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Whether you love searching for vintage shopping bargains or are simply looking for the quirkier side of history, the British county of Oxfordshire has plenty of secrets to uncover. After all, it’s here where one of the oldest universities in the world can be found, as well as countless other cultural treasures. Here’s the best of unique, historical, and unusual things to do in Oxfordshire! Harcourt Arboretum Best seen in the autumn so as to make the most of the fall foliage, Harcourt Arboretum is part of the wider set of Oxford Botanical Gardens. Now owned and managed by the University of Oxford, the Arboretum has been open to the public to visit since 1963. Though you have to pay a fee to visit this ‘tree museum,’ it’s well worth it for any gardening enthusiasts! Oldest Chemist in England, Burford For those who are interested in the history of medicine, it’s worth noting that in West Oxfordshire, one shop claims to be the oldest chemist in England! Situated in the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds‘ town of Burford, Robert Reavley has been in business for well over two centuries. Situated along one of the prettiest high streets in England, other places […]

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Situated steps away from the station, Townhouse Designhotel Maastricht is a red bricked-façade, complete with a quirky interior. The accommodation has a focus on hospitality and even welcomes a soup on arrival, as well as a complimentary nightcap and goodies at breakfast each morning. Here’s a review of checking into the Townhouse Designhotel Maastricht… If you’ve never heard of the pretty city of Maastricht, then now is the perfect time to plan a visit! Home to highlights such as a red church tower which is so painted so as to preserve the soft stone and countless underground tunnels dating back to the 17th-century, Maastricht is even home to countless hilly hiking trails (truly unique in a country such as the Netherlands which is predominantly flat). Checking In: Townhouse Designhotel Maastricht Review Located in the ever-so-trendy Wyck-Ceramique district of the city, Townhouse Designhotel is close to plenty of bars, restaurants, and independent shops. If you’re after some history, then the historic heart of the city is just a ten-minute walk away, across the glittering waters of the river. If there’s one thing that the Townhouse Designhotel Maastricht prides itself on, it’s customer service. From the get-go, the team are accommodating and […]

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One long high street set upon a hillside and filled with buttery stone houses characterises the medieval town of Burford, a Cotswold settlement which has seen more than its fair share of history over the years. Situated West of Oxford and on the fringes of an area of outstanding natural beauty, here’s a guide to the best things to do in Burford, the absolutely adorable gateway to the Cotswolds. According to Forbes in 2010, the town was voted as the sixth best place to live in Europe. Centuries prior, the town had gained wealth and prosperity thanks to a booming wool trade from the 14th to 17th-centuries. Once a major hub of industry in the region, today the sleepy medieval market town is populated by antique shops, quirky cafés, and a place where history is always just around the corner… St John the Baptist Church Like many such medieval towns in the UK, the Parish Church is the oldest building in Burford and finds its roots dating all the way back to the 12th-century. One of the larger churches in this part of England, within its walls you’ll find highlights such as a pre-Christian carving and a memorial plaque to the […]

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Sitting still on the water and close to Granary Square, one of the most unusual bookshops in London can be found in the form of  Word on the Water. This barge book boat is worthy of a wander around and is the capital city’s only floating bookstore… A history of Word on the Water The bookshop is set against the backdrop of a former 1920s Dutch barge that has since been converted into a storefront. New and used books can be found in abundance both above and below deck. And the concept for Word on the Water the store was conceived by Paddy Screech, Jonathan Privett, and Stephane Chaudat. In existence since 2010, it has to be said that the shop has seen more than its fair share of problems over the years. Aside from having to compete with an ever-growing online retail space, Word on the Water had trouble securing a permanent mooring. This meant that, in the beginning, the bookshop had to change locations along Regents Canal every two weeks. Thanks to an ever-growing petition, it finally secured the spot it has now, close to Granary Square. Another set back came in the form of a leak, meaning that the […]

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Chocolate box villages, gently babbling streams, and plenty of history are to be found in abundance should you choose to visit the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the Cotswolds. Here’s how to spend one day in the Cotswolds; your perfect travel guide and road trip itinerary for one of the most beautiful areas in the UK! How to Spend One Day in the Cotswolds Road Trip Itinerary Designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Cotswolds are easy to reach from both the capital city of London, as well as the City of Dreaming Spires, AKA Oxford. Bath, Bristol, and several other large towns and cities can also be found within an hour’s drive, meaning that should you have the opportunity to rent a car while in the UK, the Cotswolds are quite easy to visit. Though this road trip itinerary is just over an hour in terms of driving time, you’ll want to set aside an entire day so as to fully explore each of the towns listed within this guide. Starting earlier in the day will ensure that you get better light and once in Bibury, finding ample parking space can often be hard! Fuel can […]

