Where to go on weekend trips from London
Replies: 44 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2011 9:25 PM Last Post By: TomThePom93
Nov 21, 2011 5:45 AM
Nov 21, 2011 5:48 AM
31But, my favorite UK Chirstmas activity by far has to be the Calypso steel drum band that play Regent Street (not sure of the name the one with Selfridges etc) that play the best damn Christmas carols in the UK Caribbean style - not to be missed.
Edited by: GAW ... utterly hopeless with street names, but fantastic at getting lost and finding interesting whatnotsits
Nov 21, 2011 1:15 PM
32#12 - I will definitely considering Rotterdam. Maybe sometime in January?
#13 - I was thinking of doing Cork and I went to Dublin and Belfast for st paddies day.
#16 - I was planning to go Krakow along with Warsaw during the Euros next yr. Kill 2 birds ;)
#17 - stanstead is just way too far for us where we live in London. Vienna we are definitely doing.
#21 - I actually didnt even consider Wales. Thanks for that ! I do like festivals and am major bummed that glastonbury isnt happening next yr =(.
#22 - I do snowboard and we are trying to organise a trip however it seems that most places require a minimum of 1 week and I just don't think my gf and I can hack boarding for a whole week. Would you happen to know a place with nice slopes but close enough that we can do day trips say every 2nd day somewhere? You mentioned Innsbruck. Would this be what I am after?
#24 - thanks for that mate. really appreciate it. you are totally right regarding trips tailored for the weekend.
#26 - yes please could you send me the link? I will be heading to budapest after xmas for new years and going to prague spefically for the markets. I've been told that its the best.
Nov 22, 2011 5:10 AM
Visiting lovely London don't forget do come and see the Portobello Market near Notting Hill Station. Lovely atmosphere, a lot of smiling people, antiques, and tasty sausages being served by the German Food staff. See you there, then...
Nov 22, 2011 12:58 PM
Nov 22, 2011 7:30 PM
35Oxford and Cambridge Universities are an easy day trip from London...
Oxford is twice as far as Cambridge by train...from London...
Cambridge uses Kings Cross Station...and Oxford... Paddington Station...about 20 and 40 pounds one way respectively
There is a hostel right next to the train station in Oxford... Trains back to London from Cambridge run hourly...so no problem getting back...
Nice day trip... Oxford is very crowded with tourists on weekend days...but the club crowd takes over at night...
Nov 23, 2011 1:47 AM
36#34 - I have been told that its best to go Oxford and Cambridge when you know someone to show you around. Is this true? We were thinking about going with one of the tours I saw in my lonely planet guide but I'm wondering if its actually worth while? would those two places be good to go during january? our december calendar weekends is pretty packed with bath, stonehedge, prague, budapest. I'm hoping to squeeze one more day trip in there as well. possible winchester?
Nov 23, 2011 2:01 AM
37If it's early Jan, before term starts, then more Cambridge & Oxford colleges will be open to tourists than after students get back. Walking tours can be good - I have lived in Cambridge for about 12 years, plus a few shorter periods in late 1980s / early 1990s, working in various research and tourist locations. Last winter, staff of a couple of country parks had a tour led by a blue badge guide who is also a road sweeper, so his tour included lots of less typical factors - not just colleges, but why things are like they are for residents etc. If you're not competent on a punt, then winter is actually a better time to try, as there are far fewer on the river - as a resident who regularly canoes on River Cam, we very rarely go downstream of the rollers (Anchor Pub / Silver Street) during summer, when dodging ineptly steered punts makes it a frustrating and less than enjoyable experience. If punts make it upstream of the rollers, it's usually because there is at least one competent punt user on board.
Nov 23, 2011 7:43 AM
38Hey John, I just came back from a weekend traveling down to the west country in England, stopping by Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford on the way to some awesome beaches. Anyway, I rented a Wicked Campervan from London to do this trip as they have a weekend special on just now where the vans are just £69 for a weekends hire. So thought i'd let you guys know as it might be a good, cheap way for you to get around for some weekend trips around the UK.
Nov 23, 2011 8:01 AM
Nov 23, 2011 12:11 PM
Nov 23, 2011 3:52 PM
41It's worth considering Athens or Istanbul. Obviously Athens gives you some great sights, and Istanbul will let you experience a totally different culture.
Both are accessible from Heathrow for around £180 return flights, with departure times to suit you, Athens with BA/Aegean airlines, and Istanbul BA/Turkish airlines.
Try skyscanner.net where you can get lists of various departure times. Flight duration is around 4 hrs, but with the time difference you can head back at 8pm and arrive back in London by 10.
Nov 26, 2011 4:24 PM
42Eastbourne on the south east coast of England. You can get there direct from Victoria train station in just over 1.5hrs for as cheap as £4 per person if you book in advance. Wait until it's nice weather though, brilliant coastline, nice beaches, a pier, lots of traditional fish&chip/ice cream places, also have some nice walks you can do including Beachy Head and a little further down the coast there's Seven Sisters. If you'd prefer more inland walking there's the South Downs.
My family live there, I normally live in London, and on a summers day the coastline is hard to beat.
Doesn't have the thrill of some places but for the cost you can't complain and people should really visit it at least once.
Nov 26, 2011 5:30 PM
Dec 4, 2011 9:25 PM
44Edinburgh this time of year is well worth the trip up if you get the chance, the Christmas markets, the castle, and the sub freezing climate (last time I was up that way, anyhow!) just couldn't be a better setting in the lead up for Christmas.
Also there are a lot of cheap deals going this time of year for accommodation packages in Blackpool, it makes a good stop over when heading north to Scotland anyway, and as tacky as some may see it I still think it is worth a visit, if not just to say you have been there!
Also Centre parcs in Whinfell, swimming outside in those giant warm swimming pools whilst snowflakes hit the water around you. Not a bad experience, although the prices seem to have risen significantly since my last visit. Good base to explore Cumbria from, I think the downfall would be the public transport issue though.
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