BritQuestions: what was the highlight of your first trip to Britain?

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  1. Karen Misuraca
    July 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Golf in England! An avid golfer, I made a pilgrimage to the British Open links courses: Royal Liverpool, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Royal Birkdale on the Midlands coast–golf junket of a lifetime. The clubhouses are like museums.

  2. Kay Leahy
    July 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Being born there! ;-)

    • Clara Borges
      May 5, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

      Oooh that’s cheating! hahaha

  3. stephness
    July 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    I was 14 when I first visited Britain, and unlike all other tourists it wasn’t London I visited, it was the Isle of Wight. Since then I couldn’t stop dreaming of moving to Britain to build up a new life there. This dream came true 3 years ago and I spent 2 wnderful years in Wales, which happened quite accidently ;) And although I am back home now I still feel the power of the Welsh nature, especially the stunning Brecon Beacons, where I spent most of my spare time to relax and come back down to earth. The Brecon Beacons will always be my favourite place.

  4. Naiara Garcia Valente
    July 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Well, I’m a bit suspicious when the subject is Britain, ’cause I simply LOVE it more than my own country. The first time I went to Britain I was really thrilled and emotive when I saw Big Ben, London Eye and Buckingham Palace… things that I was used to see only in English books… then when I lived in Cambridge I was impressed with Kings College, it’s amazing! Scotland is beautiful too, the Edinburgh castle is FANTASTIC! Walking around Edinburgh is like being in a fairy tale story…
    I’m always speehcless when I see photos of UK… I LOVE IT!!! ;)

  5. Helen York
    July 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I visited England in 2009 to deliver an academic paper at a conference in Cambridge. I remember staying at a hostel in London jammed into steel triple bunk-beds like so many sardines. I remember a lot of bland British food and some very good curry shops. I remember trying to figure out how the tube stations worked and being amazed at how deep underground some of them were. No wonder so many stayed there during the German bombings back in the second World War. I remember a rainy morning at Poet’s Corner in Hyde Park. Standing outside a pub an having a draught. Walking along the Thames. The monuments and scenic cliches might as well have been postcards recieved anonymously in the mail, they seem meaningless compared to the small flashes of things that only I saw. The woman with the small dog, both dressed in tweed coats. The other woman feeding tins f sardines to a group of stray cats. Remindes painte on the paveent to “Look Right” signs in the train stations “Way Out” and “Mind the Gap” …a store clerk giving me the correct change after I had paid far too much. A group of kids dressed like gang-bangers but speaking the King’s English ever so properly… Roses.

  6. Ann Smithwick Ferro
    July 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    My mother was born in Camborne to families that had lived in Cornwall, particularly that area for eons. I’m trying to plan a trip to Cornwall, to visit Camborne, if not to stay there. I’m interested in tracing the families of Trigenza, Champion and Toms and visiting ancient sites as well as the coast. Any advice would be welcomed.
    Thank you.

  7. Baker6173
    July 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    I was there about 10 years ago and have also loved England and Scotland but fell even more in love. Loved the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, The Mall, Edinburgh, Windsor, well everything. I am getting close to retirement and don’t have a lot of money but would dearly love to retire over there in a small town and get a part-time job but it will probably not be possible. Just love everything about it.

  8. Lisa Anderson
    July 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    The highlight to me was well actually the whole trip!! We walked across Abbey Road we went on the Jack the Ripper tour we saw all the palaces, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s… Stonehenge is amazing and Bath was beautiful!!! My very most favorite thing though is the Tower Bridge!! I almost cried when we saw it for the first time!!

  9. Laura
    July 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    My first trip was 13 years ago. We rented a car and drove first to Cornwall to meet relatives that I had heard so much about from my Granny. I walked around Redruth, visited the cemetery where my family was buried and toured around Cornwall to all the sights I had heard about all my life. It was a very emotional trip for me! Then we headed to Bath, which I absolutely loved! We ended our trip in London. We had so much fun going to the theater, museums, palaces, and so much more. My next trip is in a couple weeks! So excited!!

  10. Libby Strawn
    July 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Our son was stationed at Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath while serving in the USAF. We were lucky enough to get to come and visit him. While there we did many wonderful things from visiting local pubs to attending plays but the thing that we will never forget is getting to travel to Goodwood and visiting the air field where my Father-in-law flew Spitfires during WWII. Not only did we get to tour the field we got to take a plane flight off the same field that Dad flew off of and see a birds eye view of what he saw.

  11. Bora Kim
    July 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    My first visit to Britain was last winter. When I was staying there, every day, every moment was so special and dreamy. but the most impressed event was to see W.Turner’s work in The National Gallery. I went to see his works (even I’m still remember the room no.34) almost every day while I was staying in London. and at the last day, I thought I would come again to see his works again. Really Awesome, and wonderful memory.

