The Olympic Park in London

1 August 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, London, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Sport

Olympic Park London - April 2012 © flickr.com - EG Focus / Anthony Charlton

Olympic Park London – April 2012 © flickr.com – EG Focus / Anthony Charlton

The Olympic Park in London is a sporting complex under construction for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics, situated to the east of the city adjacent to the Stratford City development. It will contain the athletes’ Olympic Village and several of the sporting venues including the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre. The park will be overlooked by ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower and Britain’s largest piece of public art. After the Olympics, the park is to be known as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, though it will not be an official Royal Park of London. (PDF-Download London 2012 Olympic Park map)   read more…

The Imperial College London

23 June 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London, Universities, Colleges, Academies

Imperial College London - Royal School of Mines © Pyrope

Imperial College London - Royal School of Mines © Pyrope

Imperial College London (officially The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine) is a public research university, specialising in science, engineering, business and medicine. Formerly a constituent college of the federal University of London, Imperial became fully independent in 2007, the 100th anniversary of its founding.   read more…

Shrewsbury in the West Midlands

19 June 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Old Shrewsbury Market Hall in the Square © Samluke777

Old Shrewsbury Market Hall in the Square © Samluke777

Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire, in the West Midlands region of England. Lying on the River Severn, it is a borough home to some 96,000 inhabitants, and is the primary settlement and headquarters of Shropshire Council. It is the second largest town in the ceremonial county of Shropshire, after Telford. Shrewsbury is a historic market town with the town centre having a largely unaltered medieval street plan. The town features over 660 historic listed buildings, including several examples of timber framing from the 15th and 16th century. Shrewsbury Castle, a red sandstone castle fortification, and Shrewsbury Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery, were founded in 1074 and 1083 respectively, by the Norman Earl of Shrewsbury, Roger de Montgomery. The town hosts one of the oldest and largest horticultural events in the country, Shrewsbury Flower Show, and is known for its floral displays, having won various awards since the turn of the 21st century, including Britain in Bloom in 2006.   read more…

The city of Derby in Derbyshire

13 June 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Sadler Gate © geograph.org.uk - Alan Heardman

Sadler Gate © geograph.org.uk – Alan Heardman

Derby is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands region of England. It lies upon the banks of the River Derwent and is located in the south of the ceremonial county of Derbyshire. In the 2001 census, the population of the city was 233,700, whilst that of the Derby Urban Area was 229,407. According to the 2001 census, Derby was at that time the 18th largest settlement in England, measured by urban area.   read more…

The medieval town of Sandwich

23 May 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

The Admiral Owen © geograph.org.uk - Chris Downer

The Admiral Owen © geograph.org.uk – Chris Downer

Sandwich is a historic town and civil parish on the River Stour in the Non-metropolitan district of Dover, within the ceremonial county of Kent, south-east England. It has a population of 6,800. It was one of the Cinque Ports and still has many original medieval buildings, including several listed public houses and gates in the old town walls, churches, almshouses and the White Mill. While once a major port, it is now two miles from the sea, its historic centre preserved.   read more…

The White Cliffs of Dover

16 May 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Dover Seafront and Castle © James Armitage

Dover Seafront and Castle © James Armitage

Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. It faces France across the narrowest part of the English Channel, and lies south-east of Canterbury; east of Kent’s administrative capital Maidstone; and north-east along the coastline from Dungeness and Hastings. The town is the administrative centre of the Dover District and home of the Dover Calais ferry through the Port of Dover. The surrounding chalk cliffs have become known as the White Cliffs of Dover, and the narrow sea passage nearby – the Strait of Dover. Its strategic position has been evident throughout its history: archaeological finds have revealed that the area has always been a focus for peoples entering and leaving Britain. The name of the town derives from the name of the river that flows through River Dour. The town has been inhabited since the Stone Age according to archeological finds, and Dover is one of only a few places in Britain – London and Cornwall being other examples – to have a corresponding name in the French language, Douvres.   read more…

Carlisle in Cumbria

3 May 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Court Square © geograph.org.uk - David Rogers

Court Square © geograph.org.uk – David Rogers

Carlisle is the county town of Cumbria, and the major settlement of the wider City of Carlisle in North West England. Carlisle is located at the confluence of the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril, 10 miles (16 km) south of the Scottish border. It is the largest settlement in the county of Cumbria, and serves as the administrative centre for both Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council. At the time of the 2001 census, the population of Carlisle was 71,773, with 100,734 living in the wider city.   read more…

Newcastle upon Tyne

23 April 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Grey's Monument © Hans Peter Schaefer - www.reserv-a-rt.de

Grey’s Monument © Hans Peter Schaefer – www.reserv-a-rt.de

Newcastle upon Tyne is a city and metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, in North East England. Historically a part of Northumberland, it is situated on the north bank of the River Tyne. The city developed in the area that was the location of the Roman settlement called Pons Aelius, though it owes its name to the castle built in 1080, by Robert II, Duke of Normandy, the eldest son of William the Conqueror. The city grew as an important centre for the wool trade and it later became a major coal mining area. The port developed in the 16th century and, along with the shipyards lower down the river, was amongst the world’s largest shipbuilding and ship-repairing centres. These industries have since experienced severe decline and closure, and the city today is largely a business and cultural centre, with a particular reputation for nightlife.   read more…

The World Heritage Site of Durham

14 April 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Durham Market Place © Bladeofgrass

Durham Market Place © Bladeofgrass

Durham is a city in north east England. It is within the County Durham local government district, and is the county town of the larger ceremonial county. It lies to the south of Newcastle upon Tyne, Chester-le-Street and Sunderland and to the north of Darlington.   read more…

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