Travel in Britain
Places to Stay
Plan ahead and have reservations. Budget places fill up fast! This is especially the case in London, which is an extremely popular destination, and in Scotland, where there aren't nearly as many places to stay and many places outside Edinburgh and Glasgow are only open for part of the year.
|Bath||Bath Backpackers — 13 Pierrepont Street Bath, Avon, BA1 1LA, +44-(0)1225-446-787|
No budget accommodation
beyond a fairly institutional youth hostel:
Cambridge YH — 97 Tenison Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2DN, +44-(0)870-770-5742
|Glastonbury||Glastonbury Backpackers — 4 Market Place, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9HD, +44-(0)1458-833-353|
Along the best part of the wall, midway between
Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle.
Take a train from Newcastle to Bardon Mill,
and then walk a few kilometers.
Presumably you're going there to hike along
Hadrian's Wall, so you should already
have an OS map...
Twice Brewed Inn — Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7AN, +44-(0)1434-344-534, GPS: NY 7510 6688.
is an old hotel well
past its prime now operating partly as a hostel,
or at least with shared rooms. —
143 Strand, London WC2 R1JA,
Safestay is a new place, I haven't stayed there.
|Oxford||Oxford Backpackers — 9a Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EW, +44-(0)1865-721-761, GPS SP 5080 0630|
|Salisbury||Salisbury YH — Milford Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2QW, +44-(0)1722-327-572|
|York||Safestay — Micklegate House, 88-90 Micklegate, York, +44-(0)1904-627-720|
Castle Rock Backpackers
— My favorite place in Edinburgh —
15 Johnston Terrace,
Edinburgh EH1 2PW,
If they're full, I've also stayed at Edinburgh Backpackers — 65 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BU, +44-(0)131-220-2200
Not as nice, but OK in a pinch: Brodies — 93 High St, +44-(0)131-55-622-23
|Fort William||Fort William Backpackers — Alma Road, Fort William, PH33 6BH, +44-(0)1397-700-711|
|Isle of Skye||Skye Backpackers — Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, IV41 8PH, +44-(0)1599-534-510|
|Stromness, Orkney Islands||Brown's Hostel — 45-47 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3BS, +44-(0)1856-850-661, +44-(0)1856-851-780 fax|
UK telephone numbers —
From outside the UK: international-access-code
From a different city in the UK:
From the same city in the UK:
Ask the man in Seat 61 for all details on UK train travel.
|All Rail and Tube Maps|
|National Rail||Railway maps|
I have generally been very happy with the Lonely Planet guide books, at least for logistical details of how to get around and where to stay. They have a pretty good overview of what the important things are to see.
However, as someone who speaks Colonial English, I find some of the Lonely Planet content a little hard to follow, what with their descriptions of places as "rather twee" and "cluttered with a lot of naff pikes" and other British slang.
Also, when I first bought a Lonely Planet book for a trip to Japan in 1992, they were definitely for the independent traveler. Now they are far more upscale. I have read that their current accommodations coverage is intentionally only about 20% budget, 20% ultra-expensive, and 60% medium to fairly expensive.