Help with Itinerary for England?

Jul 27th, 2010, 04:05 AM
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I agree May and June are good months to visit but just to let you know that the last week in May is a half term holiday for the vast majority of schoolchildren, and also incorporates a Bank Holiday. In 2010 this will be w/c 30th May, with the Monday being the Bank Holiday.
Personally I would avoid this week if you can as you will find everything much busier - tourist sites, trains, hotels etc etc. It's famous for being the week when we start to get some decent weather in this country, so it is a VERY week popular for family holidays.
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Jul 27th, 2010, 07:33 AM
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Morgana makes a great point. The May bank holiday weekend is huge in the UK, and especially in popular/scenic areas like Cornwall or the Lake District. Everything will be booked up and there can be horrific traffic jams.

The first weekend of May is also a holiday - not quite as huge as the last weekend but still busy. The middle of May is much better - it is sort of the lull between the two storms of the bank holiday weekends. Almost nothing will be booked up and and things will be easier/cheaper.

Mid June to early July is also good - after the holidays and before the schools let out for the summer.
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Jul 27th, 2010, 07:34 AM
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1 1/2 - 2 weeks for trip
time of year completely flexible

Would like to have no more than 2-3 bases for trip (last two week trip we stayed in a different place each night which was nice to see lots but a bit tiring...)

I am a huge fan of the Base City strategy - packing up and unpacking - getting to the train station, etc. is just so time consuming - i love to day trip from a base sans luggage, etc.

Here is a possible itinerary for a train trip with a few bases -

1- London to York
Base in York - easy day trips by rail or bus to places like Haworth (Bronte family home in the desolate Moors), Fountains Abbey, Whitby, Harrogate, etc.

2- York to Edinburgh
Base in Edinburgh - easy day trips to places like Sterling (great historic castle) or St Andrews - lovely seaside town and also the golfing angle

3- Edinburgh to the Lake District (Windermere
lots of nice little jaunts there

4- Return to London as a base

Day trips from London - Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Salisbury/Stonehenge, Windsor, etc.

Check out the 4-day in 2-mo BritRail Pass that would cover all the loop train rides - or an 8-day one that would include day trips - or book online discounts at - losing flexibility but the cheapest way - for flexibility to board any train anytime then the pass should be cheaper than walk up fares, which can be really expensive. And to make you trip more relaxed i highly encourage first-class train travel on these lines - there is a world of difference between classes on British trains - 2nd class IME often littered, packed to the gills and cramped seats - first class lots of empty seats - lot bigger seats - i always have my luggage on an empty seat nearby - in standard )2nd) class even the overhead luggage racks can be problematic. For the trip of a lifetime the extra money for fist class IMO is well worth it. And you also get constant complimentary 'tea or coffee' and snacks in first class on these routes IME of decades of riding British rails.
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