Your Questions About Uk Tourists Places

George asks…



Pip answers:

Once you have done London, you’ll want to get out and see some of the country. UK is a beautiful country, Lots of lovely old cities and towns, with castles, cathedrals and quaint churches. Also much amazing scenery ranging from rolling hillto flat fen land and beautiful forests, lakes and mountains. Loads of history as well.

Mandy asks…

Visiting the UK – places to see/stay?

Hi, I will be visiting the UK for the first time in a few weeks. Mostly I’ll be in Cambridge and London for work, but I will have a few days afterwards for vacation. I’m looking for an area to stay in that’s outside the city, but still has a lot to see. I’m fond of ruins and history and hiking, and would prefer a bed and breakfast type of place to stay rather than a hotel. I’ll be around London/Cambridge for a whole week, so I’m really looking for something quiet and restful. Preferably somewhere accessible by train.

As for my time in London and Cambridge, if anyone could suggest something other than the typical tourist fare I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks so much!

Pip answers:

Places that will definitely suit you near Cambridge and London are:

Oxford (1 hour train from London)
Beautiful city. The university buildings are great and Blenheim Palace is near by and worth checking out and so is the Ashmolean Museum.

Canterbury (1 hour 45 train from London)
Stunning cathedral, stunning city. Every street has maintained its medieval charms and the ale houses are some of the best in England. Definitely quiet and restful.

Bath (1 hour 30 train from London)
Full of Roman archaeological sites throughout the central area of the city as well as Bath Abbey. The city was named for its many bath houses built by the Romans.

Ely (15 min train from Cambridge)
Home to Ely cathedral, one of the seven wonders of the medieval world, and many historic buildings and winding shopping streets. The surrounding Fens make for great hiking too.

Duxford (40 min bus from Cambridge)
Imperial War Museum Duxford is a converted WWII airbase showcasing nearly 200 military and civil aircraft. Very important part of both European and US history.

If your visa is for the EU rather than just the UK then you should consider:

Paris (2 hour train from London)
Need I say anything to persuade you to visit the City of Light.

Brussels (1 hour 45 from London)
I can’t recommend the EU capital more strongly. The best beer in the world, waffle vendors, muscle bars and chocolate shops on every corner, not to mention some of the most diverse and attractive architecture in Europe.

As for Cambridge and London themselves:

If you’re looking for quiet and restful, London isn’t a good idea. However, it would be a crime not to see such historic sites as the Palace of Westminster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and the British Museum (incidentally, almost all museums in the UK are free and subsidised by the state).

All the colleges of Cambridge University are worth seeing (especially King’s College) and a walk along the Cam is always relaxing.

Here are some websites you may find useful:

Chris asks…

Best places to visit in the UK (aside from the typical tourist destinations)?

Pip answers:

Scotland the lake district check with tourism board

Helen asks…

What do you think about the amount of litter in the UK?

I have just driven from one end of a city to the other and I was appalled at the amount of litter strewn about. This place is a dump.

I know there are some beautiful places in the UK but I really do think the problem is getting worse.

What on earth do tourists think?

Pip answers:

Its horrible. Even to take my kids to the park we need to walk through mounds of beer cans empty chip wrappers etc. I used to feel really self conscious if i cleaned up other peoples litter from the street. Now i just don’t care. First thing we do on the park is tidy it, it takes 2 minutes or less to pick up the rubbish and throw it in the bin. ( sound like a womble!!! ). Good post though xx

Mark asks…

What cities/places can a first time tourist to the UK & Ireland visit?

I’m planning a holiday for Christmas so I’ve gotta start booking sometime soon so as not to let the ticket prices go ridiculously high later. I’m looking at the UK & Ireland as I’ve got tonnes of friends over there and also because I have always genuinely wanted to visit.

I am a working guy who’s not allowed more than 2 weeks off from work in a stretch, so it’s gonna be a 15 day holiday from Dec 22 to Jan 05. Could anyone give any suggestions what cities I can visit considering that span of time? This is what I have pinned so far on the basis of importance and presence of friends: London (4 days), Edinburgh (2 days) & Dublin (2 days). What do you think about it? Is it enough time for these places? And what can I go see during the remaining 7 days of my schedule? I’ve had other places in mind, like, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast, but I don’t know if there’s much to do in those places. I also really wanna see the Stonehenge.

Thanks for the input.


PS. I can’t find a section for UK & Ireland so I’m posting this in the ‘United Kingdom’ travel section.
Alright, so London, Edinburgh and Dublin are a definite yes. Any other cities?

Pip answers:

Thats a BAD time to visit the UK or Ireland. You know that over Christmas that both countries totally shut down? Christmas day on the 25th there will be NOTHING open, you will be lucky to be able to find food in a hotel. The 26th isnt much better. Public transport will not run on the 25th. Ireland especially will be very shut down during the week between Christmas Day and New years day. Visit any town and least half the shops/cafes/restaurants if not more will be shut for some or all of that duration. Museums and other cultural stuff will be shut for a significant part of that time.

I’d strongly advise you to go at a different time of year.

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