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Touring Britain The Victorian Way
Thursday 26 February 2009
9:00pm - 10:00pm
Cultural historian David Heathcote uses his favourite old 1887 Baedeker Guide to explore modern-day
Britain, discovering unexpected delights and hidden treasures which were popular with Victorian tourists
but are rarely visited today.
Following in the footsteps of early American tourists who arrived off the boats in Liverpool, he takes the
advice of the Guide and discovers "the most fashionable of Welsh watering places." The Guide then
recommends a trip to the salt mines, popular with American visitors 100 years ago and, surprisingly,
just as interesting today.
He then travels on to Manchester, recommended by Baedeker as a hotbed of music, politics and radical
thinking and discovers that the spirit of what attracted the curious visitors 100 years ago lives on.
The journey ends in York where modern day tourists follow in the footsteps of their Victorian counterparts
and enjoy the magnificent medieval city and cathedral.
As he travels, Heathcote explores the story behind the guide books that were so influential in creating the
independent traveller as we know it today.
His delight in such places as Llandudno ("a gem of faded Victoriana") will leave you wanting to make plans
to seek out your own hidden treasures.
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