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If you’re looking for a city break that’s full of adventure, and not too far away from the clean air of the countryside Bristol may be just the place for you. The city of Banksy, Brunel and the Clifton suspension bride (amongst other great landmarks), Bristol has lots to do and see, whether you want a relaxing spa weekend, a busy night out or a cultural break.

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Number 38, situated in a Clifton Townhouse offers ten beautifully designed spacious rooms with a contemporary yet classic feel with panoramic views. This boutique bed and breakfast feels like a home away from home, just with a few more luxuries. All of the rooms are gorgeous, but the loft suites are a truly decadent escape. Alternatively, Brooks guesthouse is a great option for those who want a contemporary stay right in the heart of the city. Right in the centre of Old Town, this urban oasis is just a stone’s throw from all the great city centre attractions, and it has a great sunny courtyard terrace to relax in when you want to escape. For a different stay, look into their ‘Rooftop Rockets’…

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The Cowshed is famous for its steaks, and even offers hot stones for you to cook your own exactly as you like it. This restaurant is all about bringing the rich tastes of the surrounding countryside to the city, with lots of fresh dishes and quality meat from local butchers and ethical farmers. If you fancy a tipple before (or after) your meal head to The Milk Thistle, Bristol’s coolest prohibition bar serving delicious cocktails – the perfect place for a party or just a luxurious escape.

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  • The story of the World at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery with 19 galleries to explore over three floors, revealing fascinating cultures, inventions and civilisations – perfect for curious minds. There are also temporary exhibitions and events over the year, so it’s always a different experience.
  • The iconic steam ship, Brunel’s S.S Great Britain is like stepping on board a time machine. This impressive creation was lovingly restored after being rescued in 1970, and now offers a glimpse into life on the seas in Victorian Britain, from First Class to steerage. Each room tells a story, and provides a host of activities for a fully immersive experience.
  • Under the Sea at Bristol Aquarium takes you into the depths of the ocean, on a fantastic underwater safari. Recreating a number of different habitats, there’s plenty to keep you intrigued and entertained.
  • Some street culture, but keep your eyes up on your surroundings to catch a plethora of street art from some influential artists, including Bristol-born Banksy himself. There are also a number of walking tours if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything!
  • The beautiful Bristol Cathedral, located in the west end of the city is not to be missed for any fans of historical archaeology, and has a rich story to tell. This stunning building is free to visit and open 365 days a year and guided tours are available.

Whatever you’re looking for from your weekend away, Bristol is sure to provide, and this is one city that’s a real treat for those who love getting lost, wandering down side streets and stumbling across something amazing that you never knew was there. If you’re heading to Bristol this summer let us know what makes it on to your to-do list @MapMarketingUK.

LayoutThe glorious sandy beaches and rolling waves of Newquay’s five beaches are favoured by holiday-makers and extreme sports fanatics alike – and for good reason. The seaside town has the perfect blend of family-friendly attractions, clean, safe beaches and a wide choice of exciting activities to pick from if you are after something a little more challenging than sunbathing…

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The Headland Hotel, Newquay’s iconic hotel, which overlooks the beautiful raw Cornish coastline. The stunning red-bride façade of the Grade II listed building is just a beautiful as the interior, and provides a relaxed base to explore the charms of the town on foot. Or, if you’re after budget-friendly accommodation, there are a great selection of contemporary holiday apartments available to rent, and some very well equipped campsites, including the award-winning Hendra Holiday Park, all within a 10 minute drive of the town centre.

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The delicious new Bank St. Bar and Grill, situated on the main high street. This contemporary burger bar serves up a choice of mouth-watering gourmet beef and chicken burgers for under a tenner, and has a rather tempting cocktail menu too! Or, for a meal with a view, don’t miss the majestic Maharajah Indian Restaurant on Cliff Road. One of the oldest restaurants, the curry house has been serving up authentic Indian dishes for over 30 years, and the dining room offers spectacular views over the cliffs and beaches below.

