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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Deaf Institute Manchester

A short walk west into the University area from O2 Apollo is The Deaf Institute, a trendy music venue that was once an institute for the deaf and dumb. The building dates from 1877 and is a Grade II Listed. Altogether The Deaf Institute has three floors, with three bars, a kitchen & a roof terrace with the basement bar open to hire for private parties.

The Deaf Institute Manchester.

The Deaf Institute is run by the people behind the successful Trof bar in the Northern Quarter and offers live music and club nights to complement the food and drinks that begin about 4pm in the main bar. There is free Wifi and a promise of something happening most nights.

The Deaf Institute is located on the corner of Grosvenor Road and Oxford Road very close to Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Park, the Manchester School of Theatre and Manchester Aquatics Centre.

The Deaf Institute Manchester.


135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HE
Tel: 0161 276 9350
thedeafinstitute.co.uk

A number of buses run along Oxford Road including the 147 from Piccadilly Station and the hourly 173 from Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

The Deaf Institute Manchester.


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

O2 Apollo Manchester

The O2 Apollo in Ardwick Green, Manchester is an iconic and long-standing music venue close to the city centre. Formerly known as the Apollo Manchester, the building is Grade II Listed and was built in 1938 as a cinema in art deco style.

O2 Apollo Manchester, UK.

The O2 Apollo is an atmospheric venue with a seating capacity of just over 2,600 and 3,500 standing.

There are four licensed bars.

O2 Apollo Manchester, UK.


O2 Apollo
Stockport Rd
Ardwick Green
Manchester M12 6AP
Tel: 0161 273 692

The following buses are all convenient for the O2 Apollo: the #192 from Stockport, #201, #203, #204 and #205. The nearest train and Metrolink station is Piccadilly Station. The University area of Manchester is about 10 minutes away on foot.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

George Inn in Bathampton

The George Inn in Bathampton, Somerset was once a 13th century monastery. Today, it's a Grade II listed, ivy-clad pub beside the Kennet and Avon Canal.

George Inn Bathampton, pub, Bath

Visitors to the George Inn in Bathampton will often find lovely canal boats moored next to the pub. The owners of those boats often come ashore to sample the delicious wines and cask ales. The George Inn in Bathampton features a waterside location, delightful rural setting and ample outdoor terrace. The George Inn boasts loads of character indoors, too. On chilly days, visitors can enjoy the low ceilings, nooks and crannies, and real log fires.

George Inn, Bathhampton, Bath, pub, canal

The George Inn in Bathampton is located on the bend of Mill Lane in the Somerset village of Bathampton. It sits across the road from St Nicholas Church, and the Kennet and Avon Canal flows gently past the pub's spacious beer garden.

Visitors can find the George Inn by walking along the towpath from central Bath after enjoying the sights along the Kennet and Avon Canal Trail. Walking even further along the path will lead the visitor to the impressive Dundas Aqueduct

George Inn
Mill Lane
Bathampton, Bath
BA2 6TR
Tel: 01225 425079

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Discovery Museum Newcastle

The Discovery Museum in Newcastle is one of the city's prime attractions. At the Discovery Museum Tyneside's rich history of science, technology and industry is presented through a fascinating series of exhibits.

Discovery Museum Newcastle.


The Discovery Museum occupies three floors of the former Co-operative Wholesale Society building.

The central exhibit is the 30 meter-long Turbinia, the fastest ship in the world at the turn of the twentieth century. The vessel was designed in 1894 by the local Tyneside engineer Sir Charles Parsons and was the first ship to be powered by steam turbines. Another North East invention is honoured with a replica of first incandescent light bulb by Joseph Swan (1828-1914). Swan's house in Gateshead was the first in the world to be lit by light bulbs.

There's also a fascinating section dedicated to Tyne shipbuilding, an interactive science maze for kids, and a "Story of Newcastle" section giving the low-down on the city's history, from Pons Aelius (Newcastle's Roman name) through to Cheryl Cole.

Play Tyne, which costs 1 GBP, is a special play area for the under 7's, focused on the role of water in the development of Tyneside and the way water is used.

Discovery Museum Newcastle.


The Discovery Museum includes many wall panels as well as hands-on exhibits that are popular with kids. Teachers can download 2 worksheets for the museum from the website below.

Discovery Museum

Blandford Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4JA
Tel: 0191 232 6789
Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am - 4pm
Admission: Free

The Discovery Museum is a short walk from Newcastle Central Station and the Metro.

The second floor Turbinia Cafe serves a range of hot and cold meals, sandwiches and drinks.
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Rotunda Birmingham

The Rotunda in Birmingham in the English Midlands is an early 1960's high rise that has been preserved amid the recent redevelopment of the Bullring area of the city that has seen much 1960's and 1970's architecture swept away.

The Rotunda, Birmingham.

The Rotunda is an 81 meter tall Grade II listed building and was completed in 1965. It was completely refurbished by the developers Urban Splash between 2004 and 2008 and now contains private flats as well as serviced apartments on the 2nd, 18th, 19th and 20th floors.

The image below shows how The Rotunda used to look before its redevelopment.

The Rotunda Birmingham - pre-refurbishment.

The Rotunda is very close to Birmingham New Street Station.

Book a luxury, serviced apartment at The Rotunda provided by Staying Cool.

Urban Splash

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kennet and Avon Canal Trail

The Kennet & Avon Canal turned 200 years old in 2010. Follow this link to download the Bath Flight Audio Trail. These audio files explore 12 key features on the Kennet and Avon Canal between Halfpenny Bridge and Darlington Wharf in central Bath. Although the canal was originally a commercial route, John Rennie, the chief engineer, ensured that the canal and its bridges and buildings reflected Bath’s Georgian architecture.

Bath Flight Audio Trail, canal

Among the various locks one encounters on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath and one of the features along the Kennet and Avon Canal trail is the Bath Deep Lock pictured below.

Bath Deep Lock, canal, Somerset

Another feature is Cleveland House, which at one time housed the headquarters of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company.

Clevedon House, Bath, canal

Other highlights one can find by following the Kennet and Avon Canal include the Dundas Aqueduct and the Caen Hill Flight.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jewry Wall Museum Leicester

The Jewry Wall Museum in Leicester in the English Midlands is dedicated to the ancient Roman settlement and the following development of the town.

The museum is the excavated ruins of the Roman Baths.

The Jewry Wall itself is the tallest original Roman structure still standing in Britain and was part of the Roman bath house. It stands at a height of 9 metres (30 feet).

Jewry Wall Museum Leicester, England.

Notable exhibits include the Roman Blackfriars Pavement, the Mosaic of Cyparissus, tiles from Leicester Abbey and the Norfolk Street Roman Wall Paintings.

Jewry Wall Museum
156-160 Saint Nicholas Circle
Leicester LE1 4LB
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 116 225 4971

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