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The United Kingdom is a group of islands in the North Atlantic across the English Channel from France, also known as Great Britain. Comprised of 4 unique countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the majority of the populations speak English although some former Celtic languages survive. The UK is a land of castles, pubs, cups of tea, impressive architecture, rainy days and a year round plush green landscape. England is the most populous of the 4 countries in the United Kingdom and is home to the capital city which is London. Although each country follows policy from London they each have their own capitals and parliament to administer the majority of their affairs. With history stretching back to prehistoric times there have been many competing influences in the development of the British Isles. Celtic tribes populated the island before the arrival of the Romans in 43 AD, from then on the major influences came from the Normans after their invasion in 1066 AD and the many nations that made up the British Empire at its peak. With a comprehensive transport network of trains, planes, buses, ferries and highways there is no spot in the UK you cannot get to easily. Officially known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland there are a number of 'must see' places outside of the usual transport hub and popular capital of London. Visiting Edinburgh in Scotland, Caenarfon in Wales, Stonehenge in England and Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland are but a few places that are worth your time. With basically 4 countries in one it can be tough to cover all you want to see and do but starting in London and doing a couple of day trips to the surround areas then heading north to Scotland or West to Wales will provide good options. Visiting the United Kingdom is an easy travel experience for anyone with a grasp of English and it offers the same spectacular cultural aspects of mainland Europe meaning one trip will just be the tip of the iceberg.

Bath
Belvoir Castle
Caernarfon
Chester
Conwy
Edinburgh
Leeds
London
Manchester
St Ives
St Michael's Mount
Stonehenge
Warwick Castle
York Castle
 

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Photography by Eric Starling, Mike Minckler and Footside

The Chester Rows, Chester, England, United Kingdom
The Chester Rows, Chester
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Tower of London, London, England, United Kingdom
Tower of London, London
View of Caernarfon Castle and Town, Wales, United Kingdom
View of Caernarfon Castle and Town
Conwy City Walls, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy City Walls
Isle of Sky, Northern Scotland, United Kingdom
Isle of Sky, Northern Scotland
View from the Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
View from the Roman Baths, Bath
Big Ben, London, England, United Kingdom
Big Ben, London
Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
Canterbury
Club House, St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
Club House, St Andrews
Chatsworth House, Near Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Chatsworth House
Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
Newcastle
Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, United Kingdom
Windsor Castle
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
Salisbury Cathedral
Town Hall, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Town Hall, Manchester
Millennium Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral, London, England, United Kingdom
Millennium Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral, London
Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge
Peak District National Park, England, United Kingdom
Peak District National Park
Leeds Castle, England, United Kingdom
Leeds Castle
Menai Suspension Bridge, Wales, United Kingdom
Menai Suspension Bridge
St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount
Saltash, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Saltash
St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives
Exeter, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Exeter
House of Parliament of Westminster Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
House of Parliament of Westminster Palace, London, England
Caernarfon Castle and the town of Caernarfon from across the River Seiont, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle and the town of Caernarfon from across the River Seiont, Wales
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Windsor Cathedral inside Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, United Kingdom
Windsor Cathedral inside Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England, United Kingdom
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England
View of the River Avon, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge, Bath, England, United Kingdom
View of the River Avon, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge, Bath, England
Conwy Castle, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle, Conwy, Wales
The British Open at St Andrews Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
The British Open at St Andrews Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle and the surrounding lake, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle and the surrounding lake, England
The Royal Crescent Residential Complex, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Royal Crescent Residential Complex, Bath, England
Peak District National Park, England, United Kingdom
Peak District National Park, England
Panoramic view of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge, England
View from Stirling Castle overlooking the Scottish Highlands, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Stirling Castle overlooking the Scottish Highlands, Stirling, Scotland
Trafalgar Square, London, England, United Kingdom
Trafalgar Square, London, England
The Seven Sisters Cliffs, England, United Kingdom
The Seven Sisters Cliffs
Old Wellington Pub, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Old Wellington Pub, Manchester
Tower Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom
Tower Bridge, London
View from Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Stirling Castle, Stirling
Canterbury Cathedral Gate, Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
Canterbury Cathedral Gate, Canterbury
Eastgate Street Architecture, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Eastgate Street Architecture, Chester
The Gherkin and St Andrew Undershaft Church, London, England, United Kingdom
The Gherkin and St Andrew Undershaft Church, London
Rhuddlan Castle Backflip, Wales, United Kingdom
Rhuddlan Castle Backflip
St James Park, Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
St James Park, Newcastle
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
Stamford Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom
Stamford Bridge, London
Old Trafford, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Old Trafford, Manchester
Warwick Castle, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle
Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Roman Baths, Bath
Beaumaris Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Beaumaris Castle
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
Beaumaris Castle Backflip, Wales, United Kingdom
Beaumaris Castle Backflip
Belvoir Castle Backflip, England, United Kingdom
Belvoir Castle Backflip
Bolsover Castle Backflip, England, United Kingdom
Bolsover Castle Backflip
Stonehenge Backflip, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge Backflip
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Nottingham
London Skyline, England, United Kingdom
London Skyline
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
Conwy Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Windsor Castle, England, United Kingdom
Windsor Castle
Tower of London, England, United Kingdom
Tower of London
Trafalgar Square, London, England, United Kingdom
Trafalgar Square, London
House of Parliament, London, England, United Kingdom
House of Parliament, London
London Eye, England, United Kingdom
London Eye
St Pauls, London, England, United Kingdom
St Pauls, London

London, England

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling, Mike Minckler and Footside

Trafalgar Square, London, England, United Kingdom
Trafalgar Square
London Eye, London, England, United Kingdom
London Eye
St Paul's Cathedral, London, England, United Kingdom
St Paul's Cathedral
Royal Courts of Justice, London, England, United Kingdom
Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Albert Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
Royal Albert Hall
House of Parliament, London, England, United Kingdom
House of Parliament

London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom and is truly a global city with power, influence and recognition that reaches worldwide. Originally founded by the Romans in 43AD and named Londinium, the city has expanded into one of the biggest urban centres in the world and is a global leader in commerce, finance, entertainment, tourism, fashion and the arts to name a few. With a diverse and varied population that represents a large portion of the many nations that made up the British Empire, London continues to be a place where people from around the world look to live and gain better opportunities. London is one of those huge old world European cities like Rome and Paris with thousands of years of history to draw on, making it a great place to spend a couple days viewing the main blockbuster sites or a couple weeks delving deeper into the museums, galleries and less promoted parts of the city. No trip to London is complete without strolling the River Thames from the iconic House of Parliament with Big Ben as your starting point, all the way to another very recognizable London icon in Tower Bridge. When the hussle of the city starts to wear you down taking a break in the massive greenspace of Hyde Park or relaxing with hilltop views of London from Regents Park is a great place to escape.

