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For ultimate indulgence in luxury surrounds, book a room in this exceptional 5* Secret Hotel situated on the outskirts of Jersey’s capital town, St Helier. As the largest town of the Channel Islands, St Helier is home to many of Jersey’s most famous landmarks and historical points of interest. This exclusive hotel boasts spacious double en-suite rooms fitted with a flat screen LCD TV, climate control, complimentary luxury toiletries and a bathrobe. The onsite hotel facilities include a 24 hour concierge, night porter, secure parking and laundry service. Ideal for both business and leisure guests, the hotel offers a state of the art business centre equipped with numerous conference rooms and an executive lounge as well as a large health club and spa which includes a fitness centre, swimming pool and beauty salon amongst its facilities.
This luxurious hotel on the edge of St Helier enables its guests easy access to the island’s main landmarks whilst enjoying more picturesque country surrounds. St Helier is thought to originally be a Roman settlement and has since witnessed a turbulent history culminating in the Nazi German occupation of the town from 1940-5. Landmarks and monuments illustrating its troubled past can be witnessed across the town, especially in Liberation Square in front of the Pomme d’Or Hotel, just a short walk from the hotel. Now the town’s most significant focal point, the square features an iconic statute commemorating Jersey’s liberation from Nazi occupation.
In addition to historical monuments, St Helier also boasts the Central Market on Beresford Street. Established in 1882, the indoor market serves a wide selection of fruit, veg and artisan foods as well as a host of quaint cafes and eateries. Featuring ornate Victorian architecture and declared an official Site of Special Interest, the market is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.
Also a close journey on foot or by public transport is the iconic Jersey historical landmark of Elizabeth Castle in the St Aubin’s Bay. Built over 300 years ago as a military defence for the island, the castle today is open for visitors to scale the battlements, turrets and bunkers and also for tourists to get stunning panoramic views over the English Channel. When at the bay, sandy beaches are only a stone’s throw away and are the perfect place in which to spend the sunnier days on. Whether it’s for catching some rays, splashing in the surf, reading a book in the shade or trying out an adventurous water-sport, Jersey’s beaches are one of its major tourist draws.
As well as being Jersey’s capital, St Helier is also the island’s cultural hub. Tourists wishing to learn more about the island’s cultural heritage can pay a visit to the Jersey Museum or the Maritime Museum for informative exhibits on all aspects of life on the Channel Islands and its ties with the sea. The town also has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment with numerous late night clubs, traditional music venues and also the Jersey Opera House and Jersey Arts Centre.
Located in the County of Suffolk in the east of England, Ipswich provides a number of cultural institutions in the form of art galleries, museums, theatres and historical buildings, making it a popular tourist destination. The town is served by two railway stations (Ipswich and Derby Road), and lies close to the A12 and A14 roads. Stansted airport is approximately a one hour drive away from Ipswich, and 40 minutes from Harwich International Port.
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The name ‘Ipswich’ derives from the medieval name of ‘Gippeswic’, referring from either an earlier name for the River Orwell (of which the estuary Ipswich is located on), or it was an Old Saxon personal name. During the Roman Empire Ipswich was an important route to rural towns and settlements further inland, and discoveries have found the largest Roman villa in the county to be located in Ipswich. In 700 AD Ipswich saw potters from the Netherlands settle in the town, resulting in the pottery industry remaining a focal (and unique) part of the local economy for 200 years. During the First World War the town was hit by heavy bombing campaigns, with further damage being caused in the Second World War, particularly to the docks. The town has undergone extensive rebuilding in recent decades, with the dock now an emerging residential and commercial centre.
Ipswich offers visitors a range of activities, with a range of indoor and outdoor attractions around the town. Located in the centre of Ipswich, Christchurch Park is an attractive green park that provides a relaxing area to take a walk in, and the ponds and lakes are a great spot to bring the kids. Within the park you can also find Christchurch Mansion, which contains a beautiful array of artefacts and furniture, as well a fantastic permanent display of Constable paintings and sketches. Ipswich is also the proud home of St Lawrence Church, which has the oldest set of church bells in the world. The church was built in the 15th century, and has now been converted into a community restaurant, which serves a range of meals and drinks, and some impressive desserts. For a chance to learn more about the local area head to the Ipswich Transport Museum, where you will find a number of interesting displays and exhibitions, as well as a number of model vehicles which you can ride on. The museum also houses a fantastic element of local history too, with information on local manufacturers and how transport in the town developed over time.
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Situated in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of Spain, the island of Ibiza is a major tourist destination in Europe due to its rustic beauty, historical monuments and famous nightlife. Ibiza has its own international airport, and can also be accessed by ferry from major Spanish cities including Barcelona and Valencia.
