It’s an architectural masterpiece, widely considered one of the most important National Trust properties in the UK AND its extensive grounds have been designated as an “Area of Special Scientific Interest”. We discovered that Castle Coole in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, is a rather special place indeed.
Have you ever jumped back in time? We have. At the Ulster American Folk Park – an open-air museum near Omagh, Northern Ireland – we were immersed in the sights and sounds of a typical Ulster market day in spring 1917.
Travel isn’t about ticking off beautiful places; it’s about gaining new experiences, stepping outside your everyday world and seeing things from a different perspective. So for my village-reared country kids, Mannheim was a source of wonder and amazement.
Knitting, ice-skating, miniature pancakes, vintage trams and many, many games of “Sjoelbak” – all in one day out at a seriously impressive open-air museum in the Netherlands.
Dull see-saws and creaky roundabouts? Not in Luxembourg City, where the kids’ playgrounds are joyous, colourful works of art.
In the historic Portuguese city of Coimbra, we find a small, kid-oriented theme park… with a big difference.