Bratts tour of UK & Ireland



Auckland to Heathrow

Heathrow to Gatwick

Gatwick to Bath

Bath to Port Isaac

Port Isaac to Dorchester

Dorchester to Abbey Wood

London - Day 7

London - Day 8

Abbey Wood to Ashford


Ashford to Brecon

Brecon to Abergavenny

Abergavenny to Chester

Chester to Stranraer

Stranraer to Omagh

Omagh to Dublin

Dublin to Glenville

Glenville to Lough Ree

Lough Ree to Belfast

Belfast to Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond to Inverness

Inverness to the Grampians

The Grampians to Edinburgh

Edinburgh to Consett

Consett to Doncaster

Doncaster to Warwick

Warwick to Moreton-In-Marsh

Moreton-In-Marsh to Cirencester

Cirencester to Fareham

Fareham to Heathrow to Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Day 1

Hong Kong - Day 2

Hong Kong - Day 3

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Day 6 - Dorchester to Abbey Wood 2/06/05
Giant Lily pads in Kew Gardens and RWC touristsWe slept well in our 50p carpark and never heard the burnouts; the same can’t be said for the National Express call for computer help. We left early to beat the congestion in London, which paid off plus we got a free all day carpark at Hampton Court. Tourists aren’t suppose to be early risers so we had to go to Not more teddies in Kew gardensKew gardens to fill in time before the palace opened. The bus driver to Kew was kind enough to get off and show us the way as the gardens weren’t exactly on the bus route. Although the gardens were nice I thought £10 each was a little steep considering Christchurch’s Hagley and Auckland Botanical are free.



Hampton Court PalaceWe bused back to Hampton Court Palace the former home of King Henry the VIII and also rumoured to be the home of my ancestors (If you believe tall tales). At £12 each it was better value than Kew as you not only got beautiful gardens to look at but a palace complete with some furnishings and a maze.

The day finished with a hunt to find Wimbledon Common. Although we found it, the rain kept us from going in search of wombles, but I did learn the difference between a common and a park. A common looks like an unkept park with lots of trees. We checked in at Abbey Wood, East London for three nights and this will act as our London base.


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