My Tourist Travels

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.

A low level weekend in the Lakes

When we invited our parents for a weekend in the Lake District we didn’t give much thought to how we would spend our time. We were confident that they could not fail to be impressed by the scenery, particularly as one of them had only been to the area once, 30 years ago. ¬†One thing was sure, with two willing but less sprightly seniors, a middle-aged dodgy knee and a car that didn’t perform well on hills, it was clearly not going to be a high altitude experience.

Our Cunard Three Queens Weekend

Liverpool certainly knows how to welcome a cruise ship. There’s a party atmosphere at the dock whenever a ship is in town, with people from across the city making the trip to see the latest visitor from the high seas. Reasons vary, some have worked on the ships, some have been passengers and some are just plain curious. The arrival of the three Cunard Queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria on Bank Holiday Monday was clearly going to be a very special party. As big cruise ship fans, we decided to make the most of the occasion and join the fun.