The smallest house in Britain has been a popular tourist attraction for decades now, and most visitors agree that it’s exactly want it says on the tin.
But for some, it’s apparently “too small”? Yes, we’re just as confused as you are.
If you’re not familiar with the little property and what makes tens of thousands of people flock to visit it each year, The Smallest House in Great Britain can be found nestled at the end of a row of terraced houses on Conwy’s quayside in Wales, and even though it may be tiny, you really can’t miss it because the outside is painted bright red.
A national treasure that’s well worth a few minutes of your time, the tiny house stands at 122 inches tall and is only 72 inches wide, with just 1.5 sq m of usable floor space.
Although it may seem too small to live in, the house is actually extremely practical, with just enough room for a single bed, a fireplace, and a coal bunker, and it was actually occupied by several different families for more than 300 years right up until May 1900.
But ever since then, it has been visited and marvelled at by millions from around the world.
Even though the clue is in the name, it turns out that some visitors to The Smallest House in Great Britain over the years have been astonished to find out that it is, in fact, a “very small house”, and they’ve taken to TripAdvisor to air their grumbles about the size of it.
/ Credit: TripAdvisor
“Yeah….. it’s a tiny house. Nothing amazing, just a cute photo opportunity especially with kids, so if you’re in the area, just stroll by,” one review reads.
Another matter-of-fact review sums the house up quite brutally: “It’s a small house on the sea front, it’s very small and to be honest, it’s hard to fill out 100 characters as it’s not very big, says it all.”
Some reviewers also moaned that the tourist attraction is lacking in capacity and facilities, with one person claiming they “couldn’t spend more than half an hour there,” and another saying there “wasn’t enough space to turn around.”
It was also dubbed nothing more than a “small extension” by one unimpressed reviewer.
Overall, most visitors seemed to be suitably impressed by what they saw though and loved getting to experience the history, character, and period charm on offer – but one reviewer summed up the general consensus best: “Worth seeing and worth going in, but once you’ve visited, you won’t need to visit again.”
Well, fair enough.
Featured Image – Visit Conwy
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents
A Greater Manchester care home is calling on locals to take their dogs down to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to help cheer up the residents.
After recent studies have shown that introducing dogs into care home settings can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction among the community, Abney Court Care Home in the Trafford town of Cheadle – which sits within the picturesque grounds of Abney Hall Park – has decided to host its very-own ‘Canine Café’ next week.
But in a bid to make sure there’s enough canine cuddles for all the residents, staff at the home are asking the public to bring their own four-legged friends down to the party.
Abney Court created the canine-themed event after being inspired by the positive impact previous animal visits have had on residents’ wellbeing in the past, and after hearing how much they missed the company of their own pets from their younger years.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents / Credit: Care UK (via Facebook)
Taking place next Friday 8 March from 11am-12pm, Abney Court’s ‘Canine Café’ gives attendees the chance to enjoy loads of tasty puppy-themed treats and drinks, all while being in the company of furry friends.
Of course, all four-legged guests will be taken good care of too.
Not only will the pups be able to enjoy plenty of fuss from the home’s residents, but they’ll also get the opportunity to play with the other pooches, and be treated to their very-own ‘pup cake’ too.
There’ll also be lots of garden games and a raffle too, so everyone has a shot a winning a whole host of goodies to take home.
Inviting the Greater Manchester public down to the party next week, Amcia Hara, who is the Home Manager at Abney Court, said: “We are looking forward to inviting the local community to our Canine Café, as atudies have shown that introducing dogs into care homes can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction.
“The human-animal bond is powerful in promoting self-esteem and wellbeing, which is exactly why we feel our Canine Café is set to be a brilliant event.
“Whether you have your own dog or simply an animal lover, we’d encourage you to come along to our event.”
Abney Court Care Home’s Canine Café is happening next Friday 8 March from 11am-12pm.
Featured Image – Abney Court (via Facebook)
Jason Manford is joining the cast of Waterloo Road as the new headteacher
The BBC has announced that Jason Manford will be joining the cast of Waterloo Road, and he’s got himself a starring role in it too.
The famous Manc may be more known for his stand-up comedy, screen presenting work, and on-stage musicaltheatre gigs – but now, he’s giving TV acting a go, and will be stepping into the role of the fictional school’s new headteacher in the next series of the show that’s set to air later this year.
Manford will play Steve Savage – or Mr Savage, to the kids – who goes on to have a big impact on the staff and pupils at Waterloo Road, but not before he ruffles a few feathers along the way.
While the BBC has teased that Manford’s new role as headteacher will leave people questioning how the future looks for current headteacher Kim Campbell, viewers will apparently just have to “wait and see” how the storyline plays out.
Manford has admitted it’s an “absolute treat” to have joined the cast of the popular show.
Speaking on his new role as the casting was announced on the official BBC social media platforms yesterday, Manford said: “What an absolute treat it is to join the cast and crew of Waterloo Road, right here in my home city of Manchester.
“My kids and I binged the show during lockdown.
“It’s such a brilliant and iconic show, so I’m dead proud to now be part of its history. Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher, and now becoming a headteacher, I know I would have been terrible.”
Alongside Manford in his new role, the BBC has also announced that a whole host of other new characters are being thrown into the mix for the next series too – including Saira Choudhry as Nisha Chandra, the school’s newest maths teacher, and a gaggle of new students played by Olly Rhodes, Nathan Wood, Sonya Nisa, Miya Ocego, Danny Murphy, and Matthew Khan.
Jason Manford is joining the cast of Waterloo Road as the new headteacher / Credit: BBC
Fellow famous Mancs Adam Thomas and Kym Marsh are also set to return, alongside the rest of the current teaching staff and plenty of the same students.
Waterloo Road has continued to remain as popular as ever since its long-awaited return to TV screens last year, with the latest reboot series having been watched weekly on BBC One by audiences in their millions.
It’s also cemented its position as one of the top shows on BBC iPlayer for viewers under 35 too.