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Places to visit and stay in the UK and Ireland

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1. Posted by WanderingPaige (Budding Member, 2 posts) 1 Aug '13 00:15

I'm 20 and travelling to the UK next Summer for about a month. I possibly have a place to stay in Scotland but want to visit more than just Scotland. I'm interested in Historical sites and places to have fun and relax. I was hoping to get some advice on where to go, places to see and places to have some fun all across the UK. I'll be there for a month so I have time to do a lot of stuff.

Any Suggestions?

2. Posted by Borisborough (Full Member, 191 posts) 1 Aug '13 00:59

There are loads of places in England with a bit of history - London, Canterbury, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath Bristol, Stonehenge, Stratford-on-Avon, Lincoln, York, Durham, Berwick-on-Tweed. And those will just scratch the surface. Then there's Wales and Northern Ireland too. That'll give you somewhere to start your planning.

If you know other people and can get other places to stay, you could keep your costs down; accommodation isn't cheap in the UK.

You might want to plan your travelling around sporting or musical events in the summer too - Glastonbury, Formula 1, Wimbledon, cricket? And the Tour de France will be in Yorkshire and Cambridge to London next year too.

3. Posted by WanderingPaige (Budding Member, 2 posts) 1 Aug '13 01:35

Awesome! Thanks. I'm definitely going to be researching those places to see exactly where it is I want to go.

Any places you suggest specifically?

4. Posted by oliveroz (Budding Member, 2 posts) 1 Aug '13 06:41

London. If you are going to be in Scotland you must see London. If you start looking now you should be able to find a cheap hostel. Have fun!

5. Posted by Borisborough (Full Member, 191 posts) 1 Aug '13 11:40

Yes, definitely London. If you haven't got friends there, try Carr Saunders Hall - LSE's halls of residence. Then it depends on which historical period you're interested in. Canterbury, Bath and York (and Lincoln and London) are all Roman with some later history too. Stonehenge is will before that period. Oxford and Cambridge are university cities. Read up on-line (Wikipedia will do) and get some idea from there. ANd don't forget Edinburgh too,

6. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 630 posts) 2 Aug '13 03:13

Get a Historical Scotland pass and visit the many castles and ruins around the country. Especially helpful in saving money if you intend to go to Edinburgh Castle (which I recommend you do).

Also agree with Bath and York suggestions—amazing places, loads of history, and picture-perfect Britishness.

7. Posted by NicoleC91 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 2 Aug '13 06:51

Hey I'm from Ireland and the best historical sites are:
• newgrange in co. Meath
• clonmacnoise in co.offaly
• Kilkenny castle obviously in co.Kilkenny
To name a few,

Most beautiful sights are;
• the cliffs of moher
• the burren
•. The giants causeway

Ireland has some fab scenery but mayo and Kerry are beautiful esp dingle :)
Hope that helped

8. Posted by jackkent (Budding Member, 23 posts) 5 Aug '13 20:33

With my 1 month vacation in Ireland, I had so much fun. I went to Boyne Valley that contains some of the most important historic sites and monuments, It is a designated World Heritage Site. I have also visited St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. And don't forget to visit Aran Island, The mystical, frozen-in-time islands are famous for their preservation of a rural existence largely unchanged, at least culturally, over the centuries. Hope this can help you out on your trip ;).
Have a safe one!