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United Kingdom & Ireland Travel Resources

On this page we collect links to good travel resource websites. Thanks to Aimee from Switzerland sent us a great list for the Cotswolds area and to Wendy from the UK who sent us a great list for Cornwall.

Tourist Office Official Sites

www.visitbritain.com: VisitBritain works in partnership with the national tourist boards in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to provide impartial tourism information. (VisitBritain is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to promote Britain overseas as a tourist destination and to lead and co-ordinate England marketing.)

www.enjoyengland.com: Enjoy England, the official website of the English Tourist Board.

Region/City Tourist Offices

Many of the official tourist office sites are in the format of www.visitbath.co.uk - substitute the city name for "Bath".

www.visitsouthwest.co.uk: The official Tourist Board site for South West England including: Bristol & Bath; Cornwall; Devon; Dorset; Gloucestershire & The Cotswolds; Isles of Scilly; Somerset; Wiltshire. Accommodations listings and tourist information.

www.visitcotswoldsandsevernvale.gov.uk: Official tourist information for Cotswolds and the Severn Vale region. Includes a few links for vacation rentals.

Population Statistics

en.wikipedia.org: Wikipedia, populations of larger UK towns

www.statistics.gov.uk: Results of government survey of 2001

www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/pyramids/pages/uk.asp: On this page you see the population for all of the UK. Click on the area links on the sidebar and eventually you will see links for all towns and you can find the population for each town.

Transportation

www.dft.gov.uk: Department for Transport, government website

www.nationalrail.co.uk: The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) represents and supports Britain's passenger railway. Britain does not have a national railway, but has several private companies running trains. This site lets you look up schedules for all passenger trains.

www.nationalexpress.com: The National Express, buses (coaches) in the United Kingdom.

Airports

www.gatwickairport.com: Gatwick Airport

www.heathrowairport.com: Heathrow Airport

www.bristolairport.co.uk: Bristol Airport

www.baa.com: Official site for these airports: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Southhampton

www.gatwickexpress.co.uk: Gatwick Express, fares, schedules, online ticket purchase.

www.theairline.info: The Airline, coach service between Oxford and the airports

General Resources for the United Kingdom

Bill Thayer's Gazetteer of England

www.visionofbritain.org.uk: A Vision of Britain Throughout Time, A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions. Run by the University of Portsmouth. Look up towns and see their history.

www.aboutbritain.com: About Britain

www.britainexpress.com: Accommodation and tourist information

www.nationaltrust.org.uk: National Trust, information on historic homes throughout England

www.english-heritage.org.uk: English Heritage, information on historic sites throughout England

www.defra.gov.uk: Government page about bring pets to Britain

www.localdayout.com: Local Day Out, region information for all of England

www.picturesofengland.com: Pictures of England, photos and maps of all of England

www.ukvillages.co.uk: Villages in the UK

www.eastlondonhistory.com: East London history

www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk: Great British Gardens

www.discountbritain.net: Offers visitors the opportunity to save 20% on UK attractions as well as on the total food and drinks bill at popular London restaurants. No pre-pay, registration or restrictions, simply print + Save!

Restaurants

www.thefoodplace.co.uk: Listings of restaurants throughout the United Kingdom.

Walking, Hiking, Rambling, Trekking in the UK

Magazine: Country Walking. A monthly magazine with great walking information. 3.20 (2004 price). www.emap.com

www.goldeneyemaps.com: The Goldeneye hiking guidebooks are very good.

www.iprow.co.uk: Institute of Public Right of Way. Information about footpaths.

www.walkingbritain.co.uk: Walking Britain

www.mapsguidesandmore.com: You can purchase my recommended walking guidebooks online at Maps, Guides and More. To find them, go to > Walking, Trekking & Hiking > United Kingdom > England. They also carry the Ordnance Survey maps.

www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk: England Countryside Code, how and where to access the countryside, information on new access rights (2004).

www.ccw.gov.uk: Welsh Countryside Code

www.snh.org.uk/soac: Scottish Countryside Code

www.devon.gov.uk: Devon Council, Public Rights of Way

Southeast England

www.invectis.co.uk/sissing/: Photos of Sissinghurst Gardens, south of London

Heart of England

The Cotswolds

See our Resources for the Cotswolds.

Derbyshire (The Peaks District)

www.derbyshire-thepeakdistrict.co.uk: Derbyshire - the Peak District. The official guide to holidays in Derbyshire & the Peak District.

West Country

www.visitsouthwest.co.uk: The official Tourist Board site for South West England including: Bristol & Bath; Cornwall; Devon; Dorset; Gloucestershire & The Cotswolds; Isles of Scilly; Somerset; Wiltshire. Accommodations listings and tourist information.

Wiltshire

www.visitsalisbury.com: Visit Salisbury, tourist information and accommodations listings for Salisbury and the area near Stonehenge.

Dorset

www.westdorset.com: West Dorset Tourism

www.bournemouth.co.uk: Bournemouth (Dorset) Tourism

www.visiteastdorset.com: East Dorset Tourism

www.shaftesburydorset.com: Shaftesbury and Dorset Community Pages

Somerset - Bath

www.visitbath.co.uk: Bath Tourist Office

www.romanbaths.co.uk: Roman Baths in Bath

www.bathabbey.org: Bath Abbey in Bath

www.thermaebathspa.com: Thermae Spa, the new spa that will be opening in Bath

www.bristolplusbath.co.uk: Bristol + Bath, restaurant, businesses, accommodations

Devon

www.totnesweb.com: Totnes, in Southern Devon

Cornwall

See our Resources for Cornwall.

Scotland

www.ourscotland.co.uk: Scotland from the Roadside, a journey through Scotland, information and photos.

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