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interested to hear your opinions cause a lot of you seem to dislike places. please give your reasoning.
Spalding (now the relatives who lived there are dead)
I just remember grey skies and a feeling of dread
Charlton-scouted round there for a film. Desolate streets. Cold, rainy.
Nice independent cinema.
never has one family travelled so far for so little.
I've not been there for, ooo, about 20 years admittedly, but I used to love springfields.
can see why there are so many of them down here.
scotland is up north
i meant the south is shit
Yarmouth is good! I said.
It was pissing it down. The only thing of note was some sand sculptures, but they were roped off. I lost at crazy golf.
I don't like yarmouth anymore.
(we got stuck there overnight on a boat holiday). Turned out fun in the end though. Did you got in the pub with a parrot?
We drove all the way up there to play a show, which got cancelled because they'd decided an 18th birthday party would no doubt take more money at the bar.
Had a couple hours to walk about, it was beyond grim.
It was a sunny day and all those students to-ing a fro-ing on their bicycles and gayly walking and sitting in little groups in the parks made me feel sad that I'd never experience their hopefulness and pomposity.
Plus the Cambridge traffic system is seriously blood pressure-raising.
also Runcorn. I once stayed in Runcorn with a mate and went for a night out in Warrington. Worst weekend ever.
No bovril for you.
Port Talbot has recently undergone complete renovation and is now quite nice.
I know it's supposed to be a nice touristy place, but I went there to look around the university and found fuck-all to do for 48 hours. I asked a student what they did for fun and she said *go to Newcastle*.
I grew up between Swindon and Gloucester. I'd recommend no-one goes to either of them. I had to many times.
people from durham are the only people who actually like it more than other cities, i think.
the posh stuff is boring to look at after a while.
Once you get to 14 or so it gets really dull.
If by posh stuff you mean Cathedral, Castle, etc? Pfff no way. Cathedral is probably the best in Britain, absolutely stunning. Never got bored of it in my 20 years of living there and seeing it every day.
it didn't help that 95% of my time there was spent in the A&E ward surrounded by scarred-for-life toddlers and women who were either in tears or trading their most nauseating injury anecdotes, but it looked borderline post-apocalyptic even on the sunniest day of the year.
it does have a burger star which is by far the best burger chain
i have ever been to
also it is very quiet unless there is a home game & the gigs
there are very easy to get to the front at
that's all i have
is pretty bleak.
and haven't been back for about 12 years.
Am going next weekend.
is a brilliant shout - the touristy trash to cultural enlightenment ratio is unparalleled
and not a shithole. Plus, because of the falls your statement is utter tosh. The falls are incredible.
I've been to quite a range of shit places with work, of which Stevenage is the shittest by some distance. The single greyest place I've ever seen.
horrible shallow picture-postcardiness with a sneering undercurrent in the fancy bits, and a snarling undercurrent in the rest
Your hashtagopinon# is wrong.
well, i'm still going to stay out of it and enjoy my life more as a result
you lot enjoy it if you can!
i don't care about preempting
partly due to it being a walled city and therefore pushed for space, it hasn't really developed defined 'areas' like most big cities have, i.e. 'the student bit' 'the posh bit', 'the for the the love of god don't go there bit', instead everthing is forced together in an awkward mix
other than that it's basically a shit hole
I thought it would be nice. It wasn't nice.
it's hardly amazing but it has some nice scenery and shit like that.
i hate places that are completely flat, how about some hills dickhead? also the streets are too wide and everything is grey.
I always post about fucking Oswaldtwistle.
It's a fuckin' disgrace.
no one likes blackpool
You have a small lump of charcoal for a heart
is there anything in littleport other than a train station and a perilous level crossing?
Whilst househunting, it quickly became apparent that there's a very good reason for that.
Granted, i didn't see much of either, but what i did just seemed a bit grim
it didn't seem it though.
That big bridge by the college is quite nice I gues
Which is also a shithole.
oh, as you were then
drive from Gosport to Fareham. Both shitholes.
I've a soft spot for Gozza though. Mainly good memories of falling out the Clarence. Total shit hole, mind.
Fareham's rough, though.
but the idea of going to LA again doesn't excite me
John Cleese said it was the place to go for people who lack the guts to end their life. He was right. Incidentally, in their rage they then named the city dump Mt. Cleese. Take THAT John
Wanted to visit Mt Cleese. They made me wear a hat.
