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Dorset Attractions &
Jurassic Coast Holiday [ Dorset Jurassic Coast image
Things to do, places to visit, the attractions, events and
accommodation. Plenty of information and a handy Itinerary
Planner that saves your destinations as you browse the site.
Images and videos aplenty!
Many Dorset attractions selected from a list or map; no search and not
much detail or pics but we've included this site as it provides
attraction discount entry vouchers, now that's always worthwhile!
Some great photos and some handy info, although it takes a little
digging out. The 'towns' and 'attractions' pages weren't working
on our visit, hopefully just temporary.
Doesn't go into too much detail but a good starting point for the
visitor. Has some terrific photos.
Another with just the basics, and more photos. For such an
important area we were somewhat underwhelmed by both these sites though.
Rather dated but has lots of sound information on the area and a photo
Plenty on this amazing coast, an ideal starting point for geology
students studying the area.
Another good study source, but appears not to be updated too regularly.
A lot of good information here for potential Portland visitors (and
other Dorset areas too).
Isle of Portland circuit. And within the site lots of other
suggested walks on the SWCP too. Some illustration would have
Some solid info on this Dorset walking route, and a downloadable
leaflet to take with you on your mobile device. No GPX route file
Plenty of info for a visit to this fascinating museum, well illustrated
and informative. We liked the interactive floor plan to quickly
explore the various exhibits.
The Martyrs' story in detail along with the museum, festival and
events. Has a village trail smartphone app to take with you round
the village - we tried it while visiting and it was excellent!
Has the info but a rather poorly rendered site. You'll be using
the back button a lot.
See also our previous Dorset holiday
Wye Valley / Forest of
Dean Holiday [ Wye Valley / Forest of
Dean image gallery ]
A good starting point for potential visitors to the area; many
attractions are covered with basic details and some photos. We
like the customisable interactive map that pins places on it.
There's an attractions guide download plus comprehensive history and
interesting facts section.
Much as you would expect from the local authority's tourist guide -
places, activities, what's on, accommodation. We found the
scrolling things to do menu irritating and many of the photos on
attractions pages appear blurry. Use the search at the top - the
one on the RHS kept returning 'page not found' errors. See also: visitherefordshire.
Forest of Dean attractions guides with details, location map and some
small pics that pointlessly pop up a same-size version on clicking.
Mainly focused around Ross-on-Wye, there's some handy info on nearby
places to visit together with some video and some excellent images, now
that's always a good plus point with us!
As it says on the tin: Symonds Yat tour and tourist information
guide. A little brief and basic with average-but-representative
illustration, we like the non-hyped up factual writing style that
allows the reader to decide its appeal for themselves. Take a dig
around this site for more places.
All about the 136 mile (of which we walked a tiny bit!) scenic river
valley walk. Broken up into small sections with interactive maps
showing key facilities, there's also essential walking tips, transport
and accommodation details. But - OMG - the only nod to 21st
century walkers carrying a GPS enabled mobile device is some PDF
downloads; no mention of GPS mapping, GPX route file provision, or
Offas Dyke follows the English / Welsh border and is another popular
trail that touches the Wye Valley at its southern end.
Well written brief history on this interesting castle with some small
but symbolic images with a link for visit details to the official
English Heritage site (which lacks castle history and little worthwhile
Tons of stuff on the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers regiment's
history depicted in this fascinating museum and the castle ruins.
Excellent site about the iron ore caves with plenty of details on all
aspects of the mine, especially for educational use. But not so
hot with illustration, a photo gallery would have been nice.
Colourful site with all the many sections covered but why not more
photos so potential visitors can better gauge the attraction they might
visit? Yes, our usual gripe then!
Oh dear, most preserved rail operations sport pretty good websites but
this one is the exception. Sure it has the rail timetable, info
on all the stations along the route, the cafe, museum and shop but
shockingly there's virtually no photos, surely vital for such an
Bond in Motion
Exhibition, London 2014 [ Bond image gallery ]
Details of the exhibition; tickets, times, prices, location map.
Grey text on grey background in places is potentially difficult to read
and surely contravenes web accessibility standards. The image
gallery has 16 of the vehicles with associated details, but why not
More details here, and a far better picture gallery of 76 images of the
Unofficial site with everything a Bond film fan would want to know -
the girls, the villains, the gadgets and a whole lot more.
There's masses of excellent photos of the vehicles alongside plenty of
associated details - marvellous!
2014 [ Pembrokeshire
image gallery ]
Well-written details on the area's activities and attractions, the
National Park, coast and beaches. We liked the coast path details
split into map-selectable sections, and the excellent and different
'header' image on each page.
Routes and times of the affectionately named coastal bus service such
as the Strumble Shuttle and Puffin Shuttle which facilitates visitors
to walk a section and bus back (or bus out, walk back).
Sadly a rather unintuitive National Park site; the information's in
there, somewhere, but it takes a bit of digging. And oh dear, we
got many 'page not found' errors when clicking the various interactive
map pins. For some great photos though, click their Flickr
photo pool button.
Some short walking routes away from the coast with variable
illustration (but there is a larger photo gallery). Sadly no walk
route GPX file download for your mapping app though, and some laughable
dumbed-down walking advice, such as 'check the weather' - oh my!
East to follow site with the complete lowdown on the peninsula -
places, history, walking, beaches, etc. Largely well written and
illustrated, including some 360 panoramas.
Plenty of info for the visitor; the various cathedral areas, the
history, the Bishop and worship times, and a large section on St
All the comprehensive info on the one page, click the pics for larger
ones. Rather inconspicuously towards the page bottom there's
another 67 photos to view under 'More Information'. And there's
links on the left for St Non's Chapel and Holy Well.
Very basic info, opening times, prices, location and events. Just
the one tiny and far away photo then? Groan.
Nothing fancy here, just the full and complete details of sailings to
Skomer Island for potential visitors.
Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales with sections on the islands,
visiting them, and factsheet downloads about the seabirds.
Absolutely no pictures, but absolutely tons of info on Skomer and its
wildlife across three pages.
For pics, see our Skomer visit.
