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Monday, September 24, 2012

Swan With Two Necks Stockport

The Swan With Two Necks in Stockport close to Stockport precinct is a favourite with shoppers to relax after a period of retail therapy.

Swan With Two Necks Stockport, UK


A narrow, traditional pub housed in a Grade II listed building with oak panelling and snugs, the Swan With Two Necks also serves pub grub at lunch time along with a good pint of Stockport's acclaimed local beer, Robinson's. Look out for the bitter, mild and Old Tom on tap.

Swan With Two Necks in Stockport


Things to see in Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Chadkirk Chapel, Staircase House, Stockport Story, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct, the Hat Works and Stockport Art Gallery.

Access

36 Princes Street
Stockport
SK1 1RY
Tel: 0161 480 2341
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chatsworth House Chapel

The 17th century chapel at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is one of the highlights of this popular stately home.

Chatsworth House Chapel with Damien Hirst statue


The Chapel at Chatsworth House includes a ceiling painting of the resurrection of Christ by the French artist Louis Laguerre (1663-1721). There are also paintings of Doubting Thomas by Antonio Verrio (1639-1707) and statues "Faith" & "Justice" in alabaster by Caius Gabriel Cibber (1630-1700).

Set within the altar is an eight foot tall bronze statue entitled "Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain" (2006) by the contemporary British artist Damien Hirst. The martyr was flayed to death and holds his skin as well as a scalpel and a pair of scissors.

Damien Hirst statue at Chatsworth House Chapel


Other places to see within easy reach of Chatsworth House include the small town of Bakewell (10 minutes), Matlock, the delightful Hope Valley, historic Peveril CastleBuxton (25 minutes), the Old Hall in BuxtonCastletonEyam Hall, Eyam Stocks and the outdoor sports and hiking resort of Hathersage.

Chatsworth House
Chatsworth
Bakewell
Derbyshire
DE45 1PP
Registered Charity 511149
Map of Chatsworth

Admission For House, Garden & Farmyard

Adults 20 GBP, Child 13 GBP, OAP/Student 17 GBP

Access

The nearest station to Chatsworth is Chesterfield which has rail connections to London St Pancreas. The Transpeak Service bus runs from Manchester to Stockport, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock, Derby and on to Nottingham.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

X34 Leigh Express

The X34 Leigh Express bus runs from Piccadilly Station in Manchester via Piccadilly Gardens to Pendleton, Swinton, Worsley, Boothstown, Astley and on to Leigh.

X34 Leigh Express bus


The first X34 Bus leaves Manchester Piccadilly via Piccadilly Gardens Monday to Friday at 6.54am with the last bus at 6.42pm. On Saturday the first bus in 9.42am from Piccadilly and the last bus at at 6.12pm.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is one of the most spectacular stately homes in Britain and one of its most popular, drawing thousands of visitors each day.

Chatsworth House, UK


Chatsworth House is still owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been owned through 16 generations of the Cavendish family since Bess of Hardwick, the wife of the Earl of Shrewbury, built her Tudor mansion here in 1549.

Mary Queen of Scots was a house guest here during the 1570s, dividing her time in semi house arrest with the Old Hall in Buxton.

Chatsworth House, UK


Chatsworth was developed from the 17th century onwards especially under the 6th Duke of Devonshire in the early 19th century who employed architect Jeffry Wyatville to modernize and expand the property. Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton worked on the gardens in the 1750s and 1820s.

Chatsworth House fountain


Over 30 rooms of this magnificent house are open to the public and display one of Europe's largest private art collections of paintings with works by Tintoretto, van Dyck, Rembrandt's Portrait of an Old Man, Frans Hals and Veronese, furniture, sculptures, books, photographs and clothing.

Chatsworth Cascade, UK


Highlights of Chatsworth House include the Great Dining Room with its table set as it was for the dinner party attended by King George V and Queen Mary in 1933, the State Rooms, the Sculpture Gallery and the Library. The garden at Chatsworth is equally as fantastic as the main house and offers the Maze, the Emperor Fountain (below), the Serpentine Hedge, the Cascade (above) and the Rock Garden.

Emperor Fountain, Chatsworth


Famous visitors to Chatsworth House include Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Diana, Prince Philip and Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Chatsworth House was known for its lavish entertaining and parties in the early years of the 20th century.

Chatsworth House ceiling


Other places to see within easy reach of Chatsworth include Bakewell (10 minutes), Matlock, the Hope Valley, Peveril CastleBuxton (25 minutes), CastletonEyam Hall, Eyam Stocks and the outdoor sports resort of Hathersage.

