The Lake district is very beautiful and pretty large, Windermere being the largest lake. We stopped there on our way to Scotland for a boat ride which was a nice break and also got to ride on an old steam train. We also made a quick snack stop in Grasmere to a very famous gingerbread place Grasmere Gingerbread, which I remember being pretty outstanding.
This is a great stop for Shakespeare fans. His birthplace is located in Stratford-upon-Avon and you can tour his house. The town of Coventry is also nearby which is worth a quick stop if you’re out that way to see the Coventry Cathedral ruins.
This is most known for the university which teaches classes in its old castle. Just a small, charming, friendly town I really enjoyed.
Chester used to be a Roman fortress and is a cool medieval town. In the old city, there is a main shopping district with 2-level covered arcades and Tudor-style buildings. Looks like the influence for Harry Potter Land at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. You can also take a side trip or pit stop to Ludlow Castle because why not see a castle on your way south towards Bristol or coming from the south on the way to Chester.
Another great place to stay or just to stop if making your way farther up north or going south towards London. No doubt another directly influence for Harry Potter Land at Universal Studios in Orlando.
Remains of the Roman Empire’s fortifications.
Just a stop along our tour route, but seemed like a popular place for bachelor/bachelorette parties and apparently those that like to dress up in costumes. There are many bars and restaurants along the river. It's a pretty major city so sure there is more to do there, but we only slept there for a night and moved on.
- Cost. At this point I wasn't keeping as detailed records as I do traveling now, but for budgeting purposes, I would say a good rule of thumb is about $5,000 for 2 weeks, which includes airfare. Obviously it totally depends on your travel style and where you visit, but this has been a pretty good target for several trips (on tours) to major European cities and expenses came out pretty close to that.