Wedding In Cambridge England

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Dec 12th, 2017, 11:29 AM
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Wedding In Cambridge England

We are attending a wedding in Cambridge in April and were considering tacking on another few days somewhere else such as Scotland or Ireland or perhaps elsewhere. We probably only have another 5-6 days but that is fine with us. Any suggestions? We have been to London and live in NYC so we were thinking we might do something else than that.
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Dec 12th, 2017, 11:48 AM
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You options are totally limitless -- you can take a train(s) from Cambridge to anywhere on the mainland of the UK; You can go into London and take a train to Paris or Brussels; you can fly from Stansted to just about anywhere on the Continent; you can fly from Stansted to Belfast or dublin or other cities in Ireland.

Do you have to be back in London to fly home on the 5th day?


So you need to narrow things down a bit before anyone can give useful advice.
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Dec 12th, 2017, 11:56 AM
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Scotland could be cool -literally and figuratively! And you can take trains there easily without going back to London - maybe hit York on way up - one of Britain's neatest cities for tourists - and spend 3-4 days in Edinburgh -maybe taking some escorted tour from there to the famous Highlands, etc. fly into London and out of Edinburgh.

For lots on trains check www.nationalrail.co.uk; www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

Or maybe you will have a car? For such a short trip I'd take the train to a place like Edinburgh and base there. From London frequent trains to Cambridge - check www.nationalrail.co.uk for any specials on fares though full fare is not that much.

How long will you be in Cambridge area?

But as janis says to go into more detail on any destination would require more narrowing down your possibilities.
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Dec 12th, 2017, 12:41 PM
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We loved Cambridge when we were there 10 months ago! Such a charming town and the beautiful campus buildings along the Cam River. You could take the train up to Carlisle and see Hadrian's Wall. We walked the Wall and looked over in to Scotland adjacent! Carlisle was established to serve the forts on Hadrian's Wall. There's also a castle up there, Carlisle Castle, still relatively intact, that was built in 1092 and was once prison for Mary, Queen of Scots. From there you could go further up into Scotland and see Edinburgh. I think given the fact you only have 5 days, it might be best to stay in the UK and explore what you can. It's entirely feasible to travel all about via train, you really don't need a rental car unless you want one!
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Dec 12th, 2017, 12:50 PM
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Weather in the UK in April, though gardens will be getting nice, is iffy. I'd head south.

Check the airlines that fly from Luton
https://www.london-luton.co.uk/insid...lla-s-airlines

or Stansted
http://www.stanstedairport.com/fligh...ght-operators/

...and go someplace warm, direct coach service to both from Cambridge.
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Dec 12th, 2017, 01:16 PM
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You can fly absolutely anywhere from Stansted or Luton -- but IF you are flying home from LHR or LGW you will want to be back in England the evening before your flight out.


>>You could take the train up to Carlisle and see Hadrian's Wall. We walked the Wall and looked over in to Scotland adjacent! <<

If you were standing on the wall you were not looking into Scotland. Scotland isn't adjacent to the Wall anywhere.
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Dec 12th, 2017, 01:33 PM
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Hi janisj - it's close enough to the border of Scotland as it was the border between the 2 countries long ago! I was a bit vague, sorry for not being more specific! :0
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Dec 12th, 2017, 01:40 PM
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Huitres, maybe there's a misunderstanding about this use of "adjacent". I read it as that real estate sales term meaning not IN a place but close enough to use in the pitch. Such as "Beverly Hills adjacent." I think the wall could very well be described as "adjacent" for sales purposes.
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Dec 12th, 2017, 01:42 PM
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Ah -- Sort of like saying one was in Denver and looked into Mexico
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Dec 12th, 2017, 02:49 PM
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Without going into a detailed history lesson, Hadrian's Wall has never been considered to be the border between England and Scotland. It was, of course, built during the Roman occupation when Scotland was referred to as Caledonia. The idea of Scotland as a sovereign entity didn't emerge until the Early Middle Ages.

BTW, Hadrian's Wall is about 60 some miles from the Scottish border.
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Dec 12th, 2017, 09:48 PM
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>>BTW, Hadrian's Wall is about 60 some miles from the Scottish border.<<

For some estate agents that is "adjacent"! Never trust a location described as "[desirable area] borders".....

But that's by the by. You could certainly link up by train from Cambridge to the east coast line north and to Scotland. But with only a few days, you'd need to be ruthlessly selective about where you want to go, or you might spend most of it travelling and not really experience anywhere.
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Dec 12th, 2017, 11:20 PM
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You could pop out to the Antonine wall instead (in Scotland and far from England) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonine_Wall

You could also go to York which is seriously nice and only a short and only 2.5 hours from Cambridge.
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Dec 13th, 2017, 01:56 AM
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Wow i didn't know about Antonine Wall!
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Dec 13th, 2017, 12:51 PM
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Well good as Hadrian's Wall is with such limited time I'd head elsewhere like Scotland - getting to the wall by public transit or car takes a day and the a day to see the best of the wall, etc.

I'd rather spend time in Scotland or Lake District or York and area - the Wall is nice but not that awesome as one may think.
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Dec 13th, 2017, 01:22 PM
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How about Cyprus, average high 75˚ in April, direct flights from both Stansted & Luton.
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Dec 13th, 2017, 02:58 PM
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While you are in Cambridge visit the American cemetery if that interest you. Ely is north of Cambridge but has the most beautiful cathedral. They used it to film the weddings for The Crown and other movies. The train runs along the coast to Edinburgh and is really nice.
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