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Trip to England

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Miss Moppet
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Postby Miss Moppet » Fri September 10th, 2010, 1:55 am

"Michy" wrote:
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.

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Postby Leo62 » Fri September 10th, 2010, 12:19 pm

I second Igtham Mote, Stirling and Avebury (much more atmospheric than Stonehenge, which has a very busy road running by it).

If you get to the Welsh borders, Ludlow, Goodrich and Chepstow are all great, castle-wise. I would also recommend Stokesay Castle, in the same neck of the woods. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stokesay-castle/

Grub-wise, if you get to Stirling, check out the Barnton Bar & Bistro
http://www.thebistro.co.uk/

In York, Betty's Tea Rooms are a must. Best cakes I've ever tasted :D
http://www.bettys.co.uk/bettys_york.aspx
(If the main Betty's is too busy, there's a Little Betty's just around the corner)

BTW, if you're driving up to Scotland, I'd recommend taking the A1 rather than the M1 and/or M6. It's much less prone to traffic jams, a lot more scenic and just as quick (long sections of it are motorway).

Have a good trip!
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Postby Ash » Fri September 10th, 2010, 1:19 pm

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.

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Postby Madeleine » Fri September 10th, 2010, 3:14 pm

To re-inforce what MM Bennett said about Stirling Castle being cold - in my experience, most castles (and quite a few stately homes) are cold! So take a sweater/fleece if you're visiting one.
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Postby Tanzanite » Sat September 11th, 2010, 12:39 am

"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.


Thanks for the comments - they are very helpful. It's OK if Maidstone isn't a great town - for us a hotel is just a place to sleep and take a shower. The primary consideration is that it's a Hilton (free night), near things we want to do (or on the way to one) and fits into the number of points I have in order to get as many free nights as possible!! So we're staying in some rather ordinary places...

I think we're going to check out the battle re-enactment - it's something my husband is interested in as well. I'm working on finalizing the "short list" which I"m sure will still be too long and I"ve had to make some hard choices.

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Postby Miss Moppet » Sat September 11th, 2010, 9:59 am

"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.


Betty's is just wonderful. My family will make a special trip to Harrogate or York just to go there. It's not just the food, which is excellent, but the atmosphere which is elegant but cosy in a kind of 1930s retro way. Don't know what time of year you are going but I love the mulled wine on their Christmas menus. The queues can be long but it's always worth it.

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Postby Tanzanite » Sat September 11th, 2010, 6:21 pm

We're going next month - we leave here on October 7. Here is my "planning" map (the push pins are hotels; the flags are place to see - all color coded...):

If anyone from outside the UK is visitng and planning on seeing a lot of historic sites, I highly recommend the British Heritage Pass. Only international buyers can purchase them and you can buy them online and have it sent to you before you leave. You can get 4, 7 or 15 days pass and it gets you entry to over 500 sites in the UK (the big cathedrals are excluded) but it includes the the major places (The Tower of London, Hampton Court, St Pauls, Leeds, Edinburgh Castle etc, but not Windsor for some reason) and lots and lots of lesser known ones. Besides saving money, the best thing is you don't have to wait in line to buy tickets!! We bought one last year and it was great so I just purchased ones for this year's trip.
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Postby M.M. Bennetts » Sat September 11th, 2010, 6:25 pm

October eh? Think about bringing a light waterproof coat...

It can be truly pleasant in October. Then again...

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Postby princess » Sat September 11th, 2010, 7:00 pm

When you're in Scotland will you be visiting the Highlands proper, or stopping in Perthshire? The scenery alone north of Inverness is worth a wee road trip :)
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Postby Vanessa » Sun September 12th, 2010, 10:35 am

"M.M. Bennetts" wrote:October eh? Think about bringing a light waterproof coat...

It can be truly pleasant in October. Then again...


Yes. It shouldn't be too cold, though, unless we have some freak weather conditions. Layers are a good idea!
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