Warner Bros. Studio
Tour [ WBST
image gallery ]
Brilliant implementation of an interactive picture map of all
attraction areas with hovering icons that on clicking give information,
although we felt much more could be provided. Not a lot of photos
or, rather strangely for a movie studio, video! Has the essential
online timed-ticket booking facility.
The WBST Facebook timeline, with 285,684 likes at the time we dipped in
(Oct '13). It's all rather full-on self-promotion for the
attraction, but then that's the whole point of social media as a
Everything you could possibly want to know about the films, plots and
characters in a user-edited and searchable wiki. Fantastic!
One of several film locations listings we found, this one being quite
straightforward with a link to Google maps - just don't all go visiting
at once! This is a fanbase site with latest news, forum, fun
stuff and tons of good images.
This boldly claims to be the most popular Harry Potter site but it's
slow to load pages and not at all intuitive, eg. try viewing the image
galleries in the media section and you'll see what we mean!
Fans forum with plenty of discussion and sharing.
Kent Holiday 2013 [ Kent image gallery ]
Looks appealing enough but the frustrating navigation requires you to
drop-down wide menus, read stuff and pick-out links within until the
desired destination is reached. And we found the search facility
iffy; one example: 'bodiam castle' returned every castle in Kent
but! It is well written, in an 'everything is wonderful' style,
but details are often sketchy (and outdated), and photos few.
Attractions can be chosen from an alphabetic list, searched for by
area/type/keyword, or pins on a map plus clear and concise attraction
details makes this site much more intuitive than the last. Still
no Bodiam Castle here though! Not sure about the gradually
pulling back slideshow pics but at least they're plentiful and of
Click the red map pins to read the plentiful information on various
towns and attractions. Some good images, strangely many popular
places are not pinned on the map but are shown on the list.
All the details required, plus a comprehensive section on the castle's
history. The imagery is variable; usually high quality, but
sometimes too few and too small. We liked the handy 'quick links'
drop-down in addition to the search box.
Has the basic if somewhat rather sketchy info. Imagery good, what
there is of it, but the sideshow didn't appear to be working.
Full of details across all areas of the railway with excellent
illustration including some huge photo albums of special event days, a
downloadable section including local walks, and the usual complex(!)
preserved railway timetable makes for a very worthwhile site.
Thoughtful colour-coded navigation menus lead to the various areas of
the attraction. Plenty of info, the history, audio tours and
wonderful photos of the three warships (but why none from their
Well illustrated little site with the low-down on this north Kent
seaside town we didn't quite reach. There's plenty here for
potential visitors to chew on.
Well laid out site with all the vital visit info readily available such
as location, opening times, prices (with discounted online ticket
purchase), park and animal details. Check out the wonderful photo
gallery, not forgetting to scroll the thumbnails for more!
This has it all for the North Downs Way walker - route details,
circular walks within, distance charts, accommodation along the way,
and smartphone file downloads for points of interest and KML route
navigation. Oh yes, some great pics too!
Quirky personal site written in such a way as to make it difficult if
not impossible to follow the route described, but some plentiful and
fantastic photos and the effort that went into its production meant we
had to feature it too.
London WWII visit [ Britain
at War & Churchill War Rooms image gallery ]
britainatwar.co.uk (it appears this attraction is now closed)
The dark grey theme of the Britain at War site really portrays a
feeling of the dark desperate days of WWII. It provides the
attraction details but... why-oh-why don't they promote it with some
images of the exhibits?
Good visitor information about the Churchill War Rooms but again not a
lot of illustration and info on the various sections is pretty
Details such as opening times, facilities, events, history, what to see
and do, self guided walk downloads and some great interactive mapping
but the images, although good, are way too small.
Tons of details about all the work that went into creating the
memorial, complete with some fantastic and plentiful photos.
The pictures of the unveiling, with the now elderly airmen in
attendance, sure brings a lump to the throat.
(Wikipedia page substituted as the official site seems to have
vanished.) All about the RAF's Bomber Command; the aircraft,
aircrews, tactics, and a great key events timeline plus recollections
from bomber crews. You can really get absorbed on this great site.
2012 [ Wiltshire
image gallery ]
Once you get past the poor navigation there's plenty of good
information but imagery is small and poor; the blurred and slanted pic
of a nondescript building top of home page, where first impressions
count, is unforgivable! And the top image on pages within is
often unrelated to the page subject. There's a Special Offer
Vouchers download for reduced entry to many attractions.
There's more in the way of general Wiltshire info and history of the
areas than the above site, although some sections are sketchy and with
tiny images. The photo gallery section puts things right though
and there's a Twitter feed for current events and news.
Well laid out and with plenty of information (we liked the FAQs) but
little illustration and it has a dated feel.
Intuitive navigation giving as little or as much info as desired on the
museum collections plus good photos and Twitter feed gets it the thumbs
up from us!
Unfortunately we didn't get time to wander the city, but this virtual
reality site is excellent with its city information and panoramic tours
taking you right there.
Functional site with details on visiting Stonehenge, Old Sarum and
Salisbury Cathedral by tour bus including an online booking facility.
Information on visiting the attraction but not too much about the
Stones themselves! Poorly illustrated for such a major attraction.
This site's much better for stuff on this ancient monument with
comprehensive details on the various Stonehenge areas together with
excellent images (including a panorama) and an interactive map.
A good resource for student study.
Visitor info on visiting the stone circle and museum but precious
little on the stone circle itself, or pictures.
Mystic investigations team's report on their spooky visits to Breamore
All about visiting the villa, geared mainly towards educational visits.
Plenty of interesting stuff on the house and museum and, hurrah!, a
site that's well illustrated (although the images could do with some
file size optimisation).
The usual required visitor info and a few pics of Old Sarum, then the
history and research link opens up a huge amount of well
written and illustrated stuff to study. Wonderful!
Everything you could ever want to know about this National Park and
with some great imagery, if somewhat over-sharpened.
Some handy info and images on this popular New Forest village, follow
the links for others.
