Secret Nuclear Bunker

Just couple of miles north of London you can find one of the most secret places in United Kingdom. Well… it was secret until the Cold War ended. Then it has been sold and it’s now available for tourists to enjoy.

The tour in the bunker takes about 3 hours during which you visit all places including government HQ, BBC studio, communication room, surgery, air filtering and conditioning facilities, dormitories and many other rooms. It’s a hidden gen, I highly recommend it to all geeks and military passionates!

Check Secret Nuclear Bunker webpage for admission times, as they vary depending on season.

Welwyn Garden City

This is a first post in new “MG’s Great Places” section. I intend to list here the places I visited and I consider worth recommendation. Today we start with a city, which is quite unique.

Welwyn Garden City is a small city 10 miles north from London. It’s absolutely fantastic to visit, but don’t expect too much action. Actually do not expect any action, it’s a most peaceful place I have visited for a long time.

The city itself is designed with utopian garden city urban idea in mind, which worked actually pretty well. The streets are spacious, there’s greens everywhere and benches invite you to stop every couple of yards. Architecture consist mostly of spacious houses built with typical red brick. Just wandering around almost empty streets gave a feeling of total tranquility. I am making a mental note about it to revisit when I will be selecting a place to move when I retire.

Welwyn occupies area which was located near main roman roads when the Roman Empire occupied Britannia. The area abounds with archeological sites, one of them are Old Roman Baths discovered in 1960s. The museum of Welwyn Roman Baths consists of only one small room, which contains the ruins itself and some information tables about roman bathing customs and the history of the place, which is quite unusual as the museum lays UNDER A1(M) highway. Visit to to learn more!

Nice bed & breakfast near Cardiff

This weekend I had a real pleasure to stay in absolutely pleasant bad and breakfast near Cardiff – Pantre Tai Farm. I knew that the place will be good from my first talk with Mr George one the phone, when he told me how to get there – “Do you have sat nav? This bloody thing will get you to the middle of forest, you definitely don’t want to go there”.

Pantre Ta Farm is quite big, it has six bedrooms. The room we got was rather spacey, with walk-in wardrobe and roof windows. For me, living in life polluted areas, seeing sky in the night was real pleasure. Internet connection was fast and reliable. The only thing I can complain for was TV – 14 inch lcd hanging high on the wall – you want to take binoculars to use it comfortably ;)

The really strong point of this place was the breakfast. Freshly cooked by Mr George it was really delicious, one of the best I ever had (I wish I asked how he prepared mushrooms…). But not only the food was great, Mr George sat with us and started to talk with us. He suggested some places we should visit, we talked about Wales and why it is so hard to move to Wales when you’re not Welsh yourself.

If you want to stay near Cardiff or Newport, I highly recommend Pantre Tai Farm.