My Tourist Travels

A spin around Quarry Bank

This week we decided to return to Cheshire, to the National Trust cotton mill Quarry Bank, built in 1784. We’ve been there many times before, but its always interesting to return every so often to see what’s changed, particularly in the gardens. Yet again the sky was grey, with not a drop of golden sun to be seen, but it was at least dry.  The trees did, however, provide us with plenty of autumn colours. We Brits are easily pleased!

September Sunshine in Sheffield Park and Garden

Sheffield Park and Garden is a National Trust property located in East Sussex – nowhere near Sheffield at all! As we were visiting family in the area and hadn’t visited the garden for many years, we thought we might pay a visit. It was a beautiful September day, so we were looking for somewhere for a flat, gentle stroll, followed by a light lunch, where everyone in our party would be able to enjoy a few hours. We weren’t disappointed.

A Visit to Powis Castle

Powis Castle, 1 mile from Welshpool, Wales, stands high on a rock overlooking its spectacular garden, with far reaching views of the surrounding landscape. Beginning life as a medieval fortress built to control the border with England, it has been modified over 400 years into a comfortable country mansion which was given to the National Trust in 1952.

A Trip Up The Great Orme Tramway

As you drive along the A55 across North Wales it is impossible to miss the magnificent sight of The Great Orme, a huge carboniferous limestone headland jutting out into the Irish Sea. We had passed this countless times on our way to Snowdonia and Anglesey and had added it to our ‘to do’ list but never quite made it. We’d not been to the seaside town of Llandudno either, so a weekend plan began to form.

A Trentham Gardens Stopover

We must have driven past the sign for Trentham Gardens hundreds of times on our way up and down the M6, but had never stopped. Finding ourselves about to pass the door and in need of a break, we thought it was about time we paid a visit. Good decision! We were pleasantly surprised by how much there was there to see and do. We passed on the Monkey Forest and the Aerial Extreme and went straight for the log cabin Shopping Village – I bet it looks great at Christmas.