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Itinerary Help: 10 days in UK with teenage boys- -after London, then what?

Itinerary Help: 10 days in UK with teenage boys- -after London, then what?

Feb 14th, 2009, 06:14 AM
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Cornwall does get busy in summer as it's a popular destination for British families, but I wouldn't say it gets nightmare crowded. There are so many beaches that you can always find one that is practically deserted - ask a local where they go!

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Feb 14th, 2009, 07:27 AM
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OK, we have two itineraries. The first would be:
3 nights with three full days London (hop on hop off, cabinet war rooms, Tower, Imperial War Museum, Buckingham Palace, British Museum highlights, Globe, maybe Wesminster Abbey or St. Pauls,)

Day 4 rent a car, stop at Stonehenge, and stay 6 nites in Devon and Cornwall (Dartmoor, Clovelly, Tintagle, surf, Newquay, St. Ives, Penzance)
Day 9 drive or train back to London and one last night near Heathrow, perhaps seeing Windsor Castle on last day.

The second itinerary would be:
3 nights and days in London

Day 4 rent a car, drive to Stonehenge and then up to the Cottswolds for two nights, seeing Warwick Castle and Cottswolds, and Stratford-Upon Avon if there is time

Day 6 long drive to York, hoping to see Evensong at Yorkminster, spend the night in York

Day 7 drive to Hexham or thereabouts and stay for 3 nights, seeing Hadrian's Wall, Alnwich Castle, Whitby, maybe hike, bike or fish.

Day 9 drop car in York (or Newcastle?)and take the train back for one final night near Heathrow.

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Feb 14th, 2009, 09:04 AM
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Both of those would be absolutely wonderful itineraries. Only you can make the final decision. I'd personally lean ever so slightly to the northern itinerary just for the diversity of landscapes you'd see, Hadrian's Wall, and York. But the SW itinerary would be terrific too. (Yeah - I know, I was no help )

One thing - I doubt you can manage all that you want to do in London in 3 days. Day one will be slow due to probable jetlag. And every site listed - except Buckingham Palace - takes a substantial amount of time. Buck House is basically a "walk by" so that one isn't a problem. But most of the others take from 2 to 4 or more hours. plus travel times. plus breaks/food/"stuff". You have at least a 4-day plan there.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 09:50 AM
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Janisj, you have been a HUGE help. Thank you. Thinking of the northern itinerary right now. Have been online and on the phone seeing what we could book. Based on that, I have a working draft--changed a little from from the previous post. Here it is:

First 4 nights London
Train to York morning of day 5
Rent car, see Yorkminster and drive to Hexham
( 2 nights reserved in Langley Castle- from there visit Hadrian's Wall and whatever else we can fit in)
Drive to Robin Hood's Bay or Whitby
2 nights there, (Currently I have reserved Ravens Hall Hotel in Robin Hood's Bay but considering moving to Marine Hotel in Whitby)
Leave next morning, drive to Cottswolds. I know, long drive, maybe 175 miles. (2 nights are reserved at Cottswold House Hotel in Chipping Camden)
Last day, on morning of departure, drive to Heathrow for 3:30 departing flight.

Would love to hear from anyone about which hotel on Yorkshire coast, and the best way to drive from there to Cottsolds. And yes, I realize we are going to have to take something out of the London itinerary. I think a good guide or tour might help there.

Thanks to all.
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