That's Alan Partridge made flesh
Also no particular love for Lower Hutt. I arrived in Wellington and thought I'd booked a place in a hostel relatively central, turned out to be in Lower Hutt.
I was the only person I saw there who wasn't a middle-aged man going through a divorce. You know that bit in the Simpsons when Bart stays over with Milhouse at his dad's apartment in that 'bachelor' complex, and he can't sleep because all he can hear are men crying in their sleep and calling out the names of the women who left them? Yeah, it was like that.
wouldn't want to live there, mind. or visit.
actually you might be right.
Imagine a place twice as bad as Lower Hutt. Then tack on another 10% more suburban horror. That's Upper Hutt. Probably worse than Palmerston North actually.
Suburban horror is right, though, it all felt very much like a place from an episode of Are You Afraid Of The Dark.
Has a great underground music scene. The town is 90%+ dickheads, though.
Wouldn't live here though
I found the whole place so depressing. I mean, there are loads of places in the country that are just as bad but I don't know, just got me down being there.
To be fair I've only been to the town centre once, I've really only seen the stretch of suburbs between the station and my office so you probably know it better than me.
It's pretty naff. I remember when they had fake streets painted in the high street to try and disguise all the empty shops. I wonder if they've got round to redeveloping Queensmead yet..
Awful architecture, just absolutely soulless.
DiS will be the first to know.
would be wakefield if i wasnt from there
muttering and fist shaking at the town's sign as you drive off, shaking your head, is recommended.
I am never, ever going back.
Basically, the East Riding is the armpit of Yorkshire.
and i got soaking wet ( the latter part wasnt really londons fault as such but it added to my bad day)
Glasgow - shit hole in general, Cardiff - went to one of those free radio one things there years ago, was full of idiots who ere quite rude once they found out i wasnt welsh and me and mates had invaded 'their' free gig, seriously, this happened. put me off cardiff and wales in general for life
it's my Official Favourite New Place.
i did only see someones house/street etc havnt explored the city, but it just seemed bleak and i have no desire to return
st helens on their aswell due to the fact its full of people who arnt scousers who want to be , why i dont know, but its just annoying
I don't really like it. What a fucking dump.
It's a place I've vowed to not visit again as it's such a shithole.
Up Brixton Hill? Some of the streets around there too? The Academy? Acre Lane? Can't think of many other places around there.
It's gentrified now. You got an M&S and everything.
Seriously, no-one can deny it's a shithole, no matter how good the pubs or the "vibe". Look at Brixton High St, or Electric Ave then look at say Highgate, or Kensington or even most of greater London. Brixton is a dump.
Has boulders and wind turbines instead of a beach
Dear Lord, Cov
Seemed to be populated by feral children and smack addicts
Boring and there were no cinemas open on a sunday afternoon between the hours of 1 and 4.
Maybe it was christmas day.
(or it didn't have anything good showing i can't remember i'd just been camping and got food poisioning overnight and had to wait 5 hours for a train home and had the hump and sheffield was shit)
i guess you london types are so spoiled and cosmopolitan
Sheffield is brilliant.
I keep seeing this at work and it make me laugh everytime http://i.imgur.com/OIGC0.jpg
Might as well chuck Prestatyn in there too while I'm at it
Went through some bloody lovely countryside, some nice little villages, some great cities even. But some places stick out as being soulless shitholes that I will never go to again. All up north. Walsall, Nelson spring to mind. Chuckling kids in some Manchester suburb dropped rocks from bridges aimed at the driver of the boat, bloody sociopaths. Fishermen in some crappy town all got pissy when we went past - why do you think the canal is there you bellends? Every other fisherman just moves their pole out of the way. Maybe in that town there was literally nothing else to do.
''After standing like a plum for 20min in reception (that smelt like a sweaty biffa bin)''
this hotel is the most vile place i have ever seen (put it this way the homeless have it better sleeping out in the parks, even the jews had it better in the nazi gas chambers)
My sister and I stayed with Budget Guest House in November this year. The amenities were basic but clean and warm, despite the freezing conditions outside. The value for money was great considering what situation I was put in unexpectedly. Being 8 months pregnant I suddenly went into labour and had to leave the hotel late at night leaving all of mine and my sisters belongings in our room.
