I just graduated from university and got holiday-maker visas for Ireland and the UK for the next 2 years. I've got my flight booked to London for the second week of October but don't really have firm plans for what I should be doing.
As of now I think I am going to spend my first week in London before heading through southern England and over to Wales for my second week. From here I will catch the ferry to Dublin and start looking for work and a place to stay.
Right now my main concern is the first week in London - I'll just rattle off the questions I have; any advice would be greatly appreciated.
- Is the London Pass worth getting for the week to see lots of the sights?
- Britrail offers bus/tube passes (either just zones 1-2, or 1-6) - Is there any need for the zone 1-6 pass, or can you get to just about everything with the central service pass?
- Any recommendations for hostels? I'm looking for a place that is fairly central, somewhat lively and won't break the bank.
- Any suggestions as to how I should travel through southern England and Wales?
can't help with the hostels in London, but the zone 6 travel card is basically to get out to Heathrow... so depends on which airport you're flying into and how long you're going to use it for. I'd suggest getting a zone 1 & 2 and then paying the extra if you happen to go outside of 1 & 2.
The Ferry to Dublin is with www.Stenaline.com from Holyhead. The sooner you book it the better and you can get a daytripper single ticket for £12 (on a sunday) at the moment.... cheaper than a single ticket one-way
Spend as much time in Wales as you can... totally Biased I know but North Wales in Autumn is beautiful
Forget the zone 1-6 travel card. You'll only need a zone 1-2.
As for hostels, try places in Earls Court, Paddington, etc. One I've seen on the net is http://www.ace-hotel.co.uk/ but I haven't stayed there.
For travelling in or to the South, if you're on a limited budget, coach is better, e.g. one way from London to Southampton on coach is around £13.50 as opposed to approx £30 by train. If you've got a bit more cash then train is a bit faster, and so far I've had no major issues with delays etc. National Express coach company generally does good deals (www.nationalexpress.com) and goes all round the country.
Good luck with your travels