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What are the hidden jewel of the UK

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Hey going to England again...Will be there for as long as I have something to see...so a long period.
10 years ago, December 29th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #125512  
Hi..Will be in the UK in April and it's going to be my third time in two years. I have already been to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, London, Belfast, Bath, Salisbury, Manchester, Liverpool.

This time, I want to visit small town in Scotland and wales and re-visit or discover new cities in England.

Do you have any recommendation?


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10 years ago, January 3rd 2011 No: 2 Msg: #125806  
Hey hey,

Up in Scotland maybe head to the West Coast.. Isle of Sky is a great place for hiking and you'll be by yourself for sure.. And Ben Nevis which is close (highest Mt in UK) Finally hiking

Stow-on-the-Wald (I think it is called) in the middle of England is like stepping back in time. In the heart of England
Maybe head to the Islands up the north of Scotland also.. A boat ferry and you will be there.. Orkney Islands are wind swept but you can see the oldest dwellings in Europe I think it was.. Cruising around Scotland

For north of Wales we went to a few places which are mentioned in this blog Back Home But i think better places around Wales their could be.. Conway castle was interesting though..

Maybe Oxford also to see the uni and surrounding areas.. Back in the swing of things Reply to this

10 years ago, January 20th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #126912  
Hey Nick,

I'm biased as i live there, but Cambridge is a stunning city. Approx. 1hr from London its famous university is the jewel in the crown offering stunning architecture and heaps of history.

Bars/clubs
- La Raza, offering great live music in a cosy setting with "the ninja's" cocktail making skills dazzle you.
- The Corn exchange, great live music, shows and comedy in a gorgeous venue just off the market
- B Bar - a multi floor bar, with an intimate atmosphere for a popular venue.
- Henries, great location by the river. If its warm, consider a pint outside or sit by one of the windows and watch the world go by.

Eating:
- Terriaki - Great for fans of Japanese food.
- The Eagle - Traditional pub fare. The British and American pilots used to drink here during WWII. The ceiling still bears their legacy.
- Consider a ruby murray (Curry) from one of the many indians along Regent street.
- Rainbow cafe, a hidden gem, which is family run and serves delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes at great prices

Sights
- Admire the largest fan vault in world at Kings College cathedral. Stunning surrounding and gorgeous stained glass windows.
- University grounds. 800 years old with stunning old buildings and beautiful gardens.
- River tours - Punt yourself down the river through stunning views or take a guided tour. Just be careful not to fall in as I did 😊
- Fitzwilliam museum, which has been described as the finest small museum in Europe

Elsewhere in the UK I would also take some time to visit, Norwich (Castles and relaxed charm), Bath (Gorgeous city), Oxford (Similar to Cambridge only not so good 😉 Newcastle is also a great city, maybe not the prettiest, but the locals are great fun and very friendly.

HTH
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10 years ago, January 21st 2011 No: 4 Msg: #127019  
Can I suggest taking the train from London Paddington to Exeter? It's my favourite English journey, with great views of the countryside.

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10 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #127652  
You might want to visit Chester. It's a beautiful city that has Roman ruins as well as a famous clock (second only to Big Ben!) It's close to Liverpool, but also is near Wales and the Lake District. Keep it in mind! Reply to this

10 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #127703  
I would recommend York, it has a pretty rich heritage and is quite beautiful... Other than that I would have to second Cambridge...

On a sunny summers day Cambridge is unbeatable! Simply beautiful, and filled with history! Thankfully I live only half an hour away from it, and have 'wasted' many a warm light evening relaxed out on one of the river banks, with a beer in hand! 😊 Reply to this

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