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Liverpool

Posted by Heliocentrism on December 30, 2017

Monday, August 29th, 2017

What is there to do in Liverpool?

I guess one could go check out some factories or a tunnel, but Liverpool is best known as the home of the Beatles.

So we went to a museum that told the story of the Beatles. It explained how they met, why some of them were so close, and how they became musical legends.

Mark’s and my timing was a little off that day. We entered the museum between two tour groups of huge Beatles fans. Personally, I like the Beatles. Their music was great. But, I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a fan of the Beatles or any musician for that matter.

The fans in the museum were serious. They read every sign and piece of paper on display. Many of them took photos of everything as if it were their personal duty to keep a record of the museum. It became very hard to move through the museum.

I wanted to listen to the audio guide and look at the “relics” being talked about. I would try to stand off to the corner out of the way of the die-hard fans around me. But, no matter where I stood, I was always in someone’s way. I would move and wonder why anyone would want a photo of that. After 300 photos were taken, and the fan had moved on, I would have a look at the item that I thought was nothing. “Oh, I see. It’s a genuine replica of the synthesizer used on the Sgt. Pepper album.”

I guess I had never encountered fandom at this level. These guys acted like the Beatles were the gods of their cult. I didn’t understand it. I walked through the museum thinking, “This is nice, but it’s not like any of these singers cured cancer, ended world hunger, or cause peace in the middle east. They just sang nice songs.”

I tried to think of it in terms that suit me better. I love reading. According to goodreads.com my most read authors are Orson Scott CardBill Bryson, and Stephen King. It is true that I have read a ton of their work. I would even throw Malcolm Gladwell into the mix. I read every book he writes, he just hasn’t written as much as the other three.

I really enjoy their writing, but I don’t know how I feel about them as people. I would never deify them. As far as I know all of them could be huge jerks. I love the writing and appreciate the writer. If I were to notice one of them eating lunch at the same restaurant I were in, I don’t think I would even go over to him and ask for an autograph. To me, the writing and the writer are two different things.

So, I like the Beatles Story. I like the Beatles. I appreciate their music, but that’s all.


The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.

Phone:

  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most hostels.

The Beatles Story

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • £15.95
  • Comes with a complimentary audio guide

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 18:00

Video

Notes:

  • Don’t forget the British Invasion exhibit at Pier Head.

The Museum of Liverpool

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Video:


Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

Hours:

  • 10:30 – 17:00
  • Closed Mondays

Videos:

Notes:

  • You will have to wear a hard-hat.

Map:

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Walk the Wall

Posted by Heliocentrism on December 25, 2017

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

This was my second time in Chester. I spent a Fourth of July here when I was in grad school in Manchester. So I knew that I didn’t have to do too much planning. There is an old Roman wall encircling the city. All we had to do was find the wall, walk around it, and we would see all the good stuff in town.

From the train station we walked to the northern gate of the wall and headed in a clockwise direction. There were lots of little shops and cafes on the wall that I wanted to go into. We didn’t. Mark isn’t that into having tea in a shop. Something about paying £15 for tea and scones for two, when a box of tea, a quart of milk, and a 6 pack of scones at Morrisons is less than £6 makes it hard for me to argue with him. So I made a mental note to have tea at home and keep walking.

The next thing we came to was a tower. It had something to do with Charles I, the king who was beheaded. During some battle, he supposedly stood in the tower to watch the fight. Some people say he actually stood in the cathedral. Whether he stood in the tower or not, it is named for him. It is also locked.

Next we stopped by the cathedral and had a good walk around grounds. We didn’t go in because it was Sunday. Although we could have gone in if we wanted, it just didn’t feel right. We let the worshipers worship without the addition of two tourist gawking at their church.

 We saw the Eastgate clock. We exited the wall to stop by the Roman amphitheater and the Roman gardens before returning to the wall. We walked past the river and kept going until we found Chester Castle. It is usually closed, but for part of the summer of 2017 it was open to the public free of charge.

The city of Chester brought in volunteers to dress as people from the castle’s history. They had short presentations about their historical lives after which we could ask them questions. I think Mark and I spent a few hours here. We were offered free tea and cookies, but we were so engrossed in the exhibits, we forgot to get any treats. This was the high light of our time in Chester. We made sure to put some money in the donation box before we left.

I sincerely hope that they open Chester Castle like this again next year. More people should have an opportunity to see history presented to them in this way.


The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.

Phone:

  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most hostels.

