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The following itineraries are just a few of the many exciting cities one can visit with a Blue Badge guide.  Please contact our office, for information about a city of your choice.


Edinburgh

The Capital of Scotland – and where the Scottish Parliament is based. Its city centre is a world heritage site.  It is also home to the world renowned – Edinburgh Fringe Festival*, where many a comedian has launched their career.  Arguably the most popular way of seeing this magnificent old city is to take a walking tour, based around the Royal Mile.  This takes in the Castle and St Giles Cathedral (854AD), site of many of the most dramatic events in the nation’s history and the setting for the earliest skyscrapers in Europe, as some of the infamous tenements were 14 stories high.  After being defeated by the English in 1513, the city fathers built the Flodden Wall around the city to protect against invasion.  This restricted new buildings and so the city grew upwards instead of outwards, with narrow passageways between the buildings.  You will see awe-inspiring architecture and the homes of the great, the good and the not so good – for example Deacon Brodie, locksmith by day, burglar by night and inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.


Glasgow

Scotland’s second largest city and known for its rich architectural heritage.  It boasts excellent museums, such as the Kelvingrove, the Burrell collection, Gallery of Modern Art and the Scotland Street School Museum, the latter designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Architect and Designer, who was also responsible for such landmarks as the School of Art and the Glasgow Tea rooms.  One should also take the time to visit Glasgow University, which houses the Hunterian Museum and Mackintosh House.  This city is a wonderful mix of stunning architecture, such as the Gothic Cathedral, beautiful parks and shopping possibilities – second only to London, along with a vibrant nightlife of pubs, clubs and bars.  Given that the places of interest are spread around the city, the best way to see all this bounty, is either by coach or car.


York 

Founded by the Romans, York soon became England's Second City and has witnessed wars, peace agreements and prosperity throughout its 2,000 years of existence. King George VI reflected on the City's central role throughout the years when he commented that: "The history of York is the history of England". Visit the magnificent York Minster, with its priceless display of stained glass; walk in Medieval streets or on the 800 year old Bar Walls; visit award-winning museums or sample the excellent restaurants and shopping facilities.

 

Chester

To visit Chester, you step back in time to 2000 years of history, where the 20th Roman Legion built Fortress Deva to repel the Welsh, see the remains of this heritage and visit the Roman Amphitheatre.   Chester was subsequently ruled by Alfred the Great’s daughter and fought the Viking invaders and William the Conqueror’s armies built a Norman stronghold.  There has been a church on this site for over 1000 years, originally a Saxon Minster, then a Benedictine Abbey, this incredible building is a national treasure and has been a Cathedral since 1541.  You can visit the famous medieval rows, explore inside their stores and unravel their mysterious past – from the cellars to the upper levels – unearth their hidden heritage. 

 

Cardiff

Cardiff is the youngest and fastest growing capital city in Europe.  Capital of Wales, arguably known for singing, poetry and Rugby – Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Dylan Thomas etc and the Millennium Stadium, built to host the 1999 World Cup and the setting for magnificent sporting and musical events.  Cardiff is the home of not only the Stadium, but a Castle which is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions.  One can also visit the Civic Centre which includes the National Museum of Wales, the beautiful and tranquil Alexandra gardens, the Cardiff Bay development and the Barrage.  Visit the Millennium Centre, one of the world’s iconic arts and cultural destinations.  Relax at Mermaid Quay -  a major waterfront development with thriving cafes and bars.  Cardiff is also well known for its grand Victorian and Edwardian Arcades, housing a mix of designer boutiques, arts and crafts shops, delicatessens and music stores. 

 

Cambridge

Famous university town, with the long held belief that ‘everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge’.  This city is a perfect slice of England.  As with Oxford, it has breathtaking buildings and the sure knowledge that God is an Englishman! With the river Cam running along the backs of the colleges, home to famous rowing races (including the Cambridge blues), this market town has plenty to offer the enquiring visitor, it is rich in Museums, ancient churches and historical tradition.  See the Fitzwilliam Museum with its magnificent picture collection, The Sedgewick Museum or the Round Church, one of only four in Britain.  For horticulturalists, or lovers of natural beauty, the University College gardens are one of the secret delights of this city – Emmanuel’s, Newnham’s and Clare’s are particularly lovely, whereas Kings is famous for its chapel and its choral singers.  One of the two most prestigious universities in England – Oxbridge – it  has an outstanding record of scientific and artistic achievements – Newton, Darwin, Wordsworth, Milton, Sir Ian McKellan were all educated here.  It is the home of the Cambridge footlights, starting point for many famous actors, comedians, writers etc. Cambridge has a very important role to play in England’s most popular sport, the first football rules were drawn up at the university in 1848 and were first played at Parker’s Piece. 

 

 

(Liverpool and Manchester coming soon)

 

 
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