12 things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria | PACK THE SUITCASES

We recently went on a two-night UK mini break – our first one since we started this blog. The pretty northern market town of Kirkby Lonsdale was our first destination, followed by the city of Lancaster (blog on that to follow). We did our trip without a car, which seemed to confuse many people, but it wasn’t difficult. Straight after leaving work in Manchester, we got the direct train to Oxenholme Lake District for a bargain £18 between us. Then an easy 15-minute taxi to Kirkby Lonsdale.

Kirkby Lonsdale is often overlooked for the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, because it is on the edge of both. But it’s absolutely picture-perfect, with lots of things to do/eat/drink. Worth going to in its own right. This ridiculously cute cottage with amazing view behind it says it all…

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A day trip from Porto to Guimaraes, Portugal: things to do and eat

Guimaraes day trip from Porto, Portugal | PACK THE SUITCASES

On our recent trip to Porto, we visited the historical city of Guimarães for a day up in the mountains. It’s an easy 75 minute train journey from São Bento station. Its historical centre is a UNESCO world heritage site, with medieval buildings. There’s even a castle. All in all, it’s pretty as a picture. This makes it the perfect day trip if you’re staying in Porto.

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