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    • Best area to stay in London

      London 4 hours ago

      My sister and I are heading to London in January for a week before starting a tour through Europe. We have never been to London before so we want to see as much as we can eg. West End, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, British Musuem. Just wondering what suburbs would be the best to stay in- close to the action and/or close to public transport?
      We would be wanting to stay in hotels (but not super expensive ones).
      Thanks for your help!

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      Sally Lunns

      Bath Nov 30, 2016 at 11:39 AM

      Is this far from the railway station please?

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    • London Reconstructing of Big Ben

      London Nov 27, 2016 at 11:14 PM

      Hi all,
      I will be heading to London for the first time in Feb 2017.
      News had mention that the reconstructing of Big Ben will start in early 2017. The last news available was in April 2017 about the works. I have also read the FAQ at the parliament website but they do not really have an indicative date.
      Read that scaffolding will take 4-6 months to build. Not sure if the view in Feb will be much effected. Saw google images of the tower with scaffolding and it's not a very pretty sight. :(
      Anyone knows of any news of the work schedule or any comments much appreciated.

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      London Gatwick changes

      London Nov 25, 2016 at 10:24 AM

      I have posted this on the TRAVEL ALERTS section here on VT but don't know if there is any other place to post.

      From the 25th January 2017
      These changes take place at London Gatwick
      British Airways will operate from South Terminal
      Easyjet and Virgin will operate from the North Terminal.

      Found this when I tried to book parking at Gatwick's aiport and this warning came up.

      Feel free to move to any appropriate section

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    • Arriving Gatwick South to Bus terminal - how long?

      Gatwick Nov 14, 2016 at 1:48 PM

      Hi,

      Any ideas how long it will take to get from gate on arrival to the bus station at the south terminal? Domestic flight with no checked luggage.

      Could it be done in 25 min?

      Thanks.

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    • TERMINAL TRANSFER

      Heathrow Nov 24, 2016 at 2:05 AM

      I am travelling from Delhi to Terminal2 I have to get my complete luggage and then go to Terminal 3 for check IS this possible or I have to get visa

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      Bus service

      Carlisle Nov 22, 2016 at 12:06 AM

      Is there a bus service from Court Square ( or nearby ) to The Sands Centre ( or near ). I can't seem to find what I'm looking for on the internet

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    • Transferring from international flight at North Terminal to domestic flight at South Terminal

      Gatwick Nov 14, 2016 at 4:44 PM

      Hello, I am looking at booking a flight from Sydney, Australia to Newquay, Cornwall via Gatwick with 2 children and 3 checked-in bags (the children are 10&13 so can wheel their own luggage).

      I have two connecting flight options with my Emirates flight, which lands at North Terminal at 7.20am:

      1. Flybe from South Terminal at 9.30am
      2. Flybe from South Terminal at 1.35pm.

      Common sense is saying hang around for the 1.35pm flight but that's a long time to sit at Costa, especially after a 23-hour journey & with two tired children ... Do you think (providing the plane lands on time) that I'd have a good chance of making the 9.30am flight or would it be just too much of a rush?

      Thanks in advance

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    • London gatwick layover time

      Gatwick Nov 13, 2016 at 10:06 AM

      Hi,
      I have booked a flight from zurich to london gatwick by easyjet, landing at 11 am at the north terminal. Have an onward journey to dubai by emirates at 1.30 pm from the same terminal. I have luggage to check in and will have to go through border. Will the layover time be sufficient?.Couldnt find any earlier flights to book!!

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    • Leeds, Temple Newsam, where to stay

      Leeds Nov 11, 2016 at 2:55 PM

      I plan to drive from the Scottish Borders, stopping at Hadrian's Wall then to Leeds where I'd spend one night then visit Temple Newsam the following morning.

      Can anyone recommend a pleasant b&b near TN?

      Is Temple Newsam in the city, a suburb or rural area? I'd like to stay in a less populated area.

      I haven't been able to learn much on the net. Is Wakefield convenient to TN?

      Thanks!

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    • Best area to stay

      London Nov 17, 2016 at 4:36 AM

      Which area is the best location and most convenient to stay? Traveling with my husband and 8 year old! Want to be somewhat close to all the sightseeing! TIA!

