(Closed) Best time of year to go visit Great Britian?

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Hi,

 

I’m a GB bee, from the Midlands in England.

 

As a holidayer, I recommend London of course, which just has more museums you can shake a stick at, historic attractions, theatres and musicals in the West End etcetc.

 

I am a volunteer at a heritage steam railway and there are many of these around GB, often in tourist places.

 

There are many lovely stately homes.  I’dsay the best time to go is the summer as the weather can be bland and drizzly in the winter and not very pleasant.

 

If you are heading Scotland way, be sure to visit the Highlands as there are some breathtaking views.

 

I recommend using TripAdvisor to find best rated attractions.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Another UK bee here.

You said you’re not thinking of December anymore anyway, but we usually get snow in Jan/Feb/March (even April this year IIRC).

Summer, when it’s good, is really lovely, but unfortunately summer is not guaranteed here. Some years we don’t seem to get much of a summer at all. I hope you’ll be lucky though, if you do come in the summer months.

I would say make sure that you have plenty of plans or back up plans that don’t rely on great weather, so if you don’t get it, all your plans won’t be ruined.

The Lake District is a gorgeous area to visit and has lots of nice little romantic country pubs and hotels to stay in.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

Im GB, born and raised in Bristol. Although I live in Spain. 

I personally love winter in UK but maybe thats because im from UK. Youve got fireworks night, christmas … there is no place id rather be in winter than in UK. Theres something quite magical about it. As for snow, we are not talking tons of snow like America, youll be lucky if it settles. The real weather you have to watch out for is in January/ February when the ice starts to set in. 

Ive taken my US FI to visit my family in Dec and it sucked a bit without a car but as soon as my brother lent us his car we were fine. He also went over in April, we were able to walk through the park/woods a bit and show him my old school and get around on foot. 

So maybe you should base it off what you want to do. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Just to chime in – I’d recommend London and the Lake District too. Edinburgh, Bath, Oxford, and Cambridge are all worth a visit too. Devon and Cornwall have lovely coastlines and if you’re venturing to Wales, Pembrokeshire is beautiful.

*londonbee* is right about the weather.

If you come between June-September, you might not get brilliant weather but it’s unlikely to rain every day or be really cold. When we get sunny weather, it’s great but it’s certainly not guaranteed even in the summer.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Hi, 

 

Well the weather changes from year to year, 2 years ago we had warm weather until January and last year the winter was bitterly cold and last summer all we had were floods……however it has been lovely and sunny for the past month and i would recommend coming in july or august it’s usually warm especially in london.

 

London is ok but i’m from up north so it’s not somewhere i would choose to go,but as a tourist the place is lovely and there is so much to see. lunalyra is spot on about the lake district and edinburgh(make sure you go on a ghostwalk) i don’t know what your plans are but if you have time head up to scotland go a lil bit further into the highlands it is well worth it the highland are stunning!

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Definitely summertime!

If time and money allow its only a short (and cheap) plane ride to Ireland also, which is really beautiful when its not raining!

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Travel Nut that I am… I someday hope to go to the UK

Based on my research, I’d say that most North Americans would be quite pleased with a visit to the UK say Mid May thru Mid September

As noted, their climate is a bit more moderate than ours when it comes to snow… mostly due to the fact that they are an Island, and therefore there is more influence from the sea / coastal / maritime weather … (actually I see you are from Oregon, so from what I’ve read you’d find the UK quite similar to the Western Coast of NA … say Oregon, Washington thru to British Columbia)

The one thing to be aware of is that central heating (to the same extent we North Americans know and use it) isn’t as common place in the UK… so cool damp days and you aren’t going to find much respite indoors.  Which is WHY for us NA’s going there in their Fall, Winter & Early Spring months isn’t that pleasant … (PLUS those months also have more percipitation)

Hope this helps (some),

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

 

Hey UK bee here, based in Dorset, which I strongly recommend. Beautiful coast (Look up Durdle Door/ Lulworth Cove, Purbecks) amazing country side like the New Forest. Couple of hours away from London. Weather wise, you could come in our hottest month and it still pee down with rain. It’s June and it’s meant to be sunny and it is grey and rainy outside my window right now! Lol. But, generally, I would say July – September. x

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

May to Sept is probably your best time. Feb seems to be the month where we are most likely to get snow, although any of the other winter months in recent years has had some form of snow. It’s not too bad, but our poor little country isn’t that accustomed to it and so are often not very well prepared and we can grind to a halt (embarrassingly!) 

Everywhere I’ve ever come across has central heating or some form of heating (unless it’s a derelict shed in the middle of nowhere!) so I’m a bit confused about @This Time Round: comment! (Apologies!) But then I’m not from the US so don’t know the extent you guys use it. But us Brits are generally cold (or at least I am!), and need that central heating to warm our bones! Even when it’s not absolutely freezing!

If you get a chance, go to Wales. It’s beautiful! It rains a lot but the views are breathtaking! Just equip yourself with a good brolly, some warm layers, some idea on the day’s weather and voila!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @bearsreddy:  to be fair, I haven’t been to the UK, but I base my comments solely on what others have told me about their visits to the UK… AND the observations that Europeans make about Canada & the USA when they visit here.

North Americans LOVE Central Heating (68 to 72 F) Fall thru Spring… and our Central Air Conditioning (70 to 75 F) the rest of the year.

Travellers the world over seem to comment about how HOT many North American homes are in the Winter, and how COLD they are in the Summertime.

In turn, most North Americans say they find Fall thru Spring accommodations damp and chilly overseas, where folks are more prone to throw on a sweater, or a spare blanket versus keeping things “toasty” by our standards

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@This Time Round:  

@FutureMrsHosmer:  Keep in mind that Cental Air Conditioning is not everywhere either. When checking out hotels, even in big cities, be sure to ask for the amenity outright if it is important to you. A number of hotels do not advertise it one way or  the other so it’s best to ask if it’s a comfort feature you’d like should you visit in the summer.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@FutureMrsHosmer:  we’ve been and loved it.  my dh is from there and his family is still there.  i would suggest going in late spring/early summer.  the flowers are out and it won’t be as cold.

we went in nov/dec and mil told me it won’t be so cold.  they had the worst snow storm ever.  it was just a normal winter day for this canadian girl but england wasn’t used to it.  so many things were closed.

@emmrr3:  we spent some time in the midlands.  that where my dh is from.  loved it.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Double post 🙁

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FutureMrsHosmer:  

 

Im a UK bee 🙂 if you like historic buildings and cute shops, definitely try Chester or York. Liverpool has some fab buildings and history – especially if you like the beatles lol. The night life and resturants are good too. Most the museums in liverpool are free entery – bonus 🙂 Manchester is Fab for shopping and footballer spotting. And i would definitely recommend the yorkshire dales and peak district, they are stunning 🙂 We have visited all of these and know some fab hotels, so can recommend them if you need them 🙂 xx

Edit – weather wise the UK is really hit and miss im afraid, So come any time ha ha. This year has been crazy so far..  🙂

 

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