Question for British guys about England/London travel

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    Jan 15, 2012 8:36 PM GMT
    I want to travel to London in the near future...if not this year, then next. Have some general questions.

    -Is the British Museum free admission? Is it open 7 days a week? (I could probably get this info from the website, just wondering anyone knows off the top of their head)

    -Does Cambridge University offer tours of the campus? (is campus the correct term)

    -Are there major highways between London and anywhere along Hadrian's Wall or should I plan to be stuck behind tractors or sheepherders? How long a drive is it?

    -How far is it from London to Somerset (Barton St. David to be exact)? What about Bath?

    -Is public transportation reliable or should I rent a car?

    -Is driving and parking in London just as bad as NYC?

    -If I wear an England Rugby t-shirt at a pub in Wales or Scotland, will I get beat up?

    -Is the rugby museum just across the street from Twickenham?

    -Is it impossible to get tickets to a Six Nations match without buying a hotel package?

    -What about local rugby clubs like the Quins or Gloucester? Easy to get tickets on match day or do I need to purtchase way in advance?

    -Will you guys see right through my fake British accent? icon_biggrin.gif

    I know this is a lot of questions, any answer would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you, mates.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 15, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    When staying within London, you'll want to use public transport. You can buy an Oyster Card, which is like a credit card that get's read by a touch sensor for using the Underground and the buses. You put money on it, and can keep loading it as much as needed. When you're done with it, you sell it back. The underground is pretty easy to navigate, just pay attention to the stops.
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    Jan 15, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    Here you go, best I know, answers under questions.

    RIGuy60 saidI want to travel to London in the near future...if not this year, then next. Have some general questions.

    -Is the British Museum free admission? Is it open 7 days a week? (I could probably get this info from the website, just wondering anyone knows off the top of their head)

    IYES free, open most of year

    -Does Cambridge University offer tours of the campus? (is campus the correct term)

    unsure, think so at a guess, best contact cambs

    -Are there major highways between London and anywhere along Hadrian's Wall or should I plan to be stuck behind tractors or sheepherders? How long a drive is it?

    I belive UK roads are better maintained then some in AMERICA, its fairly easy drive to Hadrians wall straight north on the M1 , A6, A11

    -How far is it from London to Somerset (Barton St. David to be exact)? What about Bath?

    Easy drive along the M4, takes 1 hr 20 mins by train, regular, car about 2 -3 hrs depending on traffic.

    -Is public transportation reliable or should I rent a car?

    - Depends where you are going!

    -Is driving and parking in London just as bad as NYC?

    YES, BAD PARKING.

    -If I wear an England Rugby t-shirt at a pub in Wales or Scotland, will I get beat up?

    NO but expect Banter

    -Is the rugby museum just across the street from Twickenham?

    No, its in twickenham stadium. RFU.


    -Is it impossible to get tickets to a Six Nations match without buying a hotel package?


    Silly, you can buy tickets for each match independently.

    -What about local rugby clubs like the Quins or Gloucester? Easy to get tickets on match day or do I need to purtchase way in advance?

    Easy to get tickets but always best to check first.

    -Will you guys see right through my fake British accent?

    YES

    I know this is a lot of questions, any answer would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you, mates.
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    Jan 15, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    FTTL11, about the Six Nations. Do I have they buy them WAY in advance? I thought they got sold out rather quickly. And thanks for all your other answers!
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    Jan 15, 2012 9:07 PM GMT
    Visiting London in May... Thanks this is useful icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 15, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    RIGuy60 saidFTTL11, about the Six Nations. Do I have they buy them WAY in advance? I thought they got sold out rather quickly. And thanks for all your other answers!


    Def buy them as far in advance as you can. They do sell very quickly. I'll come with you.

    FTTL11 has got it all covered but:

    Parking in London is much, much worse then NYC , the traffic is worse by far and parking is about 4 times the price. I wouldn't recommend a car in London at all but for travelling to other parts of the UK, it's great.

    Our road network is good but London and other metropolitan areas are congested, just as in the States.

    Will we see thru your fake British accent: Yes. And we will totally take the piss and never let you forget it.
  • jboy84

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    Jan 15, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    #1 advice: Don't restrict your visit to just London/the South.

    There is so much more to the UK.. You could go visit Alnwick castle in the North East (more commonly known as Hogwarts now since they used it in the HP films) or Edinburgh castle.

    Give us Northerners a chance to show you what the UK has to offer! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 15, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    Ma_ct saidVisiting London in May... Thanks this is useful icon_biggrin.gif


    Unlock? I may be able to suggest suitable accomodation icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 15, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    RIGuy60 saidI want to travel to London in the near future...if not this year, then next. Have some general questions.

