One Sunday get youself to The Church in Kentish Town (London). It starts about midday each sunday going on to about 3/4. It's full of Aussies, Kiwis, Brits, South Africans and anybody else who wants a few hours of madness and fun. Old Kent Road used to be good for a few beers as well. Not quite sure what it's like now though. There's no shortage of good old pubs in London though.
I am busy preparing the itinerary to explore England in this coming 15th July until the 31st October!!! Tho I bought a book of Insight Guide of England and i made a lot of surfing via internet and also went to ask for advices from British Council. Yet, I'd like to hear some true Englishmen/women/ladies to give me an overall view of england. I have a friend who got 2 years working VISA in Sutton. She'll follow me 4 6 days in London and back to work then. I've to backpack myself start from London and go to Rochester and rock all the way.
This is my plan:
Arrive at Gatwick Airport
Sutton in London
London - central, East and West
Rochester, Gillingham, Chatham
Brogdale Orchard in Faversham then go to
Canterbury and spend some time in picturesque Chilham
Hawkhurst and Tenterden
Hastings and Battle
Penhurst, Westerham and Pevensey
Go to Isle of Wight first and back to Southampton
The New Forest
Lyndhurst, Brockenhurts, Cranborne
Wilton - Stonehenge
Gold Hill - the pretty cottages
East Devon - Sidmouth
Tiverton and Bickleigh
Tavistock, Widecombe, Holne, Hay Tor, Okehampton
Cotehele Quay - medieval houses
Launceston, Bodmin Mor, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Fowey, Truro, Falmouth, Helston, St. Michael's Mount, Penzance, Land's End, St. Ives, Newquay, Padstow, Tointagel, Bideford, Barnstaple - Cornwall
Windsor - i like the castle!
Abingdon, St. Albans
Oxford - will spend days there
Cotswolds - Splendid!
bypass Sezincote to Snowhill Manor and go to Broadway
Bypass Leicester and arrive at Birmingham
NewCastle - under Lyne
Peak District - yeah!
Lyme Park and Snake Pass
Bypass Glossop and towards Manchester
Lake District - Marvellous!
Brampton - Handrian's Wall
Alnwick - Harry Potter's!
Newcastle Upon Tyne
go to Thirsk and move to Richmond
Go to King's Lynn
Bury St. Edmunds
Cambridge - days there!
Back to London
I doubt if i could make it for 3 months and 15 days....
You are missing out Bournemouth! x
I know but the route schedule is tight - I give priority to places with historic landmarks under English Heritage and National Trust. So, what is your reason that Bournmouth should not be axed? Tho i know it's a lovely place...
One thing you should do in London is the Tower - it can be pricey to get in but as far as I am concerned you can spend a whole day in there just wandering around soaking all the history ans stories in! But it is true that there is a lot more to see that just the one city! Especially if you are on a tight budget - London is not known for being very cheap! Time Out mag is definately a good buy for all the different things as is getting the Evening Standard paper on (I think) Thursdays - it lists all the stuff that is happening around town at the weekend and is priced at a bargain 60 or so pence!
As to the long list of places I haven't done half of those areas! Rochester is a really nice place just outside of London (about an hour train I'd say maybe a bit longer) but be aware there isn't really that much to do once you get there. Unless they have done it up in the last few years once you've looked round the (ruined) castle, cathedral and Charles Dickin's house there is not much left to do If you're going into Kent you should definately put some time into your schedule to see Leeds Castle which is just outside of Maidstone. It is gorgeous!
Some places you've mentioned you won't need to spend much time in to see all there is. I lived in Portsmouth for 3 years and I'd say once you've done the Naval docks and museums and shopped for a bit at gunwharf there isn't much else apart from pubs - lots and lots and lots of pubs!!
As a southener I am biased but I would have to say that York is an amazing city - the cathedral is fantastic and there is also, if memory serves! - a good tour of the city and the York Dungeons as well which is good for a scare and a laugh.
I guess the list is endless! Every place has something - even the small little villages. Just try to cram in as much as you can in the time you have!
Thanks, Vicki; i love the way you describe the places; concise and interesting. Had a moccha with friends in cafe yesterday...they even advised me to talk with publisher to come up with a bokk as many books in SE Asia are focusing on London, Devon and Cornwall, Southern and the heart of England! I just smiled at them and thought maybe they were joking with me.
Thanks for all the posts. Lovely.
Just a few tips for some of the places you go and things not to miss:
Portsmouth - Historic dockyard, a guided tour round HMS Victory, a look round HMS Warrior.
Isle of Wight - Osborne House (Queen Victorias' weekend getaway)
Arundel - nice castle and lots of antique shops worth a few hours walking around.
Winchester - only the cathedral is worth looking at here.
Cheltenham - Pittville pump rooms, some nice parks near the town centre too, a very pretty little town (my home town)
Cotswolds - don't miss Bibury, a beautiful little village.
Gloucester - keep walking, nothing to see here (seriously).
Nottingham - stop for a pint in a pub called Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem (by the castle). This pub is over 800 years old and where the crusaders used to stop for a pint before heading to the middle east.
If i think of anything else i will let you know.
You are that helpful, always. Should I bring something from Malaysia to you? <cracking my head>
Thanks, and many many many many thanks...if you are interested in Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore...i am quite active in Asia's forum.
I had the best time of my life in London only a few month ago with a girl I was seeing.
I took her on a little tour of London, wondering around Westermister, past Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street...you know the deal. I then took her to the Natural History Museum (free and incredible!), and then we went ice skating at Hampton Court Palace (this is only available during xmas time). What made the trip was that we just wondered around London, with no map, no time limit and just enjoyed it. We even purposely missed our couch so we could stay longer - luckily we managed to get home. My advice, get an idea of what you want to do, find out when the last bus, coach, train etc is, and just wonder round having a random time; there are plenty of "bobbies" and tourist, not to mention locals, that can point you in the right direction
Right! How to persuade you to go to Bournemouth?! Although I am a little bias, having lived in Bournemouth most of my life, I think it is worth a visit. There might not be much in the way of history but there is plenty to do! Also, it is so close to Southampton you may as well drop by. Take a look at tourist board website and if you still don't fancy it then fair play! Amy
P.S. If you are there in August they have a free firework display plus entertainment every Friday night off of the pier.