Planning a trip to England
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jul 24, 2012 2:54 PM Last Post By: yofletch
Jul 23, 2012 2:33 PM
Planning a trip to EnglandMy wife and I are in the initial stages of planning a 2 week trip to England for the first time. We have thought about staying outside London because London is expensive. Any recommendations as to where to stay? We would use this as a jumping off point to visit London as well as other cities. We would like to visit Bath, The Cotswolds and maybe York. Proximity to transit is important. Any recommendations as to "must sees" would be appreciated. Thank you very much
Jul 23, 2012 4:52 PM
Jul 23, 2012 7:16 PM
2Staying in London would obviously give you the best public transport links to get to other places. However, if would prefer to stay outside of London, I think you could consider staying on the Western edge of London. You will then be on the right side of the city to go West, to get to Bath and the Cotswolds. Also you will be able to get into central London by train or underground quite easily, to take some day trips in the city.
In terms of "must sees" in England, there are many, but I think Windsor is a pleasant place to visit for a day.
In London itself, it's nice to take a walk on Primrose Hill and the area around it. Abbey Road studios are also nearby.
Jul 24, 2012 2:29 AM
3I have to disagree that arriving in London at 10 am means you've lost half the morning - unless you are working, there's not much point being in London earlier, quite a few visitor things don't open until then. Probably because the fares are more expensive unless you arrive after 0930, and visitors will want to avoid rush hour anyway. Move to UK hours, don't be eating dinner at 6pm unless you want to lose the evening.
with the possible exception of Bath, the other places are not a day trip unless you have a car, and even then it will be rushed.
check London fares on www.tfl.gov.uk, British Rail fares on thetrainline.com, and if you were considering a car, remember that fuel is £1.35 a litre at the moment.
Jul 24, 2012 2:41 AM
4£1.35 a litre? Ouch ;)
Here in Germany unleaded is the equivalent of £1.23 whilst diesel is £1.11!
Jul 24, 2012 4:12 AM
5Could you tell us roughly when you are planning to visit as it might help both in terms of where to stay and suggested places to visit. Bath Cotswolds and York would give you a god experience of different parts of England and travel between them is quite easy by bus and train, though hiring a car for a couple of days for touring round the Cotswolds might enable you to visit more places.
Are you open to suggesting perhaps a week in the London area and a week touring - say a couple of nights in Bath, a couple in the Cotswolds, and 2 or 3 in York (York is quite a good centre and you could make some day trips from there).
Jul 24, 2012 4:49 AM
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Jul 24, 2012 2:04 PM
11Well, if you're into Festivals and major events, consider Brighton Fringe festival, (horse) racing at York, the cheese rolling in Gloucestershire, Chelsea Flower show, Badmington horse trials, the Royal Windsor horse show (the Queen usually turns up for that), Bath spring flower show, Chatsworth international horse trials, Glyndebourne international opera festival, Hay festival in Hay-on-Wye (major book festival), Weymouth beach kite festival, Cheltenham jazz festival or the BMW PGA golf tournament in Surrey.
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