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Free Day In The UK; What To Do?  
User currently offlineDFWLandingPath From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 211 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

This could be used in both a generic and specific sense (as applied to my situation), but if you had on free day in England with a BritRail pass, what would you do?

My situation is this: I will be done with what I need to do in Manchester about 1200-1300 on 9 April and don't have to be in London till 2200 on 10 April. Having a BritRail England Pass, any recommendations on where to go and what to see? I have intentionally not booked a hostel that night as I would prefer to save the money and just try to find a train going somewhere that I could sleep on. Know of any that wouldn't cost anything additional?

Thanks for any and all advice.

Cheers,
DFWLandingPath

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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19245 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 2381 times:

York is my favourite city in the UK. Its location is such that you won't have to travel for long from Manchester.

Bath is my second favourite city in the UK. It's near Bristol, so you can probably reach it is 3-5 hours from Manchester.

If it's only for one day, I truly would go to one of those again, for they're very good and must-sees.



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19245 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

I can't think of many overnight train trips from Manchester, but there might be one to Edinburgh (an excellent city).


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

Id take it, and get the hell away as soon as you can, nothing to see here, its just cold and industrial

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19245 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

You in NCL or MAN, 7? There's always the possibility of going to the airport.  Wink/being sarcastic


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

As an American having been to all of the possible destinations mentioned (Bath, York, Edinburgh), I'd probably rank them in the order of 1. York, 2. Bath, 3. Edinburgh. York is an awesome city, tons of stuff to do there and quite frankly wish I could go back there too (we only had 24 hours there). Bath is similar to York but with slightly less to do IMO (and dont drink the bath water, it tastes like raw meat). Edinburgh is the biggest of the three, but I found it to be not all that appealing to me for some reason...also mind that EDI will be the farthest from MAN while York is the closest...

In summary, if I had to choose, I'd pick York...

Greg



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19245 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

I would too, Greg. My fiancee actually comes from Bridlington, not far from York, which is quite coincidental.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 2361 times:

yeah, i in NCL- I would maybe take in EDI-but remember, we have very few overnight trains, a majority of services stop at 11pm apart from the long haulers and sleepers, but there MAY be a restrction on you using the sleepers, or you may be confined to steerage class. ALso, here in NCL the trains are quite relaiable, but this is not a reflection on the rest of the countries, I forget the eact performance figures but its around 40% of services suffer quite a big delay. You can get a direct VirginTrains (nice  Smile/happy/getting dizzy) to EDI from MAN. Anyway, good luck with it!! And enjoy your time

User currently offlineDFWLandingPath From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months ago) and read 2320 times:

Thank you for all the advice.

Any suggestions on what to do while in York?

Cheers,
DFWLandingPath


User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months ago) and read 2317 times:

See The Shambles-and i think there is a Rowntrees (confectioner) factory which you can tour. and the national rail museum, trains dont realy do it for me, but its a good museum apparently,

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19245 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months ago) and read 2318 times:

Just do a search for 'things to do in York' on Google or something. There's plenty to both see and do.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months ago) and read 2312 times:

The National Railway Museum is in York and is free of charge if your into that, then there is the Jorvik Viking Centre that is quite interesting that recreates how the Vikings used to live when they inhabited York.

There is also the York Dungeons that re-create the various torture methods used in the past.

Also York Minster (Big Cathedral) is free too, and there is a Castle to look round or you can go for a walk on city walls.

Not far from York is the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington. Has a fully airworthy Victor Bomber too, that isn't allowed to fly, but does do some high speed taxi runs up and down the runway from time to time.

There are also plenty of shops as well.

You should also be able to find some cheap hostel to stay in York as it's quite popular on the backpacker trail. Lots of good bars/pubs too.

Enjoy.

 Smile



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