Big Ben, London, England, United Kingdom
Big Ben
St Pauls Cathedral, London, England, United Kingdom
St Pauls Cathedral
Millennium Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral, London, England, United Kingdom
Millennium Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral
Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London, London, England, United Kingdom
Tower of London
Harrods Department Store, London, England, United Kingdom
Harrods Department Store
Westminster Abbey, London, England, United Kingdom
Westminster Abbey
Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace
The Gherkin and St Andrew Undershaft Church, London, England, United Kingdom
The Gherkin and St Andrew Undershaft Church
The Natural History Museum, London, England, United Kingdom
The Natural History Museum
Trafalgar Square, London, England, United Kingdom
Trafalgar Square
Earls Court, London, England, United Kingdom
Earls Court

London also boasts the second largest metro system in world enabling transport to and from all corners of the city. The London Underground or "Tube" system serves 270 stations with some 400 km of track, combine this with the overland trains and you have a comprehensive network of transportation that enables a city like London to function even with a population exceeding 12 million people. With so much to see and do in London it can be overwhelming trying to pack it all in, must see sites include the British Museum, Tower of London and the Imperial War Museum. Almost all museums and art galleries in London are free entry with "suggested" donation giving you a rare opportunity to save some money in this pricey city. Other notable places of interest worth taking in are Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and some of the old city areas near St Pauls Cathedral. The best way to see the city is on foot and with the underground "Tube" system covering most of the city if you get tired of walking you can easily navigate back to where you started. London has enough to see and do to fill a month so take the time to research want you want to experience from this monster metropolis before you arrive and you will be able to maximize your time.

Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery in the background, London, England, United Kingdom
Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery in the background
The River Thames with the London Eye on the left bank and the House of Parliament further up on the right bank, London, England, United Kingdom
The River Thames with the London Eye on the left bank and the House of Parliament further up on the right bank
House of Parliament or Westminster Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
House of Parliament or Westminster Palace
Tower Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom
Tower Bridge
Royal Courts of Justice, London, England, United Kingdom
Royal Courts of Justice
Westminster Tube Stop, London, England, United Kingdom
Westminster Tube Stop
Tower of London, London, England, United Kingdom
Tower of London
London Eye, London, England, United Kingdom
London Eye
Imperial War Museum, London, England, United Kingdom
Imperial War Museum
Big Ben, London, England, United Kingdom
Big Ben
London Roundabout, London, England, United Kingdom
London Roundabout
Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, England, United Kingdom
Stamford Bridge Stadium
St Pauls Cathedral, London, England, United Kingdom
St Pauls Cathedral
View from Trafalgar Square, London, England, United Kingdom
View from Trafalgar Square
Big Ben, London, England, United Kingdom
Big Ben
House of Parliament also known as Westminster Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
House of Parliament also known as Westminster Palace
Royal Courts of Justice, London, England, United Kingdom
Royal Courts of Justice
British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom
British Museum
House of Parliament, London, England, United Kingdom
House of Parliament
Westminster Tube Stop, London, England, United Kingdom
Westminster Tube Stop
House of Parliament, London, England, United Kingdom
House of Parliament
Trafalgar Square, London, England, United Kingdom
Trafalgar Square
The George Pub, London, England, United Kingdom
The George Pub
Royal Courts of Justice, London, England, United Kingdom
Royal Courts of Justice
British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom
British Museum
Emblem of London, London, England, United Kingdom
Emblem of London
Royal Albert Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
Royal Albert Hall
River Thames, London, England, United Kingdom
River Thames
Tower Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom
Tower Bridge
View from Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
View from Buckingham Palace
Abbey Road Studios, London, England, United Kingdom
Abbey Road Studios
British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom
British Museum
Marble Arch, Hyde Park, London, England, United Kingdom
Marble Arch, Hyde Park
Tower Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom
Tower Bridge
St Pauls Cathedral, London, England, United Kingdom
St Pauls Cathedral
Big Ben, London, England, United Kingdom
Big Ben
Winston Churchill, London, England, United Kingdom
Winston Churchill
St Pauls Cathedral, London, England, United Kingdom
St Pauls Cathedral
British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom
British Museum
National Gallery, London, England, United Kingdom
National Gallery
River Thames, London, England, United Kingdom
River Thames
Imperial War Museum, London, England, United Kingdom
Imperial War Museum
Tower of London, London, England, United Kingdom
Tower of London
View from House of Parliament of River Thames and London Eye, London, England, United Kingdom
View from House of Parliament of River Thames and London Eye
House of Parliament also known as Westminster Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
House of Parliament also known as Westminster Palace
Regents Park and London Skyline, London, England, United Kingdom
Regents Park and London Skyline
Westminster Abbey, London, England, United Kingdom
Westminster Abbey

Edinburgh, Scotland

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling and Footside

View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle
Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Arthurs Seat
Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Scotsman Hotel
Edinburgh by the Sea, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh by the Sea
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
View of Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View of Princes Street

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and arguably one of the most interesting and historically important cities in not just the United Kingdom but all of Europe. Edinburgh is one of the only places in Europe where, due to their historical importance and architectural prowess, two different sections of the city are both UNESCO Heritage Sites. Edinburgh may be the capital of Scotland but it doesn't have the typical big city feel to it; there is a vibrant character to the city and due to its compact setup it's easy to get around the main areas just by walking. Upon arriving in the city and viewing its impressive setting and location, you begin to understand why people have been living in this area since the Bronze Age. The Old Town is predominantly what made up the medieval quarter around Edinburgh Castle and along the Royal Mile down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Days could be spent just exploring this section of the city, starting with the feature of Edinburgh, its castle, then heading down the spine of the Royal Mile where any number of squares, museums and distinctive architectural gems abound. The newer parts of the city, although still over 200 years old, are valued for their contribution to the Georgian architectural style and widely touted as a masterclass of city planning. It is amazing how even residential streets in this area have such character; even standard, terraced housing being picture worthy. A few things not to miss when visiting Edinburgh is viewing the history of Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Crown Jewels on Castle Rock, doing an underground tour of the layers of Edinburgh buried beneath the streets and hiking to the top of Arthur's Seat for panoramic views of the city. Edinburgh is one of those places you go to once and realize you just have to go back again because there is still more to see and do.

