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In Liverpool the Mersey beat goes on.

In 2008 Liverpool was European capital of culture. In the years that followed it opened a string of shiny new attractions, and renewed some fine old buildings.

All aboard for Thomas the Tank Engine

Europe’s first permanent Thomas the Tank Engine railway now operating in England’s West Midlands.

21st-century upgrade for Victorian powerhouse

Leeds is an easy to reach short break destinations. Britain’s big cities are becoming exciting places to visit, dumping their grimy industrial past to vie with Europe’s best.

How to drink the water safely around the world

There's a new water filter available for travellers that lets you drink the sort of water that you normally wouldn't touch all over the world.

The Best of West London

London 2012, the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, turned the capital into the world's favourite city. It's far too big for a one-day visit, so let's break it down. Here are some suggestions for what to do to the west of Oxford St.

Nottingham promotes Midlands merits.

Excellent city centre shopping, a brand new continental-style tram, good boutique hotels and restaurants and a fine literary tradition – the many merits of Nottingham.

In Thrall to the Thames

The Thames is one of the world’s great rivers, and its banks are lined with lots of things to do.

Dylan Thomas - the poet who spoke to the world

On the trail of the great Welsh poet, around the many stops in his short, tempestuous career.

Yorkshire’s Green jewel

The Yorkshire Dales is one of England’s gentlest, and most accessible national parks.

Holmes range - On the trail of the greatest sleuth

This is the full version of the article which I wrote for the Mail on Sunday (, see link below), published on March 4, 2012.

Winter walking not just for mud wallowers

A few of my favourite walks where, whatever the weather, you should stay (reasonably) dry underfoot - in Malvern, Ashbourne. Kenfig, Ashridge and the Chalke Valley

Chicester - sitting pretty under the South Downs

This attractive little Georgian city at the foot of the South Downs is a satisfying short-break destination

Bristol fashions a smart new image

Bristol is a proud old seafaring city sprucing itself up into a bright new waterfront destination.

Select on Sea

The resort with seven miles of unbroken sand recently beat Spanish rivals on beach quality, cost and eco-friendliness.

A scatter of clean, green islands

Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney are some of the most distinctive destinations you can visit without going abroad. Welcome to insular singularity.

England’s top table city

England’s ancient capital, and former seat of “The Great One” (King Alfred) -- with King Arthur’s round table as a free bonus, is staking its claim as one of the most desirable day out.

My first e-book on attractions in Britain’s towns

New e-book contains 29 sections, on towns, cites and a few counties mainly in England, with some entries too from Wales and Scotland. They include Bath, Durham, Chester, Lincoln, Brighton, Swansea and Glasgow. Wider areas covered include the New Forest and Hadrian’s Wall.

Premier Division Destination of the North

Is Manchester England's second city? Or is it even the first? One day HS2 will put it within commuting distance of London. That is, of Londoners commuting to Manchester. Could happen. The bold, brimming city already rivals the best city breaks in Europe. This is my visit.

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