Your Guide To Getting Around the UK: Travel Essentials

Cover Image: Ravens at the Tower by Bob Collowan/Commons/CC-BY-SA-4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome back to the Tudor History & Travel Show: Travel Essentials!

Travel Essentials is your go-to guide for your next Tudor trip. From the best places to visit, what to bring with you, or where to stop for a bite to eat, we share our top tips to help you plan your next Tudor outing. Today, we talk about the best ways of getting around the UK.

Summer is the perfect time to get out and about to indulge in lots of Tudor travel, and in this episode we give you the lowdown on what to consider when deciding the best mode of transport for getting around the UK. I’m joined by Philippa Brewell, from British History Tours as we let you know what to consider when travelling around London and elsewhere in the UK. You can tune in to listen to the episode here or click on the audio player below. Show notes follow, including all the links mentioned in this episode.

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Getting Around The UK: Travel Around London

Airports to Central London: If you’re visiting the UK from overseas, you’re likely to come into London via either Heathrow or Gatwick. Both of these airports have travel links to central London – the Heathrow Express is an underground service into west London, and the Gatwick Express offers an overground service into Victoria. These can be booked in advance via the TFL website. Check out the BritRail Pass if you’re thinking of using rail travel throughout your trip.

Tube/Underground: London’s below ground rail network offers economical travel across London. Made up of travel zones, you can pay per zone of travel or per journey using contactless payment.

Buses and Coaches: For long distances, we use coaches and for shorter, local distances, often across cities, we use buses. Make sure you know which stop you need for bus travel.

Thames Clipper: A commuter boat, the Thames Clipper offers transport across London, while allowing you to see the sights along the river as you go.

Taxi: Large, London bus and rail stations often have taxi ranks outside, so you can go and find a taxi for the next part of your journey. Smaller stations outside of London might not have taxi ranks, so we recommend checking beforehand and booking a taxi in advance if necessary. Taxis allow you to see the city’s sights as you travel, but they can be expensive. Black taxis charger per minute and Uber require you to pay a fixed price upfront for your journey.

For more information on transport in London and around the UK, my previous podcast notes for What Things Cost in the UK: Travel Essentials are here.

Getting Around The UK: Travel Outside of London

Coaches: Companies like Mega Buses offer very economical travel tickets, but be mindful of journey times as they can be lengthy.

Trains: More expensive than coaches, but offering a quicker journey, trains offer scenic, smooth journeys around the UK.

Car: For easy, flexible travel, cars are your best option.

Website for place or property: Look out for the visitor information on the website of the place you’re travelling to as there are lots of useful tips.

Getting Around The UK: Some Essential Links

Windsor Castle in the Spotlight

Historical fiction author, Tony Riches, joins us to talk about his recommended place to visit: Windsor Castle.

Tony’s podcast, website and blog are available at the links below:

The Tudor Travel Guide welcomed Tony Riches as a guest to today’s Tudor History and Travel Show. Tony is an author of historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, in Tudor Wales. On his journey from the beginning to the end of the Tudor period, Tony has written about the lives of key figures in medieval history. His Tudor Trilogy is an international bestseller, and he is described as having an ‘…incredible way of fleshing out historical characters, bringing them to life and dragging them smack into the present.’

Not To Be Missed! Tudor-Themed Events Coming Up…

Tudor Tales & Jousting

When: 28th and 29th July

Where: Hever Castle

Price: Included in normal admission price (adults from £15.85).

‘You are invited to step back in time and experience a living history display of what it was really like to live in Tudor England. Discover what life was like when English swordsmen ruled the battlefield, learn about the history of Tudor knights and cheer as men at arms battle it out in the arena, competing to prove their prowess. Wander among the tents and immerse yourself in medieval times as re-enactors demonstrate authentic Tudor crafts, basket making, alchemy, helbalism and games as well as play music on traditional instruments such as bagpipes and drums.’ Excerpt from Hever Castle website.

Click here for the Hever Castle website.

Tudor Day: This event has since been CANCELLED

When: Sunday 25th July

Where: Basing House

Price: Included in entry price (adults from £9)

‘Once the largest private house of the era, Basing House is the perfect place to embrace Tudor life. See King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in the Tudor ruins, marvel at the spectacular falconry display in the earthworks ground, learn about Tudor textiles skills like spinning and weaving with our textiles expert and have a go at natural dying.’ Excerpt from website.

Visit the Basing House website here.

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