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    • Tax free shopping

      Heathrow Nov 5, 2016 at 5:53 PM

      I have purchased some stuff from the UK and have tax free shopping forms that I have filled.
      But in order to get the tax I need to show the goods to the customs officer. As I would have checked in my luggage. How is it possible?
      Can I go through customs before checking in the luggage.

      I will be departing from terminal 4

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    • Oyster or contactless

      London Nov 20, 2016 at 10:39 AM

      is there any advantage to buying the oyster cards or is using concatless cards just the same.

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    • Best area to stay

      London Nov 17, 2016 at 4:36 AM

      Which area is the best location and most convenient to stay? Traveling with my husband and 8 year old! Want to be somewhat close to all the sightseeing! TIA!

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    • Skye to Dingwall?

      Scotland Nov 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

      Which is more scenic, driving along Loch Ness or the northerly route?
      Which would likely take less time?

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    • Transit visa

      England Nov 5, 2016 at 11:14 PM

      Good day.My family (live in Tallinn) is flying on vacation in January on Gran Canaria in transit through London( 6 hours at Luton airport) and back through Leeds (5 hours)
      My daughter has a European passport(11 years) and me and my wife of the Estonian alien's passport.
      We need transit visas? and how to make them? Thank you in advance for the answer

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      The Royal Crescent

      Bath Nov 30, 2016 at 11:12 AM

      Hi is this museum easy to find from the railway station, also how much time does it take to get round?

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    • Cheap accommodation near London

      London Nov 24, 2016 at 11:47 AM

      Hello! I'm travelling to London this Saturday, but I don't have a place to stay yet. I will be in London for 1 month and I was wondering if you recommend any location near London where it might be cheaper, or if you know of any Web page in which people offer rooms for short term accommodation. Thank you so much!

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    • Family attractions

      London Nov 20, 2016 at 10:43 AM

      I need to keep two young children and 3 young adults entertained.

      I´ve book tussauds and the london eye. We are hoping to go to Winterwonderland and see Buckinhgam palace. Are there any must sees or child freindly activities.

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      Weatherspoons

      Bath Nov 30, 2016 at 11:43 AM

      Is there one in Bath please?

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    • Luggage storage on departure day .

      London Nov 21, 2016 at 7:50 PM

      The accommodation we have booked dont have luggage storage facilities on our departure day. We check out at 10 and have a train booked for 4. I've checked at the train station and the cost is £87. ( 1 case and 6x Hand luggage) is this my only option? We were hoping to use our last day to visit winter wonderland .

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    • visiting highclere castle from london

      London Nov 18, 2016 at 2:11 PM

      best way to get to HIghclere Castle from London. I was going to take a tour from London but they all include other stops for a full day. I'd just like to go to the castle and gardens. Any thoughts

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      Best Christmas Market in the UK

      United Kingdom Nov 21, 2016 at 3:36 PM

      Hi,

      My girlfriend is coming to visit me for Christmas and she is keen to visit a Christmas market and drink mulled wine. I would love some advice as to which is the best in Britain. We will visit the one in Cambridge, as that is where I am based, but otherwise we are fairly flexible as to where we go; we are also going to south Wales and maybe Devon. I have heard Birmingham does a pretty good one.

      Please could you give me your recommendations for Christmas markets, and if possible let me know when they are open?

      Thanks very much!

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      London & Ireland for 2 Weeks - Seeking Advice

      London Nov 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM

      My husband and I are thinking of doing this trip next summer (likely mid-July or early August).

      We want to spend 2 weeks: 1 week in/around London then 1 week for Ireland including travel time.

      We have lots we want to do in London - I am a huge British monarchy & literary history buff, plus we have some family in Suffolk so I feel like we have enough to occupy us there for a week. Then we were thinking of doing the rail & sail through Wales to Dublin and renting a car in Dublin to cruise around a bit for 5 days. We'd like to stay in Dublin a few nights, want to visit Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, maybe drive the Wild Atlantic Way, and stay in Galway as well. We'd then have to head back to London as I'm sure it will be cheaper to fly in/out of there.

