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1. Posted by Sira88 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!


We are a couple, who is travelling with our two year-old daughter to South England for a week (leaving the 28th of July)

We are travelling from Gatwick airport in car down the coast, having our first stop in Lyndhurst near South Hampton and St. Ives as our last before heading home.

We are looking for fun / different/ quirky / Jane Austin / something we didn't know we were looking for / must-see towns and spots along the way. Especially near (and as an alternative to) South Hamptons, as it seems a bit busy. I've thought about Salisbury? Is it worth visiting or is it too touristic?

We very excited to traveling to the UK but need a bit of help! Please :-)

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4467 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

First of all, it's not 'South Hamptons'. It's 'Southampton' and yes, it's busy...not because it's visitor-popular or 'touristy' but because it's an important port with cruise & freight terminals as well as vehicle ferries (car and truck) to France & Spain.

>I've thought about Salisbury? Is it worth visiting or is it too touristic?

I don't know what you mean by 'too touristic'. Salisbury is an ancient city with an enormous Medieval cathedral, ome lovely old buildings and the remains of an even more ancient cathedral and Iron Age hillfort on the outskirts of the town.

People visit Salisbury to see those things and sometimes use the city as a base for exploring prehistoric Stonehenge, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Longbarrow & Avebury stone circle, all of which are fairly nearby, all of which are very important and all of which are fascinating for anyone who has an interest in prehistory.

If you're not interested in history or prehistory there's little point in visiting Salisbury. If you are, the city alone is worth at least a day of your time.

> Jane Austin

Jane Austen often wrote about Bath so you might pay that city a visit. It has a superb set of Roman baths as well as a great deal of lovely Georgian architecture. It can be very busy with visitors, many from all over the world, but imo that doesn't make it 'touristy'.

In her novel, 'Persuasion', Austen wrote about Lyme Regis in Dorset. 'The young people were all wild to see Lyme....' Lyme is a very attractive little town (once a ishing port), famous for its fossil-laden cliffs. Definitely worth a visit imo.

For the last 8 years of her life Jane lived in a house in the village of Chawton, Hampshire, which is now a museum dedicated to her life and writing:


Jane is buried in beautiful Medieval Winchester cathedral. Winchester in Hampshire is another interesting, attractive and ancient city): https://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/

[ Edit: Edited on 26 Jul 2022, 17:29 GMT by leics2 ]