Category Archives: Uk Break

For my last full day I decided to visit the city of Carlisle. I have visited before and really enjoyed my time there so this visit gave me the chance to relive those memories. Carlisle was originally part of Scotland and this is why there is no mention of it in the Doomsday Book. However, William Rufus, son of William the Conqueror, invade the region and Carlisle became part of England. William Rufus built a castle there that later held Mary Queen of Scots prisoner. Over the centuries Carlisle changed nationality a few times until the Jacobite Rising of 1745 when the city was recaptured by the Duke (Butcher) of Cumberland. The city’s cathedral is small by cathedral standards but is well worth a visit. As it has very detailed stained-glass windows and a hoard of church treasure is stored in the basement vault. These days the city is like…

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Monday 18th March. Just a short hop, 30 minutes flying time, in a plane takes you to Derry in Northern Ireland where you find a small but friendly airport with a good bus service to the city centre. My digs for my 4 day stay was on the edge of the Bogside an area more known for riots, the IRA and murals than a holiday hotspot. However, after going on a walking tour with a guide who grew up in the Bogside and who witnessed The Toubles first hand I got to know not only the history of the area but also gained an insight into the living conditions of the residents during the 1960s. One of the best ways to see the city is to walk the city walls. From this vantage point you can not only gain a sense of the history of the city from the information…

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