This trip in 2009 to the United Kingdom was seeded by a cousin's wedding in London. With that incentive to visit the UK, my siblings and I decided to take advantage of the chance to tour the country too, with the wedding sandwiched somewhere in the middle of our tour. And so began trip planning.
The resulting itinerary was a two week whirlwind tour where we started from London and went counter-clockwise around the United Kingdom, visiting many different places in England, Scotland and Wales. We probably tried to see too much in such a short amount of time. We had to make some last minute adjustments to the plan too (see Part 3), but that made the trip even more interesting.
The United Kingdom is a lovely country with a fantastic variety of things to do and see. Scattered throughout the country are many cathedrals, churches, castles, historic landmarks and beautiful natural areas. The amount of accumulated history is impressive. Then there is London itself, which in some ways stands out from the rest of the country for the megatropolis that it is, while also hosting a large collection of history too. And I have to mention the large number of sheep there, which makes the UK just that much more adorable.
The beginning of the trip had us landing in London, from where we promptly took off to the east towards Canterbury. There we would see our first of many cathedrals: Canterbury Cathedral. What followed were more cathedrals with York Minster and Durham Cathedral. York Minster was definitely a pretty cool one to visit.
Part 1 — Eastern EnglandPart 2
Durham & Newcastle upon Tyne
We arrived pretty late in Newcastle upon Tyne. After scrambling to find dinner, we did some late evening touring of the city and took in the night sights of the river. We didn't explore further the next day as we were headed further north.