This report will be a little mixed as I need to complete our trip to York! We took a little drive on the one day to visit Castle Howard, not a castle at all, but a private Stately Home. The building of Castle Howard began in 1699 and took over 100 years to complete. The house is surrounded by a large estate which, at the time of the 7th Earl of Carlisle, covered over 13,000 acres, included multiple villages, and was served by its own railway station. In 1952, the house was opened to the public and has been used as the main backdrop for a number of UK television series.
Our next three day trip was to the capital city, London. On the drive down we stopped at Windsor to see the royal castle. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by succeeding monarchs and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe.
We continued into London via Kew Gardens (beautiful spot – but no photos taken!) and to our hotel in the West End, where we received complimentary upgrades to suites. Very nice too!
Next day saw us being tourists, visiting places such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, taking a tour behind the scenes in the Royal Albert Hall and visiting other lesser known places where our London Pass gave us free entry!
It is worth noting that London had a mini-heatwave when we were there – reaching temperatures of 39 degrees Centigrade – almost unheard of for the UK! It did mean though, that the normal London showers were at an absolute minimum and we were able to walk about freely.
Take care – More from London next time. With Love…. Trevor, Shanhong & Teddy xx