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  • The five famous beaches – beaches are at the heart of Newquay, and a week-long stay will give you the chance to sample them all. From the central-based Towan beach set just behind the main high street, to the iconic surf of Fistral beach, and the sheltered stretches of sand at Porth beach. Each one has its own unique charm and they make the perfect places for an invigorating morning walk, afternoon sunbathing session or a relaxing evening stroll.
  • The sea life at Newquay Aquarium – located at the head of Towan beach, the Bluereef Aquarium has something for everyone. From friendly sting-ray, to dwarf crocodiles, giant pacific octopus, reef sharks and a giant loggerhead turtle, kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the 40 themed habitats. The centre also holds regular feeding sessions throughout the day, and educational talks for visitors to find out more about the species on show.
  • The surf with Quicksilver Surf School – no trip to Newquay would be complete without a surfing lesson. The Quicksilver Surf School offers world-class lessons to help beginners up to advanced surfers improve their techniques and ride safely. Or, if you’re not too keen on surfing, why not trying the Newquay coasteering route and climb, jump and paddle your way around the beaches coastline?
  • The rare wildlife at Newquay Zoo – packed with over 130 different species, Newquay zoo gives you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most endangered species, including Red Pandas, Owston’s Civets and Black Wildebeests!

Whether you are after family-friendly fun, or a relaxing week of sand, sea and surf, Newquay is a beautiful town with a huge variety of attractions and entertainment on offer. If you are planning a summer break to the Cornish town let us know what makes it onto your to-do list @MapMarketingUK.

LayoutFamous for its world class university, which has seen eight centuries of scholars, scientists, philosophers and explorers pass through its decadent halls, the city of Oxford is a great location for a stylish and cultural weekend away. This charming city perfectly blends its medieval heritage with modern city vibes, and manages to have everything you could look while feeling cosy and intimate.

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Malmaison Oxford is located in the heart of the city, in the castle walls to be exact. The former gaol has been transformed into a stunning luxury hotel, complete with fabulous restaurant (try the Mal Burger, it’s truly decadent comfort food at its best) and the MALBAR, which serves up expertly mixed quirky and classic cocktails. Or check out the Old Bank Hotel on the High Street, a stunningly designed hotel in a great location with views over the Bodelian Library, Radcliffe camera and All Souls College. This Georgian property feels spacious and airy, and is decorated with the owner’s private art collection.

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The Ashmolean Dining Room, a recent addition to the famous museum in a truly spectacular location. This rooftop restaurant offers a menu of authentic European dishes, accompanied by some fantastic wines from around the world. Or wander down to the riverside and pay a visit to The Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant, where you can enjoy exciting dishes and an incredible wine list while listening to the gentle ebb and flow of the river, the soft splashes of punts idling by, and the soft thud of the dragon school cricket schools. Plus, every now and again you get to see a poor punting novice fall in the river.

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  • The elegant architecture of the colleges- in particular Christchurch, also known as ‘The House’. With its beautiful exterior it’s no wonder that this aristocratic college has been featured in a number of films, including Harry Potter, and it’s also where Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland taught maths.
  • The Thames on a punting trip – and test your sense of balance with a punt down the river – or sit back and let someone else take the wheel (pole?), and drift lazily past the university meadows.
  • Everything, at the Pitt Rivers Museum – which holds one of the most impressive collections of anthropology and archaeology from all over the world and throughout history. Started by Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt, this incredible museum holds a vast array of weird and wonderful items from around the globe, including ethnic masks, jewellery, mummies and shrunken heads…
  • The spooky history of Oxford Castle – which has over 1000 years of history, including a stint as a prison. Tours of the castle are brought to life by tour guides depicting characters from the prison’s history in full period dress (watch out for Isaac Darkin the Rock ‘n’ Roll Highwayman), making this a great day out for the whole family.

Have we inspired you to pay a visit to the historic university town of Oxford? Let us know what you get up to on your trip by sending your pictures to @MapMarketingUK and we might feature them!

Map of CardiffKnown predominantly for its university, the capital of Wales is packed with unique attractions and adventurous activities which cater to its students, making it a great location for those looking for a fun-filled holiday on a budget. Head down to the beach, hit the shops or visit the old castle – whatever you like to do with your time off, there’s plenty of it here!

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The St Davids Hotel and Spa on the coast , which has a wide range of luxurious rooms to choose from, all of which offer a decadent and stylish experience by the sea. With views across Cardiff Bay and the city centre just minutes away this is a great location for a week away, and the hotel has a number of great amenities, like the Tempus at Tides restaurant – often frequented by celebrities – and the luxury spa which provides the perfect place to unwind. Alternatively, why not rent out a flat or house for your stay? There are some great options, from quaint sea side cottages to exquisite modern flats with all the best facilities.

