(Closed) England/ Scotland Bee's, help me plan a trip!

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 17
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

I would recommend getting a car – it is expensive to travel by train. Easier, though and the UK does have as good rail link.


Places to visit if you can:





Holy Island


Scottish borders (Stay in Jedburgh or Edinburgh)


Wales – Cardiff is amazing and you can get to three castles really easy – Cardiff Castle, Caerphilly Castle and Castel Coch. Theres also Barry Island, too which has a lovely beach.

Bath and Bristol (Bath because beautiful and on way to Wales and Bristol – coz on way to Wales as well as a really good hive of activity and good bands etc if you want to go out and have a bit of fun).

Oxford or Cambridge (or both!!)


I would recommend the beaches of the North East so Bamburgh, but also little lovelies like Tynemouth (which has a lovely priory) and Whitley Bay (nice lighthouse).


Kinda itinery:

If you fly into London I would recommend a few days there and from there you can get the train easily to Brighton (as a PP suggested) and Canterbury. Stay in Brighton or Canterbury one or two nights, then back to London. Another day in London, then get the bus (Mega bus from London Victoria is very good value for money) to Cardiff. If you stay a few days in Cardiff you can travel to Caerphilly and Castel Coch (‘coch’ means ‘red’ in Welsh and is said like ‘loch’ as the castle is made fro mrewd stones). in day trips back to Cardiff to sleep. Then get a train from Cardiff to Bristol. Stay a few days there and use it as a hub to visit Bath or Oxford. From Bristol get the plane (easy jet is nice and cheap!) to Newcastle. Stay in Newcastle a few days using it as a hub to visit York, tynemouth , banburgh etc. and I would probably at this point get a car and travel at your leisure to the borders, to edinburgh and glasgow and if you can/want/ even to the highlands. Plane back from Edinburgh/Glasgow to london and from there go see Sailsbury (ot you could do this from Bristol too – earlier in the trip).


Money saving tips: use easy jet rather than trains to the north from the south (easier, cheeaper and quicker) and mega bus goes from London to Cardiff, Bristol, Newcastle, Edinburgh etc. for next to nothing – saving you money.

p.s. from newcastle you can also go to The Lake District too but this would be on the reccomendation of having a car 🙂

Post # 18
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you want to get away from the tourist hotspots and look at historic areas I would absolutly recommend wales. I grew up in South Wales so if you want recommendations on where to stay, what to see and do etc then just message me.


Ohh also if you want to stay somewhere amazingly romantic and historic me and my Fiance stayed at this place once and we hope to stay there again for our wedding night. You stay in your own medieval tower, how cool is that?!?!



Post # 19
34 posts
  • Wedding: May 2005

I have only spet a little time over there. Our dearest friends live near Aberdeen, and my Darling Husband studied there. One highlight for me in my time in Scotland was Dunnottar Castle Ruin. Beautiful and historic… Also if you make it to that side of Scotland I highly recommend a stop in the little town of Carnoustie. We stayed at the Station Hotel for my besties wedding. The Station Hotel is a really cozy and friendly Inn. There is also a nice golf course resort in town. Where ever you go I’m sure you will love it. I highly recommend if you have a car to just go exploring, every turn we found somthing beautiful.   

Post # 20
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

As well as London which I think is a must-do, here are some places I love:

Oxford and Cambridge (definitely go to one but not both, there’s so much more to the UK and they are v similar)

the Lake District

the Peak District – check out Chatsworth House, it was Jane Austen’s inspiration for Pemberley



Devon and Cornwall for beaches and seaside towns

There are loads of castles in Kent – Leeds Castle and Hever Castle are both good spots. In Kent there is also Canterbury which is quite small but v historic with the famous cathedral. It takes an hour on the train from London. I wouldn’t recommend Dover, apart from the castle and cliffs it’s mainly a ferry port.

The New Forest

Places I haven’t been to but I hear are amazing:

Blenheim Palace, near Oxford



If you can hire a car and get out into the countryside I think that would be great, because there’s a lot of natural beauty to see!

