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Old Mar 4th 2021, 4:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter View Post
Totally doable, thanks. I'm not wedded to travel to Liverpool really, just looking at how to get around the country from various places if you aren't in or near London.
The trip stops in Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester, so lots of options north and south from those stations via Birmingham.
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Does Liverpool get any tourists ? Pilgrims in search of the sites of the Beatles perhaps ?
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Old Mar 8th 2021, 9:46 am
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Does Liverpool get any tourists ? Pilgrims in search of the sites of the Beatles perhaps ?
Whenever I visit Liverpool (fairly regularly) it has many tourists from all over the UK and overseas, they head down to the "cavern" district and around other parts of the city and also to the football stadiums. There is a cruise liner port at Liverpool as well, also many people take the ferry across the Mersey. Liverpool offers a good few days of tourism.
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Does Liverpool get any tourists ? Pilgrims in search of the sites of the Beatles perhaps ?
Not as many as Manchester gets on Utd home game matchdays
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Should we classify football fans as "tourists" ?
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Not as many as Manchester gets on Utd home game matchdays
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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter View Post
We'll check out Norwich. The south is probably right out, in terms of budget. My sister lives in Winchester, but she organised her life differently....
Norwich is lovely, but prices escalating. We lived in a village in between Thetford (dryest place in the UK) and Norwich. Wymondham and Attleborough offer trains to Norwich and Cambridge. Some nice cycling in Thetford forest and lots or walking too.

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Originally Posted by Winston_the_Great_Dane View Post
Norwich is lovely, but prices escalating. We lived in a village in between Thetford (dryest place in the UK) and Norwich. Wymondham and Attleborough offer trains to Norwich and Cambridge. Some nice cycling in Thetford forest and lots or walking too.

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Thank you. I'm ready for a small town, as long as it has good transport options, but I'm nervous about village living. I'm a city kid (London born and bred, lived in the US mostly in New York and Chicago with a smattering of Boston). I love the country in general, but might find actual village living a bit claustrophobic and I don't want to be dependent on a car for everything, either.
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Thank you. I'm ready for a small town, as long as it has good transport options, but I'm nervous about village living. I'm a city kid (London born and bred, lived in the US mostly in New York and Chicago with a smattering of Boston). I love the country in general, but might find actual village living a bit claustrophobic and I don't want to be dependent on a car for everything, either.
Kings Lynn?

It has a rail station, Megabus stop and National Express also stop there (not currently, due to travel restrictions) handy for the little Lion's home visits, and good A-roads to Norwich, Cambridge and Peterborough. Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham and London are all with around 2.5 to 3 hrs drive for day trips or weekends away. There's an added bonus in that it's not Norwich.
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What’s wrong with Norwich?
I’ve never been but it generally gets a good press.
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What’s wrong with Norwich?
I’ve never been but it generally gets a good press.
Norwich is a nice place, and though they're usually well-behaved, the city gets a lot busier with football fans compared to say a bigger city centre. Any time I've been to Norwich, I've made sure the club isn't playing a home game.

Kings Lynn doesn't have that.
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Kings Lynn?

It has a rail station, Megabus stop and National Express also stop there (not currently, due to travel restrictions) handy for the little Lion's home visits, and good A-roads to Norwich, Cambridge and Peterborough. Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham and London are all with around 2.5 to 3 hrs drive for day trips or weekends away. There's an added bonus in that it's not Norwich.
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What’s wrong with Norwich?
I’ve never been but it generally gets a good press.

Yes, been checking out both of these. Norwich is more expensive, transport in Kings Lynn sounds decent and it also appears to have some species of cultural life. No real idea of where in the country Little Lion will end up, but any of it would be more convenient that being in Chicago. Except possibly Inverness or something.
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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter View Post
Yes, been checking out both of these. Norwich is more expensive, transport in Kings Lynn sounds decent and it also appears to have some species of cultural life. No real idea of where in the country Little Lion will end up, but any of it would be more convenient that being in Chicago. Except possibly Inverness or something.
Yeah, Kings Lynn is a lot closer than Norwich to anywhere except London...Where are the major employers located that Little Lion would be looking at with the qualifications he's doing?

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Yeah, Kings Lynn is a lot closer than Norwich to anywhere except London...Where are the major employers located that Little Lion would be looking at with the qualifications he's doing?

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He has no idea. He's just completing his second year of a BEng in Civil Engineering & Construction Management. He might then want a job, or to go for a Masters to advance himself on the road to chartered status, or who knows. He's a young man, interests really only beginning to crystalise.

There's some interesting history in that town. I don't know much about it at all.
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He has no idea. He's just completing his second year of a BEng in Civil Engineering & Construction Management. He might then want a job, or to go for a Masters to advance himself on the road to chartered status, or who knows. He's a young man, interests really only beginning to crystalise.

There's some interesting history in that town. I don't know much about it at all.
Also, if Norfolk isn't essential, have you considered south Lincolnshire, such as the Boston - Lincoln - Grantham - Spalding area. Or somewhere like Newark?

Yeah, I know, I'm not making it easy for you I'm sorry.

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