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1. Posted by kbath (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We are a family of 3 who will be visiting England in September/October for 3 weeks. We were in London for 5 days in October last year and took a bus trip to Bath/Stonehenge and really loved it. My husband was born in England but came to Australia when he was 3 years old. He was born in Warrington and wants to go and see it but we have heard it's not the prettiest part of England so would like some tips on somewhere nearby that we could stay and take a day trip or 2 to Warrington. I would really like to see the Cotswolds and even visit Scotland. We were thinking of maybe getting a country house for 2 weeks in 2 different parts of England and spend the other week staying here and there.
Any suggestions on where a couple of good towns would be to stay that would allow us to take day trips in to see lots of things and have some really nice walks and pub dinners.

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4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It sounds like you have the makings of a plan already.

Warrington is pretty grim, but it is near Chester which is a very nice little city, very stereotypically English, tudor (not mock) streets and all, and also near Manchester which is a fun city and worth visiting. Also near Liverpool which is worth a day.

There is some countryside in Cheshire - the village of Alderley Edge might be a good bet.

Also I always recommend the Lake District which I think is the most beautiful place in England but I'm biased because I was brought up there.

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5. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Agree with Magy, good advice!


6. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you're in the UK, and not just England, I would definately go up to Scotland- the highlands preferably, if you can get up there. Extremely beautiful, and you can stop off in the Lakes as well. My two favourite places!

Chester is also nice, as well as cambridge, and York, so there are worth a visit...

7. Posted by janesgarde (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kbath
You will find good walking and good pubs almost anywhere in the north of England, the beer is wonderful. From Warrington either go west to the Lake District, serious walking; or go east into the Peak District or the Yorkshire Dales. Both are beautiful. Or North Wales.
We had a week at Easter in a cottage 200 yards from Monsal Head in the Peak District, there was good walking without getting into the car, and 3 pubs within walking distance - each with its own merits.
In the Dales we stayed near Patley Bridge, agian for a week in a cattage, and walking with the family.
And of course, Scotland, Gods own country, anywhere on the west coast is beautiful, though the beer is not so reliable as in England.

Go onto a tourist inofrmation web site to find a cottage, there is lots of choice.

8. Posted by AdamH77 (Inactive 41 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Heya, freaky, i'm from warrington and yes, it isn't the best place in the country :) its best feature is its easy to get out of, if you stay here you can go on a day trip to chester, liverpool and manchester all max 30 mins drive and worth visiting. if you want to travel a bit further york is well worth the drive. also if you're going up to scotland its worth doing from the north west as the drive takes you through the lake district on the m6, which is worth it even for the scenery from the car alone.

warrington wise, theres the main church which has one of the largest spires in the world for its type of church apparantly, although i'm a little dubious to that claim :) but its a cool church and worth seeing if you are going to be in warrington, cant miss it really. other than that theres the golden gates just outside the town hall, which are ok. just done expect too much from the place :) theres plenty of smaller villages nearby that are nice for a walk around, and theres dunham massey which has deer and the like and is good for kids and a bit of a walk.

if you've got any questions about warrington drop me a message


9. Posted by Scratch (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Pleased to meet you.

York, Bath, Cambridge, Windsor, Warwick, Salisbury, Edinburgh etc, etc...There are lots of towns and cities to visit if you want to chase British history. I would personally recommend Devon & Cornwall. The south Devon & Cornwall coasts are very beautiful and there are dozens of pretty little towns to visit. You will have very little trouble finding accommodation and a good pub lunch almost anywhere in the South of the two counties. There are lots of other things to do too. The city of Exeter is also nice and has a splendid cathedral. Aside from the pub food I would recommend a traditional Devon cream tea (with scones and Devon clotted cream). Dartmoor and Bodmin moor are well worth a visit too, especially if the weather is nice. There are an abundance of walks right across Dartmoor. Places such as Hay Tor, Dartmeet, Badgers Holt, Princetown come to mind. The towns of Torquay, Totnes, Dawlish, Looe, etc are worth seeing as is the city of Exeter.

A Google search for any of these names should tell you all you need to know to enable you to decide if it is what you are looking for.

I think the idea of a country house for a week here and there sounds wonderful. Certainly a week in Devon/Cornwall would be well spent. Scotland is a great idea too. If you need to find accommodation then will list just about every property in the UK and always finds the best prices by way of comparison.

One factor to consider is the British weather. In September/October it can be wet, especially in the north and west. Having said that, you may be lucky. In recent years we have had some beautiful weather in late September.


10. Posted by brooksidej (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Have a look here for a useful guide on how to get served in a British Pub