View from Edinburgh Castle down the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle down the Royal Mile
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle
Nelson's Monument, Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nelson's Monument, Old Calton Cemetery
Edinburgh Castle Entrance, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle Entrance
The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Scott Monument
View above the Train Station, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View above the Train Station
Residential Neighbourhood, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Residential Neighbourhood
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle
Old Town Architecture, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Old Town Architecture
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle
Panoramic view of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle
Panoramic View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Parade on Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Parade on Princes Street
Train Station, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Train Station
Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Old Calton Cemetery
View from the North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from the North Bridge
Arthurs Seat from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Arthurs Seat from the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle Entrance, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle Entrance
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle
Snowy Streets, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Snowy Streets
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle
Panoramic view of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle
The National Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The National Monument, Calton Hill
Old Town Architecture, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Old Town Architecture
Dugald Stewart Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Dugald Stewart Monument, Calton Hill
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle
Governor's House of the Old Calton Gaol, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Governor's House of the Old Calton Gaol
Parliament Square, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Parliament Square
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Scott Monument
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Royal Mile
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Palace of Holyroodhouse Gate, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Palace of Holyroodhouse Gate
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Scott Monument
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Royal Mile
Old Town Architecture, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Old Town Architecture
Sunset, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Sunset
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
Residential Neighbourhood, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Residential Neighbourhood
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle
St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
St Giles' Cathedral
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse Interior, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Palace of Holyroodhouse Interior
Palace of Holyroodhouse Ruin, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Palace of Holyroodhouse Ruin
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
View from Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle Interior, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Castle Interior
Panoramic View of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic View of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle
Panoramic View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill, Scotland, United Kingdom
Panoramic View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill

St Ives, England

Text and Photography by Eric Starling

St Ives Harbour, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour
St Ives from hillside, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives from hillside
St Ives Harbour Beach, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour Beach
St Ives Town, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Town
St Ives Harbour and St La Church, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour and St La Church
St Ives Harbour, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour

St Ives is a beautiful seaside town in the far southwest corner of Cornwall in England, some six hours by train from London. Having been an important fishing village since medieval times, St Ives has now been voted as 'The Best UK Seaside Town' in back to back years of 2010 and 2011. The town cascades down a gradual hillside to a small protected harbour with a perfect white sand beach that packs out in the summer months. Ever since the Great Western Railway connected St Ives with one of their branch lines in the 1870's the town has switch focus from fishing to tourism. Wealthy Victorian holiday makers started the trend of escaping the city for the coast and St Ives has thrived welcoming visitors ever since. The smells of baked goods, fudge and ice cream that waft out of the many shops is tough to turn down and an afternoon can easily be spent strolling the narrow streets and shops around the little harbour. St Ives receives, on average, a much higher number of hours of sunshine per year than the rest of the UK, with many people referring to this part of Cornwall as the English Riviera. There are four major sandy beaches in and around the town of St Ives so it really is a great place to escape the city and get some fresh sea air. The train ride from London to St Ives and the tip of Cornwall is an enjoyable journey but once you are down in this somewhat remote area of the country, having a car to get around is crucial.

The town of St Ives in Cornwall from the hilltop parking lots, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
The town of St Ives in Cornwall from the hilltop parking lots
St Ives Protected Harbour, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Protected Harbour
St Ives from above, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives from above
St Ives Harbour Beach, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour Beach
St Ives Harbour, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour
St Ives Beach and Town, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Beach and Town
St La Church, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St La Church, St Ives
St Ives Beach and Town, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Beach and Town
Cornwall Train Line on the Coast, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Cornwall Train Line on the Coast
Seals in St Ives Harbour, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Seals in St Ives Harbour
Saltash Train Bridge, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Saltash Train Bridge
St Ives Town, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Town
St La Church, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St La Church, St Ives
Portminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Portminster Beach, St Ives
St Ives Harbour, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour
Saltash from the Train to St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Saltash from the Train to St Ives
Exmouth from the Train to St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Exmouth from the Train to St Ives
View of St Ives from the visitor parking lot up on the hill overlooking the town, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of St Ives from the visitor parking lot up on the hill overlooking the town
View of St Ives Harbour and Beach from the Breakwater, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of St Ives Harbour and Beach from the Breakwater
View of Porthminster Beach from the St Ives Breakwater, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of Porthminster Beach from the St Ives Breakwater
View of St Ives Harbour, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of St Ives Harbour
St Ives Harbour and St La Church, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour and St La Church
St Ives Harbour, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour
View from walking path to St Ives Harbour, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View from walking path to St Ives Harbour
St Ives Harbour, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Harbour
St Ives Backflip, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Backflip
Sail Boat, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Sail Boat
St Ives Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Beach
Cornwall Coast, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Cornwall Coast
St Ives Beach and Harbour, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Ives Beach and Harbour
Saltash from the Train to St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Saltash from the Train to St Ives
Cornwall Countryside, England, United Kingdom
Cornwall Countryside
Cornwall Cottage, England, United Kingdom
Cornwall Cottage
View of St Ives from the visitor parking lot, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of St Ives from the visitor parking lot
View of St Ives Harbour from the Boat Launch, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of St Ives Harbour from the Boat Launch
View of the Cornish Coastline from the St Ives Breakwater, St Ives, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of the Cornish Coastline from the St Ives Breakwater

Bath, England

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling

Romans Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Romans Baths
Pulteney Bridge, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Pulteney Bridge
View up the River Avon to Pulteney Bridge, Bath, England, United Kingdom
View up the River Avon to Pulteney Bridge
The Circus, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Circus
The Royal Crescent, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Royal Crescent
Bath Abbey, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Bath Abbey

The English city of Bath is located just under 100 miles west of London and is one of the most visually pleasing and historically diverse cities in the UK. Having been a place of reverence for Iron Age Britons who valued its natural hot springs, the Romans took it to a new level, forming a town, temples and building their Roman Baths on the same spot. Although the current Roman Baths complex is a later creation and not original, its an interesting place and the audio-guided tour gives good descriptive visuals of what the temple and baths would have been like during the Roman's 300 year occupation of the area. What really makes the city of Bath so impressive is the Georgian architecture used along with the Bath stone to make so many impressive residential buildings. Due to its popularity as a spa and resort town from the 1400's onward, the city was progressively developed using a golden coloured limestone which gives the city much of its character and visual appeal. On top of the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and stone bridges and buildings on the river running through town, you should make sure you go see the residential Circus and Royal Crescent buildings as well. Bath is a popular tourist destination but is spread out enough that you can escape crowds by exploring the hills and parks that surround the downtown area. This is arguably one of England's most beautiful cities and definitely worth your time.

