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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bridge Inn Calver

The Bridge Inn in Calver is a recommended pub for walkers, hikers and travellers in the Peak District.

The Bridge Inn is a stone built 17th century coaching inn near to the bridge over the River Derwent, hence its name. Until 1920, The Bridge Inn was owned by the local bigwig, the Duke of Rutland.

Bridge Inn Calver, UK


The cozy interior of the pub has log fires and displays of foreign banknotes on its walls.

The Bridge Inn pub has a very large outdoor beer garden to complement the spacious interiors of the pub itself. Both lunch and evening meals made from local produce are served.

The Bridge Inn is situated just off the A623 Baslow to Chapel-en-le-Frith road and on the through route from Buxton to Chesterfield, Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham. Across the road is the All Saints Church.

Bridge Inn Calver, UK


The Bridge Inn is only five miles from Bakewell, under two miles from the historic stately home of Chatsworth House and around one mile from Curbar Gap.


Access

The Bridge Inn
Calver Bridge
Calver
Hope Valley
S32 3XA
Tel: 01433 630 415
Map of Bridge Inn

Friday, April 19, 2013

British Museum

The British Museum is one of London's most popular attractions and draws thousands of visitors from all over the world each day, with total visitors over 6 million a year.

A visit to the British Museum and its treasures is a must for most foreign and domestic visitors to London and the British Museum is also visited by thousands of UK school children on school trips each year.

British Museum, London
Main Entrance & Facade British Museum

The British Museum has its origins in the collection of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), the Irish physician and collector who also founded the excellent Chelsea Physic Garden and after whom Sloane Square and Sloane Street in London are named.

The basic collection of manuscripts, books, natural history specimens and antiquities was increased by gifts, purchases, and some may say, imperial theft from Britain's empire over the following centuries.

Duveen Gallery, British Museum, London, UK
The Duveen Gallery 1980
The British Museum is the oldest public museum in the world and was founded in 1753. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is older but was begun as a private, university collection.

The main building and famous facade of the British Museum was designed by architect Robert Smirke (1780–1867) and now contains the Great Court designed by Sir Norman Foster and the Reading Room where Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi and George Bernard Shaw sought inspiration, read and wrote.

Exhibits, British Museum, London, UK
Antiquities on display, British Museum
Collections at the British Museum include the popular Egyptian collection with its mummies and the Rosetta Stone, the Greek and Roman Collection, which contains the Portland vase and the controversial Parthenon Sculptures (Elgin Marbles) brought to Britain by Lord Elgin from the Parthenon in Athens and purchased by the British government in 1816.

Other collections are the Asian Collection with many Hindu and Buddhist works of art, Chinese ceramics and Japanese wood block prints, Coins and Medals, the Enlightenment, the Middle Eastern Collection with the world famous Assyrian reliefs from Nineveh and two 7th century BCE human-headed bulls from Khorsabad, the Europe Collection (Lindow Man & the Sutton Hoo Ship Treasure), the African Collection (Benin Bronzes seized by the British in 1897), the Americas Collection and the World Collection.

Reading Room, British Museum, London, Britain
The Reading Room of the British Museum

The British Museum has over 70,000 exhibits on show from a total collection of over 13 million. The British Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions which can be massive draws.

The Reading Room (above) was built in the 1850s to house the British Library which has now split up with the main British Library now nearby in King's Cross.

British Museum, London, UK
Classical antiquities, British Museum, London, UK
The British Museum is always busy but early in the morning or at lunch time on weekdays are the best times to visit. The northern entrance on Montague Place is less crowded than the main entrance on Great Russell Street.

Also repeat visits to see one or two collections at a time rather than attempt to see the whole museum in one go is a better tactic to get the most out of this fantastic institution. The British Museum remains free to visit but a donation is asked for.

Exhibit, British Museum, London, UK
Classical statue, British Museum, London
The area around the British Museum has numerous cafes and restaurants catering to the many foreign tourists who visit. The Pizza Express on Coptic Street is located in an original Victorian dairy and is recommended. Museum Street is famous for its antiquarian and rare book stores.

A visit to the British Museum can be combined with seeing nearby Covent Garden and the parks of Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square. Soho and Trafalgar Square are also close and within reasonable walking distance.

Great Court designed by Sir Norman Foster.
Great Court designed by Sir Norman Foster


British Museum
Great Russell Street
London Borough of Camden
London
WC1B 3DG
Tel: 020 7323 8299
Map of British Museum

Hours: 10am-5.30pm daily; selected galleries until 8.30pm Friday

The nearest underground stations to the British Museum are Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square and Holborn. Many London buses pass near the British Museum including numbers #7, #8, #10, #14, #19, #24, #25, #29, #30, #38, #55, #68, #73, #134, #188. The nearest mainline stations are Euston and King's Cross.

British Museum, London.
Egyptian antiquities at the British Museum, London
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Three Tunnes Pub Hazel Grove Stockport

The Three Tunnes pub on the A6 in Hazel Grove, Stockport has long had a good reputation for its Robinson's beer.

Three Tunnes Pub Hazel Grove Stockport UK

In recent years the Three Tunnes has been completely revamped inside and out and now has a more spacious and open plan feel to it. The gents' toilet has been moved inside as well.

Three Tunnes Pub Hazel Grove Stockport


At the back of the pub is an outdoor beer garden where visitors can smoke. The Three Tunnes has a food menu and there are live music nights.

The Three Tunnes is on the A6 on the 192 bus route from Manchester and Stockport via Stepping Hill Hospital to Hazel Grove.

Three Tunnes Hazel Grove Stockport UK


Further attractions in the Stockport area of Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct, the Hat Works and Stockport Art Gallery.

Three Tunnes Hazel Grove Stockport UK


Access

Three Tunnes
194 London Rd
Hazel Grove
Stockport
SK7 4DQ
Tel: 0161 483 3563
Map of Three Tunnes

Sunday, April 7, 2013

St James's Park London

Millions of Londoners and tourists visit St James's Park every year. St James Park is the oldest of the London's eight Royal Parks. St James's Park is the scene of spectacular pageants including Trooping the Colour, but there is another side to St James's Park, a tranquil one. The visitor can simply relax and watch the world go by.

St James's Park in London

St James's Park is surrounded by three palaces. The oldest palace is Westminster, which is now the Houses of Parliament, St James's Palace and most famously, Buckingham Palace. St James's Park has a small lake, St. James's Park Lake, with two islands, West Island and Duck Island.

Pond at St James's Park in London

The Royal Parks are a haven for wildlife and large collections of exotic waterfowl exist in St James’s Park including the Great Crested Grebe, Canadian Goose and Mute Swan. St James's Park also hosts a resident colony of pelicans, which have been at the park since the gift of the birds from a Russian ambassador in 1664.

Birds of St James's Park in London

St James's Park asks visitors not to feed herons, pigeons, crows or geese and to only feed waterfowl which are in the water.

Water birds at St James's Park in London

St. James's Park is a 23 hectare park in the City of Westminster, central London. Visitors to St James's Park may also want to see nearby Buckingham Palace or Covent Garden.

St James's Park Map

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