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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Walmer Castle

Walmer Castle in East Kent in the south east of England makes for a pleasant half-day tour along with nearby Deal Castle.

Walmer Castle, Kent, England.


Walmer Castle, like Deal Castle and Sandown Castle, was built by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540 as an artillery fortress to protect England from overseas invasion from France.

Walmer Castle consists of a central keep, four circular bastions and a moat. During the 18th century, the castle morphed into a private residence for the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

Extensive gardens were added during this time and are one of the main reasons to visit this lovely English Heritage maintained site.

Walmer Castle Gardens, Kent, UK.


The castle interior is a museum with various exhibits relating to the castle's history and its various residents.

The superb Queen Mother's Garden was designed by the noted garden designer Penelope Hobhouse.

Walmer Castle
Kingsdown Rd, Walmer, Deal
Kent CT14 7LJ
Tel: 01304 364 288

Walmer Castle has various opening times depending on the season. Summer is generally 10am-6pm daily. Please consult the website above for full details.
Admission £10.10 (adults)

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum is on Oxford Road in the university area of Manchester.

The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester.


The Manchester Museum is housed in an historic red brick building, designed by Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) in 1890. Waterhouse was also the architect of Manchester's Town Hall and the Natural History Museum in London. Later extensions to the museum were undertaken by Waterhouse's son and grandson.

The museum is a real mix of different exhibits including archery, dinosaur skeletons, ethnography, mineralogy, natural history and entomology exhibits, Egyptian mummies and even a vivarium.

The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester.


The origins of the museum go back to the 19th century and the collection of the local Manchester manufacturer John Leigh Philips (1761-1814). After his death the Manchester Natural History Society was established to preserve the collection, which also expanded rapidly, thanks to donations by the members over the years.

Highlights of the Manchester Museum include the large Egyptology collection with stone temple sculptures and the Living Cultures collection with a range of exhibitions from all over the world including exhibitions of Japanese art and furniture.

The Manchester Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The museum also has a shop with fair trade gifts and a cafe. The latter has reductions for students with a student card.

The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester.


The Manchester Museum
Oxford Road
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
Tel: 0161 275 2648
Hours: 10am-5pm; daily
Admission: Free

Manchester Oxford Road Station is 15 minutes on foot. From Manchester Piccadilly Station take a 147 bus (weekdays only). Other buses that run close to the museum are the 85, 86, 250, 41, 42, 43 and 111.

A visit to Whitworth Art Gallery can easily be combined with some time at The Manchester Museum.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Scuttler's Wine Bar

Next door to the The Lower Turk's Head pub in the Northern Quarter of central Manchester is Scuttler's Wine Bar.

Scuttler's Wine Bar, Manchester.


Scuttler's Wine Bar offers a wide range of excellent wines as well as several cask ales and decent food. Despite the narrow shop front the bar is surprising roomy once you enter and you can walk through from The Lower Turk's Head.

Scuttler's Wine Bar is close to the Arndale Centre.

Scuttler's Wine Bar
34 Shudehill
M4 1EZ
Tel: 0161 834 2910

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