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10 days UK tour

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Will be touring UK from 24th of Oct 2012 for 10 days with wife and 10 yr and 5 yr kids. Like to get advice from members for selecting places to visit and places to stay. Loves castle, lakes n rivers and a bit of nightlife for me.

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    One option would be to base yourself in London, perhaps in a flat. Then take day trips--there are plenty of castles and rivers to be seen this way. Maybe not lakes so much. Unless you are planning on driving, which opens up other issues entirely.

    And some responders will say---budget? other interests?

    There are millions of permutations of itineraries, given the little info you post. If you'd do a bit of research/reading yourself, or indicate your tentative ideas based on what you have already done, you might get more helpful help.

    And are your 10 days full days, or do they include travel days? 10 days away from the US (if that's where you are from) is really only 7 full days in the UK.

    And if this is your first trip there, I'd definitely at least start in London. And if it's your first trip there, I'd probably suggest not driving--maybe--everyone is different, of course. Not having a car has the advantage of less stress in lots of ways, but the disadvantage of limiting access a bit. However, I was in England twice without a car and saw absolutely loads, both in London and via day trips.

    So maybe ask some specific questions, or tell us some idea of what you are thinking you might like to see.

    (Castles I can think of in less than 30 seconds that you could see in London or via day trips--the Tower of London, Dover Castle, Windsor Castle. There's the Thames River you will see often in London, the Cherwell in Oxford, the Avon in Stratford --and other places, Avon being a common name. London is of course full of night life. The Lake District is lovely but your time is limited. And in October I would think there'd be much more stuff for a 5 and 10 year old to do and see around London. And be sure to look at the hours of daylight you will have in October--less than you probably have if you are from the states. And DST ends sometime that month for the UK, too, I believe.)

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    "And be sure to look at the hours of daylight you will have in October--less than you probably have if you are from the states. "

    Not that much difference actually.

    Oct 24 London: Sunrise 7:41 AM Sunset 5:48 PM

    Oct 24 NYC: Sunrise 7:18 AM Sunset 6:02 PM

    milanchelian: What research have you done? Do you have a guidebook(s)? Have you read some of the many threads on here about traveling w/ kids?

    Click on 'Destinations' above and read up a bit and maybe tell us if there are any special/specific places your family dreams of visiting. Your options are limitless so it is difficult for us to design your trip. But we CAN help you refine things once you have a basic framework/itinerary.

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