Duxford Imperial War
Museum [ Duxford
image gallery ]
We were very disappointed when we first reviewed this official site,
since then things have improved considerably but there's still
too little detail in parts and minimal imagery; this hardly encourages
a visit to what is a worthwhile attraction.
Duxford Aviation Society who preserve mainly the civil aircraft at the
airfield. Plentiful details and images, this had Mike absorbed
All about the vintage radio communication exhibition and equipment at
Duxford. The well illustrated and fascinating details of the
restoration projects kept Mike occupied for hours - again!
Isle of Wight Holiday
2011 [ Isle
of Wight image gallery ]
Official Isle of Wight tourist information with attractions, events,
accommodation and lots more with some terrific imagery.
Some useful info and images but the site is of haphazard construction
and often poorly written.
Geared to families, it has all the essential info and basic
descriptions of attractions in an easy-to-follow format, but little if
All the info you need for a visit plus the castle's history, events and
meet the donkeys section.
Full details of the attractions plus an interesting section on the
area's history. Some excellent, although not too many, images
(but also see their gallery page).
All the required visitor info and a large photo gallery. Lots of
info on the local area and history of The Batteries. Much better
than the National Trust site.
Brief town guide from IOW council with links to beach details and other
Well thought out and appealing site containing everything you could
possibly need to know. But little illustration apart from the
background and surrounding images.
Details on the falconry, weddings and holiday cottages and a virtual
tour of the outside of the house but nothing about the house
itself! Very disappointing. For more on the house see historicbritain.com.
The straightforward info and changing header images admirably bring
this excellent attraction alive.
The site provides plenty of details on the attraction, including
sections on the various inhabitants, but with a rather dated feel.
We find preserved railway websites are usually well done and this one's
no exception. All the details for a visit are here, along with a
history of the island's railways and a bunch of other interesting stuff
for the railway enthusiast.
Watercress Line [ Watercress
image gallery ]
Rather good site of the Mid Hants Railway with all the usual expected
details plus an excellent photo gallery, behind the scenes info, and
special event days.
Index and interactive map of all heritage railways in the UK plus
databases on locos and carriages (via enthusiasts menu), events diary,
technical glossary and news articles. The wealth of info here
more than makes up for the bland looking site!
Community for railway and train enthusiasts with many discussion themes
and a searchable gallery.
Steam news, articles, pictures and videos. Wonderful!
West Cornwall Holiday
2010 [ West Cornwall image gallery ]
Complete travel and tourism guide to Cornwall. Check out the
wonderful photo and video tours. Excellent attractions details
and accommodation search.
Site easily navigated by area; with user-reviewed attractions, quick
accommodation search, heaps of tourist info and, best of all, a HUGE
and wonderful searchable photo gallery!
We found stacks of websites for this town, but you'll only need this
one. As it says on the tin: 'here you should find everything
you're looking for'. Great site.
National trust website with visitor info, an island map, and a delve
into the island's history plus myths & legends.
Concise scientific explanation of tides with the current day's times
for crossing the causeway.
Mainly an accommodation directory with some detailed stuff on the towns
and villages but strangely the 'attractions' link doesn't work.
Just two rather lacklustre pages with brief details on the Marconi
Centre, but the all important opening times are there. The centre
itself is much better than this website would suggest. NB: Our
anti-virus kicked in with a Trojan warning when we clicked the radio
The low-down on all the commercial attractions here, but rather sketchy
details, and - shame on you Heritage Attractions - only a few sentences
on natural Land's End, and the good history section has gone!
Most excellent and well illustrated site on the mine giving a vivid
impression of all mine working aspects and a miner's job.
Visitors can leave comments - we did.
Average site about this popular holiday location. Poorly
written, but does contain some worthwhile info and images.
More Cornwall resources below from
our 2002 visit.
IOW [ Osborne
House image gallery ]
All the usual visitor info and a little history of Osborne, together
with an interactive map to locate areas, but the tiresome 'no
photography' policy inside the house is tucked away. Grrrr...
Check-out the Flickr pool for English Heritage visitors' photos (use
the search to find properties).
Concise visitor information and a location map on one page. Very
The ferry operator we sailed with, with routes, sailing times, prices
and bookings plus some pretty good tourist guides to attractions and
2009 [ Cotswolds
image gallery ]
Easy to use site, we particularly liked the Cotswold map and concise
town information. Little illustration though, or much in the way
of visitor attractions featured, but this is the best of a mediocre
bunch of Cotswold information sites.
Lots of info for planning a trip along the 102 mile Cotswold Way.
There's a sizeable image gallery, but a decent user-friendly map of the
route would be nice!
Excellent little site giving just the right amount of info complete
with a wonderful picture gallery of quality images.
Shakespeare Houses guide, the locations, what's on and an in-depth
study section for students and research. Little illustration
though, especially as photography isn't permitted in many of the houses.
Rather busy site of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, but none
the worse for that as there's simply oodles of stuff for the visitor
and steam enthusiast alike. Good image and video galleries, but
strangely it's tucked away in the enthusiasts section!
Attractive and well illustrated with an interesting and easy-to-read
assortment of information on all aspects of the castle.
Complete details on the various castle areas with interactive map
access, plus educational and group visits. Try the virtual tours,
Essentially the local chamber of commerce business directory with info
on Bourton's attractions and accommodation. The clickable images,
where provided, click to exactly the same image rather than a bigger
Selective info on the museum's content, but strangely little on the
garage or blacksmith's, the 60s & 70s section or Windrush
Alley. Lots about the vehicles though. The photo gallery
contains... just twelve images!
Mostly on one page with some interesting pics, but some showing
visitors enjoying the attraction would have been good.
Other Bourton attractions include: Birdland, Model
Railway and the nearby Cotswold
Wildlife Park, Burford.
Dockyard [ Historic
Dockyard image gallery ]
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard visitor guide including educational visits
and upcoming events RSS feed. Has a small picture montage for
Plenty of details about the warship, its history, the various decks,
weaponry, staffing, and an insight into life aboard. A little
lacking in images, but an excellent study resource nonetheless.
