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Advice Please. Where in the UK?

Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:57 pm
by Le Loup
Can anyone advise on where is the best place/s in the UK for decent museums, antique shops, second hand shops, second hand book shops, and Bed & Breakfast Accomidation? Yes I know this is asking a lot, but I thought that members here might be from all over and know the sort of thing I will be looking for.
My period of interest is 1700-1760 in the New World, born in England.
Living in New England Australia. Are there any other places/things/(People?) worth visiting in regards to my Living History Interests? I will be travelling with my wife.
Regards, Le Loup.
"Wychwood Forest" Armidale, New England, NSW Australia.

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:07 pm
by m300572
That is such a general query that its not possible to answer - can you refine your area of visiting a bit more?

As a general stab at it - accommoadation - just about everywhere has some decent b&bs - some have more than others and some have a good range.

Museums - define a decent museum? We have a stack of really good ones in Britain - start with the national collections in England, Scotland and Wales and work down from there.

Antique shops, bookshops and second hand bookshops - again most towns and cities of any size will have them - and occasionally even some small villages have made it their "trade mark" to fill the empty shops with specialist stores - Hay on Wye is the "book town".

How long have you got to see the country, are you looking to visit any family or any of the places your ancestral family lived?

If you post more detail you'll probably get someone who lives there that will fill you in.

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:42 pm
by John Waller
For museums it really depends on your interests but as m300572 said we have loads of good ones. Have a look at http://www.culture24.org.uk/home which may help you focus your ideas.

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:43 pm
by Mark P.
I suppose with such a general query the only reasonable general answer would be

London

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:26 pm
by Nigel
or York silly man

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:07 pm
by Mark P.
Nigel wrote:or York silly man
floods permitting

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:07 am
by sally
Bath might be worth a look, the Costume Museum there will have items from your period of interest, and its a pleasant day out generally.

London is probably essential though, especially if you have anything specific at places like the V&A that you wish to inspect. If you are hoping to go behind the scenes at any museum to look at reserve collections, the sooner you book time with a curator the better though, many are so busy they really need several months notice if at all possible

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:53 am
by wurzul
If you get far north enough, try Fort George,
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/pro ... t%20George

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:45 pm
by nix
got to say the ilse of wight, museums and statly homes