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London and ???

kle
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London and ???

We (parents and 2 young children) are considering London for 2014 spring break. Will be second time for the parents and we thought we might split the time (10 days) by adding on an additional location, but where? English countryside? Should we head to Brighton? All ideas welcome!

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1. Re: London and ???

You don't say how old your children are, nor what keeps them happy. Recommendations will vary with their ages and tastes. Be aware that 10 days becomes 8 when you count in the days of your flights... and travelling elsewhere takes more time out of a jetlagged schedule.

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2. Re: London and ???

Try a different country ... Scotland or Wales. No. Wait. How about the coast? Norfolk or North Cornwall? No, no. Visit a much overlooked county, home to a World Heritage Site ... or maybe a Northern cathedral city just a few miles from a famous island and multiple castles and other historical sites ... No. Wait. How about ...

And so on and so on. Asking an open ended qn like that about Britain is guaranteed to get your 147 different answers. Brighton's not a bad idea - a bit quirky, lots to do, on the coast, easy to get from London. Not much good if you like castles and forests though.

What takes your fancy? Tell us what you're considering and ask for people's experiences of those rather than ask us to tell you where to go. That's an impossible task.

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Hmmm, looks like it is time to crack out the crystal ball again.

Unless you would care to throw us a bone here.

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4. Re: London and ???

Best to clarify first the children's ages, and how many days on the ground you actually have.

As stated, arrival and departure days don't count.

Edited: 5:34 pm, September 21, 2013
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5. Re: London and ???

And are you prepared to drive, or just rely on public transport?

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6. Re: London and ???

When do you think "Spring" might be? Sometimes it rains, sometimes it is grey and windy, sometimes 1/2 the country is dodging snow. Other years, we can wander about without coats in sunshine for 1/2 of Spring.

I recommend you google school term times ( and avoid making the side trip when 1/2 of England has to take holiday).

If you can give us a tiny clue about what you like doing/what your kids like doing (or what they hate)/ you might get some sensible suggestions.

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7. Re: London and ???

No response from the OP , yet!

This topic is off to Room 101... ;-)

kle
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8. Re: London and ???

Thanks, folks! OP has been working on getting food on the table for dinner!

Kids are 3 and 8 and we're interested in history and culture and good food. Kids probably won't enjoy long hikes in foul weather, but we like to walk and explore. Would prefer to take a train but would consider driving less than 2 hours.

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9. Re: London and ???

Oh, and we're looking at mid-April.

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10. Re: London and ???

And your total time on the ground is....?