Chester city walls

Basic Information

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • 24hrs

Video

Notes:


Chester Cathedral

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • £4  – the gardens

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 18:00 M – Sa

Video

Notes:


Chester Roman Amphitheatre

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • Day light hours

Notes:

  • There are picnic benches nearby where you can eat your lunch.
  • The Roman Gardens are very near the Amphitheater.

Chester Castle

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • ??

Hours:

  • ??

Videos:

Notes:

  • Normally, you can only get in with a schedule guided.
  • Chester is usually closed, but it happened to be open last summer when Mark and I were in town.
    • Lucky us!

Map:

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Northern Wales

Posted by Heliocentrism on December 20, 2017

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Without a car, Mark and I had to use public transportation to get around. None of the towns in the coastal area of Wales seemed interesting enough to justify all the time and effort it would take to get there and stay only a few days. Moving around in Wales is a pain when taking the train or bus. Many of the routes we looked at took 7 or 8 hours because to go from point A in Wales to point B in Wales, one would have to go through Manchester, England. The equivalent would be… going from Miami, Florida to Atlanta, Georgia, by way of Austin, Texas.

To see northern Wales, first Mark and I found accommodations in a Welch town, very near to the English border, called Shotton. At Shotton we bought return (round-trip) tickets to Holyhead. With these tickets we could get off and on as many times as we liked on the way to Holyhead and back.

The only restriction was that the tickets could only be used on off-peak trains. I searched the Arriva website for when exactly the off-peak hours were. I looked through forums and even a few Reddit pages. No one had any clue as to when the train’s off-peak hours were. On the train I asked the conductor who checked my ticket, “When is off-peak anyway?” He looked at Mark’s and my tickets and said, “Well, it’s Saturday. You shouldn’t have a problem using these anytime today.” Everyone knows that the whole weekend is considered off-peak for traveling in most places. So, I got the feeling that the train guy didn’t know the actual off-peak hours either.

I do love a good obelisk

The first stop was at Holyhead. We had a little over one hour in the town before it was time to get on the next train out. It was just enough time for us to see an obelisk near the station, cross the Celtic Gateway Bridge, and see a church near the remnants of an old Roman fort. In fact, we even stopped to grab a bite to eat from a small grocery store in town. Had we had a car that day, we would have driven to the west coast of Holyhead to see the South Stack Lighthouse.

The next stop was at the town with the really long name. Here we had exactly one hour. In that time we bought a bunch of post cards from James Pringle Weavers, wrote on them, ran to the post office to mail them, and then ran back to the station with 3 minutes to spare to get on the next train out.

At the store James Pringle Weavers, there is a translation of the town’s name in English. It still doesn’t fully make sense, but I love this sort of thing.

The next stop was in the town of Llandudno at Llandudno Station. Initially, we were going to stay here for 2 hours, but stayed for 4 because it was so nice. We walked around looking for Alice in Wonderland characters. We soaked up the sunshine along both the shores and on the walk down the pier.

This was actually my second time in Llandudno. I came here years ago when I lived in Manchester and was a grad student. It was a nice little break in my bleak student life. It was wonderful then and it is still just as lovely now.

Our last stop was in the town of Flint to see Flint Castle. But we actually stopped here because Mark lived near Flint, Michigan. The two Flints are a drastic contrast of each other.

That ended our tour of Wales.


The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.

Phone:

  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most hostels.

Holyhead

Basic Information

Cost:

  • Everything at this stop is free

Hours:

  • all the sights here are available 24hrs a day

Videos:

Notes:

  • The town’s name is pronounced “Holly-head”.

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Llanfair PG

Basic Information

Cost:

  • I think we got 6 post cards for 2 pounds.
  • It cost about 80p each to mail the post cards, I think.

Videos:

Notes:

  • There isn’t really much to do in this town.
  • This town is a requested stop.
    • The train will not stop at this station unless there are people waiting for the train at the station, or someone on the train has asked for the train to stop there so they can get off.

Llandudno

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • Everything but the items in the shops and parking are free.

Video

Notes:

  • There are many characters from Alice in Wonderland in statute-form around the town.

Flint

Basic Information

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • 24hrs

Notes:

  • You cannot enter the castle.
  • The grounds around the castle is basically a park.

