Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, the home of Shakespeare

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in B&B, News, Places to visit, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Warwickshire | Posted on 30-09-2011

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As every car sign tells you as soon as you on the approach the county, Warwickshire is Shakespeare Country. So not surprisingly, therefore Warwickshire visitors flock in their thousands to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit the various Shakespeare sites including the Birthplace Museum (visitor centre and museum), Holy Trinity Church (where Shakespeare is buried) and the various theatres.

Stratford itself is actually quite an unassuming market town although a lot of it is now given over to the tourist trade.  However, don’t let the tourism stop you exploring the quaint streets, just try to avoid the middle of the day when it is most crowded!

Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

Of course, while in Stratford-upon-Avon you should see some theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company really does offer superb quality theatre.  The RSC work on a reportory system so if you are staying a few days in the area you will be able to see many different plays and they not neccessarily all Shakespeare plays.

Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Mary Arden’s House

Although not in the heart of Stratford, but still worth a visit are Anne Hathaway’s cottage at Shottery and Mary Arden’s House at Wilmcote.  Anne Hathaway’s cottage was her home before she married Shakespeare and is well preserved farmhouse which is still furnished as it would have been in 1852.  Mary Arden was Shakespeares mother and the house she inherited as an unmarried mother is a great example of an Elizabethan farmhouse and provides a fascinating view of family life in this period.

Food and accommodation in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is at the heart of England and is easily reached by air (nearest airport Birmingham International), road (M40), train (trains direct from London) and bus/coach. Being a popular tourist destination means that is well served in pubs, cafes, bar and restaurants.  In terms of accommodation, there are a great selection of B&B’s and guest houses that offer good value for over night stays and short breaks.  See a selection of B&B’s in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Beyond Stratford-upon-Avon

There is plenty to explore in Warwickshire beyond Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare.  Our favourite is Warwick, just 8 miles away, and in particular the fabulous Warwick Castle.  Often considered the best medieval castles in Britain, Warwick Castle is an impressive site and in excellent condition… although historians will point out that it has been aided by ‘work’ during the 19th Century.

There is also some wonderful countryside and waterways to explore in Warwickshire once you get away from the towns and off the beaten track.

Great UK Holiday Destinations

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in News, Places to visit | Posted on 07-08-2011

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With more and more people worrying about finances one of the first places that takes a cut is the holiday budget. What most people don’t realise is that there are plenty of great holiday destinations right here on our doorstep in the UK that are great value for money.

The best way to get the most for your money even when holidaying in the UK is to take time with your preparation, do your research and make sure you are getting the best value for money.

Despite being close to home if you are going away make sure you take out an adequate travel insurance as if you don’t it can end up costing you a lot more in the long-run if anything were to go wrong, for more information on travel insurance policies click here

If you’re stuck for ideas on where to go, here are some great UK holiday destinations to help you decide:

Chester

Chester is a favourite with overseas travellers who come from far and wide to see the fantastic Tudor buildings and walk around the remains of the Roman walls that surround the city. As a holiday destination, Chester can be overlooked by others in the UK but it has a lot to offer holidaymakers of all ages.

For the children, there is Chester Zoo, one of the best zoos in the country which is fantastic for a fun filled day out, for the history lovers there is the stunning roman remains and tours run daily so you don’t miss out on any of the sights. For the shopping lovers there are fantastic stores both designer and high street on the famous 2 level shopping ‘The Rows.’ A great all round destination suitable for everyone whether you be travelling as a family, couple or group of friends.

Scottish Highlands

If you’re longing to get away from it all, a trip to the Scottish Highlands can allow you to do just that, not only can you feel a million miles from home, you can also feel like you and your party are the only people on the planet in this peaceful location.

If you like all things outdoors, the highlands are for you, hiking, fishing, canoeing and rock climbing to name a few, are all available on your doorstep. If your children are into outdoor activities or you just feel like some time away as a family this is a great place to come with the kids. Likewise if you a couple wanting a romantic break, a cosy highland cottage with real log fire is a great place to block out the rest of world.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a great place to choose for a UK holiday destination, being off the mainland you really feel as though you are going further than you really are and this little island has some big attractions. There are 8 award winning beaches on the Isle of Wight so it’s a great place to sunbathe and enjoy the sea in the good weather. So good in fact you could be excused for thinking you were overseas!

