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  • 8 alternative UK winter breaks

    8 alternative UK winter breaks

    November 7th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    The UK gets pretty grim during the winter, with its dark, early nights and splutteringly cold weather. But if you can’t wait until spring to start having fun again, there’s still hope. Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson has compiled eight ideas for alternative UK breaks during the winter months, from a singing retreat in Northumberland to... Read more »

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  • Along the Thames: a step-by-step London itinerary

    Along the Thames: a step-by-step London itinerary

    August 31st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Pin London grew up around the Thames, and a stroll (or a boat ride) along its banks is one of the city’s real treats. This step-by-step itinerary, adapted from our brand new edition of The Pocket Rough Guide to London, takes in some of the river’s best sights. Pick a sunny day, sling a camera around your... Read more »

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  • You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

    You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

    August 22nd, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    That’s right. Those days of buying a nylon jumpsuit and turning your house into a makeshift obstacle course are over. Thanks to a crowd-funded project set up by three visionary twenty-somethings, you can now play the cult nineties gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London. We sent Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson along to... Read more »

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  • 8 great alternative UK city breaks

    8 great alternative UK city breaks

    August 15th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    London, Edinburgh, Cardiff… These are the usual suspects when visitors are thinking about UK city breaks. But there are actually 66 other cities to be explored throughout this land, each with something different to offer. Here’s our pick of the 8 best alternative UK city breaks. 1. Belfast, Northern Ireland Belfast rarely makes the cut on... Read more »

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  • Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand

    Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand

    June 22nd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Bournemouth’s main draw has always been its long, wide and immaculate yellow sandy beaches. It was once the playground of rich Victorians – Charles Rolls (as in Rolls-Royce) and Edward VII both enjoyed its shores – and has been extremely popular ever since it was founded as a purpose-built resort in the early 1800s. But... Read more »

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  • 6 of the best road trips in the UK

    6 of the best road trips in the UK

    June 21st, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    There is something about a road trip that creates an endless state of heightened excitement. It comes with a heart-in-mouth, funfair-like thrill. And no matter the destination, a road trip unfolds at the same, ascending rhythm. Back roads are followed (whenever possible), motorway service stations are avoided (at all costs), and the countryside flits by... Read more »

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  • How Hastings has become Britain’s must-visit seaside town

    How Hastings has become Britain’s must-visit seaside town

    June 14th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    The East Sussex coastal town of Hastings isn’t exactly a go-to beach break for Brits, or visitors to the UK. But with a brand new pier and the world’s largest underground BMX skatepark, it’s just put itself firmly on the British seaside map. Lottie Gross went to find out what makes Hastings one of Britain’s... Read more »

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  • In pictures: the great British seaside

    In pictures: the great British seaside

    June 14th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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  • We slept with the lions in London Zoo – and now you can too

    We slept with the lions in London Zoo – and now you can too

    June 9th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    Wondering where to stay when you next visit London? London Zoo just made your decision a bit easier. Forget glitzy hotels in Covent Garden or banged-up hostels in King’s Cross, you can now book a night at London’s first ever lion safari lodge. Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson slept over in London Zoo’s brand new... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons to love Leicester

    6 reasons to love Leicester

    May 12th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    In the future, British children won’t study the Biblical story of how David triumphed over Goliath with the sling of a stone. Oh no. They’ll study the shock 2015/16 English Premier League season, when underdogs Leicester City won the title despite starting the campaign with odds of 5000/1 to become champions. But there’s more to... Read more »

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  • The great British seaside: how Margate got cool

    The great British seaside: how Margate got cool

    May 3rd, 2016Rachel Mills
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    Not all that long ago Margate was a forlorn seaside town rejected by even the bucket-and-spade brigade. In a sad story echoed across England, the already struggling high street was devastated by the opening of an out-of-town shopping centre; pubs and restaurants were closing, and the future of this once thriving seaside resort looked grim.... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in London

    An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in London

    April 15th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Historic, sprawling, sleepless: London is a wonderful place to visit. Monuments from the capital’s glorious past are everywhere, while you’ll also find cultural and culinary delights from right across the globe. In other words, it really is the archetypal buzzing metropolis. Accommodation in London, however, is expensive. Compared with most European cities, you pay top... Read more »

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