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jsmith Jun 7th, 2006 01:51 PM

Should I take any of these guided tours from London?
 
Generally I plan my own daytrips but these coach tours from London Transport sound pretty good.

The first is a guided tour of Windsor Castle then continuing after lunch past Runnymede to Hampton Court. The cost is 6 GBP including lunch and admission charges. Leaves Victoria Coach Station at 10:15, back at 16:30.

The second leaves Victoria at 8:30 for Blenheim Palace, Harrow and Churchill's grave at Bladon. The tour returns at 18:00 and includes lunch and admission charges for 7.90 GBP.

Do you think there is adequate time for these excursions?

There are also tours to Canterbury and Dover for 7 GBP and Salisbury and Stonehenge for 7.90 GBP. These also include lunch and admission.

teacher33 Jun 7th, 2006 02:04 PM

Sure sounds like a price that can't be beat. However, the day to Windsor sounds like too much for only six hours. IMHO, Windsor is worth a couple of hours and Hampton court is worth the better part of a day. Do you get to see Queen Mary's Dollhouse at Windsor? That is a fascinating part of a visit to Windsor. I have been to HC several times and taken the audio tour and enjoyed wandering around inside at my own pace and then taking in the gardens.

The one to Blenheim sounds like the best deal.

Salisbury and Stonehenge could be good if you have enough time as the bus connections to Stonehenge are not always convenient.

Canterbury and Dover are each worth a day by themselves. The train connections are easy; however, I don't know how the prices compare. The transport tours certainly seem reasonable, but don't cheat yourself of time to explore.

obxgirl Jun 7th, 2006 02:10 PM

>>Sure sounds like a price that can't be beat.<<

Sounds more like a price that can't be believed!

poutine Jun 7th, 2006 02:14 PM

Do you have the link for that? I'd like to check the Dover/Canterbury one out.

Thanks.

janisj Jun 7th, 2006 02:28 PM

jsmith: are you VERY sure about those prices? I can't see how the first one could possibly be £6 - uness it does not include admission to the Castle/state rooms and HCP and lunch is a bag of chips on the bus. Could it possible be £6 PLUS lunc and admissions? And 6 hours Victoria to Victoria is not nearly long enough for Windsor and HCP.

The normal adult admission to windsor and HCP are £13.50 ans £12.30 respectively.

And admission to Blenheim is normally £14

Give us the links - I would think there has to be some sort of catch

grantop Jun 7th, 2006 03:08 PM

I agree that the price doesn't seem quite right. That aside, the Windsor Castle/HCP day sounds like too much in that amount of time. We spent an entire day at HCP alone and more than half a day at Windsor.

The Salisbury and Stonehenge tour sounds doable.

Lori Jun 7th, 2006 03:14 PM

Check these pricse again - they cannot be correct. If something sounds too good to be true it usually is.

jsmith Jun 7th, 2006 04:40 PM

Sorry, I can't give you a link. I'm getting the info from a London Transport Guided Tour brochure I got while there in the summer of 1977. Will the prices have changed much?

janisj Jun 7th, 2006 04:44 PM

:D

(I stayed in a 4 star hotel in London for £5 in 1976)

P_M Jun 7th, 2006 04:46 PM

Why do I suddenly feel my leg being pulled.... :-O

P_M Jun 7th, 2006 05:14 PM

If I can remember this in 10 months, I will top this thread on April Fools Day. :-))

kenderina Jun 7th, 2006 05:24 PM

Change ? noooo, they've just got a big fat , aging..you know :))

kenderina Jun 7th, 2006 05:25 PM

oh, I meant "a bit fat", my handwriting is better, I swear it !! :)

herself Jun 7th, 2006 05:36 PM

We took a day tour to Leeds Castle and Canterbury a few years ago and found it fantastic. On the bus to these locations the guide gave us a wonderful informative lecture about the two places. The history of the time, the events that were taking place, who went there, who was killed and why. It was a relaxing day and very informative. Nice way to unwind for a day. Let someone else do all the work.

jody Jun 7th, 2006 05:54 PM

We never do tours but at those prices ..I'd be on one in a NY minute!

P_M Jun 7th, 2006 05:56 PM

herself, please read jsmith's post made at 8:40. He/she is having some fun with us. :-)

grantop Jun 7th, 2006 07:37 PM

Oh no, they haven't changed at all since 1977, and your brochure probably has some nice hotel rates too.

janisj Jun 7th, 2006 07:45 PM

I have a B&B and farm holiday booklet from 1974 and many places in the country are in the £1.50 to £2.50 per night range w/ DB&B at £4 or less!

Aah, for the days.

Merseyheart Jun 8th, 2006 07:05 PM

I remember staying at a B&B in Stratford (shared bath down the hall) for 15 pounds a night....in 1983. Theatre was cheaper then, too.

PatrickLondon Jun 9th, 2006 03:06 AM

I still remember going out for a celebration dinner with some friends, at a beautiful country pub run by a famous eccentric, when we finished our last exams at Cambridge. Smoked salmon and salad 11/6 and strawberries and cream 4/6. Total with drinks barely a pound. But that was long ago and I was young...


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