View from the Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
View from the Roman Baths
Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Roman Baths
Bath Abbey, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Bath Abbey
The Great Bath, Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Great Bath, Roman Baths
River Avon, Bath, England, United Kingdom
River Avon
The Great Bath, Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Great Bath, Roman Baths
View of the River Avon, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge, Bath, England, United Kingdom
View of the River Avon, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge
The Royal Crescent Residential Complex, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Royal Crescent Residential Complex
The River Avon and Pulteney Bridge on the right, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The River Avon and Pulteney Bridge on the right
View of the city of Bath from the surrounding hills, Bath, England, United Kingdom
View of the city of Bath from the surrounding hills
View of the City of Bath, England, United Kingdom
View of the City of Bath
Building in Bath, England, United Kingdom
Building in Bath
Canal near Bath centre, England, United Kingdom
Canal near Bath centre
Bath Abbey, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Bath Abbey
Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Roman Baths
The Great Bath, Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Great Bath, Roman Baths
River Avon and Bath Abbey, Bath, England, United Kingdom
River Avon and Bath Abbey
The Great Bath, Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Great Bath, Roman Baths
The Royal Crescent, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Royal Crescent
Bath Abbey, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Bath Abbey
Bath Backflip, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Bath Backflip
The Great Bath, Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Great Bath, Roman Baths
Pulteney Bridge, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Pulteney Bridge
Canal near Bath centre, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Canal near Bath centre
Bath Residential Building, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Bath Residential Building
The Circus, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Circus
Obelisk, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Obelisk
The Great Bath, Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Great Bath, Roman Baths
Sacred Spring, Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Sacred Spring, Roman Baths
Swan, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Swan
View of Bath City, Bath, England, United Kingdom
View of Bath City
Bath Abbey, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Bath Abbey
Obelisk, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Obelisk
Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Roman Baths
The Great Bath at the Roman Baths, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Great Bath at the Roman Baths
The Royal Crescent, Bath, England, United Kingdom
The Royal Crescent
View from the lower level of the Roman Baths complex with Bath Abbey looming large, Bath, England, United Kingdom
View from the lower level of the Roman Baths complex with Bath Abbey looming large

Conwy, Wales

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling and Mike Minckler

Conwy Castle from nearby cricket pitch, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle from nearby cricket pitch
View of the Outer Ward, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the Outer Ward
Conwy Castle from the city walls, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle from the city walls
Conwy City Walls, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy City Walls
View of the town of Conwy from the castle, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the town of Conwy from the castle
Conwy Castle outer walls, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle outer walls

Conwy is a small market town in north Wales dominated by its impressive castle built by King Edward I from 1283-1289 AD. The town and castle are located on the River Conwy which is almost like a small protected bay because its so close to the coast which is only a few kilometres away. Conwy is a distinctly Welsh town and small enough to easily explore in a day or even an afternoon if you were rushed. The castle is the main feature of this area and is one of a number of castles built by the English king Edward to subdue the unruly Welsh in the late 13th century. The castle is perched on a coastal ridge above the water and has its outer walls connected to the walls of the town of Conwy which you can walk a large portion of. There are 8 imposing round towers, 2 barbicans, an inner and outer ward along with an impressive drawbridge entrance and a special entrance from the river if under siege and needing to resupply the defenders. Conwy castle is not only an amazing place to visit because it is free reign to explore and climb almost all the towers with no restrictions but it is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture in Europe. After withstanding a number of sieges over its early history the castle was allowed to fall into ruin by the English Parliament after the English civil war to ensure it was not used again in any uprisings. By 1665 it was stripped of all metals and allowed to degrade, its revival started in the 18th century when Conwy Castle became a popular romantic ruin for painters and finally got the much needed restoration work started in the later part of the 1800's. Any trip to North Wales should take in this small walled town and its castle, the remaining city walls offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills, town, coast and castle. There are a number of good pubs in the town to enjoy a pint and something to eat after exploring the area and its worth noting again that the freedom to explore all corners of this castle is a rarity among UNESCO World Heritage sites so should not be missed.

View from the towers of Conwy Castle of the River Conwy and town of Deganwy across the river, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View from the towers of Conwy Castle of the River Conwy and town of Deganwy across the river
View of the town of Conwy with its city walls and castle from the high point of the city walls, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the town of Conwy with its city walls and castle from the high point of the city walls
View of Conwy Castle from the nearby cricket pitch, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of Conwy Castle from the nearby cricket pitch
Conwy Castle and Suspension Bridge, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle and Suspension Bridge
Conwy Castle from city walls, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle from city walls
Conwy Castle and town, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle and town
Conwy Castle and town, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle and town
Inner passage of the castle, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Inner passage of the castle
Conwy Road Bridge and Suspension Bridge, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Road Bridge and Suspension Bridge
Conwy City Walls, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy City Walls
View of the Inner Ward, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the Inner Ward
View of the River Conwy, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the River Conwy
Castle Tower, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Castle Tower
Castle Passage, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Castle Passage
Conwy Castle Outer Walls, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle Outer Walls
View of the Outer Ward of Conwy Castle and the town of Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the Outer Ward of Conwy Castle and the town of Conwy
View of the Inner Ward of Conwy Castle and the River Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the Inner Ward of Conwy Castle and the River Conwy
Inside a castle tower, Conwy Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Inside a castle tower
The town of Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
The town of Conwy
Promotional poster of the castle, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Promotional poster of the castle
Conwy City Walls, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy City Walls
Conwy Castle from the shoreline, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle from the shoreline
Conwy town and city walls, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy town and city walls
Conwy Castle Tower, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle Tower
View from Conwy Castle tower, Wales, United Kingdom
View from Conwy Castle tower
Conwy Castle Tower, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle Tower
Conwy Castle from the city walls, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle from the city walls
Welsh Flag, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
Welsh Flag
Conwy City Walls and Train Tracks, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy City Walls and Train Tracks
Outer Ward of Conwy Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Outer Ward of Conwy Castle
River Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
River Conwy
Conwy Castle and town, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle and town
Outer Ward of Conwy Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Outer Ward of Conwy Castle
View from the city walls of the coastline, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View from the city walls of the coastline
Conwy Castle from the city walls, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle from the city walls
Conwy City Walls, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy City Walls
Conwy Castle Backflip, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy Castle Backflip
Conwy City Walls, Wales, United Kingdom
Conwy City Walls
View of Conwy Castle from street level, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of Conwy Castle from street level
View of the interior of Conwy Castle and the town of Conwy from one of the towers, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the interior of Conwy Castle and the town of Conwy from one of the towers

