I'll be traveling to London this up coming winter and i'd like some advice from some of you guys who've experience this area...
We'd like to get a nice amount of time in London to see some of its finer exhibits and get a sence of the 'night life' but it would be great to see some of the outside area as well.
We also would like to try and stay a couple of days in Ireland.
We are looking at spending in total around 2 weeks, however depending how our financial situation is as the trip approachs we may decide to spend an extra week.
Can anyone give me some itinerary advice? =)
I've been to London a bunch of times but somehow its always a blur because there's so much to do.
I'm sure others have better lists but here's my top list: London bridge, abbey road, palace, museums, maybe the London eye.. (kind of gimmicky). London can be expensive but the hotels aren't too bad if you look in the right place.
I think the prices tend to be best near Hyde park.
Oxford: If you have any friends in the area (or even if you don't) Oxford is a wonderful place to slow down a bit after hoofing it around London. I highly recommend taking a little boat out on the streams around campus.. you can rent one for pretty cheap ($20 or so). You can see the cool oxford landscape in my travelers point gallery:
If you're only going to spend a few days in Ireland I'd fly over to Shannon, rent a car, and hit Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Ring of Kerry. After that the Cliffs of Moher and Galway. My second choice, would be instead to hit Northern Ireland, going to Belfast, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giant's Causeway, and Glenariff National Park. These are my two favorite parts of the island! I wasn't in London long but a couple of my favorite things there were the National Library's exhibition of amazing ephemera including a Gutenberg Bible, various Magna Cartas, and Shakespeare's first folio, as well as the Courtauld Gallery, which is a small museum with a nice collection, including some great Cezanne and Seurat. Good luck!