London, Scotland (Edinburgh & Glasgow) – 7 days
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jan 30, 2013 9:06 PM Last Post By: SophieWilson
Jan 20, 2013 1:33 AM
I’m in the midst of my planning for a trip to England & Scotland for 7 days in mid-October which will start from London after a Eurostar train ride from Paris. I will be spending 2 days in London before proceeding to Liverpool & Manchester (a day each) & follows by Edinburgh & Glasgow (2 days each) before flying back to Frankfurt to catch the flight home(Singapore). My questions are – what are the affordable modes of transportation to travel around Great Britain and attractions to visit that is worth the price? What is the difference between purchasing the London Visitor Travel Card & Oyster Card that will suit me well?
This is my first trip to UK, any suggestions/ advices are definitely welcome & thanks in advance. ;)
Jan 20, 2013 1:53 AM
1I love Glasgow, but according it the same amount of time as London is madness. Your itinerary is 8 days not 7, and does not seem to allow for travel time between cities. I suggest you drop either Liverpool or Manchester, or preferably both, and actually see something besides a train station on this trip.
Jan 20, 2013 2:44 AM
Jan 20, 2013 9:27 AM
3'what are the affordable modes of transportation to travel around Great Britain'
Advance rail and Megabus fares, really cheap. Just check out all the T's&C's before you book and travel.
Jan 20, 2013 10:29 AM
4Anything is affordable if you have the money!
What do you want to see in Liverpool or Manchester? So you want to go to Glasgow because it is cool? Suggest you do some research on these cities and decide what you want to do before deciding on your itinerary. Also the UK does not consist only of cities. There is lots of countryside, historical buildings, coastal scenery etc to see as well.
Jan 20, 2013 12:58 PM
5any particular reason why you have chosen Manchester & Liverpool as other places to stop?
I think York is a better place to visit than Liverpool, unless you are after the Beatles experience - which personally I wouldn't bother with, then again depends on your likes.
I would also consider basing myself in either Glasgow or Edinburgh - my choice would be Edinburgh
At this point, I think you need to do a bit more research on the 'must' see/do, to figure out which towns you really need to stay in and for how long.
Jan 21, 2013 6:44 AM
6mickyfinn - thanks for the info! shall do it in depth.. ;)
Pedro555 & Poppy G
everything is expensive in Europe so shall depends on the budget available. A high possibility I will skip Liverpool & go to Manchester itself. Manchester is one of the notable for its music & culture scene nevertheless wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to visit and as well a man u fan myself though no offence intended. hehe.
UK is rich in history, culture & its magnificent countryside & views which are my interest. Thus overwhelming choices to choose from. But most importantly, I have read a lot of books on Scotland in particular which describes a lot of the native language, Gaelic , the culture, tales, the countryside & etc that gets me fascinated & interested to experience and learn about it.
Thank you for all the comments & advice. I shall do a lot more reading on towns that I will wish to go. cheers! ;)
Jan 22, 2013 12:54 AM
7Perhaps before you make a decision on Liverpool over Manchester, have a look at -
I'm sure you are already aware that the fastest trains between the two take under an hour and the cheapest fares are available (in advance) for £4 one way. It would be possible, as you suggested, to still do both easily.
Jan 22, 2013 4:26 PM
I’m in the midst of my planning for a trip to England & Scotland for 7 days in mid-October which will start from London after a Eurostar train ride from Paris. I will be spending 2 days in London
You need more than two days in London, it's by far an away the biggest city in Europe with tons to do a few touristy ideas:
- Houses of Parliament (& Big Ben)
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Madame Tuessauds
- Hyde Park
- Olympic Park
- Tower of London
- Natural History Museum
- Tate Modern
- St. Pauls Cathedral
- Kew Gardens
- Westfield Shopping Centres
- Camden Market
Its worth noting that the vast majority of Museums in London have free entry, and so great for the holiday budget (although a donation would be nice!)
before proceeding to Liverpool & Manchester (a day each)
google visitmanchester & visitliverpool to check out what you might want to do.
both great but you can't give these cities the same amount of time as London.
what are the affordable modes of transportation to travel around Great Britain
Anywhere outside of London stick to the trains, buses are unreliable, infrequent and often very expensive. Book your train tickets online ahead of time and pick them up at the relevant departure stations to save on travel costs.
Have fun and enjoy the greatest city in the world! (London...not Manchester)
Jan 30, 2013 9:06 PM
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