Located in the heart of the scenic Cotswolds, Cheltenham is a city famous for many things its horseracing and award-winning gardens being just two of them. Then, of course, you have the Regency architecture of the city centre and the lively shopping district, elements that come together to bring vivacity and life to this Gloucestershire city. Further, the city also proves to be a fine base from which to explore the surrounding Cotswolds, home of gently rolling hills and quaint, charming villages.

Places of interest

When you come to Cheltenham, you will soon discover that the draw of the city lies in its appearance, for it has long been considered to be one of Britains prettiest towns. Accordingly, many of Cheltenhams places to visit are ones that focus on scenic displays and historic buildings. Some of the most popular tourist destinations are:

The Holst Birthplace Museum. Originally the home of the famous composer Gustav Holst (of The Planets fame), this Regency home shows life as it was in the Victorian period and incorporates a working Victorian kitchen.
Pittville Park & Pump Room. The beautiful Park contains two lakes, a golf course and spacious, well-tended lawns, whilst the historic Pump Room contains the drinkable spa waters that originally made Cheltenham famous.
The Imperial Gardens. For almost two hundred years, the gardens have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year not least due to the 25,000 bedding plants used annually to create the extensive floral displays.
Sudeley Castle & Gardens. Located just eight miles outside of Cheltenham, the castle is open during the summer and visitors have the chance to see some of the beautiful paintings and artefacts inside.

The Promenade. Cheltenhams most famous street boasts pavement cafes, smart shops and an attractive history. Lined with trees and boasting Regency architecture throughout, it is considered to be the most picturesque part of the city.

Things to do

During your stay in Cheltenham, youll discover a pleasing variety of attractions to visit and things to do, whether youre a family or couple, or just visiting alone. Throughout the year, the city is buzzing with activity, playing host to many festivals and events, such as the Literature Festival. Just a few things to see and do include:

Cheltenham Town Hall. The elegant hall plays host to festivals in the city throughout the year, and at the same time stays a concert programme in which the music ranges from the classical to the contemporary.
The Everyman Theatre. This hotspot features a massive variety of live entertainment, where you can watch musicals, comedy, drama and even West End productions on tour.

Cheltenham Racecourse. This world-famous venue is home to plenty of racing during the October to April season. Why not time your visit to coincide with the popular National Hunt Festival in March, or visit the Hall of Fame that relays the history of steeple chasing?

Cotswolds Coach Tours. Take the opportunity and join a scenic coach tour in which youll join a guide and take in some of the most beautiful views of the English Cotswolds.

Cotswold Farm Park. See history brought to life with numerous animal demonstrations and displays, an ideal place to visit for all the family. There are many rare breeds of farmyard animal from sheep to cattle, waterfowl to horses.

Food & Drink

Cheltenham is home to many different types of restaurant, with the focus on quality. Of course, if youre after something fast and easy, youll find plenty of different cafs and takeaways serving up what youre looking for, but Cheltenham particularly prides itself on being the home of many stylish eateries. Here are some of the best you can sample:
The Scena Bistro. Enjoy one of the finest dining experiences in Cheltenham at this French restaurant, which has a relaxed and welcoming style.
Off the Square Restaurant. Located in Cheltenhams fashionable Montpellier district, this friendly eatery serves a variety of dishes on the menu, including plenty of old favourites. Eat in style.
Montys Seafood Restaurant. Visit and enjoy a flexible menu that offers a range of different seafood. Alternatively, keep it simple and enjoy the stylish accompaniment of oysters with champagne.
The Storyteller Restaurant. Located in the heart of Cheltenham, this Californian restaurant is both welcoming and atmospheric, boasting the famous Mississippi Seafood Platter and the taste bud-teasing Duck from Heaven.
Epicurian. This is one of Cheltenhams top restaurants, featuring a bistro and wine bar.

Hotels Accommodations

There are literally hundreds of places to stay during your visit to Cheltenham, whether youre looking for a hotel, guesthouse, bed and breakfast or self-catering establishment. Alternatively, other types of accommodation include camping and caravan sites and hostels. Many of the hotels offer special offers and its always advisable to search around to find the best deals. Elizabethan manors and country mansions serve as the setting for some of the top hotels in the district. Kings Arms Hotel Cheltenham Park Hotel George Cheltenham Ltd Beaumont House Macdonald Queen’s Hotel Cotswold Grange Hotel Hotel On The Park North Hall Hotel The Prestbury House Hotel Oaks Restaurant Clarence Court Hotel The Quality Hotel Cheltenham Cleeve Hill Hotel Thistle Cheltenham The CheltenhamTownhouse Hotel Lords of the Manor Rising Sun Hotel White Hart Inn De La Bere Hotel Oaklands Bed and Breakfast Entertainment
The night life in Cheltenham is completely entertaining with a host of nightclubs and exciting pubs and bars. Youll find Cheltenham to be a welcoming and friendly city where youll always feel safe. If youre looking for a nightclub, Subtone and Enigma are two of the most popular, with attractive line-ups of events going on all the time; alternatively, if youre a fan of Hollywood then youll discover that the Odeon cinema shows all the latest blockbusters as well as popular British films.

Cheltenham is sometimes called a city within a park, and when you visit, youll see why. The architecture of the city itself is beautiful enough, with Regency-period buildings (over two thousand of them listed!) and attractive designs, but the picturesque parks are what make Cheltenham really special. There are lots of tree-lined avenues, plenty of floral displays and many more examples of nature in bloom that give Cheltenham a truly attractive appearance. Combine this with the wealth of activities and places to see, and its hard to deny that Cheltenham is one city you really must visit.

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Introduction:

Visit Chester and discover a delightful cultural mix that evolves when a 21st century city has been shaped by 2,000 years of history. Within the city walls Chester combines five star luxuries, exclusive stores, excellent dining and a vibrant nightlife with attractions such as a Roman Amphitheatre and Gothic Cathedral.

Places of interest:

Chester boasts a complete circuit of historic walls, sections of which date back to Roman times, Chesters most unique feature is the 13th century Rows two tiers of enticing shops, running through the main streets. Other attractions include the beautiful River Dee, the recently restored Grosvenor and Cheshire Military Museums, a Roman Amphitheatre, the Grosvenor Park and the citys famous Roodee Racecourse.

The Roman Amphitheatre, the largest arena ever uncovered in Britain.

The famous Chester Rows are unique, being two-tiered galleries built in the traditional black and white magpie style. They offer a wide range of shops selling goods from antiques to high fashion.

Grosvenor Museum offers visitors the chance to explore 2000 years of Chester history. This includes Roman life, Chester wildlife – past and present, art galleries, and a unique Chester timeline.

Entrance is free. You can take a light hearted journey through the Roman heritage of Chester. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours and can be provided, on request, at any time of the year.

