Essential England and Wales

Where to stay, where to eat, recommended shops, visitor attractions, and getting there and away, as featured in the TV series Globe Trekker: England and Wales.


The County Hotel
High Street
Telephone: +44 (0) 1227 766266 Fax: +44 (0) 1227 451512

Prices start from £52.50 per person per night for B&B.

Landmark Trust properties
Telephone: +44 (0) 1628 825925

The Landmark Trust is a charity that takes old dilapidated buildings and restores them to their former glory; you can stay any where from a lighthouse to a castle.

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel, Snowdonia National Park

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel
Nant Gwynant,
Wales LL55 4NT
Telephone:+44 (0) 1286 870211

A base for the first Everest climbing expedition training, Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel, at the foot of the Mount Snowdon Horseshoe, remains a delightful and useful lodging for those exploring the Welsh mountains and has stunning views. Hillary memorabilia hangs in the cosy public area and bar, and hikers with packs and boots are as welcome as road travelers. Reach Pen-y-Gwryd along the A4086 Llanberis to Capel Curig road and the A498 from Beddgelert. The hotel sits at the intersection.

Huge Edwardian bathtubs, a mountain-stream fed swimming pond (cold but fun!), sauna, and endless hot water soothe the walk-weary. The dining room serves set meals at set hours, and elegant food and wine (£20 pounds for dinner), but dress is come-as-you-are. The kitchen prepares packed lunch for walkers on request and breakfasts are generous. Loaded with a quirky atmosphere, this is a great place to stay. Rooms are quiet and small but pleasant, costing from £28 ($45) to £35 ($60) pounds per night.

Outdoor activities

Climb Mount Snowdon, Wales

Plas Y Brenin (as used by Globe Trekker)
Capel Curig
LL24 0ET
Contact: Martin Doyle

Tel: +44 (0) 1690 720214
Fax: +44 (0) 1690 720394

PYB are a highly efficient group based in the National Park and come highly recommended for guiding you though Snowdonia.

Outdoor pursuits in West Wales

TYF Adventure
1 High Street
St. Davids
SA62 6SA
(+44) (0)1437 721611

Great outdoor adventures in Pembrokeshire’s best landscapes: activities, weekends, short breaks in West Wales. surfing, kayaking, coasteering®, rock climbing.

Fresh Adventure

Freshwater Bay
Freshwater East
SA71 5LE
(+44)(0) 1646 672764

Historic sites and attractions

Battle of Trafalgar 200th celebration in Portsmouth

HMS Victory
HMS Victory stands today as the world’s oldest commissioned warship. Still manned by Officers and Ratings of the Royal Navy, the Victory has seen over 200 years of almost continuouss service. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the flagship of the Second Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian navy. Portsmouth.

Canterbury Cathedral in Kent

Canterbury Cathedral
Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
Tel +44(0) 1227-762862
Fax +44(0) 1227-865222
Dover Castle

English Heritage
Dover Castle,
CT16 1HN, UK
T: 01304 211067

Eton College
Eton College
Telephone: +44 (0) 1753 671000

Thanks to Rebecca Hunkin for all her assistance with setting up Globe Trekker’s visit to Eton College, 600-year-old boy’s private school.

Eden Project

Eden Project
St Austell
PL24 2SG, UK

Giant artificial nature environments inside three giant greenhouses – an educational nature resource.


Cornish pasties

Proper Cornish 
Proper Cornish handmake with care the very best quality cornish pasties, made with only the finest, freshest ingredients sourced locally from Cornwall wherever possible.


A one of a kind medieval Jousting Festival, with over 1000 re-enactors hamming it up at a privately owned castle in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside, this is not to be missed.

Glastonbury Festival 
The mother of all music and arts festivals

Tourist resources

Kent Tourist Alliance
For more information on what to see and do in Kent, call the Kent Tourism Alliance on +44 (0) 1271 336 020

Visit Britain
Tourism website for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Learning Welsh, Welsh Music and Welsh History and Stuff

Cardiff, Wales
Telephone: +44 (0) 2920 300800

For links to all kinds of Welsh experience – a one stop shop if you are interested in Welsh and Wales with online Welsh music radio and an online shop with Welsh music and language CDs.

By Sophie Mitchell

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