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  • 21 things everyone should know before visiting Britain

    21 things everyone should know before visiting Britain

    June 12th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Brits can be a funny lot. The country might be small, but you could spend a lifetime learning its quirks and idiosyncrasies. Regional pronunciation, strange road rules and its renowned drinking culture can all prove hazardous to the first-time visitor. Here’s our guide to surviving in Blighty. 1. There are three nations in Britain First... Read more »

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  • Somerset: a British road trip to rival the world’s great highways

    Somerset: a British road trip to rival the world’s great highways

    June 11th, 2015Keith Drew
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    Keith Drew sees Britain’s Somerset in a different light from behind the wheel of a six-man motorhome. Cotton-budded wisps of mist hung lazily above the water, the early morning sunlight glinting off the pools. Freshly brewed tea in hand, we settled down in chairs outside our motorhome to survey the reedbeds in front of us,... Read more »

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  • The most beautiful places in England

    The most beautiful places in England

    May 14th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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  • What it’s like to be a pilot for a day

    What it’s like to be a pilot for a day

    May 11th, 2015Emma Gibbs
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    It was a beautifully clear evening; the sun was sinking below the horizon and the runway at Heathrow stretched ahead in neat rows of orange lights. The cars on the access road were getting closer and closer, their headlights sweeping across the road in the early evening light. “One hundred”, the automated voice said. I... Read more »

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  • 13 crazy new British beers you need to try

    13 crazy new British beers you need to try

    April 30th, 2015Daniel Neilson
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    It’s an utterly sparkling, adventurous and intoxicating time for beer right now. The number of British breweries is pushing 1400, and there are 70 in London alone – in 2006 there were only two in the capital. Hundreds of small, highly experimental craft brewers have sprung up in garages and industrial estates using borrowed, begged... Read more »

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  • The one Magna Carta exhibition you need to see this year

    The one Magna Carta exhibition you need to see this year

    April 2nd, 2015Lottie Gross
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    This feature is brought to you by the Magna Carta – indirectly, at least. 2015 marks 800 years since the signing of the first Magna Carta (Great Charter) in Runnymede, England. While it was retracted and reinstated by various monarchs a number of times in the following years, the document has become an international icon of... Read more »

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  • 15 of the most impressive castles in England

    15 of the most impressive castles in England

    March 26th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Historic attractions abound in England. Wherever you’re based, you’ll find imposing palaces, gothic cathedrals and chocolate-box villages within easy reach, but among the most impressive examples of the country’s heritage are the slew of majestic castles. Taken from the new Rough Guide, this is our pick of the best castles in England Alnwick Castle, Northumberland... Read more »

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  • Brilliant boozers: 12 of the best pubs in London

    Brilliant boozers: 12 of the best pubs in London

    March 23rd, 2015Site Editor
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    Taken from the new Pocket Rough Guide, this is our pick of the best pubs in London.  London is a very big city. In fact, it’s the largest capital in the European Union, stretching for more than thirty miles from east to west, and with a population of just over eight million. Ethnically and linguistically, it’s also... Read more »

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  • Derby: the unsung hero of the Midlands

    Derby: the unsung hero of the Midlands

    March 11th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Lottie Gross puts her preconceptions aside and discovers why Derby might be one of the UK’s most misjudged cities. When I told my friends I was planning a trip to Derby I got one of two reactions: mocking laughter, or looks of utter confusion. I have to admit, it’s never even been a consideration on... Read more »

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  • The best hostels in Europe

    The best hostels in Europe

    March 4th, 2015Site Editor
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    Taken from the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget, here’s our pick of the best hostels in Europe. Europe presents an irresistible challenge to the budget traveller. From London’s Royal Parks and Amsterdam’s canals to İstanbul’s Grand Bazaar and the Berlin Wall, just getting tangled up in its sights is a huge draw –... Read more »

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  • Through the looking glass: find the real Alice in Wonderland

    Through the looking glass: find the real Alice in Wonderland

    March 2nd, 2015David Atkinson
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    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. That means Mad Hatters and Cheshire Cats will be everywhere from London to Manchester this spring. But Alice’s story finds its heartland in the villages of Cheshire, where the author was born, and in a seaside resort in... Read more »

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  • A titillating tour of the world’s finest sex museums

    A titillating tour of the world’s finest sex museums

    February 27th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Sex museums are nothing new. Dozens were erected across Europe during the Swinging Sixties when the sexual revolution was in full swing. These days the orgy of sex museums has slowed to a mere mouthful, though they have been stimulated by a new breed of ‘erotic’ museum that aims to steer more towards art than... Read more »

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