Chester Zoo is one of Europe’s leading conservation zoos, with over 7,000 animals living in spacious and natural enclosures. The zoofari overhead railway and waterbus cater for your transportation needs. There is also a Children’s Farm complete with Marmot Mania, brass rubbings and face-painting.

Chester Market, having been established in Chester since Roman times, is one of the oldest functions of the council.

Things to do:

There are many ways of seeing the attractions and surrounding areas of Chester. Tours by Foot, Bus, Rail and Waterway are all available. If you enjoy the festival atmosphere you can relax at the Chester races, the annual international film festival or food and drinks festival. All tastes are catered to in historic Chester.

Chester Racecourse holds meetings throughout the summer months including the May Festival, a Family fun day and a Roman day. There has been racing on the Roodee at Chester for over 450 years and the thrill of watching a race at Chester unfolding before you from the sophisticated surroundings of the courses enclosures or the vantage point of the City walls is an unforgettable experience.

Bus tours operate from the Chester Visitor Centre that allows you to discover Chester from the comfort of a coach. Commentary is provided along the way by a knowledgeable and experienced guide. The tours take in such sites as the Amphitheatre, the River Dee and its bridges, the Old Port, and the Racecourse.

The Annual Food and Drink Festival celebrate the success of local producers where they exhibit their fayre to over 6,000 food and drink lovers.

The International Film Festival is run by the Chester Film Society. This popular annual event showcases fringe cinema from all over the world. The festival runs for a week, generally during early spring.

A Cruise along the Waterways of Cheshire is not only relaxing but offers a chance to enjoy the attractive sites of historic interest, heritage and culture of the area. There are more miles of canals here than in any other English county.

A Town Crier is a regular feature in the summer months You can enjoy this midday flamboyant spectacle at the Cross in the heart of the City, from Tuesday to Saturday from May to September.

Food & Drink:

There is plenty of opportunity to pause and take refreshment during your strolls around Chester in one of the many cafes, restaurants and wine bars. Contained within this vibrant city is an eating scene of diverse proportions. The styles of foods available include Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and some of the best bars, night clubs and coffee houses you can imagine.

Samsi Japanese Yakitori Bar. Instead of the menu being divided the traditional manner of starters and main course you will find that most dishes are available in appetiser and main course portions. For people unaccustomed to Japanese food assistance is available.

Vito’s Trattoria Pizzeria. This is a traditional pizzeria where the waiters pace about with enormous pepper mills and straw-wrapped Chianti bottles hold candles over gingham tablecloths. All the old favourite dishes appear on the long menu.

Chez Jules Restaurant. Located in a former fire station this is a bistro style restaurant where the reasonably priced menu is changed daily. There are usually about six starters and the same number of mains on offer. It is a firm favourite with the locals.

Mongolian Barbeque. An award-winning restaurant that offers customers the chance to choose their own combination of meat, fish and vegetables and then watch as they are stir fried on a huge Mongolian style griddle.

The Boot Inn, Chesters oldest public house dates back to 1643, its faade was rebuilt and restored in the late 19th century and again in 1988. This very attractive 17th Century inn is accessible from the street level by narrow stony staircase. This leads into a large hall, which is divided into two main sections. Features include a fireplace, a large bar counter, low ceilings and exposed beams.

Hotels & Accommodation:

The city of Chester has a wide range of hotels and quality assured guest houses suitable for the business traveller and tourist alike. Elsewhere in Cheshire your options include luxurious country house hotels, excellent farmhouse B&Bs and self catering.

Macdonald Blossoms Hotel
Higher Huxley Hall Non-Smoking
Alton Lodge
Best Western Queen Hotel
Quality Hotel Chester
Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel
Eaton Hotel Non Smoking
Dene Hotel Chester
The Chester Grosvenor and Spa
Comfort Inn Chester
Ramada Chester
Brookside Hotel
Llyndir Hall Hotel
Chester Moat House
De Vere Carden Park Hotel Golf Resort Spa
Broxton Hall Country House Hotel
St. David’s Park Hotel
Mollington Banastre Hotel
Best Western Westminster Hotel
Thornton Hall Classic Hotel
Hoole Hall Hotel
Express by Holiday Inn Chester Racecourse
Crabwall Manor
Gateway To Wales Hotel

Entertainment

Telfords Warehouse is an independent family run bar/restaurant and an internationally renowned music and arts venue. Upstairs is a popular restaurant and contemporary art gallery. The lower area and bar are reserved for the many popular live music nights which having played host too many famous names that have helped to establish Telfords as one of the most important venues in the country.

The Miniature Theatre of Chester is based at the Chester Town Hall, performing works that include both world premieres and plays by local talent.

Chester Theatre Club, based at the little theatre, was founded in 1944 and stages 6 plays per year. The auditorium seats 126 and there is a licensed bar

Alexander’s Jazz Theatre is the leading North West venue for jazz, blues and rock artists. It hosts Chester Jazz and Blues Festival. Alexander’s is also a famous for the alternative comedy nights every Saturday.

Chester is an excellent destination for that short break. It is a city where you can immerse yourself in history, shopping or elegance. This Roman city and its 21st century delights will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Visit Chester and discover a delightful cultural mix that evolves when a 21st century city has been shaped by 2,000 years of history. Within the city walls Chester combines five star luxuries, exclusive stores, excellent dining and a vibrant nightlife with attractions such as a Roman Amphitheatre and Gothic Cathedral.

Places of interest:

Chester boasts a complete circuit of historic walls, sections of which date back to Roman times, Chesters most unique feature is the 13th century Rows two tiers of enticing shops, running through the main streets. Other attractions include the beautiful River Dee, the recently restored Grosvenor and Cheshire Military Museums, a Roman Amphitheatre, the Grosvenor Park and the citys famous Roodee Racecourse.

The Roman Amphitheatre, the largest arena ever uncovered in Britain.
The famous Chester Rows are unique, being two-tiered galleries built in the traditional black and white magpie style. They offer a wide range of shops selling goods from antiques to high fashion.

Grosvenor Museum offers visitors the chance to explore 2000 years of Chester history. This includes Roman life, Chester wildlife – past and present, art galleries, and a unique Chester timeline. Entrance is free. You can take a light hearted journey through the Roman heritage of Chester. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours and can be provided, on request, at any time of the year.

Chester Zoo is one of Europe’s leading conservation zoos, with over 7,000 animals living in spacious and natural enclosures. The zoofari overhead railway and waterbus cater for your transportation needs. There is also a Children’s Farm complete with Marmot Mania, brass rubbings and face-painting.

Chester Market, having been established in Chester since Roman times, is one of the oldest functions of the council.

Things to do:

There are many ways of seeing the attractions and surrounding areas of Chester. Tours by Foot, Bus, Rail and Waterway are all available. If you enjoy the festival atmosphere you can relax at the Chester races, the annual international film festival or food and drinks festival. All tastes are catered to in historic Chester.

