London is a magnificent melting pot and an exemplary showcase art, culture and beautiful urban spaces - both contemporary and historical. England’s largest city is home to some of the world’s most magnetic Gothic architecture, and a prolific arts and theatre culture. A few must visit places in London are the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. Head to the Buckingham Palace and catch the changing of the Guard at 11:30am from May until the end of July. Tourists can view the Crown Jewels, and also take a mandatory picture with a guard. Most of London’s museums have free entry, so take it all in from Tate Modern to the City Museum to the National Gallery and the Historical Museum. Make a stop at the Westminster Abbey and revel in the bustling Trafalgar Square that is the heart of London. For something more intimate, take a walk down to the Borough Market that has probably the best food and produce in London. Grab yourself a Cornish pasty or a plateful of the signature fish and chips before you leave the city.
Perfect for: Edinburgh Fringe Festival
After a fill of history, scotch and scrumptious food, keep the last day on the Scotland itinerary to relax and enjoy a slow pace. Take a train from Inverness to Glasgow (it will take about 3 and a half hours). Once there, spend the day taking in the sights and sounds of the city.
Birmingham - these can be as cheap as £2 from London! Once you're in Birmingham, grab a train to Stratford or, alternatively, catch a coach from Birmingham coach station with Johnson's coaches - £5.20 for a single, £6.20 for a return.Driving/parking: You can work out how to get here, but it's parking that can really get you in Stratford. For short term parking, try a few residential streets that are perhaps a 10 minute walk from the centre - some will allow you to park for 2 hours for free as a non-resident, while others(e.g. around Sanctus Road) seemingly have no restrictions. Of course, always check! Where you stay might have somewhere to park for free. For cheap parking, this spot on Birmingham Road (near No 1 Shakespeare Street) offers £3 parking all day. If you're looking for something more secure, Bridgeway Multi Storey car park is free for the first hour, going to £10 for 24 hours.Places to Stay
Then, we booked accommodation in Liverpool (£30). Moose cafe for breakfast. The best breakfast I had! IT IS SO GOOD. I want to book a ticket to Liverpool just for this! That salted caramel pancakes with poached apples.. £7 if I'm not wrong! Huge portion!
The only August travel was a long weekend of partying in Bristol (one of my favourite UK cities) with friends.This blog was finally launched after 5 months of hard work and teaching myself how to use word press from scratch. Sh*t Just Got Real was my first post, which reflected that suddenly our upcoming adventure was becoming a realityAndy handed in his notice at work and we finished selling, giving away and storing our belongings, and put our Norwich house up for rent. We also spent hours working through our exit plan to ensure we had all loose ends tied up in The UK, a rough idea of our route to Cambodia and that we had the relevant visas sorted out.Selling belongings for long term travelI also spent much of the month caring for my Mum after she’d badly broken her arm falling off her bicycle. All in all it was quite a very busy and quite stressful month. At the end of August it was time to start saying farewell to our friends and family over a string of goodbye catch-ups and one final big leaving party. All great fun but also tinged with sadness!SeptemberAt long last we left the UK to travel, and to live and work abroad in early September.It started with a weeks villa holiday near Santanyi in Mallorca with my family, including my two little nephews. It was a gorgeous villa with a pool in a picturesque setting a bit bit out in the sticks. We had some time relaxing at the villa and a couple of day trips out to nearby beaches and towns. It was lovely to have that week with my family before we left Europe for the foreseeable future
BelfastFor today, I booked myself a tour to Giants Causeway. Its an UNESCO declared World Heritage Site and its breathtaking beautiful. Try waiting till the sunset to witness the amazing scenery.
