What should we do to get a different view of the UK?

MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BOOKED FLIGHTS TO THE UK FROM MAY TO JUNE. WE HAVE VISITED LONDON ONCE BEFORE AND THIS TIME WE WANT TO TOUR SCOTLAND FOR THREE WEEKS. FOR THE 10 DAYS PRIOR, WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST? SPEND THE WHOLE TIME IN LONDON, OR MAYBE JUST FOUR DAYS AND THE REST SOMEWHERE ELSE? IF SO, WHERE TO GET A DIFFERENT GLIMPSE OF THE UK?

Getting reacquainted with London sounds like a fine idea. You could stretch your visit out to the entire 10 days particularly if you’re passionate about theatre or the city’s museums and galleries but for me, four days would be enough.

For the remainder you could do something completely out of left field, such as hiring a narrowboat and exploring the Llangollen Canal or walking in the Lake District.

The other alternative is to travel to a theme. If you’ve fallen under the spell of Downton Abbey it might be stately homes, or Shakespeare’s England, country pubs, antique markets or even something as specific as scenic rail trips. My personal theme would be gardens. Some of the great British gardens such as Sissinghurst, Studley Royal Water Garden and Harewod House should be at the peak of their spring glory in May.

Whether you go for a one-off activity or take the thematic path, start planning using the resources of Visit Britain  to plot a journey that would take you from London to the borders of Scotland.

This question and answer first appeared in The Tripologist column of Fairfax’s Traveller. Read more at www.traveller.com.au




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