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11. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 5y

If you're dead set on going to Stonehenge, Salisbury would be a better base. It's not a bad place to spend a day either, nice cathedral and old town centre and the local bus company runs a handy tour from Salisbury if you're on public transport. Oxford is worth a visit, and I would personally go to Bath rather than Bristol as a tourist (not to live, mind). By the same token although there are interesting things to see in both, as a first-time visitor I probably wouldn't choose to visit Birmingham and actually probably not Manchester either, unless seeing post-industrial Britain is part of the point.

Also be careful not to spend all of your time running around catching trains, and don't give yourself too many connections to make - the British rail network is almost as unreliable as it is reputed to be.

If you land in Oxford last in the South then there's a handy crosscountry train service direct to York that isn't too expensive.

Personally not a massive fan of Stratford-upon-Avon, unless you're a big Shakespeare fan obviously!

My itinerary in England with your time and requirements would like something like this:

Days 1-4 London
Days 5 & 6 Salisbury and Stonehenge
Day 7 & 8 Bath
Day 9 have a look at the cotswolds or some other countryside, or Bristol if you're dead set on it
Days 10 & 11 Oxford
Days 12-15 York
then on.......

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jul-2011, at 10:55 by magykal1 ]

12. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 5y

agreed, skip birmingham and stonehenge but go to bath and/or stratford upon avon.

u should go to www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com to get ur train tickets.. reliable. and u can compare the price of tickets at different timings. if u travel during the peak hours, it will be more expensive, of course...

for me, i travelled from london to liverpool for my sister's wedding, for a mere 20 pounds in may this year, because i opted to buy an off-peak hour ticket. ;)

try to buy your tickets in advance (up to 84 days in advance) to save some money.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jul-2011, at 22:22 by daphnemaia ]

13. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 5y

Cannot stress enough to book well in advance. I just purchased my mother a train ticket for £150 to Bradford (near Leeds, very vaguely near York) and back from London. This was a last-minute conference she was attending but would have been much cheaper if booked even a couple of weeks ago.

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