Chatsworth House
Chatsworth
Bakewell
Derbyshire
DE45 1PP
Registered Charity 511149
Map of Chatsworth

Dining Hall, Chatsworth House


Admission For House, Garden & Farmyard

Adults 20 GBP, Child 13 GBP, OAP/Student 17 GBP

Access

The nearest station to Chatsworth is Chesterfield which has rail connections to London St Pancreas. The Transpeak Service bus runs from Manchester to Stockport, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock, Derby and on to Nottingham.

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Castleton

Monday, September 17, 2012

The George Hotel Castleton

As well as the Bull's Head pub, The George in Castleton is a very popular and award-winning pub, especially for its outdoor seating on a summer's day. The George also offers a number of rooms all with ensuite bathrooms.

The George Hotel Castleton, Derbyshire


The George is a Charles Well's pub and serves a number of fine ales.

The George's restaurant offers a diverse menu with some English favourites such as Honey roasted ham shank, Lamb shank, Sausage and mash, Fish and Chips and Steak and kidney pudding.

The George Hotel Castleton


Other places to see in and around the Castleton area in Derbyshire include the Hope Valley, Peveril Castle, Buxton, Eyam Hall, Eyam Stocks, Mam Tor, Winnats Pass, Edale, Hathersage, the Blue John mines and the picturesque Hope Valley.

The George Hotel
Castle Street
Castleton
Hope Valley
Derbyshire
S33 8WG
Tel: 01433 620238
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bull's Head Castleton

The Bull's Head pub in the Peak District town of Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District is a good place to stop for refreshments before or after visiting the Hope Valley or nearby Peveril Castle.

Bull's Head Castleton, Derbyshire


The Bull's Head in Castleton is a Robinson's pub and offers Bed & Breakfast accommodation from five rooms in the pub. The bar is open from 11.30am to 11pm every day.

Chef's recommendations include Smoked trout pate with bread, Derbyshire oatcake filled asparagus, leeks and feta cheese, baked figs with goats cheese and parma ham and crispy duck with hoisin sauce and pancakes.

Bull's Head pub, Castleton


Other bar food includes ciabatta bread hot sandwiches, granary or white bread sandwiches and wraps.

Other places to see in and around the Castleton area in Derbyshire include Buxton, Eyam Hall, Eyam Stocks, Mam Tor, Winnats Pass, Edale, Hathersage, the Blue John mines and the picturesque Hope Valley.

Bull's Head
Cross Street
Castleton
Hope Valley
Derbyshire
S33 8WH
Tel: 01433 620256
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hope Valley Peak District

The Hope Valley in the Peak District is one of the the area's most picturesque locations. Easily accessed from Edale, Castleton or Buxton the Hope Valley is popular with cyclists, hikers, rock-climbers, pot-holers and more recently hang-gliders.

Peveril Castle, Derbyshire

The Hope Valley includes the spectacular Winnats Pass, Mam Tor, the Blue John limestone caves and the villages of Hope and Hathersage farther to the east.

By car approach the Hope Valley along the A6187. A train connects Manchester Piccadilly via Edale and Hathersage to Sheffield.

Hope Valley Peak District, Derbyshire


Other places to see in and around the Hope Valley area in Derbyshire include Peveril Castle, Buxton, Eyam Hall, Eyam Stocks and the outdoor sports resort of Hathersage.

Peveril Castle, Derbyshire

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Friday, September 14, 2012

The Crown Great Moor Stockport

Close to Stepping Hill Hospital in Great Moor on Wellington Road (the A6) just opposite the 192 bus stop into Stockport and Manchester is the Crown.

The Crown, Great Moor, Stockport

The Crown is a Robinson's Pub and the cobbled space outside the pub is where the trams in Stockport used to stop in days gone by. At the back of the pub is a hidden gem of a bowling green.

The Crown Stockport, UK

Things to see in Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct, the Hat Works and Stockport Art Gallery.

The Crown Bowling Green Stockport


The #192 and #199 buses stop just outside the Crown.

Access

The Crown
416 Buxton Road
Stockport
Cheshire
SK2 7JQ
Tel: 0161 483 0176
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The Crown Great Moor Stockport


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ye Olde King's Head Chester

The Ye Olde King's Head in Chester is an historic pub with the building dating from 1622. The name is from King Charles II who stayed nearby in Gamul House during the English Civil War of the 1640s.