As I am from Lincoln, the next day, we had to travel all the way home in terrible weather conditions, but needed to gather all our belongings, which the staff did for us ready to pick up on our way home with newborn baby in tow.
My sister managed to collect all our things but left behind a pair of boots. I called the hotel and they kindly agreed to send the boots but also offered to pay for them to be sent.
I would definitely stay with them again and recommend their services.
Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
didn't like Dublin much either.
I'm sure there's nice areas in all of those places.
Dunno about Dublin actually. Never been.
which was where my shitty hotel was that cost me far too much money to be as shit as it was.
I'd try San Fran again 'cause obviously some of it is really nice but fuck me I saw some of the bleakest sights of my adult life in that short 6 day visit. There's an important lesson about holiday research to be had.
on our honeymoon, we were staying three blocks away, but seemed to spend much of our time on the edge of the tenderloin for various reasons (watching gigs; heading up to the Haight etc). I'd been to SF before, but my wife had not. She hated it.
Shared an incredibly squalid, blood-stained hostel room with a summer of love relic who insisted on smoking horrendous smelling legal highs the entire time.
I moved elsewhere after a night.
that the first thing I saw upon leaving the hotel there was a mentally ill man who screamed at a passer-by and then rolled his wheelchair backwards into traffic.
Maybe it's just because I'm used to what the ropey bits of the UK look like, but I found the contrast between the rich and poor much more stark in SF than anywhere else I've ever been.
Street full of posh bars & mad expensive vintage clothes/crap shops, turn one corner and the whole place was reeking of piss and people were selling half packets of batteries/old vhs tapes/bruised fruit on rags. Some people just moaning in a very unhealthy way. And a man running along throwing up into a big starbucks cup. It was just one street in the middle of what was a really nice area.
Mainly because I went to college there, and had a godawful time.
But also because its a urine drenched hell hole that crushes hopes and dreams like crisps under bison.
Easily the most soul destroying place I've ever had the misfortune to visit.
was my nearest town while growing up. went to school there.
classic market town in the middle of nowhere vibe. there are worse places. but yeah - detached from life in general.
There is an unusually high concentration of eastern europeans (and also Portuguese for some reason) which creates an ''interesting'' mix.
haven't been there in any meaningful sense for more than a decade.peter hitchens has, though.
They were constantly on alert because of the number of times their ATMs had devices attached to them by the Eastern European crime elements in the area. They would attach a small wireless device and sat on one of the benches in the marketplace monitoring the details on a laptop and then cloning cards with the info - quite sophisticated stuff. On one occasion, the manager was told by a customer that there was a strange device attached to the ATM outside and when he went to investigate he was confronted by two massive Polish guys who told him they would break his legs if he touched the machine. They calmly removed it and left before the police arrived.
Also, because of the high concentration of Portuguese (and a high concentration of English idiots tbf), there were pitched battles in the marketplace when Portugal knocked England out of the 2006 World Cup. I was told that 80% of the shop windows were put through that night.
(I hesitate to call him a mate) - fighty type, the 'dangerous' kid in class, got elected as a councillor. For the English Democrats. Not a major surprise, I can imagine him being alee to use his circle of mates to secure the handful of votes required to get in. Just looked it up
the fact that there's a Boston Bypass Party tells the story. A town that's already in the arse end of nowhere, between nowhere and nowhere, has a sizeable section of the population that wants to build a road around it so even fewer people pass through with their business etc. The fuckers had 25 out of 32 seats between 2007 & 2011, ffs.
The Town That Gave Up.
You all sound so horrendously English when you moan about other places.
Bugger Bognor indeed.
The Fens in general
drove through it going to Cardiff and it seemed awful
If not, BASINGSTOKE.
Couldn't think of a reason other than it's a horrid shithole. Work seemed very offended when I turned down a "promotion" to work there.
Not a shithole as such; in fact it was very clean in a hospital corridor kind of way. It's just that it was the most joy-sapping place I've ever stayed. The building was plastered with notices setting out in detail what was, or more often, was not, permitted. There was a little bar in the alcove under the stairs at which the owner used to sit in the evening at the only table with a friend silently contemplating their drinks.
The room I had contained one of those massive Victorian wardrobes which took up about half the available space. The door of this was extremely stiff, which caused the whole edifice to lean alarmingly forwards whenever I tried to open it. I was terrified the bloody thing would topple over on top of me every time I wanted to retrieve a shirt.
