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Best Things To Do In Bournemouth, England

by on Feb.11, 2015, under Travel

I’m very well qualified to bring you this post today, as I spent six years living in the English seaside town of Bournemouth. While my time in Bournemouth came to an abrupt but needed end in 2009, my memories of the town and its suburbs will linger forever. Rather than bore anyone out there with personal stuff in Bournemouth, this is MY top 5 things to do in Bournemouth – I hope it provides some decent tips for all visitors to Bournemouth, a town which is embedded into my heart…this post has been coming for about 10 years now so it finally sees the light of day.

1. Bournemouth Beach

The main attraction of Bournemouth is the epic coastline and of course Bournemouth is graced with splendid beaches. There are so many different beaches too so it suits all types of travellers. There are beaches to relax, beaches to party, beaches to watch sunset and just beaches! Check out Boscombe beach, Southbourne beach and even Alum Chine. The coastline is wide and varied. The beaches have won awards for their cleanliness too.

2. Bournemouth Pub Crawl

Bournemouth is littered with an incredible range of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants! It makes it an absolutely ideal and amazing place for pub crawls. Start on the Christchurch Road and walk your way down to the square visiting as many drinking establishments as you can. The summers are the best time with beer gardens galore and loads of happy people out partying!

3. The Famous Wave Balloon

Everybody in Bournemouth knows what the “Wave Balloon” is and you should head there in the summer for epic views of the south coast of England. Situated in Bournemouth’s summer gardens, this is unmissable in summer months as it rears itself into the sky. It’s a hot air balloon near the seafront. It’s attached by a huge cord and is as safe as it is popular. Expect queues, but expect good views!

4. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

This is actually quite untouristy and unknown even by Bournemouth standards but it is unique and totally worth a visit. Mixing Italian, Scottish and Japanese influences this serves as your art experience in the popular seaside town. Best of all it won’t be too busy and has a view over the beach!

5. Live Football: AFC Bournemouth

Dean Court stadium which is also known as the Goldstands is home to the local football team AFC Bournemouth. They attract good crowds, especially in the summer months and offer a great value for money standard of football. The Cherries are a great team to watch.

The Cherries are a great family friendly club and the stadium also holds regular events so it’s worth checking out while you’re in Bournemouth.

Getting to Bournemouth

Trains and buses run from London and the trip will only take 2 – 3 hours, so it’s easily reachable if you’re based in the capital for your travels. Take a Megabus if you want to save cash!

Bournemouth also has its own international airport which is worth checking out for flight schedules.

I’ve written tons and tons about Bournemouth before and will do again, but don’t want to overload or make things cliches, this is more for those of you who haven’t been there yet. I’d argue if you only ever visit England once, head to Bournemouth (throw in a day trip to Salisbury or Stonehenge though too!).

To find a load more of ice cool stories on Northern Irish backpacking head to Jonny Blair’s backpacking in Ulster site for relentless information.

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    Birmingham City Breaks & The Ikon Gallery

    by on Apr.10, 2011, under Vacations

    Birmingham is an interesting city in the English county of the West Midlands, it is a really popular city break destination. The city features an immense selection of superb visitor attractions including a great many listed churches and other impressive structures as well as many museums and galleries, including Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery.

    The Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England, is an art gallery which specialises in contemporary art which is housed in the building which was previously the Oozells Street Board School in Brindleyplace, but it wasn’t always in such surroundings.

    The Ikon was founded in nineteen sixty four by four art students and Angus Skene. The four artists were; David Prentice, Jesse Bruton, Sylvani Merilion and Robert Groves. Angus Skene had purchased an artwork by Prentice and the pair of them talked about the endless problems suffered by local artists, which included the lack of support and venues. The discussion formed the basic ideas for Ikon which was to be a “gallery without walls”.

    Skene funded the project initially, which consisted of mobile exhibitions in such unusual venues as post offices and cinemas in a motorcycle sidecar, the concept was to increase the accessibility of art to the general public. In order to keep costs down staffing duties was by the founding artists, family and friends who did it free of charge. In nineteen sixty five the Gallery obtained a glass stall in the Bull Ring shopping centre.

    During the next couple of decades the Ikon Gallery moved from place to place until 1997 when it bought, with help from the National Lottery, its current premises, the former Oozells Street Board School. In recent years the Gallery has put on a number of exhibitions and its continuous ability to excel has led it to become immensely popular, to such an extent that in 2006 it opened another gallery, the Ikon Eastside in Digbeth.

    If you are thinking about taking a short break in Birmingham we hope that you actually spend some time in the Ikon Gallery. Also it is important to know that although there are many Birmingham guest houses and hotels finding bed and breakfast in Birmingham can every now and again be pretty difficult. It is because of this that it is vitally important to book your accommodation at the earliest opportunity. You should know that the international airport is roughly eight miles distance from the center of the city just off the A45, near the M42. You will will be able to find a respectable number of hotels and guest houses not too far from the airport.

