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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Crown Liquor Saloon

The Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is one of Belfast's most historic drinking places and a tourist attraction in its own right due to its fantastic external architecture and unique internal decoration.

The Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast, NI


The Crown Liquor Saloon dates from the 1880's and the exterior tiling and interior wooden snugs and stained glass are testament to the "overtime" of Italian craftsmen, whom the then owner Michael Flanagan paid to work on his pub after their day shift labouring on a number of churches in the city at the time.

The Crown Liquor Saloon is a superb example of a Victorian gin palace and well worth seeking out at lunch time or in the evening for a drink or something to eat.

The historic bar was purchased by the National Trust in 1978 after pressure by such luminaries as the poet Sir John Betjeman to preserve it and the Crown Liquor Saloon was further refurbished in 2007.

The Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast, NI


The bar is now run by Nicholson's, who provide a wide range of cask ales and delicious Irish food including pork and black-pudding sausages and rare roast beef and mushroom salad.

The Crown Liquor Saloon
46 Great Victoria Street
Belfast
County Antrim
BT2 7BA
Tel: 028 9024 3187

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Murals in Northern Ireland

The over 300 "quality" murals in Belfast and other towns in Northern Ireland, such as Derry, have recently become a new tourist attraction.

Ulster Freedom Fighters mural in Northern Ireland


Many of them depict support for both sides of the religious and political divide in Northern Ireland during the so-called Troubles of the late 1960's to the 1990's.

However other murals are dedicated to Trade Unions, football and footballers such as George Best and Jimmy "Jinky" Johnstone and more recently murals depicting social harmony, which aim to portray a different image of Northern Ireland, apart from the earlier "bombs and bullets" of the violent and deadly paramilitary struggle.

Red Hand Commando mural in Northern Ireland


Murals reflect the shared values and beliefs of the communities where they were painted and are mostly found in working class areas. They are often found on the end walls of terraced houses.

Unionist mural in Northern Ireland


Nowadays, a number of taxi companies in Belfast arrange guided tours of the murals and there are also a number of tribute websites to Northern Ireland's murals on the Internet.

Various books on the subject include Politics and Painting: Murals and Conflict in Northern Ireland, Murals of Derry and Drawing Support 4.

Football mural in Northern Ireland


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Scarborough Spa Complex

Scarborough's history as a tourist resort dates back to the discovery of spa waters way back in the 17th century at South Bay.

Scarborough Spa Complex, Yorkshire


People began to come in numbers to take the waters in what was to become Britain's first seaside resort. In 1873, Britain's first funicular railway was built to bring visitors from South Cliff Esplanade to the Scarborough Spa.

The waters were declared unsafe in the 1930's but visitors continued to come for the entertainment on offer at the Scarborough Spa

The Scarborough Spa Complex visitors see today dates back to the 1880's and includes the Spa Theatre, the Grand Hall concert hall, the Promenade Lounge and the the Ocean Room.

Scarborough Spa Complex

The Scarborough Spa Complex now hosts jazz and classical music concerts, conferences, theatrical shows, dances and wedding receptions and also brings people to enjoy the bars, cafes and relaxing views.


The Spa
South Bay
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2HD
Tel: 01723 82 1888

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough

The Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough is one of the best hotels in Scarborough.

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough


The Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough is part of the Britannia Hotels chain with 47 hotels across the UK.

The Victorian era hotel, now a Grade II listed building, was built in 1863 around a theme of time, hence there were originally 365 bedrooms, four towers representing the four seasons, 12 floors for the months of the year and 52 chimneys for the weeks.

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough


The V-shape of the hotel honours Queen Victoria.

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
St Nicholas Cliff
Scarborough
YO11 2ET

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3

For many visitors to London and Britain, Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 Station will be the first time they ride the London Underground (Tube) into central London.

Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3


This is the station to buy your Oyster Card for travel on London's buses, tube and overground network during your stay in the English capital.

Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 Station is on the Piccadilly Line of the London Underground in Travelcard Zone 6.

The station opened as Heathrow Central in 1977, but was later renamed with the opening of Heathrow Terminal 4 and Heathrow Terminal 5 stations.

The next station heading west into central London from Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 Station is Hatton Cross which is above ground.

Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3, London, Piccadilly Line


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tyne Bridge Newcastle

The Tyne Bridge is an icon of the city of Newcastle and is an arch bridge across the River Tyne linking Newcastle with Gateshead.

Tyne Bridge Newcastle

The Tyne Bridge opened in 1928 and has a span of 162 metres. The road is 26m above the level of the river. The towers at either end of the bridge are made of Cornish granite and were originally designed as warehouses.

Other bridges over the Tyne nearby include the Swing Bridge and the High Level Bridge.

Tyne Bridge Newcastle

The historic road and railway High Level Bridge was designed by Robert Stephenson, the son of George Stephenson and constructed between 1847 and 1849.

The Swing Bridge was the largest swing bridge ever built when it opened in 1876. Now the bridge can be turned by electric power rather than the original hydraulics. The swing bridge is said to stand on the site of the Roman Pons Aelius, the first bridge to span the Tyne.

Altogether seven bridges span the River Tyne.

Tyne Bridge Newcastle


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Albert Dock Liverpool

Albert Dock on the waterfront in Liverpool is an integral part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City listing. The Albert Dock complex of docks and warehouses make up the largest single grouping of Grade I listed buildings in Britain.

Albert Dock is named after Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.

Albert Dock Liverpool, England

The history of Albert Dock dates back to 1837 with a plan to load goods directly to warehouses from ships. The warehouses in Albert Dock are built from brick, cast iron and stone, without a wooden frame, making them the first totally fire-proof warehouses in the world.

Albert Dock Liverpool


The main architects behind the design of Albert Dock were Jesse Hartley (1780-1860) and Philip Hardwick (1792-1870), the latter the architect of Birmingham Curzon Street in Birmingham, the oldest railway terminus in the world.

Cargoes of brandy, cotton, hemp, ivory, silk, sugar, tobacco, tea, and wood were unloaded here during the high volume trading period of the British Empire.

Albert Dock Liverpool, England

Post-war, the Albert Dock area went into decline.

Larger ships could not enter the narrow harbour, which was designed for sailing ships, and war damage had destroyed some of the buildings. The disused site was taken over by the government in the 1980's and gradually redeveloped.

New development of the existing buildings included the Liverpool Maritime Museum, the Tate Liverpool, the International Slavery Museum and the Beatles Story. The other spaces on Albert Dock is now occupied by hotels, shops, cafes, various companies and a selection of restaurants.

Albert Dock Liverpool, UK

Albert Dock

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