York Minster is named one of the UK’s top landmarks

5 July 2015 |
York Minster

York Minster, by Andy

York Minster has been named one of the UK’s ‘Top 10 Landmarks’ in the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The Minster, the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, attracts more than half a million visitors per year. It takes its place in a list dominated by famous London landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey.

The top spot was taken by another London landmark, the Tower of London, with Edinburgh Castle coming second.
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The New Forest – a National Park with three cathedral cities on its doorstep

25 June 2015 |
Knightwood Oak

Knightwood Oak, The New Forest, by Cathedral City Guide

I’ve just got back from a well deserved break in the New Forest, and thought it was worthy of a post here on Cathedral City Guide as it is a beautiful area and easily accessible from no less than three cathedral cities.

The New Forest is a National Park in the South of England (mostly Hampshire), and is actually one of our newest National Parks having only gained that status in 2005. Despite its name, much of the Forest is open heathland and pasture.

There are substantial wooded areas though, and one of the highlights of my trip was seeing the Knightwood Oak (pictured), the biggest oak in the New Forest with a girth of 7.5 metres (25 feet).
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The music of the Spanish Renaissance comes to Britain’s cathedrals… and you could win it on CD

10 May 2015 |

Choral group The Sixteen are renowned for their annual ‘Choral Pilgrimage’, which sees them bring their beautiful music to churches and cathedrals across the UK.

This year’s pilgrimage, called ‘Flight of Angels’, is now under way – and many of the 30 performances are taking place in the medieval cathedrals of historic cathedral cities.
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The Barchester Murders, by GM Best – book review

19 April 2015 |

The Barchester MurdersMany people know Barchester from the novels of acclaimed Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope. Indeed, I recently chose it as one of fiction’s greatest cathedral cities. But fewer people know that Trollope himself visited Barchester while working as a surveyor for the Post Office and became embroiled in the hunt for a brutal killer.

At least that is the premise of The Barchester Murders, a new novel by GM Best. Set shortly before Trollope’s The Warden, the first book in the ‘Chronicles of Barsetshire’ series, it takes many of the key characters from that classic text and throws them into a murder mystery setting. Best has form in this sort of thing: his previous works include Oliver Twist Investigates and Wuthering Heights Revisited.

I often feel ambivalent about modern-day prequels or sequels to classic novels, but the change in genre and the introduction of Trollope as a character give The Barchester Murders two points of difference and prevent direct comparison to Trollope’s work.
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Day trips from Bristol to Oxford are now easy with National Express’s direct coaches

5 April 2015 |

National Express coachCoach company National Express has changed its timetable to enable passengers travelling from Bristol to enjoy a full day out in another historic cathedral city, Oxford.

Three coaches run from Bristol to Oxford every day, with the earliest departing at 8am for an 11am arrival. Catching the last coach back, at 6.30pm, would give a traveller plenty of time to visit an Oxford college or two, take in the covered market, and perhaps catch an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum.
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Exeter farm-based charity uses crowdfunding to raise money for new minibus

29 March 2015 |

An educational charity based at a farm a few miles outside Exeter is raising money for a new minibus through a very modern approach – crowdfunding.

organicARTS, which runs an arts and education centre at West Town Farm, has already raised £22,500 of the £30,000 needed for the minibus. It is now using Crowdfunder.co.uk to raise the remaining £7,500.
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Now Exeter is set to get its own Monopoly board – but which local streets and landmarks should it feature?

22 March 2015 |

Monopoly Exeter EditionThis time last year, Rochester and Canterbury were vying to be the next official Monopoly board, with Canterbury crowned the eventual winner following a highly charged public vote.

Now another cathedral city – Exeter, in Devon – is set to get its own Monopoly board after seeing off rival West Country county towns Truro, Dorchester, Taunton and Trowbridge.

The board will be launched in time for Christmas by games company Winning Moves UK, endorsed by Hasbro – and the timing is excellent as this year is the 80th anniversary of Monopoly. In fact, the announcement of the new board was made exactly 80 years to the day since the board game first hit the shelves.
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York is voted safest city in the world

12 March 2015 |

Good news if you are planning to visit York: the historic cathedral city has just been voted the safest city in the world for short breaks.

The survey of 2,075 adults by Post Office Travel Insurance found that only 1% considered York risky, compared to 72% who thought it was safe. The remaining 27% had no view.
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Vote for York as Interrail Destination of the Year 2015

28 February 2015 |
Interrail Destination of the Year 2015

Photo: Interrail.eu

The cathedral city of York has been shortlisted for Interrail Destination of the Year, along with 14 other European cities. It now needs your help to win the public vote and take the title.

Voting is taking place on the Interrail Facebook page and York has only 36 votes. This puts it far behind many of the other shortlisted destinations including Heidelberg in Germany (441 votes) and Antwerp in Belgium (285 votes). In fact, York is languishing at the bottom of the table with only 2% of the votes in total.
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Walking on sunshine: Cathedral City Guide takes part in Yahoo’s Project Weather

22 February 2015 |

Recently we had an email from Yahoo inviting us to submit some of the photos from our travels to the ‘Project Weather’ photo group on Flickr.

We’re always happy to share our snaps, of course, but ‘Project Weather’ isn’t an ordinary Flickr group: photos accepted into the group get displayed as background images on the Yahoo Weather app and on Yahoo Weather for desktop.
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