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November 14, 2010 6:14 AM Subscribe
Where should we go in the general Birmingham, UK area in mid-December for a long weekend?
posted by chiefthe to Travel & Transportation around Birmingham, AL (13 answers total)
I am headed to the Birmingham, UK area on a business trip and Mr. chiefthe will be joining me at the end of the business portion of my trip for a long weekend. This will be the weekend before X-mas.
We were thinking of two general options:
1. Rent a car and spend the time in the countryside
2. Take a train from Birmingham to a nearby (within a few hours ride) city and spend the time there
We have already spent time in London, Cardiff and Stratford-upon-Avon and though we liked those places, we would like to see some place new.
After doing some browsing, Snowdonia looks really great, but I know winters can be very raw in the UK, so I wasn't sure if the idea of tramping around on day hikes in that area would be a good one (though we are experienced hikers and have done some New England winter hiking---one page warned of weather quickly changing to 'cold rain' on the mountains in Snowdonia, hardly the blizzard you worry about when hiking in the White Mts).
So, what would be a great place to spend a long weekend? And what should we see there?