I lived in Cambridge for 4 years. There is quite a lot to see around there, and most of it is walkable. It is about an hour from London via the fast train from Kings Cross. Accommodations are a bit more affordable than London. But definitely spend some time in London, see some of the museums (the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are among my favorites). London is very expensive.Going in June. Family trip (1 teenager). We've decided against Scotland/Ireland.
So - strictly within a couple hours of London, what would you recommend we see & do?
My kids always want to go there. It is definitely worth the effort (but take a cab).If anyone in the family is into airplanes and tanks, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford (near Cambridge) is extremely cool.
Oh, it was intended to be humorous. Good tryIf you're not actually from Betelgeuse, then yes... that answer will do as well as any.
It wasn't really an attempt to be anything, just a nod to one of my personal favorite books.Oh, it was intended to be humorous. Good try
Thanks for the well thought out lesson on things I already know, I appreciate your time.If you look at English place names, the suffix "ford" comes up frequently for the reason I already mentioned - shallow place.
And surnames often derive from the place of origin. Thus Henry Ford and the Ford motor company, and on to the Ford Prefect, a name used in the UK. Kind of a silly name really for a car. The most common usage would have been as a school prefect, a senior with disciplinary responsibilities.
The car did have a certain dignified appearance though.
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Thanks!I'm not an expert, but to help you get better advice from those who are, a few questions:
- are you planning to stay in London the whole time, so you're considering only day trips, or would you consider some overnight trips outside London?
This is an open question. We are considering spending a night (or two) in Paris. That leaves 8 or 9 nights in England...I think we'd want to spend at least 6 of those in London. So, at most, 1 or 2 nights in England that are not in London.
I'd prefer day trips, unless it just doesn't make sense (ie. if we want to spend time in the southwest, it may make more sense to sleep near Bath than go back and forth to London).
-your couple hours, is that by train, or are you considering renting a car? If the latter, keep in mind that driving on the "wrong" side of the road takes some special thought, but is very doable outside the city. Driving within London itself is a whole other kind of adventure. I only drove there for a few hours -- we spent a few days in London, then rented a car to visit some other parts of the country, but just getting out of town was intense, and I've driven in New York a fair amount.
I'd like to avoid hiring a car if possible. I'm hoping trains/buses will get us everywhere we want to go.
-what kind of stuff interests you and your teenager? History, art, natural landscapes, architecture, performing arts, etc. There are museums of all sorts, and the historic buildings in London and elsewhere are awesome.
We want to "experience" London. That means not spending every day in a museum/gallery, although there is a short list of museums we are interested in. We'd like to experience the geography of the country (country-side, seaside), visit parks, see the architecture. Get a feel for the culture, as opposed to looking at exhibits.
Some specific suggestions, though you already know of many of these:
In London: Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's (go up in the dome), the British Museum.
Outside London: Oxford, Cambridge, Canterbury, Bath. If anyone in the family is into airplanes and tanks, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford (near Cambridge) is extremely cool.
I'm sure you'll get more detailed advice from others. Have fun.
Why would you not use London as your base? From what I understand, trains can take us to most other towns for day trips. Additionally, I think we'll have at least 6 days worth of things to do & see just in London proper.Agree that more info would help.
There is plenty to see and do in London. I would not use it as a base to travel. Perhaps split the vacation into 2 parts?
The logistics and cost of car rental may mean it's better to do the car part first, return it to the airport, then go into London.