Stops between London and Edinburgh this August?

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1. Posted by cjohnv (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi, so I'm performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 6th-28th this year. Was gonna fly into London a few days early and take the train up to do shows in other parts of England and get over jet lag before the festival starts, and because I like seeing a country by rail if I can.

I'm gonna spend a couple days in London, but will have 2 or 3 days before I have to get to Edinburgh and was curious if anyone had strong recommendations for what I should do between the two? As far as the UK goes, I've only ever been to London, Oxford, and the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, so I have a lot of catching up to do. I'll probably be confined to sticking to cities off the train line, so I'm considering York and Newcastle, but am open to suggestions. Good hiking spots would also be appreciated.


[ Edit: Edited on 6 Jun 2022, 16:56 GMT by cjohnv ]

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6366 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

York and Newcastle upon Tyne are both brilliant places to break your journey between London and Edinburgh. You could easily spend 3 days in either place and still not see all there is to offer.

Both are university towns so both have vibrant nightlife with loads of places to eat, drink and enjoy yourself. Unless you're into the Romans, imo York ihas much more historical interest.

York: ancient Medieval walled city (you can walk most of the city walls); Medieval city gates (called 'bars'); a truly superb Medieval Minster (cathedral 1220) with Roman remains exposed in the crypt: 'The Shambles', Medieval street used as the basis for 'Diagon Alley' in the HP books; Jorvik Viking Centre on the excavated site of York's Viking settlement; Roman remains in the Museum Gardens; Clifford's Tower, the 'keep' ofYork's Norman castle; several excellent museums including a truly wonderful railway musum; Merchant Adventurer's Hall (1357); Barley Hall, reconstructed 1360 townhouse; riverside walks and riverboat rides; a myriad of Medieval alleyways, snickets and entries to explore; super shopping......

Daytrips: easy access by train to seaside Scarborough or by bus (Coastliner 840) across the N Yorkshire Moors to seaside Whitby: easy access by bus or train to Leeds. You could get off the bus in the moors to do some walking (make sure you've got proper footwear & rainwear!) or walk along the cliffs at Whitby (ditto) or have a look at the walks (accessible by public transport) on this official site:

Newcastle: Historic bridges across the Tyne; Millennium bridge; historic Quayside district; several good museums; BALTIC centre for contemporary art across the river in Gateshead...

Daytrips: by bus to Durham for the Angel of the North and Durham's ancient and magnificent cathedral (1133); by train to Hexham, a lovely market town with an ancient Abbey church and a regular bus service which takes you along Hadrian's Wall (see link below); by Metro train to the pleasant seaside town of Tynemouth with its castle, beaches and lots of places to eat & drink; by Metro to Wallsend for the Segedunum Roman museum and site, the eastern end of Hadrians' Wall; by bus to Beamish Living Museum (link below), a brilliant open-air museum with re-enactors.....

Jesmond Dene in the city (bus) is good for walking, walk along the riverside/coast from e.g. Tynemouth to Cullercoats, train to Hexham and walk from there (

Hadrian's Wall bus:


Personally, I'd stay in York. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 6 Jun 2022, 17:32 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by cjohnv (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

This is perfect and very helpful! Really appreciate your response

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6366 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

You're more than welcome.

I've long known York like the back of my hand and have got to know Newcastle pretty well over the past few years. :-)

You've only visited some of the SE of England...and London has its own microclimate anyway. Just because it's August doesn't mean the rest of the UK...especially the North and Scotland...will be warm and sunny or even warm and cloudy. Remember to pack clothes you can layer, rainwear, sensible footwear and sunglasses. UK weather can and often does change several times in one day, let alone from day to day! :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 6 Jun 2022, 19:19 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 618 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

The Lake District.
Most visitors to London go by on the train and never see it.
3 hrs from London Euston, get off at Oxenholme.


6. Posted by planxty (Budding Member 715 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I would certainly second the vote for Newcastle as we have just had a Euromeet there and it was brilliant.

I am writing this in Carlisle and that is a good option as well, plenty of history in the City including a fantastic cathedral, close proximity to Hadrian's wall if Roman history is your thing and an easy travel to the Lake District as mentioned by stevieh.

A stop off in the Peak District might be a good idea if you are into walking. There are any amount of accommodation options in various towns and villages like Buxton, Bakewell and Eyam, a gorgeous little place although I have not been there for some years.

If you decide to go more to the West rather than follow the East coast all the way, I can strongly recommend Manchester where there is a lot to do. I was there a few years ago and really enjoyed it.

If you do decide to go the Western route, Liverpool is also worth considering. Great nightlife, the whole Beatles / Merseybeat connection if you are into that, a Tate Gallery, wonderfully restored old dock area and a lot more besides.

These are just a few suggestions to add to my friend leics2's comprehensive list. I know her personally and she is a very experienced and knowledgeable traveller.

Hope this assists,


7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6366 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thank you, Fergy! :-)

8. Posted by Corinne73 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi cjohnv!

There is so much to explore between these 2 places, 2 or 3 days hardly seems enough

However if you are looking for good walking areas, I would definitely recommend either:
- the Chiltern Hills: easily accessible from London Euston by train and whilst it's not a very well known destination, its got lots of beautiful countryside to explore with some stunning scenery(it's where the PM has his weekend country residence! - Chequers), some brilliant historic market towns to explore and an abundance of Red Kites. If you are looking to do a car-free holiday then a cruise on a canal boat could be the perfect option - check out

- Lake District: As other have said before, this is famous for its walking areas and a popular destination for UK holidaymakers. There are lots of villages to explore and I'd definitely suggest taking a boat trip out across Lake Windermere. It's a beautiful location, and can get busy at peak times so I'd recommend booking ahead for accommodation.

Hope you have a great trip and look forward to hearing about your travels :)

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