Category: Attractions

Still more to come in Dubai

Still more to come in Dubai

Just when you thought Dubai already had it all, news has broken that it’s about to get four new theme parks. SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove are all to be developed there, following an agreement between Orlando-based Busch Entertainment Corporation and Dubai property developer Nakheel. Preliminary work is underway and the anticipated opening […]

Beijing's Water Cube

Beijing’s Water Cube

Look out for the Water Cube at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.   This national aquatics centre was official unveiled last month and will host diving and swimming events between 8th and 24th August 2008. The complex cost over 1 billion yuan (that’s a little shy of $150 million), covers 65,000 square metres and will […]

Iconic gardens at Chiswick saved by Heritage Lottery fund

Iconic gardens at Chiswick saved by Heritage Lottery fund

This spring is set to see work start on restoring the gardens at London’s  Chiswick House, following the announcement by the Heritage Lottery Fund of a 7.6 million pound award. The money will put to end years of decline for the gardens, with the project seeing them restored with new paths, trees, cafe and lavatories.

Beat the winter blues with a day out worth talking about!

Dont let the cooler weather keep you trapped indoors – enjoy great days out with English Heritage this winter. Over 300 of our properties are open over winter and look most spectacular in a dusting of snow! Click here to find out which sites are open in your area.

Grand opening for Palazzo Las Vegas

Grand opening for Palazzo Las Vegas

The first new resort on the Las Vegas strip in nearly three years has officially opened amid an impressive music, fireworks and light show that culminated with a concert headlined by Diana Ross. The new $1.9 billion  Palazzo Las Vegas from Las Vegas Sands Corp. celebrated its grand opening  at the  weekend with a star-studded […]

Prague's new, controversial National Library

Prague’s new, controversial National Library

Prague’s first major new public building since the 18th Century is to be a jellyfish-like monstrosity.   The National Library will not only be the largest new building in the city, but in the whole of the Czech Republic.   Unsurprisingly, there is plenty of public opposition to the edifice. What’s more, neither the President […]

The worldwide winners of this year’s World Travel Awards

The full list of winners of the World Travel Awards which I mentioned in an earlier post have now been published on their site.   The worldwide winners (as opposed to those winners for specific continents, regions or categories) are as follows: World’s Leading Airline – British Airways   World’s Leading Airline – Alliance Oneworld […]

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

New York has a new museum called… wait for it… New Museum!   It was  re-opened last weekend and exhibits contemporary artwork over 7 storeys.   Located in downtown Manhattan, it has seen $50 million in investment and the new building is being inaugurated with an international exhibition called ‘Monumental’.   See their website for […]

The Great Wheel of China

The Great Wheel of China

You’re probably already familiar with the likes of the London Eye and  the Singapore Flyer, but you might not have yet heard that a similar project is underway in Beijing. The Great Wheel of China, situated in Chaoyang Park to the north-east of the city centre,  will be the world’s tallest ferris wheel (and about […]

Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando partners with Give Kids The World

Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando partners with Give Kids The World

Gaylord Palms Resort, the “headquarters hotel” for the Christmas season in Orlando, has announced a new holiday partnership with Give Kids The World, an organization that provides cost-free vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families at their whimsical Kissimmee resort. As part of the partnership, Gaylord will provide a donation to the organization […]

UK attractions compete for  £50m of lottery funding

UK attractions compete for £50m of lottery funding

The Edge, the next evolution of the Eden Project, will be the last great building in the former china clay pit at Bodelva near St Austell in Cornwall.  It is one of  a number of  projects currently competing in the Big Lottery Fund’s: The People’s £50 Million contest.  It will compete against Sherwood Forest, a […]

Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout, near Crieff, Scotland

Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout, near Crieff, Scotland

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of witnessing a wonderful natural phenomenon in central Scotland – a salmon leap up a waterfall on the River Almond, near Crieff.   I had read about the relatively little-known location of Buchanty Spout and understood that the season for observing  salmon leaping in the UK  was September and […]

See Bellingrath Gardens in full bloom

See Bellingrath Gardens in full bloom

Throughout the year, Bellingrath Gardens, located on 65 acres, on the Isle aux Oies River in Alabama,  is in full bloom with chrysanthemums in the autumn, camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, and roses in the summer. Whatever the season, now you can enjoy the gardens while staying at the luxurious Grand Hotel […]

Halloween scares for the whole family

Halloween scares for the whole family

Don’t miss out on a whole range of spooky events, activities and scary places to stay in England this year. It’s a great opportunity to take the family to something different during the October half term. Among the Halloween events across the county, there are the following taking place: 20th-28th October – become a Ghost […]

An opportunity to see the treasures of Tutankhamun in London

An opportunity to see the treasures of Tutankhamun in London

Don’t miss one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions in London this year. Marking the first time the treasures of Tutankhamun have visited  the city  in over 30 years, the celebrated Pharaoh and other Valley of the Kings ancestors will visit London on the 15th November 2007. Over 2 million visitors are expected to apply […]

Progress report on The Palm Jumeirah

Progress report on The Palm Jumeirah

The  Palm Jumeirah – which was announced back in 2001 – has now become the largest man-made island in the world. Like the Great Wall of China, it too can be viewed from outer space. It’s so vast that its  construction will require some 94 million cubic metres of sand and a mere 7 million […]