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England in May

My family and I are thinking of visiting England in either mid May or mid August. We are a bit concerned that the royal wedding will impact our trip, with heightened security and huge crowds. But we're also not sure what crowds will be like in August. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Posted by
8293 posts

Take care to avoid Windsor during the great occasion and you will be fine.

Posted by
3 posts

We will be traveling all over, we're renting a car and planning to travel to northern England/lowlands Scotland during the wedding. We'll be in London afterwards.

Posted by
5139 posts

Agree with Norma. If you stay out of Windsor for the couple of days around the wedding, you should not be impacted in any way. This is not as big a deal as the wedding of the Prince of Wales.

I'd definitely recommend visiting in May rather than August. Not only will the main tourist areas be very crowded in August, it's just no fun if it's too hot.

Posted by
2562 posts

so you'll be 200-300 miles away when the wedding takes place?

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3 posts

Yes, we're planning to be far away from the actual wedding.

As far as weather goes, we live in southern California. It routinely gets over 100 F in summer. Unless it's 90 outside with high humidity, we're fine.

Are attractions busier in August generally? Not just in London but around the country.

Posted by
166 posts

I would choose May because of the flowers being in bloom, and the times I have been there it has been perfect, weather wise, for touring England. If you get a chance spend a couple of days in York, there is much to see and do and it is just a nice place to spend time.

Posted by
8884 posts

Forget August. May, hands down May if those are your choices. Book accommodations now!

P.S. I'm IN not near LA. Trust me you'll be lucky to see as much sun and have temps anywhere near what we enjoy here in May or August.

Leave the flip flops at home.

Posted by
27447 posts

There's a much greater risk of distinctly chilly, wet weather than of a heatwave. Unfortunately, you can't be absolutely sure it won't be so hot in August that you'll want air conditioning. At least that shouldn't be a concern in May.

Before making a final decision, you might go to wunderground.com and check its actual day-by-day temperatures for May in recent years. Average can hide some unpleasant realities. Enter Edinburgh, choose History, choose Monthly, then use the pull-downs to select May and 2017. Repeat for 2016, etc. 2017 wasn't bad at all except for the fact that it rained 2 out of every 3 days in the last half of the month.

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401 posts

Definitely come in May as long as it's not the holiday week of 28th you'll find it less busy, particularly at any attraction that might attract UK kids such as Harry Potter Studio tours or Lego land ( not sure if you have school age kids coming). Don't worry about the Royal wedding. Pack a sweater or two.

Posted by
8660 posts

The wedding is not until October, right? Nothing for crowds to see yet. Security is a good thing.

I was in London the month before Diana and Charles' wedding. The only thing I noticed were the tons of cheap souvenirs marking the event. Which, having selected a few for gifts, have become my only surviving and treasured mementos of that trip.

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8293 posts

The wedding is in May. not October, Stan. You are getting your royals mixed up. It is Princess Eugenie whose wedding is in October. Oh, my! However can we survive all this excitement.