St Michael's Mount, England

Text and Photography by Eric Starling

St Michael's Mount at low tide, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount at low tide
Mural of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Mural of St Michael's Mount
Inner Keep of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Inner Keep of St Michael's Mount
View of the harbour and town of Marazion, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of the harbour and town of Marazion
Stained Glass in St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass in St Michael's Mount
Ancient Causeway at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Ancient Causeway at St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount is a tidal island, capped by a castle, located some 360 metres off the coast of Cornwall in southern England, near the town of Penzance. The little island is connected by an ancient causeway of granite stones that is passable on foot at low tide but can be covered by up to five or more metres of water at high tide. The 'Mount', as it is known locally, got its name in the 5th century when the Archangel St Michael appeared to fishermen on the Mount. Having been a monastery from the 8th century onwards, it was associated with Mont St Michel across the English Channel in Normandy France for a few hundred years before it was seized by the English crown, ending the monastic association between the two. St Michaels Mount has withstood a number of sieges throughout its history and even a tsunami caused by the 1755 earthquake in Portugal. The island was sold in 1659 to the St Aubyn family who still inhabit the castle today. The island itself is a small collection of buildings with the castle being the key feature. The castle boasts a variety of rooms with a chapel, grand hall and impressive map room. The Mount is now a popular tourist destination run by the National Trust and with the large sandy beach that is opposite the island running along the Cornish coast, it is a great place to spend a day soaking up some history and a little beach time.

St Michael's Mount at low tide, the causeway is just starting to get covered as the tide comes in, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount at low tide, the causeway is just starting to get covered as the tide comes in
View of the town of Marazion from the base of St Michael's Mount just as the tide is coming in, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of the town of Marazion from the base of St Michael's Mount just as the tide is coming in
Inner Keep of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Inner Keep of St Michael's Mount
Stained Glass in St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass in St Michael's Mount
View over the English Channel, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View over the English Channel
St Michael's Mount at high tide, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount at high tide
St Michael's Mount at low tide, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount at low tide
The castle on St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
The castle on St Michael's Mount
View of the cliffs below the castle, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of the cliffs below the castle
St Michael's Mount at low tide, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount at low tide
View from below the castle of the Cornish flag, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View from below the castle of the Cornish flag
View from the castle, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View from the castle
View of Penzance from St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of Penzance from St Michael's Mount
World War II Pillbox on St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
World War II Pillbox on St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount from the beach at low tide, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount from the beach at low tide
View of the English Channel from St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of the English Channel from St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount Harbour where boats ferry visitors back to the mainland, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount Harbour where boats ferry visitors back to the mainland
St Michael's Mount at low tide, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount at low tide
View of the submerged Causeway, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of the submerged Causeway
St Michael's Mount from the Beach, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount from the Beach
St Michael's Mount Backflip, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount Backflip
Stained Glass in St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass in St Michael's Mount
View of Cornish Countryside from St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of Cornish Countryside from St Michael's Mount
View of Castle at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of Castle at St Michael's Mount
Inner Hall in St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Inner Hall in St Michael's Mount
Canon defenses at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Canon defenses at St Michael's Mount
Mural of the surrounding coastline, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Mural of the surrounding coastline
The Library of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
The Library of St Michael's Mount
Entrance to the castle of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Entrance to the castle of St Michael's Mount
View of Cornish Countryside from St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of Cornish Countryside from St Michael's Mount
Stained Glass in St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass in St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount at high tide, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount at high tide
St Michael's Mount Causeway, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount Causeway
Inner Keep of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Inner Keep of St Michael's Mount
Chapel at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Chapel at St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount at low tide, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
St Michael's Mount at low tide
View of the Causeway Entrance to St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of the Causeway Entrance to St Michael's Mount
View of the town of Penzance from St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
View of the town of Penzance from St Michael's Mount

Caernarfon, Wales

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling

View of the River Seiont from Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the River Seiont from Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle Courtyard, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle Courtyard
View of the town of Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the town of Caernarfon
Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon
Caernarfon from nearby Hillside, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon from nearby Hillside
Caernarfon Castle from across the River Seiont, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle from across the River Seiont

Caernarfon is a beautiful, walled seaside town in north Wales with an amazing English castle built by King Edward I. The city of Caernarfon is one of the finest preserved old medieval towns in the United Kingdom and also boasts one of the highest percentages of Welsh speaking people in the country. Although the area was first populated by Celtic tribes in the centuries before the Roman conquest of Britain, the town site of Caernarfon was first "settled" when Romans built a fort that expanded into a prosperous town sometime after 80 AD. The big draw to Caernarfon, other than its distinctly Welsh character and seaside atmosphere, is the castle built by the English king Edward I to subdue the Welsh in 1283. Caernarfon Castle, set at the mouth of the River Seiont, is a visually stunning piece of medieval architecture with its polygonal towers, rather than the round towers which were inspired by the walls of Constantinople. Unlike many castles in the UK where parts of the structure are restricted, you have free reign to walk all the walls and climb all the towers in Caernarfon. Giving you the rare opportunity to envision what it would have be like when the castle was under siege from all vantage points. The views from the towers overlooking the surrounding hills, river and town are spectacular and you have the added bonus of an old time pub, right below the the Eagle Tower of the castle itself, to enjoy a pint or two. Caernarfon is a great place to spend at least a day walking the walled old town, exploring the castle and hiking the surrounding hills for views of the area. If you can make it to North Wales, make Caernarfon your number one spot to visit and you won't be disappointed.

