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Family Trip to UK please advise on itinerary

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Family Trip to UK please advise on itinerary

We are a family of 2 adults 3 kids (8, 10, 13). Our plan is late July/early August- 3 weeks...London first for five nights, Cotswolds (Chipping Camden?) for four nights to include Warwick, Stratford, other sights, York for 2 nights, Keswick 3 nights, Edinburgh 2 nights, ???? for one night on our way to Isle of Skye for two nights and on to Glascow for the final two nights.

There is some sadness about cutting out Southern Wales (Dr. Who/Castles) but we think York is possibly better choice. Sounds like a lot of traveling. We will be renting a car but are open to other thoughts.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Never been to UK before.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Family Trip to UK please advise on itinerary

Carol early August is the long school summer holidays - 23 July to 31st August so everywhere will be busy, the roads, sights and accommodation. It is also the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where the huge number of people will be visiting even in Edinburgh 23rd July to 3rd August and Festival Fringe in Edinburgh 1 - 25th August. Both places are going to be heaving and accommodation short and expensive.

If it is at all possible could you move your dates? Scotland is unique and the trip to Skye would be one of the highlights.

My second thought is that you have 20 nights in the itinerary. Have you accounted for days driving, finding parking, booking into accommodation and out again which will take up time during your days?

The route is essentially a good one for a good mixture in the things you are going to see. I just wonder if you have left enough time for the boring essentials of travel which do need to be accounted for.

Edited: 21 January 2014, 00:35
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2. Re: Family Trip to UK please advise on itinerary

You don't appear to have included any coastal places. With children of those ages from an inland state, perhaps a day or two by the sea would be appreciated? You could do a day at Whitby from York

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3. Re: Family Trip to UK please advise on itinerary

"You could do a day at Whitby"

Or even Scarborough for a real UK seaside experience. It will be busy though because of the school holidays and so will Whitby.

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4. Re: Family Trip to UK please advise on itinerary

York and the lakes are lovely, no doubt (although you will be seeing plenty of mountains in Scotland) but if you skip York and Keswick you will have 5 nights to tour S.Wales where you can enjoy the lovely beaches of the Gower or Pembrokeshire (you can surf in some locations) as well as visit Hay-on-Wye, the Brecon Beacons, take the Brecon Mountain Railway or go down the Big Pit Mine, see Carreg Cennen castle, the boathouse at Laugharne, St.Davids Cathedral, take a boat trip around Ramsay island to see the seals and maybe some puffins, and, if time allows, visit some Doctor Who locations (Rhossili beach, Southerndown (Bad Wolf Bay) ) or the Wye Valley.

You could then catch a flight from either Cardiff Airport or Bristol Airport to Edinburgh or Glasgow to save yourselves a long drive

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