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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
One of the best "things to do" at Cambridge is simply walking around the different colleges. I suggest you begin at the Round Church on Bridge Street, as from here you can embark on a stroll south along the most famous colleges. The Round Church is the second oldest building in Cambridge; dating back to 1130 when the Normans settled here from France. Just south of the Round Church is Sidney Sussex College, where Oliver Cromwell's head is said to be buried about two blocks from the Magic Joke Shop on Bridge Street. The rest of this walking tour proceeds south on St. John's Street. Note that this street will change names twice as you pass Trinity College and King's College before becoming Trumpington Street in front of Pembroke College. When you approach a college, you will see a person wearing purple standing at the entrance gate. The purple people are porters; trolls who seek tolls from tourists. When they ask you "Are you a member of the college?" the secret password is "Yes" as long as you are dressed like a preppy student or look like a professor. I wore a black pants and big wooly sweater on the day of my walk in anticipation of having a gauntlet of portentous porters inquire about my membership status. Highlights of the tour include the Bridge of Sighs at St. John's and the Mathematical Bridge at Queen's College. Each time you infiltrate past a porter you will want to see how far west you can go toward "The Backs" in order to see more of the magnificent architecture. For example, the King's College Chapel is best seen from behind. You can end your tour with a right turn at Mill Lane and a meal at Dojo Noodle Bar or continue south to Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street.
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Colchester, England, United Kingdom
Colchester zoo is amazing, the elephant feeding time is the best!
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Saint Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
Best time to go is during the British Open Golf Championship. Book accommodation well in advance though.
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Windsor, England, United Kingdom
Make sure to check out Windsor Castle. The royal jewels that were taken from India, during the reign of Queen Victoria, are on display in the Castle museum. It is a vast and beautiful collection. The mote, which was once filled with water, is now a beautiful flower garden. We had the best time in there, it was so very serene! All together, the highlight of the city is the castle. And if you are lucky, you might be there when the royal family is! Just check to see if the royal flag is waving above the family quarters of the castle!
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North Berwick, Scotland, United Kingdom
Dont waste your time at the Seabird Centre. The best way to see the birds is to hang around near the water for a while where you might see some puffins playing nearby.
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London, England, United Kingdom
London is really expensive from wherever you come from. I always carried wet ones to wash my hands before eating, also for the population there is way to little public toilets.
Keep an eye out for the golden arches (Mc donalds) where you may still have to buy something small to use the toilet. Or you can try for the Special, a Mc Shit with lies !
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Smart City Hostel. Stayed there for a few days before christmas. Clean rooms, comfy beds, nice hot showers, clean toilets (only shared with whoever you share your room with!) and lockers. Basic but for a base to explore Edinburgh its a gem and a bargain gem at that. Its 15 minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle, 20 minutes walk from Holyrood House and Dynamic Earth, and 10 to 15 minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.
And as a plus you can get a good, hearty, cooked breakfast with tea and toast for £3.50. Cheap considering a cafe around the corner wanted £7 for something similar
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London, England, United Kingdom
Enkele jaren geleden met een ex-mede-studentje 5 dagen naar Londen geweest. En ook al ben ik geen stadsmens... Londen is echt wel zalig.

We hadden een zeer goedkoop 2 sterren hotel via het internet geboekt en tickets gaan halen voor de eurostar. De naam van het hotel ben ik intussen al kwijt maar het lag op enkele minuten wandelen van Hyde Park. Geen luxe (douche en toilet op de gang, een zeer klein bedje dat al ettelijke jaren geleden een nieuwe matras had moeten krijgen,...) maar genoeg om plezier te maken en iets of wat de nachten door te brengen.

Aangezien we nog studentjes waren was het wel een zware pas-op-voor -de-centjes-verlof. Minstens een keer per dag een hamburger, want dat was tenminste te betalen...
Voor de rest heel veel gezien, heel veel gewandeld (bij een opstoot van gierigheid bij het zien van de prijs voor de metro) en natuurlijk ongelofelijk veel gelachen.

Ook al is Londen niet echt goedkoop en vragen ze vaak hoge prijzen om iets te bezichtigen. Iets wat je zeker moet gaan bekijken is Madame Tussauds. 1 of 2 uur voor sluitingstijd krijg je een mooie korting en heb je nog ruim voldoende de tijd om alles te zien.
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
If going out looking for gay clubs in Glasgow, you don't have much choice really. The polo lounge is about it when it comes to clubs, music's good 3 rooms with 3 different genres. Atmosphere is ok, just be careful of who you talk to, lesbians can be a bit clique. Toilets are terrible, so if you can't hold it in don't sit down!! Alcohol is reasonably priced for a club.

