Saturday, 27 July 2019

National Justice Museum - Nottingham

A break visiting family included a trip to the National Justice Museum in Nottingham. 

As someone who is interested in all things crime (other than committing it of course!) I was very intrigued and definitely looking forward to this trip.

We booked our group ticket on line and when we arrived we were given our wristbands with our 'convict number' on them.  The numbers corresponded to different information around the museum which would tell you what your crime was, what sentence you were given etc.  The idea was that everyone in the group got a different number unfortunately several of ours were duplicated which was a little disappointing.  We did discover that overall we were a sorry bunch of pickpocketers, silk stocking smugglers etc not a murderer in sight!

The museum is actually the old court house and is really interesting.  There's a mock Witch Trial with actors that you can attend which was at best is a bit silly but not really worth the time it took to watch.  There's also a 'hanging' you can attend but again it's a little disappointing.  Other than that the museum is great.  Lots and lots of facts.  Lots of interesting exhibits and the ship taking convicts to Australia is done very well.  You can read a diary of several different characters as they embark on their new life.  It's really worth taking the time to read each of their diary entries.

The café is basic but really good.  They were very helpful and made something to order that wasn't on the menu with no complaints and lots of friendly chat.

There's an exhibit at the entrance which you can see for free which covers different areas of crime detection; DNA, fingerprinting etc. and is really good.

Overall a good place to visit and one I would recommend for all ages. 

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Symonds Yat Day Trip

On the first Sunday of the school summer holidays we decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and go for a trip to Symonds Yat.  It really is an area of natural beauty and is absolutely stunning.

We parked in the main car park and decided to go for a walk along the river.  There's a path that runs alongside the river past the hotels and tea rooms that is easily accessible.  We only walked for a while as we wanted to go for a boat trip and needed to keep an eye on the times.  Our walk took us past a tree swing that someone had kindly left behind and Libby had great fun swinging out over the water.
Symonds Yat Rope Swing
When it was time for the boat trip we made our way back to the main tourist area and boarded 'The Kingfisher' which was a 40 minute cruise along the River Wye with commentary.  This was lovely and breezy on such a warm day so we all enjoyed the cool air.  There are refreshments available on board and its really very reasonably priced.  The commentary is a little dated with lots and lots and LOTS about salmon fishing but the trip is still worth it.

After the boat trip we went up to the viewing point (I have to confess we drove up as it was so hot) stopping for a bite to eat at the café at the top.  We were very impressed by the quantity of choices offered for vegetarians and the food in general was lovely.

The view from the top is amazing and you can see right across the Wye Valley with the river running below.  We stood for ages watching the view and taking it all in and for any Harry Potter fans this is where some of the scenes The Deathly Hallows were filmed.
Symonds Yat View Point
Wye Valley