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The Potted Pig, ideally located right by the castle and the Millennium Stadium, serves up an ever-changing menu of locally sourced modern British food, with a bit of a French/New York grill influence. They’ve also got a fantastic selection of drinks, including real ales and bespoke gins! For those that like to step off from the beaten path, check out Milgi, deep in the heart of student Cardiff. Serving an incredible selection of hot drinks and elaborate cocktails this chameleonic café never fails to delight. Its eclectic interior is matched only by the Yurt in the garden, filled with mismatched cushions and sofas. It’s definitely worth stopping in for a cake (or a fry-up) and a couple of drinks.

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  • Some Welsh history at Cardiff Cathedral – right in the heart of the city centre this famous castle spans over 2000 years of history, and its lavish and extravagant rooms will take your breath away.
  • The culture of Cardiff Bay – home to the Millennium Stadium, the Norwegian Church where Roald Dahl was christened and the Doctor Who Experience, the beautiful Cardiff Bay is a day out in itself.
  • Some retail therapy at the new St David’s Centre – with all the best luxury and high street brands, not to mention a great selection of bars and restaurants, you can’t spend the week in Cardiff without paying a visit to one of the best shopping locations in the country!
  • Some world class entertainment from the theatres and live venues – with a number of musicals, ballets, live music and plays to choose from you’re never stuck for an evening out in this vibrant town!

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for your trip to Cardiff! If you’re heading to the capital don’t forget to send us your pictures @MapMarketingUK and let us know what you get up to!

Blackpool TowerBlackpool is the quintessential British sea side holiday resort, filled with entertainment, bright lights and excitement for all ages. There’s never a dull moment in this vibrant coastal town, and you’re sure to come back with plenty of stories to tell!

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The Kenley offers a warm, relaxed environment whose interior mirrors the vibrant energy of Blackpool, but with a luxury edge. Awarded with a 4 star gold award by Visit England, this colourful hotel has its own bar and lounge, and all rooms are equipped with en-suites and LCD TV’s, amongst other amenities, and is ideally located between the Pleasure Beach and the Blackpool Tower. Alternatively, pay a visit to the Big Blue Hotel. Don’t be put off by its exterior; inside the hotel chic neutral tones and clear lines blend to create an elegant design, that extends through the hotels rooms, restaurant, bar and even health and leisure facilities. All rooms also come provided with complimentary Wi-Fi and flat screen TV’s.

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The Blackpool Bierkeller for a truly different dining experience, offering up a taste of Bavaria – and not just in the food. With the finest German beers, custom furniture and a house band ready to add some oomph to your evening, this is an evening out you won’t forget in a hurry. Alternatively, for a more relaxed evening meal, head to the Restaurant at Ribby Hall Village, which provides a more discerning dining experience, serving modern British cuisine at an exceptionally high standard, alongside some magnificent cocktails.

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The excitement of Blackpool Pleasure Beach

For a great family day out you really can’t beat the exciting white-knuckle rides and spectacular shows at the world famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach. With a whole host of Nickelodeon characters to meet and rollercoasters to brave kids, and big kids, will love this family adventure.

The dizzying heights of Blackpool Tower

Standing at an incredible 518 feet tall and home to 5 incredible attractions, Blackpool Tower’s main draw is the Eye, which takes passengers in a lift up right up to the top where they can brave the floor to ceiling glass observation window with views over the Irish Sea. Here, visitors can also visit the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, The Circus, which is one of the most famous Victorian circuses in the world and draws the finest performers from around the globe, and the incredible Blackpool Tower Ballroom, as seen on Strictly Come Dancing!

VIVA Cabaret Showbar and Events Suite

Right in the heart of Blackpool’s famous Promenade, VIVA presents year round shows and events demonstrating the finest talents Blackpool has to offer, including Leye D Johns and her beautiful showgirls, alongside incredible vocal talents and side-splitting comedians. This one-of-a-kind destination is well worth a visit on your weekend in Blackpool!

Have you been to Blackpool lately, or do you have a trip to Britain’s favourite seaside resort planned? Let us know what made it on to your to-do list @MapMarketingUK!

LayoutWith the weather getting warmer lots of us are thinking about getting away to the seaside for a bit, and enjoying a good old fashioned British Beach Holiday, and where better to do so than in beautiful Devon with its rolling coastlines and sea breezes. Winning bronze in last year’s Best UK Holiday County or Region category of the British Travel Awards, and with a selection of blue flag beaches, Devon is the ideal summer escape to the country, and with its extensive list of things to do and great shopping, you’re sure to leave with much more than a tan!

