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An April 2011 trip to England by MagdaDH_AlexH

Bekonscot Model Village Photo, Beaconsfield, England More Photos
Quote: First few days of our Europe trip in the spring of 2011

St Margaret's Bay

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Attraction | "Lovely bay between cliffs"

The bay at sunrise Photo, Dover, England
Quote:
Dover White Cliffs stretch for several miles on both sides of the town, and the most famous stretches are the east (Landgdon) cliffs east of Dover, above the ferry port and the precipitous Shakespeare Cliff to the west, above the Samphire Hoe. But one of the most attractive spots in this stretch of England's chalky south-eastern coast is St Margaret's Bay. The Bay is actually the closest point to the French coast and the location of the telephone cable as well as a starting point for many a Channel swimmer; a charming and wild, despite all the human activity, cove surrounded by somewhat lower but picturesquely rugged cliffs. The Bay can be reached by a narrow, steeply winding r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2011

West Bank Guest House

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Hotel | "Dover stop-over"

West Bank Guest House Photo, Dover, England
Quote:
Dover's Folkestone Road is pretty much lined with B&Bs, invariably occupying tall, large Victorian terraces set off and up a steep bank from the road. Westbank is one of them, on a corner of Folkestone Road and with a lock-up car park in the back. We paid 85 GBP for a family room Bed & Breakfast on the first Saturday of the English spring holidays. For that, we had a large room on the first floor, equipped with a large and comfortable double bed, two singles and the usual paraphernalia of tea and coffee making facilities, chairs, bed side tables and the like. There was no traffic noise to speak of, as our room was to the back and the room was warm – in fact, almost too warm, with t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2011

West Bank Guest House
239-241 Folkestone Road
Dover, England
44 (1304) 201061

Bekonscot Model Village

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Attraction | "Tiny houses"

Bekonscot Model Village Photo, Beaconsfield, England
Quote:
Beconscot Model Village in Beaconsfield is a miniature village – or rather a large swathe of countryside - that depicts buildings and scenes of daily life of somewhat idealised England of the 1920s and 1930s, commensurate with the date of the village's foundation in 1929. In addition to the model village itself, there is a playground, a mini train, a cafe and a small pond with remote-control boats. Quiz sheets are available for older and younger children. The village is open-air and thus best visited in nice weather. The entry costs 9 GBP per adult and 5.50 GBP per child over 2 years old (2011 prices), while the train ride (all 5 minutes of it) is 1 GBP extra. A quick browse through the village could...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2011

Bekonscot Model Village
Warwick Road
Beaconsfield, England
01494 672919

Rose and Crown at Elham

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Hotel | "Lovely inn"

Rose and Crown at Elham Photo, Kent, England
Quote:
We were somehow thrown in our plans (or rather, complete and utter lack of plans) by the first weekend of the spring holidays in England and ended up with no room at the inn so to speak – or rather, no room at a cheap motel of a Travelodge or Premier Inn type anywhere near Dover. As it was well past 9pm and we rather needed a place to stay, a quick and desperate Internet search courtesy of a Little Chef wifi yielded the Rose and Crown in the village of Elham, not 10 miles from Dover and although well above the Travelodge rates, with breakfast included. We were apprehensive at first – a country pub on a Saturday night might be anything from sedate and genteel to rowdy and drunk – but what w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2011

Rose and Crown at Elham
High Street
Elham, Kent

The Roman Painted House

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Attraction | "Roman ruin"

The Roman Painted House Photo, Dover, England
Quote:
Dover Painted presents, apparently, one of the best Roman building preserved in situ in Britain. Originally a hostelry for travellers crossing the Channel – the ferry port has clearly been there for quite a while – the house was constructed around 200AD, but was destroyed - in fact, incorporated in the construction – when an extended fort was built for the Dover hypocaust 270AD. Rooms filled with rubble and surrounded by the rougher wall, the painted chambers of the Dover house stayed hidden for 1,700 years until they were uncovered by the archaeologists in the 1970's. As other Dover attractions, the Painted House is not given quite the exposure it should have considering its importance ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2011

The Roman Painted House
New Street
Dover, England
01304 203279