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Belinda and Mike - follow our tourist travels in the UK

Our huge collection of useful UK holiday, leisure, travel & tourism web resources

We use the internet to source information on the many tourist attractions we visit; evaluate and book accommodation, check locations and maps, see prices, travel situations, view images and video, read blogs, tweets and reviews.  We would like our fellow tourists to benefit from our research and so present our collection of UK tourism web resources here, together with a few comments on their usefulness.

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Dorset Attractions & Jurassic Coast Holiday  [ Dorset Jurassic Coast image gallery ]

visit-dorset.com
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!

dorsetattractions.co.uk
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!

dorsets.co.uk
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.

lulworth.com
Doesn't go into too much detail but a good starting point for the visitor.  Has some terrific photos.

lulworthonline.co.uk
Another with just the basics, and more photos.  For such an important area we were somewhat underwhelmed by both these sites though.

worldheritagecoast.net
Rather dated but has lots of sound information on the area and a photo gallery.

jurassiccoast.org
Plenty on this amazing coast, an ideal starting point for geology students studying the area.

chesilbeach.org
Another good study source, but appears not to be updated too regularly.

dorsetcamper.com/portland.html
A lot of good information here for potential Portland visitors (and other Dorset areas too).

southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/184
Isle of Portland circuit.  And within the site lots of other suggested walks on the SWCP too.  Some illustration would have been nice.

dorsetforyou.com/purbeckway
Some solid info on this Dorset walking route, and a downloadable leaflet to take with you on your mobile device.  No GPX route file though.

royalsignalsmuseum.co.uk
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.

tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk
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!

millhousecider.com
Has the info but a rather poorly rendered site.  You'll be using the back button a lot.

See also our previous Dorset holiday resources.

Wye Valley / Forest of Dean Holiday  [ Wye Valley / Forest of Dean image gallery ]

wyedeantourism.co.uk
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.

visitmonmouthshire.com
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.

exploregloucestershire.co.uk/page308.asp
Forest of Dean attractions guides with details, location map and some small pics that pointlessly pop up a same-size version on clicking.

wyenot.com
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!

royalforestofdean.info/wye-valley/symonds-yat.shtml
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.

wyevalleywalk.org
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 POI apps!

visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-hiking/offas-dyke-path
Offas Dyke follows the English / Welsh border and is another popular trail that touches the Wye Valley at its southern end.

showmeengland.co.uk/ross-on-wye/tourism/goodrich-castle-ross-on-wye-herefordshire-england
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 imagery).

monmouthcastlemuseum.org.uk
Tons of stuff on the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers regiment's history depicted in this fascinating museum and the castle ruins.

clearwellcaves.com
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.

deanheritagecentre.com
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!

deanforestrailway.co.uk
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 attraction!

Bond in Motion Exhibition, London 2014  [ Bond image gallery ]

londonfilmmuseum.com
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?

autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/bond-motion-exhibition-picture-special
More details here, and a far better picture gallery of 76 images of the exhibits.

www.jamesbondmm.co.uk
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!Return to top

Pembrokeshire Holiday 2014  [ Pembrokeshire image gallery ]

visitpembrokeshire.com
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.

pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coastbus
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).

pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk
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.

walkingpembrokeshire.co.uk
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!

stdavids-peninsula.co.uk
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.

stdavidscathedral.org.uk
Plenty of info for the visitor; the various cathedral areas, the history, the Bishop and worship times, and a large section on St David's Shrine.

sacred-destinations.com/wales/st-davids-bishops-palace
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.

carewcastle.com
Very basic info, opening times, prices, location and events.  Just the one tiny and far away photo then?  Groan.

pembrokeshire-islands.co.uk/show/english/skomer.aspx
Nothing fancy here, just the full and complete details of sailings to Skomer Island for potential visitors.

welshwildlife.org/skomer-skokholm
Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales with sections on the islands, visiting them, and factsheet downloads about the seabirds.

pembrokeshireonline.co.uk/skomer1.htm
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 ]

wbstudiotour.co.uk
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.

facebook.com/wbstudiotourlondon
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 business tool.

harrypotter.wikia.com
Everything you could possibly want to know about the films, plots and characters in a user-edited and searchable wiki.  Fantastic!

hpsupporters.com/hp-attractions
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.

mugglenet.com
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!

snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news
Fans forum with plenty of discussion and sharing.

