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Itinerary HELP!! 8 days with Teens

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Itinerary HELP!! 8 days with Teens

We are two adults two girls ages 13 and 14. We arrive June 27 and depart on July 6. We are flying in and out of Heathrow. We would like to spend 3-5 days in the city and 3-5 days in the country or vice versa. I have the city days covered with the usual sights and Harry Potter. It's the countryside I am struggling with. I think the Lakes District might be too far in only 8 days. What area would you suggest? We like interesting landscape, architecture, photography and hiking. Simple comfort meals. We would prefer not to rent a car but travel by train or bus. Thank you.

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1. Re: Itinerary HELP!! 8 days with Teens

York is a beautiful city and is less than 2 hours by train from London (Kings Cross). There's even a Harry Potter shop there in the Shambles!


York is extremely photogenic, has great shops, museums etc and the fantastic and free National Railway Museum.


I'm not sure if you meant you didn't want to rent a car at all, or you didn't want one to get to your second destination.

You wouldn't need a car in York itself but there are two National Parks close by (Dales and Moors) which are easily explored by car. However there are buses and trains if need be - the Coastliner bus for instance goes to the coast.


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2. Re: Itinerary HELP!! 8 days with Teens

If you are flying in and out of Heathrow and only have 8 days it makes sense to stay fairly near London.

There is some lovely countryside around London.

The Chilterns and the Cotswolds are to the North West of London, and the South Downs National Park is South West of London.

Also the New Forest National Park is South West of London.

Lots of interesting seaside towns South of London - Portsmouth with its long naval history, Chichester, Brighton etc

In fact that whole area just South of London, down to the South Coast, is full of interesting places, towns, villages, country houses, gardens etc.

Here is a map showing all our National Parks, and you can see where the South Downs and New Forest are.


Here is the main National Parks web site


There are smaller beautiful areas not big enough to be National Parks and they are called Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and there are quite a few of them round London (including the Chilterns and the Cotswolds) so maybe you can visit some of them.

You can see a map of the AONBs here:


There is plenty to do in that area just South of London, lots of history etc and I would not travel any further than that or you will lose half a day or more getting there and back from distant places.

Edited: 21 March 2018, 21:45
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3. Re: Itinerary HELP!! 8 days with Teens


2 hour train ride from London

Compact enough to walk around

Plenty of history and events

Your two teenagers would love it

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4. Re: Itinerary HELP!! 8 days with Teens

One extra thing, you say 3-5 days in London and 3-5 days in the country.

I think 3 days for London is nowhere near enough, particularly if you are doing Harry Potter as that will take most of one day.

For London you need one day for Westminster / Whitehall area, another day for Tower of London / Tower Bridge / St Pauls area, and other day for what I will call the "West End" (Covent Garden etc). If you add Harry Potter that is 4 days and there is still a lot of London you wont have seen.

Given the list of things you like (architecture, photography etc) I think you should do a day in Greenwich (in London but out to the East) full of history and lots of interesting photo opportunities. Plenty of "hiking" can be done around Greenwich to see it all.

Also maybe go to Hampton Court, a HUGE Tudor Palace (with later additions), that is a photographers paradise (with huge grounds if you want to go "hiking").

You could also consider Windsor (Castle, Eton school, interesting town). Just outside London (near Heathrow, maybe stay in Windsor the day before you fly home).

If you do the 4 days in London I listed, and a day in Greenwich, Hampton Court and Windsor that is 7 days used up so not much time to go far from London.

It also gets you to see more of London which is one of the great cities of the world with 2,000 years of history.

Note you may find this web site interesting ,Secret London,


And it has an architecture section which shows the huge range of architecture in London


Edited: 21 March 2018, 22:02
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