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Topic: London, England to Swansea, Wales
Message: Posted by: Chris H (Nov 18, 2009 12:13AM)
I'm taking a trip from London to Swansea to see the opening night of Derren Brown's 'Enigma' show in February next year. The show is on the 10th, and I have to race back to London on the 11th to leave for Australia that evening. I'm doing the trip solo, and was thinking about making my way down there over a couple of days (haven't decided on car or public transport yet). Can anyone recommend any highlights that would be worth stopping for on such a trip?


Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Nov 18, 2009 07:26PM)
Well...nothing to see so take a nap during the trip. I'd ride a horse myself, in a cape and one of those tri cornered hats, then smack people with swords between stops for ale and wenches.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Nov 18, 2009 08:25PM)
Its not horses they ride down there.
Message: Posted by: hitmouse (Nov 19, 2009 05:01PM)
Just get the train from Paddington to Swansea. About 3 hours. You could stop in Bristol or Cardiff, both very interesting cities, but to be honest it is much easier to go direct and spend time in London and Swansea, also known as the "Lovely, ugly city (Dylan Thomas) or the "Pretty, ****ty city (Twin Town, a film you should watch beforehand.)
When you step out of Swansea railway station look down to see the inscription "Ambition is Critical" in the pavement.

Good museums and galleries walking distance from the Theatre. I believe there is a magic club which meets in one of the rooms of the theatre on a regular basis.
Message: Posted by: Ray Tupper. (Nov 20, 2009 11:01AM)
You'll get a good night out in swansea.Loads of pubs with live bands,loads of half cut students.The locals are nice people too!
Only a small detour to Bath,just off the M4.A very nice old spa town,knee deep in history.
A bit of a detour to Oxford.Up the M40,then back down through Swindon,which is instantly forgettable.Oxford's a great place to visit,shocking to drive round.
Windsor great park and Windsor castle,just off the M4,near Reading.That's on your route.
Prsonally,I'd go straight up the M1 to Nottingham.A belting night out,and I'd nip for a booze with you.
There's so much more than London on offer!
Message: Posted by: hitmouse (Nov 21, 2009 05:09AM)
As interesting as Nottingham is, it is 2-3 hours North of London, whereas Swansea is 3 hours due West of London. There is no direct train between Swansea and Nottingham, and driving is a little bit convoluted involving some tricky changes between the M42, M6,M5, M50, and either the M4 past the (terrible)Cardiff roadworks or the Heads of the Valleys road which is scenic but demanding.