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UK trip planning tips
Connecticut, United States
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 11:25 PM UTC
I am starting to plan a trip to the UK. Other than Bovington, what armor/military destinations would be recommended? I will traveling my loved one (in this case she's my wife) so I'll have to keep it to a few destinations. Plan right now calls for two weeks in England, a week or two in Scotland and I'd like to see Wales also. Too ambitious?
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 11:58 PM UTC
Last time we went we stayed in Salisbury, from there you can go to the Fleet Arm museum in Yeovil and there is the Army Flying museum outside of Salisbury. And for the misses there is the Salisbury Cathederal and Old Sarum castle ruin. All very cool.
Wisconsin, United States
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015 - 12:38 AM UTC
Hi Jeffrey,
I enjoyed my visit to RAF Duxford, LOTS of aircraft and a couple of armor pieces. The castle in Edinburgh, they shoot off a 25 pounder at noon. Never made the Imperial War Museum. I figured that there would be a next trip. It just hasn't happened yet. A little normal touristy things : If you are staying in or near London a trip to Bath is recommended. Warrick Castle/ Stratford on Avon, crowds should be down by now.
ALWAYS, check time and dates to make sure the attraction you want to see is open. In my travel more than once I've been burned by that one.
You & the misses have a lot of fun, eat food that you've never tried before and try the local brews too !

England - North West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015 - 03:16 PM UTC
Bearing in mind 'with the loved one', a side visit to the castle museum in York is spectacula, as would be the royal armouries in Leeds.
both venues are of interest to whole families, and get you brownie points, please have a google.
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015 - 05:39 PM UTC
Hi Jeff
In Scotland as stated Edinburgh castle is superb, and RE: the gun? If you walk down princes street when it goes off watch the locals....they always check their watches. True. Anyway there is also Stirling castle too.....sometimes overlooked in favour of Edinburgh, but is just as spectacular and....they just did some referb work on some of the items there, well worth a look. There is East Fortune air museum down the east coast from Edinburgh (about an hour) and Concorde is there as well as loads of old commercial and military aircraft. The big hanger has Lightning,Tornado,Harrier,Phantom to name a few. Then there are the distilleries lol. If you or the family are whiskey people then this is a must. There are a lot dotted about Scotland that do tours.....and you get a free dram. If you land at Edinburgh airport mind and check out the Spitfire, it is a replica built to salute the aircraft and Pilots that fought and flew in the 2nd world war and were based at RAF Turnhouse (that is Edinburgh airport now).
Hope you enjoy your trip and I am sure you will get a warm welcome from us Brits.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain / Espaņa
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015 - 07:21 PM UTC
The Imperial War Museum is worth a visit, there is a bit of everything.

And if you are staying in London, do not forget the bookshops. Foyles at Charing Cross Road had a section on Military books that was bigger than many bookshops I have visited. That was shortly after the bronze age... not sure if it has changed since then :-)
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015 - 10:59 PM UTC
While in the West Country, you could head over to Cobbatton, where Preston Isaacs has a decent collection of vehicles and militaria, although you will need a car as it is off the beaten track. IWM Duxford has a good stash of kit in the Land Wafare Hall, as well as some wingy stuff, while up in Norfolk there is the Norfolk Tank Museum and on the north Norfolk coast is a private collection whose name I will remember as soon as I hit 'post'.... Muckleburgh!

There is also the RE museum in Chatham and the RA one in Woolwich, although it is a few years since I've been to either. Plus others obviously.

You could easily fill two weeks and more on military museums but the family may become a little less enthusiastic......
England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015 - 11:28 PM UTC
The two museums not to be missed IMHO are

Bovington Tank Museum

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Don't leave yourself short on time in either there is a lot to see