Travel News: British splendour

British splendour

You don’t have to venture too far if you decide to discover the delights of the UK this autumn

 

Glastonbury Abbey

There are a whole host of events and activities happening at the Abbey over the coming months. Don’t miss the ‘Images of Arthur’ exhibition which ends on the 30th of September. Anyone with an interest in Arthurian legend can discover more about his links with Glastonbury as part of the exhibition. The abbey is open daily between 9.30am and 6pm until September. Entrance to the Abbey is £5.00 for adults, £3 for under 16s and children under five go free. For more information visit the abbey’s website at www.glastonburyabbey.com

 

Knowing the lay of the land

Britons’ knowledge of the UK is so poor that almost half don’t know where the Stonehenge is, a recent survey revealed. The research, carried out by tourism and hospitality website www.iknow-uk.com showed that 49 per cent of Britons don’t know Stonehenge is in Wiltshire, while one in four don’t know Land’s End is in Cornwall. More people can also identify foreign buildings such as the Coliseum than can recognise the Giant’s Causeway, York Minster or Windsor Castle.

iknow-uk.com questioned 4,000 people in the UK and found that 44 per cent didn’t know where to find the Angel of the North and one in four couldn’t place Blackpool Tower in Lancashire.

However, all is not lost. With 57 per cent of us planning to holiday in the UK this year, it seems Brits are set to rediscover many hidden gems. iknow-uk has 12 regional websites that can help you book your stay near some of the UK’s best known spiritual sites. For more information, visit www.iknow-uk.com.

 

Shopping Cotswold style

If shopping malls and crowded streets fill you with horror, Lapstone in the Cotswold could be your ideal retail break. The emporium is an Aladdin’s cave of treasures and the store itself is set on a hill just outside the picturesque village of Chipping Campden. Housed in an 18th century barn conversion made from local honey coloured stone, Lapstone specialises in sourcing unique and exclusive products from around the world including homeware, furniture and one-off gifts. You can take a break from shopping with a visit to the onsite spa ‘The Escape’ or have lunch on the café’s sun terrace with breath-taking views over Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Visit www.lapstone.net for more information.

 

Sacred stones

Celebrate the stone circles of Aberdeenshire by taking a sacred tour with Jason Schroeder. Discover what the symbols on Pictish stones mean and learn more about the people who made them. You can also visit the ‘recumbent’ stone circles found only in Aberdeenshire. Jason is a stone circle builder, shaman, ceremonial leader and youth worker based in Scotland. Most tour ‘pick up’ and ‘returns’ are to Aberdeen city. Private Tour cost : one or two people £85 flat rate. If there are three or more in your party then it will be £30 per head. Maximum of 7 in a tour. Tours are all year round. Visit www.sacredway.co.uk for more information.

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