England

England Audio Travel Guides

CitySounds.Travel have created comprehensive coverage of England, more than fifty guides … from the beauty of Cumbria in the north west and through the great cities of London, Oxford, Cambridge and Bath through to the glorious maritime history of Plymouth, Portsmouth and Chatham…

  1. Hear all about Stonehenge – one of the world’s most impressive pre-historic structures. Was it a clock or a temple ?
  2. Hear how the secret of DNA was first revealed to a pub full of Cambridge drinkers by Crick and Watson…
  3. Hear how the Georgian city of Bath brew up around the hot springs where the Romans had worshipped Sulis…

Whitehall is where the power is in London. This is where the Government ministries are and of course the Prime Minister's residence and office in Downing Street off to one side. But Whitehall is also where the UK remembers its…

This guide tours you around the Palace of Westminster - what in the UK we call the Houses of Parliament. Hear all about Big Ben and the clock tower of Parliament, ancient Westminster Hall, the House of Lords and the…

Westminster Abbey is one of the two great national churches of the UK. It's where Kings and Queens have been crowned for a thousand years. It's here that the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997 was held. Here is the…

This audio guide takes you through the best-known and biggest London museums - the Natural History Museum ( known as the home of the dinosaurs ), the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert for all lovers of culture and style…

These two London guides have been totally refreshed for 2015. There’s added content from the Cutty Sark in Greenwich; from the London Transport Museum which has just been celebrating 150 years of the London “Tube” underground railway; and much more…

These two London guides have been totally refreshed for 2015. There’s added content from the Cutty Sark in Greenwich; from the London Transport Museum this year celebrating 150 years of the London “Tube” underground railway; and much more from iconic…

Bath in the west of England is a UNESCO World Heritage City for its Georgian architecture. And that's what this third Bath gujide concentrates on - the Roayl Crescent, The Circle, Piul;teney Street all those exquisite pieces of architecture making…

The Scallop Shell has been open just a year and is already packed with appreciative diners through every service. Basically it's a cool, modern-industrial-style, fish restaurant with enthusiastic staff and a mainly fish menu. Eat in or take away -…

Bath in the west of England is a UNESCO World Heritage City for its Georgian architecture. But there's great shopping, some very fine museums as well as the Roman Baths and the mineral water Pump Room. The Abbey was one…

Bath in the west of England is a UNESCO World Heritage City for its Georgian architecture. But there's great shopping, some very fine museums as well as the Roman Baths and the mineral water Pump Room. The Abbey was one…

When I was in Bath most recently I got around to visiting the Bath Gin Club. Gin has become the artisan-crafted gin of the twenty-teens. This bar has hundreds to sample and compare from small gin distillers all around the…

Great photo courtesy of Arnaud Malon.  Oxford is one of a handful of great tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. There is centuries of history in this city. It was the capital of England during the Civil War of the…

Oxford is one of a handful of great tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. There is centuries of history in this city. It was the capital of England during the Civil War of the 17th century when King Charles I…

Portsmouth is one of the UK's great historic cities. Overseas tourists usually just think of London and Bath, Oxford and Cambridge. But in my view Portsmouth has some of the best historic sites in the country. We cover the Historic…

Portsmouth is one of the UK's great historic cities. Overseas tourists usually just think of London and Bath, Oxford and Cambridge. But in my view Portsmouth has some of the best historic sites in the country. We cover the Historic…

This delightful new garden has been developed by the Duchess of Northumberland close to historic Alnwick Castle, north of Morpeth. It follows the tradition of the great stately home gardens - with a major cascade like Chatsworth but with wonderful…

This piece is going to stay online deliberately after the fabulous Banksy exhibition closes at the Bristol City Museum at the end of August 2009. Banksy is one of the most stimulating, offbeat, controversial and downright clever artists painting or…

Bristol is one of Britain's most attractive and historic cities. It was a rich trading port from the Middle Ages specialising in the wine industry from France, Spain and Portugal. It developed elegant housing areas like Clifton in the eighteenth…

Bristol is one of Britain's most attractive and historic cities. It was a rich trading port from the Middle Ages specialising in the wine industry from France, Spain and Portugal. It developed elegant housing areas like Clifton in the eighteenth…

Bristol is one of Britain's most attractive and historic cities. It was a rich trading port from the Middle Ages specialising in the wine industry from France, Spain and Portugal. It developed elegant housing areas like Clifton in the eighteenth…

Listen to the muted sounds of Cambridge's morning rush hour as thousands of bicycles create a gentle purring and rattling noise. This is so much more civilised than the huge cities of the world with their diesel pollution and traffic…

