LON­DON TO ED­IN­BURGH, UNITED KING­DOM

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You can eas­ily do this drive over four days. The main chal­lenge is get­ting out of Lon­don. Once you’re out of the city, it’s rel­a­tively smooth. First stop: Ox­ford, a his­toric town just a cou­ple of hours’ drive from Lon­don. Here, you may want to visit Ox­ford Cas­tle (www.ox­ford­castle­un­locked.co.uk), which brings the area’s his­tory to life. The Bodleian Li­brary (www.bod­ley.ox.ac.uk), too, is an­other his­tor­i­cal trea­sure. One of the old­est li­braries in Europe, it’s home to more than 11 mil­lion printed items.

Just 90 min­utes from Ox­ford is Strat­fordupon-Avon, Shake­speare’s child­hood town. Check out the Royal Shake­speare Theatre (www.rsc.org.uk), where you can learn more about the Bard’s plays and his life. From here, jour­ney north through Liver­pool, and keep go­ing till you ar­rive at the pic­turesque Lake Dis­trict. There are many farms, moun­tains, val­leys and lakes here, but the area is also home to the Beatrix Pot­ter Gallery (www. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/beatrix-pot­ter-gallery), which ex­hibits the au­thor’s orig­i­nal draw­ings and watercolours, and the Raven­glass and Eskdale Rail­way ride, an au­then­tic steam train that takes pas­sen­gers on a 40-minute jour­ney through the beau­ti­ful coun­try­side.

Keep driv­ing north un­til you reach the Scot­tish bor­der. Along the way, you’ll pass Blen­cathra moun­tains, in­stantly recog­nis­able with its ridges and peaks. Driv­ing fur­ther north – it should take you a few hours – will take you to Ed­in­burgh, the cap­i­tal of Scot­land. This vi­brant city boasts count­less his­tor­i­cal at­trac­tions, such as Holy­rood Palace (www. roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk), the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of Queen El­iz­a­beth II in Scot­land, and Mary King’s Close (www.real­maryk­ingsclose.com), which de­picts life in Ed­in­burgh be­tween the 16th and 19th cen­turies.

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