In continuation to my last blog post, I would like to also share with you slightly longer trips from London that you can plan over weekends. I have visited these places during different time points but I have compiled my experience below.
Back in 2015, I got the chance to participate in a Histology course at the University of Nottingham. I had friends in my consortium and we had a great time that week exploring the city, shopping, eating, chatting and also trying out some nice beer as well as visiting the oldest bar in England. This lovely town is the very center of England and is best known for its association with the legend of Robin Hood. I was impressed by the city’s cosmopolitan vibe, historical heritage and abundance of shops. I noticed something funny and that was on my way to work the first morning, I was waiting at the bus stop and 2-3 buses went past without stopping. I then realized that even if someone is standing at the bus stop it doesn’t mean the bus is obliged to stop. We are expected to stick our hand out and sort of get the driver’s attention if we want the bus to stop. I think it is quite funny and once I learnt that I did not have any more troubles getting around.
Harry Potter Studios
The Making of Harry Potter is a public attraction in Leavesden in southeastern England. It is WONDERFUL!!! MAGICAL!!! FANTABULOUS!!! As a die hard Harry Potter fan I cried from joy. It was even better than I had imagined. What amazing sets and items and rooms they made to shoot the films. One of the best thing was butter beer, I would go back to just drink more.
This is very conveniently a day trip but you can also go for it while traveling to other cities in UK. For instance, you can stop over before heading to Lake District or Manchester. A day trip from London is also very feasible as there are special tours.
We only stopped over in Manchester for a couple of hours and did not really explore the city much. But there were free bus rides to city center and Manchester United Stadium from the train station. Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage.
While traveling around UK in December 2015 with a friend from High School, we stopped over in Lake district for a couple of days. We spent most of our time around Windermere which is the largest natural lake in England. Having studied William Wordsworth’s poems in School, we both understood where he got his inspiration from. We walked the fells, visited the country pubs and spend hours with stunning view of the lake and picturesque area.
My first trip to Scotland was in January 2011 for an interview at Glasgow University. Obviously I did not see much apart from the university.
In December 2015 I visited Edinburgh and a day trip from Edinburgh to Loch Ness. The day trip took almost 12 hours and the views on the journey were amazing. Our tour guide told us several tales about the Loch Ness monster. We then visited Urquhart castle. Wild natural beauty and 1000 years of history – Urquhart Castle offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic.