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Old 6th Oct 2018, 07:07
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Planning Another Visit To the UK

A couple of years ago, Ppruners provided me with a lot of information that helped me plan and successfully navigate my first visit to the UK.

Next April/May, my fibre artist wife is attending a 10 day workshop in the New Forest. But she wants to make it a four week visit and is looking to me to make it happen.

I'm allowing four days before the workshop to continue our wanderings around London. I'll also be replicating the last visit by touring aviation and military museums while she's workshopping. However, my firsthand knowledge only extends to the Old Warden, Hendon and Duxford areas.

It's stretching out my 10 days of freedom and then filling the following fortnight that brings me back here seeking further advice.

What areas or or places in England, Scotland and Wales would you recommend for a couple of house trained visitors with interests in History (both), Aviation (more me), Art (more her), Handcrafts (definitely her), Nature (both) and Walking (both, although in my case it may involve hobbling). We aren't considering Ireland on this visit as I need to learn more about our relatives there before dropping in.

All suggestions greatly appreciated.
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 07:46
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Try the Wye valley. Wonderful scenary and Tintern Abbey, painted by Turner and many other artists.

https://www.google.fr/search?q=wye+v...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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Salisbury is a popular tourist destination.
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 07:59
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Ha, ha, ha! But the cathedral is well worth seeing.
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 08:00
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Aviation: Southampton has the Solent Sky museum which includes a Sandringham - very handy for the New Forest. Also the museum at Tangmere, just east of Chichester, which would tie in nicely with a visit to the Boultbee Spitfire operation at Goodwood. Mind you that could lead to a very expensive day if you bought a flight...

Cornwall: my natural bias suggests this wonderful county which ticks all the boxes - St Ives has Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum. Nature, history and walking are all well represented and handcrafts aplenty I'm sure. I would include Cornish pasties under handcrafts.

Lake District: Cornwall plus mountains and minus pasties. Beautiful place.
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 08:18
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A few quick thoughts
When you are in the vicinity there is loads to see at Portsmouth and close by. Victory, Mary Rose, Warrior, WW2 submarine, RM Museum, Fort Nelson, etc. I have been to and can recommend all these. Also within a fairly easy drive while SWMBO is workshopping, Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Museum of Army flying, Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Musem, Solent Sky Museum, etc. Some of these can be a bit variable in interest so best google and check on their websites for days and times of opening and any events.. Not far away Fishbourne Roman Palace is worth a visit

If you are fairly well off and want to show her something different book a night or two at Burgh Island Hotel, in Devon It's not cheap but gives you a chance to stay in a place relatively unchanged from the days when film stars, royalty, racing drivers, aviators and the like stayed there. The island is cut off at high tide. You can drive over at low tide but it always seems to be that you want to either arrive or leave at high tide so you park shoreside and they ferry you over on a "sea tractor" which adds to the interest.

Plenty of other interest along the South Coast. Brixham (replica of Golden Hind (check latest situation as it was for sale earlier in the year), Darmouth and trip up the river Dart, Plymouth, and just inland Dartmoor. And of course Stonehenge (though good for visitors now as in the days when you could walk up to and touch the stones).

PS I see Treadi has already beat me to one or two of these.
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 08:27
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Downton Abbey - aka High Clere castle off the A34.
Bovington Tank Museum
National Trust - Hidcote Gardens atat Chipping Camden.
Chedworth Roman Villa North of Cirencester.

Cosford Museum.I

Then swing through Wales, plenty of castles. My favour was Caernarfon up north.

If you do the lake district there is a large Roman fort at Hardnott pass. Easily access on foot after an adventurous drive along Wrynose Bottom ☺
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 08:30
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Old Warden and Duxford (both well worth it!) are quite a 'trek' from the New Forest if you are trying to fit them in then. Added to the advice that you've been given would be the Tank Museum at Bovington (excellent!) and some of the coast near there (Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, etc.). That's quite a horse riding area too.

That is a nice time to visit with spring colour breaking out (May and June are my favourite months), although expect it to be a lot 'colder' that you would have been used to!
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Try Bristol for Brunel's historic ship the 'SS Great Britain'. At a stroke Brunel changed ship construction for ever.

https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/story
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While you're in the UK, why not immerse yourselves in fine British culture: Fawlty Towers Dinner
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 08:59
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If you fancy a bit of an amble, plus history, have a look at this option .....true, it's in Devon, but, it would be well worth the effort....

Buckfast Abbey, internally alone, plus the grounds is a must. The words tranquil and serene don't appear on reviews with the frequency they do for nothing. Visited the location in July ......beautiful. And it doesn't matter one iota as to having a faith or otherwise, the faith of the Abbey is never over emphasised to visitors. Neither is the gift shop "conveniently located " to force visitors through it as the only exit.

Buckfastleigh and Buckfast Abbey Walking Route

https://www.buckfast.org.uk/

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Your wife may enjoy the Dansel Gallery in Abbotsbury, Dorset. It's the best woodwork gallery I've been able to find in the UK.

I also found some pleasant, easy walks in the New Forest.
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Nobody has mentioned the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton and of course, not far away, is Stonehenge.
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 09:35
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Take the ferry across to the Isle of Wight and see how real islanders live. Refresh yourself with a visit to the home of the Saxe Coburgs at Osborne House. See where Victoria canoodled with Scots bag pipers and Indian exiles. Marvel at the obscure obduracy of the British yachtsman as he bangs his little yacht round some buoy or other in the Solent. Eat wonderful ice cream and take a peek at Bembridge where they used to make Islander aircraft.
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Don't miss Salisbury. Their fine cathedral is well worth visiting. Be sure to take a street map.
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 10:25
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Originally Posted by Sallyann1234 View Post
Don't miss Salisbury. Their fine cathedral is well worth visiting. Be sure to take a street map.
There is some substance to both suggestions for visiting Salisbury, but there is no need to go Russian about...
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 11:07
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Everyone to whom I have given the suggestion of a couple of nights in Edinburgh have come back to me with glowing reports.
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 11:32
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Winchester is also worth a visit, roman city, capital before London, impressive cathedral etc
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 11:38
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The Shuttleworth collection is outstanding. Best on a summer evening with a picknick and flyby of their oldies.
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Old 6th Oct 2018, 11:59
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Treadigraph - to add to your remarks about Cornwall there is the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre at Newquay (St Mawgan to you and me!) Small but well worth a visit and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Here's a link A fun day out in Newquay Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

As regards Tate St Ives, after that I would recommend visiting the Penlee Art Gallery at Penzance. Far less well known than the much-hyped Tate but contains some real pictures (mainly Newlyn School) and will be a welcome relief after the tosh on display at The Tate.
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