As for bars, Delmonicas, next door, is good. Just been refurbished, has quiz nights and good promos. Candy bar and the waterloo bar are good. Waterloo is a much older crowd and The candy br is pretty modern.
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London, England, United Kingdom
Be sure to always carry out some coins.

I found that in england often you need more coins than notes, for things like buses and public toilets
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Alfriston, England, United Kingdom
Chestnuts Tea Room
We welcome you for morning coffee, lunches, afternoon teas, bed breakfast, traditional Sunday lunches and most of all, a friendly atmosphere in a beautiful village! All food is home-made. Telephone: 01323 870298 Dacres
A beautiful country cottage located within picturesque gardens and environs. Bed Breakfast / Self Catering. Telephone: 01323 870447 Danny Cottage
Danny Cottage is a lovely 16th century thatched cottage located in the picturesque and historic village of Alfriston in East Sussex, England. Danny Cottage is a self catering cottage and is available for weekly or longer-term rentals throughout the year. It is one of the most popular cottages in the south of England Telephone: 01323 870406
Email: contact@dannycottage.co.uk Deans Place Hotel
Traditional country house hotel sits handsomely in its own 4 acres of gardens with the beautiful Sussex Downs as its backdrop. Available for accommodation, restaurant and weddings. Telephone: 01323 870248
Email: mail@deansplacehotel.co.uk The George Inn
The George is exactly what you would expect and want form an 'Old English Inn.' First licensed in 1397, it sits in the heart of this beautiful Downland Conservation. The emphasis at The George is on relaxation..... Great food, well kept beers, a super wine list and a friendly welcome await. Visit www.thegeorge-alfriston.com Telephone: 01323 870319
Email: info@thegeorge-alfriston.com Pleasant Rise Farm
Gloriously located on the edge of the historic village of Alfriston, adjoining the South Downs Way. With ample parking, only five minutes walk from the centre of Alfriston. All rooms are attractively furnished with en-suite and private bathrooms available, and all have stunning views. Traditional cooked English breakfast is on the menu together with vegetarian and continental options. For the more energetic, both tennis and badminton are available on-site, there are indoor and outdoor courts, plus a club room for social events. Stabling is also available. Telephone: 01323 870545
Email: ray@pleasant-rise-farm.co.uk Riverdale House
Charming family run guest house located at the edge of Alfriston, with four recently renovated rooms and an emphasis on great hospitality. The house is situated in a very peaceful location surrounded by fields and enjoys breathtaking views across the Cuckmere valley and the South Downs. For more information visit our website, www.riverdalehouse.co.uk or contact Rory and Pippa Menzies. Telephone: 01323 871038
Email: info@riverdalehouse.co.uk Rose Cottage
Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a period country house, in a picture book village on the South Downs Way. Telephone: 01323 871534 The Star Inn
Built during the 13th century, The Star Inn offers extensive and varied accommodation. Guests can enjoy substantial lunches, evening meals, or a traditional Sunday lunch. Telephone: 01323 870495
Email: bookings@star-inn-alfriston.com Wingrove House
Now restored to its former glory following six months of extensive renovations, Wingrove House has opened as a restaurant with a separate bar. It also has five beautifully appointed bedrooms and a private dining room seating 12 people. Telephone: 01323 870276
Email: info@wingrovehousehotel.com Wychmount House Bed and Breakfast
Bill and Fran Wates welcome you to Wychmount House Bed and Breakfast. We are situated on the South Downs Way, 2 minutes from the centre of the village (grid ref.TQ519030). We have ample parking, secure bike storage and drying facilities for walkers. Homemade cake and a cup of tea on arrival is proving popular! We have a family and a single room. View the website at www.wychmounthouse.co.uk Telephone: 01323 871088
Email: franwates@btinternet.com YHA Alfriston
Enjoy the Tudor beamed lounge and walled garden of this friendly Youth Hostel with comfortable facilities. Tasty, good value meals and family bunkrooms available. Telephone, or visit www.yha.org.uk Telephone: 01323 870423
Email: alfriston@yha.org.uk
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London, England, United Kingdom
I spent there few days, but very excited time indeed!!! To find the best place to stay look at www.hospitalityclub.org and www.couchsurfing.com Before You get to Natural History Museum, must first go at Greenwich and Marine Museum! If you're lucky to have sunny day then Thame sparkling like blue ribbon not awful grey water :-( About sighseeing.. oh there is so much to see and visit!!! Every corner in Old London has so much buildings to photograph if you're pro or armatour :-) Buses, telephone boxes, metro sighs.. Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben.. yeah many many more! Walking is hard but I enjoyed it, so many cultures over there, faces like you were on all of the world's sides! One of the best time to go is on the Halloween, i was there then and believe me people there gets so mad and crazy haha! Especially about Harry Potter :-) The best to get as souvenir.. hmm i think the cup, with the flag of Great Britain on it, i have one and got few for my friends and they still do remember i was there and fall in love with :-)
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Pilton, England, United Kingdom
Standard village stuff, pub, shop, Post Office, oh, and the largest music festival in Europe.
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Hassocks, England, United Kingdom
climb up the hills to the windmills - or go to the pub. otherwise, there's not too much to do. i think there's one public internet terminal (besides the library) and it was broken when we went there.
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Monyash, England, United Kingdom
A small attractive village in the Peak District with a great pub, and some stunning circular walks through upland limestone scenery, one of the best being through Lathkill Dale. The routes for several walks can be found on the internet.
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Aberdyfi, Wales, United Kingdom
The beach is pretty good for taking photos not very many shops but close to aberstywth for that
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London, England, United Kingdom
Best suite I ever stayed in: Presidential Suite at Brown's Hotel, complete with a photo of Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill yukking it up.
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Durham, England, United Kingdom
Good for those interested in history, old buildings, photography, pub crawls and getting away from the bigger cities.
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Stratford-upon-Avon, England, United Kingdom
Be sure to see a play! You can't go to Stratford and *not* see a play. Even if you don't like Shakespeare, it's all about the experience. And if there's a particular performer you enjoyed in the show, wait at the stage door for an autograph and photo op. Most actors are quite gracious about this, and celebrity encounters are not as sought-after in the UK, so there's a slim chance you'll end up missing out because of a big crowd. Have your Sharpie with you!
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Okehampton, England, United Kingdom
The Tourist Info Office has some great accom listings on their window front. They include ph no.s and photos
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Anyone interested in beer and ale shoud definately go to Edinburgh (or anywhere in Scotland) to try a few good pints of this yellow/brownish/black drink! During my time there I found some very tasty ones. Wasn't even that fond of beer before I got to Edinburgh.

