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Heading to the UK, Where Should I Go?

I am heading over to England next month for work and will be in Watchfield in Wiltshire (about 80 west of London). I have never been to England before. What are the "must see's and do's"? AND where should I go on my Land Rover pilgrimage? I think I may bring spare suitcase for parts.

Also looking for ideas on how to smuggle a 300tdi home in a suitcase
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Old February 5th, 2009, 06:02 PM
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Tower of London, The Torture Museum and Canterbury.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 06:11 PM
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I am heading over to England next month for work and will be in Watchfield in Wiltshire (about 80 west of London). I have never been to England before. What are the "must see's and do's"? AND where should I go on my Land Rover pilgrimage? I think I may bring spare suitcase for parts.

Also looking for ideas on how to smuggle a 300tdi home in a suitcase
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Old February 5th, 2009, 06:46 PM
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Try to find a cheap car rental place. There are tons of places that do week long rentals for under 50 pounds. Stonehenge is neat and fairly close to Bath, pretty fun place. I think you're within an hour to stonehenge. Castles all over the place, a ton about/within an hour of where you are. Depends on what you're into. Definitely drink as many different types of beer as you can and scotch if you're into that.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 06:55 PM
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its a good time to visit seeing as the £ is in the crapper as for where to visit your not far from stonehenge and some great country pubs.. could rent a landy and drive the byways around salisbury plain military range all in wiltshire..

give me a toot if you want to meet for a beer i'm in south wales a straight drive west along the M4 motorway from you

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Take the train to Solihull and take a tour.
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For LR stuff. Go to the factory and do Home of the Legend tour. You can set that up from this side of the pond. also do Eastnor castle LR Experience. Motoring museum at Gaydon while you are in Solihull area.
Also may want to take in the Dunsfold collection, check out the website before you leave.

As for tourist stuff London is a must see. Believe it or not if you take one of the open top double decker tour buses, you can really see a lot. BTW you buy a ticket for the day or half day and can hop on and off as you please. Great way to see lots of London for a first timer. Of course tons of museums in London all free.
Don't know if you are a shopper, but great shopping in Mayfair/Westminster area. All the famous streets Jermyn, Bond, Old Bond, Saville row, Regent, Piccadilly, and Oxford to name a few. All with good shopping.
If you like good cigars go to Davidoff on St James st, just off Picadilly or Dunhill is there too. If you are into hunting and fine guns of course Holland and Holland, Purdey, William Evans, etc all in Mayfair area.
Get a good street map with the Tube map so you can find your way. Don't be afraid to take a taxi from time to time. They are expensive but sometimes the best way and you get to see where you are going.
Just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. I make a list of the places I want to visit with the address etc, then easier to find.
If you plan on staying a couple of nights in London then I would go to Expedia or hotels.com and make a reservation from the USA, then it is priced in dollars usually much cheaper. Also I would stay somewhere centrally located so you can walk around, great fun. I know the Park Lane is running good deals right now and it is in the heart of Mayfair just down from the Ritz, near a Tube stop. Go to Expedia and you can find it. Obviously I am fond of LOndon/England so may have gotten carried away, sorry. Feel free to Pm or email if you have any questions though. Of course just being in Eng. is great for a LR lover you will see them everywhere.
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That would take several trips. You shuld go to gaydon and look up the history on all our trucks...



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I am heading over to England next month for work and will be in Watchfield in Wiltshire (about 80 west of London). I have never been to England before. What are the "must see's and do's"? AND where should I go on my Land Rover pilgrimage? I think I may bring spare suitcase for parts.

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You could always go by John Craddock and teach them some customer service skills for me
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look me up, I can bring some m8's to wiltshire and we can go off roading for a day. email me at julian@globallandrovers.f9.co.uk
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If you rent a car and drive in London, YOU MUST PAY THE CONGESTION CHARGES. I did rent a car and paid for the charges and then parked in a garage near my hotel for the night. In the morning I asked the parking attendent if I needed to pay again, he said no. The garage was on the corner and I drove 100 feet out of the garage to a stop light and then out of the congestion zone which ended at the intersection.

Two weeks after my return I recieved a bill for 85 pounds sterling for failing to pay the congestion charge for my 100 foot extraveganza.

Also when you return your rental and the east german woman says you have a "speck" on your windshield, don't shrug your shoulders and say "so". That is a whole nother story for a different day.
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don't bother renting a car in London. you can easily take the train into London and then get around via foot, taxi, the tube, or bus. no where to park, congestion charge, and they drive on the wrong side of the road, probably just have an accident! buy a one day travel card for the central London area it is much cheaper than buying a single ticket each time you take the tube. It is also good for bus travel. Buy the card after 9am or 10am cheaper that way because it is after the rush hour times, which are more expensive.
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if i can sort insurance i'll rent you a series 3 109
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Thanks for all the input guys! As my trip gets closer and my plans get locked in I'll revive the thread for further advice.
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I am heading over to England next month for work and will be in Watchfield in Wiltshire (about 80 west of London). I have never been to England before. What are the "must see's and do's"? AND where should I go on my Land Rover pilgrimage? I think I may bring spare suitcase for parts.

Also looking for ideas on how to smuggle a 300tdi home in a suitcase

Watchfield is about 3 miles away from my parents place (Bourton, near Shrivenham if you look at a map)

I take it you're at RMCS?

I live about 15 minutes away from there, so drop me a line when you're over. i should have the 110 finished by then so can take you out wheeling somewhere (plenty of byways in Wiltshire!)
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Watchfield is about 3 miles away from my parents place (Bourton, near Shrivenham if you look at a map)

I take it you're at RMCS?

I live about 15 minutes away from there, so drop me a line when you're over. i should have the 110 finished by then so can take you out wheeling somewhere (plenty of byways in Wiltshire!)
give me a bell too and i'll come down to join you.
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me too. can't promise i'll be around and the 90 will be getting a tdi soon so i may or may not be around. but it'd be fun.
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Okay, So I am going to jolly old England from March 9th to March 16th. I have the 12th (Thurs) to the 15th (Sun) to play. What can logically be seen within 4 days? I plan on doing London on Sunday as I am going to see Snow Patrol at the 02 Arena that night. So what else can be seen in the remaining three days? Is it logical to take the ferry over to Dublin for the day or an overnight? Are there any "must sees" in England besides Stonehenge that are within a resonable distance?

I will be starting off in Swindon. I don't think I'll have any time to hang with you Landy guys unless you want to come in to town on Monday or Tuesday for a pint.
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