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5 Best Places in the UK Outside London by nihaoxiongmao on 20 February 2012 2:09pm
 
I've been living in London for a couple of years now and will be leaving just before the Olympics start. Every day you hear so much about the size and scale of the event and the logistical issues it will cause for the city.

So I've been thinking, where are the best places for Londoners as well as other tourists to visit in the UK to escape London?

My top 5 would be Nottingham, The Gower, Manchester, The Cotswolds and Glasgow. My reasoning for it is here http://michaelpalinsfault.wordpress.com

Interested to hear what other people think.
 
Re: 5 Best Places in the UK Outside London by Spursfan2 on 20 February 2012 4:47pm
 
Stafford (naturally!!); Stamford; Stratford-upon-Avon; Great Yarmouth; The New Forest.

It is hard to keep to just 5; I would also include the Cotswolds, Gibraltor Point near Skegness and Cornwall and many other places.

There are so many places!! We went by train from Stafford to Stansted Airport in November and one of the stations on the route was Ely. It looked lovely so we are thinking of visiting it.

I haven't visited the New Forest or the Cotswolds (or at least can't remember them if I visited as a child).

 
Re: 5 Best Places in the UK Outside London by suzulu on 20 February 2012 11:39pm
 
The Lake District is beautiful. In Wales, the county of Pembrokeshire (I am biased though!)
 
Re: 5 Best Places in the UK Outside London by suzulu on 20 February 2012 11:45pm
 
Another 3: the Peak District, Oxford, Cambridge. So many other places and it is hard to keep to just 5.

Ely is lovely, Anne, especially the cathedral.
 
Re: 5 Best Places in the UK Outside London by johnnyBgood! on 21 February 2012 4:21am
 
What's your name ? Myxomatosis ? Glasgow would top your own 'top 5' but I somehow think that you're not quite ready yet.
 
Re: 5 Best Places in the UK Outside London by Spursfan2 on 21 February 2012 9:54am
 
We could see the cathedral from the train, Sue - well I say 'we' but Zak was sleeping!! I nearly woke him to see it but it wouldn't have been fair. It was dark when we returned, so he couldn't see any of it!!

It did look a nice place.
 
Re: 5 Best Places in the UK Outside London by nihaoxiongmao on 21 February 2012 12:07pm
 
Of course these things are based on opinion, others may differ.

Glasgow has a poor reputation with many but has been considered one of the top destinations in Britain by other travel writers and Hollywood film makers.

The Lake District is indeed beautiful. I guess one of the best things about the UK is the variety of the landscape and cities in such a small space.
 
Re: 5 Best Places in the UK Outside London by bbscala on 8 March 2012 11:33pm
 
Hi! I just returned to the States from London and also spent about a week in Ware, Hertfordshire .. the history is fascinating and I stayed in the Tap Bar Inn .. it was said to have been part of an escape route used by the Knights Templar! The oldest part of the building is from 1439. Very cool! If you go, take a walk down the River Lea toward Hertford .. amazing.. saw a ghost at the Mill on the river!.. i swear it! :-) I was taking photos and saw it on the camera when I got back to the room .. ok .. haunted Ware! Anyway, the area is beautiful, filled with history and there are some fab restaurants.. all within walking distance of WARE-ever you are staying! I love The Tap bar.. it is quaint and fun at the same time.. free wireless for those of us who must have their devices! ;-) The people are extremely nice, as well! oops.. also, go to the Priory museum.. even more fascinating and beautiful history! if you want to see the ghost pics, etc. or just want more info, send me a note .. I can't say enough nice things about this town!
XO!
 



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