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The Gildleigh Park hotel in Chagford, which frequently tops hotel and travel guide’s lists of great places to stay. With its Tudor style exterior and lavish grounds, this seemingly quintessential country house hotel boasts beautifully designed bedrooms with stunning en-suites, and several spa suites, with hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms, to compliment the in-room treatments they offer. They also have a world class restaurant; voted number one by Harden’s Sunday Times Food List 2014, and headed up by double Michelin starred Chef Michael Caines MBE. All of this is set in the incredible Dartmoor countryside. Of course, Devon is also perfect for those wishing to get back to nature, with more camping sites than you can shake a hiking pole at. Whatever level of luxury or low key escape you’re looking for, you’ll find it in this fantastic county.

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The Elephant in Torquay is much more than you’d expect from this touristy bucket-and-spade town, and is one of only three Michelin starred restaurants in the county. This two story restaurant has an informal brasserie on the ground floor, and the Michelin starred ‘The Room’ upstairs, serving locally sourced ingredients, many from their local farm, and prides itself on its award winning cuisine, without the formalities. Or for a meal with a view check out Ilfracombe’s The Quay, dishing up great local cuisine – focusing on freshly caught seafood – with a fantastic view over the pretty harbour and landscape, not to mention the view inside, where Moroccan style kaleidoscope tiling sits alongside works by famous artist Damien Hirst.

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The spectacular scenery of Dartmoor

One of Devon’s five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmoor’s stunning natural beauty and rugged landscapes have provided the inspiration for a number of literary works, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, and has been the backdrop for a number of films and TV series. There are some great cycle paths to be tested, and the Dartmoor Prison Museum provides a fascinating day out. There are also lot of quaint pubs and restaurants to refresh yourself in.

The English Riviera in Torquay

If you’re looking for an area that’s packed with things to do, Torquay has plenty to offer, from Coasteering and canoeing to catching your own supper and cooking it with the sous-chef of The Elephant! The town is steeped in rich maritime history, and there are lots of festivals and events that are hosted here, including their own Regatta.

The Stunning South Coast

Packed with sandy beaches, watersports, relaxing walks and bars and restaurants, South Devon has all the ingredients for an incredible coastal getaway. This region of contrasts attracts many visitors, and has lured in many musicians and artists – this is definitely a place for free spirits and getting back to nature.

Some Serious Shopping in Exeter

Exeter is known for its fantastic shopping, and spending the day perusing the high street in this pretty city centre is a real pleasure. With a range of shops from high street to high end, there are lots of gems to be found. Besides, if you don’t come home with something, it’s like you never even went away…

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If you’re looking for some warm a weekend away that epitomises everything that’s fantastic about Britain, you won’t find much with more to offer than Jersey. With warm British sun, beautiful sandy beaches, fantastic fresh sea-food and a rich history, this tiny island is crammed full of culture, and makes the perfect getaway. This beautiful island is covered in long country walks with stunning sea views, and is great for those who enjoy adventure sports – don’t worry if you’re looking for a more leisurely weekend though. There’s also some great shopping, art, theatres and live music to be enjoyed. Not to mention a great night out to be had in the local bars and nightclubs!

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The only AA Five Red Star hotel on the island, Longueville Manor, also a member of Relais & Châteaux the world’s finest collection of small hotels and restaurants. This incredible property has 30 different rooms, each with their own design and character, fitted with some great techie facilities and sumptuous en-suites. Set in 16 acres of beautiful sculptured gardens, the hotel has its own three AA rosette Restaurant, perfect for a romantic weekend away. For a cosier weekend away, there are also a number of B&Bs and inns to try. Harbour view B&B is right on the beach, and is dog friendly – great if you’re bringing a furry friend.

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The Ocean Restaurant in The Atlantic Hotel is the perfect spot for a romantic meal or special occasion. This exceptional restaurant, awarded a Michelin star 8 years in a row, combines fine dining with stunning beach views, showcasing the best local produce and the best of modern British cooking. If you want to make the most of the fantastic sea food Jersey has to offer though, head down to the Oyster Box Beach Bar and Restaurant, nestled on the shore at St Brelade beach. The dining is chic yet casual, and you can soak up some sun while you dine on the terrace.