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The name ‘Ibiza’ originates from the Phoenician ‘Ibosim’, meaning ‘the island of Bes’, an ancient God who was said to be the protector of family, and was also a god of music and dance. In its early years the island was known as a producer of dye, salt and fish, and would later become an established trading port. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the island became under Islamic law following the invasion by the Moors in 990, until they were deported by King James I of Aragon in 1235.
Ibiza contains a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including D’Alt Vila in the Old Town area of the island. Situated above the main Ibiza town, visitors can walk around the former fort walls and enjoy spectacular views over the town and nearby bay. There are a number of narrow windy streets situated here, as well as a number of souvenir shops and traditional restaurants serving local cuisine. There are also a number of historical buildings within the old town area, so take the time to admire the architecture and take some photos for your holiday album. In the north of the island towards Portinatx you can find beautiful beaches, turquoise waters and beautiful coves. The location slightly away from the main roads provides a peaceful atmosphere and beautiful scenery. For a great way to explore the beautiful Ibiza countryside head to the Ibiza Horse Valley, where you can enjoy riding the rescued horses over a range of terrain, and you even have the chance to swim with the horses. Along the coastline you will find a number of excellent restaurants and bars, allowing you to relax with traditional Iberian cuisine and enjoy the beautiful scenery as the sun sets. The most famous attraction that brings tourists to Ibiza in their thousands every year is the nightlife. The island is home to some of the biggest and most famous nightclubs and bars in the world, and often has internationally renowned DJs performing live. The vast majority of the bars and clubs offer excellent deals on drinks, providing a buzzing atmosphere that doesn’t stop until the early hours of the morning.
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Situated in the south east of England and north east of London, the county of Essex offers visitors a wide range of things to do as well as many historical and cultural attractions. The county is served by two airports, London Stansted (which operates flights to Europe, North Africa, and Asia), whilst London Southend offers flights to Europe, Ireland and the Channel Islands.
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The county gained its name from the Old English Eastseaxe, referring to the ‘East Saxon’ kingdom, similar to the counties of Middlesex, Sussex and Wessex. Essex contains the oldest town in British history, Colchester, which dates back prior to the Roman conquest and was previously the capital city of Britain. The county has over 14,000 buildings with listed status, with approximately 1,000 of these having Grade I or Grade II* importance. During the Victorian period the county went under extensive development, largely due to the expansion of railway routes, which transported both goods and commuters in significant numbers. The railway route was also a popular choice for holiday travellers heading to Essex to visit Southend and Clacton during the summer months.
One of the top attractions in Essex can be found in the town of Colchester, which has one Europe’s most popular zoos and was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence in 2013. Housing over 250 rare species from across the world, Colchester Zoo covers 60 acres of land and provides visitors with a wide assortment of animals to see. In the ‘Spirit of Africa’ area you will find African elephants, whilst the ‘Kingdom of the Wild’ section houses zebras, ostriches, white rhinos and giraffes in the large enclosure designed to replicate the savannah setting. The zoo offers a number of interactive ways to get up close with the animals, including the chance to feed the elephants for a memorable experience. For a more cultural attraction Chelmsford Cathedral provides visitors with beautiful architecture, including detailed stained glass windows and a magnificent spire. There are also concerts held regularly at the Cathedral, including organ recitals and choir performances that show off the acoustics of the building. For a more coastal day out head to Southend-on-Sea, where you will find the longest pier in the world that stretches over a mile in length. The beach itself provides a wonderful walk, and there are a number of arcades and places to eat along the beach so you can enjoy the full seaside experience.
With a number of towns full of historical and cultural attractions, as well as beautiful coastline and easy access to London, it is clear to see why Essex is a popular tourist attraction all year round. If you are looking to stay in top accommodation Essex but don’t want to pay expensive rates, we recommend booking a Top Secret Hotel with lastminute.com. By booking a Secret Hotel you can enjoy excellent discounted rates on accommodation in Essex, leaving you with more spending money to see the many attractions that the county has to offer.
Located in the south west of France, the department of Dordogne is rich with culture and rural countryside, making it an ideal tourist destination for those looking for a relaxing break. Dordogne is located within the Aquitaine region, and lies between the Pyrenees and the Loire Valley.
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The department of Dordogne was named after the Dordogne River that runs through the region, although in France the area is more often referred to as “le Périgord”. The region has four Périgords that are named after a colour to represent the local area and what can be found here. The Green Périgord is situated around valleys with rivers and streams running throughout, the White Périgord consists of limestone plateaux, the Purple Périgord is a famous wine region, and the Black Périgord is named after the woods that can be found here. During the early 16th century the Dordogne region underwent extensive developments in urban architecture, resulting in a number of prominent residences being built up, and many large country houses were built in the more rural areas too. The region is also famous for the number of castles, churches and chateaus here, whilst the smaller towns still contain their market halls and stone huts amongst other buildings which date back hundreds of years.
