Long WeekendSpend two or three days exploring London: stay in the heart of the West End and immerse yourself in the city’s rich theatre scene, spend another day shopping – or at least window shopping (bloody exchange rate!) – on famed Oxford and Bond Streets, and another day museum-hopping from the Tate Modern to the British Museum. From London, you’re in the perfect position to take a coastal train to Brighton or a meander up to Stratford-upon-Avon or Bath for the day.
One WeekHit London for a few nights and then head north to the Lake District. Spend the day in Grasmere, home to the poet Wordsworth, and rummage around the Wordsworth Museum before sampling one of the town’s many pubs or restaurants. Then head over to Windermere for a spot of canoeing followed by a boat trip on one of the great lakes. From the lakes you can explore the historic city of Lancaster and take a day trip to Manchester.
Two WeeksTwo weeks provides ample time to see the best of London (give yourself at least a week) before overnight trips to Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool, and Manchester. If you can swing it, squeeze in a visit to Devon and Cornwall on the west coast, where you can spend a day appreciating the charms of St. Ives.
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