DFWLandingPath From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 211 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2288 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?
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2270 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...
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Sevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2266 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 ) to EDI from MAN. Anyway, good luck with it!! And enjoy your time
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2217 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.
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