Car travel in the UK

When my wife and I moved from Korea to America, one of the things we were looking forward to were the road trips. And after driving from Orlando to Boston and few lesser road trips around the South, we have managed to put more than 11,000 miles on our 6-month-old Honda CR-V.

So what if we wanted to do it again? I mean we could move to New Mexico and drive around the Southwestern US, but what if we really did it again – just moved to a new country, bought a car, and started driving? Sure I might need to work a little bit to save up for such an adventure but what would it cost to buy a Honda in the UK. Our CR-V has been good to us on our road trips but we could go more economical too. Car deals from Honda UK seem comparable to those in the US. I’m not sure about taxes and insurance though. I know gas is going to cost more, and I know diesel is more popular in Europe than in the US for passenger cars. The new Honda Civic Diesel sounds like fun. Or stick with what we know and like, the CR-V.

But in exchange for the money you could take some nice, long road trips. I know I have seen tons of self-drive tours in Ireland where you drive yourself from one tourist attraction to the next. I haven’t heard of as many self-drive tours in England, but I know they have lots of bus tours (I went to Canterbury on one) so driving has to make some sense for seeing England.

Just looking at the map, and thinking out loud, here’s one possible drive around the UK.

London

I don’t think I’ll attempt a summary here. I spent a week in London, but there’s plenty left for me to do, I’m sure.

Oxford

Long-time readers may remember that I have a friend studying at Oxford. He’s still there and I’m still looking to visit him before he finishes his PhD. Known as the ‘city of the dreaming spires’ – a term first coined by poet Matthew Arnold in reference to the gentle spires and harmonious architecture of the city’s university building, Oxford is most famous for its big university. It’s not bad for literature or movie fans either, with lots of links to both. Candlelit evensong in college chapels reminds me of my time in Westminster Abbey in London. Shakespeare in the park reminds me of my time in NYC. And being a college-town, you know there will be stuff to do.

Bath

Bath is a World Heritage Site, developed around its hot spring waters discovered by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Most people go to see the famous Roman Baths that remain. Thanks to the tourist trade, there are a good number of museums, galleries, gardens and other tourist attractions.

Bristol

A short drive from Bath, and still not very far from London, we have Bristol, the capital of the South West of England. This historic maritime city has different festivals and events depending on what time of year you’re in town. The most famous are probably the waterfront regattas and the ballooning. There’s shopping at Cabot Circus,fresh food markets in the medieval Old City, restaurants and cafes on the Harbourside and theaters and concert halls. Nearby is Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.

From there you’d probably want to drive along the coast and visit some nice coastal towns in Wales, but I’ll need to do a bit more research before continuing the particular trip.

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  1. Dirceu says:

    This kind of trip sounds amazing to me. I could add Nottingham and York, two hystorical cities where should have much to see.

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