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June 5, 2012

Blackpool Lancashire

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 3:22 pm

Blackpool is an English coastal town on the Irish Sea. Traditionally, part of the county Lancashire, but was on 1 April 1998 made an independent unitary authority. Blackpool has three piers, Blackpool Tower was built in 1894 and represents a 158 metre high copy of the Eiffel Tower. The outer skin was gold plated, after the building was allowed to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Along the beach promenade of the town run Trams which – have long been the only ones in the British Isles – after the abolition of the regular trams in the 1950s and 1960s. Since the late 20th Century, however, the tram networks in many British cities expanded again. To date, unique in Europe, the double-decker trams in Blackpool. From the 19th Century the town was a special destination for the northern English working class. The amusement park Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the largest in Europe. Blackpool is located to the north of Liverpool.

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April 15, 2012

Liverpool Merseyside

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 6:20 pm

Liverpool Merseyside – Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in the county of Merseyside, in the western region of England, on the east side of the estuary of the River Mersey, bordered to the north by the metropolitan municipality of Sefton , East by that of Knowsley, south and west by the Mersey river. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and had that status until 1880, when it received the title of city. According to the latest official census, dating from 2001 , Liverpool had a population of 439,473 inhabitants. The city lies at the heart of Liverpool Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 816,216 inhabitants. Liverpool city centre is a lively vibrant place with good shopping, great nightlife and friendly atmosphere.

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November 24, 2010

Carlisle Cumbria

Filed under: England,History,Scotland,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 4:22 pm

Its position just south of Hadrian’s Wall has meant that Carlisle has always over the centuries, been continually contested by the English and the Scots, as the two battled for possession of the town. Carlisle Castle was built in 1092 by William Rufus, and many of its original features can still be seen today, including the keep and the main gate. If you are visiting Carlisle, be sure to take a peek at Carlisle cathedral, with its fine vaulted ceiling, and some original Norman sections. Also worth a look is the Jacobean Tullie House, which now hosts an art galley and museum. The city is situated at the confluence of 3 rivers, and when the weather is fine thare can be no better way to spend a couple of hours than to take a stroll along the River Eden. Carlisle is in the county of Cumbria and can be reached by road using the M6, it is a 126 mile drive from Liverpool.

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