  12. Linda Jones
    July 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    My first visit was in 2005. Seeing Westminster Abbey was awesome. Loved seeing all the history in London. St. Paul’s Cathedral was also awesome. We enjoyed London so much we went back again on 2007 . Would love to go again when prices come down. There was so much we meant to see, you just can’t see it all even in two trips. We visited the palace and watched the changing of the guards, went to stores like Harrodsburg, Selfridges, went to Picadilly Circus, Sherlock Holmes museum, Trafalgar Square, Kensington Palace. We loved everything in London. We stayed at the Cumberland hotel both times, enjoyed our stay very much.

  13. binak
    July 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I’m Binak Qema am an ardent fan of London every place where I go to London only orally with much love like that is one of the most beautiful countries in the world I love more London

  14. glynis brumfield
    July 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    I am going back in September and just love it, this time we are going to Oxford and cambridge and Lincolnshire, can’t wait.

  15. glynis brumfield
    July 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I have been going to England since every five years and visiting different places, I love the little unique villages best of all and the beautiful cities of York and Lincoln. On our last trip we went to the isle of white, beautiful. We go again this September and visiting cambridge and Oxford, we love it. Can’t wait.

  16. Astrid Böhmler
    July 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    My highlight was London, leaving the Tower Hill tube station the first view of the Tower of London .. Wow, that was so impressive to me, I felt immediately at home. That was 5 years ago. Well London is a must every year.
    Hampton Court Windsor Castle were u, also have left lasting impressions. But my favorite or like a magnet is still the Tower.
    this year we go to Cornwall to Lands End, but on the way back is not complete without a trip to London.
    (via Salisbury, Dartmoor, Bath)

  17. Sue Rose
    July 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I am in my 14th day of a 12 week trip of a lifetime to the UK & Ireland. So much seen, and so much more to see. Don’t have a favourite highlight yet. All the places we have been are so great in their own special way.

  18. Michele Wiesner
    July 25, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    My first trip to the UK was awesome!!! So many things to see and do. London was the best. One of my favourite cities in the world. A beautiful city steeped in history, royal pageantry and a touch of modernism as well. I spent two years in the UK and barely touched the surface. Well worth a trip that’s for sure…

  19. Brian Grieves--Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    July 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Our first visit to England was to London April 1986–we stayed at the hotel that is situated at the north west corner of Hyde Park and more or less on the grounds of Kensington Palace-act the time occupied by Prince Charles The People’s Princess–the unfortunate thing is they were in Canada and we were there we had an excellent week there and saw many sights Blenheim Palace, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Westminster, Stonehenge, Bath, and many more it was the first time my wife and I were overseas what a trip. Then our son married a Scottish lass and we visited them in 2011 October and are coming over again this September to Scotland

  20. Eva Nibbe
    July 26, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    My first trip was in 1970 on an exchange visit to learn the language. Two years later I went to live and work in England – as an Au Pair on a farm in North Yorkshire. I loved it, felt so very much at home. I wanted to stay, spend my life in England – well, that was not possible. I had to return to Germany.

    I could not say what impressed me most – it was the countryside, the old towns, the beautiful old buildings, the people, the feeling. I do not like cities, I prefer the beauty of nature and the sea. I found a lot of it in Great Britain.
    Since then time has changed a lot, not all for the best. But those beautiful places still exist. And I somehow hope to see them again.

  21. Joanna
    July 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    The trip to UK was my first ever trip abroad. I visited London and Wolverhampton. As I was on the bridge near the Big Ben, I made myself a promise that I will come back. And 7 years later I did. This first trip inspired me so much that I permanently moved abroad, lived I 2 countries so far. It changed my view on the world, it changed my life…

    • Norman Gale
      August 3, 2013 at 2:29 am #

      I am so pleased for you Joanna; I lived in Heston, Middlesex for 9 months and used it as my base for weekend trips and on my holidays.

  22. Carla Williams
    July 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    The excitement to me on my first trip was actually seeing places/things I had read about: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey & St. Paul’s but to name a few.
    I have been four times, so I always get to see what I missed before.
    The one person I haven’t gotten to see is Her Majesty , The Queen!

  23. Beverly Morrison
    July 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    There are sooo many fun things to do in London and see, I love to take the open top bus around and see all the history and beautiful sights, my last trip we did the Tower of London, it was amazing,I knew the beefeaters actually live on the grounds of the tower, it was great to see all the history and the crown jewels ….wow!!!!!! never ever get tired of going to London, see something different every time….

  24. Christine Au
    July 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    The first day I walked from Holbon to Westminster Abbey. It was quite a walk but I managed to see a lot. The walk included the park by Lincoln’s Inn, Fleet Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge. I had a drink at Southbsnk before I continued to The Big Ben/Westminster Abbey.