Some sketchy details in parts, not a lot of photos and primarily sales
driven make for a disappointing site.
Some fascinating stuff on the Mary Rose from its history, discovery and
raising to its subsequent public display. But little to no
illustration of it in the shiphall and, er, where's the details of
what's in the museum itself?
Searchable database of the National Register of Historic Vessels
providing well illustrated and very comprehensive technical details
of many historic ships.
Lots of information on the various galleries with some excellent photos.
christmasfestival.co.uk (site no-go, link removed pending
Visitor information, details and slideshow of the festival
entertainment and videos of previous events.
Gower Holiday 2008 [ Gower image gallery
Primarily an accommodation directory, but also a good deal of
information on attractions, activities and locations with plenty of
lovely images. An excellent start for your Gower research!
Family orientated Gower visitor guide with many feature pages on
popular locations, but the site navigation makes it difficult to return
(tip: open pages in new tabs) and we found some deadlink pages.
Plentiful and stunning photography, including 360º panoramic views.
Guide to hotels, holidays and short breaks in Wales, but it tries to be
far too clever for its own good with the result it takes many clicks to
get where you want.
The tin says: Swansea, Gower and the Vale of Neath travel guide - but
it's way too sketchy and the images far too tiny.
Useful site for surfers with current sea state reports, tide times,
temperatures and webcams. Mobile version too.
Comprehensive articles and great photos on the area and its and
attractions plus a worthwhile gallery for more photos.
Good information on the Mumbles and the wider area's facilities,
although somewhat poorly written. Poor imagery and the walks
pages thumbnails don't work.
Gower Heritage Centre and rural life museum, strangely telling you
zilch about the main waterwheel we visited but instead concentrating
on school and family visitors. And our usual gripe about images
Interesting four pages following the personal travelblog of a couple
visiting some of Gower's scenic areas.
Boat trips around the south Gower coast. We attempted to book one
but unfortunately the dodgy weather caused our trip's
cancellation. But we said we'd give them a link anyway!
Imperial War Museum [ Imperial
War Museum image gallery ]
Visitor info and details of the museum's various galleries.
Somewhat haphazard site navigation and imagery.
New Forest [ New Forest image
Plenty of well-constructed and thought out info on the area, with a
handy interactive map to access the vital details on attractions,
activities and accommodation. Used by us to research our visit
and provide our cottage. Details of the Green Leaf Tourism Scheme.
Lots of info about visiting the New Forest National Park, including
living in, looking after, learning about, news and planning. The
photo gallery is nature orientated, eg. few places or landscapes.
Forestry Commission site, sadly a shadow of its former self as the many
images, downloadable tourist leaflets and podcasts have vanished,
although it does have some fact sheets.
Camping and caravanning holidays in the UK with ten locations
in the New Forest.
Traditional farmhouse cider in Burley where we visited and brought some
The fudge shop we went to, but surely it's crying out for some photos
of the shop and fudge displays!
The museum in Lyndhurst with opening times, prices, special events,
learning, the library - but little about the displays themselves.
Details on the castle, but not much on the internal displays.
However the image gallery is pretty good.
Very well planned with well written information about the village and
museum plus good illustration. Good example of a straightforward
and effective tourist attraction website.
Another well thought out and informative site containing all the
info needed on the wildlife park. Plenty of good pictures
of the animals.
Information for the lovely village we stayed in but sketchy in parts
with little illustration.
An amateur site, but nevertheless a series of six well explained and
photographed walks in the New Forest.
Tower Bridge [ Tower Bridge
image gallery ]
Disappointing site, has all the usual visitor information plus the
bridge history, but few images and nothing on the engine rooms!
Why o why? And the video is so over-produced as to be useless!
360° panorama from Tower Bridge.
Searchable panoramic photos of London attractions with maps and
information. Odd split frame design makes it awkward to use
Tank Museum [ Tank
Museum image gallery ]
Plenty of info on the museum and vehicles together with some great
photos (although a need to click for larger image). The virtual
tour has gone, although there's some audio tours and videos on their
Many pictures from The Wheatcroft Collection - a large privately owned
collection of military vehicles.
The history of the Tiger Tank and restoration of Tiger 131. Well
illustrated, but site navigation poor.
See also: Historic
military vehicles forum Military images
2007 [ Shropshire
image gallery ]
Excellent Shropshire tourist information and leisure guide with
brochure downloads. Has an extensive image gallery, slideshows,
videos and latest news Twitter feed.
Good site concentrating on south Shropshire and Ludlow area tourist
information. We ordered a brochure from here.
Plenty of well written info but only illustration is by way of a
top-of-page narrow and few images slideshow.
Site dedicated to finding walking and cycling routes. But no
adoption of current technology here; just an interactive map to find a
route and download a PDF route guide - no route file download,
waypoints or even a mention of GPS coordinates!
Details on planning an Offa's Dyke path walk, with news, a small image
gallery and publications available. Unlike the site above it does
have a GPS route data download (but deadlink at Dec '12).
All the Ironbridge Gorge attractions with opening times, tickets, how
to find, events, learning experiences plus the museums' collections
and, of course, details and photos of it all.
Details on the Craven Arms Carvery we visited three times during our
Has all the details - opening times, prices, location facilities - plus
a small photo gallery with a larger one on Flickr.
A tourist guide to Ludlow with its history, accommodation, food and
drink, what's on. Shame about the rather small and often poor
Plenty of details and images of the castle, we particularly liked the
virtual tour map that popped up details on the various castle sections.
Details on this visitor info centre and Secret Hills exhibition, group
visits, activities, the art gallery and adjacent meadows.
Scrolling photos of each area along the page tops.
Well illustrated site of the Welshpool & Llanfair railway with
details on how to find, fares, timetable, the route, news, events and
driver courses. See also Welshpool
narrow gauge and Great
little trains of wales.
Aston on Clun's annual Arbor day tree dressing festival, with some
photos of previous years' events.
Awful site with only sketchy info and no photos of the Land of Lost
Content collection itself!
Surprisingly poor site for Acton Scott working farm considering the TV
fame it's had since our visit. Absolutely nothing on the various
sections at the museum. Unforgivable!
