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So I'm looking for stuff to do in England that might be off the beaten path. I spend a good deal of time over there so I've done a lot of the big ticket things. Right now I think my girlfriend and I were talking about the Eden project. I also was thinking of going back to Bath or some other ruins site. A bonus would be away from London/Cambridge.
 

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I'm assuming you've been to the Lotus factory - if not, that of course is # 1.

After that, you really should visit the Brooklands Museum, if you haven't already - it's really good if you appreciate history, British cars and British aviation - which I'm sure you do. Immediately adjacent is Mercedes Benz World, which looks to be an all-day experience in and of itself - we had no time but just poking around the outside looking at all the cars they had there, was a treat - we saw five (five ! :eek:) Maibachs parked side-by-side, in the lot like "no big deal..."

The Jaguar factory tour at Castle Bromwich is also very good.

Have fun !
 

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So I'm looking for stuff to do in England that might be off the beaten path. I spend a good deal of time over there so I've done a lot of the big ticket things. Right now I think my girlfriend and I were talking about the Eden project. I also was thinking of going back to Bath or some other ruins site. A bonus would be away from London/Cambridge.
Cornwall is awesome.

Definitely do the Eden project. The cornish countryside is gorgeous. Also there are alot of places that are central to the Arthur legends down there.

http://www.watergatebay.co.uk/index.htm - great place, just don't skimp on the room. The cheap ones are pretty bad.

If you're a foodie, you may have heard of Jamie Oliver's restaurant fifteen:
http://www.fifteencornwall.co.uk/


Staying in the west, it's worth visiting the Wye Valley in Wales:
http://www.visitwyevalley.com/index.html
 

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I'm a car/plane guy so I'll mention a couple of things.

Duxford (Imperial War Museum) right at the M11 and the A505 (so very near Cambridge) -- a great aviation museum and well worth the trip.

The American Cemetary which is...dangit I can't remember (I'd find it on site) just a bit closer to Cambridge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_American_Cemetery_and_Memorial

Now...onto cars for a second: Donnington Park. Tom Wheatcroft has a fantastic collection of race cars there. And some no race cars including a Bugatti Royale replica that was fabricated by hand at a cost of around 6 million dollars and is by far the best Royale (aside from the minor detail that it is a recreation) in existence.

And if you head towards Bath...which is nice:

don't forget Stonehenge (touristy, but heck, ya gotta say you were there) but more importantly just down the road is Salisbury. Do go there and see the Cathedral, which has the highest spire in all of England and is just stunning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salisbury_cathedral

And if you want more aircraft there's another museum out at Yeovilton -- generally naval aviation IIRC, but it does have the second Concorde prototype (the first built in the UK).

Steve
 

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I think if I hit the Lotus Factory one more time Anna's going to kill me. Luckily she has a friend that lives about 2 miles from the factory so last time "we" went she visited her friend.

Robert, those are some good ideas. I think we are going to try to hit the Wye Valley along with the Eden project.

Duxford is awesome, might to the Tank driving course they have there one of these days. We been there a few times before as her family is close to there. That's why I want to try some other area.
 
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