Category Archives: Historical sites

Your guide to visiting Avebury Stone Circle and village in Wiltshire

visiting avebury stone circle and village

Avebury Stone Circle is one of the most impressive bits of ancient history in England, but did you know that it’s actually the largest megalithic stone circle in the world?   Many people rate the standing stones even higher than Stonehenge, and it’s not surprising since you can get up close and personal with the […]

The best castles near Edinburgh to visit

Stirling Castle from the West in late afternoon autumn sunshine.

If you’re visiting Scotland and you’re looking for castles to visit nearby to Edinburgh then you’re in luck because not only are there 3 that are in the city itself there are another 3 to choose from that I have highlighted here in this guide. There are actually many more around Scotland that you could […]

How you can visit Robin Hood’s Tree hideout in Sherwood Forest – the Major Oak Tree

Major oak in sherwood forest where Robin Hood lived

I think we’ve all heard of Robin Hood haven’t we?  For me it was the 90s classic film that ignited a love of the tale.  I’d never considered looking for Robin Hood’s tree before though – surely it wasn’t real?  Well, in fact there is a legend that says that the huge tree that is […]

Visiting Bury St Edmunds Abbey – 1000 years of history

If a trip to Bury St Edmunds is on your radar then you’ll want to be visiting the Abbey as well.  The ruins have an immense history and they celebrate 1000 years from the founding of the abbey which is quite incredible.  Read on to find out more, why it’s so important and what you […]

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 needed to learn a little bit more […]

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 respects to the troops who lost their […]

Is the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass worth it? Our review

2021 Update – it seems that the Historic Scotland Pass has been paused right now. I assume it’s a Covid casualty and so I hope it will come back soon. I’ll leave this post here in the hopes either it comes back or a new version replaces it! We visit Scotland all the time and […]

Best WW2 sites in London to visit

ww2 sites in London

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 who loves learning about World War 2 we’ve almost […]

Ancient sites in Scotland: stone circles, villages & mystery

callanish an ancient site in scotland

Scotland is a land full of mystery, history and legend and if you’re visiting the country and have an interest I highly recommend a trip to see some of the many ancient sites the country has to offer.  Many are a little out of the way in the outer islands like Orkney (and why some […]

The 10 best castles in Germany to visit: history and beauty

German castles are something else and are often just like something out of a fairytale, not surprising since many fairytales originated in these areas.  They are picturesque but more than that they are full of amazing history.  Some look older than others but are actually quite new and some are really old yet are famous […]