Where should we go outside of London?

Old Aug 30th, 2000, 01:27 PM
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I spent three weeks in England a few years ago and Warwick Castle was a highlight! I really felt transported back in time. Unlike some of the others, I was disappointed in York. Neat concept of a walled city, but by that time (near the end of our trip) I had already seen a lot of cobblestone streets. The viking exhibit - Jorvik - was not worth the admission price.

Chattesworth Castle nearby was a pleasant surprise. We had planned to spend time in Sherwood Forest, but there wasn't a lot to do. This was off the beaten path, a beautiful estate - very relaxing - and not very touristy. They had a huge hedge maze that you can get lost in! It is out in the countryside - we had a great time.

Bath is also a nice place Good luck.
Old Aug 30th, 2000, 01:40 PM
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I'd go again tomorrow: Kew Gardens. Short train ride, nice walk through the town, incredible variety of "gardens" including woods, water, herbs, exotics, you name it. Tea at the Orangery; dinner in the town; a shandy at the train station. Relaxing but still amazing.
Old Aug 31st, 2000, 05:37 AM
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Old Aug 31st, 2000, 06:34 AM
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If you go to Kew Gardens, have tea across the road at Maids of Honour. It is supposed to have been there since the time of Henry VIII. It's charming, and the goodies are wonderful.
Old Aug 31st, 2000, 11:11 PM
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Hi everyone! I hope this is not too much off topic, but I've always wondered where are the moors that one would read of in "Wuthering Heights"?
Old Sep 1st, 2000, 05:12 AM
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Yorkshire. Rather a long way from London I'm afraid.
Old Sep 3rd, 2000, 08:09 AM
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Old Sep 3rd, 2000, 10:07 PM
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If you want to see moors anyway Dartmoor National Park in the southwest is amazing. Its the area that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hounds of the Baskerville's." There are stone age tors and stone circles, Lydford Gorge, and wild ponies wandering the moors. I really recommend it. We stayed a nice B&B just outside the park called Gages Mill. It has lovely grounds, a tree swing but no TV. The owners were very helpful and seemed to really enjoy running the little hotel.
Old Sep 14th, 2000, 12:53 PM
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There are so many wonderful choices--depends on what kinds of things you like to do.

Warwick Castle
St. Albans, near London--great, easy day trip
Stratford--take in a matinee. The town is touristy but still charming, in my opinion
Cambridge or Oxford
Greenwich--take the boat from Westminster Pier

Old Sep 14th, 2000, 05:52 PM
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Sandy, I would have to vote for Bath. If you go, be sure to have tea in the Pump Room. You will feel as if you stepped into a Jane Austen novel.
Old Sep 18th, 2000, 07:17 PM
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The cinque ports town of Rye in East Sussex is my best bet for "local color", full of locals and tourists alike. A beautiful place.
Old Sep 20th, 2000, 04:22 AM
Nigel Doran
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Why not go to York, as one other has suggested?
Go to www.thetrainline.com or www.gner.co.uk and look for Daypex singles. These use Eurostar-style trains that only travel the London Kings Cross - York route and the tickets might cost about 23 return. You can go out early and come back late, which will just about do it at a pinch for York. The train only takes 1 hr.50 mins from London and the trip itself is quite pretty and 'exciting' if you count the fact you are travelling on Eurostar trains.

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