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Recommendations between Edinburgh & London

Hi. My husband and I will be driving down from Edinburgh to London over 2D 2N and would love some recommendations. We have no fixed itenary for the drive down except to get to London by the 3rd day. We are interested in any suggestions of places to visit and of course the best place for an overnight stay.
Thanks.

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What are you looking for? Scenery? Cities/museums? Avoiding driving in cities, or not avoid? Give us some clues and we can give you better advice.

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Hi Kent. We would like to avoid traffic if possible. But otherwise, not too fuss. It's our first trip ever to the UK so just like to see as much on the way down to London as possible. We like anything with history and scenery. But I guess in UK, they are everywhere? This will be the last leg of our 1 month holiday so we might be sick of museums by then.

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Okay! From north to south between Edinburgh and London, excluding London area itself:Lake DistrictNorth York MoorsYork (traffic but find day parking quickly before getting into too much traffic)CotswoldsOxford or Cambridge.

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From the North - Hadrien's Wall (some parts are much better than others), York and Oxford.

Alternate would be to travel toward the East and see some of Northern Wales, Lake District and Oxford.

Probably not time to try both. So much to see, so little time.

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I'm throwing in a vote for some of the Border Abbeys. Don't forget to stop at Carter Bar and get your picture taken with the Scotland/England stones.

If you like history and you can get in - I'd consider Abbotsford House - Sir Walter Scott's home. His personal collection of artifacts is absolutely incredible! (I'm not sure if its still open or not since his great-great-great granddaughter died a few years ago with no heirs. I had the chance to meet her in 2002 and she was a very kind woman. The distant heirs were arguing as to what to do with the property.)

Roslyn Chapel?

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Thank you so much for all your replies. Definitely lots of choices to choose from.
Any outstanding accommodations that you can recommend for an overnight stay?

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Hello VB. I do not know the location of 2D and 2N. If you will be in northeast England, I recommend visiting Beamish Open Air Musuem, the cathedral at Durham, the Howard mansion. If you decide to be at York for overnight accomodation, a very good place is 23 St. Mary's B & B. Its internet website was www.23stmarys.co.uk. If you will be there, try to have conversation with Chris Simpson in the lounge (parlor) in the evening. Breakfast is served in a pleasant small dining room. The rooms are lavishly furnished : gorgeous drapery at windows, gold faucet at sink and bath tub. A dressing table and chair, hot tea in the room. The different rooms have different colors and decor style. ...Julie is friendly and bright and cheerful and energetic (blonde hair). I was there in June of 2003. The town York is a tourist's delight, but if you are not interested in museums, you may not want to spend your time in York. If you are there, do try to walk in the York Minster Cathedral. (blue and red windows

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Hi VB,

If you are into quaint...stop in the Cotswolds and maybe stay in Broadway. The Olive Branch Guest House is a great place to stay and the little village is charming! Do stop along the route south and visit a lavender farm too. Chipping Campden is wonderful too and so is Snowshill....so you may never get home to Sydney!

Mollie B

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VB - Derbyshire/Peake District is a must see. nice little half-way stopover.