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What to see and what to do in Great Britain and Ireland

Use this Guide to plan your holiday in the UK. Look up a specific place using our Search box above. This will tell you all you need to know about that place, what to do and where to stay. Use the Search engines below to find the best online bargains for accommodation, attractions, flights, car rentals and so on!

Book tickets online in advance and get Discounted attraction tickets and accommodation deals.

Don't buy on the gate - it could cost you twice as much! Book online direct or through a reputable supplier such as or 365 Tickets for Attractions, or London Theatre Direct for Cheap Theatre Tickets, print out your ticket at home (in some cases) and you will get discounted theme park tickets and discounted theatre tickets - discounts that you simply will not get when you turn up to the venue. Read more on what has to offer here.

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Pentire Mews Apartments - Newquay
Pentire Mews is an exciting development of beautifully finished 2 and 3 bed apartments set around a courtyard and close to the Gannel Estuary. They are a peaceful and relaxing retreat just a short walk away from the lively centre of Newquay, whilst also being just a 5 minute walk away from Newquay’s finest surfing beach, Fistral, or the more relaxed family friendly Crantock beach. All apartments accept pets.

Horizons Apartments - Newquay
Luxury, views and on-site facilities in Newquay - Horizons is a landmark building in a commanding position overlooking Newquay. Set back on Mount Wise, the block benefits from fantastic views from most apartments and is only a short walk from a number of Newquay’s fabulous beaches and the town centre. These 2 bed apartments all benefit from the use of the pool and Gym!

Serendipity - Fforest Uchaf Pit Pony Sanctuary, Pontypridd

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Serendipity - Alton Towers, Alton - Staffordshire

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Alton Towers has a rich heritage from its days as the country seat of the Earls of Shrewsbury through to the fun packed year round resort that exists today.
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A recent innovation is the Merlin Annual Pass. This allows 12 months unlimited entry to the UK's top attractions: LEGOLAND Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures and Zoo, Thorpe Park, Alton Towers Resort, London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds London, London Eye, The Dungeons, SEA LIFE centres, Warwick Castle and SEA LIFE Sanctuaries.

Here's what's included in the Merlin Pass

You get unlimited access to the following attractions for a whole year from purchase of your Merlin Pass:-

  • Legoland Windsor
  • Chessington World of Adventure
  • Alton Towers
  • BA London Eye
  • London Aquarium
  • Madame Tussauds
  • London Dungeons
  • Thorpe Park
  • All the Sea Life Centres
  • Warwick Castle
  • Sea Life Sanctuaries

You also get preferential treatment, queue busters and discounts at each park. For example, at Legoland Windsor your Merlin Annual Pass will get you 20% off food, 10% off shopping, Preferred parking, Free Coffee Card, Passholder Thursday, Free Entry to Special Events and much more.

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  • Hotel deals at Legoland from just £59.00
  • 20% off at Early Learning Centres
  • 30% of RAC Rescue membership
  • FREE eye exams at Vision Express
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Gumtree is now the largest online community in London with sites all over the UK, and is also used by thousands more before they arrive in the UK. It is now London’s largest flat share and jobsite, with visitor numbers doubling every 6 months. It has now expanded to cover stuff to sell, dating and has a throving Forum.

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2010 - a curate's egg?

We're well into 2010 now and although Armageddon has been avoided for now, many families and many businesses are definitely feeling the pinch. The weak pound is also making it more expensive to holiday abroard with only the Countries that also have weak currencies such as Egypt and Turkey being reasonably priced. What it does mean is that more and more Britons are holidaying at home this year. Expect the most popular destinations such as Holiday Parks and Seaside resorts to fill up more quickly - you should think about booking earlier to avoid disappointment.

Even so, everyone is cutting back and slashing prices to attract higher numbers of visitors. Keep an eye on these pages for updates and offers. Alternatively, sign up to our Newsletter. We will then let you know as and when the offers become available. Click here to sign up. Happy 2010!

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Give us some (truthful) feedback on an activity or information on a Town or village. Send us any photographs that you have taken that you think sums the place up. All of these will be gratefully received and will enter you into our free draw for a variety of prizes. Just click on the links at the bottom of the appropriate pages.


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Genealogy and the Internet

One of the big successes of the Internet is the ability to research your Ancestors. Originally this meant using Search engines to dig up snippets of information.

However, more recently, there has been a boom in what is effectively an enormous online jigsaw. Anyone can go to sites such as Genes Reunited (part of the Friends Reunited brand) or, feed in the information that they have discovered so far and the websites will then search for similar patterns in its vast database and let you know about them. This allows you to build up your family tree at a far faster rate than you could by visiting cemeteries, Records Offices and Newspaper archives.

*NEWS* Complete British Phone Books collection

We are pleased to announce that the complete British Phone Book collection from 1880-1984 is now available on Dating back to 1880, the year after the public telephone service was introduced into Great Britain; phone books are really helpful tools for family historians.

Because they are updated so regularly (every 12-18 months from the mid 1900s onwards) phone books are a great companion to Census records for tracing your ancestors' whereabouts. You'll find information on where your ancestors were living. Indeed telephone ownership in itself is highly revealing in establishing class and social prominence of your ancestors too. So, even if you don't find your ancestors listed in the early directories, this in itself is very telling in terms of establishing the social status of your ancestors too.

From the structure of the directories themselves, you'll also be able to get a very rich picture of the areas in which your ancestors were living and for the types of concerns which would of occupied their every day lives. For example, from the very first issue, the changing nature of local and national advertisements (from local milk supplies to major utility suppliers) provide for a fascinating picture of economic and industrial development of Britain. Note: The British Phone Books data 1880 - 1984 is provided by in association with BT and the database contains images of original records.

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British Visitor .com - what to see and what to do in Great Britain and Ireland

Are you looking for Accommodation in Britain or things to do in London or flights from Bristol? Do you want discounted Theme Park Tickets for Alton Towers? Perhaps you plan to visit London in 2012 for the Olympics? Are you looking for an Experience Day Gift Voucher?

If so, then look no further. is a Guide to Britain for the holidaymaker. Unlike other Directories, we don't list the Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick maker, we just have the fun elements that you need for booking a Holiday in Britain all in one website.

Once you have decided where to holiday, you can look up the location and find out about the area - how to get there, where to stay, where to eat and, most importantly, what to see or do! We welcome any suggestions for additional features and if you want your business listed, click on the link at the bottom and follow the instructions.

Discounted tickets and discounted accommodation

If you turn up to an Attraction or the Theatre or a Hotel on the day, you've lost your bargaining power. Book online, in advance and venues will fall over themselves to get you to commit to them. The easiest way is with a discount on the ticket price.

Book online direct or through a reputable supplier such as or 365 Tickets for Attractions, or London Theatre Direct for Cheap Theatre Tickets, print out your ticket at home (in some cases) and you will get discounted theme park tickets and discounted theatre tickets - discounts that you simply will not get when you turn up to the venue.

Even top attractions such as The London Dungeons and the Tower of London will give you a discount if you know how! For example, you can currently get into Madame Tussauds after 4.30pm for £15 instead of the normal £25 if booked online. This still leaves 2 hours for the visit which is plenty of time, not to mention skippiing the ticket queue.

Discounted tickets for Theatres, Comedy Clubs, Theme Parks, Historic Buildings, Safari parks and Aquaria are all available for the asking. Look at our A-Z of Attractions to see just how many places in Great Britain and the Irish Republic offer discounts!

Find out where to stay in the United Kingdon - depending upon your interests and budget - we have hostels, camping and caravanning sites, self-catering apartments right up to five star hotels.

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