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Some of Jerseys best known landmarks as you explore the Island

Jersey has a number of landmarks that require some attention if you’re visiting the island. From the ruins of Grosnez castle with its stunning ocean backdrop, to the lighthouse at La Corbière, these sites make a great coastal walk. Alternatively, take a trip to Les Écrèhous and Les Diroulles, the extensive rocky intertidal areas of warm water that houses a variety of wildlife, from seals to seabirds.

The land and sea, with some adventurous activities

From sailing to kitesurfing, coasteering to golf, there’s something for everyone to get involved with on this incredible landscape. Whether you want to spend a day out on the water or up in the air, there’s so much to try. It’s a great location for surfers, with the main break on the west coast surf beach at St Ouen’s Bay, but there’s also plenty of space for those who just want to lie back and relax on a sandy beach.

The Shops in St Helier

Combining city style fashion and village style charm, the town at St Helier is charmingly compact. It’s not, however, low on options. With a number of designer boutiques and high street shops right next door to each other – not to mention a number of places to stop for a coffee – this is the perfect place for a relaxing day of retail therapy.

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The Jersey Live Festival of Music, 30th – 31st August

The British Isles most southerly music festival is back for another year, with some great sets from John Newman, Ellie Goulding, Klaxons, and Duke Dumont. This two day event is great for music lovers, and those looking for a sunny festival experience.

Jersey International Car Festival, 6th – 8th June

The steep winding hills and stretches of coast in Jersey make for some magnificent driving, so it’s no wonder this motoring festival is so popular. With competitions, races and exhibits this is a great day out for car lovers and motor enthusiasts.

With its incredible versatility, Jersey is ideal as a summer holiday or even a long weekend getaway.

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County Antrim coastlineFamous for its gorgeous coastline and stunning natural scenery, and easy to get to with regular ferries, County Antrim is one of Northern Ireland’s top tourist destinations. Many visitors flock to this breath-taking coast to explore the Giant’s Causeway and walk the Causeway Coastal Route, but there’s much more to see in this beautiful coastal county.

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Northern Ireland’s Premier Luxury Hotel and Spa, Galgorm Resort, in Galgorm for a decadent stay, with all the best on-site facilities. Only 30 minutes from Belfast, this all-in-one hotel has its own luxury spa, several bars and restaurants, horse-riding, fishing and a golf course nearby – you could spend a week here and never leave the resort.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little more personal, Shola Coach House, a boutique B&B in Portrush, may be right up your street. This quaint restored coach house is within easy access of the beautiful coastlines, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, and many other attractions, including a number of fantastic local restaurants.

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Del Toro, the steak house and urban grill in Lisburn, which offers a luxury dining experience that combines traditional Tuscan cuisine with seasonal, local produce, with a heavy focus on their ‘28 day aged naturally raised Northern Irish beef’. With a gorgeous rich interior and an outside terrace for when it’s sunny this fantastic restaurant is a must visit whatever the season. Or if you’re looking for something a little more budget friendly try Square Bistro in Lisburn, ranked #1 in Lisburn on TripAdvisor, which boasts delicious dishes, friendly staff and quirky presentation (lobster cappuccino anyone?) in a chic, stylish setting.

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The dramatic scenery of Giant’s Causeway
This mysterious landscape, flanked by dramatic cliffs and the crashing waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. The famous basalt columns, caused by an ancient volcano eruption have inspired artists and scientists alike, and are home to a wealth of local history and mythology.

The views from Carrick-a-Rede
Perhaps the best known part of the coastal footpath is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Originally constructed by fisherman as a way of checking their nets, the swinging rope bridge now draws tourists from all over the world looking to test their nerve. Once across the bridge you can enjoy the spectacular flora and fauna of Carrick Island, with views that stretch all the way to Scotland on a clear day.

The Glens of Antrim
There are nine beautiful Glens of Antrim in total, offering incredible natural landscapes including woods, rivers and breath-taking waterfalls. Most are easily accessible by car or on foot, and make a great country walk.

Your adventurous side with some extreme activities
The rugged landscape and rough North Atlantic Ocean provide a great location for those who enjoy outdoor sports, and there are a number of places to dive right in to some great activities from coasteering to kayaking. Or, if you want to stay on dry(ish) land, try your hand at caving, archery or blokarting. Whether you want to be up in the air or underwater, there’s a veritable smorgasbord of activities for you to have a go at.

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Ould Lammas Fair, Ballycastle, Last Monday & Tuesday of August
This two day market fair has taken place annually on the last Monday and Tuesday in August since the seventeenth century to mark the end of summer and the beginning of harvest. The origins of the fair are tangled in the myths and legends of Ireland, and it attracts thousands of people from all over the world.