      Does this sound like a feasible trip? Any recommendations you can offer for the Ireland leg - that itinerary is just based on the very basic things I know about Ireland, obviously, so very open to hearing what you all think! Any suggestions for things to do in London, too, are appreciated.

      We are planning on getting an airbnb outside the city centre for London and also wondering about affordability of lodgings in Dublin/Galway. Thanks!

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      Helpful advice

      London Nov 26, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      What is the least expensive and best time to try and send my parents to London?

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      Ask advice on planning to Cardiff, Brecon & Snowdon

      by civic1500 Online Now May 15, 2016 at 7:35 AM

      Thanks to your advice. I still cannot figure it out how to plan my trip to these areas. Since I could spend about 4 days three nights to cover a trip including Cardiff, Brecon beacons national park, Snowdon mountain etc. Could some expert here give me some hints. Or I need more time if otherwise.

      24 Answers May 22, 2016 at 1:40 AM
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      Drive trip to Snowdonia national park

      by civic1500 Online Now May 14, 2016 at 8:14 PM

      As we will visit Wale and stay in Cardiff coming June, anyone have experience could advise if it is possible to have day trip to Snowdonia National Park as I will drive. As I will drive and bring my child, any suggested itinerary?

      10 Answers May 15, 2016 at 7:51 AM
    • snowdon today

      by wonkey Online Now Feb 23, 2015 at 12:38 AM

      Hi again do you think it is safe to walk Snowdon today.

      2 Answers Feb 23, 2015 at 5:25 AM
    • Snowdon challenge May 2014

      by SteveHaworth Online Now May 4, 2014 at 4:29 AM

      Hi there folks. Would first of all like to say I AM taking this very seriously, I will be fully prepared and fully kitted up. I have 4 weeks planning and getting mu kit together with 2 weeks left. I am going to attempt doing all 6 official ascents to the Summit of Snowdon. Starting May 19th to the 23rd 2014. I am physically ready but still training in preparation. The logistics of my kit took 2 weeks of planning and although some people think my kit may be over the top, I do not care as I will be prepared for almost any scenario. I have to do 2 routes on the same day and was planning to do the Snowdon ranger and the Rhyd Ddu path starting at 8am, straight up and down, of course depending on weather. Not doing this to prove a point, just set myself a personal challenge. My facebook page is Snowdonia challenge May 2014 absolute any advice is welcome or if you fancy joining me on any of the routes, please do shout up, thanks Steve

      7 Answers May 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM
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      North Wales - Driving route - Tips

      by csuresh Online Now Apr 17, 2014 at 7:16 AM

      I am planning to take the driving route starting from Halkyn where I am staying on Day 1 and follow Llandudno, Conwy, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Bala Lake and Aberystwyth. I wanted to include Holyhead, but seem to be a long travel. Can anyone suggest what I can add or remove in my route? I will be travelling with 2 kids (aged 9 and 5) and will be interested in any short stop-over on the route. Aberystwyth will be stay place on Day 2.

      5 Answers Apr 22, 2014 at 6:30 AM
    • Good time to climb Snowdon?

      by asahoo Online Now Jan 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      I appreciate the fact that the weather can change drastically in this part of Wales but as a general observation, would April be a good time for the climb?

      I apologize for asking a question that may have been repeatedely asked.

      4 Answers Jan 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM
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      equipment for walking snowdon

      by NeilW22 Online Now Oct 7, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      my wife and i would like to walk snowdon early next year.as beginners what sort of equipmenr would you advise

      5 Answers Oct 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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      Cottages in Snowdonia for May 1st & 2nd

      by dhdear Online Now Apr 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM

      Hello VT friends!

      We are travelling this May 1st weekend to Snowdonia for 2 nights. 6 adult + 2 kids. Does anyone know a decent Cottage around? We checked on the internet, but guess we are now too late, all are full. :(
      Please help

      Thanks
      dh

      7 Answers May 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    • Snowdon by Train

      by chr.s Online Now Feb 19, 2010 at 12:47 PM

      Hi there,

      We're trying to plan a trip in Summer, with the aim of walking up Snowdon, but can only travel by train and by foot - although possibly by bike if the trains allow it. The plan is to climb Snowdon, then move on to Scafell and then Ben Nevis by the end of the week... in theory at least.

