Vacations To Go


London to Edinburgh

Day 1    
  Depart: Spokane

Day 2    
  Arrive: London Heathrow
    (Uber or take the Piccadilly tube to South Kensington Station. Get off and take the District/Upminster or Central/Hammersmith line two stops to Victoria Station. Go out past the Starbucks Coffee shop onto Hudon's Pl/Double Tree Hotel. Look to your right for St. George Tavern. Continue past it on the left side of the street. Hotel is on the left side of the street.)
  Check-in Cherry Court
23 Hugh St
London SW1V 1QJ
    (Walk back to Victoria Station. Catch the Ealing Broadway, Richmond, Wimbledon or Edgware Road 2 stops to South Kensington. Turn right on Cromwell Pl. Museum is at the end.)
1:00 p.m.   Natural History Museum (10-5:30) Buy Tickets
    (Go left to Exhibition Rd and turn right. Take the 1st right on Cromwell Rd. Walk 2 blocks to Gloucester Rd. Turn left to Gloucester Rd station. Take Cockfosters one stop to South Kensington. Take Upminster 2 stops to Victoria Station.)
    (Go to Victoria Station. Take the Circle line/Edgware Road to Notting Hill Gate. Get off and take the Central Line/Epping one stop. Go out to Bayswater Rd. Turn right and an immediate left on the path through the park. Pass the playground. The entrance is by Queen Victoria's statue.)
1:00 p.m.  
Kensington Palace 16 pounds/12.80 Senior (10-4 Wed-Sun) Tickets
Displays-Victoria: Royal Childhood, King's State Apartments, Queen's State Apartments, The Jewel Room, King's Staircase, King's Gallery, Kensington Palace Gardens, Sunken Garden
    (Go left on Kensington Palace Gardens to Kensington Gore. Turn right to High Street Kensington. Take Upminster 4 stops to Victoria.)
    (Turn right on Hughes. Take the first right on A3213. Take the first left on Gillingham St. Take the 2nd right on Wilton. On the left.)
  Do: Dinner-Loco Mexicano
    (Go back right on Wilton. Turn left on Gillingham St. Turn right on A3213. In one block go left on Hughes.)
  Lodge: Cherry Court
23 Hugh St
London SW1V 1QJ
$110 (Dbl and Twin-Ground floor)
$110 (Dbl and Twin-Lower floor)
$135 (Dbl and 3 Twin-Lower floor)
(AC, Free Wifi, Breakfast-fruit, juice, biscuits/cookies and cereal/granola bars)


Day 3    
9:00 a.m. Depart: Hotel
    (Take the District-Upminster or Central-Hammersmith two stops to Westminster.)
Parliament and Big Ben
Built 1097 and 1843
 9:30 a.m.-
10:00 a.m.

Westminster Abbey (9:30-3:30) £25/ £22 65+ Tickets
Built 960AD, includes cloisters, college garden, chapter house and the Pyx Chamber
St Margaret's Church (9:30-12:30)
Cellarium Cafe and Terrace (8-4)
Abbey Shop (9:15-5:30)

10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.   The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries (10-3) £4.50 Tickets
    (From Tower Hill take the Upminster or Hammersmith to Tower Hill-7 stops. Walk out to the road and turn left. Go around Trinity Square Gardens to the left. Go straight ahead to the entrance in front of the tickets.)
  Do: Lunch-New Armouries Cafe (9:30-5)
 12:30 p.m.  
Tower of London (9-5:30) £29.90/£24.00 65+ pounds Tickets
Built 1078
    (Go out on the River Thames side. Turn right on Thames St. At the junction go right on Monument St. Take the 1st right on Botolphn Ln. At Nando's Lime St go left. .6 miles/12 minutes)
Dinner- Leadenhall Market (Until 10)
    (Turn right on Lime St. Take the next right on Fenchurch St. Take the next left on A10. The road will curve right to the Monument Tube. Take Ealing Broadway, Richmond or Edgware Rd 8 stops to Victoria Station.)
  Lodge: Cherry Court
(AC, Free Wifi, Breakfast-fruit, juice, biscuits/cookies and cereal/granola bars)