Mahorall cider farm, how to find, how it's made and where to buy.
Excellent and with plenty of good looking images, however they've been
scaled rather than optimised for the site.
V&A Museum (Kylie
Exhibition) & Globe Theatre [ V&M / Globe image gallery ]
Lots of stuff surrounding Kylie; her music, albums, latest news,
shop, tour dates, videos and photos, latest tweets and Facebook posts.
All the fundamental info plus details on current exhibitions,
collections and displays at the V&A museum. Online shop and
About, what's on, travel, etc, and an interactive map for the key
attractions. Searchable and other languages support.
Excellent e-zine featuring large, well prepared photo sections and
creatively well written information, here on the Millennium
Bridge. The rather narrow page width persists though.
Information on the theatre tour and exhibition we went on; the main
site has the theatre plays timetable, ticket purchase, events, catering
and the Globe shop.
Dover Castle [ Dover Castle
image gallery ]
Castle history, opening times, prices, access, facilities and
events. Handy interactive map of the areas but apart from the
Great Tower and Underground Tunnels sections (which force a video on
you) there's little detail on other areas and the no photography in the
tunnels policy isn't made clear.
Much more castle information and images than the English Heritage site
plus a diagram of the secret tunnels.
More handy info here, readability spoilt by the frequent and
unnecessary bold text.
RAF Museum [ RAF Museum image
Comprehensive info on location, opening times, prices,
facilities, research, and educational visits. All the museum
areas are well illustrated by slideshow and virtual tour; check out the
fascinating interactive aviation history timeline.
Monkey World [ Monkey World
image gallery ]
Difficult to navigate to the various park areas. Also
see our '05 visit below.
Thorpe Park visit [ Thorpe Park image
Ticket prices and discounts, opening times, park facilities,
online booking, etc. plus key facts on the rides (split into 'Extreme
Thrills' and 'Thrilling and Fun') with some great photos and
video. Scrollable park map isn't interactive.
2006 [ Somerset
image gallery ]
Location, opening times, events, news, jobs and, of course,
the stores. But it's all pretty minimal with virtually no images,
although there is a small image gallery.
Town guide for visitors with a listing of shops and cafes plus the
lowdown on attractions, leisure and travel, accommodation, what's on,
spirituality and healing. All illustrated but the very small pics
let it down.
Masses of well written information about the Glastonbury
area, the Tor plus the history, traditions, mysteries and sacred sites
of this wonderful area in Somerset. The pictorial montage of the
areas (out and about section) is brilliant.
Opening times, prices, education visits, news and events, plus a
research and preservation section. There's a virtual tour of the
exhibit halls but info on what's within is sketchy.
Absorbing details about the natural history and geology of Brean Down
and the history of the fort with a great 360 degree panorama.
Train times, fares, connections, events and details on the stations and
locos, all with good photos. Tons of well thought out interesting
stuff here, it had Mike distracted for ages! See also Visit
This was an amazingly poor website when we first reviewed it in '06,
now it's simply excellent. A minor issue is it seems
predominantly written for the education market.
Very comprehensive details on Glastonbury Tor, the myths and legends
and some fantastic images including a great panorama view from the top.
Well thought out site about this place of beauty, peace and
healing. The virtual tour interactive map leads to all the info
together with some good photos of the gardens.
How to find the Abbey, prices, news, events, educational visits, etc.
and, of course, the history of the Abbey. Sadly the photo gallery
we loved so much seems to have gone.
History, location map, farm walks, the rural life museum, and details
of all the cider products together with an online shop. Good
images but nothing about how cider is made. See also Rich's cider.
Fantastic - everything's here and with some simply stunning imagery
too. Check out the details on cider producers, also see UK Cider.
Useful site for those looking for organised or self-paced walking
activity in the West Country; it seems more geared to the older walker
Roman Sand Sculptures [ Roman
Sand Sculptures image gallery ]
How sand sculptures are created, from the professional sand artists'
mouth, as it were. Plus some they made earlier.
Arundel [ Arundel image gallery
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum with well illustrated
details on the buildings, landscape and collections plus the usual
info on opening times, prices, events, educational visits, etc.
Painfully slow loading pages though.
Plenty of info on the castle and gardens, admission, news,
events, travel and archives.
The Arundel Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre; the sketchy info
coupled with a severe lack of images of the wildlife is very
disappointing, the very thing it's all about really!
London [ London image gallery
Plenty of info on this famous London area but clicking
specific items in the leisure index loses the navigation - opps!
Buy tickets online for West End and UK wide theatre, cinema,
concerts, sport and other events.
Only basic details provided on all the shops, bars,
entertainment and events and with variable illustration.
Great site about another famous London area with an explore
facility to locate your venue of interest, small image of each
shop/bar/restaurant or whatever alongside with the details.
Plan your journey on the London Underground... erm, but
there's many smartphone apps that do this better now!
All about Hyde Park; its history, upcoming events, recreation
and sports facilities. But OMG - where are the images?
Don't these places want to attract visitors?
Rye and Romney Marsh [ Rye image gallery ]
The lovely B&B we stayed with full details of the three
rooms with images, prices, directions, map plus details of local towns
and attractions and a contact form.
Well illustrated site about the town, local events, where to
eat. Rye's history is missing though. Excellent
accommodation index with price guide.
Rye Heritage Centre giving details on the town model, audio
walking tour, ghost tour, penny slot exhibition and more. The
photos and videos top off a great site.
Excellent, well illustrated site on the Romney, Hythe and
Dymchurch Railway with details of the locomotives, stations, timetable,
educational visits; in fact everything a visitor could need. Many
links to other preserved railways.
Does what it says on the tin - all about Kent attractions
with various ways to locate, the neatest via the Google Map API.
All the expected details on accommodation, bar, restaurant,
conferences and weddings, a history timescale of this historic inn and
some brief local area info, all with good but rather small images.
Sculptures [ Egyptian Sand Sculptures image
The original site we featured has long gone, but this is an interesting
one from a sand artist, check out the amazing gallery.