We hope we’ve inspired you to pay a visit to this magical location and soak in all the magical tourist attractions it has to offer.

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Map of SalisburyApparently, the 1st of May marks the start of National Bike Month, so where better to take a weekend away than Salisbury, with plenty of popular cycle routes taking you around its various world heritage sites, from the Iron Age settlement at Old Sarum, to Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world. Spend your days taking in the sights of this quaint city and all that surrounds it on a bike tour, and spend the evenings soaking in the relaxed atmosphere of the centre, with great food and beautiful surroundings. Or ditch the bikes altogether, and simply spend the weekend enjoying the rich history and stunning natural beauty of this ancient market town.

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The Pembroke Arms Hotel, which is just a few minutes’ drive from the centre, and was reopened under new management at the start of 2014. It now boasts beautifully furnished rooms and exquisite cuisine at affordable prices. The hotel forms part of the Wilton Estate, and stands directly opposite the impressive Wilton House, home to the Earl and Countess of Pembroke. With its elegantly quirky décor and regal connections one could almost feel transported back to a more stately time – that is, if it weren’t for the flatscreen TVs and music docking stations in every room…

Alternatively, why not rent your own holiday cottage, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside at your own leisure? With a number of converted barns, city centre flats and cottages to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice, whatever your tastes and budget.

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The Charter 1227 Restaurant, right in the heart of the city centre, with views over the traditional market square. This family run restaurant is one of Salisbury’s best (the best, according to tripadvisor reviews!), and is headed up by award winning chef Danny Bozic. Offering delicious and exquisitely presented, creative dishes, Danny’s food is renowned in the area, and Charter 1227 is a firm favourite with the locals. This is a great spot for a romantic evening out, adding a decadent flair to your evening.

Follow up your meal with a drink or two at the Haunch of Venison – one of the city’s most historic pubs, with one of the most historic interiors in the UK. This friendly pub, dating back to 1320, is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a cheating card player, whose mummified hand lies proudly displayed in the ‘House of Lords’ bar. The ‘Horsebox’ was also the alleged meeting place of Churchill and Eisenhower while planning the D-Day landings.

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The Spiritual Mystery of Stonehenge
Dating back approximately 5000 years ago, the English Heritage site is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, attracting up to 20,000 visitors for the summer solstice alone. These mystical stones have attracted many theories about their creation and original purpose, from alien landings to sacrificial alters, and whilst no one really knows, there is a strong spirituality that radiates from this ancient circle. For a truly intimate experience, tours of the inner circle are given before and after the site opens to the general public each day, but pre-booking is essential for this.

The Ancient Market Town of Old Sarum
The initial location of the city lies a couple of miles to the North of its current home. This incredible Iron Age hill fort was the original site of the cathedral, and has played home to Romans, Saxons and Normans across its lifetime. The site provides inspiring views across the Wiltshire countryside, and is a great location for a picnic – you can even bring the dogs (although they are not permitted into the centre settlement site). As with all English Heritage sites, Old Sarum is well equipped with signs and friendly staff to share its incredible journey, and it is well worth booking a tour.

The Cathedral with the tallest spire in Britain
This medieval masterpiece is a great day out for those with a passion for history. Construction of the ‘new’ cathedral started in 1220, after scarce water supplies and military disputes forced a move from the former city of Old Sarum, and it is now the resting place of one of only four copies of the Magna Carta, and arguably the best preserved one. It is of course free to come see the chapel and take part in a service, but you can also take a tour of the famous spire for a small fee. The grounds of the cathedral are a reason to visit in themselves, and are a great place for a picnic amongst the sculptures and the impressive exterior of the Cathedral.

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The Ageas Salisbury Arts Festival on 23rd May – 7th June
Presenting a spectacular array of events from around the globe, this festival draws on a wealth of incredible artists from theatre, dance, film, visual arts, literature and outdoor events, and showcases them in incredible locations. The theme for this year’s festival looks North to the Nordic lands to explore the contrasts between light and dark, city and nature.

The Summer Solstice at Stonehenge on the 21st June
This yearly event marks the longest day of the year, and the progression of summer into winter. Thousands gather every year to watch the sun rise above the stones, and at dawn the Central Alter stone aligns with the Slaughter Stone, Heel Stone and the rising sun. This is also the only time when visitors are allowed up amongst the stones, as it is usually cordoned off for guest to look at from afar.

