The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum

I used to be a frequent traveller through the Castle Howard estate, I lived nearby. I must have passed this site hundreds of times without really giving it a lot of thought. What a gem I had been missing. Truth is I probably wasn’t sure what an arboretum was either! An arboretum is simply a botanical collection which is made up of trees. Generally, it is intended to be a place for scientific study. Just…

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Every you need to know about El Nido, Palawan

Every you need to know about El Nido, Palawan

Often called the “Final Frontier”, Palawan is the long narrow island on the south-west edge of the Philippines. Forests cover much of the Island and there are only a few roads. Puerto Princesa is the only city on the island and the location of the main airport. Palawan is largely unspoilt and boasts forests, beautiful bays, sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs and coral reefs, many of which are protected. El Nido is located in the northernmost…

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Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall and Studley Royal Water Garden

The extensive sandstone ruins of Fountains Abbey are located in the wooded valley of the River Skell. On the same 800 acre site is the Georgian water garden of Studley Royal complete with statues, follies and amazing views. The site is also home to the Elizabethan Fountains Hall and the Victorian St Mary’s Church. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the Abbey ruins and other buildings, not forgetting the Deer Park as well….

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