Chester Racecourse holds meetings throughout the summer months including the May Festival, a Family fun day and a Roman day. There has been racing on the Roodee at Chester for over 450 years and the thrill of watching a race at Chester unfolding before you from the sophisticated surroundings of the courses enclosures or the vantage point of the City walls is an unforgettable experience.

Bus tours operate from the Chester Visitor Centre that allows you to discover Chester from the comfort of a coach. Commentary is provided along the way by a knowledgeable and experienced guide. The tours take in such sites as the Amphitheatre, the River Dee and its bridges, the Old Port, and the Racecourse.

The Annual Food and Drink Festival celebrate the success of local producers where they exhibit their fayre to over 6,000 food and drink lovers.

The International Film Festival is run by the Chester Film Society. This popular annual event showcases fringe cinema from all over the world. The festival runs for a week, generally during early spring.

A Cruise along the Waterways of Cheshire is not only relaxing but offers a chance to enjoy the attractive sites of historic interest, heritage and culture of the area. There are more miles of canals here than in any other English county.

A Town Crier is a regular feature in the summer months You can enjoy this midday flamboyant spectacle at the Cross in the heart of the City, from Tuesday to Saturday from May to September.

Food & Drink:

There is plenty of opportunity to pause and take refreshment during your strolls around Chester in one of the many cafes, restaurants and wine bars. Contained within this vibrant city is an eating scene of diverse proportions. The styles of foods available include Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and some of the best bars, night clubs and coffee houses you can imagine.

Samsi Japanese Yakitori Bar. Instead of the menu being divided the traditional manner of starters and main course you will find that most dishes are available in appetiser and main course portions. For people unaccustomed to Japanese food assistance is available.

Vito’s Trattoria Pizzeria. This is a traditional pizzeria where the waiters pace about with enormous pepper mills and straw-wrapped Chianti bottles hold candles over gingham tablecloths. All the old favourite dishes appear on the long menu.

Chez Jules Restaurant. Located in a former fire station this is a bistro style restaurant where the reasonably priced menu is changed daily. There are usually about six starters and the same number of mains on offer. It is a firm favourite with the locals.

Mongolian Barbeque. An award-winning restaurant that offers customers the chance to choose their own combination of meat, fish and vegetables and then watch as they are stir fried on a huge Mongolian style griddle.

The Boot Inn, Chesters oldest public house dates back to 1643, its faade was rebuilt and restored in the late 19th century and again in 1988. This very attractive 17th Century inn is accessible from the street level by narrow stony staircase. This leads into a large hall, which is divided into two main sections. Features include a fireplace, a large bar counter, low ceilings and exposed beams.

Hotels & Accommodation:

The city of Chester has a wide range of hotels and quality assured guest houses suitable for the business traveller and tourist alike. Elsewhere in Cheshire your options include luxurious country house hotels, excellent farmhouse B&Bs and self catering.

Macdonald Blossoms Hotel
Higher Huxley Hall Non-Smoking
Alton Lodge
Best Western Queen Hotel
Quality Hotel Chester
Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel
Eaton Hotel Non Smoking
Dene Hotel Chester
The Chester Grosvenor and Spa
Comfort Inn Chester
Ramada Chester
Brookside Hotel
Llyndir Hall Hotel
Chester Moat House
De Vere Carden Park Hotel Golf Resort Spa
Broxton Hall Country House Hotel
St. David’s Park Hotel
Mollington Banastre Hotel
Best Western Westminster Hotel
Thornton Hall Classic Hotel
Hoole Hall Hotel
Express by Holiday Inn Chester Racecourse
Crabwall Manor
Gateway To Wales Hotel

Entertainment

Telfords Warehouse is an independent family run bar/restaurant and an internationally renowned music and arts venue. Upstairs is a popular restaurant and contemporary art gallery. The lower area and bar are reserved for the many popular live music nights which having played host too many famous names that have helped to establish Telfords as one of the most important venues in the country.

The Miniature Theatre of Chester is based at the Chester Town Hall, performing works that include both world premieres and plays by local talent.

Chester Theatre Club, based at the little theatre, was founded in 1944 and stages 6 plays per year. The auditorium seats 126 and there is a licensed bar Alexander’s Jazz Theatre is the leading North West venue for jazz, blues and rock artists. It hosts Chester Jazz and Blues Festival. Alexander’s is also a famous for the alternative comedy nights every Saturday.

Chester is an excellent destination for that short break. It is a city where you can immerse yourself in history, shopping or elegance. This Roman city and its 21st century delights will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

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Dundee is in an ideal location to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Perth and the Highlands making it the superb base for numerous types of short breaks and holidays. Dundee is known as the City of Discovery and is situated on the banks of the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland.
Dundee is also a shopper’s paradise, where major department stores co-exist with specialist shops tucked away in side streets. The aroma from some of the finest bakers in the UK wafts out to tempt you to sample the delicious bridies, speciality pies, tempting butteries and the famous ‘Dundee Cake’.

Places of interest:

Within walking distance of Dundee city centre are Captain Scotts Ship The Discovery and Discovery Point visitor attraction, Verdant Works, Sensation Science Centre, and the Dundee Repertory Theatre. Close to Dundee you can visit Glamis Castle, Scone Palace, Angus Folk Museum, J M Barries Birthplace, Arbroath Abbey and many other local sites of historic interest.
Sensation Science Centre is a Science Centre with a difference. It takes the mechanics of the senses as a base from which to explore the world around us, using lots of interactive tools to keep the young and the young at heart happy.
McManus Galleries is a remarkable Gothic building housing one of Scotland’s most impressive collections of fine and decorative art.
Verdant Works takes you on a historical tour of the jute trade. The story of jute and the story of Dundee are inseparable. At its peak the industry employed 50,000 people in the city and satisfied much of the worlds demand for jute goods.
Discovery Point is the home of Captain Scott’s famous Royal Research Ship Discovery.

Things to do:

Give yourself plenty of time to absorb romantic castles and stunning formal gardens; experience top-quality visitor attractions that inform, inspire and entertain; and indulge in modern, 21st century, cosmopolitan city life, which combines shopping, art, theatre and culture.
Glamis Castle is the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne and has been a royal residence since 1372. Here you can celebrate the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Arbroath Abbey hosted the most significant event in Scottish history. On 6 April 1320 the Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed by the assembled Scottish nobility in Arbroath Abbey.
Barry Mill is an early 19th-century working mill. Here you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the splash of the water-wheel and the sound and smell of grinding grain.
Angus Folk Museum is one of Scotland’s finest folk museums and it is where to find out about life in rural Scotland during the past 200 years.
Scone place breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland. It is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. Fifteen hundred years ago, it was the capital of the Pictish kingdom and the centre of the ancient Celtic church. It has housed the Stone of Destiny and been immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Dundee shopping is where visitors can enjoy state-of-the-art shopping at the glass fronted Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee, or take time to explore unique and individual designs created by gifted and talented crafts people in and around rural Angus.

