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Tinkfan
15-08-2009, 01:54 PM
:wave: For all you Brits out there, I need serious help!! ( well besides the obvious!) DH and I are in the inital planning phase of either a trip out west or to the UK. If we go to the UK I don't even know where to begin. We want of course to see London but we really want to see the out of the way places and the places where you would vacation. Any recommendations would be great. Good hotels and just about everything!!We would like to keep the cost at a moderate level if possible! Thanks guys :yes:

Dawn
15-08-2009, 02:27 PM
How long would the trip be and what sort of things would you like to see?

sunsetlakes
15-08-2009, 02:29 PM
What time of year would you be planning to come over as that could seriously impact on how far north you travel. London is wonderful and there's loads to do, some of it free of charge too (always a bonus). We live in Wiltshire and its a beautiful County with Stonehenge, Avebury and the Cotswolds all close by and well worth a visit. One of my favourite hotels is this one Cardynham House Rooms (http://www.cardynham.co.uk/rooms.html) - check out the pool room if you want a couple of nights of luxury with 4 poster bed, and it's own private pool. All the rooms are nice though and boast the Old English charm.

If you need any specific help with areas and whats available in those areas just give us a shout, i'd be more than happy to do a bit of personal research for you :hug2:

Slowhand
15-08-2009, 03:45 PM
There are some great places to visit in the UK, but please choose where you would like to visit with care as our roads are very crowded and journey times can be huge...assuming that you would be renting a car that is.

Tinkfan
15-08-2009, 04:03 PM
How long would the trip be and what sort of things would you like to see?

It would be for 2 weeks most likely, we would also rent a car :unsure:. I guess we would fly in and out of London? If that is the best then 3 days at the start to do the tourist things and the day before we fly out as well? After that where would you go? We want to see Stone Henge of course but beyond that we are in your hands!!! Oh it would be in the summer. The end of June - beginning of July.

Dawn
15-08-2009, 04:10 PM
Flying in and out of London would be easiest for sure. But understand you will need to get from the airport - and technically London has 4 airports - to where you are staying. A car is a good idea but again our roads are not like yours and it generally takes longer to get anywhere so don't be too ambitious in what you plan.

And yes, Stonehenge. Well it's just some rocks in a field. And that's it. Don't plan on spending more than an hour there. :lol:

ukwdwnut
15-08-2009, 04:45 PM
devon and cornwall is beautiful if you get good weather :yes: :D

ukwdwnut
15-08-2009, 04:45 PM
And yes, Stonehenge. Well it's just some rocks in a field. And that's it. Don't plan on spending more than an hour there. :lol:

as long as that :lol:

Jodie
15-08-2009, 07:07 PM
York (http://www.visityork.org/) always attracts a squillion tourists every year and we enjoy a few days a year there.

It is 'up north' mind so would need to be combined with another area such as Yorkshire Dales (http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/) or the Peak District (http://www.peakdistrict.org/) or the Lake District (http://www.lake-district.gov.uk/).

York is about 4-5ish hours north of London and f you headed even further north you could always fly back home via Manchester aiport (http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf#70) if you could get a decent car hire company that would let you drop off there instead of returning to London.

Up north also has tacky..... Blackpool (http://www.visitblackpool.com/)

mainecoon lover
15-08-2009, 07:38 PM
You would not need a car for the days you are in London, so look at booking one for when you are traveling on.
Dawn is right about Stonehenge, it will not take you long. There are some beautiful places in Devon leading down to Cornwall. We do get some nice weather around June but saying that we all know what our english weather is like. Scotland and the lake district is also beautiful but i do not think you can fit it all in. I would decide if i wanted to go North or South.

josh.p.
16-08-2009, 12:20 AM
I can't believe no-one has mentioned Liverpool and Chester!! The chester walls are stunning and there is some great stuff to do in Liverpool too. Could be combined with a trip to Yorkshire or surrounding area?

