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Cool places in Britain? by GymBars83 on 3 December 2003 3:36am
Hello everyone!
Two of my friends and I are going to Europe over winter break. We'll only be able to hit Britain for 5-6 days. We want to go places off the beaten track (although, still accessible by public transportation). Any cool recommendations?
Thank you!
Re: Cool places in Britain? by Paul the Palinphile on 3 December 2003 7:54am
If you come up to the North-East of England you will find some Beautiful places in Northumberland including Hadrians wall, Alnwick Castle(used in Harry Potter films) and all accessible from buses and trains departing from Newcastle.
Re: Cool places in Britain? by Clare on 3 December 2003 6:25pm
If you head up to the North East then head across to the Lakes in the North west. Anywhere around Keswick is great, good pub and nice food too!
Re: Cool places in Britain? by Paul the Palinphile on 3 December 2003 8:51pm
oh yeah, like Clare say's pop over to the Lake District too.
Re: Cool places in Britain? by amordue on 8 December 2003 2:54pm
Glasgow is both cool and cold! Not many tourists despite its fantastic architecture, world class art galleries and musuems(free entrance to all), clubs, restaurants, shopping and culture (try the barras market). Friendly people and cheaper than virtually any other city I've visited in the UK.
Re: Cool places in Britain? by Sophie-Louise on 8 December 2003 8:28pm
Lincoln is a lovely City, if you want somewhere quiet! the cathedral is breath taking and if you like History it's perfect, home of the magna carta! lol

sophie-lou xxx
Re: Cool places in Britain? by MykReeve on 8 December 2003 11:33pm
There are actually four original copies of the Magna Carta stil in existence - two in the British Library in London (one of which is badly fire-damaged), one in Lincoln Cathedral, and one in Salisbury Cathedral (which also boasts the tallest spire in England, and country's first mechanical clock - dating back to 1386!)

My recommendation for unconventional London tourist attractions are Britain's oldest operating theatre, located in the roof of a church (http://www.thegarret.org.uk/) and Sir John Soane's Museum located on Lincoln's Inn Fields (http://www.soane.org/)
Re: Cool places in Britain? by blackwell on 27 December 2003 12:32pm
Going back to the north east you must visit durham, the capital city of county durham, it has one of the greatest cathedrals in europe and is a hidden gem, easily accessible by national express and rail. It is a student city so there are many bars and modern facilities as well as the historic architecture and the great views of the cathedral from the river wear.

It is worth a day in Newcastle itself, now a very modern city due to its now huge asian population, was a big contender for european capital of culture and in my opinion should of won. If you stay over night you have to experience the bigg market and quayside nightlife. Next morning head to Greggs for a north east sausage roll and pastie.

After the geordies have shown you how to party in the worlds 8th best party city head to Northumberland the next day. Visit Alnick and Bamburgh to view two great castles and head to Holy Island which is the birthplace of modern christianity. Bamburgh also offers a great beach for walking which never gets too crowded and on days can be empty.

After the north east either head west to the lakes or north to scotland and edinburgh
Re: Cool places in Britain? by Godfather on 28 December 2003 4:10pm
As everybody had already given some great reccomendations, it shows that there is lots of wonderous things in Britain if you're not living here and stuck in a job which uses up most of your life. I was lucky enough to have parents who were in the National trust. So my early life was always travelling in Britain. The stately homes, the roman sites, everything. The west country (where i live now) is also very nice. Glastonbury Tor,Wells Cathedral,Cheddar Gorge etc. I think every part of Britain has something wonderful to offer. Outside of my area, i highly reccomend the "Black mountains" and "Brecon Beacons" of Wales, and the "Lake district" up north. The regions of the lake district which have Sca Fell, are amazing. Great country to travel in :)
Re: Cool places in Britain? by andrew_456 on 2 January 2004 8:27pm
Fi your friends are looking for an out of the way place, try Northern Ireland! Its not as violent as it seems, and if you go to the mid ulster area,(Dungannon, Cookstown) you're only an hour or so away from every thing!there is a good camping site at drum manor forest park, and in the summer head to rathlin Island. The nature reserve is sweet and it has a good camping barn
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