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andib Mar 11th, 2014 12:10 PM

London day trips, especially castles
 
Daughter and boyfriend in 20's taking a short trip to London on Memorial Day weekend. Boyfriend especially eager to visit a castle. What's an easy day trip? They are staying near Euston and St. Pancras stations, a location they chose in the belief that they'd have rail access to most anywhere they'd want to go. Suggestions?

PalenQ Mar 11th, 2014 12:24 PM

Well from Paddington Station - just a bit west of Euston station you can take trains to England's most famous castle - Windsor Castle and Windsor the town is cute too - check out posh Eton and its famous college and playfields 'where wars in the past have been won' - see future prime ministers in the fancy quads you can look into. About a 30-minute train trip - you can of course tour Windsor Castle.

jamikins Mar 11th, 2014 12:28 PM

Well those stations basically service the north, they would need to us other stations for other areas...so whether that is convenient depends on what the want to see. I personally would prefer to be closer to the river.

There is a castle in London called the Tower of London http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/ I think it is the best tourist site in London and not to miss.

Hampton Court Palace is an easy day trip from London http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/ reachable from Waterloo train station south of the river.

Windsor Castle is also easily accessible from Waterloo station or Paddington http://www.windsor.gov.uk/things-to-...-castle-p43983

Also check out a good guide book. There are lots of options!

Www.walks.com does great guided day trips and other walks they may be interested in.

PalenQ Mar 11th, 2014 12:54 PM

As castles and palaces goes I think Hampton Court is much more interesting than Windsor - the presentation here is oriented to visitors seeing the castle as it lived during King Henry VIII's heyday - the Tudor kitchens look like they are preparing a fest fit for a king - a very fat king.

There are folks in period costumes in various rooms playing music

The Great Vine is a grapevine propogated by Capability Brown when he designed the gardens (well think it were Brown)

The Maze in the garden is amazing

And the Thameside location romantic - stroll down to the Moseley Lock to see a real old-time lock being worked - a poub overlooking the river is famous for its gourmet pub grub (no not an oxymoron!)

Plus you can take a boat on the Thames here, either from central London or Kingston. I walked on the Thames Path the 3 miles of so from Kingston - a great walk if into that.

Windsor tours are much more typical and structured - well there are some royal jewels I believe but I think most folks will enjoy Hampton Court a lot more - read up on it and Henry VIII's machinations here and have history come alive.

One area of the palace is still allegedly haunted by a headline ex-wife of Henry!

https://www.google.com/search?q=hamp...=1600&bih=1075

BigRuss Mar 11th, 2014 01:57 PM

Fish, barrel, shotgun.

From St. Pancras they can reach Dover Castle, which has a significant history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dover_Castle). It's about 85 minutes by fast train. Not far away is Deal Castle, which is less a castle than a fortress erected by Henry VIII to protect England from the backlash against his . . . well, let's say foreign policy.

Hampton Court Palace is about 60-75 minutes from them when accounting for (1) Tube to Waterloo, (2) ticket purchase, (3) local train to Hampton Court. It's a great place to visit and subject to the 2for1 offers on www.daysoutguide.co.uk. Have them print a voucher and just by showing the train ticket and voucher, they'll get two admissions for single-admission price.

The Tower is in London.

Windsor is about 50 minutes or less from them by fast connection: Tube to Paddington, fast train to Slough, shuttle to Windsor.

There are far more (many many many more), but with just a weekend trip, they'll need to pick and choose.


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