There are a number of historic sites situated in the Dordogne, and the Chateau de Castlenaud attraction was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence for its superb displays and exhibitions. The Chateau provides visitors with an array of authentic historical pieces including armour and canons, and in the warmer months you can even witness live re-enactments of battles that took place here. Visitors are also encouraged to watch the educational films to learn more about the history of the site and the events that took place here. You can also enjoy amazing views of the Dordogne valley due to the location, providing a beautiful setting to compliment your visit. If you fancy a closer view of the Dordogne River, head to Canoes Loisirs in the Sarlat la Canéda region, where you can rent canoes and enjoy gliding past the medieval towns close to the cliffs, and there are a number of spots where you can park your canoe and explore on foot. Even when the sun is not shining you can still appreciate the beautiful scenery and enjoy the relaxing experience that a canoe trip down the river provides. A visit to Dordogne would not be complete without a wine-tasting experience, and at the Chateau Belingard in Pomport you can enjoy tasting a fantastic range of wines from the local area, and the friendly staff also provide guided tours of the winery so you can learn more about how it is made.
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Famed for being ‘the sunniest destination in Europe’, the pretty Greek island of Cyprus enjoys over 300 days of sun a year so it’s no wonder it’s so popular with international visitors. The island is a mixture of flat plains and mountainous areas spattered with pine forests and golden sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters, making it a truly picture perfect destination! Cyprus can be easily reached by air, with four international airports receiving guests from all over the world, but it is also a popular stopover for cruise ships and boat tours of the Greek islands.
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People have lived on the island of Cyprus since around 10,000 BC, and the remains of water wells found here dating back to this period are testament to this. Over the centuries, the island has been occupied and inhabited by Greeks, Turks, Venetians, Ottomans, Romans and Byzantines. This diverse history means there is plenty to see on the island, from the beautiful roman mosaics at Pafos to the hillside ancient Kourion settlement and the Hrysopolitissa Basilica, one of the largest religious structures on the island dating back to the 4th century. When you’ve wandered around the archeological sights you can discover more information at the Cyprus Museum which houses the bulk of the artifacts excavated here, including the 2000 terracotta figures discovered at Agia Irini.
Cyprus is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, and Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock and Beach) is one of the most spectacular sights of the island. Legend has it that if you swim three times around this natural rock formation you’ll be granted with eternal youth.
There are so many beautiful beaches in Cyprus that many people tend to stick with their ‘local’, but with each beach offering something different, be sure to do your research beforehand. Coral Bay beach in Peyi is a horseshoe shaped golden sand beach with calm waters perfect for families with young children and less confident swimmers. The calm waters here make it an equally good place for water skiing and diving. Nature lovers should head to Lara Beach, one of the only places to spot loggerhead and green turtles as well as a regular spot for sunbathing monk seals. This secluded beach is also a good spot for couples looking for peace and quiet. Meanwhile party animals will be in their element at Escape Beach, complete with an outside dance floor and live music.
For those that prefer to stay on dry land, there are a vast amount of tour operators offering trips to the mountains. Whether you want to hike with a loved one and share a picnic overlooking the spectacular coastline or want to take a family horse riding trek through the olive groves, the raw nature of Cyprus is one of it’s most attractive features.
Before you book your Secret Hotel, make sure you research the different areas of the island to ensure you’ll be located near to the amenities and attractions you’re interested in. With most hotels offering luxury facilities such as swimming pools and onsite bars you’ll be spoilt for choice where to pick!
Located in the heart of Norfolk on the River Wensum, Norwich has a wealth of historical attractions that make it a popular tourist destination all year round. Norwich also has easy transport links to the Norfolk coast, efficient train links to London and the Midlands, making it easily accessible from across the country.
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The name ‘Norwich’ derives from the former Anglo-Saxon name of Northwic, when they settled in between the 5th and 7th centuries. Towards the end of the 9th century the city was heavily influenced by Viking culture, with Anglo-Scandinavian districts established in the north of what is now King Street. Norwich gradually grew to become one of the largest cities in England, and the Domesday Book stated that it had around 25 churches and a population between five and ten thousand, with much of the local economy being based on trade. Following the Norman Conquest Norwich Castle was founded, with the Normans creating a new settlement around the Castle – and is now where Norwich Market can be found. Around 1340 the city walls were finally completed, but prevented the expansion of the city further due to laws that made it illegal to build outside them, though Norwich was still one of the biggest cities in the UK. During World War Two Norwich was heavily bombed, resulting in extensive damage to the city centre and a number of the Victorian terraced houses that surrounded the centre. Today the city’s economy is primarily serviced-based, as during the late 1970s the vast majority of the major breweries in Norwich were no longer in business.