Tinkfan
16-08-2009, 03:23 AM
Flying in and out of London would be easiest for sure. But understand you will need to get from the airport - and technically London has 4 airports - to where you are staying. A car is a good idea but again our roads are not like yours and it generally takes longer to get anywhere so don't be too ambitious in what you plan.

And yes, Stonehenge. Well it's just some rocks in a field. And that's it. Don't plan on spending more than an hour there. :lol:

:ROFL1::ROFL1: Too funny!!

Tinkfan
16-08-2009, 03:24 AM
What time of year would you be planning to come over as that could seriously impact on how far north you travel. London is wonderful and there's loads to do, some of it free of charge too (always a bonus). We live in Wiltshire and its a beautiful County with Stonehenge, Avebury and the Cotswolds all close by and well worth a visit. One of my favourite hotels is this one Cardynham House Rooms (http://www.cardynham.co.uk/rooms.html) - check out the pool room if you want a couple of nights of luxury with 4 poster bed, and it's own private pool. All the rooms are nice though and boast the Old English charm.

If you need any specific help with areas and whats available in those areas just give us a shout, i'd be more than happy to do a bit of personal research for you :hug2:

That looks lovely, will put that on my list!!:yes:

Tinkfan
16-08-2009, 03:29 AM
:wave: Well, do we go North or south?! If i was putting a list together London- days 1-3, where do we go for days 4-6, and 7-9? :slap:

Deb
16-08-2009, 09:29 AM
Well, I think it depends what interests you mainly about Britain....cities and their architecture and amazing cathedrals? Castle? Stately homes? The countryside? The coast? So, lets assume you're going with the North option....

Durham Durham Tourism - your guide to the City of Durham (http://www.durhamtourism.co.uk/) and York Welcome To Visit York Tourist Information - Weekend Breaks Weekday Trip York (http://www.visityork.org/) are both perfect examples of old town centre and stunning cathedrals. Castle Howard Castle Howard - Home (http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/metadot/index.pl) and Chatsworth Chatsworth house official website (http://www.chatsworth.org/) are wonderful stately homes. They are all in an area that can be done in a few days together, and see Yorkshire (and come and see me!!). Then the Lake District Lake District National Park - Home page (http://www.lake-district.gov.uk/) is wonderful for scenery, and is compact compared to Scotland. It was the home of Beatrix Potter and poets like Wordsworth, and ancient stone ciclres like Catlerigg Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick, is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. (http://www.visitcumbria.com/kes/casstone.htm)

And for castles and coastline in my eyes Northumberland is wonderful Visit Northumberland | Northumberland cottages, hotels, B&Bs and attractions (http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/) espcecially Bamburgh Bamburgh Parish Website (http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/) which we think is the best beach and the most wonderful view.

If any of those were an option I'd recommend some hotels (or my spare room!!).

Of course I am biased. I know there are heaps of gorgeous areas in the UK to visit. But if you are looking for a taste of all of the different elements of Britain you also need to be able to reach everything easily or you could spend all your time travelling. So maybe a couple of days round York, including visiting a stately home, then a day in Durham, drive to Northumberland for a day or two, drive to the Lake District for the rest, then back to London (where maybe Windsor is a definite!).

Of course you'll probably change your mind a zillion times before you get here, but the researching is all part of the fun!!

josh.p.
16-08-2009, 09:59 AM
Not sure if you are an animal fan but if you do come up north, Chester Zoo is a *must*
Chester Zoo - Welcome to Chester Zoo - a great day out for all the family (http://www.chesterzoo.org/)

Tinkfan
16-08-2009, 12:26 PM
Everything sounds so wonderful, I've never been out of the US before except to Canada of course. Deb, everything you mentioned is great!!! We love anything to do with history at our house. The age of everything is simply awe inspiring in England. Here our house is considered to be old because it was built in 1827!! I guess I'll have to get a map and see what is the best route to go! of course I blame all you wonderful people here posting your local vacations, they all sound so wonderful. What to choose? It really helps to have all the suggestions and links. Was it as confusing for you guys to come to Florida for the first time?

