Driving UK May 2017

Jan 2nd, 2017, 03:04 PM
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Driving UK May 2017

We are going on a driving tour of UK and Ireland in May 2017. Should we book accommodation in advance or should there be plenty at that time? Thanks.

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Jan 2nd, 2017, 03:45 PM
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That hugely depends on the locations, and on what kind of accommodation you're looking to get.

For a place like Bath where tour buses can fill up accommodations in a hurry, you'd want to book. But for some small country village that has rooms available in modest local houses, you can take a chance.

So - where, and what's your requirement?
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Jan 2nd, 2017, 09:52 PM
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Note that many of the major tourist cities are very car unfriendly and centrally placed hotels may not have car parking or if they do it's extremely expensive
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Jan 2nd, 2017, 09:56 PM
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Mainly country areas including Scotland.

Also Cornwall - can you suggest a central place where we can stay and go on day trips to points of interest.

Would also like to stay in pubs in villages.
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Jan 2nd, 2017, 10:27 PM
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That is up to you... When in May are you travelling? May Day (the first Monday in May) and the last Monday are public holidays. Also the last week in May is half term and is always busy.Smaller pubs will have limited accommodation which may well book up in advance.

Don't forget in some country areas, particularly when you get out into the 'Wilds' that accommodation may be few and far between and you may begin to waste valuable time each day searching for somewhere to sleep. If a B&B is full, they may be able to suggest somewhere else to try. Also many Tourist Information centres in UK offer a B&B booking service.
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Jan 2nd, 2017, 10:35 PM
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Agree that May is usually quite busy due to the two bank holidays and half term (spring break) mentioned above. For those time periods I would ensure you have something booked.
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Jan 2nd, 2017, 10:52 PM
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Just how long is this 'driving tour in May'? Even if it is the entire month of May you will be hard pressed to see the 'UK and Ireland'.
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Jan 3rd, 2017, 06:19 AM
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Thanks for the answers. I was going to ask this very question.

Same question for (1) mid April and (2) September?
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Jan 3rd, 2017, 06:50 AM
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Mid-April is Easter this year.

September is likely better as children are back at school and there are no bank holidays.
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Jan 3rd, 2017, 07:09 AM
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Cornwall is long and thin with [email protected]@p roads, depending on the time you have you may need two bases. Annhig is the expert on the area, hopefully she'll be along in a minute.
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Jan 3rd, 2017, 09:30 AM
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I agree with the others September in England is better than May. Especially if you want to go to Cornwall as it gets very busy during mid term break. Weather is also possibly better in Sep. Fowey (pronounced Foy) is a good spot to stay as you can do lots of road and boats trips to Looe, Polperro, Mevagessy, St Mawes as well as inland to Bodmin etc. I have stayed in several Cornish towns and I must say I enjoyed Fowey. That would be good for a few days and then maybe something on the North Cornish coast (Port Isaac, Boscastle, Bude)for the rest of the week. What other areas are you thinking of? Cotswolds? Lake District? Yorkshire Dales?
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Jan 3rd, 2017, 09:31 AM
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There is a growing trend for folk to book multiple places for one night only to cancel all but one at the last minute. That means there looks to be a shortage of accommodation when in fact there is more than enough.

If you are one couple, only want a bed for the night in a clean room and have a good breakfast then you should be fine winging it, Just make a note of possible accommodation at your possible stepping stones / overnight locations and phone ahead at breakfast. You are also better off phoning the accommodation direct as they may have rooms not available on booking engines.

General rule overriding the above is to book your first and last nights and any clashing with National holidays.

The Fledh is on in Ennis again in May so that town will be busy those dates.
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Jan 3rd, 2017, 11:31 AM
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Cornwall: Make sure to go to the Bedruthan Steps, preferably very early or late in the day. We lucked out, it was foggy and drizzly, with wisps of clouds being blown about, and the place had so much atmosphere!
See https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/car...edruthan-steps

It is not an easy drive - your car should be the narrowest you can find, because of the minimal width of the country roads with the unforgiving hedges and stone walls on either side!

And budget your time generously, everything takes longer than the map would suggest. But that coast line is so rugged and gorgeous, it is worth it.
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