Kent Holiday 2013  [ Kent image gallery ]

visitkent.co.uk
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.

kentattractions.co.uk
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 excellent quality.

britainexpress.com/attraction-county-map.htm?County=Kent
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.

leeds-castle.com
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.

nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle
Has the basic if somewhat rather sketchy info.  Imagery good, what there is of it, but the sideshow didn't appear to be working.  Hmmm...

kesr.org.uk
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.

thedockyard.co.uk
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 in-service days?).

bayguide.co.uk
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.

aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne
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!

nationaltrail.co.uk/northdowns
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!

northdowns.joncombe.org/ndw_hollingbourne_boxley.html
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.Return to top

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?

iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms
Good visitor information about the Churchill War Rooms but again not a lot of illustration and info on the various sections is pretty sketchy.

royalparks.org.uk
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.

bombercommandmemorial.co.uk
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.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Bomber_Command (official site: rafbombercommand.com)
(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.

Wiltshire Holiday 2012  [ Wiltshire image gallery ]

visitwiltshire.co.uk
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.

wiltshire-web.co.uk
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.

salisburycathedral.org.uk
Well laid out and with plenty of information (we liked the FAQs) but little illustration and it has a dated feel.

salisburymuseum.org.uk
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!

vrsalisbury.co.uk
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.

thestonehengetour.info
Functional site with details on visiting Stonehenge, Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral by tour bus including an online booking facility.

stonehenge.co.uk
Information on visiting the attraction but not too much about the Stones themselves!  Poorly illustrated for such a major attraction.

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge
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.

nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury
Visitor info on visiting the stone circle and museum but precious little on the stone circle itself, or pictures.

twilightshadowsparanormal.co.uk/mizmaze.html
Mystic investigations team's report on their spooky visits to Breamore Mizmaze.  Oo-er!

hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/rockbourne-roman-villa
All about visiting the villa, geared mainly towards educational visits.

breamorehouse.com
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).

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/old-sarum
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!

new-forest-national-park.com
Everything you could ever want to know about this National Park and with some great imagery, if somewhat over-sharpened.

newforestexplorersguide.co.uk/sitefolders/villages/burley/welcome/burleywelcomepage.html
Some handy info and images on this popular New Forest village, follow the links for others.Return to top

Duxford Imperial War Museum  [ Duxford image gallery ]

iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford
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.

das.org.uk
Duxford Aviation Society who preserve mainly the civil aircraft at the airfield.  Plentiful details and images, this had Mike absorbed for hours.

duxfordradiosociety.org
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 ]

visitisleofwight.co.uk
Official Isle of Wight tourist information with attractions, events, accommodation and lots more with some terrific imagery.

isleofwightattractions.co.uk
Some useful info and images but the site is of haphazard construction and often poorly written.

daysoutwithkids.co.uk/isle-of-wight
Geared to families, it has all the essential info and basic descriptions of attractions in an easy-to-follow format, but little if any photos.

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/carisbrooke-castle
All the info you need for a visit plus the castle's history, events and meet the donkeys section.

theneedles.co.uk
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).

theneedlesbattery.org.uk
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.

visitisleofwight.co.uk/towns-and-villages/shanklin
Brief town guide from IOW council with links to beach details and other island towns.

shanklinchine.co.uk
Well thought out and appealing site containing everything you could possibly need to know.  But little illustration apart from the background and surrounding images.

appuldurcombe.co.uk
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.

modelvillagegodshill.co.uk
The straightforward info and changing header images admirably bring this excellent attraction alive.

amazonworld.co.uk
The site provides plenty of details on the attraction, including sections on the various inhabitants, but with a rather dated feel.

iwsteamrailway.co.uk
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 ]

watercressline.co.uk
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.

heritage-railways.com
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!