There's lots to discover in Canterbury - a city which has been at the heart of the Church of England for many centuries. House where St Thomas a Becket murderers gathered. 'Canterbury Tales' Chaucer walk-through show. Boat tours to Greyfriars…

Cheltenham is one of England's most elegant towns. It lags a bit behind Bath but not far. There are sweeping curves of Regency housing, well-tended public gardens and parks and spa water to take. The town comes alive each spring…

Chester has the most complete ancient walls in England. It has a Roman heritage, one of the most complete and outstanding Cathedral complexes and fine shopping. There's horse racing and riverboat trips. Chester has a cultured and charming centre. This…

This guide shows just how beautiful and classy Essex really is when people aren't trying to do it down as "Chav Central" ! The gentle landscape of the River Stour around Dedham where John Constable painted the Haywain and other…

Cragside is a wonderful Victorian house in an idyllic woodland location near Rothbury in Northumberland. It was the home of Sir William Armstrong the industrialist who build battleships on the Tyne for the world's navies. He was an innovator and the…

Cragside is a wonderful Victorian house in an idyllic woodland location near Rothbury in Northumberland. It was the home of Sir William Armstrong the industrialist who build battleships on the Tyne for the world's navies. The gardens are beautiful and…

This is one of three new guides in South Devon around glorious, riverside Dartmouth; funky Totnes and crafty Dartington. We'll be visiting Agatha Christie's summer home at Greenway mansion right above the river... taking boat trips on the green-banked River…

This is one of three new guides in South Devon around glorious, riverside Dartmouth; funky Totnes and crafty Dartington. We'll be visiting Agatha Christie's summer home at Greenway mansion right above the river... taking boat trips on the green-banked River…

This is one of three new guides in South Devon around glorious, riverside Dartmouth; funky Totnes and crafty Dartington. In Dartington there's a very eco-friendly set of shops - a great "upscaling" place where you can do courses in refurbing…

Both these towns are steeped in history - Colchester since the Romans created their first British settlement here. It saw the bloody rebellion of the Iceni tribe under Boudicea. Harwich is more recent but played a crucial part in British…

Exeter is a city with fascinating history and an exquisite cathedral, a delightful Quayside leisure district, some very fine dining and a standard of shopping way beyond what you'd expect from its size. Find out about Exeter's amazing guitar makers…

This guide will take you right around the Exmoor National Park from the quaint village of Dunster with its historic Old Yarn Market, some high quality shops – right through to the impressive castle. Then on through Minehead with its…

Northumberland is one of England's most beautiful - and certainly biggest counties. There's a huge range of natural attractions from coastal castles and a National Park, plus England's largest man made lake with major water sport options - through to…

There's been a groundswell of publicity building up for the great British artist JMW Turner. The Mike Leigh, Timothy Spall film about Turner and simply called "Mr Turner" has opened in UK cinemas. He was almost single-handedly the father of…

Kelmscott was the country home of William Morris, the founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement. It was at this late sixteenth century manor house and farm that he re-charged his batteries and found so much of the inspiration for…

Cumbria's attractions are known globally - the Lake District National Park is probably England's most beautiful area. This guide takes you to many of the most interesting places in northern Cumbria - the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway; Muncaster Castle with…

Cumbria - pretty much the same thing as the Lake District for most visitors - is probably the most physically beautiful part of England. It's largely taken up with a National Park which protects the environment. There's loads to do…

Leeds is one of England's great Victorian industrial cities now enjoying a cultural, artistic, social and post industrial present. It's got hot shopping, some great galleries and museums and loads of first class eating. This lively, on-location guide runs to…

Royal Armouries Museum. Tilt yard for jousting, hawking, falcons, dog Hunting. Armourers, leather workers and hands on crossbows. Hall of Steel; 3,000 weapons. Fully armoured elephant. Different backgrounds for action scenes. War gallery, tournament gallery, foot combat ring for action.…

Lichfield is a delightful small, cathedral city. The cathedral itself has many fine elements for the serious visitor. Lichfield is also the birthplace of Dr Johnson - the lexicographer or dictionary writer and he's fully celebrated in the city.Local pubs…

Lincoln is yet another of England's great cathedral cities. Perhaps this cathedral is among the top three or four. The facade and its location high on a hill with so much flat, lowland countryside around it gives it added strength.…

Liverpool continues to re-develop itself at a fast pace. Loads of new shopping has opened in the last couple of years and with that the Museum of Liverpool. Visit the iconic Albert Dock restored with attractions and shopping. There's Tate…

