Explore Shakespeare’s Country

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A tour of the UK is not complete unless you spend a few days in Shakespeare country and nearby attractions. This Midlands area and its surroundings are a fascinating blend of history and myth, industry and culture.

Naturally I loved Stratford-upon-Avon, the historic market town and birthplace of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. After doing some extensive tours of Shakespeare’s birthplace and indulging in plays both at the Royal Shakespeare theatre and outdoor performances in the park, I chose to stay for a few days at the Macdonald Ansty Hall.

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Macdonald Ansty Hall is without doubt one of the finest 4-star hotels in Warwickshire. Set in the heart of Shakespeare Country offering the best of breathtaking scenery and facilities.

Close to Cadbury’s World, Warwick Castle and the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the hotel is a popular choice for family holidays, business and weddings.

The hotel is a perfect venue for celebrations, events and conferences with superb hotel accommodation, stylish meeting and function rooms and breathtaking views over the eight acres of landscaped gardens.

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Highly recommended is a visit to the AA Rosette awarded Shilton Restaurant, followed by a nightcap in The Warwick Bar and Lounge.

Car lovers should make a beeline for the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, which is a 65 acres housing the largest collection of British-made cars in the world.

If you are into aviation like me, head to the Midland Air Museum at Coventry airport. It reflects the genius of local engineer Sir Frank Whittle, designer of the first jet engine.

Stratford Upon Avon and Warwickshire in general is a must see for visitors touring the UK and staying in hotels like the Ansty Hall makes it a memorable experience.

Affordable Accommodation Premier Inn – Cambridge

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When going on road trip for over three weeks, travelers get a chance to try new kinds of accommodation, from five start resorts to hotels, bed and breakfasts, castles and caravans in the UK.

A few years ago I tried all types of accommodation but this year, I decided to aim mostly for chain hotels present across the country that provide comfortable and affordable place to rest your head after daily excursions.

I particularly enjoyed staying at the premiere Inn in Cambridge after a hectic day of the tour of the University town. The hotel chain is opening new hotels across the UK and beyond almost every week. From city centres to suburbs, sleepy villages to coastal resorts – wherever you need to rest your head, their fantastic warm welcome and Good Night Guarantee are never far away.

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After a day of touring and visiting colleges, I headed to Cambridge City East hotel, which is a perfect place to rest your head when visiting this internationally-renowned university city.

A guided tour is a great way to learn more about this beautiful city, which is steeped in rich cultural and academic history. Cambridge is a must for art lovers, with the Fitzwilliam Museum and Ruskin Gallery within walking distance of the hotel.

For an authentic Cambridge experience, you’ve to try punting on the river which I tried for an entire afternoon and loved every moment of it. After a busy day, heading back to the hotel and sinking my head into one of the hotel’s brand new, slumber-inducing, king-size Hypnos beds was total bliss.

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The new luxury kingsize** Hypnos bed is the stuff of dreams. Guests can drift off on an ultra-comfy, pillow-top mattress supported by over a thousand pocket springs for the soundest sleep ever.

Thyme, their in-house restaurant has a new contemporary British menu you’ll love. From gourmet burgers and steaks to our salads and delicious desserts, dishes are freshly prepared for you by chefs using quality ingredients from hand-picked suppliers. There’s a tasty kid’s menu too for little ones too…..this is a place I would highly recommend when visiting Cambridge.