Bits of the UK you've never been to .....

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  1. Alan Dugdales Moustache

    Alan Dugdales Moustache Well-Known Member

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    Kent.
    Don't know it at all. I know they have oast houses there, but absolutely never think of going there and it's largely because that fat sweaty London town is in the way.
    Anywhere in Kent worth visiting ? I think I went to Bodium Castle about 30 years ago and that was a fantastic, but that's about it.
     
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    Never been to Scotland.

    Never been to the North East.
     
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    Dover Castle is worth a visit..Canterbury, Rochester. It is known as the Garden of England..This link might help too Kent's destinations
     
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    They call it the garden of England, I think there are some nice bits. I've been but only to Gillingham but fancy going to Margate or one of the other seaside towns

    I've never been to Devon or Cornwall
     
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    Travel round the UK for work. Been all over except the Highlands. Favourite City is probably Newcastle.
     
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    Not been to most of the very top of Scotland. But been just about everywhere else on mainland UK. That is the good thing about being happy campers. If I can get the motor home there we go there.

    You are not missing a lot in Margate. It is a quieter version of Blackpool. Lived in a place called Cliftonville. It is the same as Grimsby and Cleethorpes. Two places together with a border only the locals know about. It is the side of Margate towards Dover side. Is where the better pubs are.
     
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    Margate's idea of an infinity pool is a walled enclosure which fills up with seawater, seaweed and jellyfish when the tide is in. There was at one time a pier which at least offered changing facilities but even that's now gone. I remember thinking "Where's the pool? Is that it?!!!"

    It's only other atraction was a gigantic fairground known as 'Dreamland' but that's also now gone.
     
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    our head office is there, it's a shithole and the people are cunts.
     
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    Erm, Dreamland is alive and kicking last I heard. In fact, property developers wanted to appropriate the site a few years back but hit a sticky wicket due to the scenic railway having a preservation order. Mysteriously, it was partly destroyed by a fire amidst this enquiry. To the doubtless woe of the developers, it was ordered that the coaster be rebuilt and restored to its heyday glory (It's the oldest wooden roller-coaster in the UK I believe). This work was completed in 2016 along with renovation of the rest of the theme park.
     
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    I think Gorillaz played there last year!
     
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    Surrey
    South Wales
    Glasgow

    Keep hearing so much about Cardiff so really need to make the journey at some point!
     
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    We stayed in a lovely part of Wales a couple of weeks ago a place called Rhosneigr
     
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    Glasgow is a good city, got a great feel to it.

    Surrey is pleasant as a place but not worth visiting. It's very wealthy and full of Tories.
     
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    Margate's a shithole. Stayed in Leeds Castle about four years ago. Kent alright, didn't see the improvements to Margate I was promised!
     
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    Depending on your interests, if you do Cardiff make sure you go west a Bit, and take in Tenby and even the likes of Laugharne.
     
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    Knew it would take more than Tracy Emin's patronage to tidy the place up!
     
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    I worked for a courier company for a few years and I don't think there was a part of the UK I didn't get to. Once went to Ayr and back in a day. Also been as far as Fort William and Oban. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sterling and Perth. On the East coast of England, been to Newcastle, Sunderland (regular delivery to Toyota), all down that coast as far as Kent basically, (Whitby, Redcar, Middlesbrough, Lincoln coastline, Essex (where I lived)). Done all the south coast from Kent to Cornwall and pretty much most of Wales. Rarely use a satnav these days as I just take one quick look at a map and I'm off.
     
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    Just reminds me of every other city in the UK? Edinburgh is beautiful
     
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    whatever you think of Glasgow, it's nothing like every other City In the UK.
    Not many cities have so much Victorian architecture and I don't know if Rennie Macintosh designed buildings in any other city, he may have done but I doubt there's many.
     
  21. Nick

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    Would like to go to the shetlands / really rural bits of Scotland. Seeing them on things like Countryfile and they look really nice.

    Not that fussed about city centres.
     
  22. Houchens Head

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    Have you ever been to the highlands, Nick? After leaving Glasgow, you then travel north on the A82 past Loch Lomond and then head on up to Glencoe and Fort William. Breathtaking scenery!
     
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    I’ve often thought that if I won the lottery I would buy a castle in Scotland or a nice townhouse in Edinburgh city centre
    Feck it I’ll buy them both
     
  24. Nick

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    Nope, never been to Scotland.
     
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    Did Skye this summer, really enjoyed it. Stopped off at ardgour on way Up, the ferry to the pub was lovely.

    Just don't expect to be alone at the cliched tourist spots on Skye...
     
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    Was she a porn star?

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    Back to the topic, those sort of places. Decent walks and a pub to go to after.
     
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    Done Scotland to death but never gets boring, work a lot in South Wales which is equally nice. went to North Wales about 6 months ago and that was stunning.
    Been to the North East a few times but that's been work and back to haven't really explored much. Also would like to go to Ireland (if that counts in this discussion)
     
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    It’s all pretty awful. Urban towns and dumps like Margate.

    Leeds castle is though very good.
     
  29. Otis

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    I wonder how many kids today think Leeds castle is in Leeds.

    To be honest, I bet 90% of them don't even know where Leeds is anyway.

    Said to my daughter this morning that she should be okay with the trains to Birmingham, as the problems with the high winds were mainly in the South West, North West, Scotland and Ireland.

    She replied with 'I thought Birmingham WAS in the North West'.

    She's top of her geography class at school.
     
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    Nick, you really should try to get there. Take the family off for a week. I swear they will love the place! Me and the missus took her elderly aunt for a week up there back in 2007. We stopped just a bit north of Carlisle in a B&B for the night to break the journey up and less driving the next day. We rented a cottage in Killin in Sterling. Fabulous cottage, fabulous village, fabulous holiday! A few pics attached...………
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    People used to think I was from Kent. Well, that's what they always seemed to mumble as they walked past me!
     
  32. Otis

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    It's always the weather that has put me off.

    Best bet I think for me would be to not book anything at all and then when there's a sustained bout of good weather, go up.
     
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    Not many cities in the UK have such a clear grid pattern either, it feels bit like New York in places.
     
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    If you segmented England into 4 quarters, Birmingham would probably be in the North West quarter tbf
     
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    Don't encourage her!!
     

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