railwayforum.net
Community for railway and train enthusiasts with many discussion themes and a searchable gallery.

heritagerailway.co.uk
Steam news, articles, pictures and videos.  Wonderful!Return to top

West Cornwall Holiday 2010  [ West Cornwall image gallery ]

visitcornwall.com
Complete travel and tourism guide to Cornwall.  Check out the wonderful photo and video tours.  Excellent attractions details and accommodation search.

cornwalls.co.uk
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!

onestives.co.uk
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.

stmichaelsmount.co.uk
National trust website with visitor info, an island map, and a delve into the island's history plus myths & legends.

marazionguide.com/marazion-tides/marazion-tides.php
Concise scientific explanation of tides with the current day's times for crossing the causeway.

lizard-peninsula.co.uk
Mainly an accommodation directory with some detailed stuff on the towns and villages but strangely the 'attractions' link doesn't work.

marconi-centre-poldhu.org.uk
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 club link.

landsend-landmark.co.uk
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!

geevor.com
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.

porthleven-online.com
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.

Osborne House, IOW  [ Osborne House image gallery ]

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/osborne-house
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...

flickr.com/groups/englishheritagedaysout
Check-out the Flickr pool for English Heritage visitors' photos (use the search to find properties).

tourist-information-uk.com/osborne-house.htm
Concise visitor information and a location map on one page.  Very handy.

wightlink.co.uk
The ferry operator we sailed with, with routes, sailing times, prices and bookings plus some pretty good tourist guides to attractions and events.

Cotswold Holiday 2009  [ Cotswolds image gallery ]

visitcotswolds.co.uk
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.

nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold
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!

broadwaytower.co.uk
Excellent little site giving just the right amount of info complete with a wonderful picture gallery of quality images.

shakespeare.org.uk
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.

gwsr.com
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!

sudeleycastle.co.uk
Attractive and well illustrated with an interesting and easy-to-read assortment of information on all aspects of the castle.

warwick-castle.co.uk
Complete details on the various castle areas with interactive map access, plus educational and group visits.  Try the virtual tours, they're awesome!

bourtoninfo.com
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 version.  Doh!

cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk
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!

themodelvillage.com
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.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard  [ Historic Dockyard image gallery ]Return to top

historicdockyard.co.uk
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard visitor guide including educational visits and upcoming events RSS feed.  Has a small picture montage for each section.

hms-victory.com
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.

hmswarrior.org
Some sketchy details in parts, not a lot of photos and primarily sales driven make for a disappointing site.

maryrose.org
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?

nationalhistoricships.org.uk
Searchable database of the National Register of Historic Vessels providing well illustrated and very comprehensive technical details of many historic ships.

nmrn-portsmouth.org.uk
Lots of information on the various galleries with some excellent photos.

christmasfestival.co.uk (site no-go, link removed pending recheck)
Visitor information, details and slideshow of the festival entertainment and videos of previous events.

Gower Holiday 2008  [ Gower image gallery ]

the-gower.com
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!

enjoygower.com
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 360 panoramic views.

visitwales.co.uk
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.

britainexpress.com/wales/swansea
The tin says: Swansea, Gower and the Vale of Neath travel guide - but it's way too sketchy and the images far too tiny.

gowerlive.co.uk
Useful site for surfers with current sea state reports, tide times, temperatures and webcams.  Mobile version too.

explore-gower.co.uk/gower-gallery
Comprehensive articles and great photos on the area and its and attractions plus a worthwhile gallery for more photos.

mumbles.co.uk
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.

gowerheritagecentre.co.uk
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 applies.  Doh!

walesdirectory.co.uk/Holiday_Places/Gower_Peninsula.htm
Interesting four pages following the personal travelblog of a couple visiting some of Gower's scenic areas.

gowercoastadventures.co.uk
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 ]Return to top

iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london
Visitor info and details of the museum's various galleries.  Somewhat haphazard site navigation and imagery.