      What I'd like to know is where would be a good place to head for to pitch a tent that's fairly near to a train station, but also has relatively good access to the peak. We don't need an electricity hook-up, but sanitation is a definite plus. A view would be great as well as a few local attractions, but accessibility is the most important factor.

      Any suggestions, anyone?

      Thanks in advance
      Chris

      21 Answers May 9, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    • Help to choose what to see in Snowdonia in 3 days

      by zalek Online Now Jul 6, 2009 at 3:34 PM

      Hi there.
      We have a rough plan prepared for our trip to Snowdonia and need and advice to make sure we do not miss any 'must see/ be there'. We are mainly interested in nature - amazing views and great waterfalls and other wonders of nature (something of which there is plenty in Snowdonia), perhaps an old castle. We are certainly not that much interested in towns and villages and museums.

      Short climbs can be managed but my friends by no means are hikers, so climbing any mountains out of question. If you think there is something really worth viewing that is missing from our list than please do say so (as this is the main reason for this post). It would be even better, as our plan is kind of full, if you could not only make a suggestion of what we are missing but also what we should drop from our list to make time for that new thing?. Actually I'm not quite sure if the list below isn't too tightly packed anyway and what with all the travelling around.

      We plan to spend there 3 days and 2 nights. Will leave very early and get to our first attraction around 9 am. I have not yet checked if what we want to see can be fitted in that time but in rough order of our trip this is what we hope to see:

      Pass of the Cross (off A470 at Dinas-Mawddwy),
      Rhiwargor Waterfall (by Lake Vyrnwy or Llyn Efyrnwy)
      Hirnant Pass (or through Cwm Cynllwyd and Bala Lake, depending on which rout we choose)
      Betws-y-Coed (for Fairy Glen and Conwy Falls)
      Swallow Falls
      Lyn Ogwen (with short climb up Cwm Idwal, perhaps Llyn Bochlwyd and Ogwen falls)
      then up A5 through Nant Ffrancon (Falcon Valley, right?)
      if we have time than Caernarfon Castle
      then down through Pass of Llanberis (and mountain railway up Snowdon)
      Dolbadarn Castle
      then down A498 to Pass of Aberglaslyn
      then down A496 to Harlech Castle
      Barmouth (for Panorama Walk or rather few glimpses)
      Dolgellau (for Torrent Walk - ther is also apparently well worht seeing a route from Dolgellau to Arthog on B-roads)
      and that would be about it


      Any comments, suggestion would very welcome. Suggestions of which roads to take to reach our destinations so that to have the best views etc. are more than welcome. I know 3 days is not a lot but that's what we have and we are determined to make best of it. We did this kind of thing in Pembrokeshire last year and it did work - we had a glimpse of Pembrokshire magic that we marvel at to this day.

      6 Answers Jul 23, 2009 at 2:27 PM
    • A few questions about my first trip to Snowdonia...

      by costyy2k Online Now Apr 17, 2007 at 8:13 AM

      Hi guys,

      I'm planning visiting the area for the first time in early October this year. I have several questions I hope some of you can help me out with...

      1. What are the hiking conditions like on Snowdon at that time of year?
      2. I plan on climbing Snowdon via The Llanberis Path on one day and hiking in the area for my other days. Where would you recommend as a base? A nice village with B&B and pubs hopefully.
      3. What would you recommend for my toher hike, not involving Snowdon but starting from the same base.
      4. Any specific B&B to recommend in the suggested base area?

      Many Thanks
      Ryan

      5 Answers Apr 18, 2007 at 3:58 AM
    • public transport to snowdonia

      by hm1234 Online Now Jun 29, 2006 at 4:23 AM

      Hi. I'm only just beginning to look into this but how close can you get to Mount Snowdon, and any nearby hostel / hotel to use as a base, on public transport? ie what's the nearest train station, then do I need to get a bus....? The internet has proved quite unhelpful so far.... Any help at all will be much appreciated...

