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Old 08-26-2008, 07:17 AM
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Hey there brit members! My wife and I are thinking pretty seriously of visiting England in 2012. (Not for the Olymics, but possibly to take advantage of some of the travel specials that will probably be available that year...) The question we have is: what's the best time to visit? When is your country at it's most beautiful, and not overloaded with tourists?
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:12 AM
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British weather is notoriously unpredictable I'm afraid! There are good summers and there are very wet summers, it's really just you're luck!

Having been down to the Southeast of the country a couple times it is generally milder over the summer than the more Northerly parts where I live. It can be very pleasant into October even. 2012 will obviously increase the tourist numbers but I think they are usually stable. They have declined in recent years due to things like the world economy, world events etc but that's a likely blip over the long term.

Do what I do - pick your time and then cross your fingers for sunshine! Lol!
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British weather is notoriously unpredictable I'm afraid! There are good summers and there are very wet summers, it's really just you're luck!

Having been down to the Southeast of the country a couple times it is generally milder over the summer than the more Northerly parts where I live. It can be very pleasant into October even. 2012 will obviously increase the tourist numbers but I think they are usually stable. They have declined in recent years due to things like the world economy, world events etc but that's a likely blip over the long term.

Do what I do - pick your time and then cross your fingers for sunshine! Lol!
Or you can get a tan stading in the rains...lol...

Sorry, been to the UK more than a few times.
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:15 AM
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:04 PM
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Hi Fanwriter

Im afraid the previous posts were are correct. The British weather is notoriously unpredicatble. There are some stunning parts of this country which im sure you will enjoy. Generally speaking i'd say from June to August would be the warmest although and when flowers/trees are in full bloom. These are the longest days too. It wont get dark til about 9.30pm After that the nights start drawing in again. September can be a lovely month too. In winter months (Oct- March) the nights are very early getting dark about 4.30-5pm.

What part of the United Kigdom are you planning to visit?

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Old 08-26-2008, 01:31 PM
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I would recommend the South West of England around September the scenery is spectacular and the tourists have all gone home, visit Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.
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Besides, you haven't truly visited England unless you get rained on at least a little bit!

Wherever you go, enjoy the trip. Fantastic country (countries!) to see there: I went once on a family trip in late summer, visiting England, Scotland and some of France.

You have plenty of time to research it, so all I can suggest is learn what you'd like to see, what interests you, and try to get as much variety of areas as you can visit. London isn't England alone, just as visiting Hollywood isn't seeing the US (or even California).

Try to meet as many locals as you can to sample the flavor of the country, in accents, attitudes, lifestyles. Fantastic, lovely people await you on your visit, so I hope you can seek them out.
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I've always enjoyed my visits to the UK in the early summer, and early fall.
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Some good advice here. Thanks for the kind comments about the United Kingdom guys. Its heartwarmimg :0) that you have had positive experiences here. There are some lovely parts of the British Isles and i agree dont just go to London (though it is a truly wonderful place). Try and see other parts of Britain too like Scotland, Wales and other parts of England like Cornwall, Devon and the lake district in the north of England. Breathtaking scenery.

Northern Ireland is a far different place now than it was 30 years ago and its a place thats on the way up again. There is such a rich diversity of accents and cultures accross the whole nation, it would ba a bit of a shame if you just stayed in London.

likewise, i have had fantastic trips to the USA having been to new England, Boston, Florida, and toured California for 3 weeks on my honeymoon. what wonderful experiences they were. i met so many friendly people and there is a real sense of freedom there i think. It the one place ive been to in the world when i would like to live other than Great Britain. I felt really comfortable and at home there - and the weather was better too!!

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Well said Starbase Britain!
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