Ludlow is one of England's most architecturally and historically interesting towns lying in rolling, green countryside in southern Shropshire. It's also one of Britain's most "foodie" places with a food festival, quality food shops, producers and Michelin-starred restaurants. In this…

Ludlow is one of England's most architecturally and historically interesting towns lying in rolling, green countryside in southern Shropshire. It's also one of Britain's most "foodie" places with a food festival, quality food shops, producers and Michelin-starred restaurants. In this…

The historical growth of Malvern as a Spa. Horrible Victorian remedies ! Great hill walking country on the nine miles of the beautiful Malvern Hills. Market town of Ledbury where the church bells play a hymn tune on the hour.…

Beautiful old toys for extremely big boys ! The Mallard in gleaming royal blue is the world's fastest ever steam locomotive. See some other amazing pieces of Victorian and Edwardian enginnering and later too - there's a Japanese Bullet Train…

Newcastle - capital of the great land of the Geordies - is one of Britain's most distinctive and most characterful cities. Plunging down into the valley of the River Tyne as it does and to that iconic group of bridges…

Northumberland is one of England's most varied and fascinating counties. It's unspoilt, big and beautiful. Along its coast is a string of powerful castles in the most impressive locations... Tim Richards takes you to Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and more... This…

Northumberland is one of England's most varied and beautiful counties - and one of the biggest  - with a national park, great castles, historic Hadrian's Wall built by the Romans and a marvellous coastline with wide, empty beaches, Holy Island,…

Northumberland is one of England's most wonderful, varied and beautiful counties. It's got Hadrian's Wall - the northern frontier of ancient Rome; superbly powerful and dramatic castles along its coast, great wildlife on the Farne Islands and the ancient religious…

Whether you’re a Shakespeare fan or not – the backstage tour of the memorial theatre in Stratford upon Avon is fascinating. The RSC has its own wig makers, armourers, leather workers – all geared to creating the world’s finest productions…

Southend literally has all the fun of the fair and those rip-roaring summer days on roller coasters, but there's much more... the world's longest seaside Pier at more than a mile ! Good eating round town - but within ten…

Southwold is a charming, cultured little "time warp" which feels more like the 1950s than the 21st century. The quaint beach huts, the unspoilt Adnams brewery pubs, the style of shops on the High Street - they are all so…

This is simply one of the great Victorian engineering feats. The SS Great Britain designed by Brunel and brought home and restored in her home port is beautifully displayed. She was actually built in this very dock !

Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border and a couple of miles north of Ludlow, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form…

This is a World Heritage Site writ very large indeed. Stonehenge is one of just a handful of places in Europe that travellers from outside Europe demand to see. It's spiritual and yet stunning in its huge presence. This guide…

Warwick Castle lively history. 'Murder Holes' from which you don't escape. Excellent waxworks in castle rooms ...1898 dinner party ... King Edward VII, Lord Curzon. Lord Leicester Hospital built 1383. St Marys Church, Beauchamp Chapel. Doll Museum fascinating. Stoneleigh ...…

This guide takes you to the historic and very pretty north Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby. Captain James Cook - the navigator who first mapped New Zealand and eastern Australia grew up in Whitby. It was here that Bram Stoker…

Wigan Pier is a genuine place - a busy industrial hub on the old canal network of Britain - although it became a bit of a joke as people thought they were going to see a seaside pier like Brighton…

Winchester is one of England's most delightfully unspoilt and medieval-feeling cities. It was King Alfred the Great's capital of Wessex before the Norman conquest but maintained its powerful historic position after 1066. It clusters around a marvellous cathedral but also…

Winston Churchill was born in 1874 in the middle of a posh Ball being held in his ancestral home - Blenheim Palace - in Oxfordshire. Churchill was a descendant of John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, who defeated the…

2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill's death. During heavy German wartime bombing from 1940 onwards Britain's War Cabinet, led by Winston Churchill, often met deep underground just a hundred metres from No 10 Downing Street. These are now run…

When Churchill wasn't working through the World War II from the underground Cabinet War rooms in London - or living life above ground in 10, Downing Street - he revelled in the pleasures of his country estate at Chartwell in…

York has history oozing up out of its cobblestoned streets. The Minster - one of Europe's greatest medieval cathedrals; Yorvik which recreates Viking York; narrow, characterful streets like The Shambles; the fascinating National Railway Museum; one of a kind shopping…


NARROWBOAT BREAK UK; THAMES AND WEY from Tim Richards on Vimeo.

This is another of the cheap-and-cheerful videos I made for BBC Choice TV in the UK and which were broadcast in 2000. I filmed, scripted, fronted and edited all the thirteen pieces. Enjoy !! Tim… tim.richards@virgin.net