Kirsty Bartholomew - history and travel addict

Kirsty Bartholomew - history and travel addict

Hi and thanks for stopping by!  This is my corner of the internet where I share my love for travelling and also my appreciation for the history of the world – two things that go together quite well I think!

I’m aiming to champion the amazing history of our world through this blog, sharing the best historical places to go, things to see and sharing why they’re important.

I travel with my husband James almost always and sometimes with our dog Annie and sometimes with our kids who are almost grown now.  Not only do we love history destinations, but also road trips and out of season travelling in the winter (I blame getting married in February – so many city anniversary trips!!).  Our favourite places are Scotland, England, Europe and USA but so much more to explore!

Want to know more about us?  See here or take a look around the site.

Recent Posts

Guide to visiting Culloden Moor and Battlefield near Inverness, Scotland

Having grown up in Scotland I’d always heard of the Battle of Culloden and I also knew of the term Jacobites – it was mentioned a lot!  But I didn’t really know a lot about the history there and on our travels around Scotland decided that I really...

Visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris – what you need to know

Rising above the Paris landscape, the Eiffel Tower is a landmark that makes you feel like you really arrived.  Is there anything that just screams Parisian more than this giant iron structure?  If you’re visiting France’s capital city it’s more than...

Useful guide to visiting the Kinderdijk Windmills in the Netherlands

It was my third trip to the Netherlands and I was so determined to see windmills this time.  It was beginning to feel like perhaps windmills were just there for tourists in the touristy areas and maybe not part of real life for the Dutch.  As it happened, I saw many...

D-Day beaches self drive tour: a 3 day itinerary in Normandy, France

If you’re looking to explore the Normandy world war 2 sites then a D-Day beaches self drive tour is a perfect way to see the area.  It’s a fairly compact area with plenty to see and do whether you’re a complete history addict or just want to pay...

Gift guide for people who love to travel

My daughter did her first solo trip this past year so last Christmas was spent getting ALL the travel related gifts!  I think almost everything we went for was received really well and useful so I wanted to write up what gifts I recommend getting someone who loves to...

The Original Tour London – Our review of the hop on, hop off sightseeing bus

I’ve been travelling to London a lot these past couple of months and you’d think that I could manage to fit in all the sites with the amounts of times I’ve been there.  Not so!  London is really spread out so getting to all the tourist sites that...

Is the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass worth it? Our review

We visit Scotland all the time and it’s one of our most favourite places to go.  I love exploring the country and even through I grew up there there is so much still to see!   Over the years we’ve visited many castles and historic properties in Scotland...

Visiting Scotland in Winter – places to visit & tips

Depending on the type of travel you like, visiting Scotland in winter could sound like an absolute dream or a bit of a nightmare!  It’s actually our preferred time to visit though and it’s overwhelmingly our most common time to go.  Here are some tips for...

Best WW2 sites in London to visit

History lovers looking for WW2 sites in London will find a wealth of museums at their disposal.  It’s probably not the sole reason people will visit London, but if you enjoy learning about WW2 you’ll find plenty there to keep you occupied.  Having a son...

Things to do in Greenwich, London.

If you don’t want to stay in the hustle and bustle of central London but still want a great place to spend a few days in the city then I really recommend staying in Greenwich.  It’s one of my favourite places outside of the centre and as well as being...