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Kirkstall Abbey Leeds, England

Kirkstall Abbey Leeds, England

I lived in Leeds for 10 years, I went to university there then stuck around after graduation.  I have very fond memories of the city where I spent my student days, for its huge variety of shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife.  However, it is only recently I have come to appreciate the cultural side of Leeds, perhaps it is old(er) age which is driving me to explore the other attractions in the city, like Kirkstall Abbey. Where is Leeds? For…

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14 Stunning Images to Make You Want to Visit York, England

14 Stunning Images to Make You Want to Visit York, England

York has been hailed as Britain’s most beautiful city, and the place where most people want to live in the UK.  It certainly is a special city – its small, but crammed full of beautiful buildings, and more boutique shops, restaurants and cafes than you can shake a stick at.  History seeps from every brick, wood beam and cobblestone, and it’s hard not to imagine legions of Romans or hordes of Vikings roaming the streets.  York is one of my…

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Festivals in York You Cannot Miss

Festivals in York You Cannot Miss

York is a beautiful historic city in Northern England, and is well worth visiting in its own right.  But if you can time your visit with one of its fantastic festivals you are in for an extra treat.  York has a year-round calendar of events, and with so much going on you are sure to find something to suit every taste!  These are special festivals which bring together the very best of York’s talent and history, offering a unique insight…

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The Best Afternoon Tea in York

The Best Afternoon Tea in York

Afternoon tea is the quintessential British treat.  Contrary to popular belief outside the UK, not all English people “take tea” in the afternoon.  I don’t even drink tea myself, but I’m pretty sure that the most extravagant thing  most people have with their cup of tea is a chocolate biscuit.  However, when I recently visited York, a beautiful historic city in Yorkshire in the North of England, I wanted to see what I was missing out on!  I sampled two…

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A Backpacker’s Guide to York on a Budget

A Backpacker’s Guide to York on a Budget

In the heart of Yorkshire’s countryside in the north of England lies the beautiful historic city of York.  A gem in Britain’s glittering crown, I have many fond memories of visiting York as a child, and was thrilled to go back and revisit this incredible city.  It is a popular destination for tourists, both home-grown and from abroad, so I was worried it was going to be expensive.  However, I was relieved to find there is plenty to see and…

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