New Forest  [ New Forest image gallery ]

thenewforest.co.uk
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.

newforestnpa.gov.uk
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.gov.uk/newforest
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.

campingintheforest.co.uk/england/new-forest
Camping and caravanning holidays in the UK with ten locations in the New Forest.

newforestcider.co.uk
Traditional farmhouse cider in Burley where we visited and brought some - delicious!

burleyfudge.co.uk
The fudge shop we went to, but surely it's crying out for some photos of the shop and fudge displays!

newforestcentre.org.uk/new-forest-museum
The museum in Lyndhurst with opening times, prices, special events, learning, the library - but little about the displays themselves.  Arrggh!

hurstcastle.co.uk
Details on the castle, but not much on the internal displays.  However the image gallery is pretty good.

bucklershard.co.uk
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.

newforestwildlifepark.co.uk
Another well thought out and informative site containing all the info needed on the wildlife park.  Plenty of good pictures of the animals.

brockenhurst-newforest.org.uk
Information for the lovely village we stayed in but sketchy in parts with little illustration.

thewwwsite.com/walks.htm
An amateur site, but nevertheless a series of six well explained and photographed walks in the New Forest.

Tower Bridge  [ Tower Bridge image gallery ]

towerbridge.org.uk
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!

panoramicearth.com/755/London/Tower_Bridge_2007
360 panorama from Tower Bridge.

explore-london.co.uk
Searchable panoramic photos of London attractions with maps and information.  Odd split frame design makes it awkward to use though.

Tank Museum  [ Tank Museum image gallery ]

tankmuseum.org
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 YouTube channel.

militarymodelling.com/news/article/the-wheatcroft-collection/3041
Many pictures from The Wheatcroft Collection - a large privately owned collection of military vehicles.

tiger-tank.com
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 forum  National Army Museum

Shropshire Holiday 2007  [ Shropshire image gallery ]Return to top

virtual-shropshire.co.uk
Excellent Shropshire tourist information and leisure guide with brochure downloads.  Has an extensive image gallery, slideshows, videos and latest news Twitter feed.

visitsouthshropshire.co.uk
Good site concentrating on south Shropshire and Ludlow area tourist information.  We ordered a brochure from here.

shropshiretourism.co.uk
Plenty of well written info but only illustration is by way of a top-of-page narrow and few images slideshow.

shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk
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!

nationaltrail.co.uk/OffasDyke/index.asp?PageId=1
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).

ironbridge.org.uk
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.

dinewithus.co.uk/craven-arms
Details on the Craven Arms Carvery we visited three times during our break!

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stokesay-castle
Has all the details - opening times, prices, location facilities - plus a small photo gallery with a larger one on Flickr.

ludlow.org.uk
A tourist guide to Ludlow with its history, accommodation, food and drink, what's on.  Shame about the rather small and often poor imagery.

ludlowcastle.com
Plenty of details and images of the castle, we particularly liked the virtual tour map that popped up details on the various castle sections.

shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk
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.

wllr.org.uk
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.

2shrop.net/2shropnet/AToZOfMini-sites/H/Hopesay/ArborDay
Aston on Clun's annual Arbor day tree dressing festival, with some photos of previous years' events.

lolc.org.uk
Awful site with only sketchy info and no photos of the Land of Lost Content collection itself!

actonscottmuseum.com
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!

farmcider.co.uk
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 ]Return to top

kylie.com
Lots of stuff surrounding Kylie; her music, albums, latest news, shop, tour dates, videos and photos, latest tweets and Facebook posts.

vam.ac.uk
All the fundamental info plus details on current exhibitions, collections and displays at the V&A museum.  Online shop and bookings.

southbanklondon.com
About, what's on, travel, etc, and an interactive map for the key attractions.  Searchable and other languages support.

urban75.org/london/millennium.html
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.

shakespearesglobe.com/exhibition-and-tour
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 ]

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/dover-castle
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.

dover-kent.co.uk/castle_index.htm
Much more castle information and images than the English Heritage site plus a diagram of the secret tunnels.

exploring-castles.com/dover_castle_england.html
More handy info here, readability spoilt by the frequent and unnecessary bold text.

