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  • #16
    How exciting........are you going to Ireland??????? Bunratty is an amazing castle and village. Also down in Cornwall is a wee smuggler town called Polpero (I think). You have to walk a mile to get there, cos no vehicles, except emergency in the village, but a really amazing little place.
    If for some reason you can pop across to Denmark, the burial mounds are really impressive.
    You will love it, but make sure that little 7.5 keeps a diary and sticks absolutely everything in it. Including train tickets, serviettes with logos on, pamphlets and maybe a short summary of the days events.
    We have started looking back at previous diaries and they are fantastic memory provokers!!!!!!!!!!!
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    • #17
      I think if you do all that, you'll be spending most of your time on the train/coach. It's a **** long way from Cornwall to Scotland - it's a long way from Ross on Wye, which is almost half way up England, to Edinburgh, which is only the start of Scotland. I know the U.K. is smaller than the U.S. and so you probably have a different view on what constitutes a long way. But let's put it like this... it takes me 3 hours to get 100 miles to London from my home in the Cotswolds using public transport - and I still have to drive part of the way. If you travel all the way up and down the country, you may not have time to see much when you get there.

      If you're looking for something fun to do near Ross on Wye, then I recommend a little place called Puzzle Wood in the Forest of Dean. The series Merlin was filmed there. Have you seen that in the U.S? it's great family teatime viewing, and my kids love both the place and the series. They loved the wood even before we turned up and found we had to dodge actors and cameras and everything.

      The Warner Bros Studios, home of all things Harry Potter, is just outside London and is well worth a visit. We went there a few weeks back.

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      • #18
        Heya, I actually put together the hours of travel by train and coach on my itinerary. I was using Rick Steves' sample and corrected it a bit, plus relaxed the pace. The longest hauls are to and from Penzance (rail, 6 to 8 hours) - I will drop it if I have to. I am calculating a 21 day itinerary, so it is not bad on paper so far. I am trying to use my 8 days of flexi rail pass wisely, to cut the hours as much as possible.

        Plus I want to use the tour companies in the hard to get around places (Scotland and North Wales). I will try to find the tours that offer the places you suggested in Scotland.

        Oh, thank you! I forgot about the Puzzle Wood in the Forest of Dean, we loved it when we visited Ross a few years back, and our kid will like it. I will put it on the least for Ross!

        Yep, the reason Oxford made it on the least is both Warwick and the HP place & yep, we plan on the Muggle Tour of London and the WB Studios experience instead of the more standard Tower-British Museum-Westminster etc things (we have seen it, kid would love HP stuff more).

        Thank you for the tip on the Toy Museum on the Royal Mile - that sounds great.

        For Cotswold I am thinking to just ride a bust from Moreton to Chipping Campden and do the hikes around there for a day, we'll see how far we can get (on our first trip to England with the just two of us we had little thrills of losing ourselves in the countryside, most notoriously when we hiked to the Avebury stone circle from Stonehenge, lol!!!) and that dissapearing trail near Ross.... Aww, good times! But with the kid I am afraid to be too non-nonchalant.

        No, we are not venturing in Ireland, I see it as a different trip one day, I would like to do something like a cultural experience immersion.

        Thanks, folks, it helps a load! (Don't you guys love how people come together over the internet?)
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Leida View Post
          Oh, sorry, one more question: I left out Canterbury and Dover, is it a mistake? Is it a good option from London as a day trip, or too far by public transportation?
          I don't recall much in Dover other than the castle. Canterbury is a beautiful little, mostly unspoilt, walled city -- some of the walls and gates are still standing. It's also stuffed with old buildings. But if time is limited other places like Chichester or York offer similar.

          Canterbury has the cathedral -- St. Augustine (the later one not the bloke from Hippo) was detailed by the Pope to convert the English. He was supposed to go to London, which people knew was the most important town. He actually stopped in Canterbury in Kent -- I guess that was easier (and safer). Hence the senior cleric in England is still the Archbishop of Canterbury.