Longleat visit [ Longleat image
Excellent, with very comprehensive info on all the various
attractions, news, prices, shops, education plus much more and some
Dorset Holiday 2005 [ Dorset image gallery
Excellent effort from Dorset council for things to see and do
in this wonderful county - attractions, countryside, beaches, education
- the lot really. Many images but they take a further click to
get a usable size.
Basic info on many attractions with links to the attraction
website. Downloadable brochure and discount vouchers.
Plenty of info on places to visit, activities, accommodation,
visit planning, and a potentially handy itinerary planner - if only it
worked. Let down by poor imagery.
Opening times, prices, the primates and their rescue and
care, a kids section plus lots more. Plenty of images but what a
pity the centre map isn't interactive as it's difficult to navigate the
site to view park sections.
Directions, fares, latest news and forthcoming events,
railway history - in fact everything about all aspects of the railway,
well illustrated but some photos small. We liked the timetable
Very sketchy info on the model village, gardens and cafe, and
the tiny images do nothing to attract the visitor. Boringly
written, this site hasn't improved over the years which is a pity
because the attraction is good.
Jubilee Trail guide, book and maps, together with other walks
from the Dorset Area Ramblers.
About the town and area, info somewhat sketchy but has a
virtual tour and photo gallery.
There's many sites about the South West Coast Path; we like
this one as it's by far the most useful for intending walkers with the
most comprehensive info and tools, suggested itineraries, and some fine
photos (also see more dramatic pics on southwestcoastpath.com).
Dorset council site with tons of info dedicated to exploring
Dorset's amazing Jurassic coast, an educational section for those
school parties and a wonderful image gallery (click the 'Find out
Excellent site by local photographer with 1200+ fantastic
photos of Dorset, but appears to have stalled post 2005. Well
indexed from a map or gallery index pages. We got our Fleet walk
from here. Tourism and other image site links.
Others sites worth visiting include:
Corfe Castle Cerne Abbas Giant Hardy's
Monument Tutankhamun Exhibition Dinosaur
Dr Who Exhibition [ Dr Who image gallery
Dr Who exhibitions past and present with plenty of photos,
sadly not updated regularly.
Full details about this famous pier in Sussex; its history,
the rides, bars and restaurants, upcoming events and a mammoth photo
gallery (plus a few videos). An interactive map is promised.
2004 [ Scotland
image gallery ]
Excellent searchable site with all the tourist information
you'll ever need to plan a Scottish holiday. Has a separate
accommodation search, an interactive map for area selection, and some
Scotland's national tourist board site designed to attract
the visitor to Scotland with info on travel, accommodation, events,
attractions, etc. Written in a rather 'everything is wonderful'
way but has some great photos.
The wildlife watching cruise we enjoyed, but company now
disbanded. Sailingwild commissioned micbinks to re-design the
site for the 2006 season (sample - yacht details, how to get there, news,
wildlife info, what to wear and local tourist info). Current
leading operators include Gemini, EcoVentures and Phoenix.
Excellent site from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation
Society. How to find the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay
and plenty of information about it and the wider work of WDCS.
Pretty comprehensive Cairn Gorm Mountain visitor activities,
summer or winter. Details on the funicular railway we went on,
weather conditions, what's on, trip planning, some videos and webcam.
The Loch Ness Exhibition we went to in Drumnadrochit with
plenty of illustration but there's precious little about the Monster
legend! But it has educational visit info, details on the
adjacent hotel and Loch Ness tours and cruises.
Everything you want to know for a visit, including a short
piece about the monster legend. We like the colourful interactive
map that zooms in and the lovely imagery.
Basic info on the railway, its history, map to find it,
prices and timetable, but odd navigation structure is torturous.
All the info required on Aviemore and the area;
accommodation, activities, attractions and so on but poorly illustrated.
Plenty of information on the castle and grounds; the castle
is well illustrated but this doesn't extend to the grounds.
An excellent informative site with an wonderful implantation
of mapping the distilleries on the trail. Well illustrated
throughout (plus links to their Flickr pages). Check-out 'The
Experience' - we didn't know whisky was so technical!
Tower of London [ Tower of London image
All the info needed such as opening times, prices, history,
and of course all the various areas within such as the Bloody
Tower. But some details are rather sparse and images too small.
Visitors guide to London, all the expected info to hand on
some 193,000 attractions, many with videos and TripAdvisor reviews,
within this vibrant and exciting city. See our other
Canterbury [ Canterbury image
Canterbury city council site with comprehensive information
about the city, attractions, accommodation, what's on, travel; and an
E-Shop for those maps, books and gifts.
Details on The Canterbury Tales attraction with location,
opening times, education visits, FAQs - and some stunning pictures and
Interesting site that takes you on a pictorial tour of the
city but Street View and mobile apps do this far better these days.
All the information you would ever need to know on Canterbury
Cathedral; check-out the wonderful virtual tour!
Eastbourne Museum of
Shops [ Museum
of Shops image gallery ]
Lovely themed site on the museum with well illustrated exhibit details,
how it started and access info.
Concise info and other nearby suggestions. More Eastbourne sites here.
The lowdown on the town and further afield.
Legoland [ Legoland image
The site gives all the expected info on the theme park
together with plenty of pictures, although these mainly depict visitors
enjoying themselves rather than the overall attraction. The
interactive park map is useful to explore areas.
Bognor Birdman [ Bognor Birdman image
Details on this popular annual event with plentiful pictures
(in the gallery). Has the event history and even a vintage
video! Not pro-actively maintained between events though.
Site with information on the local amenities and photos of
the most recent Birdman event.
Site produced by a local historian with the town's history.
image gallery ]
Excellent site with information on the annual airshow.
Lots of details, photos and videos plus the static displays. See previous visit too.
Very informative site with display calendar, team and
aircraft details, manoeuvres and history, and other display
teams. There's also a great image gallery! No videos
though, a missed opportunity perhaps? (Many on YouTube though).
Devon Holiday 2003 [ Devon image gallery
Where to stay, what to do, local events, good info on
attractions, towns and villages; and an interactive beach map.