RAF Museum  [ RAF Museum image gallery ]

rafmuseum.org.uk/london
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 ]

monkeyworld.org
Difficult to navigate to the various park areas.  Also see our '05 visit below.

Thorpe Park visit  [ Thorpe Park image gallery ]

thorpepark.com
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.

Somerset Holiday 2006  [ Somerset image gallery ]Return to top

clarksvillage.co.uk
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.

glastonbury.co.uk
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.

isleofavalon.co.uk
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.

fleetairarm.com
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.

burnham-on-sea.com/breandown.shtml
Absorbing details about the natural history and geology of Brean Down and the history of the fort with a great 360 degree panorama.

west-somerset-railway.co.uk
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 Dunster.

cheddargorge.co.uk
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.

glastonburytor.org.uk
Very comprehensive details on Glastonbury Tor, the myths and legends and some fantastic images including a great panorama view from the top.

chalicewell.org.uk
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.

glastonburyabbey.com
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.

sheppyscider.com
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.

visitsomerset.co.uk
Fantastic - everything's here and with some simply stunning imagery too.  Check out the details on cider producers, also see UK Cider.

westcountrywalks.co.uk
Useful site for those looking for organised or self-paced walking activity in the West Country; it seems more geared to the older walker though.

Roman Sand Sculptures  [ Roman Sand Sculptures image gallery ]

sandsculpture.co.uk
How sand sculptures are created, from the professional sand artists' mouth, as it were.  Plus some they made earlier.

Arundel  [ Arundel image gallery ]

wealddown.co.uk
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.

arundelcastle.org
Plenty of info on the castle and gardens, admission, news, events, travel and archives.

wwt.org.uk/visit/arundel
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 ]Return to top

coventgardenlife.com
Plenty of info on this famous London area but clicking specific items in the leisure index loses the navigation - opps!

ticketmaster.co.uk
Buy tickets online for West End and UK wide theatre, cinema, concerts, sport and other events.

londontrocadero.com
Only basic details provided on all the shops, bars, entertainment and events and with variable illustration.

carnaby.co.uk
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.

tubeplanner.com
Plan your journey on the London Underground... erm, but there's many smartphone apps that do this better now!

royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park
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 ]

oldemoathouse.co.uk
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.

ryesussex.co.uk
Well illustrated site about the town, local events, where to eat.  Rye's history is missing though.  Excellent accommodation index with price guide.

ryeheritage.co.uk
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.

rhdr.org.uk
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.

kentattractions.co.uk
Does what it says on the tin - all about Kent attractions with various ways to locate, the neatest via the Google Map API.

mermaidinn.com
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.

Egyptian Sand Sculptures  [ Egyptian Sand Sculptures image gallery ]

sculpturesinsand.com
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 gallery ]Return to top

longleat.co.uk
Excellent, with very comprehensive info on all the various attractions, news, prices, shops, education plus much more and some wonderful photos.

Dorset Holiday 2005  [ Dorset image gallery ]

dorsetforyou.com/things-to-do
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.

dorsetattractions.co.uk
Basic info on many attractions with links to the attraction website.  Downloadable brochure and discount vouchers.

visit-dorset.com
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.

monkeyworld.org
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.

swanagerailway.co.uk
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 implementation though.

corfecastlemodelvillage.co.uk
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.

dorset-ramblers.org.uk/the-dorset-jubilee-trail
Jubilee Trail guide, book and maps, together with other walks from the Dorset Area Ramblers.

lymeregis.org
About the town and area, info somewhat sketchy but has a virtual tour and photo gallery.

southwestcoastpath.org.uk
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).

jurassiccoast.org
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 about' link).

imagesofdorset.org.uk
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 Museum

Dr Who Exhibition  [ Dr Who image gallery ]

drwhoexhibitions.co.uk
Dr Who exhibitions past and present with plenty of photos, sadly not updated regularly.

brightonpier.co.uk
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.

