Powis Castle and Garden

Looking for places to stop on my drive back to Cardiff at the end of my 2019 north Wales road trip, I came upon Powis Castle, a National Trust property just outside Welshpool in mid Wales. It's an enormous castle with stately interiors and a glorious garden, and as it was a third of the... Continue Reading →

Conwy

Driving into the north Wales market town of Conwy is quite a surreal and unnerving experience, for the town is surrounded by a 1.3km unbroken ring of medieval stone walls, and to get into the town, I had to drive through a narrow gateway. It was an impressive and disorientating welcome to one of the... Continue Reading →

Bodnant Garden

Amid a deep, steep valley on the banks of the Conwy River, to the east of Snowdonia National Park, lies the beautiful, sprawling Bodnant Garden. One of the finest gardens in Wales, it's an 80-acre estate of woodland, Italianate terraces, formal gardens, lily ponds and wildflower meadows packed with trees, flowers and shrubs from all... Continue Reading →

Plas Newydd House and Garden

The elegant manor house, Plas Newydd, is the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Anglesey. Situated on the banks of the Menai Strait on Ynys Môn (the Isle of Anglesey), the stately home boasts superb views of Snowdonia National Park and is surrounded by park and woodland that's home to an array of wildlife, including... Continue Reading →

Beaumaris

Regular readers of my blog will know that I unashamedly love a good castle, and for the longest time, I've been dying to tick off north Wales's big four: Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech. I visited Caernarfon years ago (great fun), have driven past Harlech and Conwy, but the one I was most keen to... Continue Reading →

Great Orme

Ever since I first visited Llandudno with work five years ago, I'd been dying to climb the Great Orme, the enormous chunk of limestone to the west of the seaside town. And having decided to base myself in Llandudno during my north Wales road trip, I was determined this was the year I would finally... Continue Reading →

North Wales

With Wales out of lockdown (for the time being) and the north Wales-based I'm a Celebrity in full swing, it feels as though now may be as good a time as any to finally blog about my north Wales road trip that took place over the August bank holiday weekend in 2019. I wrote this... Continue Reading →

Carreg Cennen Castle

Of all the many castles I've visited (and let's face it, there've been a few!), the one I have the fondest memories of is Carreg Cennen. Perched atop an enormously tall limestone crag on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in south-west Wales, the castle is an impressive and unforgettable sight. I first remember visiting... Continue Reading →

Dyffryn Gardens – Summer 2020

When lockdown was in full swing earlier this year, I didn't think my annual spring/summer visit to Dyffryn Gardens would be possible and fully expected 2020 to be a gap in my annual chronicles. So I was pleasantly surprised when my mother told me Dyffryn Gardens had reopened in early July, following the easing of... Continue Reading →

A gastronomic guide to Porto

When I think of the food in Porto, I think of sardines, pastries, the francesinha sandwich, and lots and lots of port. Portugal's second city is a culinary delight, with a host of superb restaurants and cafés. Pretty much everything I had to eat or drink was excellent and Porto has since become one of... Continue Reading →

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