This used to be an excellent site dedicated to giving all the
information on UK beaches like access, facilities, pollution, beach
safety, etc, but now info is sketchy with few meaningful pictures and a
constant pop-up to register.
Guide to some of Devon's family attractions but very variable
listings - some with loads of info and images, others with virtually
nothing. Strangely, accommodation and beaches are not covered.
Tourist information on the South Hams area of Devon we visited, but
another with variable info and images. But it does have a wider
remit which includes accommodation. Some sections poorly written.
Preserved railway that we enjoyed running from Buckfastleigh
to Totnes and connects with river cruises on the River Dart.
While photos are well composed their web prep is sadly lacking.
Although we didn't get around to a cruise, this site gives
all the info you need.
All about Burgh Island and the surrounding area we visited, location
map, plentiful and wonderful photos, plus other attractions nearby and
further afield. Excellent!
Bond/Museums/London [ Bond & museum image gallery ]
Plenty of information for the potential visitor; times,
special events, online exhibitions, shop, IMAX cinema, educational
visits and research. But - gasp -surprisingly little
interactively given the museum's genre.
Excellent museum site with similar information carried to the
Science Museum, more visually appealing though and with loads of
Sometimes these big budget sites try to be too clever for
their own good. Comes across as a 'let's blow our own trumpet on
our fantastic latest movie' - then tells you little about it.
Erm, what about the making of, locations, etc?
Visitor info, hotels, travel, theatre, dining, shopping,
nightlife - another excellent tourist site.
The full (out of print) guidebook text online, rather
tortuous to read as it uses full screen text and illustration is a
little lacking, but plenty of info for London visitors.
Chessington World of
Adventures [ Chessington image gallery ]
Has the details on the Themed Lands, eating, the resort
hotel, prices and online booking discounts, but... oh dear, it's lost
the impact it once had; no thrillometer or on-ride experiences, just a
few lackluster videos make do now.
Seaford [ Eastbourne image gallery ]
Tourism site from Eastbourne Borough Council with all the
info. It's tucked away, but we love the weather stats.
Information on the annual airshow. (See later visit).
Sadly rather patchy and incomplete throughout.
Pretty plain local site for Seaford with not a lot to say to
promote the town or nearby attractions and with few images.
Lake District Holiday
2002 [ Lake
District image gallery ]
All about the area: accommodation, activities, transport;
lots of information for the visitor here but the lovely image gallery
seems to be no more.
Lake District National Parks Authority site, well worth a
look, and a search facility to find what you're looking for.
Tourist attractions and information, the countryside, towns,
traditions and people, plus a huge walking index!
Lots of info about the town and its history but the tourist
information link fails with page not found.
The K Village Outlet shopping centre in Kendal. Centre and
visitor info, the shops, special offers, coach driver info.
Romney's rather unimaginative but functional site of its
products and history.
The boat service on Coniston Water with details and timetable
of sailings, special cruises, lakeshore walks, and a small photo
Cruise information and timetable with online booking, private
charter, brochure download, and a wonderful photo and video gallery.
Wonderfully themed site of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway; all
the expected details are there plus a teriffic photo gallery (although
some look a bit ropey). Strangely the site's contained within a
frame of bpde.co.uk.
John Dawson's Lake District site with some 50 walks plus
associated info and hundreds of photos (although no thumbnails to
preview them). Nice to see what the area's like when the sun
shines! Excellent site for the walker.
The pub we dined at in Ings, between Kendal and Windermere,
now complete with its own micro brewery! Accommodation, food and
beer details and what's on.
2002 [ Cornwall
image gallery ]
Lots of information on many of Cornwall's attractions with a
useful interactive map to locate them.
Worthwhile information on places in Cornwall and a good
section on walking and hiking, if navigation is somewhat
haphazard. Tiny images.
Dated looking site on Cornish attractions; some pages with
lots of info, others with little.
Accommodation orientated with lots of information and images,
but poorly constructed in frames; we ended up with framed pages within
Another mainly accommodation site with some great attraction
info, but be sure to open in new tabs or lose your place. Some
wonderful photos from the 'Westcountry views pictures' link.
All the information about this fascinating planet-friendly
attraction near St. Austell, Cornwall. Check-out the wonderful
photo slide shows and YouTube video.
The narrow gauge steam railway near Newquay with location map,
activities, facilities etc; it's all there.
Location, opening times, online shop and details of
tours. Disappointing images though.
Town site containing local map, transport, places of interest, walks,
beaches, accommodation, events, etc.
Map and info on the Camel Trail leisure route for walkers and cyclists.
Heritage railway near Bodmin. Timetable, location,
special events, etc, but strangely no image gallery. Page width
inconsistent between pages.
Details on just about everything in the town and nearby.
Location, menu, pictures, opening times but, gasp, no menu
Accommodation, beaches, surfing, the town and further afield,
Lewes visit &
Sussex [ Lewes
image gallery ]
All about Lewes Castle; admission times and prices, special events,
property leaflet download and education facilities.
Other castles and days out in Sussex.
London Eye & HMS
Belfast [ London image gallery ]
Online booking and prices, how to get there, facilities,
mobile app with audio tour, and other London Eye experiences.
Main areas of the battleship are explored, with lots of
information and pictures, admission prices and so on. Also links
to other Imperial War Museum attractions.
Scotland Holiday 2001 [ Scotland image
Tons of information for the visitor; maps, attractions,
events, shopping, eating and accommodation, and of course festival info.
All the information needed about the famous Tattoo; book
tickets and buy gifts, press releases, about the castle. But oh
dear, photo galleries are a few years behind.
A video to introduce the museum, all the details the visitor
could require plus an extensive photo gallery on Flickr and full social
media integration makes for an excellent resource. Don't miss the
Wales Holiday 2001 [ Wales image gallery
Lots of information and ideas here for visitors; attractions,
activities, local history.
Everything for the visitor to Snowdonia, including many guide
downloads and Tourist Information Centres listing.
