Travels

 




A Little About The UK

Liverpool

I spent a lot of time here as that is where I went to university for 3 years of my course.
1. The docks
A very easy and accessible place to get to by walking, using the underground or by bus. Alongside the docks you will find a few museums which are free to roam around, you can ride the River Mersey (a cheap ferry), see the Royal Liver building and attend any events that maybe occuring (the large ship event, christmas markets + ice rink, wine festivals and fun fairs). 
2. The Cathedrals
The Anglian Cathedral is the big red cathedral which is free to roam around and for a small charge you can go up the tower and get a birds eye view of Liverpool. The other cathedral is a bit odd, its a circular metal building with a pointed top and lots of stained glass.
3. Crosby & Formby Beach
Crosby beach is about 20 minutes out of Liverpool by train and is a hot spot for tourists! This is mainly because of the art work called ‘Another place’. Antony Gormley created about 100 sculptures of himself and they are now permanently dotted around the beach. Formby beach is also very touristy and is about 30-40 minutes out of Liverpool. They have a woodland area just before the beach which has wild red squirrels.  
4. Sefton Park
Sefton park was one of my favourite places to go to because it was a large park with a cafe, mini shops, statues/monuments, various ponds with tones of ducks, geese and swans (if you are a bird person, defo go here!!! Great Crested Grebes, Little Grebes, Cormorants and even Ring-Neck Parakeets)
5. Nearby things
I highly recommend Chester Zoo – to make it cheaper, book online!! Also they do things like unlimited drinks for abut £9 (which is great for people like me because I refill them like 5 times, also useful for sharing). 125 acre zoo which houses lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs, painted dogs, rhinos, giraffes, zebras etc etc.  If you like shopping then Cheshire oaks is for you, full of shopping outlets, cinemas, mini golf, bowling and restaurants. 

Edinburgh

1. Edinburgh Castle
There is a charge to get into the castle but its massive and you can see so much of it! In my latest visit to Edinurgh (February 2018, for a friends birthday), we did not go inside the castle but just looked at it from the outside. It is certainly not hard to miss and is incredibly beautiful! As you can see from the first photograph the castle is on a massive rocky hill with some gardens underneath it.
2. Arthurs Seat
An ancient volcano that sits not far from the royal mile. Don’t worry it can not erupt!! It takes about 30-45 minutes to climb (more for me as i’m a little unfit) and when you get to the top, you get incredible views. I was buzzing because there was a small pond at the bottom with tones of ducks, geese and swans where I sat and eat an ice cream from the van sitting at the bottom of the volcano.
3. Edinburgh Zoo
This is a all time favourite for me! Not my favourite zoo but it is great! plus where else in the UK has giant pandas and koala bears? It is a great day out, a whole day out but remember to bring a fitbit because its a lot of hills and a lot of walking. When you get to the top of the zoo, there is a view point so you can get a good view of Edinburgh.
4. Other sightseeing areas
There are loads of buses which can take you almost anywhere. I have taken buses to aquariums, beaches and other site seeing areas like Calton hill. Near to the castle was an illusion place which was mega cool! You can do your shopping here and in the evening there is tones to do. Almost all bars do food and play live music. If you can, I would highly recommend going when their festival is on during August because the royal mile is covered in musicians, dancers, actors, painters and comedians during the day with concerts and a parade during the afternoon and evening.