  25. Maria
    July 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Meeting my mum for the first time in 40 years and the rest of my family there.

  26. Ronald Start
    July 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    The first and most important thing I would do is visit with my daughter who moved away over 5 years ago. Then I would visit all the historical sites and try to find the place where my father was born.

  27. Kathleen. Odou
    July 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Horseback riding in Hyde Park, and tea at Harrod’s.

  28. Karin van Dreumel
    July 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Too many highlights to mention. You’d never want to leave the UK again. I love the English seaside! That great nostalgia feeling…ahhh. Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Kent, Surrey, Idle of Wight (Osbourn House!!!)…brilliant! Right now I’m on holiday in the Cotswolds…..breathtaking!! I think I should move to the UK!

  29. Arianna Triberti
    July 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Brighton, London Eye, Thames, Covent Garden, Harrod’s, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Canterbury,Buckingham Palace, Downing’s Street, Kew Garden, British Museum, Tate Gallery, Greenwitch…..
    All in my last holiday. Amazing.

  30. John Pierog
    July 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Walking around Greenich. Standing on both sides of the date line. Visiting Greenich market. The view of London from top of the hill. Quite the walk up! Visiting the Naval War College Museum. Lots of shops to visit.

  31. Helen Gilcymary Amncini
    July 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    In decemebr 2012 i stayed in London for 24 days. Was the best days of ny life until now. When i saw the Big Ben for first time at nigth i took breath away. Big Ben, change guard in the Buckingham Palace, British Museum,…. London is amazing place.

    • Helen Gilcymary Mancini
      July 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      In december 2012 I stayed in London, was my fisrt trip for another country and was a amazing experience. London was very kindy with me, i felt a “little princess” in the Queen’s World. The organization and the respect are the “air” that city. I was lovely with Big Ben, Tower Bridge, British Museum, Buckingham Palace… and many others things. I love London….

  32. Linnea carlson
    July 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    It has been 30years since i was last in UK, i can remember being sooo excited,one of the first thing i did was the open top bus tour with wide eyes. I’m going again in 1 week & will do the bus tour again to see what has changed, BUT…. will definitely go on the eye & soooo much more!!! CAN’T WAIT!!!

  33. Sandra Romero
    July 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I visited London for first time one month ago. When I saw the Big Ben for first time it was a magic moment for me because I was in London, I can’t belive it!! My dream came true. I wanted to visit London since I was a child. I love Thames cruise and the sight from London Eye. I love this city!! Londoners are very nice people and they helped us in every moment :)

  34. Mel Butler
    July 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Seeing the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum. Just stood there in awe at such an important piece of history.

  35. Linnea carlson
    July 31, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    My first trip was 31yrs ago…. I was soooo excited, did every touristic tour possible, loved the open top buses. I go back in 1 week & will do it all again as well as the Eye & seeing Jersey boys, high tea & hopefully spot a royal….watch out for me will be on your doorstep in 1 week !!

  36. Sharon owen
    July 31, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Narrowboating from chirk to llangollan what an adventure!

    • Norman Gale
      August 3, 2013 at 2:27 am #

      I always had the dream of next time, when visiting again, to buy a narrow boat and live on it while travelling the canals. I used to walk over the Grand Canal on my way to work and ‘never really understood its historical value’.

  37. M Kania Respati
    July 31, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    Never been to UK before but it always be my dream country to visit. Simply to say I would love to take some pictures in front of Big Ben and the famous red Telephone. Staring at London eye and walking through Thames River bridge. A match at Emirates Stadium is another story to be written, the crowd is superb and that’s on the list to do also. I would love to talk a walk in abbey and seeing Buckingham palace. For now I just can collect UK things until I can make it to go to UK at least England. Those things sound common but those are the dreams when I visit UK :)

    • Norman Gale
      August 3, 2013 at 2:25 am #

      You will never regret having that dream and hopefully seeing it for real. The one thing that stuck out for me was, seeing I am from Melbourne Australia, and knowing at that time, our population was 15 million and that of the UK was 55 million, that I expected to see houses from Southampton all the way to London. Owing to the high density of the major cities, there is an absolute incredible amount of open countryside to see and enjoy. That is the part to relish most; the open spaces between cities.

  38. A Johnson
    July 31, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    Seeing Big Ben for the first time and Buckingham Palace. The place known as House of Commons and where a wonderful British family live, that are not so common !

    ALL of England should be seen. It’s a fantastic place to live, and a beautiful place to visit. It felt like home to me.

    I admit I cried seeing both places when I married a Brit and lived there a year. My son is half British and he is proud to be so.

    One day he will see the lovely country I lived in and called home and it will stay in his heart as well as it has mine.

