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Liverpool

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Liverpool has something of a worldwide reputation; it is based upon the incredible amount of music and musical performers that the city has produced over the past sixty years. Liverpool has …

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Ireland

There are very few countries in the world that have a portrayed image that is as cliched as Ireland. From leprechauns to shamrocks, Guinness to shillelaghs, there is a lot for tourists to explore and experience on a visit to this amazing location.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland offers a totally different experience to Ireland, however although it is different it is a great place to visit. Technically a part of the UK, there are a variety of things to see and do here that could keep you entertained for months.

London

London is one of the world’s most visited cities and has something to please everyone. From history to culture, sports to entertainment there is so much to do in the English capital that it could take years to see it all.

Armagh

Armagh is a small cathedral city located within the county of the same name. It has been a popular religious centre for centuries and still today it remains the religious capital of Northern Ireland.

Cardiff

Cardiff or Caerdydd as it is locally known is a fantastic city to spend time in no matter what your age or tastes. There is so much to see and do here that whether you love sports, nightlife, sightseeing or shopping you are sure to have an amazing time.

London »

The London Tube

The London Tube

Early in the 19th century railway construction in the United Kingdom began. Six separate rail terminals were built outside London by 1854 including: Waterloo, Bishopsgate, King’s Cross, Paddington, Euston, and London Bridge. By now, however, only Fenchurch Street Station was actually located in the City of London. Traffic congestion within the city had increased significantly during this period, partly due to the need for rail travelers to complete their trips into the city center by road. The idea of building an underground railway to link the mainline terminals with the City of London was first proposed in the 1830s, but it wasn’t until the 1850s that the idea was finally taken seriously as a possible solution to all the traffic congestion.

 

Photo by NAPARAZZI

Photo by NAPARAZZI

The London Tube is a rapid transit system which serves much of Greater London and the neighboring areas of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Essex in the UK. In 1863 the first section opened and London was the first city in the world to have an underground railway system. London was also the first city to operate electric trains in 1890. In spite of its name, approximately 55% of the network is above ground. It is usually referred to colloquially as the tube and officially as the Underground. Now, however, the whole system is now referred to as the Tube, even in recent years by its operator and in official publicity.

Private companies built the earlier lines of what is now the London Underground network. Companies. In 1985 the underground network became a single entity when the UK government created London Underground Limited (LUL). Since 2003 LUL has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL),is the statutory corporation responsible for most aspects of the Greater London transport system, which is run by a board and a commissioner appointed by the Mayor of London.

The Underground has 270 stations and about 250 miles (400 km) of track, making it by length the longest metro system in the world. It also has one of the highest numbers of stations. Over one billion passenger trips were noted in 2007, which means it is the third busiest metro system in Europe after Moscow and Paris.
The tube map is considered a design classic, with its non geographical schematic layout and color coded lines, and many other transport maps worldwide have been influenced by it.

The Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament

It is only a short walk from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square and The Houses of Parliament.  While the building is absolutely stunning from Parliament Square, it is well worth walking over Westminster Bridge to …

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is one of the three large museums in London. The other two are the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum. The museum is the home of the earth and …

The British Museum

The British Museum

Don’t think that the British Museum is only full of artifacts from old England. There were days when the incredible English warriors brought back the treasures of distant shores and placed them and the British …

The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern has an imposing position opposite St. Paul’s Cathedral along the Thames River and is situated within a converted power station. It is free to the public and the modern art displays change …

The Museum of London

The Museum of London

If you’re interested in the history of London then the Museum of London is the place to visit. The museum displays some of its amazing wealth of material in their collections in its seven permanent …

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is built upon what was once Thorney Island which is a marshy retreat from the City of London. In 604 AD, St. Paul’s was founded in the city of London by Ethelbert, uncle …

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin-in-the-Fields parish church sits on the north east corner of Trafalgar Square. The church has large white steeple which was built in 1721 by James Gibbs, and was used as an example for numerous …

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is famous for the huge number of pigeons that flock there. The centerpiece of Trafalgar Square is Nelsons Column which was built to honor Lord Nelson after his victory over the French during …

Big Ben

Big Ben

Although many believe it to be so, Big Ben is in fact not the name of the famous London clock but rather it is name of the 13 ton bell which is inside it. The …

A Music Lover’s Holiday in London: Hampton Court Palace Festival 2015

If you are a music lover planning a holiday in London this summer, you’ll be happy to hear that this year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival has an extraordinary line-up of musical talent in a broad …