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1. Posted by JessMet (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

Hi all,

I was just chasing some advice on my itinerary for a trip around uk/ireland... I'm thinking I may need to spend more time in some places, but was wondering which ones - or all of them? Also have I missed any "must sees"??

London
Windsor Castle
Oxford (2 nights)
Stratford-upon-Avon
Nottingham
York (2 nights)
Hadrian's Wall
Northumberland National Park
Edinburgh (2 nights)
Pitlochry Tour (departs edinburgh tues, thurs, sat)
Loch Ness Tour
Inverness (1 night as part of tour) Tour
Glencoe Tour
Killin Tour
Stirling Tour
Edinburgh (1 night)
Glasgow (2 nights) - been told I should try go to a Glasgow Rangers Celtic Football game
Stranraer (ferry to belfast)
Belfast (2 nights)
Giant's Causeway
Derry
Sligo
Galway (2 nights)
Limerick
Killarney (2 nights) Ring of Kerry Tour
Blarney
Cork
Kilkenny
Dublin (2 nights)
Cardiff (2 nights)
London

Any advice would be much appreciated :)

Cheers,

Jess

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1044 posts) 5y

A few places you may want to think about visiting:

Leeds Castle near Maidstone (south of London)
Stonehenge
Lacock & Avebury (there's a stone henge in Avebury, not as impressive as Stonehenge - and nearby Lacock is just a really nice old village, with Lacock Abbey)

3. Posted by JessMet (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

Thanks :) I was probably going to do a day tour to stonehenge, bath etc. out of london, but good to know about Lacock, Avebury and Leed's castle also!

4. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 5y

Hi,
I can only help with Southern Ireland, but if you let me know how much time you have on your hands etc., and what sort of activities you're interested in I'd be glad to offer whatever help I can.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 5y

Hey, you've missed out the Lake District! ;)

6. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 5y

Near Cork and Blarney Castle is a beautiful coastal village, Kinsale, which I would recommend an overnight stay in if you have the luxury. They have great pubs and the village itself is simply beautiful.

Ladymacwilly ^..^ ~

7. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 5y

Cardiff is in Wales but it's very much like England and doesn't really represent Wales as a nation. I'd be inclined to venture further out of cardiff to see the beauty that Wales has to offer. The brecon beacons is a Huge national park with waterfalls, mountains, lakes, forests etc... It's only about 30 miles from cardiff and can be reached via bus easily, here's some info

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brecon_Beacons

Also, Swansea is a pretty cool city that's very close to some of wales nicest beaches, miles and miles of them on the gower coast that's well worth checking out. A great place for camping and surfing/drinking in the summer and has a reall party feel when the sun is out, It's about 70 miles from cardiff. There's a camping spot that over looks Llangenith beach called hills end that's awesome fun in the summer, it has a pub, cafe, restraunt and lush scenery.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gower

hope you have a nice trip

8. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 5y

Warwick Castle and Coventry Cathedrals, easy to visit from Stratford-upon-Avon. In fact, Warwick, being an nice olde worlde mediaeval town, makes a good alternative place to stay .

9. Posted by JessMet (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

Hey again,

Thanks everyone for your fantastic advice :) I really appreciate it! Does it make a difference at all if I am doing this over Winter??

Also, I'm thinking of spending New Year's in Edinburgh and checking out the Hogmanay festival... anyone been? :)

Cheers,

Jess

10. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 5y

Quoting JessMet

Glasgow (2 nights) - been told I should try go to a Glasgow Rangers Celtic Football game

It's pretty difficult to get a ticket to a Rangers vs Celtic game, you'll really need to either buy one from a travel agency for an inflated price as part of a "tour" or make friends with someone who is a season ticket holder and can buy you a ticket.

If you can't manage that then the next best thing is to go to a Rangers vs Aberdeen game and sit in the Aberdeen end. These two teams hate each other almost as much as Rangers and Celtic hate each other so you're guaranteed abuse for 90 minutes (part of the fun!) Obviously going to either game would be dependent on when you were actually in Glasgow, but as an Aberdeen fan I'd happily buy you a ticket.

If that's not an option then you can just go to a regular Rangers or Celtic game. Between mid-August and the end of May one of these two teams will be playing in the city on most weekends. The dates of games is published sometime around July on this website.