Category Archives: Travel

Medieval Tuscany village on sale for £30m complete with fruit farm and a church

Why buy one holiday home when you can buy 70 – and a church and organic fruit farm? Villages in Europe that were abandoned during the recession as their owners fled the country to find jobs in the city have been put up for sale – but you’ll need deep pockets for the biggest and…

County Kilkenny in Ireland is full of a medieval magic

Kilkenny Castle

The mischievous charm of Ireland’s people lures many travellers to Dublin, the city that has a wink in its eye and a thriving pub culture. And Ireland’s mythic countryside – craggy cliffs and rolling emerald fields – has a scenic and sentimental attraction for all those Aussies with Irish roots. Many visitors do a city…

A Journey to Medieval Paris by Stew Ross

Hotel de Sens

On a warm summer day in 1965, a 10-year old boy, his parents, and their tour guide stood in front of the Place de la Concorde in Paris watching an endless swirl of cars and Vespa motor scooters. The guide was explaining the significance of the plaza to the events of the French Revolution when…

Medieval Castle House in Leicester could become five-star boutique hotel

Medieval Castle House

A medieval house in the heart of historic Leicester could be turned into a five-star boutique hotel, a council leader has revealed. Castle House is used infrequently as lodgings for High Court judges visiting the city and to host civic dinners. The property, in Castle Street, near Leicester Castle and St Mary de Castro church,…

Durham Cathedral is voted top UK landmark

Durham Cathedral

Magnificent Durham Cathedral has been named the UK’s number one landmark in a poll of world travellers. The 900-year-old World Heritage Site triumphed in the inaugural Travellers’ Choice Attractions awards, organised by Trip Advisor. The towering Norman construction triumphed over Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, with its awe-inspiring views of the Scottish capital…

Become king of the castle in Europe

The Curfew Tower, Windsor Castle | Medieval Archives

1. England The intimate one Britain’s largest castle is in Windsor, and if you manage to get a room there, do send us a postcard. For those who prefer a shorter walk to the breakfast table and fewer corgis in the way, Hellifield Peel Castle is a fortified home on a more human scale. 2….

Wonder wall: Magical castles and Roman treasures in historic Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle

Thank goodness that our usual half-term holiday house was booked. Had it been free, the joys of Northumberland would have passed us by. Instead Alnwick Castle Cottages stepped into the breach, providing as cosy, clean and warm a berth as could possibly be wished for. And, for a family, a base for any number of…

Lindisfarne: England’s Holy Island and its Viking history

Lindisfarne

When the Vikings landed on Lindisfarne (www.lindisfarne.org.uk/) in 793, they changed the course of English history forever. Also known as Holy Island, Lindisfarne, which measures slightly more than a mile in length and just over two miles in width, nestles just off the Northumberland coast of England near the border of Scotland. By day strong…

Medieval citadel on Sinai island to open to tourists

Saladin Citadel | Medieval Archives

On Saturday, the restored Saladin Citadel on Pharaoh Island off the coast of the Sinai peninsula is to be officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou and top governmental officials, adding a new tourist attraction to costal Red Sea resort Taba. Over the…

Private Winchester medieval chapel opened to public

Chapel of St John the Baptist

A historic hidden corner of Winchester has opened to the public. The Chapel of St John the Baptist on The Broadway, is one of the few surviving medieval hospital chapels still standing. It is owned by the St John’s Winchester Charity which has three almshouses for some 93 people in the city centre. The chapel…

Medieval hotel opens in Romania

A 5-star medieval hotel, built in Alba Iulia’s historic city storehouse of the city, officially opened on Friday ( June 22 ), following an investment of over EUR 4.2 million. The medieval hotel was built by Corint Group SA, in the 300 year-old building, near the Third Gate of Alba Iulia’s Vauban Citadel. According to…

Experience the Historic Windsor Castle With Windsor Weekend Deals

The Curfew Tower, Windsor Castle | Medieval Archives

The Windsor Castle is a must-see when visiting London. And now, travelers can experience this spectacular medieval site with special Windsor weekend deals offered by the Heathrow/Windsor Marriott Hotel. The Escape! Windsor Castle Package, which is valid through 23rd December, 2012, offers two types of packages. This Windsor hotel deal includes guest room accommodations, breakfast…

Rooms to rent in an ancient castle in Durham

Durham Castle

The 11th-century Durham Castle is benefitting from a £5-million refurbishment – and now offers holiday accommodation within its ancient walls. The UNESCO World Heritage Site in north-east England is home to Durham University’s oldest college and its rooms are available to rent for bed and breakfast during the university’s vacation times. There are now 40…

‘Medieval Mile’ plans to be unveiled in Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle

Let’s keep the posts on the Emerald Isle today. If you have never visited Ireland you need to book a trip now! It is a fabulous destination filled with castles, pubs, natural wonders, ancient forts and wonderful people. If you have the time and money definitely consider visiting ireland. ~The Archivist Plans for a ‘Medieval…

Kilkenny is ‘the Ireland of visitors’ imaginations’

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny has “a timeless appeal” and is “the Ireland of many visitors’ imaginations,” according to the latest edition of top travel book The Lonely Planet which was published last week. Top sights recommended by the guide include Kilkenny Castle, Butler Gallery, St Canice’s Cathedral, the National Craft Gallery and Kilkenny Design Centre, Black Abbey, Butter…