Caernarfon Castle and the town of Caernarfon from across the River Seiont, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle and the town of Caernarfon from across the River Seiont
View of the town of Caernarfon from a nearby Hillside, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the town of Caernarfon from a nearby Hillside
The Ward of Caenarfon Castle, from left to right the Cistern Tower, the Black Tower, the Chamberlain Tower, the Queen's Tower and the double tower on the end is the Eagle Tower, Wales, United Kingdom
The Ward of Caenarfon Castle, from left to right the Cistern Tower, the Black Tower, the Chamberlain Tower, the Queen's Tower and the double tower on the end is the Eagle Tower
The Chamberlain Tower, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
The Chamberlain Tower, Caernarfon Castle
Stained Glass, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Stained Glass, Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle Backflip, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle Backflip
Caernarfon Castle Ward, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle Ward
Black Tower, Chamberlain Tower, Queen's Tower, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Black Tower, Chamberlain Tower, Queen's Tower, Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle Ward, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle Ward
The Black Tower and River Seiont from Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
The Black Tower and River Seiont
The Eagle Tower, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
The Eagle Tower
The Eagle Tower, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
The Eagle Tower
View from Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
View from Caernarfon Castle
View of town of Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom
View of town of Caernarfon
View of town of Caernarfon from the Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
View of town of Caernarfon from the Castle
The Chamberlain Tower and River Seiont, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
The Chamberlain Tower and River Seiont, Caernarfon Castle
View from Caernarfon Castle of the Welsh Coastline, Wales, United Kingdom
View from Caernarfon Castle of the Welsh Coastline
From left to right the Black Tower, the Chamberlain Tower, the Queen's Tower and the double tower on the end is the Eagle Tower, Wales, United Kingdom
From left to right the Black Tower, the Chamberlain Tower, the Queen's Tower and the double tower on the end is the Eagle Tower
The Eagle Tower and pub next door, Wales, United Kingdom
The Eagle Tower and pub next door
Caernarfon Backflip, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Backflip
Caernarfon town and River Seiont, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon town and River Seiont
View from the Eagle Tower in Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
View from the Eagle Tower in Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle Backflip, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle Backflip
The Chamberlain Tower, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
The Chamberlain Tower, Caernarfon Castle
The River Seiont, Wales, United Kingdom
The River Seiont
Caernarfon Castle Ward, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle Ward
View of the town of Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom
View of the town of Caernarfon
Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle and town, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle and town
Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle Ward, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle Ward
View from Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
View from Caernarfon Castle
View from Caernarfon Castle of River Seiont, Wales, United Kingdom
View from Caernarfon Castle of River Seiont
View from Caernarfon Castle of River Seiont, Wales, United Kingdom
View from Caernarfon Castle of River Seiont
Queen's Tower and Eagle Tower, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Queen's Tower and Eagle Tower, Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle Ward and Queens Tower on the right, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle Ward and Queens Tower on the right
Eagle Tower, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
Eagle Tower, Caernarfon Castle
Eagle Tower and City Walls, Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom
Eagle Tower and City Walls, Caernarfon
Caernarfon from nearby Hillside, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon from nearby Hillside
The Eagle Tower of Caernarfon Castle and City Walls, Wales, United Kingdom
The Eagle Tower of Caernarfon Castle and City Walls
The Eagle Tower, Wales, United Kingdom
The Eagle Tower
Caernarfon Sunset, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Sunset
Caernarfon Castle and River Seiont, Wales, United Kingdom
Caernarfon Castle and River Seiont

Stonehenge, England

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling

Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
Stonehenge view from heelstone, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from heelstone
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
Avebury Stone Circle, England, United Kingdom
Avebury Stone Circle
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path

Stonehenge is an enigmatic prehistoric monument in southwest England, roughly 13 km north of the city of Salisbury. Radiocarbon dating indicates that the first stones were erected on the Salisbury plain around 2400 BC, making this site roughly as old as the Great Pyramid in Egypt. Stonehenge sits at the centre of a number of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in the surrounding area that include the West Kennet Long Barrow and Avebury Stone Circles among others. It is evident that this area of the United Kingdom had a diverse and developing population that started building with wood, then graduated to stone some time around 3000 BC. Like Stonehenge, the Avebury Stone Circles initially started with a henge, or bank with ditch, and post holes were dug in a wide, circular manner on the top of the bank. Archaeological evidence shows that by 2600 BC, these builders switched from wood to stone and their designs became more specific and detailed, culminating in Stonehenge itself roughly around 2200 BC. With evidence that some of these mammoth slabs of stone came from parts of southern Wales, it must have been an effort by the entire population to have created what you can still see standing today. Even with all our modern technology, archaeologists and historians cannot seem to come to agreement on the original function of Stonehenge or how it was built. Certainly it was a place of worship, possibly a place of healing as the many recovered human remains with ailments in the area suggest. It may have been a burial ground or funerary monument for a powerful leader. Even today the site is revered by many practicing pagans, converging on the site during each solstice, although the access they are given to the actual circle of stones has been restricted in recent years. Regardless of its origins and function, Stonehenge is an interesting place that, like the Great Pyramid, it offers more questions than answers.

Panoramic View of Stonehenge and the surrounding fields from the designated walking path, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic View of Stonehenge and the surrounding fields from the designated walking path
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
West Kennet Long Barrow, England, United Kingdom
West Kennet Long Barrow
Stonehenge Backflip, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge Backflip
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
Avebury Stone Circle, England, United Kingdom
Avebury Stone Circle
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
Avebury Stone Circle, England, United Kingdom
Avebury Stone Circle
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
West Kennet Long Barrow Entrance, England, United Kingdom
West Kennet Long Barrow Entrance
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
View of Avebury Henge, England, United Kingdom
View of Avebury Henge
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path
Stonehenge view from walking path, England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge view from walking path

Chester, England

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling and Mike Minckler

Chester Cathedral, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Chester Cathedral
The Chester Rows, Chester, England, United Kingdom
The Chester Rows
Eastgate Clock, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Eastgate Clock
Eastgate Street Architecture, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Eastgate Street Architecture
Chester Walls, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Chester Walls
Black and White Architecture, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Black and White Architecture

Chester is an English city close to the border with north Wales in the county of Cheshire. Settled by the Romans in 79 AD, the city has been a thriving population centre and frontier town to the nearby Welsh populations for almost 2000 years. With some of the most complete city walls in all of the UK, you can get a good feel for the old medieval town by walking the walled perimeter, day or night. Once inside the city centre, the medieval buildings and facades, called the Chester Rows, that make up large portions of the main streets add a distinct character to Chester. Much of the city centre buildings are made up of black and white Tudor style architecture which is unique to the city, although it can be found in much smaller numbers elsewhere in England. Although there are a number of museums, historical sites and shopping opportunities in Chester, the best activities are just walking the city walls and streets within the medieval boundaries and popping in to different pubs for a drink or two before continuing on. Chester can also be easily used as a base to explore the fantastic castles that dot the countryside of North Wales. Both the international airports of Manchester and Liverpool are within striking distance as well, making the city an easy day trip itself if you're only in the North West of England for a short period of time.