  39. Benni
    July 31, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Marmite toast!!

  40. Jesús Arturo Romero
    July 31, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    My first time in UK was on a visit to my fianceé while she studied in a language school in Cambridge. That town is lovely and we had GREAT times, but the highlight was definitely our trip to London. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Harry Potter and as entertainment journalist, I’m even more interested on the saga. My first visit to UK coincided with the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.2, so we headed to London and together could be at Trafalgar Square in such a big event, it was the first time ever that a movie premiere was held in Trafalgar and not in the usual venue (Leicester Sq). I definitely loved that and is a really remarkable highlight. From then on, I kept traveling to London thanks to my work and have been working on the coverage of several movie premieres in Leicester, talking one-on-one with big stars, but nothing overtakes that time in Trafalgar with J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter cast.

  41. Norman Gale
    August 3, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    It has been 40 years ago since I first travelled to England. I lived in Heston, Middlesex for about 9 months and travelled quite a bit. Every weekend, just about, we went somewhere. The historical homes, the palaces(Buckingham Palace at that time closed to the public, Hampton Court) the castles (Windsor, Edinburgh and Warwick) the landmarks (Stonehenge and the horse on the hill), Historical cities (Plymouth, Dover [of course] and who could forget Bath. Zoos, I went to two; London and Wooburn. The parks are fantastic and everywhere; Regents, Hyde, Syon, Richmond and one place I have fond memories of, as it is near to Heston, was Osterly Park with the grounds of the Manor being open and kept immaculate. It was and still is the most unforgettable place on planet Earth and given the chance to return, I would use countless publications to expedite my travelling this time. Mind you it was so lovely to come across some of the places without intent and stopping, really enjoying every bit of it.

  42. Linda McClain
    September 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    My first trip to London was in 1969 with my mom and dad. I immediately took off walking after arriving at the Kingshill Hotel near Hyde Park and promptly got lost. I loved the people that tried to help me by offering money for the phone and suggestions how to get back to my hotel. They were genuine and sometimes hard to understand but all were helpful. Finally made it back after three hours or so with the help of a taxi driver. I loved it. Went back in 2012 with my daughter, took the train to Edinburgh, and Paris and loved every minute. Thank you Great Britain!

  43. Elsa
    November 1, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    My first visit to the UK was in 2011, then again in 2013. The highlight of my first trip was the free concert in St. Marks across from Trafalgar Square. Just seating and soaking up the beautiful sounds looking at the windows. Then there was the small church in Brighton whose name I cannot recall. Just lovely and simple. This year it was no contest, The Roman Baths in Bath. I truly enjoyed myself there. Folks are very pleasant in England and one thing that I regret is that the plane tickets from Chicago are so expensive we cannot go as often as we wish. My eldest lives in London that is how we got there in the first place.

  44. Luis Sciammarella
    November 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    When i visited the Beatles Story in the Albert Dock- Liverpool.My great dream became true at that moment!. Three times i visited Britain and every day i remember something of it. The villages, the country, the people always was very kind to me. Love Britain.

  45. Debra Murray
    November 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    My two sisters and I went over last March. Too much to say but we had a private tour in Abby Road studio saw the Queen, Prince Phillip and Kate at the Baker Street tube station, toured the Hard Rock vault, Windsor castle! York, stayed at Augill castle. Stayed at the. Hard day night hotel in Liverpool toured John and Paul’s’ homes hit the Cavern and immersed in Liverpool! There are no words to describe not only all we saw and did but being with my sisters! Thank you England and your wonderful people! We will be back!

  46. gajanan vartak
    April 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I love Great Briton and its majestic structures, cool and quiet gardens, prompt tubes, easy to ride bus service and clean environment. Although I visited it in last September(13);
    I am still fascinated by it and therefore would return to understand more of its cultural heritage in summer of 2014.

  47. riham malik
    July 11, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    If I will visit london the first thing i will take a photos in the big bang and tower bridge than i will see one direction cause are the main cause which made me love UK than i will visit all their cities and i will see the queen than i will scream by a haut voice and thunk you london with your sweet people and me parsonnaly i love all Uk

  48. Luis Sciammarella
    July 26, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    My first travel to UK (9/2005) wasnt a trip…it was a dream! The most beautiful day : my visit to Liverpool. The streets and places where The Beatles walked long time ago. After that : the Cotswolds!!.
    Of course, my lovely London!. 3 times a visited England and one time Scotland. Three dreams that came true…

  49. Brian Shelley
    October 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    April 1969…..Sailing on a passenger ship past the Needles & up the Solent to Southampton in the crisp early morning. I have been in love with Great Britain ever since!
    Seeing Bob Dylan at the 1969 Isle of Wight concert and watching Arsenal play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
    Besides that, the thing I love most about Great Britain is……………………..
    EVERYTHING!
    So wish I could live there!

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