Food & Drink:

Dundee has a variety of eateries, restaurants and pubs that will suit all tastes and budgets. You can savour the flavour all across Dundee’s city centre. The welcome throughout Dundee is warm and when it comes to eating, drinking and enjoying yourself the atmosphere is cosmopolitan.
The Italian on Commercial Street is where the chefs are Italian and their passion for fresh, quality food can be seen and tasted. Many of their ingredients are sourced from Italy; but they use the finest local produce where possible. All of their meat comes directly from a nearby traditional farm and their steaks are nothing but finest Aberdeen Angus. Their fish is all fresh and prefer to use local suppliers wherever possible.
Bon Apptit provides traditional and modern French cuisine in a classic brasserie atmosphere in Dundees Exchange Street. It prides itself in slow food, but fast service! All dishes are prepared on the premises so during your wait you can select a typical French aperitif, a Kir or a glass of champagne. There is a small, but good, cellar with house wine of good quality at a reasonable price at one end of the range as well as some big wines for that real celebration dinner at the top end of the range.
Het Theatercafe is located in the Dundee Repertory Theatre is the perfect place to relax with a drink or enjoy a sumptuous meal

Hotels & Accommodation:

Dundee offers a fully comprehensive range of quality accommodation from traditional family run bed and breakfast, guesthouses and hotels, to four star international hotels and resorts.
Longforgan Coaching Inn
Craigtay Hotel
Panmure Hotel
Swallow Dundee Hotel
Shaftesbury Hotel
DAYS INN DUNDEE
Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Dundee East Premier Travel Inn
Dundee North Premier Travel Inn

Entertainment

Dundee has all the entertainment facilities you come to expect from a modern city. Theatre, Comedy and the latest films are all available.
Dundee Repertory Theatre is based at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter It is a unique organisation in the UK, providing the most comprehensive arts services in Scotland, offering audiences an all year round mix of theatre, dance, music, comedy and more. It is a major artistic community that is home to Scotlands only full-time Ensemble Company, the Scottish Dance Theatre Scotlands principal modern dance company and the Education & Community Company one of the UKs largest and most acclaimed Community Arts organisations.
Dundee’s Whitehall Theatre puts a huge mix of shows and talent under the spotlight. It is Dundee’s original ‘Music Hall’ and is situated within the centre of Dundee. The Theatre puts on a variety of shows including West End performers, TV stars, local Amateur Groups and shows specifically for children.
Cineworld is a multi-screen cinema located at the Camperdown Leisure Park and shows the latest films.

Dundee and the surrounding area is the ideal place to see the history of Scotland at close quarters. With so many historical sites your lust for information will be satisfied. If shopping is more your way of enjoying your leisure time then Dundee has a modern shopping centre to offer you and quick access to major cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Eastbourne is a traditional seaside resort, boasting five miles of unspoilt beaches, palm tree lined promenades, four golf courses and Seaside Award clean sea. It offers fun for all of the family, from a skate festival to the annual air show, a visit to Eastbourne Pier or a chance to dance the night away to live music at the bandstand.

Places of interest:

Eastbourne is a natural gateway to the South Downs including national beauty spot Beachy Head. Being close to 1066 Country, Eastbourne is an ideal base for visiting castles, stately homes, vineyards, transport museums and exotic gardens across Sussex.

Beachy Head, with its dramatic white cliffs and gently undulating downs, is an area of outstanding natural beauty and tranquillity which belies its proximity to the busy south eastern towns of England. It is a haven for those who like to walk or cycle. It’s also a great place for hang-gliding, mountain boarding, or for the rather less extreme sport of flying a kite.
Battle is a busy market town situated close to the site of the famous Battle of Hastings. The actual site of the battle was the Senlac field to the north of the seaside town of Hastings. Here you can experience the most famous date in English history, find out how the nation changed forever in October 1066 and discover the facts of the Norman Conquest in the very place it happened.
Herstmonceaux Castle is a magnificent moated castle, set in beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. Here you can experience the peace and tranquillity of this 15th century castle set among carefully maintained gardens and parkland. The castle is not open to the public; however guided tours are conducted from Sunday to Friday. Other facilities include a gift shop, visitor’s centre, tea room, nature trail and children’s woodland play area.

Things to do:

Get your skates on and join the locals in their favourite pastime of roller-blading along the five mile stretch of promenade, from the peaceful Falling Sands to the bustling Sovereign Harbour Marina. Browse around the waterfront shops or relax in one of the continental style restaurants, cafes or bars at the harbour. Eastbourne has a thriving sailing and water sports scene. Have a splash at windsurfing and canoeing, or take a pleasure boat trip along the coast.

Eastbourne Pier is the perfect family attraction. The pier is the hub of all activity on the seafront with visitors from all over the country making the pier their first port of call. Tens of thousands of people visit the pier during the day in the height of summer and its no wonder with so much to enjoy. We have activities for all the family. Enjoy the stunning views of the seafront from the Camera Obscura, take a leisurely stroll around the shops, have lunch in the newly refurbished family bar. If that isnt enough, the pier lights up at night with the towns very best night club and bars. Even in the height of summer, the clubs air conditioning keeps the full house nice and cool.
Sovereign Harbour Marina nestles peacefully in the beautiful South Downs at Eastbourne. Along with the excellent location, a range of first-class, 24 hour facilities and an unbeatable level of professional and helpful service are provided. The Waterfront, the superb harbour-side development of cafs, bars, restaurants and shops, provides a haven where boat-owners can relax.
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Park, Travel behind the famous one-eighth scale miniature locomotives as they meander for nearly a mile around the beautiful country park. Enjoy a pleasant stroll around the five-acre lake where nature and wildlife may be seen in their natural habitats or relax in the prize-winning tea gardens with a beverage, lunch or Cream Tea from the railway style cafe.
Drusillas Zoo in Alfriston has hundreds of fascinating and entertaining creatures you can be certain there will be plenty of animal magic to enthral and excite everyone from the youngest to the oldest visitor! But animals are only half the fun at Drusillas Playland is paradise for anyone who needs to let off steam, packed with slides and swings, ropes and climbable things.

Food & Drink:

Eastbourne, home of the Banoffi Pie, offers everything from 5 star dining and multi-cultural cuisine to the traditional seaside staple of Fish n Chips and delicious ice cream. Even enjoy some more gastronomic delights with wine tasting at nearby vineyards, visit a cider farm, indulge in a Sussex cream tea, pop into a traditional country pub or visit a farm shop and stock up on fresh Sussex produce.