      3 Answers Jun 29, 2006 at 11:48 AM
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      tips for a short trip

      by ynnpar Online Now Jun 21, 2006 at 1:58 AM

      Hi everyone. I'll be visiting Snowdonia for a few days in August - on a quick break from London. I want to hike; I don't want to rent a car. So where should I stay? Ideally I'd take the train to Betws Y Coed or thereabouts. I'd like to hike around Snowdon, but hear that there's an area to the northeast of Snowdon that's actually supposed to be much nicer and less crowded (name escapes me? Glyer something, perhaps) I'm also open to suggestions for other destinations. Thanks.

      1 Answer Jun 21, 2006 at 9:04 AM
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      Driving Holiday In the UK

      by DaveDeakin Online Now Mar 25, 2006 at 2:10 AM

      Hi all
      My wife and I are in the process of planning a driving holiday around the UK this coming summer. Our itinerary, at the moment is to leave Sussex where we live and drive to Wales and the Snowdonia National Park, spending a few days touring around the park before driving on to the Lake District, where we will spend another few days, and then driving onto the Yorkshire Dales, where we will spend another few days, before heading south and home, a total of about 12 to 14 days.
      My question is, ?if you have been to any of the above locations, which routes would you recommend that give the most spectacular views and are there any little villages that you thought were out of this world and well worth a visit?.
      Thank you for any help.

      3 Answers Jun 21, 2006 at 9:12 AM
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      Urgent poll

      by JulesH Online Now Aug 26, 2005 at 5:31 AM

      My boyfriend Rob and I are leaving for Snowdonia tomorrow morning and we haven't yet decided which of the paths up Mount Snowdon we would like to take. We are using the trip as part of our training towards climing Mt Kilimanjaro in September, so we'd like a relatively challenging climb, but with no steep and dangerous cliff drops which might cause us to fall and possibly die, thereby never actually making it to Africa! We'd like the route to be interesting and varied in it's terrain, and we would also like to stay away from the crowds if that's going to be possible on bank holiday weekend. Can anyone recommend a route to the summit which will satisfy all our requirements?

      Many thanks

      Jules

      2 Answers Aug 26, 2005 at 10:10 AM
    • Road by Watkins Path

      by headcoat Online Now Mar 22, 2005 at 1:38 PM

      While walking up the Watkins Path I noticed a type of road going up the side of the mountain, this is very steep in places and unsuitable for a vehicle. Anyone know what it is?

      1 Answer Mar 23, 2005 at 2:09 PM
    • travelling to snowdonia

      by nemof Online Now Jul 28, 2004 at 9:40 AM

      hi there. Me and my friend want to go camping and walking in snowdonia around tryfan, however transportation is a problem. We can only go for four days. I live in Pembrokeshire so it's really not that far away from me, however we need to use public transport to get there. everytime i try looking it up on national express for coaches or the check rail timetables the shortest journeys i can find are 9 hours which is way to long. Does anyone know a quicker way of getting from Pembrokeshire (or near to there) to snowdonia? thanks nemo

      1 Answer Jan 21, 2008 at 4:15 AM
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      A question about the rout on Snowdon

      by Kanasyy Online Now Jul 6, 2004 at 1:41 PM

      Have any one here tried the Horseshoes before? I did the Pyg and Miners tracks last fall and they were quite fun. I was told that the Horseshoes is a lot harder than those two but it is possible and save for climbers with no scrambling experience to tackle the Horseshoe in a fine weather? Many thanks!

      6 Answers Jul 6, 2004 at 11:12 PM
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      is the mountain railway worth it?? LLanberis Path

      by christine.j Online Now Jun 19, 2004 at 11:02 AM

      Hi, in a few weeks I'll be travelling in Wales.I was considering taking the mountain railway up Mount Snowdon. However, on their website I read that you have only 30 minutes on top and then have to take the train down.To me, that sounds like the "out of the bus, take a picture, back in the bus" tourgroups. What if I want stay up for more than 30 minutes? That doesn't seem to be possible. I also considered walking. The LLanberis Path is - according to guide books - "easy". Can anyone here tell me what "easy" means? I do a lot of walking and am reasonably fit, but I have problems when there is a sharp drop right next to a path.I once fell down a gorge and ever since I have problems with this.Is there any type of this during the course of the LLanberis path? I'd be very thankful if anyone here could answer these questions. Christine

      5 Answers Aug 6, 2004 at 5:07 AM