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Old 06-07-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I'll be traveling on business to the UK from the US in mid July. The plan is to fly into Manchester, do some business there for a few days and then travel by car to the Brighton area. I have never been to the UK before and I am very glad to here that we will be traveling some distance by car rather than the usual business trip of fly in fly out. Are there any side trips that we might want to partake in that we would otherwise not know about? What can we expect traffic wise, time wise or any other advise. We will be in the UK for about 10 days and so far it sounds like it will be a really interesting and enjoyable trip. Any insight or anecdotes would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:18 PM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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Well if you (and the Brits) don't mind some input from another American, if you have a few days in the North you aren't that far from the gorgeous Lake District. Wordsworth's cottage is there too. However, it's supposed to be really crowded in the summer so maybe not. I was lucky to be able to go in late summer.

It depends on what sorts of things you want to see -- I am interested in gardens so I visited gardens. I know next to nothing about the South of England so that will be left to those who know much much more than I do.

p.s. Dress warmly.
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:15 PM
 
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What kind of gardens are we talking about. My next question was where I could get an english grown homegrown tomato and what varieties of heirlomm tomatoes are popular there?
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:51 AM
 
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Brighton is the most vibrant town in the south east, IMHO. There is plenty to do and see there, and you can get to central London by train in under an hour.

Brighton is packed with restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, great shops Shopping North Laine Brighton Shops North Laine Traders Association NLTA, The Lanes: Brighton Villages with their Own Unique Characters and Individuality (http://www.visitbrighton.com/interests__themes/brightons_villages/33.asp - broken link), interesting buildings such as The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, a pier Brighton Pier - arcades, weddings and corporate functions on the sea, a fun seafront promenade and loads of things to do. Lots of 'what's on' info here Brighton Hotels | City Guide | East Sussex | UK . Or just wander around!

Lots of water activities too Brighton Water Sports UK

Eating-wise there is almost too much choice, but the Regency is a very good place to start. Brighton Restaurants - The Regency. And Terre a Terre is fabulous, one of the best restaurants in the country - it's vegetarian but the flavours are so wonderful you'll never notice. Terre a Terre, Vegetarian Restaurant, Brighton

BTW it's a good idea to eat out in pubs - more casual, friendly and cheaper (usually) tho Brighton is becoming over-run with gastro-pubs. The Basketmakers is one of my faves Basketmakers Arms.
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