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Anonymous 06/29/14(Sun)22:16 UTC+1 No.865992 Report

Ok guys, i need your help.
I'm a 18 years old guy from Italy, and I was planning on going to the UK for a week or so in August.
What places would you suggest me to visit? Some people told me that London is an interesting city, but I'm also interested in visiting the country. I don't know where to go, so it'd be nice to hear your opinion, then i can start deciding a program (where to stay, etc.)
Some other info: i've never been outside my country on my own (in fact, I've been on my own in few, few places), I can speak english fairly well, and i'd like to keep my budget on 700-800€ tops (if needed, i can spend more, but i'd prefer not to).
Thanks
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Anonymous 06/29/14(Sun)23:00 UTC+1 No.866002 Report

Torbay. good beaches good night life. plenty of things to do, nice country side around the devon area and not too far from 2 major cities, and its where I live! there's plenty of other tourist here too in fact im hosting an Italian for the next 2 weeks
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Anonymous 06/29/14(Sun)23:18 UTC+1 No.866008 Report

Oxford, Bath, York, Cambridge, maybe Lincoln, maybe Winchester are among the more interesting historic cities, but it really depends what you're interested in. London certainly is interesting, there's so much there that I'd really advise you to decide what you want to see there and make a plan before you arrive...at least for some of the time. As in any country smaller towns often have more traditions and sense of place... but before suggesting those we'd need to know which parts of the country you're visiting
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Anonymous 06/29/14(Sun)23:43 UTC+1 No.866013 Report

>>866008
I really don't know which parts of the country i want to visit, really, everything's just new to me.
The idea of going to London is fascinating, though, I've heard good and bad things about it (like any big city in the world, actually) but it might be ideal for a first trip outside Italy, considering I at least know the language.
As for countryside and small towns, I might go there in the future: the mother of a girl i'm friends with is from Manchester, and the idea of visiting "unusual" places with her (the girl, not her mother) is nice.
What would you suggest me to visit in London, apart from the usual stuff like Big Ben?
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Anonymous 06/29/14(Sun)23:47 UTC+1 No.866016 Report

>>866002
Also, thanks for the input, but from your words it seems like Torbay would be mostly a place for vacation, and I'd prefer some place where i can "travel".
Keep in mind that I'm 18, so, in the twisted mentality people of my age have, this should be the trip that makes me stop being a "boy" and becoming a "man".
Or some shit like that, I don't know
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Anonymous 06/29/14(Sun)23:48 UTC+1 No.866017 Report

What about going to Scotland? Edinburgh is a beautiful town.
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Anonymous 06/30/14(Mon)00:03 UTC+1 No.866024 Report

>>866017
That's also a possibility.
How's the weather up there? Also, I heard people's accent makes it a bit more difficult to understand what one's saying, is this true? I assume this is probably something that you find in small towns and rural areas, right?
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Anonymous 06/30/14(Mon)00:23 UTC+1 No.866030 Report

>>866024
Indeed it rain all the time.
And sorry I'm not from UK and I was young when I visited Edinburgh. But you can see if you understand:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland
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Anonymous 06/30/14(Mon)04:51 UTC+1 No.866089 Report

Visit Hampshire,not too far from London. Combination of countryside,nice small desirable towns that represent the finest of England like Alresford and Hartley Witney, a historical Cathedral city (Winchester) and two decent large port cities (Southampton and Portsmouth). Theres even the New Forest in the West of the county if you like Donkeys and heathland.
The county is almost a microcosm of England,pretty much everything is represented in some way.
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Anonymous 06/30/14(Mon)07:30 UTC+1 No.866138 Report

>>866024

Edinburgh accent mostly fairly comprehensible I'd say. Glasgow accent (or anywhere substantially further north) very much less so.
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Anonymous 06/30/14(Mon)19:26 UTC+1 No.866320 Report

>>866013

London is great, but it is absolutely, ludicrously, expensive - and to be honest if you were looking you'd have found cheaper places to stay by booking well in advance, rather than just a few weeks before. I;d say it would warrant a trip all to itself. You could also save money by buying train tickets in advance (from www.nationalrail.co.uk) - but, again, you've probably left it too late for the best bargains: our cheap train tickets (which you have to buy in advance) are the cheapest in Europe, but our most expensive are the most expensive...

As for "what to see in London": what are you interested in? There's so much there, without some guidelines it's difficult to know where to start....
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Anonymous 06/30/14(Mon)19:36 UTC+1 No.866323 Report

The nicest cities in the UK are generally the medium-sized ones that have been centres of power/religion since before the 18th century: Bath, Oxford, Winchester, Cheltenham, Cambridge, Canterbury, York, Edinburgh. Most of those places possess a cathedral, a great university, or both.

Then there are the industrial cities that exploded predominantly in the 19th century: Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, etc. Of those I think Bristol and Leeds are two of the coolest. But you could just spend more time in London and then pick 2-3 historical towns.

I'd say Bath, Oxford, and York are all must-do (two of them at least, anyway). Edinburgh great but you might not head that far north.
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Anonymous 06/30/14(Mon)21:59 UTC+1 No.866366 Report

>>866320
Really, guys, I have pretty much no guidelines or you.
I'm young, stupid, pretty in shape and looking for an "adventure", so as long as it doesn't cost me a one month salary i can go pretty much everywhere.
One thing I'd like to add is that I'm not planning on visiting a lot of museums. I will probably visit a couple of the major ones, but I don't plan on going to a museum or two every day of my stay.

What I'm really interested in is what YOU would visit if you were a foreigner going to the UK for the first time.

Anyway, thanks for the help everybody, you are being very kind and helpful and your input is much appreciated. To repay you, I might start a thread about visiting Italy if anyone's interested.
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