Map:

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Brecon

Posted by Heliocentrism on December 15, 2017

Monday, August 21st – 25th, 2017

We took a public bus from Cardiff to get to the YHA (Youth Hostel) in Brecon. We know that the bus passed by the hostel only once every 2 hours, so we did our grocery shopping before getting on the bus in Cardiff. By this time on our trip, cooking our own meals was not just about saving money any more. We wanted to eat at “home”. We were tired of restaurants and sometimes, we just wanted to stay in.

The YHA at Brecon

The YHA in Brecon was very quiet and peaceful. It was a fantastic place to get away and relax. Unfortunately that works better if you have a car and don’t depend on public transportation. There are a few trails that start right outside the hostel’s door. But, for more options, it’s better to have a car.

We, didn’t really go to Brecon for hiking. We went there for the caves… and because it was in the middle of Wales. We were working our way through Wales with the goal of getting to Scotland by September.

To get anywhere in the Brecon area, you first have to take a bus to the town of Brecon. We got up very early on morning to catch the 7:00AM bus downtown. Once there we had to wait at the bus depot for 2 hours for the next bus to the caves. If we had a car, the drive from the YHA to the caves would have been about half an hour.

We thought we would spend the whole day in the park. It is advertised as having 3 caves with one being called the “Cathedral Cave”. The first cave was nice and took about 40 minutes to an hour to walk through. The second cave, the Cathedral Cave, was very beautiful. But, the walk through that one took about 20 minutes. The walk up to the last cave took longer than the walk in the cave.

In fact, there was no walk in the cave. The cave was very small compared to the other two. Everyone just stood around and watched a video of the history of the cave. The video was interesting. It talked about the people who used the cave throughout history; first neolithic men, then Romans, and now us. But the video was about 15 minutes long.

The rest of the park is mainly for little kids. There are plastic dinosaurs throughout the park which all the children really enjoyed. But by noon, Mark and I had seen everything we were interested in seeing. We ate our lunch then waited for the bus back to the YHA. Since it was still the middle of the day, we had more than enough time to hike a trail near the YHA before sunset. That would be our new plan so the afternoon wouldn’t be a total loss.

The bus back to town had such great timing. The bus we needed to transfer to, to get back to the YHA left just 5 minutes after we arrived at the bus depot. But, of course we had to do some shopping before heading back. The next bus after that wasn’t for another 2 hours.

By the time we got back to the YHA it was about 16:00. We did walk about for 30 minutes but not on any of the trails. We saved that for the next day.

The next day we focus more on doing laundry and relaxing, but we did manage to get in a nice late morning hike. On the trail we speculated on where we could have gone had there been a better bus system in the area.

“You know, it’s not that expensive to rent a car here,” Mark told me.

“Yes, but they mostly rent stick-shift,” I replied.

“I can drive stick,” Mark said.

The seed was planted on our imagination. The freedom that would come with renting a car would be amazing, even if the car was a stick-shift.


The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.

Phone:

  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most other hostels.

National Show Caves

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

Hours:

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Video

Notes:

  • One of the caves was used as a filming location for the Doctor Who serial The Pirate Planet.
  • There is one very long cave, but you can’t see most of it.
    • It takes about 30 minutes to walk through it.
  • There is one really nice cave, but it’s not very big.
  • There is one cave that is very small and all you do in there is watch a video.
  • It’s a great place for kids, but not that entertaining for adults on their own.

Map:

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Cardiff

Posted by Heliocentrism on December 10, 2017

Sunday, August 20th – 21st, 2017

In Cardiff we visited Cardiff Castle, which comes with an okay audio guide. The castle is very nice and the interior was unexpected.

Cardiff Castle was built in the late 1200’s. When I think of old castles I think of cold, dark, and dank (and not the good meme-like dank) places. Like the Tower of London which gave off a very dank vibe. Cardiff Castle felt more like a home; a home that was turned into a museum, but still a home.

We had a very nice time at Cardiff Castle. It’s wasn’t too eventful, just nice.

Saving Money While Backpacking

Some of the hostels Mark and I have been staying in have been okay, but lacked something… We stay at hostels because they are a lot cheaper than hotels and because we want to meet other travelers. But many of our hostels act more like bars with rooms.

The accommodations are inexpensive, but you are highly encouraged to eat and drink at their overpriced pubs. Some ban guests from bringing outside food into the hostels. Others provide a kitchen just big enough for them to advertise that they have a kitchen, but not big enough for more than one person to cook at the same time.

