Posts Tagged ‘ oxford ’

Where the experts holiday: Tom Hall of Lonely Planet

Aug 30th, 2016 | By

Tom Hall, editorial director at Lonely Planet – the world’s largest travel guide book publisher – on Italy, Iran and why the Western Isles of Scotland should feature on any travel itinerary



A bit of Britain in Buenos Aires

Jul 17th, 2016 | By

Argentines and expats alike have developed an appetite for the charming British ritual of afternoon tea as Emily Farmer – the Brit whose baking has hit the big time in Buenos Aires – can attest



England’s hotspots for 2014

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Calm your FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) – VisitEngland’s guide to the top 2014 holiday hotspots will ensure you don’t miss a thing next year. From litera-tours through Hardy’s Dorset and Shakespeare’s Stratford to top cycle rides in the wilds of Yorkshire and the curves of the Olympic velopark, here’s a sneak preview of England’s top hotspots for 2014



Locking up children

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Actually, they were only locked in once and then only for a split second. But that’s what the guides do at the Oxford Castle Unlocked attraction. They also tell the story of the famous prison with gore and murder, mystery and poo all included in a way that has made the Horrible Histories books and television series so popular.



Austen’s England

Dec 28th, 2012 | By

January 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, the most popular novel from one of England’s best loved authors, Jane Austen



England’s star is set to rise in 2013

Nov 20th, 2012 | By

The Kent Marshes and a Berkshire stately home star alongside Helena Bonham Carter in Great Expectations, due for release on 30 November 2012. This is just one of a series of star turns for England



Read all about it

Nov 18th, 2012 | By

2012 marks 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens, one of England’s most celebrated authors. As Rochester, Chatham, Portsmouth and London capitalise on the bicenterary with a year of special events and exhibitions to draw visitors, VisitEngland looks at some of the country’s other literary hotspots and the authors they so inspired



England’s super sleuths

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By

The weekend saw the release of this summer’s most anticipated blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film with Nottingham’s Wollaton Hall taking centre stage as Wayne Manor



Edinburgh to charge £2-per-night tourist tax?

Dec 13th, 2011 | By

UPDATE: 17/12/2011. Scottish Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing has announced that there will be no accommodation tax in Edinburgh.Without the transfer of powers from the government to loacl authorites, any such introduction would be illegal.



Where visitors to the UK go

Nov 17th, 2011 | By

Which are the most popular places to go in the UK for overseas visitors? Counting how many of us visit our own cities isn’t easy but for those coming from abroad, the International Passenger Survey provides some answers and now, Visit Britain has played looked at the data and come up with some answers.



Cambridge to charge tourist tax?

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By

Oxford and Cambridge are renowned as two of the world’s most famous university towns and consequently crowded with tourists at any time of year. But perhaps – in the case of Cambridge – not for much longer.



First New Rail Route for 100 Years

Jan 28th, 2010 | By

It is hard to believe that there has been no new railway route for a century. Yes, the occasional new station has opened but a new route? Chiltern Railways operates lines out of Marylebone in London to the commuter suburbs of north west London and on into Oxfordshire and Birmingham. For the first time they are going to operate a line to Oxford from Marylebone via High Wycombe and Bicester which will take just over the hour.
But, you will say, there are trains already linking Oxford and London using First Great Western out of Paddington via Reading which also take about an hour. What’s different?



Mini break of the month: Oxford or Cambridge?

Oct 26th, 2009 | By

Oxford and Cambridge are renowned as two of the world’s most famous university towns and consequently crowded tourist hotspots in the summer ‘high’ season. With autumn and the start of the new semester upon us, now is the time to visit if you want to soak up the history and heritage of either without jostling with throngs of other tourists. The question is Oxford or Cambridge? You decide…