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Advance purchase to attractions and car rental

May 23rd, 2014, 12:59 PM
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Advance purchase to attractions and car rental

Howdy! I'm wondering what tickets to attractions do we need to buy in advance such as Bath, Windsor castle, Tower of London, Stratford upon Avon , museums, London eye, etc...For car rentals, if we decided to use a rental car, does it need to be done in advance too? What about transport? So far, we've only bought tickets to Harry potter and the train from London to Paris. Thank ya'll!
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May 23rd, 2014, 01:02 PM
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None of those that you've mentioned. There are very few attractions that need booking in advance - Harry Potter & Buckingham Palace being the main ones

As for car hire - best done in advance
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May 23rd, 2014, 01:06 PM
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If you wait until you arrive, then you'll pay MUCH more for car rental (2X or more!). Rent before you leave US. AutoEurope is a good site - I use it all the time.

A multiple-day transit for London is a good deal depending on how many days you there.

For individual tourist site tickets, it depends on how flexible you want to be or if you want to see what the weather is, etcetera.
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May 23rd, 2014, 01:07 PM
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I forgot to mention the Eiffel Tower in Paris, tickets to Versailles , oh well, I'm in UK posting but hope ya'll can answer this too
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May 23rd, 2014, 01:36 PM
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I'd book tickets to a play at Stratford-on-Avon if that's what you plan. And to the Globe Theater. Plus any other plays in London that you really want to go to.
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May 23rd, 2014, 02:59 PM
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I bought tickets in advance for Windsor Castle. Although we were there on a Tuesday in mid-September, there was a line for tickets. We were able to walk right through to security.

In Bath, I bought the Hop On Hop Off Bus tickets in advance, but it was not necessary. If you take the HOHO bus, you can use your ticket to get discounts to some of the sights in Bath, including the Roman Baths.

For London, if you buy rail tickets for transport, you will be able to use the 2 for 1 deals, which includes the Tower of London. See www.daysoutguide.co.uk for more details. The London Eye is weather dependent.
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May 23rd, 2014, 03:30 PM
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Thank you all for the helpful info!
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May 23rd, 2014, 04:36 PM
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If you want to see the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower you definitely have to try to buy in advance - and hope they have tickets left.
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May 23rd, 2014, 06:00 PM
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In the world of car rental (car hire in UK), walk-ins always get charged the highest rate, and best deal is reserved to those who book ahead.
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May 23rd, 2014, 06:37 PM
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>>you definitely have to try to buy in advance - and hope they have tickets left.<<

Clarification . . . yes, you MUST book Ceremony of the Keys tickets well in advance, but you don't 'buy' them. They are free.
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May 23rd, 2014, 06:46 PM
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I checked the ceremony of the keys a month ago and they're already gone at that time.�� Pardon if I may have to repeat my question which is not a UK posting......what about Eiffel Tower and Versailles, or louvre museum, do I need to buy tickets in advance? Again, thank ya'll!����
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May 24th, 2014, 08:20 AM
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I wouldn't buy any tickets ahead of time. Plans change. Weather is important, especially for things like the Eye, Eiffel Tower, Versailles gardens, etc.

(If you specifically want to know more about Paris sites you'd need a thread tagged for France)
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