After a Millennium, Bears and Wolves Return to British Woodland—and You Can Watch

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2019, 8:00 AM

Bears and wolves haven't shared space in British woodlands for more than 1,000 years.  Due to deforestation and overhunting, the European brown bear disappeared from England in the 11th century; gray wolves followed in the 17th.  But soon, those animals will once again live in the same forest—and visitors will be able to observe all the ursine and lupine goings-on. Opening to the public on July...

WW2 Tower Converted to Vacation Rental in Channel Islands

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/05/2018, 5:15 PM

During World War II, the Nazis occupied the Channel Islands, a string of isolated spots floating between England and France. Using forced labor, the Germans built concrete fortifications aimed at their British enemies, and many of these structures still stand to this day. Now, a local preservation group has converted one of them to a vacation rental. Standing on the southwestern tip of Jersey Is...

New Travel Trend: Camping in Medieval Churches in England

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/09/2017, 5:00 AM

Camping in churches—or "champing"—is an increasingly popular activity in southeastern England. Possibly because adherents don't call it "churmping."  The growing trend dates to 2014, when the Churches Conservation Trust opened the medieval All Saints' Church in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, to overnight guests willing to pay a relatively small fee (it's currently £55/US$68 per night).  ...

Devaluation of the British Pound Has Made Attendance at the Oxford and Cambridge Summer Schools Much Cheaper Than Before

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/22/2016, 12:00 AM

The smart way to take advantage of the U.K.'s slumping pound? Enroll in the summer programs at Oxford or Cambridge. ...

White Cliffs of Dover and Other Tourist Sites Facing Extinction

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/10/2016, 5:00 AM

Scientists revealed this week that the famous White Cliffs of Dover in England are eroding at a rate of 12 inches per year—10 times faster than they were losing ground before humankind began making changes to the coastline in the last 150 years.  In case that piece of bad news has you hankering for more, Britain's Daily Mail has rounded up several more priceless world treasures facing exti...

Stop Trying to Help Baby Seals in Cornwall

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/08/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr) If you happen to be in Cornwall on the southwestern tip of England and you see an adorable newborn seal resting on the beach, do the world (and especially the seal) a favor and LEAVE IT ALONE.  Authorities in the area have had to issue a similar warning because baby seals kept getting herded into the water by well-meaning but wrong-headed tourist...

London Double-Decker Bus Converted Into Hotel Room

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/07/2016, 4:00 AM

The South Causey Inn's double-decker bus room (photo: katyjourno/Instagram) Let's say you want to sleep inside an iconic symbol of London.  The royal residences are likely out of the question, until you can get Prince Harry to return your calls. And there's probably a night watchman at the British Museum to expel you if you linger past closing.  A better alternative: spend the...

The International Summer Program at Cambridge University is Apparently the Largest of the Learning Vacations, But Requires Early Applications

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2016, 6:30 PM

It's obviously too late to sign up for a summer vacation stay at one of the great English-language universities that open their classrooms and residence halls each July and August to adults of all ages.  But because these stays are so popular, and are often sold out by early spring, it's important to examine them now and to submit your application long in advance for the courses that most intr...

Hotel for People with Autism to Open

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/12/2016, 8:00 AM

Not so long ago, the Elephant on the Tyne was one of the most dreadful hotel-restaurants in England.   "Stay away from this place if you can help it," moaned one typical online review. Or: "The location is great with a nice view over the [River] Tyne... everything else about this place was bad—so the view only helped you wish that you were somewhere else."   What better place t...

World's Tallest Moving Observation Tower Set to Open on English Coast

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2016, 12:30 PM

On August 4, the English seaside resort town of Brighton will open to the public the world's tallest moving observation tower.  Dreamed up by the team behind the London Eye Ferris wheel, the British Airways i360 features a glass-enclosed viewing pod that glides up and down the tower, offering those inside (up to 200 at a time) views of the coast from a height of more than 450 feet.  In...

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