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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…

Feeling inspired to get away to delightful Devon? Let us know what you’ve got planned for your holidays, and send us your holiday snaps! Tweet us at @MapMarketingUK – we love hearing from you!

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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.

Are you planning a trip to Jersey this year? Let us know what you get up to at @MapMarketingUK!

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.

Don’t forget if you do go to send us some pictures and let us know what you got up to on your Northern Ireland adventure @MapMarketingUK!

Map of Cambridge

Cambridge is famed for its academic buildings, with Cambridge University named as one of the top 10 in the world. But there is far more to this charming city than libraries and students. The historic streets and quiet winding passages are the perfect place to escape for a long weekend and it is particularly beautiful to visit in the spring and summer months.

Home to several notable museums and art galleries, as well as the beautiful architecture of the college buildings themselves, Cambridge is a great destination for culture. Stop by the one of the many free museums or galleries for a quiet afternoon, or book to see a stand-up comedian from the city’s thriving comedy scene. The night-life also promises variety, from traditional pubs and bustling nightclubs to trendy wine and cocktail bars,  there is something to please most tastes.

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Any one of the well-presented and affordable hotels and B&Bs that are close to the city centre, or for a unique taste of academic life walk in the footsteps of Newton, Darwin and Wordsworth with a stay at a college room in Cambridge University itself. The rooms are vacated by students during term holidays and are then made available to members of the public. Ideally located for the city centre, these comfortable rooms come with very reasonable nightly rates, and many include breakfast.

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Midsummer House, which is located on the historical grounds of Midsummer Common. It is the only restaurant in the whole of East Anglia to have received 2 Michelin stars and the menu speaks for itself; Roast Cornish cod, Wagyu beef with braised oxtail and sautéed scallops deliver a culinary sensation. Lunchtime taster menus are available Monday to Saturday and are a great way to try the wide choice of dishes. Those on more of a budget can head to Zhonghua Traditional Snacks on Norfolk Street for a brilliant range of Chinese delicacies bursting with flavour for around £5 a dish. The wonton dumplings are always a hit with students and tourists alike.

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The River Cam with a punting trip
Cambridge is well known for its punting and there are plenty of tours available to take you along the River Cam in the flat-bottomed canoe-like boats. Fixed tours will take you along the Backs of the colleges and under the Bridge of Sighs by St. John’s College, whilst providing lots of interesting stories on the city’s most recognisable landmarks. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can also hire a punt for yourself and spend the afternoon floating serenely by (or desperately trying not to fall in the water, as is more often the case!).

Kings College Chapel during Evensong
The chapel is part of Cambridge’s most famed University College, and is a glorious example of late Gothic architecture. Whilst visitors are able to visit at various times each day for a small fee, it is best seen during the magical Evensong choral service, when the chapel choir performs a selection of hymns. Members of the public are welcome to attend free of charge and services usually take place at 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, although it is best to check the service timetable beforehand in case of cancellations.

The art gems in Fitzwilliam Museum
The striking architecture of the Fitzwilliam Museum is almost as impressive as the collections it holds. Hailed as one of the greatest art collections of our nation, the museum and library houses priceless ancient artefacts, painting collections from Italian Renaissance artists, rare coin collections, manuscripts and autograph music from composers including Handel and some of the finest Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world.

The University Botanic Garden
Opened in 1846, the University Botanic Garden covers over 40 acres of land with a diverse array of plants and shrubs. The Glasshouse Range is worth a visit, comprising of a range of greenhouses used to recreate various climates and environments from around the world, from glacial mountains to tropical rainforests. There’s also plenty of wildlife to spot on the garden trails that take you around the site, and it is especially lovely when the sun is out.

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The Cambridge Folk Festival on 31st July – 3rd August
One of the longest running folk festivals in Europe, this year the Cambridge Folk Festival is celebrating its 50th year in operation! A marvellous union of all that can widely be defined as folk, the event gathers the best traditional UK and Irish folk singers with a wider range of contemporary performers, the finest American country musicians and blues, roots and jazz artists. The truly unique atmosphere of this event helps to keep the revellers coming back again and again, and this Golden Anniversary year sees headline slots from Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor & Newton Faulkner.

For a historical weekend away in a city with true British heritage you can’t really beat Cambridge.

Planning your own short break to the city this year? Let us know what made it onto your trip itinerary!