Newstead Abbey

Not too long ago we visited Byron's ancestral home, Newstead Abbey. It was built by King Henry II, apparently in penance for killing Thomas Becket. Later, King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and presented Newstead Abbey to Sir John Byron. Lord Byron's mother was a descendent of King James I. His father, on the other [...]

Tower of London

The last Historic Royal Palaces location we visited was the Tower of London, where we spent a good 4 hours wandering around basking in the lovely buildings and history.  I used to work nearby, and reminiscing of the old days, thought I'd write about my time being a tourist here: Yeoman tour The tour started [...]

Palace of Stardust at Hampton Court

I love Hampton Court. Back in 2019, the hubby and I were members of Historic Royal Palaces and tried to visit all the English palaces in one year. We managed it and we have since visited Hampton Court many more times. When the hubby found out they were holding a light trail for Christmas, he [...]