    -Is the British Museum free admission? Is it open 7 days a week? (I could probably get this info from the website, just wondering anyone knows off the top of their head)

    It´s always open and legally has to be free, though they will ask for "donations"

    -Does Cambridge University offer tours of the campus? (is campus the correct term)

    It´s called a university. There are cambridge tours. The place is tiny.

    -Are there major highways between London and anywhere along Hadrian's Wall or should I plan to be stuck behind tractors or sheepherders? How long a drive is it?

    Who drives?

    -How far is it from London to Somerset (Barton St. David to be exact)? What about Bath?

    Why would you go to Somerset?

    -Is public transportation reliable or should I rent a car?

    Public transport is generally OK ISH, but more expensive than your flight.

    -Is driving and parking in London just as bad as NYC?

    It´s far, far worse.

    -If I wear an England Rugby t-shirt at a pub in Wales or Scotland, will I get beat up?

    No. If you sound american they will simply think you are confused.

    -Is the rugby museum just across the street from Twickenham?

    -Is it impossible to get tickets to a Six Nations match without buying a hotel package?

    Yes. Everyone in the UK who wants to watch a match has to fly to the USA and then book a hotel package to go to the game.

    -What about local rugby clubs like the Quins or Gloucester? Easy to get tickets on match day or do I need to purtchase way in advance?

    No idea

    -Will you guys see right through my fake British accent? icon_biggrin.gif

    Hell yeah.

    I know this is a lot of questions, any answer would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you, mates.
  • nomadfornow

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    Jan 15, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    I've not been to London in many years... this makes me eager to get back again! Hopefully someday soon. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 15, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    Ma_ct saidVisiting London in May... Thanks this is useful icon_biggrin.gif


    Lucky London!

    RIGuy60: In addition to some of the great advice already given above, I would say, do your research regarding accommodation. Hotels in the UK are expensive by US standards and the quality can often be found wanting. Use Tripadvisor and avoid hotels with poor reviews, provided objective reasons are given. There are excellent hotels in all major cities. Definitely hire a car (except while staying in London). The driving distances between places of interest in the UK are nothing like those in the US, but gasoline here is about $8.50 per US gallon (and we drive on the left).

    I have visited every region and just about every major town and city in the UK. As a tourist, my ideal UK itinerary would be:

    London (It is a great walking city, so bring good walking shoes and walk everywhere in central London.)
    Bath
    The Cotswolds
    Chester
    York and the North York Moors
    The Yorkshire Dales
    The Lake District
    Edinburgh

    Of course, there are other great places too, if you have the time.
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    Jan 15, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    First and foremost. THANK YOU!! You guys are awesome.

    About your highways. Here in the States we have 3 or 4 lane (both sides) highways. Are they like that in England/UK?

    Without quoting multiple posters, I'll try to respond to some:

    Why Somewrset? My family came to the US in the 1530s from there. If my research is correct, I may even have the address in B St D, at least of the land they owned. And the church they got married in is still there. This is a must.

    I want to HIRE a car (see? I already have the correct British term) because I want to travel as much as I can and not have to rely on trains, busses, or the underground. But it looks like as far as local London travel goes, public transport is my best bet. Except for the museum I'm not all that interested in the "usual" tourists attractions. As a history nerd, there are a lot of obscure museums and historical sites I want to see if I can find them. Seeing stuff like Big Ben or Buckingham from a distance would be fine with me. I went to school for history, and love British history, this is kind of like my own quick study abroad thing. I know I'm not going to see everything I want on this first trip.

    I'm not restricting myself to London at all. But will Scotland still be part of the UK by the time I get there? I hear you guys are going all William Wallace recently.

    FitSportsman, I'll get back with you on this. That would be great if you join me. Not sure I'll come during the tournament, at least not this year, but maybe we can go to another match.


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    Jan 15, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    RIGuy60 saidI want to travel to London in the near future...if not this year, then next. Have some general questions.

    -Is the British Museum free admission? Is it open 7 days a week? (I could probably get this info from the website, just wondering anyone knows off the top of their head)
    Yes it's free, but there is a box for donations. Open seven days a week.

    -Does Cambridge University offer tours of the campus? (is campus the correct term)
    Don't know.

    -Are there major highways between London and anywhere along Hadrian's Wall or should I plan to be stuck behind tractors or sheepherders? How long a drive is it?
    The M1 Motorway (freeway) links London to the North, an unbroken route to Carlisle, which also begins the Hadrian Wall hiking trail to Newcastle -upon-Tyne.

    -How far is it from London to Somerset (Barton St. David to be exact)? What about Bath?
    London- Barton approx 120 miles. London-Bath approx 100 miles.

