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31. Posted by harbinger (Budding Member 39 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

Lots of brilliant advice here, but let me throw in my pennysworth.
One way to reduce the hefty admission fees for London's major attractions is to investigate the 2for1 deals that you qualify for is you show a British rail ticket. This is the overland service that is different to the Underground, and could be a practical option if you're staying somewhere in the suburbs (eg. Putney, Richmond). I did this in January when a friend and I visited London for two days, and we saved over 70 pounds on entry fees to major attractions like the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey and guided walks (such as the Jack The Ripper night walk through the East End). See this site for more details:
Another tip is to browse Groupon and similar sites for discounted deals in the cities you're visiting, which can often offer superb value on meals and activities. Just be sure to read the fine print, as some require that you book ahead of time, which you'll have to factor into your planning.
I wish you both the joy and fulfilment that a good marriage brings - and a fun filled honeymoon as the first step in a travel-filled life together.

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33. Posted by Daisymarshall (Budding Member 26 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Sounds like a great trip!

Although, I'm from England-are you sure you specifically want to visit London?

London is very expensive and over-rated in my opinion. It doesn't show you exactly what England is about.

Imagine you plan to travel to Canada and you only visit Toronto? That's a similar (a lot smaller) comparison.

Maybe you could look into visiting a difference place? I would recommend either Derbyshire, Yorkshire or Cornwall. They are all in opposite locations but research them and see what you think! There is a lot more to see in England other than the over priced London!

34. Posted by Dawgfather (Budding Member 18 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Hi Daisymarshall! Youre definitely right! If I were to go to Canada I would be in the city long enough only to get off the plane and onto a bus out of town. Mountains are my main attraction. Personally I'm more of a budget off the beaten track kind of traveler. If I were to be planning a trip to England alone, you can bet your bottom dollar London would have only a day or two and money saved would mean a few extra days in country.

Alas I will be with my fiance, wife at that point, and we only have about 5 or 6 days in the England area, and shes pretty excited to see some of the more stereotypical sights of London. Most of our time will be spent in Ireland and Scotland exploring her ancestors homeland.
And seeing as before the wedding I have one last solo trip planned as a single man to Southeast Asia for 5 months, specifically for the "off the beaten track" vibe, when it comes to the honeymoon, future wifey gets what future wifey wants!
She did mention wanting to see Derbyshire and or Yorkshire as well if time and budget allows, so I'll do some digging and see if I cant convince her to take a couple days off of London and spend a few days in a different area as well.
I hate doing to much research for a trip with such limited time. I would love to have 3 months to split between the 3 countries! Thanks for the advice. I may show my fiance your words with a "i told you so" look on my face and see if your post can help me put some sense into this mad women!!! Another thing that may help is if any of those areas youve mentioned have potentially cheaper flights back to the states? Than we could justify staying there before we fly out, which is ultimately one of the major reasons we decided on London. Thanks for the tips friend! Will do what I can!

35. Posted by Daisymarshall (Budding Member 26 posts) 48w 1 Star this if you like it!

As tourist attractions go, London is definitely the place to visit. Although expect to be surrounded by Asian travellers; particularly the Chinese.

Once you've done the main attractions, get yourself out of there as soon as possible lol! The over crowded streets become very sweaty and stressful and the traffic is disastrous to get from one place to the other. Although if your wife to be likes shopping - Oxford Street is a good place to go.

Also depending on the time of year you go, will depend on queues for entry on things. Avoid late July/August at all costs as the summer holidays brings lots of families from around the country.

Other than that, good luck persuading and enjoy your trip!

36. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 481 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

I don't go to London for the shopping. I go for the theatre. My first visit was in July but it was a long time ago (right after WWII) and we visited Stratford on Avon and Windsor before we went to Oxford (my father had a conference there) and then drove to Edinburgh. The other times I've been have been in June when it isn't that hot or crowded. And I got to go to four different plays in two visits. A highlight

37. Posted by talalkhalid (Budding Member 11 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

A low budget tour is doable only if you have your priorities straight on what you're actually looking for. I wasted a lot of money on my first tour, until i was exposed to Airbnb and Couch-surfing facilities. I as an individual allocated a very minimal proportion of funds for accommodation during my tour, as i loved travelling and wanted to explore that was my first priority. I managed to find room sharing spaces in Scotland, lucky for me i was travelling with my friends. We found ourselves in one of the rooms of "-snip- hotel, Edinburgh". We were delighted with the accommodation given it's price. Similarly, in Glasgow we stayed at -snip- right in the start of the city centre! The money that we saved in our accommodation we used it at "-snip- service of the highlands of Scotlands".

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38. Posted by Dawgfather (Budding Member 18 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Between the two of us well have a budget of 200 USD/day for everything. Will be utilising bed and breakfasts, airbnb, and couch surfing. We also plan on doing about 10 days out of our 3 weeks in Ireland, and 10 days of our 3 weeks in Scotland, doing hiking trails. So during those days, minimal funds will be spent save for food and accommodations. Will look for buget hostel dorm rooms when and if available. For transportation we will likley get bus passes. Hopefully our budget holds! But we have a fair amount of flexibility, so if we notice our budget not meeting our original plan we can knock a few days off each region to help compensate.

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40. Posted by pluto3000 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 44w Star this if you like it!

Not sure if you can see my itinerary on my account. Every year we take a girls trip and this year we are going to Ireland. On my planner I have some places to visit. If you can view it you are more then welcome to check it out. We rent a car and stay in B & B's since you get a breakfast in the morning. That helps out a lot if your travel outside the main cities. Scotland is beautiful and we are planning to go again. England is one of our near trips in the future. My account is Pluto3000.

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