One of top historical attractions in Norwich is the stunning Cathedral of St John the Baptist, the second largest Catholic Cathedral in the UK. It is particularly popular for its stonework and stained glass windows, and is now a Grade 1 listed building. Visitors are highly recommended to take a tour up the tower, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city and beyond. Since 2010 the Cathedral has established a highly interesting education gallery, which also features a refectory so you can enjoy a drink and bite to eat after exploring this magnificent building. For evening entertainment a popular venue is the Norwich Theatre Royal, a building with great character and a superb central location, within walking distance from a number of shops and restaurants that you may wish to visit prior to the show beginning. In the city centre you will find a number of traditional coffee shops and cafes, ideal for a light lunch as you explore the sights, whilst for a bigger meal you will find a host of restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines to suit your preferences. A particularly popular venue for dining is the River Green Café, which specialises in vegetarian and vegan dining and is well worth a visit.
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Located in the East Midlands region of England, the town of Northampton is one of the largest towns in the UK not to have recognised city status, with a population of over 210,000 residents. The town lies on the River Nene, just less than 70 miles away from London and 50 miles southeast of Birmingham. Northampton railway station has regular services to London and Birmingham, and the town provides easy road access to Birmingham Airport, East Midlands Airport and Luton Airport.
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The name ‘Northampton’ was not the official name of the town until the 17th century, having previously been known as Ham tune, Northantone, and Norhamptone. There are a number of examples of ancient settlements in the town, with Hunsbury Hill showing evidence of rural settlements from the Iron Age. During the 9th century the town was invaded by the Danes and became a base for one of the Danish armies, which led to a fortified settlement being built. After the Norman conquest of England, Northampton rose in importance due to its central location in the country, providing an excellent strategic location for meetings of great importance. In the more contemporary era the town had been renowned for its shoe manufacturing industry, although this began to decline during the period of World War One. World War Two however aided Northampton’s development significantly, as the town became a new commuter town for those working in London. The town has expanded ever since, with developments in the town centre as well as a vast increase in housing to accommodate for the London commuters.
Northampton is the proud home of Coton Manor Garden, a stunning garden area that provides visitors with a chance to enjoy the wonderful scenery and walk around the beautiful grounds here. There is also a quaint café here that serve a range of delicious snacks and drinks, and you can even see flamingos on the lawn. Located in Guildhall Road you can find the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, which includes interesting exhibitions about the history of the town as well as showcasing beautiful pieces of art. Some of the exhibitions include the facial reconstruction of King Richard III, and a collection of shoes manufactured in the town over the years. In the Marefair area of the town you can find St Peter’s Church, a wonderful example of Norman architecture with a beautiful clock tower that is well worth taking a closer look at.
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Located in the East of England, Norfolk offers visitors beautiful coastlines, a number of historical landmarks and beautiful National Parks, making it a popular tourist destination for British holidaymakers as well as those from further afield.
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The county of Norfolk was named in the 5th century by the Angles due to having made settlements in both the North of East Anglia and the South, which led to the descriptions of the ‘north folk’ (Norfolk) and the ‘south folk’ (Suffolk). During the late Middle Ages Norfolk began to thrive in both the agriculture and wool industries, and the county’s wealth is reflected in the amount of medieval churches that were built, with many remaining intact today. During the early 20th century Norfolk began to develop a role in the aviation industry, with many Norfolk Airfields playing a part in both the First World War and the Second World War, which also aided the agriculture industry. Today the Norfolk economy is largely based on tourism, business, energy and farming industries.
The city of Norwich is one of the most popular places to visit in the county of Norfolk, with Norwich Cathedral a particularly popular attraction for both locals and tourists alike. The Cathedral was founded in 1096 but was not finally completed until 1145, and has the highest Norman tower and one of the largest monastic cloisters in England. The building itself is regarded as one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the United Kingdom, and the fact that many of the buildings original features remain adds to the fascination visitors have with the building. There are free guided tours available except on Sundays, offering you the chance to learn about how the cathedral has survived events including the Great Plague, riots, wars and fires, as well as how it still contributes to city life today. For a chance to experience some of Norfolk’s beautiful scenery, Holkham National Nature Reserve provides beautiful coastline views and the chance to have a wonderful walk along the beach. In the warmer months you will often see families enjoying a day out here, as well as surfers and kite-flyers, but even when the weather is cooler you will still find many locals and tourists taking a stroll and appreciating the marvellous surroundings. Elsewhere in Norfolk you can find Hunstanton Beach, which has a number of rock pools to explore and is a very family-friendly environment, and you can even take a tour on The Wash Monster, which takes you out to sea to enjoy the views and you can often spot seals swimming close to the boats.
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