    -Is public transportation reliable or should I rent a car?
    Renting a car is probably better. Read the Collision Waiver conditions before signing the contract. Public transport is excellent but VERY expensive.

    -Is driving and parking in London just as bad as NYC?
    Whether it's worse than NYC is a matter of opinion. But parking is bad in London.

    -If I wear an England Rugby t-shirt at a pub in Wales or Scotland, will I get beat up?
    Probably not, but it is still wise not to wear it, especially in Scotland.

    -Is the rugby museum just across the street from Twickenham?
    Check on the Internet.

    -Is it impossible to get tickets to a Six Nations match without buying a hotel package?
    Ditto.

    -What about local rugby clubs like the Quins or Gloucester? Easy to get tickets on match day or do I need to purtchase way in advance?
    With provincial clubs like Quins, I don't think that at-the-gate ticket sales should be a problem.

    -Will you guys see right through my fake British accent? icon_biggrin.gif
    Absolutely!

    I know this is a lot of questions, any answer would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you, mates.
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    Jan 16, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    To add to what some others have said: York is beautiful, and so is Durham. Durham Cathedral is one of the most beautiful and most interesting in Europe.

    A few years back I did a short tour (a long weekend) of some of Edward I's castles in Wales: Rhuddlan, Conwy, Beaumaris, Caernarfon, and Harlech. Definitely worth the time if you happen to be in Wales. If I had to pick only one to visit, I'd probably suggest Conwy.
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    Jan 16, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    RIGuy60 saidI want to travel to London in the near future...if not this year, then next. Have some general questions.

    -Is the British Museum free admission? Is it open 7 days a week? (I could probably get this info from the website, just wondering anyone knows off the top of their head)

    -Does Cambridge University offer tours of the campus? (is campus the correct term)

    -Are there major highways between London and anywhere along Hadrian's Wall or should I plan to be stuck behind tractors or sheepherders? How long a drive is it?

    -How far is it from London to Somerset (Barton St. David to be exact)? What about Bath?

    -Is public transportation reliable or should I rent a car?

    -Is driving and parking in London just as bad as NYC?

    -If I wear an England Rugby t-shirt at a pub in Wales or Scotland, will I get beat up?

    -Is the rugby museum just across the street from Twickenham?

    -Is it impossible to get tickets to a Six Nations match without buying a hotel package?

    -What about local rugby clubs like the Quins or Gloucester? Easy to get tickets on match day or do I need to purtchase way in advance?

    -Will you guys see right through my fake British accent? icon_biggrin.gif

    I know this is a lot of questions, any answer would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you, mates.



    Oh sweety, there's these things called travel agents and the INTERNET now. I'll get you started on the right track:

    www.google.com
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    Jan 16, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    Yes you can find a lot of info on the net, but this is valuable information- thank you guys- I will be heading to England and Paris in July..
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    Jan 16, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    Excellent. I too plan to visit London for my next vacation.

    I did once travel to Bath... easy by train. (If I did it again, I'd be looking to hire a bicycle from there.)

    Don't make the mistake of thinking you won't need to learn a foreign language.
  • iceman82

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    Jan 16, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    Don't forget Wales! Stunningly beautiful along the coastline and in the mountains, a vibrant capital city, friendly people and great culture. Castles everywhere!

    (as a Welshman I'm not at all biased)
  • kew1

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    Jan 16, 2012 4:25 PM GMT
    If you go to a match at Twickenham don't even attempt to drive to it. I live near there & the traffic doesn't move. Get the train like everyone else (or the bus from the Orange Tree pub,Richmond, or the A316 round the corner).
    Even a 'Quins match blocks the A316.

    Unlike football (soccer) matches, Rugby fans are usually non-violent (probably drunk though)icon_smile.gif .
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    Jeandeau saidOh sweety, there's these things called travel agents and the INTERNET now. I'll get you started on the right track:

    www.google.com


    Yes, I know I can get info from those sources, and I have. But I'd rather talk to people who live there so I can get their opinions. In just this short time, and with all these great and helpful comments and suggestions I have a lot more and a lot better informaton than I could get from the net or an agent.
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    Jan 18, 2012 1:27 PM GMT
    agree with most already said.

    any more questions i can help with?
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    Jan 18, 2012 2:03 PM GMT
    Re Cambridge, each college has its own campus and they all vary when it comes to public access. This is minimal or non-existent during term. Still worth a visit - there's a great pub close to one of the colleges that was very popular with RAF pilots during WW II - they wrote messages on the walls of the pub most of which can still be read.
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    Jan 18, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    or do something far more interesting then looking at graffiti by bryll creme pilots