If you are taking a short trip to Salisbury this Spring or Summer let us know what you get up to at @MapMarketingUK!

Map of AngleseyWith its stunning natural beauty and unspoilt landscapes, Anglesey has always been a popular tourist destination, both for British ‘Staycationers’ and visitors from around the world – particularly in the warmer summer months when the beauty of the island is at its peak. Much of the rugged coastline has been declared as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, and the beaches offer a number of activities. This is a location that demands exploration, and is a great holiday for those who want to get out and find adventure.

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There’s so much to choose from when it comes to accommodation in Anglesey, from luxury spas and hotels to camping on the rugged coastline. For a regal experience, Chateau Rhianfa in Beaumaris is an enchanting French-Gothic styled Chateau overlooking the mountains and the Menai Straits, with exquisitely landscaped gardens and its own private beach. The rooms are elegantly furnished with a classic yet contemporary feel, and the restaurant offers sumptuous dishes made from local ingredients – including fine cheeses from the Snowdonia Cheese Company and freshly caught lobster from the Menai Straights.

Alternatively, take advantage of Anglesey’s numerous holiday houses, allowing you your own space. Llanlliana House in Cemaes Bay is set in a private estate, and offers access to a private beach and coastal walks – perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. With only a few minutes’ walk into Cemaes for shops, pubs and local fishing boats to collect fresh shellfish for supper, it’s a great location for those who want nature and local amenities.

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The Marram Grass in Penlon, Newborough, is somewhat of a revolution in Anglesey. The island offers a number of great restaurants serving up fresh, local produce, but many are lacking the style that The Marram Grass provides. The young team offers a fresh, friendly atmosphere, and their passion for what they are creating is clear. If you’re looking for a lighter bite, there are also a number of fantastic tea rooms serving local ice creams, homemade nibbles and bara brith, a fruity loaf that is the area’s local speciality. Coffee Cups in Cemaes Bay is a great find, or simply wander down the streets of Beaumaris and take your pick.

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The scenery along the Coastal Path
This long distance walk is a developing route that covers most of Anglesey’s stunning coastline, passing through coastal heath, farmland, dunes, cliffs and woodland, including a National Nature Reserve (Cemlyn). Highlights are the South Stack Lighthouse, Holyhead Mountain and the Menai Suspension Bridge. This coastal path is great for taking in all the scenery this beautiful island has to offer, and for spotting the wildlife this rugged island is home to, from peregrine falcons and choughs to porpoises and seals.

Your adventurous side with outdoor activities
Anglesey is a true playground for adventure enthusiasts, with a wide range of activities to get your heart rate up. From rock-climbing and coasteering to raft building, sea-kayaking and bush craft, there’s plenty to fill up your week with. There are a number of companies offering classes and trips for any skill level, so there’s no excuse not to jump in.

The depths at Anglesey Sea Zoo
As Wales’ largest marine aquarium, Sea Zoo is a fantastic day out for the whole family. With various zones, and over 150 species of fish there is lots to discover, and plenty of opportunities for children (and big kids) to interact. Outside, there’s crazy golf, gator swamp boats and the Pirates playground to keep the whole family entertained.

Welsh history at Beaumaris Castle
The medieval castle at Beaumaris dates back to 1295, and was the largest of the castles to be built by King Edward I. This concentric castle was built with almost geometric symmetry, and is a real testament to the sophistication of medieval military architecture in Britain. With stunning views, rich history and interesting wall walks, this is a great informative day out. Don’t forget to stop in the village afterwards for Anglesey ice cream and cream teas!

Plas Newydd
This enchanting mansion on the shores of the Menai Straights has been home to the Marquess of Anglesey for generations. As well as the military museum, there is also a Rex Whistler exhibition which includes his famed romantic mural. The grounds are also spectacular, with a spring garden and an Australasian arboretum, amongst other exquisite gardens.

Don’t miss…

The Anglesey Show – 12-13th August 2014
This annual show is a benchmark of the farming calendar, giving farmers the opportunity to show and compete their produce. From dressage and show jumping events to petting zoos and flower displays there’s lots to keep everyone busy, not to mention fantastic local produce to keep you going (and take home with you!). There’s also a great fairground to keep the younger visitors entertained.

With its incredible scenery and fantastic range of activities, it would be easy to spend much longer than a week on the Isle of Anglesey.

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