With London, there’s enough there to last a month of sightseeing, so pick a few favourite sights / attractions and focus on those. Maybe do one of the hop on hop off buses so you can drive past most things for a quick look.

Post # 21
410 posts
Helper bee

I am so glad I found this thread!I hope you ladies dont mind if I ask for some assistance within this thread as well since it is the same topic.

SO and I are going to England (mainly London) to celebrate our 2.5 anniversary. I know I want to see Kings Cross Station, Leavseden Studios, and a coffee shop where J.K Rowling wrote her book (HP fanatic!). Other than that I have no idea what else to do or in what order to do it :(. Any UK bees willing to help me plan an itinerary for this trip? We will only be there for a week and would like a way to maximize what we see and hopefully be able to find the most affordable ways of doing it. 

All of the pictures on here are so beautiful!

Post # 22
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

@QueenSP11:  I’ve been living in London for 13 years now so few free to PM me and I can help you out. I would say to visit places like St Paul’s Cathedral, the Parliament (Big Ben) and the Tower/Tower Bridge is essential even if its just walking by to see them. they are all pretty amazing buildings. There are also some real gems like pubs as old as from the 1500s in the City of london and London’s oldest food market – Borough market which I love. Greenwich is also beautiful. 

Post # 24
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m a Glasgow girl born and bred, and I would definitely recommend it. Lovely architecture, museums and art galleries to see. Not ‘too’ touristy (which is one of the reasons I prefer it over Edinburgh) while still having plenty to do. Loads of good restaurants and bars, too (and cheaper than Edinburgh).

I’m currently living in Inverness and I can’t recommend visiting here enough. It gets a lot of money from tourism so has a surprising number of excellent restaurants and shops, as well as been situated amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. There are again plenty of walks and places of historical interest to visit, and we even have a castle (of sorts…). It’s significantly cheaper than anywehere in the central belt (Glasgow & Edinburgh).

I’ve not been to many places in England so can’t really comment, but I do love York. It’s such a pretty place!

Post # 25
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

Im from Bristol and I deninitely recommend the South West. Bristol is a hidden treasure, it is beautiful very historic and it has lot of beautiful scenery. It is also very close to bath, which is just incredible. An expensive city, but incredible. It has bath abbey, you could also take a trip to Stonehenge all in the same area.


I wouldnt recommend it as a main first trip as obviously London is a must see. The shard, the london eye (there was an offer online for a trip on it and a movie), Harrods, Westminister Abbery etc. However the south west is  nice as a detour.


I still get homesick when im not in UK during the winter. I love fireworks night and just how beautiful it can be. 

Post # 26
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Well, Edinburgh is a fantastic city, and the highlands are lovely. The Isle of Skye is also incredible for hiking and wildlife.

Cambridge, York and Chester are lovely historic cities. If  you want something more lively, Brighton is great… very lively and alternative. If you like Brighton’s alternative scene, you would perhaps like Manchester’s Northern Quarter as well.

The Lake District is also great for hiking and things.

Post # 27
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@chasesgirl:  I’m not British, but both times I’ve been to England I’ve made little trips to Cambridge and I LOVE it – it’s such a romantic, cozy college town. I highly recommend at least making a day trip (but more fun to spend the night there!) and go on a tour of the Cambridge campus. And go “punting” – on a gondola ride down the river!

Post # 28
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

devon/ cornwall and scotland for beautiful english country. IF you have the money and would like to go to Ascot races you must stay at Coworth Park . its part of the docester collection and it set on beautiful fields and polo on the grounds. I work in the eco spa in the grounds and its so picturesque!x

Post # 29
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@chasesgirl:  I’m not from the UK but have visited Edinburgh and London in the recent years. I’d have to agree with many of the bees. Visiting Edinburgh is definately a must. Although its true they get all seasons in one day. My advice is to bring a winter coat. My last regret from my last trip which was last spring, we had snow in May. I also went to St-Andrews to visit the golf course. Was impressed by the beauty of the city. Not what I imagined, alot of historical buildings and ruins. I’ll have to visit the highlands when I go back. There is also Roselyn Chapel in Edinburgh if you want to do the DaVinci Code route with chapels in London. In London, they have a Harry Potter exhibit which was worth a visit. My boyfriend was a BIG kid when we went to visit. He loved the book and to visit the set was great. 