The Counting House is a beautiful pub dating back to the 17th century and as such you can find cosy open fires to settle yourself down in front of to enjoy a pint or two, or perhaps a glass of wine. They also serve up excellent classic pub food and host regular film and quiz nights.
Taboo is a modern style caf bar aimed at the younger generation. As such you can enjoy a brightly coloured dcor and dark wooden furniture. There are a good variety of drinks on offer at the bar and well as some tasty tapas dishes too.
Slaters Wine Bar is the place for a decent bottle of wine and plenty of choice of different wines available by the glass. Here youll find a convivial atmosphere in which to enjoy quality wine at reasonable prices.
Bibendum is a restaurant with a separate and equally popular bar area. You can expect plenty of comfortable seating, modern dcor and a great range of drinks. Food includes gourmet style dishes such as mussels in a fragrant coconut and lemongrass broth.

Eastbourne Hotels & Accommodation:

Eastbourne offers a range of accommodation from 5 star luxury to small and friendly guest houses. A natural gateway to the South Downs countryside, Eastbourne is also the ideal location to stay overnight when exploring Sussex villages, country parks, forests, vineyards, historic buildings and of course national beauty spot Beachy Head.

Bay Lodge Hotel
Chatsworth Hotel
Best Western York House Hotel
Marine Parade Hotel
Hydro Hotel
New Wilmington Hotel
Cherry Tree Hotel
The Sheldon Hotel
The Cumberland Hotel
Atlanta Hotel
Quality Hotel Eastbourne
Best Western Lansdowne Hotel
The Grand Hotel
Albert & Victoria
Weyanoke Hotel

Entertainment

Eastbourne by night offers the perfect place to either relax after a busy day of sightseeing or kick up your heels and dance the night away. Take in a West End musical or enjoy a Bandstand concert, everything from Rock n Roll to the Proms or a Classical 1812 with fireworks is available in Eastbourne.

The Congress Theatre is a purpose built modern theatre and conference venue with a seating capacity of 1689. It has a licensed bar, and facilities for the disabled.
The Winter Garden is a Grade II listed building, designed by architect Henry Currey and built in 1875. It consists of two main parts – the Floral Hall, originally used as a skating rink in winter and concert hall in summer, and the Gold Room.
The Royal Hippodrome opened in 1883 as the New Theatre Royal and Opera House. It changed to the Royal Hippodrome in 1904 following refurbishment. The Royal Hippodrome was the home of Music Hall in Eastbourne for many years and has the longest running summer show in Britain.

Eastbourne can be whatever you want it to be, if you want peace and tranquillity you can find it there but if you want the sea, sport and adventure that is there as well. Eastbourne is the ideal place to watch the world go by one minute and explore the area the next.

 

Finding a good hotel from the hundreds that populate the worlds biggest cities can be a daunting task, and choosing the wrong one can ruin your trip.

Staying in a city gives you the opportunity to sample some of the best historical, cultural and cosmopolitan offerings in the world. From modern art galleries to internationally-famous theatres; exquisite cuisine to early-morning clubbing, a city experience is what you make of it, and part of that experience is the hotel.

No matter which city youre visiting, it pays to choose your hotel carefully. If you been there before, then you can take the time to enjoy what the hotel has to offer; if its your first trip, then use the hotels expert knowledge to plan your days and nights during your stay. Choosing a city boutique offers you:

A great location city boutiques are usually right where you want them to be; in the heart of the city. They may be round the corner from the most fashionable shopping area, next door to museums and art galleries or in the middle of the theatre district. Theres no need to spend a fortune on taxis or public transport because your hotels on the outskirts of town, and you can have a late breakfast and then move back and forth between the hotel depending on your days plans.

Traditional buildings because these hotels are in central locations, they are often in fantastic buildings. From old townhouses to converted banks or offices, the building that houses the hotel is one of the main attractions and when the design is based around the original function of the building, retaining original features, the guest feels more at home than in a hotel, even in the middle of the city.

Activities most modern cities have something going on twenty four hours a day, and chic boutique hotels are well placed to give you access to everything thats happening. Local knowledge and established contacts mean that the hotel can help you organise day-trips, theatre visits or restaurant bookings amongst many other activities.

Whether youre visiting a city for business or pleasure, choosing to stay in a boutique hotel is one way to ensure that the whole visit is a pleasure.

 

For many, holiday accommodation plays second fiddle to location and amenities. For the true traveller though, its an important part of the experience.

We tend to take travel for granted. Its easy and cheap to hop on a plane to any one of hundreds of destinations across the world, book into a hotel thats the same as all the others and find familiar food and drink. Thats not the real essence of travel though, as those who still choose to do it properly know.

Experience

The purpose of travelling is to experience new countries as they really are. Tasting the food, talking to the people, taking in the culture and living with the styles and furnishings are all part of the memories and understanding that you take away with you. Chain hotels and those just devoted to accommodating as many people as possible as cheaply as possible often cant deliver this experience, which is why the market for boutique hotels is growing.

Design Boutique hotels pay close attention to the design of their hotel. Everything from the colour on the walls to the way the staff greet you is designed to give you a complete experience. Traditional furniture and hand-made fabrics are accented by carefully chosen accessories to ensure that nothing is out of place and that whilst guests are made to feel at home, it is in an authentic environment.

Location If youre planning a trip to a new city, and you want to be sure of a complete experience, you should consider staying in a boutique hotel. Unlike purpose-built hotels, these hotels are usually located right in the heart of the city, often in older, more traditional buildings. Sympathetic design means that original features are usually retained, although contemporary design and dcor are often placed around them, so you get a great hotel in a great part of town.

Service If you want to know the best local market to visit, the least-explored historic monuments or just want to hire a bike to explore the countryside, the staff at your boutique hotel can help. Their priority is ensuring that you have everything you need, so whether you want to go to the best traditional restaurant or find the best walking route around the city, just ask.

For many people, a beach holiday is their annual luxury; two weeks in the sun, with long sandy beaches and a tranquil sea is their idea of a perfect trip away. It doesnt take much imagination to take a step further and turn that annual trip into a real experience by staying in a small, select hotel.

Beach resorts are one of the most ideal locations for boutique hotels. The idea of stepping out from your bedroom onto your own private beach area, or staying in an exclusive location just minutes walk from the sea is an attractive one to many. No chic beach resort is like another, however, so its worth taking a look at locations and hotels before you decide exactly what type of beach holiday is right for you.

Island getaways

Theres plenty of opportunity for boutique accommodation in the worlds island resorts. From the Maldives in the Indian Ocean to the always-popular Caribbean islands, the lure of white beaches, blue seas and a laid-back atmosphere attracts visitors from all over the world. Beach boutiques on the islands make the most of the natural environment, using colour and texture to bring the outdoors inside and creating relaxing surroundings that enable you to enjoy your beach holiday to the full. Examples of island boutiques include:

Ostraco Suites, Mykonos, Greece
Quilalea Island, Mozambique
Elysian Bali Villas, Seminyak, Bali
Montpelier Plantation Inn, St. Kitts & Nevis
The Lone Star Hotel and Restaurant, Barbados
Fundu Lagoon, Zanzibar

These are just some of the chic island retreats catering for guests who are looking for privacy and tranquillity within a design- and service-led hotel.

