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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“This property is about 35 mins drive from Woodside. It is the jewel in the crown of National Trust property in Scotland. One of the most visited estates in Britain and it is well worth a visit. Don't miss the Electric Brae on the way there, or a visit to Dunure Harbour which was also a filming location for Outlander. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Museum
“Home of Scotland’s National poet, Rabbie Burns. Perhaps best known the world over for the song “For Auld Lang Syne” which is traditionally sung at New Year celebrations. Our daughter Hannah will be holding her wedding reception here in March 2020. Don't miss a visit to the thatched cottage and follow the "Poet's Walk" along to the museum. Have a drink or a coffee in the "Brig O' Doon" Hotel which is close by, and don't forget to visit the Auld Brig at Alloway where the drunken Tam's horse Meg lost her tail to Cutty Sark in the famous story of "Tam O' Shanter"”
  • 27 locals recommend
History Museum
“Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is Carlisle's finest visitor attraction, and houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences. It also boasts a wide range of exhibitions and events, brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A dark sky’s park and a wild goat and deer park and plenty of walks and mountain biking routes ! Look out for the ancient carved stones !”
  • 22 locals recommend
Castle
“Over 900 years old, built by William ll of England the son of William the conqueror ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Store
“Get a scoop or two of there organic and ethical dairy ice cream a short walk or drive from the cottage. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Bassenthwaite, Nr Keswick, brew Gin, Whiskey and Vodka. They have free parking, amazing hand crafted gates, great cafe with outdoor seating in the courtyard and garden, cosy indoor seating, very good toilets, Lamas (or they may be Alpacas!), brewery tour and gift shop.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Nature
“There are guides in most rooms of the castle, who are always happy to answer questions. Information sheets are provided in each room, which detail the architecture, furniture, objects and paintings. Highlights of the castle include Adam’s sweeping Oval Staircase and a fine collection of paintings and furniture. Children love to spot the Lego figure hidden in each room. Explore the grounds of Culzean by following the waymarked trails. From shingle beaches to soaring cliffs, a towering pagoda to a huge Deer Park filled with deer, llamas and Highland cows, there really is something for all the family to fall in love with there.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Food
“Fab for young kids under 12..making their own chocolate. Adults can chill in the cafe. Outside play area also. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Food
“Cockermouth, up Castlegate. Local brewed Ales, Brewery Tour and cosy Pub... tucked away just before the old Castle, on the left hand side, up Castlegate.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“Have an outdoor adventure or a spot of lunch with a great view. A lovely day out.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A walk up skiddaw will offer spectacular views from the top on a nice day. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Castle
“Stunning ruins of a great medieval fortress notable for it's unique triangular ground plan. The site has nature walks, a visitor centre, cafe, picnic benches and plenty of parking. Open 7 days a week. 1stApril-30Sep: 9.30am-5.30pm 1stOct-31Mar: 10am-4pm Dogs welcome except in cafe and visitor centre. Check on line for prices or phone : 01387 770244 Caerlaverock, Glencaple, Dumfries, DG1 4RU ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Home of the Duke of Buccleuch. 25 minutes drive from Leadhills. Fabulous grounds and woodland to walk in. Castle open occasionally for visits. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Walthamstow Market is the longest street market in England and a bargain hunter's paradise. Stalls sell food, homewares, fabric, books, bags and clothes. My favourite kebab stall is there just outside Santander, go early or he may sell out.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Pub
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“Local Pub that offers a relaxing place to eat good food, enjoy a drink and meet the locals.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“Local Pub that offers a relaxing place to eat good food, enjoy a drink and meet the locals.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Still retaining many of the old features from its monastic days including a tunnel that once ran under the city to the Cathedral, the Thin White Duke has became one of Carlisle's favoured eating and drinking establishments.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing restaurant in Castle Douglas with a focus on local and foraged produce. Early evening menu is good value Mon-Thur, also open for lunch.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favourite places to eat I would highly recommend the chicken skewers, food is amazing as is the atmosphere. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Serving up breakfast, brunch, creative tapas and grill dishes as well as offering classic and contemporary cocktails, a stylish and contemporary place to eat and drink.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A rarity, a fine dining wholly vegetarian restaurant. The owners are lovely and very friendly and the food is so good even hardened meat eaters will be impressed. All the food is prepared on the premises from seasonal produce and presented in a formal manner. I'm salivating as I write this.....its that good”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food and a lovely place for lunch or dinner. Really lovely atmosphere. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“The Shabby Scholar manages to merge seamlessly from relaxing coffee stop to bustling lunch venue, stylish restaurant to stylish cocktail bar with all staff offering a casual but attentive service.”
  • 6 locals recommend

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