London Islington Photo, London, England
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Our budget doesn't normally run to Hilton prices, especially in London where the most basic room can run 95 pounds a night. The exchange rate to the Canadian dollar is pretty good these days, so that helps. What really sold me, though, was the deal I got through Londontown.com. For a May weekend (Friday/Saturday) we got the hotel, with all taxes in for 65 pounds a night including full buffet breakfast!!!! Result! We arrived around 7 on the Friday night, and the checkin was quick and helpful and very friendly. Our room had a queen sized bed and a good sized en suite bathroom. There was a lounge chair in the corner, a flat screen telly and a large desk with data jacks and things though we didn't use the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2009

Hilton London Islington
53 UPPER STREET
London, England N1 0QH
+44 207 3547700

British Library

Attraction | "Meeting Henry VIII"

British Library Photo, London, England
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When I heard that the British Library would be hosting a special exhibition on Henry VIII, curated by expert Dr. David Starkey, I knew I could absolutely not miss it! I pre-booked tickets online and we went the morning after we arrived in London from Brussels. The exhibit was really marvellous! There were 500 year old documents, books with stunning illuminations, paintings, drawings and a few artifacts. There were also some interactive displays and apparently some sort of holograms of Henry that I completely failed to see, though Graham did. The audio accompaniment was narrated by Starkey himself. It was really amazing to see all these papers and letters that survived so long, some in King...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2009

British Library
96 Euston Road
London, England NW1 2DB
+44 20 7412 7000

Manchester/Salford and area

MartinMere Wetlands, Lancashire Co. Photo, England, United Kingdom
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I couldn't face dragging everything on the bus to the train station so we booked a cab which cost a lot more than I think it should have but sod it! The first class train seats are very comfy and there was free tea and coffee and bikkies. When we got back to Salford and Graham's flat, we stopped in to see his dad for a bit. Later i got my photos uploaded to the computer and am fairly happy with them. We had something to eat and relaxed. I called home for Mother's Day and then set up a meet-up with the Manchester gang for Tuesday. Monday has Sunshine! Blue Sky! I rarely see that in Manchester/Salford! The breeze is a bit chilly but so what? We got the bus in town and walked to t...Read More

Lyme Park

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Attraction | "Lyme Hall and Park"

Lyme Park Photo, Manchester, England
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First off, Lyme Hall and Park is not in Manchester, it's on the outskirts, just past Stockport in Cheshire. It's an old manor house on the edge of a huge park, all part of an original estate granted to the family in the 1400s. The house dates back that far but mainly the current house dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. The house is open to the public (for a fee of course) and you also pay to park in the parking lot. The gardens are really nice too and that also costs. We just got a ticket for both house and gardens to cover it all. The family were Jacobite supporters and the house has exquisite tapestries, furniture and art. I really enjoyed it. No photos but i did manage to take a stealth shot i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 26, 2009

Lyme Park
Buxton Road West
Stockport, England SK12 2NX
+44 1633 766492

Free Museum in Salford

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Victorian living room Photo, Manchester, England
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There's a small, free musuem in Salford that is called, oddly enough, the Salford Musuem. It's located in the Salford University campus by Peel Park, near the Salford Crescent station. One of the features is a reproduction of a Victorian street called Lark Hill Place. It's dark with a few "gas" street lamps and there are a group of storefronts and windows to dwellings that you can look through and see it all set up as it would have been. You can't take flash pictures in the Lark Hill space and because it's darkened, i braced my camera on the glass windows or on walls and got some fairly good pics that I was happy with.Some of the "storefronts" include a pub which had a bar and tables and y...Read More

Visit the Plague Village

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The Buttery, Eyam Hall Photo, Eyam, England
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The village of Eyam is called the Plague Village. In 1665, during an outbreak of bubonic plague, the disease spread to this village, probably in the fleas that were with a shipment of cloth. People started dying quickly but the parson realized what was going on and he organized the villagers. They isolated themselves, quarantined themselves and to avoid starving to death, arranged for outsiders to leave supplies at the border of the village, leaving money disinfected in vinegar in payment. They took other precautions as well and as a result, the plague didn't spread beyond the village though nearly 80% of Eyam perished over the next year. The village is off the main road and is surrounded ...Read More