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Podcast Episode 14 – Highlights and tips from our 12-week UK trip

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Are you wondering what it is like to travel to (and around) the UK in 2022?

In podcast episode 14, I am joined by Karen who was in the final stages of planning a 5 week trip to the UK for herself and her family.

Karen had not been to the UK for over 8 years and was keen to ask questions and learn from our experiences following our own recent 12-week trip.

In addition to asking questions posed by the UK and London Travel Planning Facebook Community Karen was interested in up-to-date insights and tips for travel to the UK.

Topics covered in this episode include our trip highlights (destinations and experiences), the logistics of travelling around the UK (and the nightmare of parking in some places), how to budget on the go plus essential information such as where to find the best fish and chips or afternoon tea in the UK!

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Episode 14 Show Notes – Highlights and tips from our 12-week UK trip

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Their favourite destinations and experiences 
  • The logistics of planning a trip to the UK
  • Considerations when planning to travel around the UK by rail or car
  • What to pack for the UK climate
  • Money – Cash versus card in the UK
  • Tips to help save money and budget on the go
  • How they accessed WiFi
  • What they took (but wished they hadn’t) + what they didn’t take but wished they had!
  • What souvenirs they purchased
  • A destination in London you need to add to your itinerary
  • Tracy’s top tips for anyone planning their visit to the UK

Places and experiences mentioned in this episode include

>> St Michael’s Mount A tidal island in Mount’s Bay Cornwall. It is linked to the town of Marazion by a causeway.

>> The OrkneysAn archipelago off the north coast of Scotland. There are a group of over 5000-year-old sites including Skara Brae and the Stones of Brodgar

>> VindolandaA Roman fort located near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland

>> Bodmin Moor where our Shepherd’s Hut accommodation was located in Cornwall

>> Wee Hoose Glamping Pod in Scotland – We stayed in this wonderful glamping pod located near Kinbrace before catching the ferry to the Orkneys from Gills Bay.

>> The Isle of Skye The largest island of the Inner Hebrides islands located off northwest Scotland.

>> LindisfarneA tidal island located off the coast of Northumberland. Famous for the Lindisfarne Gospels.

>> Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Area in Portsmouth Harbour containing several historic buildings and ships including the Mary Rose and the Victory.

>> The Cotswolds Picturesque area of England famous for beautiful villages and market towns.

>> HighclereFamous castle belonging to the Carnarvon family. Also known as Downton Abbey.

>> Afternoon tea at the ShardBook Peter Pan afternoon tea at Aqua Shard

>> Photoshoot with Scalens Studios Book a professional photoshoot to capture precious memories of your trip.

>> St IvesA town on the northern coast of Cornwall famous for art and stunning beaches.

>> Makars Gourmet Mash BarBest haggis in Edinburgh!

>> The Georgian Tea Rooms at the Dome in EdinburghBest afternoon tea in Edinburgh!

>> British foods including sausage rolls, pasties, and gammon steak can be found in supermarkets. Greggs bakery is also a popular choice!

>> Harry Potter Studios Located north of London near Watford the Warner Bros Studio Tour is one of the most popular day trips from London. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

>> GreenwichA famous maritime district located about 5 miles south-east of central London. Must-sees include the Painted Hall, Tulip Staircase and Greenwich Meridian

>> Christmas marketsRead about 10 most beautiful Christmas markets in the UK including Bath, Lincoln, York & Winchester

Highclere Castle was one of the highlights of our UK trip discussed in episode 14 of the Uk Travel Planning Podcast.
The hottest day ever in the UK and we were at Highclere Castle

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