We did go from London and Edinburgh by train. To see the scenery is really nice and its relaxing. Stirling is definately one of my favorite castles in Scotland. If you plan to see Castles and ruins you’ll have alot to do. The driving can be difficult especially when they’re on the opposite side of the road. The trip is 4.5 hrs by train although by plane its 1.5 hrs which isn’t so bad. Just allow yourself plenty of time to visit the sights. We had 5 days in the two cities and it was no where near enough. 

Post # 30
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Edinburgh, Scotland is gorgeous and soooo much fun!!!  The people are amazingly nice.  Like super sonic crazy nice.

And if you’re into Harry Potter, you can visit Edinburgh Castle, which was J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for Hogwarts.  You can also visit The Elephant House, which is the cafe she used to sit in and write Harry Potter.  There’s one table by the window that overlooks Edinbugh Castle, and you can just imagine her sitting there, looking out the window, and writing.  So awesome!  😉

If you can make it to the Fringe Festival, it’s super worth it.  That Tattoo is really fun and a must-see during that time of year.  But basically, the Fringe Festival just has tons and tons of events, show, musicals, comedians, etc.  I’ve done it twice and it’s a blast!

Post # 31
2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

I would second Yorkshire – York is a beautiful city, and there are lots of towns around with a lot of charm, and loads to do in terms of museums and churches – and I really recommend The Ghost Walk of York, which starts from ‘The Pub That Floods’ at about 7:00pm each evening.

Whitby, for example, is famous for Dracula, and has a beautiful ruined Abbey from the Middle Ages. Howarth is another great place – it’s where the Bronte sisters lived, and they’ve turned half the town into a Victorian area, with cobbled streets, Victorian shopfronts, and people in costume! Also Scarborough and Filey are lovely, nice seaside resorts – Filey is a lot smaller than Scarborough, but there’s a gorgeous walk along a coastal path between the two that takes about four-five hours, and then a train between them so you can easily park in one, walk across, and then get the train back fairly cheaply, and it’s only a 20 minute ride.

There are also loads of beautiful walks in the North York Moors – Malham Cove is beautiful, for example – but it’s also fairly easy driving distance from the Lake District. just under two hours, I think? There are loads of beautiful little towns and churches around there, as well as stunning walks, lots of really lovely pubs and tearooms, and in the summer it’s not too unusual to see people swimming in some of the lakes.


Liverpool is also a very nice city, with lots of culture and very friendly people, but not much in the way of countryside and views without going a very long way!


I also agree with PP’s suggestions of Edinburgh – if you can get up in July/August time (can’t remember exactly) you’ll have the Fringe Festival (comedy and theatre), the literary festival, and the Military Tattoo (a concert of music from military bands, held in the grounds of Edinburgh castle, which is AMAZING) all at once, so it’s a great time to go – but also very busy and books up quickly because of it! It’s a beautiful city though.


That said, if you want to see some of the major tourist attractions, staying in London and the South might be better. But keep in mind that London in the summer is even busier than normal, and the tube in particular can get very hot and smelly!


ETA: depending on how long a trip you wanted, and how much you wanted to do, I think it would be feasible – but tiring! – to do a South-North trip and work your way up from London in increments. For example London – York – Durham (another beautiful city with a stunning cathedral) – Edinburgh. They’re all on the same line I think, so if you wanted to train it it could be doable (but expensive and a long time on the train!) London to York is about 5-6 hours in the car, but it would make it easier to stop off if you wanted to and enjoy the countryside.

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