Please tell me this is the "That's it, back to Winnipeg" clip from the Simpsons
basingstoke, spennymoor, runcorn, coatbridge, clekheaton. not a looker among them.
you literally couldn't try any harder
they just don't like London?
It is a fucking hole in general. But as I've grown up there, it's home, full of many of my best friends, and it's not even a bad night out. The amount of times I've been 'started on' for just talking to a girl or simply walking past someone is outrageous though. Full of skinhead cunts.
I live nearish to Stoke (about half-an-hour) and I've been a few times for work but not been out at night etc.
Is it just Stoke that is the shitehole or are we talking the whole of the Potteries?
During the day time it's all a bit grim really, but Hanley is a decent night out on a Friday (and Monday if you're under 23/24)
Saturday night is full of morons and I'd avoid the Potteries as a whole to be honest.
Whilst we were waiting in line for the Spacebowl, the tattooed bloke in front of us started squeezing the spots on his girlfriend's back. Cheers, Stoke.
Or whatever the name of the bit downstairs in Liquid is :D
Rhyl, Prestatyn, Bangor and Caernarfon, for example.
Southampton seems a bit weird too. I think most places near the sea are weird in one way or another.
I'm going to stick up for Stoke as well. Having lived there for uni for three years, I really didn't think it was that bad. I've certainly been to much worse places. It just needs a little care and attention and it could be a decent place. I don't think its helped by its polycentric nature (the six towns, plus Newcastle very close by) rather than the standard one town/city centre. And its always going to be overlooked (for development and so on) as its right in the middle of Birmingham and Manchester. I suppose similar arguments could be made for the likes of Blackburn and Hull though. I could just be viewing it with rose-tinted glasses as I lived there for a while though.
Basingstoke, Croydon, Slough, Basildon, Luton, Langley
Places I've visited that I would never want to return to:
Bradford, Coventry, Minehead, Great Yarmouth, Paignton
And Croydon again.
Birthplace of winners.
But if you love unashamedly rubbish places it's worth a trip. My friend and I used to make a lot of fun about Sheppey and then decided it was only fair that we at least took a day trip and go there. He, being an arab, got a lot of hostile stares and was generally ignored whenever he addressed people. It was a pretty hilarious trip all-in-all, and we now consider ourselves to have carte blanche with regards to slagging it off. Bear in mind that we're both from Croydon.
is one of the best, most atmospheric nature reserves in Southern England
Reminded me of alien 4
I mean, if you want a shithole, forget about most of these places and try Dhaka. It's like a dystopia.
Guyaquil in Ecuador too. Hot and humid, police on every corner. Santa Clara also an honorable mention there. And Machala!
Possibly Ballarat in Victoria in Australia too.
would go to Dhaka on their gap year
Tegucigalpa is similar and way worse
Girlfriend lived there briefly when we were first going out - the hottest place in town to hang out seems to be Asda, the entire place stinks of the local abbatoir (next to a school, nice), and heads whip round to glare when they hear your English accent. One of those places that just has this horrible air of desperation and decay (oh and heroin)
used to travel nearly 2 hours every day to and from that awful hole for work. yuck
... Didcot, Yately
... Winnersh, Taplow
Now that place is a shithole! Also home to the worst nightclub I've ever been to, where it was OK for lads to get in a circle and piss on the dancefloor.
What a scruffy, run down, horrible place that is
on the way to Swansea to watch football there. I think the only shop that was not boarded up was a hair dressers. It was bleak to say the least.
Also CTRL + F Corby
Dirty, unfriendly and nothing to do. Plus point, and only reason to go there is that it's a transport hub. Probably doesn't help that I'd arrived from the gorgeous Lake Toba.
Its not that bad, there's just nothing there.
Couldn't make my mind up about it.
Oppressive characterless anonymous destitute Middle England at its very worst.
Otherwise quite nice.
you're all clueless
immediately lets me know they haven't traveled enough
london's pretty uniquely awful. if that's the kind of place you hate then you're not gonna somewhere you hate more than london
but it's cute you think you're right
its full of wankers
and all 8 million of its residents are wankers
i can tell you've really thought about this and haven't at all embarrassed yourself
but its one of the least friendly places I've ever been.
I dont like it at all. how embarrassing.
If you haven't been abroad to 5 different countries you are dead to me.
go back to reddit, fuckface