Tinkfan
16-08-2009, 12:27 PM
Well, I think it depends what interests you mainly about Britain....cities and their architecture and amazing cathedrals? Castle? Stately homes? The countryside? The coast? So, lets assume you're going with the North option....

Durham Durham Tourism - your guide to the City of Durham (http://www.durhamtourism.co.uk/) and York Welcome To Visit York Tourist Information - Weekend Breaks Weekday Trip York (http://www.visityork.org/) are both perfect examples of old town centre and stunning cathedrals. Castle Howard Castle Howard - Home (http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/metadot/index.pl) and Chatsworth Chatsworth house official website (http://www.chatsworth.org/) are wonderful stately homes. They are all in an area that can be done in a few days together, and see Yorkshire (and come and see me!!). Then the Lake District Lake District National Park - Home page (http://www.lake-district.gov.uk/) is wonderful for scenery, and is compact compared to Scotland. It was the home of Beatrix Potter and poets like Wordsworth, and ancient stone ciclres like Catlerigg Castlerigg Stone Circle, near (http://www.visitcumbria.com/kes/casstone.htm)

Keswick, is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria.

And for castles and coastline in my eyes Northumberland is wonderful Visit Northumberland | Northumberland cottages, hotels, B&Bs and attractions (http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/) espcecially Bamburgh Bamburgh Parish Website (http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/) which we think is the best beach and the most wonderful view.

If any of those were an option I'd recommend some hotels (or my spare room!!).

Of course I am biased. I know there are heaps of gorgeous areas in the UK to visit. But if you are looking for a taste of all of the different elements of Britain you also need to be able to reach everything easily or you could spend all your time travelling. So maybe a couple of days round York, including visiting a stately home, then a day in Durham, drive to Northumberland for a day or two, drive to the Lake District for the rest, then back to London (where maybe Windsor is a definite!).

Of course you'll probably change your mind a zillion times before you get here, but the researching is all part of the fun!!

Deb, are you near Yorkshire?

Tinkfan
16-08-2009, 12:31 PM
Not sure if you are an animal fan but if you do come up north, Chester Zoo is a *must*
Chester Zoo - Welcome to Chester Zoo - a great day out for all the family (http://www.chesterzoo.org/)

Josh, that's a great suggestion! DS 12 loves animals. In fact we're going to the Cleveland Zoo in Ohio in 2 weeks! That's an awesome zoo as well with a great rainforest. I don't know how to post a link for you to check it out! How are your turtles? They are one of Tylers favorite things in Cleveland.:yes:

Deb
16-08-2009, 07:23 PM
Deb, are you near Yorkshire?

Yes, we're in North Yorkshire, if you look for a town called Richmond we're about 3 miles North of that. From our house York would be about an hour's drive, Durham 40 minutes, Lake District is about an hour, so it's a good central point for the North of England :thumbsup:

Jodie
16-08-2009, 09:29 PM
I guess once out of London your first biggie travelling decision needs to be, do you do Devon & Cornwall and a few more bits and bats down south or head up north? It would take far too much of your valuable holiday time to travel to Devon & Cornwall and then try to get up north aswell.

HTH. XX

Tinkfan
17-08-2009, 09:24 PM
:unsure: Which way has more castles and the like? Of course the coastline is awesome as well. Argh, don't know which way to go!1 :mental::mental:

Jodie
17-08-2009, 09:33 PM
You'd be hard pressed to be more than 90mins away from a castle or stately home tbh, whichever way you decide to go there will be plenty to chose from.

Tinkfan
18-08-2009, 03:07 AM
You'd be hard pressed to be more than 90mins away from a castle or stately home tbh, whichever way you decide to go there will be plenty to chose from.


:point: lol!!!