In Search of England: Cornwall

Botallack Mines, used in the filming of the BBC drama series Poldark

Botallack Mines

For the late May bank holiday last year we took a road trip down to Cornwall from East Sussex, driving through Thomas Hardy country and Poldark country. One year later, I’ve finally finished Tess of the d’Urbervilles and the entire Poldark saga, and am ready to relive my holiday.

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In Search of England: Winchester

A Bank Holiday Monday fête at the cathedral square in Winchester with a bouncy castle modelled on Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral Square

As the final episode of Channel 4’s documentary Britain’s Most Historic Towns airs tonight, I am going to recount my August bank holiday weekend 2017 in Winchester to add to my account of escapades in York in July 2015. Two historic towns down, four more to go (not counting my school visit to Cheltenham for the Cheltenham Literary Festival)! Here are tips on holidaying in “Britain’s most Norman town”, including 5 must-see places.

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In Search of England: York

York Minster

The best place to view of York Minster from the City Walls.

If you’re looking to holiday “at home” in England this summer, as many are doing because of Brexit and terrorism, think about York! I visited for the first time with my Mum and my friend Charles (leaving part-way through) last month. Not only is it one of the most English-feeling cities I’ve stayed in, but this city has many layers of history and a laidback attitude that Londoners lack, and is now my 2nd favourite city in England after London. Whereas previous places I’ve stayed in have been good for transport connections but were themselves unexciting, York ticks both boxes and more. Continue reading