Beach resorts

Its not just the islands that have wonderful stretches of coastline. The larger countries and continents boast hundreds of popular resorts where a boutique hotel can make all the difference to your holiday. Try the Old Quay House in Cornwall, England, where a perfect location, an historic building and sympathetic architecture and design make for the perfect coastal retreat. If youre a lover of the Spanish coast, then take a look at the Beach House in Marbella, which is one of the coolest hotels in the country. Rio de Janeiro has a stunning coastline and a party atmosphere to match and you can make the most of both by staying at La Maison, which is hip, trendy and just a few minutes from the beach.

 

Introduction:

Blackpool is one of Britain’s most popular holiday destinations. It is a town full of roller-coasters, clubs, and even the biggest mirror ball in the world. Add this to the world-class shows, cosmopolitan restaurants, vibrant nightlife, an active sports scene and breathtakingly beautiful scenery on Blackpool’s doorstep you begin to understand why Blackpool is so popular. If you feel you really need to get away from it all, have a leisurely stroll through the leafy Stanley Park, Blackpool’s award-winning horticultural and wildlife treasure. Spot the cute, inquisitive, squirrels and take in the showpiece Italian Gardens or hire a boat and float away lazy summer afternoons beside the swans on Stanley Park’s boating lake.

Places of interest:

A vast range of exciting attractions awaits you in Blackpool. Fill your days with adrenalin pumping thrills at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, or while away the hours at the water’s edge in the subtropical Sandcastle Waterworld. Take a trip up to the top of the famous Blackpool Tower, or visit the menagerie of residents at Blackpool Zoo, come face to face with sharks at SeaLife Centre or hold audience with the Queen at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks.

Blackpool Tower contains the UK’s best circus, the world famous Tower Ballroom, children’s entertainment plus Jungle Jim’s Playground, Tower Top Ride and Undersea World.

Blackpool Zoo, set amid 32 acres of maturing parkland and lakes, is home to over 1500 beautiful, rare and exotic animals from all around the world. With elephants, lions, otters, zebras, sea lions, tigers, kangaroos, many types of monkeys, plus all your animal favourites. With play areas, crafts, miniature railway, shops, picnic areas, it’s an excellent value family day out.

The Grundy Art Gallery hosts an annual programme of temporary exhibitions including traditional, modern and contemporary art and works from the Gallery’s permanent collection.

Sea Life Centre on Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile houses one of Europe’s largest marine collections with the ‘Lost City of Atlantis’ shark feature as the dramatic centrepiece.

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks has an all-new CelebCity, where you can mingle with the stars and get closer to the A-list. Once you’ve walked the red carpet, you’ll be immersed in a world of celebrity, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s A List and the tabloid’s favourites.

Things to do:

Blackpool is not just about the seaside and the associated funfairs, rides and sideshows. There is another side, as a base for adventure, experiences, shopping and outdoor pursuits. It is only an hour away from the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District and close to the historic city of Lancaster and the shopping experiences of Manchester and Liverpool.

The Blackpool Countryside Experience is a series of nature walks from Stanley Park through the Woodland Gardens, and linking to Marton Mere Nature Reserve. There is a wide variety of walks of differing lengths, ranging from a short stroll around Stanley Park, to a more challenging ramble.

Comed Flight Training based at Blackpool airport gives you the opportunity to control an aeroplane and see the local area. You can take your friends with you, control the aeroplane as much or as little as you like and go where you want.

Blackpool Illuminations – sum up with town with their sheer autumn magic. Blackpool’s most electrifying night is when the Lights are switched on and the ceremony, a real razzmatazz showcase, has been performed by all the biggest names. You can enjoy a grandstand seat aboard a cleverly disguised tram – such as a Wild West Train or Space Rocket – where you actually become part of the display as you travel along the Promenade.

Stanley Park is where you will find stone statues star with formal borders and frothing fountains in the show piece Italian Gardens. There are pathways galore leading to quiet corners, while bridges carry you across the lake, home to a variety of hire boats and bobbing birds. There is a playground for the children and all the family can enjoy the likes of pitch & putt, tennis.

Food & Drink:

Whether it is a pre-show meal or dinner, or fish and chips, fast food or traditional seafood that you want it is all in Blackpool to complete a culinary experience that’s second to none. In Blackpool you can enjoy fine food from around the world with scores of restaurants offering everything from Caribbean to Mandarin, Indian to Italian. And of course, Blackpool has more than 30 clubs and fun-pubs alongside countless welcoming inns ensuring everyone has a great night out.

Autumn Leaves Restaurant serves consistently high quality freshly prepared food, with a wonderfully varied A La Carte menu. The weekly changing specials board always boasts an impressive array of fresh fish and steak specialities. Vegan and vegetarians are well catered for by an imaginative selection of dishes, all coupled with a friendly atmosphere.

Cafe Ambience is a friendly Mediterranean style restaurant specialising in Anglo-European cuisine with all meals cooked from fresh ingredients. Parties are catered for in a professional and comfortable environment. There is a full restaurant license with a large wine list and beers on draught.

Seniors NW LTD is a cutting edge traditional Fish & Chip Shop specialising in increasing fish variety, including turbot and Dover sole, for your enjoyment.

Alabama Showboat is within the Libertys Hotel, this venue featuring an outrageous host. A full floor show with the Kristie Speed dancers and some of UK’s top vocalists appear there most weeknights.

Jaggy Thistle is a goodtime fun bar with a distinctly Scottish flavour. Traditionally a home from home for Scottish visitors to Blackpool, the Jaggy Thistle extends a warm welcome to everyone who enjoys a friendly drink during the day or a fun packed night out.

Mitre Public House is a traditional town centre public house & doubles bar. It is probably the smallest town centre pub though it has a big atmosphere.

Blackpool Hotels & Accommodation:

Blackpool offers a variety of types of accommodation for the discerning tourist including – from four-star luxury to homely bed and breakfasts, flats and apartment, caravan and camping – whether you’re planning a relaxing weekend getaway or an action packed family holiday, Blackpool can offer you the perfect ‘short break’ or holiday by the sea. The resort has 120,000 holiday beds, which is more than the whole of Portugal. With over 16.8 million visitors to Blackpool each year, there are now 3500 hotels, guest houses and self-catering units in the resort.

