3x young Swedes going to England last week of June, suggestions?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Jun 7, 2012 3:54 AM Last Post By: Fwoggie
Jun 1, 2012 6:43 AM
3x young Swedes going to England last week of June, suggestions?Hi,
We are three Swedish guys (25, 23, 21) arriving in Stansted Airport June 26. We thought of renting a car and go north to Nottingham and York. It would be cheaper than bus or train from what I have seen (which never would happen in Sweden).
I suppose that I will have to drive since I am the only person over 25 so it will be a cheaper insurance? I guess I will have to practice driving on the left side at the airport before hitting the road... ;-)
What companies are the better out of those where you can pick up and leave the car at Stansted?
I heard that YMCA have low price hostels but I only find hostels for homeless people (using Google), I suppose that isn't what we looked for. Anyone knows anything about that? Are there other low cost organisations when it comes to accomodation?
If we should not go to Nottingham/York, where should we go? To save some petrol and costs, what could be nice sights closer to Stansted? I suppose we want places with young people, friendly people, picturesque views, and not too expensive places either, and some good beer.
Jun 1, 2012 8:00 AM
1Hi! Thank you for replying!
I was thinking of Cambridge myself yesterday as I saw it being close to Stansted, I don't know why I overlooked that.
The universityrooms.co.uk website seem to have some very cheap hostels listed there as well, found eg. one in York for £16.20
You or someone else know any trustworthy car rental companies in Cambridge?
Jun 1, 2012 10:51 AM
2Just question, but if you are visiting Nottingham and York have you looked at Flying into East Midlands Airport...!?
Jun 1, 2012 11:39 AM
Jun 1, 2012 3:19 PM
4Try this website for car hire http://www.vroomvroomvroom.co.uk/
Jun 1, 2012 4:38 PM
5Well, no airport here has flights to Newcastle, Leeds nor East Midlands airports. I would then have to change flights in either Amsterdam or Frankfurt and pay 5 to 10 times more. One option was Manchester, but it was outruled cause of the price those dates we are going.
Stansted is already booked.
Jun 2, 2012 3:55 AM
6Regarding trains : as you're all under 26, you're all eligible for 18-25 rail cards. They cost about £28, and a passport photo, but chop a third off most train tickets ( Being British, the pricing structure's a little strange, tickets for trips which start before 10AM on a weekday won't be reduced to less then £12. Apart from in July and August ).
You can also use them when buying Advance tickets off the internet. They remain valid for a year - so if you decide you want to come back next year, they can be re-used.
Don't know if we're allowed to post links here : but enter "16–25 Railcard" into Wikipedia or Google, and you should find more information.
Jun 2, 2012 4:58 AM
Jun 2, 2012 1:21 PM
8Don't forget coaches as a consideration for cheap transport - www.megabus.com is good for pre-booked tickets which can be as low as £1. Also National Express and Greyhound.
I would personally avoid car hire, but that's a matter for you.
www.hostelworld.com is one place to find hostels, however you may prefer to book direct once you've identified a hostel you want to stay at.
Jun 2, 2012 4:55 PM
Jun 3, 2012 3:33 AM
Jun 3, 2012 5:15 AM
11Southwold is nice but as Fwoggie says very much the preserve of monied weekenders. The same goes for Aldeburgh. Still in Suffolk, Orford is a bit less gentrified but doesn't as far as I can recall have a beach, as such.
Into north Norfolk, Wells-next-the-Sea and Sheringham are good options. The beaches are generally better in Norfolk than Suffolk. Avoid Burnham Market ("Chelsea-on-Sea") at all costs. Cromer is a pleasant little seaside town, or there's Great Yarmouth for the full-on British seaside experience - highly tacky but fun enough for a brief visit.
Jun 7, 2012 3:19 AM
Thank you for all tips. Anyway we decided after much discussion (and a very strong will from especially one person in the group who have visited England before) to take a train to Nottingham the first day, stay two nights, then take a train to York and stay two nights, and then leave with a National Express bus in the middle of the night arriving in the morning at Stansted.
Transport was in total 159,1£ which is a bit more than car hiring would cost us, but then petrol, parking would be added and I've never been driving in England before and haven't been driving for over a year here in Sweden, so I think it's for the best not driving the first time :)
So tips for Nottingham and York are strongly appreciated!
Jun 7, 2012 3:49 AM
13For York see the city's tourism website http://www.visityork.org/ . There's enough to keep you busy there for a week or two. I live between Nottingham and York and of the two York has much much more of interest. The city's tourism website is http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/ but there is probably more of interest in the surrounding countryside than in the city. Hope that gives you a start.
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