- 7 years ago
- 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:
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).
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 🙂