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Laundry in England

For those who have taken the Best of South England tour, which town along the way did you find best for doing a single load of laundry? I will be washing smaller items by hand, but will still like to do a single load. We will be starting our tour with 3 days in London before our tour starts. So hopefully a town where we have the afternoon off. And we will be packing light!

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Being able to do serious laundry is a question of opportunity. Some of your hotels may have machines or offer a service. Some towns might have a laundromat within walking distance. Problem is the hotels you'll be staying in might be different from the facilities used on the last–or the next tour–on that same route. if you know the overnight towns, you can look up their maps and city council websites to check for laundry services or facilities. You only need to find two.

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Note: laundromats in UK are called laundrettes, but I always look for a laundry service to do it for me. Many of the hotels have these arrangements. The guide will tell you at the welcome meeting where are the best places, but I like to know before I go for packing reasons. You could probably email the Rick Steves tour email and they could tell you. Or, in the past I have emailed the hotels as soon as I get the list, look on the website and see no mention of laundry services.

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There was a small laundromat in Salisbury around the middle of the tour that was open for self-serve daily. I forget the amount but the machines required exact change in coins, and they also sold the detergent in a vending machine. They also have a laundry service but it was only available Mon-Fri and we were there on the weekend. We did wash the day we went to Salisbury Cathedral in the morning and had the afternoon free.

It might be a bit expensive, but you could ask at the desk of any of the hotels you stay at whether they could do a load for you.