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11. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Michael,

why not Wales or Scotland.... England´s overrated :)

People are much friendlier, prices are cheaper and they also have airports too.... Us Celts are kicking and screaming into the 21st century you know ;)

I lived in Edinburgh for about 7 years (Loved the place), lived in London for 1 (didn´t like it much.... too big and inpersonal), Cardiff for 1 (nice place great people ), Dublin for 1 (Expensive but great night out), Manchester for 4 (whilst in University) great place and cheap.

However, I´d definately recommend Edinburgh overall !!!

Price, Location, Airport Access, Universities, Fringe Comedy, Rugby, Football (Come on the Hibees !) etc. etc.

So to review :

England = Rubbish,

Rest of UK = Great

Hope I´ve helped with an unbiased overview ;)


12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello Michael:)

My ex boyfriend lived in a town near London called Hitchin.
I was a bit disappointed at first when he said he was moving out of London to a satalite town.
But Hitchin turned out to be a lovely place, with a pretty town centre.
There is also a great varierty of pubs, restaurants and cafes.
There are also several major supermarkets and shops there.
Also there is a train conection to central London from there. It only takes around 30 mins to get to London on the train from there.
There are probably also other nice little towns like this just outside London.


13. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would agree with the general consensus that the North West is the best for you. It much cheaper than London, much friendlier than London and there are 2 big International airports in both Manchester and Liverpool. Both cities are great for nightlife though I do prefer Liverpool as there is more history, architecture etc. Also Liverpool will be the Eurpean Capital Of Culture in 2008 so there will be a lot of festivals and general fun stuff going on all year round, so it will be the perfect time to be there. Also if your girlfriend is into music then it has to be Liverpool - Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, more number 1 hit singles than anywhere else apart from London, The Beatles!!!! Need I say more? hehe
There is also a great Samba band here, The Liverpool Samba School, which although is not Salsa, I am sure you will still love. They even put on their own club night called Carnival which is a really great night of Latin music and live drumming from the samba band. There are of course plenty of Salsa nights as well.
And no, i dont work for Liverpool Tourism Board hehehe.

14. Posted by pjdscott (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello Michael,

We live in Durham in the north of England and it has everything. There is relatively little crime, it has excellent transport links to the south (less than 3 hours by train), situated close to the A1M motorway, 25 miles from Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports. We have driven to other reachable airports including Doncaster Robin Hood (2.5 hours) and Leeds-Bradford (about 2 hours).

It is small, yet friendly and once outside the immediate city, affordable. The cost of living is considerably less than in other parts of the UK, especially the south of England. It is a gateway to stunning Northumberland and the Scottish borders. Here is a link to the official tourist site for North-East England:

Good luck,


15. Posted by michael_us (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

OK, now I have more options than I know what to do with.

I have a Germany trip at the end of November. I'll check out Manchester and some other places.

16. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Naw Michael - you want the West End of Glasgow. You'll be near four of the finest universities in the world, with museums, libraries, art galleries, pubs, restaurants and coffee shops aplenty.

Glasgow Airport has flights to all over the UK, Europe and the World.

Helicopter lessons? Not a problem. Scotia run classes out of Cumbernauld Airport. Motorbike trips? I can't suggest anything better than the freedom of a winding road beside a Lowland Loch.

You're wife will love it here. The Royal Concert Hall stages classical music shows. There is a small Japanese ex-pat community in Glasgow.

17. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Brighton or Bristol. Good nightlife, excellent shopping, beaches in Brighton, countryside around Bristol, both fairly close to London and much cheaper than London with good transport links.

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18. Posted by LiverCool (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


London- 24 hour party city never sleeps
Manchester- Voted britians coolest city so partying and clubbing will be big there
Liverpool- Liverpools nightlife is clubbin 24-7 partys last for hours never stop very viberant city

19. Posted by kidgibnick (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

what is the concert/club/party scene like in Leeds, Sheffield, or Birmingham vs. all the bustle I've heard about Manchester and Liverpool?

20. Posted by kidgibnick (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

and can someone comment on crime in manchester because I hear it's quite high?!
a friend of mine had the windows of his car smashed, and several of his friends cars broken into, within only leaving there for a few months. this would never happen in toronto, a metro city of almost 6 million now.

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