I am from Texas, USA and have never traveled abroad although I have always wanted to. I am a single mother and am interested in visiting England, Ireland and France. Does anyone have any advice on where to go and what to do once there? I am 32 and have a 7 y/o daughter. I only speak English so that would have to be a consideration.
Where do your interest's lay? That would be the first question I'd have to ask before really being able to recomend anywhere. Next question I'd have is how much time are you looking to be on the road? a week or two, or maybe a month or two?
For big city stuff, museums, castles and palaces, and other similar stuff the London Metro area is a great bet, and there is no language barrier.. .well at least it's minimal. just joking all you UK folks.
France of course is great as well, but if you are really concerned with the language barrier your first time out it might not be ideal. Paris is a nice city with a lot of great sites to see and you can take a train from there to London these days, or a ferry ride as well.
For serene landscapes, beautiful countryside, small towns, and sheep blocking traffic, I would look more to a driving tour of Ireland's west coast, including the cliffs of Moher without a doubt... Still with no language barrier. If you had two weeks or more you could even mix those two suggestions a bit. You could also consider continuing up into Scotland and going to Loch Ness, spend a few days in Inverness before heading down to Edinburgh.
There are really a lot of options available in the three countries you've mentioned. Let us know where your interests lie and how long you're looking to travel for and I am sure people on this site will be able to help you put together a really great trip to Western Europe.
To get a little bit better answer you might want to add what type of budget you're going to be traveling on...
I have some notes which I can send you but it depends on whether you actually mean England alone in the UK, because I have notes on both Wales and Scotland as well.
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I'm afraid I can't really help on Ireland.
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Now that the political situation has settled down pretty well, you might want to check out Northern Ireland as well. It is stunning especially the Coastal Regions, you are also rarely an hour away from The Republic of Ireland. and 2 hours sailing from Scotland. Enjoy it
I agree with Stevie, Northern Ireland is a really nice place to visit.
Edinburgh is fab too. I love Scotland