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Biodiversity centre opens in Edinburgh

With the opening of the John Hope Gateway Centre, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh has acquired a world-class biodiversity and visitor centre that is already drawing the crowds. The Gateway project, housed at the Gardens' WestShow More Summary

Capturing the castle

The name Edinburgh Castle can be misleading, since it's not so much a single castle as a complex of buildings from different eras. One of these is the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh, St Margaret's Chapel, which dates back to the early 12th century.

Cafe St Honore proves hidden gem

Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith immortalised it a few years ago in his Isabel Dalhousie novels. But even before literary fame, Cafe St Honore; has held a special place in the hearts of many Edinburgh residents for a long tim...

Big wheel keep on turning

Next Wednesday, October 28, begins Edinburgh's official count-down to Christmas. That's when the city flicks the switch on Edinburgh's most distinctive Christmas feature; the giant Christmas Ferris Wheel in the city centre. StandingShow More Summary

Best places to soak up the Fringe

A selection of the best places to hang out, sip a drink and watch the Fringe go by:  

Parking in Edinburgh

Parking in Edinburgh is surprisingly straightforward for a major city – but with a huge rang of on- and off-street parking choices, as well as Park & Ride and airport parking services, knowing your options in advance will really help. Here's a quick run-down:

Visiting the Switch House at the Tate Modern

Even if you are not a fan of modern art, I recommend that you visit the viewing balcony on the 10th floor of the Tate Modern’s Switch Tower for some great views of the London skyline. The Shard to the right of the photo The City of London skyline including the Walkie Talkie to the […]

Romantic Getaway Ideas: The Edinburgh Festival

Has your other half been hinting about spending more quality time together? A surprise getaway is just what you need, and finding an unusual destination will certainly win you some brownie points. Edinburgh is a historic city with a romance that’s captured the imagination of loved up couples for centuries. But come August the population […]

Bingley Circular Walk via St Ives Estate

This Bingley circular walk, via the St Ives estate is around 8kn in length and takes 2-3 hours, depending on pace. There are some ascents and mud proof footwear is advisable. I started this in the town of Bingley, about 15km NW of Bradford where we stayed in April 2016. Parking in the town centre permitted me […]

The Ruth Borchard Collection: The Next Generation at Kings Place London

004’The Ruth Borchard Collection: The Next Generation – Self Portraiture in the 21st Century’ runs until 24 September 2016 at Kings Place London. Upon entering, one painting looked familiar to me. That’s because it was by Lucy Jones, and I’d seen the piece in her  ‘Looking In, Looking Out exhibition at Kings Place in 2014. […]

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester

I’d heard a lot of positive things about the Whitworh Art Gallery in Manchester. making it one of the cornerstones of my tour of galleries in the north of England. It’s probably a good idea to get the bus from the city centre to the Whitworth. I walked from Manchester Victoria, which was rather a […]

Review of Travelodge Edinburgh Central Waterloo Place

I stayed at Travelodge Edinburgh Central Waterloo Place for 2 nights over the Easter weekend. I’d been swithering about spending some time in Edinburgh that weekend. When I spotted a 20% off Travelodge discount code, reducing the price for a two night stay on the Sunday and Monday night to £72 (on the non-refundable Saver rate), […]

Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (mima)

After attending an exhibition by the Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (mima) at the Granary Gallery in Berwick upon Tweed, I was keen to visit mima. As I was heading south for a few days in West Yorkshire, I decided to take a short detour into Middlesborough. It’s free to enter mima. There’s free parking […]

Holmwood House Glasgow

Holmwood House in the south of Glasgow was designed in the 1850s by the Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek Thomson for the Couper family, who owned a nearby mill. Holmwood was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in1994. Prior to that it had been used as a Catholic primary school. There’s a lot of […]

A Photo Tour of Tate Britain London

Although I’ve been to most of the well known museums and galleries in London, I only recently paid my first visit to Tate Britain. It’s located in Millbank, on the northern bank of the River Thames. I was prompted to visit Tate Britain as, when I looked at a map to work out how to get to […]

Greenbank Garden Glasgow

Greenbank Garden, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, lies in the Clarkston area in the south of Glasgow. I’m not sure who owns Greenbank House, but it wasn’t open to visitors. The ‘Green Man’ sculpture, which symbolises rebirth, was commissioned to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Holmwood House and Garden. I assume that the […]

Review of the Potting Shed Edinburgh

I paid £26 for a Travelzoo voucher for a three course meal for two people at the Potting Shed in Edinburgh. We ate at the Potting Shed on a Monday evening. It was quiet when we arrived at 7pm. By 8pm it was busier; mainly with customers drinking from the selection of craft beers. The […]

The Mosaic Pavements at the National Gallery in London

I was intrigued by the mosaic pavements in the Portico of the National Gallery in London. They were created by the Russian born Boris Anrep, one of the Bloomsbury Group, a group of artists, writers and intellectuals most active in the first half of the 20th century. The original mosaics, created in the late 1920s […]

Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools 2016 at the Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh

You can see the Tesco Art Competition for Schools 2016 exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh until 27 October 2016. I was impressed by several of the entries. I thought the standard of the artworks was as good as many that I’ve seen in exhibitions by professional artists. Below are my four favourites pieces […]

Jupiter Artland near Edinburgh

I visited Jupiter Artland on 14 May, the opening day for the 2016 season. This contemporary art venue, mainly an outdoor sculpture park, is situated close to Edinburgh. It’s a private collection which is open to the public. The arts works were commissioned by the owners, Robert and Nicky Wilson. An admission fee is charged which […]

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