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1. Posted by Ozdust (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I am planning a trip to England/N.Ireland July of 2012 for 2-3 weeks.

I'm starting out in London (3 or 4 days at the most) and ending in Belfast/Bangor to visit my cousin.
On the way I would like to spend a day or two in York/area as my family originally comes from Shipton.

I am wondering what should my route be from Greater London to York if I am planning on visiting Stonehenge and Bath, and where are some places I should visit on the way?

Thanks :)

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Will you have a car?

3. Posted by Ozdust (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Sorry my fault, planning on traveling by train once I am there.

4. Posted by Ozdust (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Ok So I think I figured out a route:

Day 1 arrive in London
Day 2-4 London
Day 4 catch train to Oxford in the afternoon
Evening of day 4 visit Stonehenge
Day 4 arrive in Bristol
Day 5-7 Bristol
Day 7 Stratford-upon-avon
Day 7 Arrive in Birmingham evening
Day 8- 10 Birmingham
Day 10 catch train to Manchester in the afternoon
Day 11-12 Manchester
Day 12 catch train to York in the afternoon
Day 13- 15 York
Day 15 catch train to Stranraer in the Morning and Catch ferry to Belfast
Day 15-19 Belfast/Bangor

Does this seem like a good route/timeline?
If my timeline seems off for travel between towns/cities
(by train) please let me know :)

5. Posted by 87denver (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi ozdust would you be interested in meeting up?

6. Posted by Ozdust (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Do you just go to threads and ask random people if you can go on their trip with them?
1) I did not ask for a travel companion
2) I already have someone I am going with

Unless someone states "I'm looking for someone to meet and travel with" that's just creepy.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Jul-2011, at 00:02 by Ozdust ]

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

Unless you have a particular reason for going, I wouldn't spend that long (or any time at all) in Birmingham, and would maybe add the extra time to London. I've never been but I'm not sure there's that much to do in Bristol either...

8. Posted by TOBY TYKE (Budding Member 86 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yes i agree don't think i would spend any time in Birmingham, but i have visited Bristol and is worth at least a visit, but to get from Oxford to Stonehenge (68 miles) by public transport, visit Stonehenge and the get to Bristol (47 miles) also by public travel will be challenging to say the least, plus i would try to book your train tickets as soon as possible, getting train tickets on the day of travel is going to cost you a fortune

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

I would not bother to go to Birmingham at all... You should definitely stay at least one night in Bath during that time you could go on one of the organised tours to Stonehenge. Stratford-upon-Avon is a lovely place do not miss it.

10. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Birmingham isn't that a bad reputation but it's got some interesting locations to visit...but don't bother spending much time there, spend a day tops...spend an extra day in Oxford instead.

Definitely book your tickets now...I go to York from London quite regularly. A single ticket on the day of purchase is usually around £90 compared to in advance where it will cost £20, or less sometimes, and you're guaranteed a seat that was as well...

Stonehenge, as other people have said, is awkward to get to from Oxford. I'd spend a day less in Bristol, or skip it all together and swap it with somewhere like Southampton to use as a base to travel to Stonehenge. Southampton itself has some interesting tourist attractions (e.g. the Titanic Museum and the old city walls and...erm...) but works well for Stonehenge, Winchester (spectacular city well worth a visit) and the Isle of Wight (all sorts of things to do there).

That would be my advice. Good choice on Stratford-upon-Avon - great place!

But yeah, I'd skip Bristol and just spend a day in Brum.