If you are traveling for a weekend, those kind of hostels would do. But for Mark and me, traveling the world, we want to save money where ever we can. Cooking for ourselves is a great way to keep costs down. So in Europe, we needed to find hostels that would allow us to do that.

Mark in the kitchen

In Cardiff we bought memberships in YHA which is the youth hostel organisation in Wales. YHA is a subsidiary of Hosteling International (HI). After enjoying our first night in Cardiff, we have tried to stay in an HI hostel whenever we can. There is a long list of benefits for choosing an HI hostel over other hostels.

They are generally cleaner. Like any chain brand, they have a reputation to keep up. Hostels in HI have to meet a certain level of cleanliness and they have to be environmentally friendly as they do it.

They have better kitchen and clothes washing facilities. Although they do have cafes and bars, no one is pushing you to eat and drink there. Because of this, they tend to have less drunk travelers.

They are more family friendly. The downside is that you’ve traded in loud drunk backpackers for loud annoying kids. But, I’d take the kids over the backpackers because children have a bedtime. Besides, kids staying at an HI hostel will be placed in a private room with their parents.

The HI hostels are less expensive, generally. Plus, as a member you get £3 off per night per member for your stay. Also, when renting a car it’s good to know that most, but not all, come with free parking.

Overall, HI hostels helped Mark and I to save money on our trip. I feel more comfortable and at home in these hostels. The employees act more in control of the running of the hostel. For example, if something is broken, they will fix it or call someone who will, rather than waiting until the end of their shift and letting some other staff member deal with it.


The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.

Phone:

  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most other hostels.

Cardiff Castle

Basic Information

Website

Downloads:

Cost:

  • £12.50
  • You get discount if you have downloaded the audio guide app.
    • You can still use their audio if one is available.

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 16:00

Video

Notes:

  • Built in the late 11th century.

Map:

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Bath & a Mound

Posted by Heliocentrism on December 5, 2017

Friday, August 19th – 20th, 2017

On our first day in bath we checked into our hostel and walked to the Roman Bath. The museum there had a nice audio guide and the tour was very nice. We spent about 2 hours there. But when we were done, we couldn’t think of anything else we wanted to do in bath.

There was a nice garden, but it cost money to enter. There was a Jane Austin tour, but I don’t really care for her work. There were other museums, but none of them interest us… except for…

With these tools, I’ll make my own telescope!

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is a little apartment where William and Caroline Herschel discovered Uranus. It just blows my mind that this brother and sister team weren’t even astronomers, scientists, or teachers. They were musicians. They just liked looking into the night’s sky for fun.

This was their hobby. And, they took it to lengths where they needed better and better telescopes. After a point, they could not buy strong enough telescopes, so they had to make their own; which they did.

A replica of the telescope used to discover Uranus

They discovered a new planet one day and the accolades poured in. They made bigger and stronger telescopes and went on to discover more sciency stuff like infrared radiation,  Messier 110, and many comets. But, that’s all; this was just a hobby.

My hobby is reading, but that will never get me any accolades… 😦

We took about 5 buses to get here.

We also visited Avebury to see their mound, stone circles, and other neolithic delights. I enjoyed walking through the little village and seeing the really old rocks.

What I did not like was the many buses and trains needed to go from Bath to Avebury. It took about 2.5 hours one way just to see these things. While we were walking around we had to keep track of time. The bus back to the train station came by only once an hour, then once every 2 hours after a certain time of day. We had to either hurry up, or slow down.

This meant that we could either follow the path all the way, then wait a long time for the next bus. Or, we could hurry up and quickly see only some of the path and not wait too long on the bus. We chose the latter.

Eventually, we would rent a car. But, that wouldn’t be until much later in the trip.

It helps to listen to podcasts as you wait.


The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.

Phone:

  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most hostels.

The Roman Bath

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • £15.50
  • Complimentary audio guide
    • There are 3 types of audio files:
    • One for adults
    • One for kids
    • And where Bill Bryson talks about his visit to Bath.

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 17:00

Videos:

Notes:

  • Built in 60-70 AD.
  • Don’t touch the water. The pool and pipes are lined with lead.

Avebury Stone Circle

Basic Information

Website

Downloads:

Cost:

  • Free
  • Parking is free for only National Trust and English Heritage members.

Hours:

  • day light hours

Videos:

Notes:


Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • £6.50

Hours:

  • M – F 13:00 – 17:00
  • Sa – Su 11:00 – 17:00

Videos:

Notes:

  • The garden in the back is where Uranus was discovered.

Map:

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