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What to see off the beaten track

Everyone is very familiar with what to see in London, places such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the London Eye and St Paul's Cathedral to name but a few so here we give you some ideas of places to visit that you may not have heard of but still well worth seeing.

Sandringham Hall & Gardens


Opening times 11am ~ 5pm (Adults - £11.50 Child (5 - 15 years) - £6.00)

The Queen's country residence is open to the public from April 1st to November 4th and well worth a visit. The house was built in 1870 and was described as the most comfortable house in England. The rooms and décor are much the same as they were in the Edwardian times and there are friendly guides ready to answer your questions.

There are 600 acres of parkland for visitors to enjoy which include 2 way marked nature trails, picnic areas and many woodland paths to explore. Sandringham holds various events throughout the year so check the calendar to see what's going on. July 25th is the busiest day with 20,000 visitors for the Sandringham Flower Show.

How to get there - The nearest train station is Kings Lynn. From there you take the No. 11 bus which is a 30 minute ride. Buses run every 30 minutes.



Standard Admission – Adult £6.30, Child £3.15

Lindisfarne is located off the coast of northern England, near to the Scottish border at Berwick-upon-Tweed. The word means Holy Island in Welsh.

There is a strikingly romantic 16th century castle on Lindisfarne that can be seen from miles around. There are also the remains of an ancient priory that was originally built in AD 635 but destroyed by Henry VIII in the 1550s.

Lindisfarne is a tidal island accessed via a 3 mile causeway at low tide. Therefore, the castle opening times vary depending on the tides. On open days the castle will open for 5 hours which will always include 12:00 – 15:00. It will open either 10:00 – 15:00 or 12:00 – 17:00.

How to get there - The nearest train station in Berwick-upon Tweed, from there you can take bus No. 477. The bus service is most days during the summer months.

Hadrian's Wall


AD 122 bus - 1 day Rover ticket adult £9, child £4.50, student £6

Hadrian's Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the UK's most iconic landmarks. Built in the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 122, the wall is 73 miles long and the spectacular views are largely unchanged since the days of the Roman legions.

Large stretches of the wall are still intact and you can get a real sense of what life must have been like for the Centurions and guards who once garrisoned Rome's northernmost frontiers.

USA Today described Hadrian's Wall as "better than Stonehenge". If you're walking along the Hadrian's Wall National Trail Path, expect some stunning sights and a friendly welcome at some of the many towns, villages and pubs along the way. If you are lucky you will see people re-enacting battles in full costume during the summer months.

How to get there -The Ad 122 bus travels along Hadrian's Wall between Newcastle and Carlisle stopping at various towns and villages along the way. There is also a similar train service.

Lincoln City


Lincoln is an extremely historic city and a hidden gem of cultural heritage. It has a beautiful cathedral which for 300 hundred years was the tallest building in the world and is now considered the finest example of a Gothic building in Europe.

There is also Lincoln Castle which was built by William the Conqueror in the late 11th century. At that time Lincoln was England's third most important city after London and York. The castle is unusual as it is only one of two in the UK to have two mottes.

The Magna Carta was drawn up at Lincoln Cathedral in 1215 and one of only four surviving copies can be seen on display at Lincoln Castle.

How to get there – As Lincoln is in the Midlands it is quite easy to get to from most places by bus or train. There is a regular service from King’s Cross in London, journey time is just over 2 hours.