The Chester Rows, Chester, England, United Kingdom
The Chester Rows
City Walls, Chester, England, United Kingdom
City Walls
Eastgate Street, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Eastgate Street
City Walls and Canal, Chester, England, United Kingdom
City Walls and Canal
The Old Dee Bridge, Chester, England, United Kingdom
The Old Dee Bridge
City Walls, Chester, England, United Kingdom
City Walls
Eastgate Street and Eastgate Clock, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Eastgate Street and Eastgate Clock
Chester Architecture, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Chester Architecture
St John the Baptist's Church, Chester, England, United Kingdom
St John the Baptist's Church
Panoramic View of the City of Chester, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic View of the City of Chester
Chester Cathedral, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Chester Cathedral
Chester Racecourse the Roodee, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Chester Racecourse the Roodee
Chester Cathedral, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Chester Cathedral
The Chester Rows, Chester, England, United Kingdom
The Chester Rows
City Walls, Chester, England, United Kingdom
City Walls
Black and White Architecture, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Black and White Architecture
Roman City Walls, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Roman City Walls
Chester Cathedral, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Chester Cathedral
Black and White Architecture, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Black and White Architecture
City View, Chester, England, United Kingdom
City View
Chester Cathedral, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Chester Cathedral
City Walls, Chester, England, United Kingdom
City Walls
St John the Baptist's Church, Chester, England, United Kingdom
St John the Baptist's Church
Grosvenor Park, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Grosvenor Park
City Walls, Chester, England, United Kingdom
City Walls
Eastgate Clock, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Eastgate Clock
Statue, Chester, England, United Kingdom
Statue
City View, Chester, England, United Kingdom
City View

Warwick, England

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling

Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Lord Leycester Hospital
Warwick Castle and River Avon, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle and River Avon
View of the town of Warwick, England, United Kingdom
View of the town of Warwick
Inner Courtyard, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Inner Courtyard, Warwick Castle
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle and River Avon, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle and River Avon

Warwick Castle is an exceptionally well preserved medieval castle located in the town of Warwick, on the River Avon. Originally built out of wood by William the Conqueror in 1068, the castle was rebuilt in stone sometime in the 12th century and has undergone many changes and additions over its long history. By the late 1560's, the castle had fallen into ruin and by the start of the 17th century, plans were made to convert it into a country house. Warwick Castle was owned by a prominent Parliamentarian during the English civil war in the 1640's and successfully withstood a siege from Royalist forces. It is surprising, looking at the castle today and picturing it under siege, as the current structure is more manner-house than fortress. There are still some excellent remaining walls and towers open for exploring that must have served for defensive purposes. In 1978, the castle was purchased by a company that runs many of the theme parks in England, and proceeded to turn it into a true medieval castle experience. There are mock sieges staged, medieval battles re-enacted, a falconry show, gardens, armour, weaponry and many other related activities on offer. Even the dungeons have been recreated with sounds and smells that you might have found 400 years ago. Warwick Castle is a money making machine with huge lines for entry in the summer months and a hefty admission fee as well. It is a place where the family can spend the entire day living, seeing and experiencing what a medieval castle could have been like. Frankly, this commercialization takes away from what is an exceptionally well preserved and historically important castle. However, the amount of resources invested in recreating medieval life is something you won't see at too many places, just expect to share it with many other children and adults alike.

Guys Tower, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Guys Tower, Warwick Castle
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle
Caesar's Tower, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Caesar's Tower, Warwick Castle
Warwick Residential Buildings, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Residential Buildings
Inner Courtyard, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Inner Courtyard, Warwick Castle
Gatehouse Tower, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Gatehouse Tower, Warwick Castle
View from Guys Tower of Warwick Castle and surrounding area, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
View from Guys Tower of Warwick Castle and surrounding area
Warwick Castle Inner Courtyard, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle Inner Courtyard
Gatehouse and Caesar's Tower, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Gatehouse and Caesar's Tower, Warwick Castle
Suit of Armour, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Suit of Armour, Warwick Castle
Guys Tower, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Guys Tower, Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle
Medieval Event, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Medieval Event, Warwick Castle
Inner Courtyard, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Inner Courtyard, Warwick Castle
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle
Suit of Armour, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Suit of Armour, Warwick Castle
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle and River Avon, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle and River Avon
Warwick Residential Buildings, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Residential Buildings
Inner Courtyard, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Inner Courtyard, Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle and River Avon, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle and River Avon
Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Lord Leycester Hospital
Gatehouse Tower, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Gatehouse Tower, Warwick Castle
Pistol, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Pistol, Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle Interior, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle Interior
Shield, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Shield, Warwick Castle
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle Interior, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle Interior
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Stained Glass, Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Castle
Warwick Residential Buildings, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Warwick Residential Buildings
Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Lord Leycester Hospital

Leeds Castle, England

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling

Castle and Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Castle and Lake
Entrance Bridge over the Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Entrance Bridge over the Lake
Castle and Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Castle and Lake
Front Facade, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Front Facade
Path to Tourist Entrance, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Path to Tourist Entrance
Path to Tourist Entrance, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Path to Tourist Entrance

Leeds Castle is a beautifully preserved castle/ former royal residence located in the middle of a small lake in the southeast of England, near the town of Maidstone. Originally built as a Norman stronghold in 1119, the castle has changed its shape and size multiple times over the centuries, depending on the tastes of successive kings and queens. Unlike many castles and fortresses in England that were destroyed during the English Civil War of the 1640's, Leeds Castle was owned at the time by a wealthy landowner who sided with the Parliamentarians, ensuring its survival. The current form of the castle you see today is the result of extensive repairs and redesign to the Tudor style, which was popular in the 1800's. Now listed as a heritage site in England, Leeds Castle is a popular tourist site featuring large grounds with gardens, a hedge maze, an underground grotto and a golf course. An afternoon can easily be spent strolling the grounds of Leeds Castle, appreciating the site from the surrounding banks where black and white swans paddle around leisurely.

Panoramic view of Leeds Castle and the surrounding lake, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle and the surrounding lake
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle and foreground buildings, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle and foreground buildings
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle from across the lake on the north west side, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle from across the lake on the north west side
Castle and Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Castle and Lake
Leeds Castle Backflip, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Leeds Castle Backflip
Unique Black Swan, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Unique Black Swan
Tourist Entrance, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Tourist Entrance
Inner Courtyard, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Inner Courtyard
Near Tourist Entrance, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Near Tourist Entrance
Entrance bridge over the Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Entrance bridge over the Lake
Castle and Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Castle and Lake
Defensive Bridge, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Defensive Bridge
Front Facade, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Front Facade
Commemorative Sundial, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Commemorative Sundial
Front Facade, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Front Facade
Entrance bridge over the Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Entrance bridge over the Lake
Leeds Castle Backflip, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Leeds Castle Backflip
Front Facade, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Front Facade
Leeds Castle Backflip, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Leeds Castle Backflip
Castle and Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Castle and Lake
Castle and Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Castle and Lake
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle front Facade, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle front Facade
Panoramic view of path to Tourist Entrance, Leeds Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of path to Tourist Entrance
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle front Facade, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Leeds Castle front Facade

Belvoir Castle, England

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling

Front Facade and Round Tower, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Front Facade and Round Tower
Front Facade, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Front Facade
Side View, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Side View

Belvoir Castle is a stately home set in the rolling fields of the English countryside, in the county of Leicestershire. The site of the current Belvoir Castle, like many castles in the United Kingdom, was originally a fortress built by the conquering Normans in the 11th century. The castle you see today is the fourth structure to have stood on this spot since Norman times. There is a distinctly Gothic aspect to Belvoir Castle which the architect used to give it a more romantic medieval appearance. The central tower of the castle is also quite similar to the central tower at the royal castle of Windsor although on a much smaller scale. Belvoir has been used for a number of television and movie locations, most notably in the Da Vinci Code as the Pope's summer residence. Today the grounds have some interesting statues and gardens to view along with the lavish interior apartments and collection of paintings accumulated over the centuries by the Manner family who have owned the castle for over 500 years. Belvoir Castle is an easy side trip off the M1 motorway near the city of Nottingham and can be a pleasant break in the countryside for an afternoon.