Ye Olde King's Head

The Ye Olde King's head offers accommodation as well as fine ales and a restaurant. The interior is atmospheric with oak-beamed ceilings and also old-wives' tales of a ghost.

Ye Olde King's Head Chester, UK


Chester's other attractions include the Roman Amphitheater, the Roman Gardens, Grosvenor Park, the River Dee, St John's Church, the Meadows, Chester Cathedral and the Rows. Chester's many other pubs include the riverside Boathouse and the Victoria at the Cross.

Ye Olde King's Head Chester, Cheshire, UK


Ye Olde Kings Head
48-50 Lower Bridge Street
Chester
CH1 1RS

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Roman Gardens Chester

The Roman Gardens in Chester are close to the River Dee and are a collection of Roman period remains collected and assembled here from around the city. Chester's City Wall runs down one side of the gardens.

Roman Gardens Chester, Cheshire

Visitors can enjoy various Roman pillars, capitals and columns, a reconstructed hypocaust (under floor heating system) from the legionary baths and a modern mosaic.

Roman Gardens mosaic Chester


The Roman Gardens stand on the site of an old clay tobacco pipe factory.

Chester's other attractions include the Roman Amphitheater, the Cross, Grosvenor Park, St John's Church, the Meadows, Chester Cathedral and the Rows. The riverside Boathouse pub is also nearby.

Roman Gardens column Chester


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ice Cream Vans

The ice cream van is a British icon. Vividly decorated, the ice cream van delivers 99s - a Cadbury's Flake stuck in a soft cream and cone, ice lollies and ice cream tubs - to suburban British homes throughout the summer.

Ice Cream Van, UK


Ice cream vans play a distinctive tune or jingle to announce their welcome arrival to children across the UK and often play on an Italian theme.

Ice cream vans can also be found parked at beaches and outside other attractions during the summer months, though their activities are regulated in the major cities, such as London. Running an ice cream van is a precarious business dependent on the vagaries of the British climate.

Ice Cream Van, Stockport, England.


Tales of ice cream vans serving drugs and stolen property as well as soft creams in Glasgow in the 1980s is a darker side to the story of Britain's popular mobile, ice cream vendors.

British Ice Cream Van

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Hat Works Museum Stockport

Close to Stockport Station on Wellington Road (A6) heading in to Stockport Precinct is the interesting Hat Works Museum.

Hat Works Museum, A6 Stockport


During the industrial period of the 19th and early 20th century, Stockport was famous for hat production with over 100 hat factories in the area - the local football team Stockport County are known as the Hatters, reflecting the town's headwear heritage.

Hat Works Museum, Stockport, UK


The museum is housed in Grade II listed building that was once a Victorian mill producing hats. The museum has two floors: the Gallery Floor and Factory Floor. The gallery floor exhibits a collection of hats from around the world with a exhibition space dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

This summer the space was dedicated to the "Hot Heads" exhibition of modern British milliners and their creations. here visitors can follow the history of hat-making not just in the UK but overseas as well. The factory floor holds a number of working Victorian hatting machinery explained by an attendant guide as well as a working office and haberdashery shop.

Hat Works Museum


Things to see in Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct and Stockport Art Gallery.

Hat Works Museum, Stockport, UK


Access

Hat Works
Wellington Mill
Wellington Road South
Stockport
SK3 0EU
Tel: 0161 355 7770
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Milton's Head Buxton

The Milton's Head is a popular pub on the main shopping street in Buxton, south of Manchester and Stockport on the western edge of the Peak District.

Milton's Head Buxton, Derbyshire

The Milton's Head (named after the famous English poet, John Milton of Paradise Lost fame) has a good selection of ale and some recommended pub grub. Visitors can also enjoy a game of pool or darts. There is a smoking section in the yard at the back.

Other attractions in Buxton a short walk from the Milton's Head include the St Ann's Well and the Old Hall Hotel where Mary Queen of Scots was a famous guest.

Milton's Head
63 Spring Gardens
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 6BJ
Tel: 01298 24733

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Peveril Castle Castleton

Peveril Castle overlooks the picturesque town of Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District and affords wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and the town below.

Peveril Castle is largely ruined but enough of the castle remains, supplemented by the excellent explanation panels, to make paying the admission to visit the castle worthwhile.

Years ago Peveril Castle was just "there" but visitor fees now help to maintain the site which is managed by English Heritage.

