And Ightham Mote plays in Anya Seton's Green Darkness, so if you liked that book then this might be of interest.....
Ightham Mote is not far from Knole which has wonderful 17th century state rooms. I saw them both in the same day.
"parthianbow" wrote:I thought I'd throw in my tuppence ha'penny.
If there's a re-enactment at Hastings, GO TO IT! The guys who do that type of thing are always great fun, hugely knowledgeable and do accurate portrayals. It might help you avoid 2 nights in Maidstone, which, let us say, politely, is not the most picturesque of towns.
Rochester Castle - nor is Rochester. Picturesque, that is.
Ely Cathedral - stunning. Absolutely unmissable, IMHO.
York - ditto.
Bambaugh Castle - Bamburgh? Lovely!
Alnwick Castle - ditto.
Please, if in that area, at least try to go to one Roman fort (I know I'm biased) - Housesteads or Vindolanda are the best.
Edinburgh Castle - unmissable.
Palace of Holyroodhouse - great.
Stirling Castle - wonderful, esp for the statue of William Wallace.
Caernarfon Castle - amazing. On your way back in to England, call in to Avebury, which is far more atmospheric than Stonehenge, and has far less visitors.
"Ash" wrote:Oh I was trying to remember the name of that place in York, yes, Betty's Tea Room!! We had some lovely snacks there and enjoyed people watching out their big windows.
"M.M. Bennetts" wrote:October eh? Think about bringing a light waterproof coat...
It can be truly pleasant in October. Then again...