Throwback Thursday: Leamington Spa Railway Station

Leamington Spa Railway Station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1852 but this Art Deco designed station replaced it in 1939 and the station was Grade II listed in 2003.

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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

I’d never really spent a lot of time at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery so I decided to rectify that one day last year. The BMAG first opened in 1885 and is a large Grade II* listed building that was a little hard to appreciate on my visit as construction work was going on all around it (the below photo was taken some years previously).

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Ely Museum

With a little time to kill before I caught a train home from visiting Ely Cathedral I decided to head to Ely Museum at the Old Goal as it seemed small enough that it wouldn’t take long to see everything. Admission was a reasonable £4.50 and I found the museum very interesting.

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Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral

The Stained Glass Museum inside Ely Cathedral is the only UK museum of its type and as someone who loves the beauty and details of stained glass I was really looking forward to visiting and was not disappointed. Since it was founded in 1972 it has collected and preserved over 1,000 different stained glass panels and windows dating from the 13th century to the present, both religious and secular. Most are from the UK but there are some examples from Europe and the US as well.

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Ely Cathedral

I’d been looking for some places to visit that are easily accessible by train and I was surprised to find a pretty cheap ticket to Ely for less than £10 so decided that it was time to tick off Ely Cathedral from my to do list.

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Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, London

In 2022 it will be 100 years since Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered and this tour of treasures from the tomb which is visiting cities around the world is to celebrate both that and the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum where all of these items will return, many of which have never been outside of Egypt before.

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The Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath has been on my to do list for a long time and I finally decided to go while we were having some sunny weather. As I travelled by train I was able to use my train ticket to get a 20% discount on the entrance price and the cable car station (yes, you can travel by cable car up to the Heights) is only a short walk away from Matlock Bath Railway Station.

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2019 Stats

In 2019 I published 49 posts and had over 2,000 visitors, which is around 500 more than the year before. Pretty impressive since I only really started this for a small group of family and friends to read while I was on a working holiday in Canada back in 2010.

My posting hasn’t been as regular as the year before though and I am horribly behind (I’m starting to publish trips I went on in the summer and have lots more to go) but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things for 2020. I haven’t talked about this anywhere on social media but around this time last year my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to the wonderful work of the staff at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham he’s now cancer free and doing exceptionally well but the first half of the year was pretty stressful and travel was the last thing on my mind and then as he got the all clear getting away for a bit on my own was a nice stress reliever, but as always left me with lots of photos to organise and places of interest to research.

I’m tentatively thinking of doing a bit less travelling this year in order to save for a big trip in 2021, though I do already have a few overnight stays planned and with my current backlog you probably won’t notice!

So, what are your 2020 travel plans? More travel, less travel? Any special place you want to visit?

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Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle is directly opposite Lincoln Cathedral and I visited both with a joint ticket of £18. Built in 1068 by William the Conqueror the castle is also the site of a Victorian prison, one of only four original copies of the Magna Carta and Lincoln’s Crown Court, which is still in use today.

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Throwback Thursday: 120 Oxford Street, London

Currently a Next store this used to be the Bourne and Hollingsworth Department Store which moved to Oxford Street in 1902 though it was built in 1894. The art deco remodelling happened in 1928. It closed in 1985 during which time the building was also known as the The Plaza Oxford Street.

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