One day in Lancaster: things to do

One day in Lancaster: things to do | PACK THE SUITCASES

En route home from our day in Kirkby Lonsdale, we stopped off overnight for one day in Lancaster. FYI to Google, that’s the historic city of Lancaster in Lancashire, UK and not another Lancaster somewhere in the USA. That would have been a rather long bus journey. Chris had only ever been to Lancaster briefly before, but it is a city […]

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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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What to eat in Porto, Portugal: 7 of the best restaurants and bars

Where to eat and drink in Porto | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s where and what to eat in Porto, Portugal – and of course where to have a drink to wash it down. We were spoiled for choice when looking for gorgeous restaurants and cafés to eat and drink in Porto. Everywhere we went was incredible.

Food and drink in Porto are much more than just getting tipsy on port wine and eating too much cheese. But those activities are also important while on holiday in Porto, so I’ve covered them in another post about Vila Nova de Gaia. 

This is a short introduction to some of the other excellent things that passed our lips over the 5 days in Porto. Portugal is just excellent at food in general…

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5 days in Porto: things to do, what to see and day trips

5 days in Porto: things to do, what to see and day trips | PACK THE SUITCASES

We’ve just got back from 5 days in Porto. OMG. I’m going to start this post by saying that Porto is brilliant. It’s too good. After our trip there, I haven’t stopped telling everyone I know that they HAVE to go. Porto is in the top 5 cities we’ve ever visited, easily. This blog is going to be a little highlights reel of our 5 days in Porto. We did far too much there to cover everything.

So here’s some things to do, what to see and day trips if you have 5 days (or more/less) to spend in Porto, Portugal…

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