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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (Museum, Buxton)

This free museum is well worth a visit. Only 5-10 minutes from the shops in town or 2 minutes if you are up on the marketplace. Plenty of finds from medieval going back to the middle palaeolithic.

Possibly not somewhere your kids will demand to go back to again and again however!

A blog of selected artefacts on display can be viewed here:
http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/post/127014/weblog/a_trip_to_buxton_museum.html
26th January 2014ce

Wells and Mendip Museum (Museum, Wells)

A nice local museum well worth a visit if you are in the area. It has a fair few display cases containing prehistoric artefacts, not all with a location marked as they've come from collections... 28th April 2011ce

Bridge of Muchalls (Bed & Breakfast, Inverurie)

This is a lovely B&B less than a km from Castle Fraser. Eleanor & Jim were very friendly and interested in hearing about the circles. Its reasonably priced at 50quid for a double for 2 people for 1 night. Breakfast was a hearty well-cooked breakfast combined with a lovely view of Mither Tap and visits from a woodpecker who lives in the Castle Fraser woods.

Its well placed for RSC visiting with Inverurie less than 5 miles away.
9th December 2006ce

The Kings Arms (Pub, Weymouth)

A lovely "local" pub with a huge beer garden that is situated on the b road from Weymouth to Abbotsbury.
The drinks are slightly overpriced for the area (2+ a pint) but not so much as to inhibit the flow of alcohol down my throat. The food is gorgeous, though again costs slightly more than I'd like to pay (about 7-8 for a main meal). However they do a fine line in steaks, hitting the bloody side of rare superbly.
During the day the pub is quiet and has a fair share of locals and tourists. By the evening most of the tourists go home but the locals are very friendly and this is a really nice pub to get absolutely blotto in.
It has a pool table, table football and darts. Also several quiet little corners, a dining area and on a saturday night someones dad djing in the corner with his mobile disco.
8th July 2002ce

Portesham Dairy Farm Camp Site (Camping Site, Weymouth)

Marked as Marsh Farm on the OS map (and multimap).
This is a cheery little campsite with half its area devoted to caravans, most of whom seem to be fixed, which gives the site a very friendly family atmosphere.
It has toilets, showers, washing machines & sinks. Also a little camp shop. We paid 8 / night for 2 ppl in early July 2002, though they do vary their prices according to the season.
The location of the site is fantastic for exploring the megaliths nearby; The Hellstone is within an hours walk, Hampton / Portesham Down Circle, The Grey Mare & Kingston Russell circle are all within a days walking. Plus Abbotsbury is only 3 miles away and Chesil beach a further 2 miles beyond that.
8th July 2002ce
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