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Nestled between a major A road and a disused railway line, Wheatley can be found in Oxfordshire, to the East of the city of Oxford. Home to a former prison, windmill, and several other historical features, here’s a guide to the best things to do in Wheatley… A brief history of Wheatley, Oxfordshire There’s a record of human settlement in the area since as early as the 1st Century. A Roman Villa was excavated in the 19th-century around a mile from the main church. And nearby, several Roman shards of pottery and coins have since been found. In a similar fashion, in 1883, a Saxon Cemetery was discovered. Centuries later, during the Middle Ages, the hamlet was part of the Abbey of Abingdon. Today, the village is a thriving community filled with several pubs, places to stay, and historical quirks. Wheatley Windmill Situated on a hill overlooking the rest of the village, Wheatley Windmill is a rare survivor of times gone by. The windmill is one of two mills to the South-East of the Village. The first windmill, that of the Post Mill, burned down in 1875. The other mill, also known as Littleworth Mill finds its roots in the 17th-century. […]

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When it comes to the golden hour in London, you’ll want to head to the water’s edge in the very heart of the city. This way, you can see the beautiful rays accompanied by the Big Smoke’s iconic skyline. Here’s why you must see the sunrise at Tower Bridge, as well as a quick history of Tower Bridge. Should you wish to witness the beauty of Golden Hour in London, then there are several things you’ll want to bear in mind. Whereas almost everyone is around for sunset, fewer people are there for sunrise, meaning that you’ll get the place pretty much to yourself. Although winter means chillier mornings, it often makes for pretty skies, as opposed to the summer when fewer clouds often mean fewer candy tones dancing across the sky. Tower Bridge History: A must see iconic landmark in London Bridging the two sides of the River Thames, Tower Bridge was constructed during the Victorian Era and, at its peak, was considered an incredible feat of engineering. Today, you can visit the interior of London Bridge for a fee (and if you pay for one just attraction in the city, I highly recommend a trip!). Included in the […]

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Thinking of going solo in Dublin? Well, you’ve made a great choice! After all, the friendly city was founded in the 9th-century by the Vikings, and as a result, is filled with history and plenty of quirky attractions. So whether you love tasting local food or want to soak up some literary inspirations, here’s a guide to the very best things to do in Dublin on your own. Explore the National Museums If you’re looking for both rainy day activities and free places to visit in Ireland, then the National Museums make for your go-to destinations. In total, there are four museums, and three can be found within Dublin itself. There’s the Archaeology Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts and History (housed in a former army barracks), and the Natural History Museum to be found all within the city limits. Elsewhere in the city, the National Gallery of Dublin is also free to visit (with the exception of special exhibitions) and houses some of Ireland’s greatest artistic treasures. If you’re looking for something a little more outdoorsy, then you might consider a visit to the National Botanic Gardens. Go searching for secret Irish locations Throughout the city, there’s a whole treasure […]

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Greenwich is a beautiful area of London famed for its maritime history and for once being home to Henry VIII. It’s even thought that the adjacent Isle of Dogs is so-called because it was where Henry VIII kept his kennels in the 16th-century. Oh, and did I mention that the whole area is now designated a UNESCO world heritage site? So whether you’re interested in vintage shopping, eating your weight in delicious local specialities, or simply soaking up some history, there’s all that and more to explore once in Greenwich. Here are seven incredible reasons to visit Greenwich on your next London trip! After all, there’s no shortage of things to do while in the area… How to visit Greenwich There are several ways by which to reach Greenwich, a green space home to countless museums and Royal History to the east of the City of London. Easy to reach by bus and DLR (part of the London tube system), it’s even possible to catch a half-hour boat ‘Thames Clipper’ along the water. For those who are looking for an informative river cruise (complete with audio guide), then you may well want to consider purchasing a Westminster to Greenwich River […]

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Nestled down a little lane and close to the British Museum, Persephone Books is a publisher and bookstore in the heart of Bloomsbury, an area of London well-known for its many independent stores and quirky coffee shops. Dedicated to forgotten and little-known (mostly) female authors whose works are now out of print, each book is bound in what has since become a signature light grey jacket cover. Inside each book, a dedicated endpaper specific to the novel in question and in a ‘fabric-like pattern’ just adds to the charm of the publishing style. Matching bookmarks are on sale for an extra fee. Persephone Books Address | 59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NB What may well be London’s most unusual and unique bookstore can be found within the walls of an equally interesting building. The Grade II building was constructed in the early 18th-century and the area itself is most-famous for the Bloomsbury Group, an association of English writers including Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster. Step inside this oasis of calm in the heart of the city and you’ll find row upon row of neatly grey bound titles, all waiting to be discovered. The vibe is friendly and welcoming, while the […]

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