12 things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

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

Here are some lovely things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, a beautiful market town in Cumbria, UK. If you like cute cobbled streets, pretty scenery and consuming your own bodyweight in food and beer, read on.

I’ve been going to Kirkby Lonsdale since I was a child so I’d like to say I know it pretty well. I enjoy returning there as an adult too, and my other half Chris is now in love with it as well. So I’ve compiled this list of things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale based on some nice photos and memories from our last summer trip there but also on many years of holidays when I was growing up that were based around eating, drinking and exploring there.

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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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3 days in Bergen, Norway: things to do, where to eat and what to see

Three days in Bergen, Norway | PACK THE SUITCASES

3 days in Bergen, Nortway was a perfect amount of time to fall in love with this little city. The waterfront is gorgeous against the mountainous backdrop and it was one of the prettiest places we’ve ever explored. Bergen was our last stop on our honeymoon, after Gothenburg, Stockholm and Reykjavik. For some reason, it was perhaps the place we were least excited about. But it was an absolute treat and exceeded all expectations.

Bergen is definitely somewhere we will go back to. It was our first time together in Norway, too, and it made us both want to see more of it. Considering Sweden is our firm favourite country, it wasn’t hard to feel at home in Norway too. Just don’t tell the Swedes that, obvs…

Here are a few things to do/eat/see over 3 days in Bergen…

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