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Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

Tennessee
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Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

This summer, we will be driving (or on train - haven't decided yet), between London and Edinburgh. Interested in recommendations of a town to stay in and visit for a day.

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1. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

The city of York would be a good place to stop whether you are travelling by car or train. It's a beautiful city steeped in history - plenty to see and do. Another suggestion would be Durham.

Rothesay, United...
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2. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

Don't drive; it's all on boring motorway until north of Newcastle. The train is excellent; very fast and cheap IF you book ahead. Hire a car in Edinburgh if you're touring Scotland.

Fully agree; York is not to be missed; so much there please look up any website on York. Durham is much smaller but has a stunning cathedral. Both are on the East Coast Main Rail line.

Also look at TA forums for both towns.

Tennessee
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3. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

Many thanks for the recommendation.

Rothesay, United...
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4. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

Hi tfish; thanks for saying thanks; not that many do!

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5. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

Of course, if you drive you have the option of setting your own route and pace stopping at as many points of interest as you want. The motorway is not the only way to get from London to Edinburgh.

Driving up the Eastern side of the country I would agree with York and Durham. I would also add Stamford, Cambridge (slight detour required) and Hawick.

Using the motorway routes and following an odd but deceptively quick route from London to Birmingham to Carlisle to Glasgow to Edinburgh allows you to stop at the Lake District, Lancaster, Liverpool ... (it looks strange but it really is as quick as the Eastern route ... traffic allowing ... I've driven it several times).

You wouldn't necessarily want to stay the night in all of these places but they all offer something different with regard to history and architecture.

It's also worth mentioning that driving from London to Edinburgh, with no traffic issues, on the motorway will take approx 6 hours (plus rest stops).

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6. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

We drove from London to Edinburgh last summer. Stopped overnight by Lindisfarne.

Rothesay, United...
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7. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

Hi tfish; other good ideas coming in; Chester is a town not to be missed if you're over on the west coast.

I read your question as basically a one night stop and one day visit on route and that's what I answered. If it is that, I very strongly suggest the train as both York and Durham are major and very easy stops by train. Both are a little bit off the main road routes north. Edinburgh rail station is right in the centre of the city.

Hiring in London could bring the heavy congestion charge, will bring driving through heavy congestion, etc. Whatever road route you use north of London, you will be in heavy traffic for many many miles. Unless you are well out of central Edinburgh, there is next to no parking in the city and the wardens are even more fearsome than London's. Driving is bad also and some main streets will be closed due to a new tram (streetcar) network being built. Public transport is excellent in Edinburgh and most sites; old town, castle, museums, art galleries, and much more are walking distance or a short local "hop" on a bus. Hire your vehicle as you leave the city (if you want automatic, you have to specify as we are still into stick shifts here!)

If you do have more time please say and we can add many many towns to the list.

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8. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

PS; if you are considering having a car in Edinburgh; DO look at the Edinburgh forum. The Edinburgh locals will soon convince you not to !! It's a stunning city to walk round. It's a stunningly bad city to drive or park in!

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9. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

If you decide to drive and take the East side of the country you could take in Lindisfarne (as someone already mentioned) as well as Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle. Alnwick has an amazing water gardens as well as being a movie location for a number of the Harry Potter Films.

http://www.alnwickcastle.com/

http://www.bamburghcastle.com/

http://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/

York would be an excellent stop especially if you go by train. Parking can be a bit difficult in York.

http://www.visityork.org/information/

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10. Re: Places to visit between London and Edinburgh??

:-)

Looks the train up to York/Durham, then.

Book your tickets as soon as you can.

Avoid the August Bank Holiday for public transport travelling.