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We understand some days in your life are extra special. We really do. And we appreciate that few, if any, are more important than your wedding day. You want to know it’s in safe, capable, passionate hands. As many of our hotels are licensed for civil ceremonies, we’re also happy to host your actual wedding as well as your reception. Whatever your choice, when you get hitched, we’ll make sure your special day goes without a hitch. That’s a Hallmark promise.

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Your Southern British Summer Bucket List


With the highly welcomed heat wave Britain has been enjoying over the last week, we can imagine that the majority of you have thought about having a staycation this year - we certainly have. When the sun is shining, Britain is in our slightly biased opinion a fantastic choice for a holiday. So go and explore the Great British outdoors and tick these must-see attractions off your Southern British Summer bucket list.

1. The Tower of London307507_e7570ba6

Visit one of the world’s most famous fortresses, the Tower of London is officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace. Located on the North Bank of the River Thames, this ancient castle is a historian’s dream. It has seen service as royal palace, prison, and an old zoo to even being used as a venue for events. Be dazzled by her Majesty’s Crown Jewels, try and spot one of the seven ravens. Legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six residents ever leave the fortress - the seventh is there for good luck.  

Bletchley Park2. Bletchley Park, Flitwick

Wander around the internationally renowned site that is Bletchley Park, a place of historical importance as it is home of British codebreaking and played a major role in secret intelligence for World War Two. Take in the dramatic history and experience the insightful exhibitions that transport you to how it was during the war.  

3. Birmingham Canal Network

2612049_19ff4810Why visit Venice when Birmingham has more miles of canals, the Birmingham Canal Navigations system adds up to 100 miles. In the Summer, they are bustling with walkers, cyclists and pretty coloured boats. Running alongside are modern restaurants, cafes and bars making it an urban oasis in the heart of Birmingham city. Way before it was a vibrant multi-cultural city, the canals were the life-blood of Victorian Birmingham and the Black Country. At their height, they were so busy that a near-tidal effect was produced as so many narrowboats merged.

South West Coastal Path4. South West Coastal Path

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Explore the wonders of the White Jurassic coast, part of the superb South West Coast Path. This National Trail runs from Weymouth to Bournemouth with spectacular views that will take your breath away. Set high up on the white limestone rocks of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, it’s perfect for experienced hikers. Expect to find medieval abbeys, Tudor castles and Roman temples along the way. The wildlife is truly fascinating too, keep an eye for puffins and dolphins. Make the most of our Summer offers when staying at our Hallmark Hotels Bournemouth West Cliff, East Cliff or Carlton. Enjoy spa treatments, afternoon tea and even a dip in the pool on your Summer staycation.

Three Choirs Newent5. Three Choirs Newent, Gloucestershire

Imagine having a leisurely stroll around a vineyard and a warm Summer’s day in the idyllic Cotswolds. Turn that thought into a reality and enjoy a day out at one of England’s oldest and largest vineyards at Three Choirs Vineyard. Take a tour and learn about how Gloucestershire’s unique microclimate is perfect for growing grapes to turn into their delightful English wine. Once you’ve learnt about how it’s produced, enjoy an afternoon of tasting the aromatic wine. Make the most of your Summer staycation and stay with us at our Hallmark Hotel Gloucester.

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6. Severn Valley Railway

Take a ride on a traditional steam train through the beautiful Severn Valley, the journey captures the beauty of the River Severn, offering superb views from the carriage along this 16 mile heritage railway line. It’s a wonderful way to spend the day when staying at Stourport Manor, running between Kidderminster and Bridgenorth. Take in the stunning scenery and learn about the historic stations along the line.

7. Shakespeare’s Birth Place, Stratford Upon Avon

Immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare in Stratford Upon-Avon, the birthplace of one of the worlds most-loved writers. Explore the beautiful tudor house that is his family home where he grew up and began his married life. Next up, pay a visit to Shakespeare’s wife, William_Shakespeares_birthplace,_Stratford-upon-Avon_26l2007Anne Hathaway’s romantic cottage to gain an insight into what inspired the writer to turn to writing the worlds most romantic tales. Stroll around this beautiful village and take in the sights that inspired Shakespeare to become someone who is still prevalent 400 years on. Take a leisurely stroll around the romantic Italian gardens and take in the sights of the perennials at our Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe.

8. River Cam, Cambridge

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The perfect way to enjoy the fantastic views of the famous landmarks within the historic Cambridge City Centre. Relax on a chauffeured punt tour down the River Cam and take in the sights of the world famous College ‘backs’. This one is ideal for couples wanting to enjoy a romantic weekend away in the beautiful setting. If this has inspired you to tour Great Britain this Summer and take in the sights of our wonderful nation, we have 28 fabulous hotels in each location for you to explore here: http://www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/

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