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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 11:32 PM
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No problem with the Stonehenge comment at all. It is low on my bucket list and can be done on my next trip to London as I have a feeling I'm going to fall in love with this City!

I will check out Goring for afternoon tea. We will definitely make time for the Royal News I think my granddaughter will really like that.

We will be staying at Marriott and Hilton properties as I'm a business traveler and will be using my hotel points.
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Old Jan 8th, 2018, 01:15 AM
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So I took my kids on a different European trip when they were young (Italy), the youngest was also 5. The kids were good troopers for everything. But the outdoors, things that were big and things that were tactile were the favorites, ie: Link hands and try to circle around a big column. And statues you could get up close to, like in a piazza. Chasing pigeons was always fun. Also, different modes of travel are always a hit.

With churches... Climb to the top of St. Paul's and do the whispering gallery. Or pay the fee for them to light a candle in honor of someone you know who has passed away.

The train trip to York, and walking around on the top of the city walls, seems like a great outing for your granddaughter. Hopefully you will get to check out the Vikings center when you are there--it was closed for repairs when we visited in 2016.
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Old Jan 8th, 2018, 02:03 AM
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Stonehenge bore

What I would do with a kid in tow is to look at three options for Salisbury train ride

1) The cathedral is sublime and you can get a kids only book that allows you to find a whole load of treasures in it, so if it rains....
2) Old sarum is an interesting failed town just to the north of Salisbury, lots of climbing to burn off energy and castly type stuff
3) Stonehenge, but go on line first and discover the latest update on possible building lines/ causeway to the river etc and see how much you can find

I went when I was 8, none of the controls in place as now, and so we could lie down on the stones. Best bit was listening to sky larks and trying to see them.

My mum said "boring is as boring does", if people go to a pile of stones and expect them to CGI into movement, forget it, but the total material available on this place is very large, might as well make it fun.
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Old Jan 8th, 2018, 04:15 AM
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Trooping the Colour: what you could expect to see is the processions to and from Horse Guards, and probably the Horse Artillery galloping into Green Park for their gun salute - the musical gallop can be quite fun to watch, but being so near the big bangs has been known to unnerve small children.

However, there is an hour or so between the two processions, then hanging around in the crowd for the balcony appearance and the flypast; up to you as to whether that works for you and your child, bearing in mind the view-blocking potential of other people in the crowd (as compared with watching the highlights on TV in the evening).

If you go, stay near the potential escape routes in case it all gets too boring: towards Piccadilly, either through Green Park or up the Duke of York steps (but the police will shoo you away if you try to use that as a grandstand), or on the other side through St James's Park to Westminster.
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Old Jan 8th, 2018, 06:22 AM
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If taking trains to York and Edinburgh book really early for neat discounted fares - check www.nationalrail.co.uk for various fares and to book your own. There is also a night train London-Edinburgh- for lots on British trains check www.seat61.com - everything and more you need to know about booking your own discounted train tickets; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

Hampton Court Palace, stomping grounds of Henry VIII and wives - the ghost of one who legenarily still haunts the palace. Kid may like the maze. Easy trip by suburban train from London right to palace. Wonderful presentation inside and unique things like Tudor kitchens looking just like they are preparing a feast for fat Henry VIII/
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Old Jan 8th, 2018, 11:13 AM
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PatrickLondon thank you for the advice on Trouping of the Colour, I like the escape route idea too.

PalenQ thank you for the Hampton Court Palace idea, I was thinking about going.

We will be booking most everything in advance to save money. We also plan on doing everything ourselves and not going on tours. I'm use to big Cities.

We have also decided to take Stonehenge out this trip.
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Old Jan 8th, 2018, 12:06 PM
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You can take a boat to Hampton Court or reverse - it's a long ride but you can just do half say from Kingston/Richmond to Hampton Court - neat ride on Thames.

With a return train ticket however I believe you can get 2 for 1 entry at palace. Those are commuter trains with no reason to pre-book - just buy at station. Trains start from Waterloo Station but you can also take Tube to other stations farther towards HC.

It's also nice to walk along the Thames from the palace area to the Moseley Lock: https://www.google.com/search?q=mose...w=1920&bih=949

There is also a famous old inn right near palace overlooking Thames for a nice meal or just drinks!
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Old Jan 8th, 2018, 01:33 PM
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The boat ride to Hampton C.P. is nice, but it can be a long trip for a 5yo especially if it rains. In fact, if it rains it can be a long trip for everyone. Hampton Court Palace. is an excellent idea so do plan to go.

I noticed that you will be going early to secure a viewing spot at the T. of C. and that will certainly work better than having your granddaughter wait around all that time. Do what your granddaughter can manage then as PatrickLondon suggested and catch rest on T.V. He offered some excellent suggestions. Might even be fun for your g.d. to know she was seeing on T.V. an event she attended.

Covent Gardens can be fun too. In York, the Viking museum is Jorvik’s, and you will need to purchase tickets in advance, but I highly recommend it. For something a little different and asssumng weather is good, a boat ride on the Ouse might be fun.
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Old Jan 8th, 2018, 01:36 PM
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Again there are relatively short boat trips to Hampton from say Kingston/on/Thames - easily accessible by public transit and yes 5 hours for a kiddo that old would be about 4 hours too much!
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