Scotland Holiday 2004  [ Scotland image gallery ]Return to top

welcometoscotland.com
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 stunning images.

visitscotland.com
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.

sailingwild.com
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.

wdcs.org/connect/wildlife_centre/spey_bay.php
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.

cairngormmountain.org
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.

lochness.com
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.

visitlochness.com
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.

strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Basic info on the railway, its history, map to find it, prices and timetable, but odd navigation structure is torturous.

visitaviemore.co.uk
All the info required on Aviemore and the area; accommodation, activities, attractions and so on but poorly illustrated.

cawdorcastle.com
Plenty of information on the castle and grounds; the castle is well illustrated but this doesn't extend to the grounds.

maltwhiskytrail.com
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 gallery ]

hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon
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.

visitlondon.com
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 London resources.

Canterbury  [ Canterbury image gallery ]Return to top

canterbury.co.uk
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.

canterburytales.org.uk
Details on The Canterbury Tales attraction with location, opening times, education visits, FAQs - and some stunning pictures and videos.

hillside.co.uk/tour/map.html
Interesting site that takes you on a pictorial tour of the city but Street View and mobile apps do this far better these days.

canterbury-cathedral.org
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 ]

how-we-lived-then.co.uk
Lovely themed site on the museum with well illustrated exhibit details, how it started and access info.

eastbourneguide.com/things-to-do-in-eastbourne/how-we-lived-then-eastbourne.html
Concise info and other nearby suggestions.  More Eastbourne sites here.

britishdestinations.co.uk/destinations.aspx/Eastbourne
The lowdown on the town and further afield.

Legoland  [ Legoland image gallery ]

legoland.co.uk
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 gallery ]

birdman.org.uk
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.

bognor-regis.org
Site with information on the local amenities and photos of the most recent Birdman event.

bognor-local-history.co.uk
Site produced by a local historian with the town's history.

Eastbourne Airbourne  [ Airbourne image gallery ]

eastbourneairshow.com
Excellent site with information on the annual airshow.  Lots of details, photos and videos plus the static displays.  See previous visit too.

raf.mod.uk/reds
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 ]Return to top

visitsouthdevon.co.uk
Where to stay, what to do, local events, good info on attractions, towns and villages; and an interactive beach map.

goodbeachguide.co.uk
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.

lotstodo.co.uk
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.

southhams24.co.uk
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.

southdevonrailway.org
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.

dartmouthrailriver.co.uk
Although we didn't get around to a cruise, this site gives all the info you need.

picturetheuk.com/uk-tourism/things-to-do/burgh-island-devon-1238.html
All about Burgh Island and the surrounding area we visited, location map, plentiful and wonderful photos, plus other attractions nearby and further afield.  Excellent!

James Bond/Museums/London  [ Bond & museum image gallery ]

sciencemuseum.org.uk
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.

nhm.ac.uk
Excellent museum site with similar information carried to the Science Museum, more visually appealing though and with loads of quality images.

007.com
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?

londontown.com
Visitor info, hotels, travel, theatre, dining, shopping, nightlife - another excellent tourist site.

londontourist.org
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 ]

chessington.com
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.

Eastbourne and Seaford  [ Eastbourne image gallery ]Return to top

visiteastbourne.com
Tourism site from Eastbourne Borough Council with all the info.  It's tucked away, but we love the weather stats.

eastbourneairshow.com
Information on the annual airshow.  (See later visit).

eastbournepier.com
Sadly rather patchy and incomplete throughout.

seaford.co.uk
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 ]

golakes.co.uk
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.gov.uk
Lake District National Parks Authority site, well worth a look, and a search facility to find what you're looking for.

thecumbriadirectory.com
Tourist attractions and information, the countryside, towns, traditions and people, plus a huge walking index!

kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk
Lots of info about the town and its history but the tourist information link fails with page not found.

kvillage.co.uk
The K Village Outlet shopping centre in Kendal.  Centre and visitor info, the shops, special offers, coach driver info.

kendal.mintcake.co.uk
Romney's rather unimaginative but functional site of its products and history.

conistonlaunch.co.uk
The boat service on Coniston Water with details and timetable of sailings, special cruises, lakeshore walks, and a small photo gallery.

windermere-lakecruises.co.uk
Cruise information and timetable with online booking, private charter, brochure download, and a wonderful photo and video gallery.

lakesiderailway.co.uk
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.

lakedistrictwalks.com
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.

watermillinn.co.uk
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.

