England Journals

Manchester and beyond

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A May 2011 trip to England by tvordj

Chethams Library Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: Part of my visit to the U.K. consisted of a road trip to Cornwall and Devon (see separate journal) and the other part was based out of Manchester, with day trips to Wales and Harrogate.

A visit to North Wales

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Next to the oldest house in Beamaris Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Our other day trip from Manchester was to the lovely North Wales island of Anglesey and a drive through Snowdonia National Park. We even managed to get a beautiful day for it! The skies weren't clear over Manchester mostly but, there's blue sky and sunshine some of the time. We are determined that it will be nicer in Wales and it was! We headed to the Isle of Anglesey to Beaumaris Castle, one of the last ones Edward I built to subjugate the Welsh who were a troublesome lot and objected to his taking over the place. As you would! The castle is right at the end of the town and was unfinished due to lack of funds and probably the death of the King. The cost to get in wasn't very high either. ...Read More

Manchester and beyond

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Arndale Centre Photo, Manchester, England
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We spent our first week on the road in Cornwall. The second week is based out of Manchester, Salford actually, where my fiance lives. We did a bit of shopping and stopped into a little known library in the city centre, Chetham's library on the Monday. Mostly the weather all week was grim other than one nice day. We caught up with friends and visited his dad a few times as well. On the Monday morning, I got up before he did and offloaded my Cornwall photos to his computer. Then.. we had a camera accident. Graham knocked it off and over into my hot cup of tea. It was a very large cup! Digital cameras and liquid don't mix very well! I tried to dry it out but it did seem fried. I'm only glad i...Read More

Beaumaris Castle

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Attraction | "Beaumaris Castle rocks"

Beaumaris Castle Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Beaumaris Castle is one of the ring of castles that Edward I built to subdue the contentious Welsh. This was the last castle he built but did not finish it. It's located on the Menai Straight on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales and the castle is right at the end of the town. No castle hill, no long staircase to enter as with some and the views from the castle walls are breathtaking. The design of the castle was state of the art for the late 13th century with symmetrical concentric walls within an outer ring and then a moat around that. Even though it's unfinished, the outer and inner walls are nearly complete and there are lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Some of the staircases are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2011

Beaumaris Castle
Beaumaris
Isle of Anglesey, Wales
+44 1248 810361

George and Dragon Inn

Restaurant | "Historic pub in Beaumaris"

George and Dragon Inn Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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The pub is a few minutes' walk into the town centre from Beaumaris Castle on a side street. You can see it from the main street and there are several other places around it. We chose it because it was one of the oldest pubs in town, dating to the early 1400s. It had a couple of rooms or "snugs", with banquette and stools around round tables. Low ceilings and the ever-present gambling machines in corners, which is a pity, really. Signs posted advertised a couple of quiz nights.

The food was standard pub type food and not bad. Atmosphere was comfortable and the barman was friendly.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

George and Dragon Inn
Church Street
Beaumaris, Wales LL58 8AA

Betty's Cafe Tearooms

Restaurant | "Edwardian Elegance in Harrogate"

Betty's Cafe Tearooms Photo, Harrogate, England
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Bettys Tea room is reknowned in the Yorkshire area. It was first opened in the early 20th century and the one in Harrogate was the original one. There are now about a half dozen in the North with two more in the city of York. You can get high tea, a light lunch, or just indulge in tea and a selection from the cake tray, which is what we did. Tea and coffee is served in silver pots with china dishes. Very nice!The staff is all very professional, dressed in formal serving outfits. The Food is superb and the queues can be long to get in. We went off season on a weekday so had no problems getting a table straight away. The only drawback is the price. It isn't cheap but ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Betty's Cafe Tearooms
1 Parliament Street
Harrogate, England HG1 2QU
(01423) 502-746

Hales Bar

Restaurant | "Oldest bar in Harrogate"

Hales Bar Photo, Harrogate, England
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Hales bar is the oldest in Harrogate. It started off life as a coaching inn when the spa town of Harrogate was beginning it's fame as a spa destination in the mid 1700s. It continued as an Inn through Victorian times when it was rebuilt. It became Hales in the 1980s but still retains an old fashioned feel with leather seating and gaslights on the bar.

We had visited the Pump Room Museum which is right across the street from Hales and decided we had to have our lunch here as it was the oldest bar. The food is very nice with some items that are a bit different such as filled Yorkshire puddings. Prices are all reasonable, service is very good and it's very much worth a visit

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Hales Bar
1-3 Crescent Road
Harrogate, England
01423 725 570

Royal Pump Room Museum

Attraction | "Victorian museum in Harrogate"

Royal Pump Room Museum Photo, Harrogate, England
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The Royal Pump Room museum explains the history of the spa town of Harrogate and shows you some of the treatments that people might have taken, most of which look pretty brutal! There are artifacts from the past including Victorian life examples, and even an Egyptology exhibit, donated by two collectors. It also gives you a glimpse into Victorian life with artifacts, toys, clothing, old storefronts as well. There's an entrance fee, less than 4 pounds, and you are not allowed to take photos though i did sneak in a few in one of the large rooms. I don't understand photo bans in museums. I realize the flash could damage some items over time, so why not just restrict people from using the fla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2011

Royal Pump Room Museum
Crown Place
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Chetham's Library

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Attraction | "Oldest Public Library in Britian"

Chetham's Library Photo, Manchester, England
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Chetham's Library is off the beaten path. I'd never heard of it and neither had my boyfriend who has lived in Manchester all his life. Most visitors to Manchester may see the John Ryland's Library on Deansgate in their travels but Chetham's, a medieval library which is part of the School of Music, is not something you'd walk past. You'd have to know it was there. How did I find out about it? Thanks to the magic of Twitter and a Coronation Street actor that visited it last year! The School of Music is just across from Victoria train station and the Manchester Cathedral. The building the library is in dates to the 1400s though the library was only founded in the mid 1600s. A Manchester busin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2011

Chetham's Library
Long Millgate
Manchester, England
0161 834 7961

Arndale Centre

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Attraction | "City Centre shopping mall"

Arndale Centre Photo, Manchester, England
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If this were to be found in Canada or America, it would be called the Arndale Mall because we call them shopping malls, but quite often in the U.K. they're referred to as shopping "centres". The Arndale was built in the 1970s but suffered some damage at the hends of the IRA bomb that went off in central Manchester in the mid 1990s. After that, there was a lot of reconstruction in the city centre and the Arndale was renovated and spruced up considerably. It's had even more modernization in the 21st century and is now a gleaming, modern shopping centre with over 240 shops and services. The mall is really nice with a wide variety of shops and food kiosks. There are touch screen maps in many i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2011

Arndale Centre
Market Street
Manchester, England M4 3AQ
+44 161 833 9851