Day 4    
Optional Tour:    
7:30 a.m.   (Walk to Victoria Station. Meet at 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London, SW1W 9TP. Meet at gate 19. Boards at 8 a.m.)
8:15 a.m. Do: Viator - Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle $179.39
Visit Oxford and top 'Downton Abbey' filming locations on this day trip from London. Start the day with a walking tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings, and then continue to the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton, which is also known as Downton village in the award-winning British TV series. Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, known in the show as 'Downton Abbey,' in Hampshire. Full-day Downton Abbey tour to Bampton and Highclere Castle Explore Oxford and Oxford University See Matthew Crawley's mother's house in the picturesque village of Bampton Go to Highclere Castle, and explore its gorgeous grounds Walk through rooms frequented by popular characters in the TV series Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon

Read more about Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle -
7:00 p.m.   (Will drop off at Victoria Station.)
9:00 a.m. Depart: Victoria Station
    (From Victoria Station take District-Upminster or Central-Hammersmith 3 stops to Embankment. Take the Northern-High Barnet/Edgware three stops to Tottenham Court Rd. Turn right on the A40. Go left on Bloomsbury. Turn right at Great Russell.)
 9:30 a.m. Do:
British Museum (9-6) Free
Court Cafe (9-5:30), Pizzaria (11-3)
Ray & Rory:    
    (Go right on Great Russell to A400 in 3 blocks. Turn left on Tottenham Court Rd. Go one block and turn left to Tottenham Court Road station. Take Morden/Batersea one stop to Leicester Square.)
  See: St. Paul's Cathedral
    (Turn left/south on the pedestrian walkway.)
  Do: Millenium Bridge
    (Go back towards St. Paul's. Turn right on Queen Victoria. At Mansion House take Ealing Broadway/Richmond 3 stops to Embankment. Take Edgware/High Barnet one stop to Charing Cross. Go right on Strand.)
National Gallery (10-6) Free
Built 1824
    (Go left out of the gallery. Turn left on A400/Charing Cross. On the right side.)
    Maharaja of India
19A Charing Cross
18 Charing Cross
    (Continue right/north on Charing Cross. Take the 1st right on Cranbourn St. to Leicester Sq Metro. Take Ealing Broadway/Richmond 2 stops to Green Park. Take Brixton one stop to Victoria Station.)
  Lodge:  Cherry Court


Day 5      
8:30 a.m. Depart: London  
  Do: (Take Ealing Broadway tube to Earl's Court. Get off and take the Heathrow tube to Terminal ?)  
9:30 a.m. Arrive: Heathrow  
  Do: Rent a Car at Enterprise-Alamo Intermediate SUV
1763750665-Paul and 1763750209-Ray
Enterprise Rent A Car
Northern Perimeter Rd
Heathrow TW62RY
6 a.m.-11 p.m.
10:00 a.m. Depart: Heathrow  
    (Head to M25 going left/south. Take exit 12 left onto M3. At a roundabout take exit 4 left on A331. At another roundabout go through onto A31/Guildford Rd. At Alton turn left on Winchester Rd.)  
10:45 a.m. Arrive: Chawton 38
11:00 a.m. See: Jane Austen's House (10-5) £12.00/£11.00 (Ticket-Check-in 15 minutes early)
Winchester Road
Chawton, Hampshire GU34 1SD
11:30 a.m. Depart: Chawton  
    (Go back right and then left on B3006/A339. It will go right on Red Ln. Then left on Berrydown Ln. Go through the M3 and take the first left on A33. It will become A303. At a small roundabout take the 3rd left on A360. On the right.)  
12:30 p.m. Arrive: Stonehenge 45
  Do: Lunch-Stonehenge Cafe- salads, pasties, sandwiches, soup, rock cakes, bread, ice cream drinks  
1:15 p.m. See: Stonehenge Visitor Centre (9-7)
Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE
1:30 p.m.   Stonehenge (9-7) EHC (Tickets)  
2:30 p.m. Depart: Stonehenge  
    (Go straight out of the parking lot on A360 west. At Devizes and Domino's Pizza at the roundabout take the 2nd left on A361. At a roundabout continue through on Beckhampton Rd. On the left.)  
3:15 p.m. Arrive: Avebury 24
  See: Avebury Stones EHC
Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1RF
Free parking to EHC members with car sticker
    (Go back right on Beckhampton Rd. At the roundabout take the 3rd left on A4. Go left on Pewsham Way. Then left on La Fleche. At the Ivy go left on Bath Rd-still A4. Outside Bath at the roundabout with London way take the 3rd exit on London Rd east. First driveway on the left.)  
  Do: OYO Bailbrook Lodge check-in  
    (Go right out of the driveway to the light. Take the 2nd exit on the roundabout onto London Rd. At The Curfew Pub go left on Bathwick St. At Beckford Rd go right on A36. Turn right on N Parade Rd. Take the 1st left after the river on A3039. It will go right. 24 hour parking on your right.)  
4:00 p.m. Arrive: Bath 27
    (Go out to A3039. Turn right and continue straight ahead. It will jog left, then right continuing straight. Turn right on Abbey Churchyard.)  
    Bath Abbey (10-5:30) Donations
Bath, UK BA1 1LT
    (Go right out of the abbey. Turn right. Turn right again. Turn left on Abbey Churchyard. In a short walk turn right on the pedestrian walkway. Turn left on Cheap St. On the left.)  
    Fudge Kitchen Ltd-Cheap St on the left.
10 Abbey Churchyard
  Do: Dinner  
6:30 p.m. See:

The Roman Baths (9-10 pm) 25.50/24.50 pounds
Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ

Parking: Avon, Manvers, Southgate, Kingsmead car parks

  Lodge: OYO Bailbrook Lodge £348.59/$424.16
35-37 London Road West
Bath BA1 7HZ
Cancellation by August 28th
44 2037697045
(2 double rooms and one family suite with 4 poster bed and extra bed, breakfast included, plenty of parking, yard)


Day 6      
9:00 a.m. Depart: Bath  
    (Turn left on Queen Sq Pl and left again at Gay St. Take the 2nd right on George St. It will go left on Paragon/A4 and become London Rd. After Alice Park take the 1st left at the roundabout on A46. After the National Hwys Tormarton Depot take the 1st left on the roundabout on M4. At Almondsbury take the 3rd left on M5. Outside Birmingham go left on M6. At a roundabout take the 1st left on M56. Continue straight ahead on A494. At exit 34 continue straight ahead on N Wales Expy/A55. Take A487. Just before the river take the 1st left onto A5 to cross the river. At the next roundabout take the 2nd left on A545. Turn left on Rating Row. It will go right. Go left to the parking lot.)  
2:00 p.m. Arrive: Beaumaris 246
  See: Beaumaris Castle (9:30-5) EHC/Free (Book on 8/21/22 at Reykjavik)
Castle St
Beaumaris LL58 8AP
Gift Shop
  Depart: Beaumaris  
    (Go left on Rating Row. It will go right. Turn right on A545. At the roundabout take the 1st left on A5. After crossing the river take the 3rd left on A487. At the roundabout take the 2nd left on A55. Take exit 17 onto A547/Bangor Rd.)  
34 min Arrive: Conwy 23
  See: Town
Rose Hill St.
Conwy LL32 8AY
6:15 p.m. Depart: Conwy  
    (Cross the Conway Rd bridge. At the roundabout take the 1st left on A546. Go through the next roundabout. Turn right on Trinity Ave. Turn left on St Marys Rd.)  
6:45 p.m. Arrive: Llandudno  
5:00 p.m.   Bodeuron Guest House 
5 St Mary's Road
Llandudno, LL30 2UB
44 0149287 4294 #WTB10AD5D6
Check-in between 4 and 7
Cancellation no later than 3 days before
(1st floor Room 1-King-Paul, Room 2- Double-Ray & Sherry, Room 3-Double-Rory & Zelda, Room 4-Single-Ginny, parking, ensuite, some garden view)