Another great attraction on the island is the Isle of Wight Festival, held annually over 3 days usually in June, this years headliners included Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian. After 3 days spent at the festival why not spend another few days relaxing and recovering on one of the nearby beautiful beaches.

A wealth of possibilities – long weekends in the U.K.

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in News, Places to visit | Posted on 30-06-2011

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The U.K. holidays market is well geared up for long weekends and short breaks. It is usually possible to get a booking for the accommodation that you require for just a few days, without having to take the whole week, and this is particularly true of U.K. holidays accommodation like B & Bs, and the holiday parks run by operators like Park Resorts. Long weekends can of course be economical in terms of annual leave, especially when there is a bank holiday thrown in, and provide a welcome break that doesn’t require major planning.

Over the last decade or so, there has been a massive increase in the number of festivals running in the U.K, particularly in the summer months, and these often present the perfect opportunity for a memorable long weekend. The large music festivals like Glastonbury and Reading have of course been established for years, but have now been joined by an ever increasing number of smaller, specialist festivals throughout Britain.

You can now find small festivals that focus on a range of music and other arts, from folk, jazz and blues, to boutique affairs that present a range of music and art like the larger festivals, but in a more intimate atmosphere. Dedicated dance music festivals present the opportunity for the sleepless variety of long weekend, while real ale and beer festivals can pretty much guarantee that you’ll get several sound sleeps during your time away!

For those that are keen to take part in leisure activities that are also positively good for the health, activity breaks can also make the long weekend an event to remember. While you have to have a certain kind of iron constitution to get into the water for activities like surfing off the coast of Britain, there are plenty of well established dry land activities like cycling and bouldering that can raise the heart rate and provide some adrenalin packed thrills. We are thankfully blessed in the U.K. with many well organised and suitably certified operators who can provide instruction, equipment and a proper safety regime for those wishing to try new adventure sports. The only thing that can’t be guaranteed if avoiding the rain!

For those that prefer luxury to getting sweaty, a long weekend focusing on a tour of gastronomic treats can be just what the doctor ordered, in a figurative sense. Courtesy of the food revolution, there are now many top quality restaurants throughout the U.K, many focussing o serving up the best of British produce, such as the world class seafood found around many coastal areas, and in particular, off the coast of Scotland.

Lincoln… cathedral, castle and lots more

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in News, Places to visit | Posted on 08-02-2011

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If you are looking to explore Lincolnshire, the most obvious place to base yourself is the old and relaxed city of Lincoln.

The cathedral dominates the city vista and is a popular attraction alongside the castle which is home to one of the 4 remaining copies of the Magna Carta.  As Lincoln was once a Roman City you will find bits of history scattered across the City but most of the interesting areas to tourists is in the Uphill area including the best of the pubs and restaurants.  Lincoln is a great base to explore Lincolnshire with the Wolds and the Coast all being within easy reach.

If you are looking for a comfortable base for your visit then the Gables Guest House on the outskirts of Lincoln, and also only 10 minutes from Newark at the A1, is perfect. 4 star accommodation, with six quality en-suite bedrooms, all individually decorated and thoughtfully equipped and free Wi Fi internet access.  Gables Guest House has an a-la-carte breakfast menu which is served at individual tables in the attractive dining room.

B&B Guide protects owners from spammers

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in News, Owners | Posted on 22-06-2010

To protect B&B Owners who list their property on the website, The Bed and Breakfast Guide has introduced contact forms with ‘captcha’ security protection for all contact with the accommodation listed.

This improved security will be rolling out this week across the listing pages and B&B featured pages.  If you experience any difficulty contacting an owner or in receiving messages then please contact us.

New B&B blog

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in News, Owners | Posted on 19-06-2010

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Welcome to the new travel blog covering B&B, Guest House and Hotel accommodation in the UK.  Great Britain and Ireland has some of the finest bed and breakfast accommodation in the World and here we will tell you all about it, including great places to visit and stay.