The Danescourt Hotel ( PLEASURE BEACH)
The Carlee
Warwick House Hotel
Warwick Hotel
The Wescoe
Norwood Hotel
Lynmar
Albert Hotel
Claremont Hotel
Ooty Bar Restaurant & Hotel
Arandora Star Hotel
Marlow Lodge (Blackpool) Hotel
Shepperton Hotel
Royal Carlton Hotel
Hurstmere Hotel
Viking Hotel
Leverdale Hotel
The New Guilderoy Hotel
The Mallory Hotel
The Brayton
The Norbreck Castle Hotel
Middleton Hotel
Chequers Plaza Hotel
The Merecliff Hotel
Glenshee Hotel & Leisure
Cliffs Hotel
The Dudley Hotel
Vidella Hotel
The Woodley Hotel
Chelston Hotel
Daniel Hotel
Rutland Hotel
The Imperial Hotel
Homecliffe Hotel
Ingledene Hotel
Brooklyn Hotel
Kingsway Hotel
The Wilton hotel
De Vere Herons’ Reach
Best Western Carlton Hotel
The Big Blue Hotel – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Savoy Hotel
Minotel Lucena
Grand Metropole
Carousel Hotel
Clifton Hotel
Staymor Hotel
The Palms Hotel & Apartments
Courtneys of Gynn Square
Revills Hotel
Sherwood Hotel
The New Hertford Hotel
Feng Shui Hotel

Entertainment:

Blackpool has a wide selection of shows, night clubs and pubs available providing a broad range of entertainment to suit most tastes. But don’t think the younger generation has all the fun. Remember, the famous Tower Ballroom has been the perfect partner for more traditional dancing steps for a century.

The Grand Theatre continued success is based on conserving the integrity of the irreplaceable Grade II* Listed Victorian theatre, and welcoming theatregoers by presenting a discerning programme of popular, thought-provoking and progressive theatre for Blackpool and the North West.

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens gilded exuberance makes it one of the most amazing buildings in the world. As if being Britain’s biggest theatre was not enough, it is crammed with bits and pieces from dream palaces of a dozen ages and cultures. The Winter Gardens is partly Tudor England, partly Strauss’s Vienna, partly Seville in its golden age, partly ancient Rome. This four acre site also houses the Empress Ballroom and Opera House.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has something for everyone. There are over 145 rides and attractions plus spectacular shows, including the world renowned Hot Ice at the Arena, the famous Mystique cabaret of magic and illusion at the Horseshoe, and the internationally acclaimed Eclipse at the Globe Theatre.

Blackpool is not just a seaside resort; it offers something for all ages. There is always something going on whether you prefer to do or watch. A perfect place to stay, as a base for touring the North West of England or, as a final destination to enjoy all that Blackpool has to offer.

Big Island Hilo Vacation Rentals Versus Big Island Hilo Hotels

Each year, millions of tourists make the decision to travel to Hawaii. Are you looking to become one of those individuals? If so, there is a chance that you may be planning a Hilo vacation. Hilo is located along the eastern coast of Hawaiis Big Island. Most known for its wide array of local attractions and activities, Hilo is also known for its selection of overnight accommodations, which tend to include hotels and vacation resorts. If you are planning on taking a Hilo vacation, you may be wondering where you should stay, in a Hilo vacation renal or in a Hilo hotel. Perhaps, the best way to make a decision is to examine the advantages and disadvantages of each.

When visiting Hawaii, a large number of tourists make the decision to book a stay at a local hotel, such as a Hilo hotel. One of the reasons for that is familiarity. In many areas of the United States, vacation rentals and vacation resorts are still, relatively, new. For that reason, a large number of individuals feel more comfortable staying in a hotel. In addition to familiarity, Hilo hotels are popular among tourists because of their affordability. It is a known fact that most hotels, including Hilo hotels are cheaper to afford, when compared to vacation rentals or even vacation resorts. Therefore, many vacationers on a budget choose to stay at a Hilo hotel.

Although most Hilo hotels are familiar, in the general sense, and affordable, there are a few disadvantages to them. One of those disadvantages is the lack of onsite facilities. When staying at a Hilo hotel, there are many tourists who expect to get everything that they need and everything that they want. Unfortunately, not all are happy with what they find. Unlike most vacation resorts, which are designed to give travelers everything that they need all in one place, hotels are more for overnight accommodations. Most hotels are built with the goal of giving vacationers a place to stay, just overnight. While there are some five star hotels that come equipped with onsite salons, fitness centers, restaurants, and tennis courts, not all do.

In addition to Hilo hotels, you can also book a stay at a Hilo vacation rental. Hilo vacation rentals, also commonly referred to as Hilo vacation homes, are homes that are available for rents, to tourists just like you. What is nice about most Hilo vacation rentals is the fact that they come in a number of different sizes and styles. For instance, Hilo vacation rentals are often classified as standard vacation rentals or luxury vacation rentals. Since Hilo is located along the coast of Hawaiis Big Island it is also possible to find Hilo beachfront vacation rentals that are available for rent.

Although Hilo vacation rentals do come in a number of different styles, you will find that many are somewhat secluded. This is one of the reasons why Hilo vacation rentals are so popular; they make vacationers feel as if they are worlds apart from the rest of the island. It is also important note that vacation homes are just that, homes. That is another one of the many reasons why Hilo vacation rentals homes come so highly recommended; they allow vacationers to enjoy a vacation while still being able to feel the comfort of home.

As with Hilo hotels, there are also a number of disadvantages to renting Hilo vacation homes. One of those disadvantages is the cost. You will find that most vacation rentals cost more than a stay at a Hilo hotel or a Hilo vacation resort; however, it is important to remember everything that you are getting. If the cost of a Hilo vacation rental is a concern, you should be able to search for and maybe even find rentals that are within your budget; however, you are advised to do so in advance. Another one of the disadvantages to Hilo vacation homes is their rise in popularity. This rise in popularity may make it difficult for you to reserve the Hilo vacation home of your choice; that is why it is important that you make your reservations in advance.

Before you make your Hilo vacation reservations, you are urged to take a few minutes and consider the advantages and disadvantages of both Hilo vacation rentals and Hilo hotels. Doing so will help to ensure that the decision you make is the one that can benefit you and your traveling party the most.

Britains second biggest city after London is Birmingham. Birmingham is the cultural centre of the West Midlands and offers the casual visitor an enormous range of exciting opportunities and things to do. Offering an unsurpassed range of shops and shopping centres, and literally hundreds of activities and things to do, Birmingham is the ideal tourist destination; a city that is always guaranteed to keep you occupied.

As a city, Birmingham is packed with places to visit, enabling you to get a real taste of the citys culture. Just a few of the places include:

Birmingham Cathedral: Built in 1725, this is one of the citys most beautiful historic buildings, complete with four Pre-Raphaelite stained-glass windows.

The Royal Air Force Museum: Treat yourself to a stunning display of aviation history and witness over seventy aircraft situated within three separate wartime hangars. Youll see Spitfires, Hurricanes, Vulcans and more.

Cadburys World: One of the countrys biggest and most popular museums. Youll find out about the history of chocolate, and how it originated in South America, as well as seeing a genuine production line. Of course, a visit isnt complete without sampling the produce

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: Witness a huge variety of exhibits that range from spooky Egyptian mummies to a wooden toy collection for the kids. Treat yourself to some culture and examine the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the world.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens: An astonishing fifteen acres of beautiful gardens are available for exploration, as well as four glasshouses containing exotic plants.

