Archive for March, 2010

Rainy days in Cornwall

It’s Easter school holidays, you’re going out and about in Cornwall but it’s raining. Sure, if it’s light rain then beaches and coastal attractions are fine but if it tips it down then here are recommendations for things to do on rainy days in Cornwall:

Cornwall Top 10 Holiday Recommendations for Rainy Days

Clearly, given that it’s called a top 10 list, the recommendations cover 10 attractions but, within the description of each, we also supply other suggestions. So, for example, if you’re heading for The Eden Project then why not try the Lost Gardens of Heligan nearby. If you’re visiting Tate St Ives, try the Barbara Hepworth Museum, too.

For quick reference, these are our choices:

The Eden Project

Tate St Ives

Truro Cathedral

Newquay Bluereef Aquarium

St Mawes Castle

China Clay Country Park

Lanhydrock House and Gardens

St Michael’s Mount

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site

Lizard Lighthouse and Heritage Centre

If you bump into this post and have other recommendations, pls add below and we’ll update PictureTheUK. Thanks.


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To help you discover Dartmoor National Park, we’ve created a list of Top 10 Hotels. We provide details of local attractions and the benefits of staying in each hotel:

Top 10 Recommendations for Hotels in Dartmoor National Park

For quick reference, we outline our choices below.

Bovey Castle

The Edgemoor Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Two Bridges Hotel

Islington Country House Hotel

The White Hart Hotel

Fox & Hounds Hotel

The Moorland Hotel

Bedford Hotel

Elfordleigh Hotel

Lydford Country House

Clearly, there are other fine hotels in the Park including England’s top hotel, Gidleigh Park, but those we list pretty much guarantee an extraordinary location within or on the fringes of Dartmoor.

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Plenty of people ask us this question in person.  Plenty of others ask Google.  Here’s our answer:

The short answer is that we’d recommend visiting any of the National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or major cities within the UK. Sure, it’s broad brush but after decades of UK travel, we’d suggest that any of the above will provide an extraordinary experience.

However, if you’re after more detail, here’s our list of Top 10 Places To Visit in England:

Top 10 Recommendations for Places To Visit in England

On the list are:


The Cotswolds AONB


The South Devon AONB

Peak District National Park

Lake District National Park

East Sussex

North Yorkshire



We provide hundreds of Top 10 lists on PictureTheUK that offer our recommendations for places to visit, things to do etc in the UK. These are produced by region, county, National Park and so on. Take some time to explore these recommendations as they’ll help you discover where to go and what to do.

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There are scores of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Scenic Areas (NSAs) within the UK.

To help you discover these areas, we’ve been adding quick guides to PictureTheUK. For example, here are some of the AONB quick guides that we’ve added for South East England:

Kent Downs AONB

High Weald AONB

Surrey Hills AONB

Sussex Downs AONB

East Hampshire AONB

Isle of Wight AONB

These AONBs cut across county boundaries and, in some cases, constitute National Parks. Clearly, given the terminology used, one thing that you’re guaranteed is natural beauty so our advice would be to plan trips to these destinations if you want to take a holiday or short break in the UK because you can’t really go wrong.  If you have recommendations for specific places to visit within these AONBs then please post below or e-mail james@picturetheuk.com. Thanks.

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Top Ten Weekend Breaks in Cornwall

‘We’re taking a Friday off work and want to head down to Cornwall for a long weekend. Where should we go?’

We were asked this recently by some friends based in London. We put together a list of ‘Top Ten Recommendations for Weekend Breaks’ that offered either destinations or attractions as the inspiration. So, for example, we suggested St Ives, St Mawes and Port Isaac for destinations and the Camel Estuary, St Michael’s Mount and The Eden Project for attractions. The full list is here:

Top Ten Weekend Breaks in Cornwall

Clearly, we could come up with dozens of other recommendations so do take time to explore alternative top tens such as:

Top Ten Places To Visit in Cornwall

Top Ten Things To Do in Cornwall

Top Ten Beaches in Cornwall

Top Ten Towns in Cornwall

Top Ten Villages in Cornwall

Top Ten Views in Cornwall

As ever, if you have other recommendations or photos of places you feel people should experience then let us know. Thanks.

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We’ve just completed our quick guide to Edinburgh.

In addition, for quick reference, we’ve created a top ten list for things to do in the city. These include the obvious tourist attractions such as Edinburgh Caslte and The National Gallery of Scoptland Complex in addition to outdoor activities such as a walk up Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill. The full list is here:

Top Ten Things To Do in Edinburgh

Clearly, Edinburgh’s one of the UK’s most visited cities so there are plenty more attractions to enjoy other than those listed. Try The Camera Obscura and St Giles Cathedral, The Museum of Edinburgh and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. There are Lady Stair’s House/Writers’ Museum and John Knox’s House, a walk through the exquisite Georgian New Town or a visit to the underground world beneath The Royal Mile.

We’re adding attractions and recommendations to PictureTheUK every day so please post below if you have more or contact James Penman direct at james@picturetheuk.com. Thanks.

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Top Ten Honeymoon Locations Devon

So, we started our honeymoon recommendations list for Devon and Cornwall in October 2009.

We then added a top ten honeymoon list specific to Cornwall in March 2010.

We’ve now created another list specific to Devon. Our recommendations cover two National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the English Riviera. They include some of the UK’s finest hotels and, in our opinion, some of its most idylically located accommodation.

Here’s our list of Top Ten Honeymoon Locations in Devon:

Top Ten Honeymoon Locations Devon

For quick reference, we’d recommend:

Burgh Island






Budleigh Salterton


The English Riviera


As ever, your recommendations are more than welcome so please post them here or e-mail james at picturetheuk.com. Thanks.

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We’ve written about honeymoon locations in Devon and Cornwall before.

However, we’re now beginning the process of creating Top Ten Honeymoon Locations for counties and regions within the UK beginning, today, with Cornwall.  There’s no particular order to the Top Ten and we’ve visited all the locations personally so explore the mapping and photography to discover more. The recommendations are for honeymoon *locations* although we suggest hotels where appropriate and as a result of feedback from those who’ve experienced them.

Here’s our list of Top Ten Honeymoon Locations in Cornwall:

Top Ten Honeymoon Locations Cornwall

For quick reference, we’d recommend:


St Ives

St Mawes




Mawgan Porth


Port Isaac

Tamar Valley AONB

If you have further recommendations, we’d love to hear about them!

Update, March 2010:

For our list of Devon recommendations, pls go here:

Top Ten Honeymoon Locations Devon

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Over the past week or so, we’ve started the process of adding content to our Scotland section.  In addition to guides to the country’s regions,  unitary authorities etc, we’re adding lots of ‘Top 10 Recommendation’ lists to help people discover new places or things to do with ease. For example, here’s our list for the Isle of Skye in the north west of Scotland:

 Top 10 Things To Do on the Isle of Skye

The list covers things to do on the island including The Quiraing and The Cuillin and, in time, we’ll add recommended places to visit, best mountains etc.

We’ll be providing this information across all of Scotland and, as a taster, here are some of the ‘Top 10 Recommendation’ lists we’ve added so far:

Top 10 Places To Visit in Scotland

Top 10 Things To Do in Scotland

Top 10 Things To Do in The Highlands and Islands

Top 10 Things To Do in The Lowlands

As ever, if you have recommendations, pls add them below or send a mail to james@picturetheuk.com. Thanks!

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