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Fitness Minutes: (49,818) Posts: 2,664 6/11/13 9:31 A
I just booked a trip to London for a few days on my way to Stockholm! I've never been to England.
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I visited Greenwich (GMT) I caught a train then walked under the river in a 100 yo + tunnel with a strange smell. Great buildings. In Wales I caught the train from Cardiff to the Brecons with spectacular scenery
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Posts: 51 1/15/13 10:10 A
For London, I also recommend the museums. I liked the photography one as well. The musicals are always fun if you've never been. The hop-on-hop off bus (I know kind of cheesy) gives you a good feel for the city pretty quickly. It will still be cold and you'll need an umbrella. For day trips, I love Bath, Cambridge and Oxford.
I almost forgot - the War Rooms. Those are a must see in London.
For Ireland, we did a 10 day boat trip down the Shannon. For transportation, it's an awesome way to see the little villages along the way. It wasn't too expensive either. I liked the Guiness factory in Dublin. It was pretty cool. Go to a little village for some "crack" - Irish music. We had a great time.
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Fitness Minutes: (991) Posts: 3 1/1/13 11:32 A
Based on your interests, you should definitely check out the museums in London - they are absolutely top notch.
My personal 3 absolute musts are the Natural History Museum, The British Museum, and The Science Museum. All are free of charge which is incredible because of how good they are, but also an excellent way to spend a day given how expensive the city can be.
Have a wonderful time!
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Fitness Minutes: (91,232) Posts: 6,522 12/26/12 10:10 P
my boyfriend is from Dublin so I am fortunate to visit Ireland pretty frequently. Wicklow Mountains is a nice trip for scenery, I would also head out to KilKenny where you can see the largest dolmen in Europe and of course KilKenny Castle. While in Dublin, you should go to Christ Church Cathedral, very interesting catacombs atmosphere. I loved Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher is okay. If you want to know cheap places for eats and drinks let me know. I'll have my boyfriend give me a list of pubs in Dublin. He is a honest Irish man and he knows that some of the Irish try to take advantage of others...
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Fitness Minutes: (70,153) Posts: 1,491 12/22/12 11:07 A
Enjoy your trip! There's so much to see in London -- and the tube is so easy to get around on. You'll have to prioritize what you want to see since you can easily spend a couple of weeks in London to see all of the museums, historic sites, etc.
Two off the beaten track suggestions:
1. If you're a fan of history and navigation, take the tube or a boat ride to Greenwich. Greenwich is where the prime meridian was first established and also has historic artifacts like Henry the Navigator's equipment.
2. While we're talking navigation.....If you're a Dr. Who fan, try to get to Cardiff in Wales for the Dr. Who Experience.
Have a great trip! Just be prepared and dress in layers -- it can be sunny one one side of the street and a blowing gale on the other side that time of year.
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Posts: 291 8/5/12 3:55 P
That must make for some interesting negotiations when planning trips. :)
Anyway, London is a great city for wandering. One of my first days in London, we walked from...somewhere...to the Globe to buy tickets. It looked a lot closer on the map, but we ran across interesting ruins and minor sites along the way.
London also has fantastic museums. Off the top of my head, the ones I remember being surprised at how enjoyable they were was the Portrait Gallery, the V&A (only if you like household art- wrought iron, lace, that kind of thing), and the City of London museum. I was a poor college student at the time, so I was going in for the free hours at the end of the day (the last hour and a half or so, although the last time I looked into it, most museums were now free in London).
Fitness Minutes: (2,271) Posts: 26 8/5/12 1:32 P
Actually Kathy and I have different interests. I am a trained biologist, with interests and hobbies in history, cultural studies, art, dancing, hiking, walking, and watching and meeting people. Kathy is a trained marine biologist who enjoys the sciences. We both enjoy walking through neighborhoods and experiencing different cultures. We get to see some of the most interesting things when we get off the well-worn path. I am a big jounalist on trips, recording our experiences and we put tegether scrap books with photos after trips with the journal and things we pick up - i.e.: when visiting Europe in the spring years ago we pressed lots of flowers, collected napkins, bags, &c
Posts: 272 8/5/12 12:38 P
I've visited Ireland a few times. Western Ireland--Cliffs of Moher, dinner at Bunratty Castle. Southwest--Ring of Kerry (take a bus tour so you can enjoy the views properly), kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, then shop at Blarney Woolen Mills. Southeast--Waterford is lovely. Dublin--St. Patrick's Cathedral, the hop on/hop off tour, and a pint at Gravity Bar (the end stop of the Guinness tour) is fun. In the North, the Giant's Causeway and the Bushmill's Distillery tour are great.
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Posts: 1,874 8/1/12 9:46 P
I have a suggestion, can I come with and show you around? We've been there and miss it.
I have a friend in Wales, and you have to visit castles, can't miss them. Scotland...We were in Edinburgh and just walked around. Awesome city. Ireland, words can't describe how BEAUTIFUL it is. London, we walked around so much, you need to spend at least 2-3 days to see everything.
When I went, I flew to Ireland, Scotland, then took the train to London, then back to Wales.
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Posts: 291 7/30/12 6:40 P
London: What are your interests? It is such a fantastic city that one could easily spend your entire trip there so it is hard to make recommendations. I did enjoy going to see a show at the reconstructed Globe theater- only during the summer months- but their tour was interesting as well.
Posts: 4,836 7/30/12 12:17 P
In Wales, we found Portmerion one of our favorite places to visit. Enjoy your trip!
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Posts: 291 7/28/12 5:35 P
When in County Kerry, I really enjoyed visiting the Gap of Dunloe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_of_Dunloe - in fact, I was sad that we had not allotted more time to go through there.
We didn't ride our bicycles into the Gap, but you may.
Fitness Minutes: (5,808) Posts: 1,036 7/28/12 5:18 P
Definitely buy a "Tube" pass (Underground subway) Study the subway maps before you ride and plan out your route. Check out where you will stay and where you wil go . For subway travel study the colored lines red, yellow, green lines. With some you have to transfer more and others are more direct lines. Wear comfortable shoes. Some subway entrances or exits have 90 steps to climb. Some have elevators or escalators. Buses were great, taxies expensive. Enjoy your trip!!
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Fitness Minutes: (2,271) Posts: 26 7/28/12 5:00 P
My wife Kathy and I are heading to London, Shrewsbury (England), Aberystwith (Wales), Ireland (Dublin and Counties Wicklow, Clare and Kerry). In the spring we will be visiting our daughter studying in Wales (equine science MSc), and enjoying our 30th wedding anniversary trip. Any suggestions? We prefer using mass transportation and bicycles, and walking, but will be driving in Ireland (except Dublin). We hope to go horseback riding in Ireland (day ride), and possibly staying at a B&B on a operating farm - what can I say, 4-H runs deep in us.
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