Cornwall Holiday 2002  [ Cornwall image gallery ]Return to top

bestdaysoutcornwall.co.uk
Lots of information on many of Cornwall's attractions with a useful interactive map to locate them.

cornishlight.co.uk
Worthwhile information on places in Cornwall and a good section on walking and hiking, if navigation is somewhat haphazard.  Tiny images.

cornwall-calling.co.uk
Dated looking site on Cornish attractions; some pages with lots of info, others with little.

cornwall-online.co.uk
Accommodation orientated with lots of information and images, but poorly constructed in frames; we ended up with framed pages within frames.

chycor.co.uk
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.

edenproject.com
All the information about this fascinating planet-friendly attraction near St. Austell, Cornwall.  Check-out the wonderful photo slide shows and YouTube video.

lappavalley.co.uk
The narrow gauge steam railway near Newquay with location map, activities, facilities etc; it's all there.

thecornishcyderfarm.co.uk
Location, opening times, online shop and details of tours.  Disappointing images though.

fowey.co.uk
Town site containing local map, transport, places of interest, walks, beaches, accommodation, events, etc.

cameltrailmap.co.uk
Map and info on the Camel Trail leisure route for walkers and cyclists.

bodminrailway.co.uk
Heritage railway near Bodmin.  Timetable, location, special events, etc, but strangely no image gallery.  Page width inconsistent between pages.

enjoytruro.co.uk
Details on just about everything in the town and nearby.

staustellbrewery.co.uk/pub/bodmin/borough-arms
Location, menu, pictures, opening times but, gasp, no menu detailed!

newquayguide.co.uk
Accommodation, beaches, surfing, the town and further afield, local videos.

Lewes visit & Sussex  [ Lewes image gallery ]

sussexpast.co.uk/properties-to-discover/lewes-castle
All about Lewes Castle; admission times and prices, special events, property leaflet download and education facilities.

sussextourism.org.uk
Other castles and days out in Sussex.

London Eye & HMS Belfast  [ London image gallery ]Return to top

londoneye.com
Online booking and prices, how to get there, facilities, mobile app with audio tour, and other London Eye experiences.

iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast
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 gallery ]

edinburgh.org
Tons of information for the visitor; maps, attractions, events, shopping, eating and accommodation, and of course festival info.

edintattoo.co.uk
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.

beamish.org.uk
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 photo archive.

Wales Holiday 2001  [ Wales image gallery ]

visitwales.com
Lots of information and ideas here for visitors; attractions, activities, local history.

visitsnowdonia.info
Everything for the visitor to Snowdonia, including many guide downloads and Tourist Information Centres listing.

betws-y-coed.co.uk
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 us.

walesdirectory.co.uk/Walks
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.

greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk
Well illustrated information on the many narrow-gauge steam trains in Wales.  Those intending to ride on many should check-out the discount card.

snowdonia-adventures.co.uk
Adventure holidays in North Wales.  Let's hope the activities are better constructed than the website copy.

Beaulieu visit  [ Beaulieu image gallery ]

beaulieu.co.uk
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!

Yorkshire Holiday 2000  [ Yorkshire image gallery ]Return to top

yorkshirevisitor.com
All the expected details on the area including accommodation, events, places and transport.  Not a lot of photos of the places featured though.

mothershiptonscave.com
Carefully themed and well illustrated site carrying full info on the Mother Shipton legend and the Petrifying Well attraction in Knaresborough.

harrogate.gov.uk/info/20153/knaresborough_castle_and_museum
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.

nymr.co.uk
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.

dave-ford.co.uk/goathland.htm
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.

visityork.org
York Tourism site with a highly detailed 'see & do' attraction guide but the few and small images on pages disappointed.

robin-hoods-bay.co.uk
Visitor information on the village, what's on calendar, accommodation and a reasonable photo gallery.

nymcam.co.uk/080201.htm
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'.

nationaltrail.co.uk/clevelandway
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.

mcarthurglen.com
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?