Peveril Castle, Castelton

Peveril Castle is named after William Peverel, a Norman strongman associated with William the Conqueror, who founded the castle soon after 1066, though there is no evidence he was William's bastard son, as is usually quoted in the guide books.

Peveril Castle, Castleton, Derbyshire

Peveril Castle is one of England's earliest Norman castles and was built to control the Royal Forest of the Peak, a royal hunting ground enjoyed by the Norman kings and their knights. The castle's keep was added by Henry II in 1176.

Peveril Castle, Derbyshire

Peveril Castle's keep includes a garderobe, a medieval lavatory and a small chamber with rounded windows.

Peveril Castle, Castleton, Peak District

Castleton's annual festival, held annually on May 29 is the "Garland Day" or "Oak Apple Day", when a Garland King wearing a huge garland of flowers parades through the village.

Castleton is a good place to begin a hike in the Peak District to such local beauty spots as Cavedale, Winnats Pass and Mam Tor.

Other places to see in and around the Castleton area in Derbyshire include Buxton, Eyam Hall, Eyam Stocks and the picturesque Hope Valley.

Peveril Castle, Derbyshire


Peveril Castle
Market Place
Castleton
Derbyshire
S33 8WQ
Tel: 01433 620613
Admission: 4.50 GBP for adults
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Alan Turing Memorial Sackville Park

Alan Turing (1912-1954), the mathematical genius who helped to crack the German Enigma codes in World War II and is thought of as a progenitor of computer science and artificial intelligence, is honoured by a statue in Sackville Park in Manchester.

Alan Turing Memorial Sackville Park, Manchester


Turing moved to take up a position at Manchester University in 1949 where he worked on the development of a digital computer. In 1952 Turing admitted his homosexuality, which was in those days a crime in the UK and underwent a "treatment" involving the injection of the female hormone oestrogen.

Alan Turing Memorial


Turing was found dead in his home in 1954, with a half-eaten apple by his bedside, and was thought to have committed suicide by ingesting cyanide. His mother believed it was an accident caused by his work with dangerous chemicals.

The statue of Alan Turing was unveiled in 2001 and its location in Sackville Park is close to Manchester University and the city's gay village.

Sackville Park, Manchester


The statue shows Turing seated holding an apple in his hand, the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and possibly the agent of his death. A plaque at his feet reads: "Father of computer science, mathematician, logician, wartime codebreaker, victim of prejudice."

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is part of the Urbis development in Cathedral Gardens near the Arndale Center, Chetham's Library and Manchester Cathedral in central Manchester.

National Football Museum, Manchester

The National Football Museum opened in 2012 after its move from Preston. The  National Football Museum is spread over four floors on 3 Levels and includes over 140,000 items related to football, its history and global development.

National Football Museum, Urbis, Manchester


The  National Football Museum includes the Hall of Fame immediately on entrance on the Ground Floor, the FIFA Collection of soccer memorabilia (posters, books, programmes, annuals, photographs, trophies, medals and prints) and the Harry Langton Collection assembled since the 1950s by journalist Harry Langton, the UEFA Library Collection on the history of UEFA and European Football, the Football Association Collection of trophies, the Priory Collection, the Football League Collection, the Neville Evans Collection, the Littlewoods Pools Collection, the Sir Stanley Matthews Collection and more.

National Football Museum


There are interactive wall panels of statistics of games played in England and overseas, a video room, quizzes and games. Objects of particular interest include John Motson's sheepskin coat, George Nest's 1968 European Player of the Year Award, Bobby Moore's 1970 England shirt from the game against Brazil in Mexico, the neck brace worn by Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, the painting Going To The Match by LS Lowry, Colin Bell's crown presented by a fan and the historic FA 1863 Minute Book.

National Football Museum, Manchester, UK


The National Football Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and includes the National Football Museum Café for refreshments (and WiFi) throughout the day and a museum shop.

Urbis opened in 2002 as part of the redevelopment of the area and was designed by Ian Simpsons Architects.

National Football Museum, Manchester, England


National Football Museum
Urbis Building
Cathedral Gardens
Manchester
M4 3BG
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Tel: 0161 605 8200
Admission: free; charges for the Football Plus+ Experience.

The National Football Museum is near the Arndale Center, Manchester Cathedral and close to where the Wheel of Manchester stood in downtown Manchester.

Victoria is the nearest station to the National Football Museum and is on the metrolink. Metroshuttle service number 2 bus stops outside the museum. There is a large multi-storey car park next door to the Arndale Centre with 1450 spaces.

National Football Museum, UK



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