Belvoir Castle Backflip, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Belvoir Castle Backflip
Gardens, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Gardens
View from Gardens, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
View from Gardens
View from Gardens, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
View from Gardens
Mini Tower, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Mini Tower
Side View, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Side View
View from the surround fields, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
View from the surround fields
Front Facade, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Front Facade
Nearby Power Station, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Nearby Power Station
Round Tower, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Round Tower
Side View, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Side View
Front Facade, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
Front Facade
View from Belvoir Castle overlooking the surrounding fields, Belvoir Castle, England, United Kingdom
View from Belvoir Castle overlooking the surrounding fields

Manchester, England

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling and Footside

Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Town Hall
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
Old Wellington Pub, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Old Wellington Pub
Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Sale, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Sale, Greater Manchester
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
City of Manchester Stadium

Manchester is often known as England's second city, after London, and is the largest population base in the "North" of the country. Although the city was built on a Roman fort, it remained a small township until the Industrial Revolution where it became a world leader in textile manufacturing. During the Victorian era, Manchester became the world's largest marketplace for cotton goods and the city expanded rapidly into a factory based mill town. By the 1830's, Manchester was a place of general manufacture for machines and chemicals along with a strong banking and insurance industry. With people and products streaming in and out of the city, transport was always an issue and in 1830 the world's first passenger railway opened between Manchester and Liverpool. Manchester today is a thriving city that boasts impressive museums, shopping centres, a historic downtown area and two of England's best domestic football clubs. Along with the world-renowned football club of Manchester United, the city is well known for its music scene which has produced a number of popular bands, such as Oasis, and ensures the concert scene in the city always has something going on. Manchester doesn't have the long and visible history like other cities in the UK but there is plenty to see and do with its museums, music and sporting events. On top of that is a vibrant nightlife which is fed by two universities. If you can make it to Manchester during the month leading up to Christmas, the square in front of City Hall hosts one of Europe's largest Christmas markets with various items on offer from all over the continent.

Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester
English Flag, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
English Flag
Manchester Town Hall, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Town Hall
Old Trafford Football Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Old Trafford Football Stadium
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Malt and Shovels Pub, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Malt and Shovels Pub, Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Town Hall
The Shakespeare Pub, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
The Shakespeare Pub
Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Old Market Tavern Pub, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Old Market Tavern Pub, Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Manchester Library, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Library
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Imperial War Museum North
Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester
Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Cathedral
Panoramic view of Old Trafford Football Stadium home of Manchester United FC, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of Old Trafford Football Stadium home of Manchester United FC
Panoramic view of the City of Manchester Football Stadium home of Manchester City FC, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of the City of Manchester Football Stadium home of Manchester City FC
Panoramic view of the Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view of the Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
Entrance to Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Entrance to Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester
Pub in downtown Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Pub in downtown Manchester
Manchester Town Hall, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Town Hall
Cemetery, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Cemetery, Manchester
Old Wellington Pub, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Old Wellington Pub, Manchester
Abbey, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Abbey, Altrincham, Greater Manchester
The Shakespeare Pub, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
The Shakespeare Pub, Manchester
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
Pub in Bowden, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Pub in Bowden, Greater Manchester
Manchester Skyline, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Skyline
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester
Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
Tudor Architecture, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Tudor Architecture, Manchester
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester
Old Trafford Football Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Old Trafford Football Stadium, Manchester
Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Cathedral, Manchester
Altrincham Train Station, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Altrincham Train Station, Greater Manchester
Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Cathedral, Manchester
Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester
Abbey, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Abbey, Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Manchester Architecture, England, United Kingdom
Manchester Architecture
Altrincham Architecture, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Altrincham Architecture, Greater Manchester

York, England

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling

View from York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
View from York Minster Cathedral
York Castle or Clifford's Tower, York, England, United Kingdom
York Castle or Clifford's Tower
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral

York is one of the most historically important cities in the north of England and has an almost 2000 year history as a prominent centre for religion and trade. Having originally been founded by the Romans in 71 AD, the city was a major base during the Roman occupation and still has lingering Roman fortifications and ongoing excavations to be seen. The city of York is located on the Ouse River and with its connection to the Great North Road, it had become a wealthy trading centre by the end of the 12th century. This is around the time that the foundations for the York Minister Cathedral were laid and after nearly 200 years of building, this massive Gothic cathedral was complete and holds the title as one of the largest in Northern Europe. York is a great place to explore on foot with many aspects of its long history and architecture on view, and within easy walking distance from each other. The York city walls, which are the most complete city walls of any city in England, make for a good place to start. Not far from York Minister is an excellent park where excavations in varying states of progress can be viewed, along with a ruined church and open fields for picnics. For medieval York you just need to head to the 'Shambles', a narrow street with old timber-built buildings where boutique shops and tea rooms now replace former butcher shops. York is a beautiful city and walking the walls surrounding the old medieval town is a fantastic experience and visual display, particularly with the looming, Gothic Cathedral at its centre.

York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
Ruined Abbey, York, England, United Kingdom
Ruined Abbey
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
City Walls, York, England, United Kingdom
City Walls
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
View of York, York, England, United Kingdom
View of York
City Walls, York, England, United Kingdom
City Walls
York Castle of Clifford's Tower, York, England, United Kingdom
York Castle of Clifford's Tower
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
York Minster Cathedral Interior, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral Interior
York Backflip, York, England, United Kingdom
York Backflip
Panoramic view from the top of York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
Panoramic view from the top of York Minster Cathedral
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
View of York, York, England, United Kingdom
View of York
View of York, York, England, United Kingdom
View of York
Protective Barrier on York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
Protective Barrier on York Minster Cathedral
View of York Parks, York, England, United Kingdom
View of York Parks
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
York Minster Cathedral, York, England, United Kingdom
York Minster Cathedral
Park, York, England, United Kingdom
Park