Peak District Holiday 1999  [ Peak District image gallery ]

cressbrook.co.uk
Excellent, well illustrated, easy to navigate Peak District tourist site with tons of info on accommodation, places, attractions, activities, maps, food and drink.

visitbuxton.co.uk
All the information you'll ever need about Buxton but images are sadly lacking.

bluejohn-cavern.co.uk
Wonderfully themed site with everything you'll need to know for a visit including some excellent imagery spread across a number of galleries.

corrie.net
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

peakdistrictonline.co.uk/mable-savours-cressbrook-dale-and-litton-i3530.html
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.

altontowers.com
The Alton Towers website has all the gen and, of course, virtual experience ride video presentations to scare you witless excite you.

peakwalking.co.uk/wp23.htm
A walk that takes in the Three Ships and Nelson's Monument landmarks above Baslow.  Other Peak District walks too.

derbyshireuk.net/monsal_trail.html
Basic info about Monsal Trail walk with some images.

snapthepeaks.co.uk
More Peak District walk ideas together with some great images.

derbyshire-photographs.co.uk
Would you believe it - Derbyshire photos!

Cottage rental, tourism & leisureReturn to top

welcomecottages.com
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.

sts-holidays.co.uk
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 in 2001.

picturesofengland.com
Exploring the most beautiful towns, villages and countryside of England with loads and loads of high quality images.

information-britain.co.uk
Long established site with a huge amount of information on towns and areas across the UK and places to stay.

lonelyplanet.com/england
Unbiased travel information guide from this trusted travel publisher, an outfit that started out small rather like us!

tripadvisor.co.uk
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 on-the-go traveller.

visitengland.com
National Tourist Board for England.  A list of tourist information centres, accommodation, places to visit, events, etc.

visitbritain.com
Touring guide to the UK, from the 'bible'.

britainexpress.com
Travel and visitor guide to many UK regions, with a hotel accommodation search.

naturalengland.org.uk
Aims to conserve and enhance the natural environment through conservation, leisure, planning and management.

english-heritage.org.uk
Protect and promotes England's spectacular historic environment.

nationaltrust.org.uk
National Trust owned places to see plus a learning resource.

walkingworld.com
Search a database for walks in your chosen area, buy gear on line.

walkingbritain.co.uk
Comprehensive walk detail, maps and plenty of images, online ordering of books and maps.

britishwalks.org
A walking enthusiasts' website of UK walks.

beerintheevening.com
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

nationalrail.co.uk
National Rail Enquiries, rail information, UK train times and timetables.

nationalexpress.com
UK travel by National Express coach throughout the UK and Europe, book online.

traveline.org.uk
Impartial information on planning your journey, by bus, coach or train or a combination.

tfl.gov.uk
Transport for London - underground (tube, metro), buses, road, river - journey planner, maps, timetables, service status.

trafficengland.com
Check out those roadworks and delays on a zoom-able map, selectable road type.  Apps do this bettter though!

ordnancesurvey.co.uk
Ordnance Survey - the UK map producer.

tgomagazine.co.uk/skills/ordnance-survey-understanding-grid-references
How to understand the British Grid Reference System.

maps.google.co.uk
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.

bing.com/maps
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 now...

gpsinformation.net
Huge information resource on the Global Positioning System - the technology, systems and receivers.
See also our own GPS Sat Nav review.

geocaching.com  [ See our geocaching page ]
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 tourists

checkmyarea.com
Postcode search for neighbourhood profiles, plus quality of life indicator.  Basically, what's the area like.

metoffice.gov.uk
Check the weather forecast for an area you're going to visit, plus weather stats and fascinating weather information.  Web cams and satellite imagery.

uk.weather.com/local
Enter a place in the search box for today by-the-hour, 10-day, monthly, and seasonal weather.  Mobile version available.

gadgetstylist.com/blog/mobile-phone-coverage-check-your-mobile-coverage
Check out the expected mobile phone and network coverage (internet access) from most UK mobile networks.

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