Some local goodies are:

BELHAVENS BEST (Mmmm!!!)
Based just thirty miles east of Edinburgh in the coastal town of Dunbar, Belhaven Brewery is the largest regional brewer in Scotland.
The beers:
Best
Best Extra Cold
St. Andrews Ale
80 Shilling

CALEDONIAN 80 (YUM!!!)
The sole survivor of 40 or more breweries in Edinburgh is the Caledonian Brewery.
The beers:
Deuchars IPA
Caledonian 80
Caledonian XPA
Golden Promise (the 1st organically brewed beer)

MCEWAN'S 80
This fine ale used to be brewed in the heart of Edinburgh but closed in late 2004. Building still stands in Fountainbridge.
The beers (still available at some pubs)
80's
70's
DOMNHUL DUBH
McCowan's brewhouse Edinburgh. Started in December 1999, owned by Scottish Courage. According to a member of the bar staff it ceased brewing at the end of May 2003 but restarted brewing in spring 2004.
The beers
Arctic Stout
Alexander's strong ale
Auld summer shiner
IPA
Millennium ale
Domnhul dubh
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
EDINBURGH CASTLE

Castle Rock is where Edinburgh began. Much damaged and often changing hands in the long and punishing wars of independence against England, Edinburgh Castle began to assume its present appearance in 1356.

In the fifteenth century King James III began using the Castle as an ordnance factory - which must have dramatically reduced its desirability as a residence! It was sacked for the last time in 1573, falling to the English after Mary Queen of Scots was brought down. (Her son, King James IV, was born in Edinburgh Castle. He later reunited the crowns of Scotland and England as James VI of Scotland and I of England.
Repaired and strengthened, the Castle became an even more formidable fortress, resisting all major assaults until 1745.

In 1753 began the construction of the esplanade, the ceremonial parade ground in front of the Castle where the Tattoo now takes place. Sixty years later the esplanade was broadened and prettified with walls and railings, the Castle's function as a fortress had ended.

