He has also represented Wales in the Wales under-21 and senior level, scoring on his debut for the national team in 2008, and thus a total of 13 performances. Portillo will travel to County Wicklow, where he attended the Meeting of the waters in Avoca, and he ends up in the town of Wicklow, where he learns of a 19th-century scheme to combat the disease in the Irish capital of Dublin and traveling in a Victorian era, horse-drawn barrel-top caravan. Edited versions of the episodes, reduced to about 23 minutes (without commercials), have been shown on the TV channel Yesterday. Travel South to Kidderminster, he visited the Royal Mail sorting office and finds out about the great post-innovator Sir Rowland Hill. The weekly trip is selected to fit with a theme, either geographically, such as coast-to-coast, or historical. Eventually, in Gloucester, he finds out why the station became infamous for lost Luggage, and met a stonemason who invites him away to have a go at the Cathedral of the city. He experiences Victorian entertainment, hears how the Railways took Welsh textiles, even in the most exclusive households and unleashes the power of a 19th-century engineering triumph. In Linlithgow, he marvels at the ingenuity of the engineers, the builders of the Union Canal and experiences a 21st century technological refinement in Falkirk. He then travels to the capital, the first railway and admires the remarkable brick viaduct on which it was built. He visited a factory where the traditional hickory-shafted clubs and ventures out on the green. He ends this stage in Chelmsford, the home of the world’s first purpose-built radio equipment factory, established by Guglielmo Marconi.. On the river Usk, he learns 19th-century developments in angling before they ended up in Ascott-under-Wychwood – once the scene of a farm labourers’ dispute in riots. He also gets fitted for a Fedora (felt hat) in Denton and learns how the Railways helped to ensure that the fish and chips. In Olney, he learns about a poet whose words are still sung today and explores the first purpose-built railway town of Wolverton. The Duke of Devonshire managed the city market, to the refined upper crust of Victorian London. In Eastbourne, he learns the 7
You cross the Firth of Forth via the legendary red bridge, he arrives in Edinburgh in the middle of the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he treads the boards in an unconventional adaptation of a play by Oscar Wilde. His last stop is the Christ’s College at Cambridge University, where he finds out about the study of the time of Charles Darwin. On the Holy island of Lindisfarne, Portillo explores the lime kilns and finds out how Christianity spread from here in the North of England in the 7th Century. He crosses then to Derbyshire to railway engineer George Stephenson in his last resting-place in Chesterfield, before concluding his journey to Chatsworth House, one of the first stately homes to welcome visitors by rail.
He reaches for the stars at the Armagh Observatory and travels in style along the steam railway of Downpatrick.
He also follows in the footsteps of many 19th-century industrial employees, the day trips to Hebden Bridge to walk in the Calder Valley.
Next, he visits the spectacular house and gardens of Powerscourt in County Wicklow, and then she finds out, like Ireland, was on the map.
He ends this journey on London Bridge, where two stations are one, and a new station hall was built..
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Then he places with volunteers who look after the Gwili Railway, and ends with his leg in Swansea, where he learns how to pose for a photograph in Victorian style.. He ends this stage in King’s Lynn, where he reveals, to claim an ambitious plan, Laundry in Bradshaw’s day. Continuing his journey South West into Essex, he helps, and dredging for oysters off Mersea Island before taking the train to Witham, where he discovers a model farming establishment at Tiptree. He takes a tour of underneath the arches with a Victorian map of the poverty of those who lived here once. Following In the footsteps of Victorian holidaymakers, he travels North to Crieff to the popular Crieff Hydro.
Over the city is the Royal Holloway College, now part of the University of London, where Portillo, the institution philanthropist discovered roots.
He learns about a Tudor businessman who manufactured cloth in enormous quantities in Newbury, and ends this leg of his journey in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, where a local manufacturer describes his Victorian forebears were the first to be licensed in the UK, in order to vulcanise rubber.
Next stop is the medieval town of Tewkesbury, scene of a grisly battle during the Wars of the roses, where he joined a group of re-enactors for a taste of the action. In the small market town of Narberth, he examines, what is to dress up the cause of the rebels as women, later spending the night in a Hotel in Carmarthen where Horatio Nelson once Emma Hamilton met. His next stop is Darlington, where he met the editor of the Northern Echo and finds out about the colourful history of the WT Stead, one of his predecessors.