(Closed) Traveling to England/ scotland. Travel help?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There’s a ton of castles that you can go to.  Glasgow is another nice city.  I know they have a cool museum and it’s just neat to check out the downtown area.  I went there a few years ago to visit a friend.  It was my first international trip and I was rather jet lagged the whole time but it was amazing and gorgeous!  I’d love to go back again. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We went to visit a lake somewhere too and that was really nice.  Loch Lomond and Loch Ness are two really well known ones.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m from the South of England… I strongly recommend going to Bath. It’s my favourite city 🙂 it can be touristy but it is stunning. The Roman baths, Royal Crescent and Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk are excellent. And afternoon tea at Sally Lunn’s 🙂

Then nearby you have Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bristol, Cheddar Gorge. The New Forest is a national park not far away (I live here ha!) and it is beautiful, there are lots of quaint little villages; Beaulieu is a must and Lyndhurst is lovely too. New Forest ponies, cows, donkeys roam freely. Biased, but it’s amazing!

You could also do Oxford or Cambridge, I would do one or the other though rather than both, i’ve only been to Cambridge but they’re apparently very similar. I haven’t been any further north than Cambridge but I hear York is pretty incredible too.

How will you be getting around, will you be driving or using the train network? There is a brilliant cross-country train that has a route from Edinburgh to Southampton, which would then give you connections to Bath, Bristol and Oxford 😛 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Woah woah woah, you already know what there is to do in London? Sweetheart I live 40mins from London (OK, I’m in the countryside but have worked and spent many a weekend there) and I don’t know everything there is to do in London. Also the things I do know of would take weeks of visits to complete! I suppose it can be done but you’ll be missing a fair bit by doing England and Scotland in a week so I really strongly suggest you choose one or the other. I travelled round Scotland for 3weeks after college and went every where, but time was very tight and I wish I’d spent some more time in some of the places. Say you spend a day in Edinburgh and 2days in London that only leaves you with 4 to play in across the 2 countries, excluding travelling time- the UK maybe small but it takes a long time to travel anywhere! The sights of the UK are very spread out, there is the lake district, lots of beautiful countryside in the north of England, London, bath or somewhere like Devon which is a vision of old england- it would take a days travel easily to go from the very north to south.

I would also recommend that you look at tourist guides aimed at people from england/scotland- they are more thorough and accurate.

If I were you I’d either negotiate another week, or, get a job so that there is extra funds to travel for a bit longer.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LittleWigeon:  I second all that – Stonehenge, Salisbury, Bath, etc are all WONDERFUL. 

I also agree with @Darcy212:  if you’ve only got a week, just do england (don’t let FI know I said that – he’s from Glasgow!)

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I might too late to comment on this – I don’t even know if you’re still on the Bee – but here goes.

My girlfriend came to see me in the UK from Canada for a 10 day trip. Here is what I planned with her:

London, 2 nights, three days. We saw the Changing of the Guard/Buckingham/Horseguards, Tower of London, London Dungeon (these exhibits are really fun), Double Decker bus tour of city, Maddam Tusseauds, … all the usual stuff. We’re musical fans, so we also took in a show both nights.

Then we took the train to Lancaster (where I was living) and I took her for a day in Black Pool.

End of day 4 we headed to Edinburgh on the train and stayed a night in the Youth Hostel. We did the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament, and a museum.

Day 5 we headed to Stirling (40 min train ride north) and stayed in the Hostel there for four nights. It’s really nice! From there, we visited Stirling, St. Andrews, Loch Katrine and a few other nearby places. Stirling is a great base from which to see Scotland as it’s kind of in the middle of things and often cheaper than the more popular Glasgow or Edinburgh. It should be on more peoples trips.

Stirling Castle rivals Edinburgh. The only Scottish King crowned in Scotland was crowned there. It’s been restored in the last 20 years and the exhibits really give you a feel for life at the time. The kitchens are great. Also, weavers are recreating the Unicorn Tapestries (the most complete set of Midieval tapestries known) for use in the restored Royal Chambers. Really interesting.

Stirling is also the centre of all things Braveheart (aka. William Wallace). The Wallace Monument is located just outside the city and is definitely worth a visit. The Firth or Fourth birdge has an interesting story to tell. Bannockburn (a difinitive battle scene) has a great visitors centre.

If you’re on a budget, I highly recommend the Scottish Youth Hostels. I’m not a hosteling person (more of a 4star+ hotel kind of girl) but they are very good. In Stirling, my friend and I had a room for 2, with two twin beds, our own toilet, sink, and shower. Basically like a hotel room but without the phone or tv. A bonus of hostels is that you have use of a kitchen and food storage (cupboards and space in a fridge), so you can save even more money by making some of your own food (esp. breakfasts and packed lunches).

Hope you get the trip you dream of! Enoy!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@LastGirlStanding:  Were you referring to the YHA? If you don’t mind me asking, how much did it average a night per person?

I stayed at Holland Park in London at the YHA; the average in 2008 was roughly 16 pounds per night. I can’t remember if there are any age restrictions.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@Cynderbug:  There are YHA hostels in Scotland, but there is also the Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA). I don’t have much experience hosteling, but from what I’ve heard the SYHA standards are higher than most other international hosteling groups. There is no age restriction on SYHA. I can’t remembr how much is cost a night (it was 2002 anyway) but it was definitely around or under the 20 pounds a day mark.

 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2019

@LittleWigeon:  We live VERY close to each other by the sound of things. I was pretty much going to suggest what you did! ACE shout.

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