Travel in Edinburgh and London

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  1. noelsy profile image61
    noelsyposted 13 years ago

    What is the average temperature in late Oct/early Nov in both Edinburgh and London? And advice for travellers from Asian countries?

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    EmpressFelicityposted 13 years ago

    Scroll on down for a graph showing average temperatures in London month by month: … 2c+England

    Edinburgh is a bit colder (as you'd expect): … c:UKXX0052

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    BRIAN SLATERposted 13 years ago

    The weather in the south of England is normally a few degrees warmer than else where in England. In the centre of London because of the micro climate with all the buildings etc it tends to stay 1-2 degrees above that of outside London.
    In Edinburgh which is 300 miles further north than London, as you would expect it will be several degrees cooler. Edinburgh gets a fair amount of rain during the Autumn and this can fall as snow if the temperature drops down to 1-2 degrees Celsius. If the temperature stays around 4-7 degrees, the cloud cover can act to keep the temperatures artificially higher than you would expect, but the evening/night time temperature will drop significantly.

  4. noelsy profile image61
    noelsyposted 13 years ago

    Thanks for advice from Mr. Slater and Express Felicity. Yes, it should be cooler if there is rain in Edinburgh and London.

  5. Polly C profile image90
    Polly Cposted 13 years ago

    The weather in the UK is very hard to predict! It varies a lot and who can say what the temperature will be then? Last year October was very mild for the time of year, we didn't even have the heating on and usually we would.

    If you coming from an asian country you will probably think it is pretty cold though, it will be winter coat and jumper weather by November.

    And Scotland is often a lot colder - where I live temperatures are similar to London.

  6. Kangaroo_Jase profile image72
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 13 years ago

    I haven't been to the UK in 37 years, yet if it's been different from wet, miserable and COLD in that time, I will be bloody surprised lol

    1. Polly C profile image90
      Polly Cposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Today it is wet and miserable, though not cold smile

  7. noelsy profile image61
    noelsyposted 13 years ago

    Hi, thanks for all replies. Glad to hear that temp. in London and Edinburgh is not too cold.

    I have drafted a 15 day itinerary/plan for London-Edinburgh-Paris in early Nov this year with my husband but still have some questions in mind for all of your advice:

    Day 1: Arrive Heathrow at 07:00 & then travel to Edinburgh by National Railway
    Day 2: Edinburgh Castle/St. GilesCathedral/Museum
    Day 3: Edinburgh - Calton Hill/national Gallery/Royal yacht/Princes Street; should we cut the visit at Edinburgh from 3 to 2 days
    Day 4: Edinburgh to Leeds (to meet a friend in University )
    Day 5: Leeds to Peterborough ( to meet a friend/stay one night; any tourist sites?) ( no idea of transport mode/rent a car?) or should we go to York instead ( no idea of transport mode/rent a car?)
    Day 6: Peterborough to London ( no idea of transport mode/rent a car?) - still got to go to Cambrigh after we drop off the luggage at hostel in London?
    Day 7: London - Oxford by rail or Cambridge by tube
    Day 8: Bath and Stone henge ( join local tour or we go by ourself)
    Day 9: Greenwich or legoland & Windsor Castle
    Day 10: London to Paris by Eurostar
    Day 11, 12 & 13 Paris
    Day 14: Paris to London - Towel Bridge/St. Paul's Cathedral/Borough Market/Leicester Square and buy musical if available ( by metro)
    Day 15: London - British Museum /Covent Garden/Oxford Street and bond Street/Knighsbridge
    Day 16: London - London Eye/Buckingham Palace/Westminister Abbey/ Hyde Park before we leave London to HK at 22:00

    Our questions are:
    (1) will we in a hurry to go through these places? Still visit a lots of museum in Paris? Which areas should we give up?
    (2) Will we select the most effective and economic transportation mode?
    (3) for Day 4 and 5; should we invite friends (Leeds & Peterborough) who may drive to London Sun to meet us in
    (4) Will it be too late and may be moreexpensive to buy Eurostar and railyway tickets on line one month in advance
    (5) how to take train at Heathrow Airport to take a right train for Edinburgh in Day 1?
    (6) any difference if in High Street kensingston or Paddington in London to reach those visiting areas
    (7) Expensive to rent a car in Edinburgh and London? with so called GPRS
    (8) any local SIM card to enjoy the natvigation via iphone in UK.
    Thank you.

    1. thisisoli profile image70
      thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, first off, cut out peterborough and go to York, it is a fantastic city, and small enough to walk around, you can get from leeds to york very quickly by the regular train service that runs between them. Plus if you are in to history you can visit Roman baths, walk along the roman walls and visit some great museums!

      Plus you can get the express train (1:50 - 2:30 mins duration) straight from york to kings cross.

      Edinburgh is an amazing city, but it will be very cold. There is a pretty good bus system if you want to go to some of the more out of the way places, but the good nes is that a lot of the tourist destinations are in one area.

      London is overrated in my opinion, check it out a little on the night you stay there and decide how much you like it, but then again I also think paris is overrated so it might just be me tongue

      1. noelsy profile image61
        noelsyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for your advice about route between Leeds and York. Great.

  8. WordCustard profile image63
    WordCustardposted 13 years ago

    Wow, that's a busy itinerary! But I'm sure you will fit it all in and have fun.

    I live near Edinburgh and the weather has turned pretty cold. London and Edinburgh are several hundred miles apart and you can expect it to be colder here in Scotland, although November in London is likely also be cold and possibly wet. Bring something warm to wear and make sure you have a hood or an umbrella. Also have comfy shoes -- Royal Mile and Edinburgh in general are hilly and London also can punish your feet despite all the public transport. Same goes for Paris.

    I think you can fill 3 days in Edinburgh but it depends how interested you are in the various sights and attractions. Bear in mind in November days are very short here in Scotland so you will have fewer daylight hours than you would have had in summer. It's not a big city but you will spend a little time travelling (e.g. to the Royal Yacht) or walking.

    I don't know much about Peterborough but funnily enough did see someone had made a Hub on Peterborough as a tourist destination so am sure that will help you out there. Peterborough is on direct train line to London. If you are thinking of hiring car, it would make much more sense to go to Cambridge BEFORE London in terms of distances and locations (assuming you don't mind driving round with the luggage).

    You might want to plan for a day when you can take it easy and not be rushing from a to b... simply because being busy can also be tiring. All the locations you list have something to offer, your best bet is to read through the list and see which ones you get excited about and which ones you added only because you thought you ought to see them. Stone Henge is interesting but is the most out of the way place so might be one to drop if you are short on time.

    Trains in UK are not cheap. Look into this beforehand as you can save money by prebooking certain rates. One month in advance is indeed much better than booking it on the day you travel. Car hire will be expensive if you are looking at one-way hires and I would advise against driving in London. If the problem is the luggage, you may want to look into dropping the car off at an outer London location and getting train/taxi to your accommodation.

    1. noelsy profile image61
      noelsyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Wordcustard. You did remind me to bring along the appropriate shoes and cut some places that I should not spend much time.

  9. noelsy profile image61
    noelsyposted 13 years ago

    Next week, we are going to visit Edinburgh for two days and York for two day, then to Manchester for one day.  What places we should pay a visit?


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