See what the popular town of Betws-y-Coed in N. Wales has to
offer the visitor: activities, places to visit, where to eat and
stay. And an abundance of good photos, always a plus point with
Some detailed walk ideas (click 'more information' links) in
North Wales with some great pics and, sometimes, video. Plenty of
other info on the area too.
Well illustrated information on the many narrow-gauge steam
trains in Wales. Those intending to ride on many should check-out
the discount card.
Adventure holidays in North Wales. Let's hope the
activities are better constructed than the website copy.
Beaulieu visit [ Beaulieu image
Details for a visit to the national motor museum in
Hampshire; events, current special exhibitions, education and corporate
hire. But... strangely little on the core exhibits!
Holiday 2000 [ Yorkshire image gallery ]
All the expected details on the area including accommodation, events,
places and transport. Not a lot of photos of the places featured
Carefully themed and well illustrated site carrying full info on the
Mother Shipton legend and the Petrifying Well attraction in
Well thought out local council site giving details on opening times,
prices and a glimpse of what to explore at Knaresborough Castle, plus
downloadable audio guides.
All the information needed to enjoy a visit to North Yorkshire Moors
Railway. Photo gallery (via enthusiasts link) is a little
frustrating to use though. Downloadable timetable.
Excellent personal site (just like this one!), but covering
only Yorkshire. Good details on Goathland (Aidensfield in the TV
series 'Heartbeat'). You'll notice from the fine images that the
sun does sometimes shine here! Site's rather dated looking now.
York Tourism site with a highly detailed 'see & do' attraction
guide but the few and small images on pages disappointed.
Visitor information on the village, what's on calendar, accommodation
and a reasonable photo gallery.
Some excellent images on another personal site along the walking route
between Robin Hoods Bay and Ravenscar, plus the background behind the
'town that never was'.
Comprehensive details for those planning to walk The Cleveland
Way. Has a search facility, guide download and some wonderful
images. See also yorkshirewalks.org for other walks in Yorkshire.
York's Designer Outlet, with a downloadable store guide - surely this
should be part of the site itself and where are images of the complex
to attract the punters?
District Holiday 1999 [ Peak District image gallery ]
Excellent, well illustrated, easy to navigate Peak District tourist
site with tons of info on accommodation, places, attractions,
activities, maps, food and drink.
All the information you'll ever need about Buxton but images are sadly
Wonderfully themed site with everything you'll need to know for a visit
including some excellent imagery spread across a number of galleries.
Fanzine site, a little haphazard with some dated content but
none-the-less a fun and comprehensive guide to Coronation Street.
See also: corrieblog.tv
A similar walk to the Litton based walk we did but also taking in parts
of our Monsal Dale walk along the River Wye. Plenty of photos.
The Alton Towers website has all the gen and, of course, virtual
experience ride video presentations to
scare you witless
A walk that takes in the Three Ships and Nelson's Monument landmarks
above Baslow. Other Peak District walks too.
Basic info about Monsal Trail walk with some images.
More Peak District walk ideas together with some great images.
Would you believe it - Derbyshire photos!
rental, tourism & leisure
Many UK, Ireland and European cottages to rent, view them
inside and out, check details and location, prices and
availability. Search facility and online booking. As used
by us for our holidays in the Peak
District in 1999, Yorkshire
2000, Lake District 2002, Devon 2003, Scotland 2004 Dorset 2005, Somerset 2006, Shropshire 2007 and IOW 2011.
Lots of holiday cottages in North Wales to rent, with
pictures inside and out, search utility. Books and maps for
sale. As used for our Wales holiday
Exploring the most beautiful towns, villages and countryside of England
with loads and loads of high quality images.
Long established site with a huge amount of information on towns and
areas across the UK and places to stay.
Unbiased travel information guide from this trusted travel publisher,
an outfit that started out small rather like us!
The renowned user community maintained reviews and opinions for
accomodation, restaurants and attractions plus a flight and hotel
search. The mobile app could be a useful addition for the
National Tourist Board for England. A list of tourist
information centres, accommodation, places to visit, events, etc.
Touring guide to the UK, from the 'bible'.
Travel and visitor guide to many UK regions, with a hotel accommodation
Aims to conserve and enhance the natural environment through
conservation, leisure, planning and management.
Protect and promotes England's spectacular historic environment.
National Trust owned places to see plus a learning resource.
Search a database for walks in your chosen area, buy gear on
Comprehensive walk detail, maps and plenty of images, online
ordering of books and maps.
A walking enthusiasts' website of UK walks.
Searchable database of pubs with locations maps, pub facilities and
user ratings. We contribute to this social network via our name -
micbinks (what else).
UK Travel & mapping
National Rail Enquiries, rail information, UK train times and
UK travel by National Express coach throughout the UK and Europe, book
Impartial information on planning your journey, by bus, coach or train
or a combination.
Transport for London - underground (tube, metro), buses, road, river -
journey planner, maps, timetables, service status.
Check out those roadworks and delays on a zoom-able map, selectable
road type. Apps do this bettter though!
Ordnance Survey - the UK map producer.
How to understand the British Grid Reference System.
Maps with satellite imagery plus street view. Use to
search out and view on map tourist attractions, restaurants, get
directions between places, plus much more. But the Google Maps
smartphone app rather makes this redundant.
Key in a postcode, town or GPS coordinate and view a map of
the area, including Ordnance Survey and aerial. Route calculation
with directions and estimated driving time, and search for local
facilities. Of course various smartphone apps can do all this too
Huge information resource on the Global Positioning System - the
technology, systems and receivers.
See also our own GPS Sat Nav review.
[ See our geocaching
International Geocaching website listing locations of caches with
finders' logs and photos. We contribute to this social network
via our name - micbinks (what else).
Other useful sites for UK
Postcode search for neighbourhood profiles, plus quality of
life indicator. Basically, what's the area like.
Check the weather forecast for an area you're going to
visit, plus weather stats and fascinating weather information.
Web cams and satellite imagery.
Enter a place in the search box for today by-the-hour, 10-day, monthly,
and seasonal weather. Mobile version available.
Check out the expected mobile phone and network coverage (internet
access) from most UK mobile networks.
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