The Castle remains the headquarters of the 52nd Infantry Brigade and houses several regimental headquarters. It is home to a number of military museums and contains the Scottish National War Memorial.
Members of the Royal Artillery fire the famous one O'Clock gun at Edinburgh Castle. It is Britain's second most popular tourist attraction and rises magnificently each year to the occasion of the Tattoo. All its atmosphere, power and majesty affirm that this was the proudest and mightiest fortress in the land, a residence and stronghold of kings.
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
BURN'S NIGHT

Each year on January 25, the great man's presumed birthday, Scots everywhere take time out to honour a national icon. Whether it's a full-blown Burns Supper or a quiet night of reading poetry, Burns Night is a night for all Scots.

Burns Night Supper
The Burns Supper is an institution of Scottish life, a night to celebrate the life and genius of the national Bard. Suppers can be everything from an informal gathering of friends to a huge, formal dinner full of pomp and circumstance. This running order covers all the key elements you need to plan and structure a Burns Supper that suits your intentions. For more info:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/hi story/burnsnight/suppers/index.sh tml

Who was Robert Burns then?
Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in the village of Alloway near Ayr. He came from a relatively poor, tenant-farmer background, although he received a good education and read avidly as a youngster. It is during his years as a teenager and young man working on farms that he developed some of the passions that would colour the rest of his life - poetry, nature, women and drink.
Fame, but not necessarily fortune, followed in the wake of Burns’s first publication: "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" (Kilmarnock Edition). The collection contains many of his best loved poems, including "The Cotter’s Saturday Night", "To a Mouse" and "To a Louse".

Burns’s poetry at this time chopped and changed between English and Scots and this perhaps reflected his own ambivalent feelings towards the Edinburgh bourgeoisie. It was on his return to farming near Dumfries in 1788 that he penned his masterpiece in the Scots vernacular, "Tam O’Shanter" (1790).

In 1795 he sent his publisher "For a’ that and a’ that", a song which vocalised his support for the political radicalism which was beginning to infiltrate British society, especially through Thomas Paine’s controversial work, "The Rights of Man".
The Bard should always be seen in his national context: as the champion of the underdog in an underdog country.
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London, England, United Kingdom
Camden market is great place to visit! (especially for rock genre fans) beware of the shop with lots of flags outside they like to trap potential customers (just say you have no money)
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Hammersmith, England, United Kingdom
Bring some local currency and a visa debit card. Avoid changing money its more hassle than its worth. A visa debit card will work in almost any atm around the world
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London, England, United Kingdom
cosmopolitan and full of life!!
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London, England, United Kingdom
Buy a travel card - it will save a few quid when getting about.
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London, England, United Kingdom
My favourite city in the whole world - even though I live there - beautiful buildings - St Pauls Cathedral, Big Ben, Tower Bridge - Magical - Day or Night Dont go shopping in Oxford street though... too many people People watching over a cup of coffee in Covent Garden is great fun though
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Saint Kilda, Scotland, United Kingdom
The archipelago of St Kilda, the remotest part of the British Isles, lies 41 miles (66 kilometres) west of Benbecula in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Its islands with their exceptional cliffs and sea stacs form the most important seabird breeding station in north-west Europe. The evacuation of its native population in 1930 brought to a close an extraordinary story of survival. This site tells that story and also explains activities taking place today in this unique archipelago. Today, three organisations, The National Trust for Scotland , Scottish Natural Heritage and the MoD, work in partnership to further a continuing programme of conservation and research on the islands to ensure the care and protection of this World Heritage Site .

St Kilda was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1986 in recognition of its Natural Heritage; for its exceptional natural beauty and for the significant natural habitats that it supports. In July 2004 this was extended to include the surrounding marine environment. In July 2005 further recognition for the islands cultural heritage was awarded making it one of only a few places in the world with Dual World Heritage Status for both its natural and cultural significance. In order to achieve this additional World Heritage Status, the Scottish Executive presented a revised nomination to UNESCO in February 2003 seeking further inscription under the Natural Heritage and Cultural Landscapes categories in recognition of the outstanding heritage in the waters surrounding the islands and the unique example of Scottish history and culture that the islands represent. You can read further information about the revised bid, and find a link to the entire Nomination document on the Nomination page . http://www.kilda.org.uk/
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Benbecula, Scotland, United Kingdom
Dress up warm, it gets very wet and very windy.
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