Day 7      
  Do: Full Breakfast  
9:15 a.m. Do: Check-out 9:15-10:15  
    (Go right on St. Marys. Turn right on Trinity. Turn left on Bryniau. Go through the roundabout on Maesdu/A546. At the large roundabout the 3rd left on Conway Rd. At the roundabout take the 2nd left and an immediate left on Rose Hill. Park at Vicarage Gardens Pay & Display Car Park.)  
9:30 a.m. See: Conwy Castle (9:30-5) EHC/Free (Book on 8/22/22 at Reykjavik)
Rose Hill St
Conwy LL32 8AY
11:30 a.m. Depart: Conwy  
    (Go right on Castle St. crossing the bridge on Conway Rd. At the roundabout take the 3rd left onto A546. Go through the next one and take the 1st left on the roundabout onto A55. At Ewloe Green take exit 33B left on Aston Rd/A494. Go right on the Bypass/M56. Take exit 9 left on M6. Take exit 21A onto M62 east. Take exit 12 left on M60. Take exit 15 right on M60. It will become M62. Take exit 29 left on the M1. Take exit 44 right on A64. Go left on A1237. Turn right on Shipton Rd. It will become Clifton. Go left on St. Peter's Grove. Park the car at B&B.  
2:15 p.m. Arrive: York 152
    (Walk left on St Peter's Grove. Turn left on Clifton/Bootham. After Goodramgate take the pedestrian road right. Then the 1st left on Shambles.)  
  See: Shops & Shamble.  
    (Go back on Shambles. Go right on Newgate. Go left on Low Petergate. It will become High Petergate.)  
5:15 p.m.-
6:00 p.m.
Do: Evensong  
    (Go back to High Petergate and turn right. On the left side.)  
  Do: Dinner-Eagle and Child
9 High Petergate
York Y01 7EN
    (Continue left on High Petergate. Continue straight ahead on Bootham. Turn right on St Peter's Grove.)  
  Lodge: B&B York £392.70/$470.97
15 St Peter's Grove
York YO30 6AQ
Checkin between 3 and 9, I said 8-9
OK to park our car there and walk to town
Cancel one day before, Booked 7/06/22
(2 Twins & Full for Almanza's, 2 full beds, parking, breakfast)


Day 8      
    (Must move the car as it can only be parked until 11 a.m. Go left on St Peter's Grove. Turn left on Clifton. Go left on Gillygate. Turn right on Lord Mayor's Walk/A1036. Go left on St. John and right on High Newbiggin St.)  
  Do: Monk Bar Car Park £15/6 hours  
    (Go left on High Newbiggin St. Take the pedestrian walkway on the right. Go left on Lord Mayor's Walk. Take the 1st right on Monkgate. It will become Goodramgate, then Deangate. Go right on Precenters Ct.)  
9:30 a.m. See:

York Minster (9:30-4) 12.50 pounds-Tickets
Shop (9:30-5)
Undercroft Museum (10:30-4) Free

    Hidden Minster Tour (11-12) 22.50 include Minster entry

Go above the rooftops of York and explore one of York Minster’s architectural gems with our hidden tour of the Chapter House roof and old Mason’s Loft.

Learn how 13th century Masons used a revolutionary engineering technique to create a structure that is one of the wonders of medieval carpentry. View the centuries-old design drawings still visible on the Tracing floor, see Victorian wooden templates and touch timber believed to be nearly 1,000 years old.

These tours take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am.

3:20 p.m. Depart: York  
    (Go left on Coppergate. Turn right on B1227 and the lst left over the Ouse Bridge. Take the 2nd right on Rougier St. At the light go left one block on Station Rd. After a block go right on A1036/Station Rise. It will become Leeman Rd. Go left on Garfield Terrace and an immediate right on Livingstone St. Go left on Salisbury Rd. Turn left on Water End. Go right on Boroughbridge Rd/A59. At a roundabout take the 3rd left on A1/M. Take exit 56 left on B6275. Go leftg on A68. Turn left on to hotel.)  
5:20 p.m. Arrive: Hexham 98
  Lodge: Errington House $548.07
Hexham NE46 4HP
Check-in 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
44 1434 672389
(4 Kings, exceptional breakfast, wifi, parking)


Day 9      
9:00 a.m. Depart: Newcastle  
    (Turn right. Go left on A6079. Turn right on B6318. Cross the River North Tyne. At the roundabout take the 1st left continuing on B6318. On the left side.)  
9:10 a.m. Arrive: Hadrian's Wall (Built by the Romans by order of emperor Hadrian following his visit in AD 122. 73 miles long.) 4
  Do: Chesters Roman Fort and Museum (10-5) EHC Tickets
Chollerford, Hexham NE46 4EU
Chesters Tea Room, Shop
    (Continue left on B6318. On the right.)  
    Housesteads Roman Fort (10-5) EHC Tickets
Haydon Bridge Hexham
Northumberland, NE47 6NN
2:00 p.m. Depart: Housesteads  
    (Go left on B6318. At Chollerford take the 3rd left to continue on B6318. After crossing the rive go left on A6079. After the A68 it becomes B6342. Turn left at A696. At Knowesgate Inn Hotel go right. Turn left on B6342. It will eventually go right. Go right on Netherwitton. After the river take the 2nd left. At Forget Me Not County Park go left and the first right on West Rd. At A697 jog right the left on East Rd. Turn left on the A1. At West Mains go right to the island.)  
3:30 p.m. Arrive: Holy Island (11:30-7:45) 77
  See: Lindisfarne (10-5) EHC Tickets
Holy Island
Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2RX