Since we had a comfortable overnight journey, today we were all fresh and ready to have an exciting day ahead. Today, we are supposed to go to Oxford city in south east of London. It is a 2 hour train journey from London and we reach Oxford by 10 am. There was a city bus tour here again, but since we had the entire day to spend in Oxford our preferred choice of exploring the place was by walking around. We took a map of the city from the train station and we labeled the route we had to take, it was a circular walk around the city.The buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every English architectural period and its known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined in reference to the harmonious architecture of Oxford's university buildings. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English speaking world. Our walk leads us through the heart of the historic city centre illustrating in itself the history of Oxford and its university and the map in our hand gave us the description of the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions. Even though I was not a good student myself or much of a book reader, I felt it was a prolific day spent in Oxford, a city also prominent for its medieval university. Our day ended with some good coffee and we reached back home in London at around 8 in the evening.
Located in the heart of the city, the London waterloo train station and the underground from there, connect all parts of the city very well. Further, to get the best out of your visit to England, it is of utmost importance that you tour everything from the big dream city of London and a quaint countryside along the English Channel, to the historically significant Cambridge. All these places are at most 2-3 hours by train, from London waterloo. TIPS TO PROCURE CHEAP STAYFor solo travellers, youth hostels are the best options. Be spoilt for choice atwww.hostelworld.com and www.booking.comIf you are travelling as a family or group, it is best to book an air bnb accommodation or an entire dorm to yourself (if you are 4, 6, 8 or 10 people). These websites are useful for booking cheap accommodation anywhere in the UK.TIPS TO SAVE MONEY AND TIME ON TRANSPORTATION AND SIGHTSEEINGRemember to watch out for 2 for 1 passes at cafes, train stations and shops to cut down on your budget for the London wheel and the Thames cruise. Also to avoid waiting in the ridiculously long queues outside London eye, you might have to reach there as early as 8am, when the ride opens. Buy the London day (13.40 GBP) pass that covers the metro and train lines that connect all zones of London.If you are a student travelling from Europe, remember to carry your student ID cards to avail your discount on entry tickets into the chapels and colleges of Cambridge.PLACES TO SEE IN ENGLANDTo soak in the atmosphere of the cities, it is best to chalk out a walking tour.LONDON
With my brother’s help we formulated a list of places in and around England which were unique and were rich in nature’s bounty. Staring from the smallest village of England to a Birdland with the most unique species of birds, to the City of Bath which has been declared a World Heritage site, we had our itinerary all set up. Our base was in Bath and we used to hire a cab every alternate day and go and explore a particular district.
My first experience of travelling outside India was when I went to UK to pursue an MBA and did not return for two years. I lived in Cardiff and London during the time.
A sparkling composition in granite. This port-city stands proudly, looking out across the North Sea.
It is my first time in Bournemouth and I'm already loving it. It is a really small town but everyone just chills on the beach, enjoying the sun. Sadly there weren't much water activities available on this beach.
If you have a car and don't mind being out of the centre, keep in mind that it's just a 20-25 minute drive from Coventry or Redditch, where you'll be able to find much cheaper accommodation (through booking.com, laterooms.com or something similar). I once stayed at the Stag at Redhill, which is about a 10 minute drive from Stratford - I think it was £50 for a room.However, my favourite website for accommodation is Airbnb.com. If you don't know it, it's a website where anybody can rent out their private room, flat, house, whatever they've got. You can narrow your search depending on whether you want a whole flat to yourself or you're happy using a bedroom in someone's house. There are some places in Stratford on here for around £35 a night.
Took train to Dundee
Days 12 to 14There are two ways to look at my stay in Inverness. One way is to focus on the negativity that permeates this entire town and its people, to the extent that as a solo traveller I began getting worried about my safety even while having a sip of coffee during the day. The other way is to remember that in this same town are people who stood up to those acting weird and helped me out. So, in many ways, Inverness proved to be a metaphor for life in Britain, for tourists, travellers and ‘immigrants’. Now, what remains to be seen is which side will reach the so-called ‘critical mass’ and tip the balance for or against bigotry masquerading as nationalism and paranoia and violent opportunism posing as tribalism and ‘closed border’ policies.