    If you are planning to stay in Birmingham bed and breakfast accommodation you may be interested in our listings of accommodation near the Ikon Gallery

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    Spending Time In London And Accommodation Close To The London Eye/Millennium Wheel

    by on Mar.18, 2011, under Vacations

    The city of London is probably the most popular vacation destinations in the European continent. A large number of factors work with each other making the city appealing to a vast variety of holiday makers, the most important element being the large collection of top notch points of interest located the capital. London is the biggest urban zone in Europe and it’s the capital of England. As such it’s not surprising that there are countless places to stay with every one having their own unique appeal. A few other folks make a selection to stay in the very centre of the city even as others make a choice to stay someplace on the outskirts. In the article below I will be taking a detailed look at a selection of the hotels and accommodation close to the Millennium Wheel/London Eye.

    The London Eye, or, more appropriately, The Merlin Entertainments London Eye, an incredibly big observation wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames. Visited by over three and a half million people every 12 months it’s the most popular attraction within Great Britain. While enjoying a flight passengers can view a variety of the greatest visitor attractions to be found in England such as; the Post Office Tower, St Paul’s Cathedral, Palace of Westminster, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben clock tower, the NatWest Tower and and more. With such an amazing selection of excellent visitor attractions only a short distance from The Millennium Wheel/London Eye many visitors choose to stay in hotels near to the attraction itself.

    Hotels Near To The Millennium Wheel/London Eye

    In order to keep things easy I shall concentrate on those hotels which are nearest to the London Eye/Millennium Wheel and those which can also take online bookings. The closest two places are both Park Plaza hotels, the Westminster Bridge and the County Hall. Only a short distance further away you will discover the accommodation; London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Citadines Trafalgar Square and Royal Horseguards and below I will introduce these excellent places in more detail.

    County Hall (Park Plaza) The Park Plaza County Hall is located at no 1 Addington Street at the South Bank of River Thames. It’s inside easy walking distance of the Eye (it is simply over Westminster Bridge) which can be seen from many of the hotel’s rooms. Offering 4 star accommodation at an affordable cost the Park Plaza is an extremely popular place to stay so it is always worth seeking to book your room as soon as you can. Facilities include; free WI-FI, free laundry room, complimentary admission to to the fitness center, sauna and steam room (spa therapies are to be had for an additional price). Rooms have kitchen amenities together with microwave, crockery, cutlery and tea and coffee making amenities but it is well worth taking into account taking meals at their Spectrum Restaurant which renowned for its British fine cuisine.

    The Westminster Bridge(Park Plaza) The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is to be found at at number 2 hundred Westminster Bridge Street that is at the south side of Westminster Bridge. The hotel offers all of the amenities you possibly can be expecting of a 4 star establishment (for example free Wi-Fi web access) but other amenities include a business centre, a concierge service and two executive lounges making it the best possible choice for those visiting London on business. The hotel additionally includes a health club which is open 24 hrs a day as well as A steam room, sauna, spa and a swimming pool of fifteen metres.

    The Royal Horseguards offers award-winning five star-rated lodging with rooms costing just a bit greater than 4 star accommodation (for those who be capable to pick up a late booking discount. Situated at two Whitehall Court this establishment is very close to the business district. The London Marriott Hotel County Hall, on Westminster Bridge Road, is a four star rated establishment which additionally gives last-minute booking reductions and which also has a health club, a spa and an indoor pool. Citadines Trafalgar Sq. London provides 3 star-rated accommodation serviced apartment lodging, on Northumberland Avenue, at an inexpensive cost.

    Different hotels close to the London Eye include; Charing Cross (Strand), LSE Northumberland House (8a Northumberland Avenue), Wellington (81-83 Waterloo Road) and SACO London (apartments at 75 York Rd), which are all about half a mile away from The Millennium Wheel/London Eye. The Savoy (Strand), which has recently had the biggest refurbishment in the UK and Europe, is half a mile from the London Eye as are The Strand Palace Hotel in the Strand, The Trafalgar in Trafalgar Square and The Royal Trafalgar on Whitcomb Street.

    Together there are over 50 hotels near the London Eye (less than a mile away), the choice is astounding but you will need to notice that this accommodation is incredibly popular and it’s best to book a reservation as soon as you can. Always keep in mind that hotels near the London Eye are nearly always fully booked however, if you wish to gamble, there is, every now and again, the opportunity of getting last minute booking reductions.

    If you are thinking about a vacation in London and you are looking for hotels near the London Eye please take a look at our list at

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