Need one more stop on England Itinerary

May 13th, 2003, 07:21 AM
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Need one more stop on England Itinerary

We are planning a trip to England in mid June. We are a family with three boys ages 20, 19, 15. We are starting in London (5 days) Intercontinental Hotel; then on to Stratfod upon Avon - Welcombe Lodge (2 days) then on to Bath - Paradise Hotel (1 day) This is where we have a hole, we would like to do one day at a beach hotel/resort have had suggestions for Torquay, Lyme Regis has anyone stayed there with teenagers. I was looking at this resort "Toorak" hotel part of the TLH resort can't tell if it is "cheesy" from the website.
Last stop is Brighton - no reservation yet need suggestions for 4/5 star. Then on to Gatwick in the morning. I know it is a 28 mile trip from Brighton to Gatwick does anyone know how the traffic is in the morning?
Thanks for your help
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May 13th, 2003, 07:43 AM
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Torquay would be a 2.5-3 hours drive from Bath, - and leave you a long drive to Brighton the next day, - so I wouldn't recommend it just for one night.

Lyme Regis is a pleasant little town, but might not be ideal for teenagers.

Have you thought of Bournemouth?
Or Weymouth?

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May 13th, 2003, 07:54 AM
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For what it's worth, most English teenagers would pay serious money to avoid holidaying in Torquay. Its reputation as where the English go to die might be unfair, and your kids might never have heard of it, but...
Brighton, on the other hand is about as cool as you can get. Designed for many things, including serious clubbing for the kids. But if they go clubbing, and the people they meet find they were in Torquay the day before, their street cred will evaporate instantly.

Lyme Regis is neutral in the "cool" stakes. But a certain sort of lively kid would take to its bracing cliffs etc, and a different sort would be fascinated by the town's connections either with Meryl Streep or with the history of palaeontology (which was sort of invented there).

From central Brighton to LGW, 30 mins. But there are a few potential bottlenecks for the first two miles,depending partly on school runs etc. Check with your hotel.
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May 13th, 2003, 08:40 AM
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Beach resorts are not England's strongest suit. There are many fine beaches (Cornwall and Devon come to mind) but they are too far a drive for you to spend only a night. Not to mention the likelihood of cool temps and rain.

I think your three boys will love Brighton. Why not add an extra day there?

Flanneruk, I love your description of Torquay.
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May 13th, 2003, 10:12 AM
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The suggestions on your earlier thread are good. Either go all the way to Brighton for the extra night or stop in the New Forest area.

As for your new ideas - Torquay is too far and Lyme Regis not a beach resort as such - a lovely town but not somewhere kids would romp in the sea or chat up girls on the beach.
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May 13th, 2003, 11:27 AM
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Remember this piece of advice: Two nights in Stratford is too much unless you are going to a play. Otherwise they have turned this town into Disneyland with large parking garages, walking streets and Tshirt shops. One of our more disappointing stops in England. It was fine in 1990, but had turned to tourist haven by 2000.
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