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3 and a 1/2 days out of London with the first two in Bath

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3 and a 1/2 days out of London with the first two in Bath

Hello,

We are returning to London for our 2nd trip and have 3 and a half days to see the countryside.

We booked a hotel in Bath for the first two days to see Bath, itself and the Cotswald. We have the whole next day and the day after that where we need not be back at heathrow until 3PM. Any suggestions on how to spend this time? A special experience for the third night, perhaps? We were planning on ricing towards Cardiff and then spending the night there and slowly driving back towards the airport the next day with a stop at Windsor but we are not sure. It is our one chance to see a bit of the country without being in 'hyper mode'…..any suggestions would be so welcome!

Thanks

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21. Re: 3 and a 1/2 days out of London with the first two in Bath

Actually that is the name of the walk.. "Bizarre Bath - The Comedy Walk"

Thanks for the advice on Chester. Will look into it!

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22. Re: 3 and a 1/2 days out of London with the first two in Bath

Here's a description of the walk...

http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

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23. Re: 3 and a 1/2 days out of London with the first two in Bath

"It is well known that in the UK shops close early in smaller cities, and that Brits make special trips in buses across the channel to go shopping. This is the custom in your country"

Sorry, that's nonsense. Shops close between 5-6 pm in general, some large stores are open longer but whether that is "early" is entirely a matter of opinion.

Brits no longer cross the channel to shop - this phenomenon was a short-lived one generated by favourable exchange rates and lower duties on alcohol and cigarettes; it has now died out because the exchange rate and French labour taxes means that goods are often cheaper in the UK. This phenomenon was never to do with opening hours, which are generally shorter in France - shops are usually closed on a Sunday and Monday, for instance.

As to there being "nothing to do" in Bath, I expect that any town of 88,000 inhabitants in the US will have a similar range of night-time activities, that is to say, bars, restaurants, a theatre, some cinemas and some other concerts that might have taken a v.little research to discover. Wandering around a small town at night expecting an "activity" to grab you is rarely a fruitful approach.

Had you done a little more research, or asked on these forums, you would have discovered that the larger town of Bristol, which is only 15 minutes away by train, has a large array of night-time activities, as befits a much larger town.

I'm glad that you have chosen larger destinations for your next trip, given your preferences, but I'd have thought it a no-brainer that cities that are between 5 to 50 times larger than Bath will have more nightlife.

24. Re: 3 and a 1/2 days out of London with the first two in Bath

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