Hadrian’s Wall, Northern England

Along the way to Edinburgh-Scotland, we stopped at Hadrian’s Wall, a fortification that stretches 118-km across the Roman-controlled Britain in the frontier zone to defend the Celtic warriors from the north in AD122.

It takes a while to walk up gentle slopes to the English Heritage museum at Housesteads Roman Fort where Hadrian’s Wall climbs […]

By |October 4th, 2010|England, UK|9 Comments

Ghost Hunting in York

The “charismatic” statue of Constantine near York Minster, the first Christian Emperor who proclaimed religious tolerance during Roman times.

The apple tree near York Minster…

Without further digression, let’s get to the “Ghost” topic! There are many ghost tours in York. The one included in our Topdeck trip is the award-winning “Ghost Hunt of York” that […]

By |October 1st, 2010|England, UK|3 Comments

Ye olde York, England

The medieval city of York is surrounded by imposing walls constructed since the Roman times, through the Dark Ages and the Viking era. The free tourist attraction offers a unique experience as it’s York that has the finest Bar walls and the longest city walls in England.

Our wall-walk began at Bootham Bar, one of […]

By |September 29th, 2010|England, UK|3 Comments

York Minster, England

A day is never enough to explore the nooks and corners of York, one of England’s finest towns. The medieval city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and captured by the Vikings in 866 AD till 954 when it was incorporated into the Kingdom of England.

After a night’s rest in Stratford-upon-Avon, Topdeck […]

By |September 22nd, 2010|England, UK|5 Comments

It’s all Shakespearean

Being someone who couldn’t digest William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and eventually failed the relevant subject in school, I thought I didn’t deserve the chance to pay pilgrimage to the literature mecca, Shakespeare’s hometown in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Nonetheless, thanks to VisitBritain and STA Travel!

Stratford-Upon-Avon lies in the Midlands of England and is a very popular […]

By |September 16th, 2010|England, UK|11 Comments

Oxford City, England

The first day of Topdeck 7 Day British Isle trip began at Umi Hotel in London. Together with 20 travel mates from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada, we joined Julia-the lovely Canadian trip leader and Scotty-the chatty Australian driver and departed London for the city of Oxford, home to the prestigious […]

By |September 11th, 2010|England, UK|12 Comments

London Night Out

In less than 3hrs, we arrived at London Paddington station from Cardiff-Wales by National Rail. We put up a night at Umi hotel in Bayswater, a very centralised location in the city, and joined Topdeck 7 Day British Isle trip the following morning. (Good stuff – Check out STA Travel on Topdeck […]

By |September 6th, 2010|England, UK|13 Comments