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Postby Nonny Mouse » Sun Dec 08, 2013 02:01 am

Okay, so I have not yet decided what to do with my extra days after the Con besides Chatsworth. I am interested in history and stories/lore/literature. I am thinking castles and historic sites, stuff I can't see here. I have been browsing sites of various castles and things like Hadrian's wall. Anyone got any recommendations?
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby chuckie » Sun Dec 08, 2013 06:15 am

Not exactly North of England but would recomend Rockingham Castle on the Northants/leicestershire border.
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby Darren » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:52 am

Personally I'd suggest to browse the English Heritage and National Trust websites. Between them they own a large percentage of the historical momuments, castles and suchlike and you can put together a touring plan if that's the sort of thing you're after.

Membership of each is ~£50-60 for an individual for a year, and gives you free entrance to their respective properties.
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby hansolobiker » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:27 pm

York and Chester.Both within easy reach of Manchester. And Skipton,of course, Richard III and home to the Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of Flatalists! Leeds is also a good visit.Harewood House,Temple Newsam,Kirkstall Abbey.Location of the first moving pictures.Home to Pat Harkin!!!!!What more could you ask for! And Me!
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby chrisboote » Sun Dec 08, 2013 08:07 pm

York is a must
Chester is the sort of place you would like
Edinburgh, if you have the time, is also a must
Durham is beautiful too
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby Catch-up » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:26 pm

So many places, so little time!
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby demdike » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:13 am

I agree York is the best for real medieval buildings still in use. The minster and a walk around the town walls. The Jorvik museum has tableaux of Viking life built over a real Viking excavation. The castle is mostly Victorian now, but for a real one I recommend Skipton too, small typical Dales market town with narrowboat trips along the canal or a ride on a working steam train, and there are caves and a waterfall walk at Ingleton.

Castleton in Derbys has a blue john mine you can go down.
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby hansolobiker » Wed Dec 11, 2013 09:49 am

You might like to visit Pendle Hill just North of Manchester, which is renowned as real Witch country. Check it out.
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby Nonny Mouse » Wed Dec 11, 2013 04:08 pm

This is really cool, guys. Thanks for the advice, I have a lot to think about!
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby pighooey » Thu Dec 12, 2013 02:14 pm

How much time are you going to have, Nonny? Not nearly enough for everything you'll want to see, I'm guessing. My advice is to keep your list as short as possible and see a couple of places thoroughly; York and Chester, or York and Edinburgh, or even just York if you only have a day or two. Or spend a day in York and then a day exploring the nearby countryside (see about bus tours if you're not driving, which I don't recommend). Yorkshire is exquisitely beautiful, but then so is the vast majority of the English countryside, so it's difficult to go wrong in that regard. Oh, and keep in mind that Hadrian's Wall is a goodly way north, but of course there is much to see on the way if you have time to stop.

In re where to stay, I have had excellent luck using the Sawday's Special Places website: http://www.sawdays.co.uk/. In Chester, I stayed at the Albion Inn, which is actually a pub with two small (but very comfortable) rooms upstairs. The pub is like a time-capsule from 1914 and the food is very good. I didn't stay overnight when I went to York, so I can't help you there, but if you are a James Herriott fan and decide to visit Thirsk, I highly recommend the Mansion House in Sowerby (from which you can easily walk into Thirsk). I have stayed in many other places all over England that were recommended by Sawdays and have never been disappointed yet.

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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby Pat » Mon Dec 16, 2013 05:20 pm

You would be most welcome to visit Castle Harkin, assuming we're around. We're meeting up with the Pagels (of Long Earth fame) around the Convention but no definite dates have been set as to when we're in Yorkshire vs Somerset!
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby Nonny Mouse » Tue Dec 17, 2013 04:06 pm

Thanks everyone, you are awesome :thumbl:
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby Endril » Mon Dec 30, 2013 09:39 pm

Nonny Mouse wrote:Thanks everyone, you are awesome :thumbl:

I envy you! I wished I would spend a few extra days after DWCon, but it seems it will remain just wish...
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby demdike » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:56 am

Forgot to mention Howarth! Home of the Brontes. Wycoller Hall is reputedly the site of that hall wot burnt down in Wuthering Heights. Easy reach of Skipton, Leeds and Pendle. Also has a steam railway.
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Re: Now taking recommendations for North of England touring

Postby hansolobiker » Mon Jan 06, 2014 07:59 pm

Have a great place to visit for you. In MANCHESTER, Chetham's Library-http://www.chethams.org.uk/-Is the oldest public library still existing in the world. I saw it on Great British Railway Journey's on BBC and it looks just like you would imagine the UU library would look. I could almost see the Librarian swinging from the shelves. Some of the books are even chained up and kept behind locked gates! a must for any DW fan.
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