Lindisfarne is intimately connected with the history of Christianity in Britain. In 635 the Northumbrian king, Oswald (reigned 634–42), summoned an Irish monk named Aidan from Iona – the island-monastery off the south-west coast of what is now Scotland – to be bishop of his kingdom. Oswald granted Aidan and his companions the small tidal island of Lindisfarne on which to found a monastery.

Following the general collapse of Roman military rule in the early 5th century, Britain had fragmented into numerous small kingdoms, many ruled by Anglo-Saxon warlords. By the 7th century Oswald’s Northumbrian kingdom dominated Britain. Northumbria consisted of two parts: Deira, centred on the old Roman city of York, and Bernicia further north. Oswald’s accession in 634 focused Northumbrian power in Bernicia, around the royal palaces at Yeavering, Mælmin (Milfield) and Bamburgh.

Oswald’s gift of Lindisfarne, 6 miles up the coast from Bamburgh, to the monks from Iona enabled them to establish a monastery and a bishopric in the political heart of the Northumbrian kingdom. The ultimate success of the monks’ mission, together with the long-term wealth of their monastery, was founded on their proximity to the royal dynasty of Bernicia.

On 8 June 793 Lindisfarne suffered a devastating raid by Viking pirates – their first significant attack in western Europe. The raid caused horror across the continent. Alcuin, a York scholar working at the court of King Charlemagne in Francia, wrote to the Northumbrian king and the bishop of Lindisfarne:

Pagans have desecrated God’s sanctuary, shed the blood of saints around the altar, laid waste the house of our hope and trampled the bodies of saints like dung in the streets … What assurance can the churches of Britain have, if St Cuthbert and so great a company of saints do not defend their own?[3]

The raid was physically and psychologically devastating: one of England’s holiest shrines had been attacked by pagans, and St Cuthbert had not intervened to stop them.

5:00 p.m. Depart: Lindisfarne  
    (Go right on A1 after getting off the island. In Edinburgh go left on Moira Terrace.)  
6:30 p.m. Arrive: Edinburgh, UK 70
  Lodge: Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh-Leith Waterfront
Britannia Way, Ocean Drive
Edinburgh EH6 6JJ
(2 Nights, 4 Double rooms, parking, breakfast)



Day 10      
  Do: Take an uber to the castle.  
    (Drive: Go left on A901. Turn right on B900/Bonnington Rd. After King George Park take the 2nd left on Dundas St. At Prince St jog right and an immediate left on The Mound next to the park. It will become N Bank St. Turn right on NCR75. Take the next right on Lawnmarket. At the roundabout take the 2nd left on Johnston Terrace. If you can pull over and drop Rory off. When it goes left at the roundabout take the 2nd left on Castle Terrace.)  
  Do: NCP Edinburgh Castle Terrace 4.95/hr, 9.90/2 hr, 14.85/2-3 hrs, 19.80/3-4 hrs, 24.75/4-5 hrs
Castle Terrace
Edinburgh EH1 2EW


See: Edinburgh Castle (9:30-6) 18/14.50 pounds (Half off with EHC) Buy Tickets  
    (Walk down the hill out of the castle.)  
    Royal Mile-includes souvenir and woolen shops, St Giles Cathedral (free), Deacon Brodie's Tavern, 2 Christmas shops.  
    (Walk back to where your car is parked or take an uber.)  
  Lodge: Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh-Leith Waterfront 927.92 pounds
Britannia Way, Ocean Drive
Edinburgh EH6 6JJ
(2 Nights, 4 Double rooms, parking, breakfast)


Day 11      
  Do: Return car to:
Edinburgh Airport
Enterprise Rent A Car
175 Jubilee Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH12 9FS
(7 a.m.-12 a.m.)
  Depart: Edinburgh  
  Arrive: Spokane  


EHC-English Heritage Pass can be bought in advance. Free for some sights and l/2 off in Wales and Scotland if you buy the regular pass, not the overseas visitor one.

London Travel Cards-can be bought in advance to take the tube anywhere you wish.