          York also has an archbishop: here he is:

          Archbishop_of_York1.JPG


          The Irish, God love 'em, hadn't waited for people at the "centre" to do anything, and had already got about converting Scotland and northern England on their own initiative. It caused a little friction later on, because Ireland seems to have been evangelised in part direct from the Middle East, and they were calculating Easter according to a different system than was used at Rome and doing a few other things (such as clerical tonsures) differently -- and, therefore, so were people in Scotland and northern England. That kind of thing was reckoned serious in those days. Honestly, it was.

          Irish monks wandered all over the place and may even have reached the New World:

          Brendan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


          I lost the plot again ... I think you can probably miss Dover. Canterbury is a gem, but there are roughly equivalent places.

          The Kentish place that really impressed me was Sandwich. Quite unspoilt.

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          • #20
            Interesting. From what I have been reading Dover seemed more attractive since it has the later time period connection (tunnels) and the cliffs walk/boat ride/park. Am I reading correctly that Canterbury would be similar to Gloucester/York?

            I am thinking doing either Windsor or Greenwich one day and Dover or Canterbury - the other out of London. I'll read up on Sandwich, haven't run across it yet.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by Leida View Post
              Interesting. From what I have been reading Dover seemed more attractive since it has the later time period connection (tunnels) and the cliffs walk/boat ride/park.
              You could be right. It's some years since I've been there. It may have more if you really know it.

              Am I reading correctly that Canterbury would be similar to Gloucester/York?
              Gloucester I don't know. (But I suspect Gloucester has remained important and therefore grown. So maybe as good or even better but not the same kind of feeling to it.) Canterbury is like York and Chichester in having been important, but having not remained so much so. These are small cities -- more like towns with cathedrals -- with a charm of oldness and the small-scale.

              I am thinking doing either Windsor or Greenwich one day and Dover or Canterbury - the other out of London. I'll read up on Sandwich, haven't run across it yet.
              You could get some idea of what it looks like by searching google images under: "sandwich kent"

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              • #22
                Great, thank you! Something to think about.
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                • #23
                  My first post on here had to be for this thread as I am super proud of my local ish castle -Alnwick. It's on the way to Scotland and I lots and lots of Harry Potter was filmed here. They do Potter themed events regularly and show you all the areas used. Very close is bambrough castle and the holy Islands. They are cool as they are only accessible when the tide is right as the Island is only linked via the Causeway. .

                  I have taken lots of friends from round the globe round the uk. any questions let me know x

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                  • #24
                    Not enough London on that list

                    I recommend Epping Forest, which is on the border of London and Essex. It's a humungous forest, and it's stunning. You can get the underground tube there.

                    Brighton is also cool - it's got quite an SF vibe to it.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                      Brighton is also cool
                      Well, there's the Royal Pavilion:

                      Royal Pavilion

                      the Regent's very expensive Chinese-cum-Indian folly-palace, which is spectacular in its way.


                      Just don't expect any sand on the beach. LOL

                      512px-Brighton_beach_brighton_pier.jpg

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                      • #26
                        My vote would also be Oxford or Cambridge. Beautiful places. X

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                        • #27
                          This is a hoot -- The Brighton Anthem by local comedian Terry Garoghan:

                          Last edited by Lewis; 10-24-2013, 09:35 AM.

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                          • #28
                            Hi folks, thank you!

                            Less London is for a reason of us having had been to London before on a number of occasions, and our daughter is still a bit too young to appreciate the major museums. Warwick seems to be more kid-oriented than Tower, and she had been to Kremlin's Armory and Diamond Fund, and I am not expecting her to be all that keen on the treasury. She likes actions. Sounds like Epping Forest will be great for her - I will put it as a London-and-around potential.

                            We are going to Oxford for sure - I have been to Cambridge before, but never to Oxford!- but I have just updated my plan with staying in Moreton-in-Marsh for Codswald, Oxford and Warwick because rick Steves says accommodations in Oxford are hard to find.

                            I hope that one of the tours will go to Alnwick, but we will see. I need to start looking into the touring companies!
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                            • #29
                              Downloaded a couple of books this morning from the library:

                              Lonely Planet's Ye Old Britain, Best Historic Sites and Frommer's Best Day Trips from London, by car, train and bus.

                              Hopefully will manage to firm up the lists of things I want us to see and can switch to practicalities, such as looking into the tour companies, LOL!!!!
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