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Like that, love this – 9 exciting alternatives to tourism hot-spots in the UK

Like That, Love This

The UK is home to some of the world’s best – and busiest – attractions. Stonehenge stone circle, the Roman city of Bath, Gothic Canterbury cathedral and the exciting capital city of London all see more than their fair share of tourists.

But why should visitors join the throng? Swerve away from some of the classics instead and there are numerous alternatives that are just as enticing.
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8 wonderful festive markets to visit in Great Britain this Christmas

8 wonderful festive markets to visit in Great Britain this Christmas

Christmas time in Great Britain is a unique blend of festive fun, wonderful tradition and magical experiences. For those visiting over the holiday period we have put together a list of some of the unmissable Christmas markets that will be running in different locations around the country. From mulled wine & mince pies, to meeting Santa in his grotto, a visit to a Christmas market is an absolute must for any traveller who wants to experience the warm heart of Great Britain at Christmas.
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Unexpected places to ice skate in Great Britain

To add a touch of magic to any visit, book your clients on a trip to one of Great Britain’s ice rinks. In winter, the grounds and courtyards of some of Britain’s most iconic and unexpected castles, palaces and historic landmarks are transformed into winter wonderlands, resplendent with fairy lights, Christmas trees and, of course, ice rinks.
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VisitBritain/VisitEngland Annual Review 2017/18

On October 9th, 2018, VisitBritain launched our annual review, announcing that visitors spent more than £1 billion in Britain last year as a result of our international and domestic activity. This means that for every £1 that Government invested in us, we delivered £25 to the British economy – spread across the nations and regions.

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

From 26 October 2018 to 6 January 2019 the wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be on display at Windsor Castle in a special exhibition.

(image credit: TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Royal Collection Trust , © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018])
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3 places to visit in East Anglia

With coast, countryside and cites, East Anglia is the perfect place for visitors to experience layers of Britain. This article outlines some of the top locations that East Anglia has to offer.

250th anniversary of the modern circus, Staffordshire- New for 2018

2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the invention of the modern circus ring by Philip Astley, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme. In 1768, Astley, himself an equestrian performer, brought together clowns, jugglers, tightrope walkers and musicians in one place for the first time, to form the first modern circus.

Belmond Cadogan, Knightsbridge, London

The luxury hotel group Belmond, is backing the £28 million investment project in The Cadogan, the prestigious hotel on Sloane Street. Built in 1887 in the Queen Anne style, The Cadogan was the location of Oscar Wilde's infamous arrest.

Blackpool Heritage Museum- New for 2018

Housed inside the Pavilion Theatre at the Winter Gardens, the £21 million museum will use film, photos, music and artefacts to show how Blackpool became one of the world’s largest tourist resorts.


Bodmin Jail to become a hotel, Cornwall- New for 2018

Architects have devised proposals to redevelop Bodmin Jail. The refurbishment would include the two wings of the derelict cell blocks where the new hotel would be housed, complete with glazed roof lights that would run the length of both wings creating a centralised atrium.

Britain’s first Hard Rock Hotel- New for 2018

The 900-bedroom Marble Arch site is set to re-open in summer 2018 as the Hard Rock Hotel, complete with a lobby area hosting live music, as well as a Hard Rock Café, speakeasy bar, spa and ‘rock shop’ selling iconic merchandise.

New Brunel museum- New for 2018

A new museum dedicated to the life and achievements of iconic engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel will be part of a major redevelopment of Bristol’s Floating Harbour area.

New Eden Project hotel planned, Cornwall- New for 2018

The Eden Project will get a new £8.5million addition to the eco-friendly site next year: a 109-bedroom hotel, located near the Eden’s Plum car park. The structure will be designed to blend into the countryside whilst still striking an unconventional appearance and offering high levels of accessibility, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Opening of The Peninsula, London- New for 2018

The luxury global chain, Peninsula, has announced plans to open its first ever UK property in London. Located in Belgravia, steps away from Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, the new hotel will be in a prime location to explore the capital’s cultural highlights.
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Rademon Estate Distillery- New for 2018

Set in 500 acres, Rademon Estate in the heart of County Down is one of the oldest historic estates in Ireland and 30 minutes from Belfast City Center.   Since 2014, they have been distilling Shortcross Gin on the estate.

Zetter to open hotel in Manchester- New for 2018

Luxury hotel group Zetter has announced plans to open its first hotel outside of London, and the fourth hotel in its collection. The new addition to The Zetter Group portfolio will be in a converted Grade-II listed fire station in London Road, Manchester.

Great Exhibition of the North 2018- New for 2018

Set to be the biggest event in England in 2018, The Great Exhibition of the North (22 June – 09 September) is a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences in NewcastleGateshead.