When it comes to finding something to do, youll find that Birmingham has it covered. Some ideal places for pursuits include:

The Ackers: If your familys into sport, then enjoy taking part in a variety of activities including climbing, canoeing, skiing, snowboarding and more. Occupying over seventy acres and located just two miles from the city centre, The Ackers couldnt be more convenient.

Second City Canal Cruises: Enjoy cruising down the Birmingham canals and buy gifts from the souvenir shop.

The National Sea Life Centre: Witness over sixty displays of exotic marine life, and find yourself enthralled by the undersea world. See giant turtles, reef fish and sharks too.

Newbrook Farm Experience: Visit a working farm and keep an eye out for the many rare breeds of animals that include cattle, hens, pigs, ponies and goats.

Woodgate Valley Country Park: The perfect place for walkers, with mile upon mile of tracks to explore. Theres something for the kids too, with a farm, play area and a fun pony-trekking centre.

If youre feeling hungry after touring Birmingham, youll discover that Birmingham is renowned for its culinary diversity meaning that youll find the right meal, no matter what variety of food youre looking for. Within the city, home-cooked traditional British food goes hand-in-hand with exotic cuisine from India and China, and all of Birminghams eateries are in easily accessible locations. Whichever end of the scale interests you whether it is a simple takeaway or a slap-up three-course meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant Birmingham has it covered. Heres a small selection of the citys eating-places:

City Caf Birmingham: Service, style and ambience are on the menu at this top-rated restaurant that offers a la carte menus, a famous Sunday lunch buffer and a vegetarian garden. Enjoy a live Jazz band every Thursday evening.

Metro Bar & Grill: Free-range meats are the order of the day here, along with a comprehensive fish board that changes daily. Metro also serves a range of sandwiches and simple snack foods if youre looking for something quick.

Peppers: Birminghams top-rated Indian restaurant has every kind of Indian dish imaginable, and youll be spoilt for choice when you see the menu. The restaurants ethos is value for money.
San Carlo Ristorante: Authentic Italian food is what this restaurant offers, with many of the ingredients imported directly from Italy. The chefs and the management bring real individuality to the menu.

Opus Restaurant: Seasonal and regional are the keywords for this eaterys menu, which offers genuine British meals with the ingredients locally sourced.

When it comes to finding somewhere to stay in Birmingham, the only problem youll experience with Birmingham is the amount of options available so many, in fact, that youll be spoilt for choice! Short breaks and long stays are catered for in hotels and guesthouses in the city centre or on the outskirts. Further, the prices range from the immediately affordable to more expensive and luxurious rooms. If youre looking for an alternative, then youll find that Birmingham has plenty of options ranging from campsites to self-catering accommodation. There are also special packages available, such as the spa break, where youll find yourself pampered into luxury.

When youve finished exploring Birmingham by day, youll discover that the city comes alive at night with some of the coolest pubs and nightclubs around. Whether youre looking for a relaxing sit down and drink, or want to party away the small hours, youll doubtlessly discover the ideal venue. The Nightingale Club, located in the heart of the city centre, has three levels incorporating numerous bars, discos, a restaurant and a games room. Meanwhile, The Jam House is a nightclub supported by music maestro Jools Holland, and holds up to 600 people. Alternatively, Ricks Garden Caf & Bar in Birmingham offers you the opportunity to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine under the stars.

The above information should give you some idea of just what Birmingham has to offer as a city. Theres something to keep you occupied whatever your interest, with a whole range of different cultural activities. If youre traditional, youll enjoy visiting the citys many museums and art galleries, and learning about Birminghams history. If youre part of a family, youll discover attractions that have proved to be popular with thousands of children while in Birmingham. Eating, shopping, seeing and doing all four bases are covered when you come to Birmingham.

Hotels in Birmingham

Birmingham NEC/Airport Premier Travel Inn
City Inn Birmingham
Campanile Hotel – Birmingham
Copthorne Hotel Birmingham
Birmingham Great Barr Hotel
Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport
The Norfolk Hotel
Portland Hotel
Ye Olde Station Guest House Birmingham, Shustoke
Days Inn Birmingham East
Britannia Hotel Birmingham
Macdonald Burlington Hotel
Best Western The Westley Hotel
Central Guest House
Express by Holiday Inn Birmingham Castle Bromwich
Heath Lodge Hotel
Express by Holiday Inn Birmingham NEC
Novotel Birmingham Airport
Hagley Court Hotel
Apollo Hotel
Corus hotel Birmingham South
Bridge House Hotel
Fairlawns At Aldridge(Best Western)
RAMADA BIRMINGHAM (FORMERLEY DAYS HOTEL)
Express by Holiday Inn Birmingham Oldbury M5, Jct.
Novotel Birmingham Centre
Paragon Hotel
Thistle Birmingham City
Birmingham Edgbaston
Jurys Inn Birmingham
Premier Apartments Birmingham
The Edgbaston Palace Hotel

Boutique hotels arent a passing fad or a here-today-gone-tomorrow trend. They are a growing sector of the hospitality market.

When the first boutique hotel opened in New York in 1984, it caused a stir. Shedding tradition, its whole purpose was to turn a paid-for bedroom into a whole new travel experience. Since then, small, chic hotels have sprung up all over the world; some more successfully than others. Those who have followed the fundamental theme of design-led individuality have experienced incredible success and that in turn has spawned a new generation of these stylish hotels.

What are the essential characteristics of this type of hotel that will ensure its place in the industry?

Individuality boutique hotels are all different. Housed in a wide range of buildings, many of which werent intended as hotels or even houses originally, they use design and architecture to create entirely individual structures and spaces that catch the attention and stimulate the senses. Whatever theme or style has been chosen, youll never stay in a boutique hotel thats exactly the same as the last one you stayed in.

Style personality and style matter to these hotels. Its what gives them their intimate atmosphere; their air of authenticity. Boutique hotels go for style thats deliberately introduced and followed through to the smallest of details, resulting in all-round quality thats really appreciated by the guests.

Service many other parts of the service industry could learn from these small hotels. Their low guest numbers gives them the opportunity to shine when it comes to looking after residents, and their service is always discreet but immediate; helpful without pestering and always pleasant, never patronising.

Quality discerning guests know quality when they see it; from the finest bed linen to the freshest ingredients. A boutique hotel takes the time to source materials, furnishings, fabrics and accessories of the finest quality, ensuring that guests are always experiencing comfort and style.

Boutique hotels are here to stay because we like them. For not much more cost than an average high street hotel, they allow us to enjoy the experience of travelling. They give us good design, a high standard of decoration and fittings and outstanding service, reminding us that we often set our standards too low when we travel. They allow us to relax and spend our time exploring and enjoying our destination rather than sorting out problems with the accommodation. They remind us that where we stay is as important as where we go.

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