Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

First Trip to UK/Ireland

Jump to last reply

My wife and I (mid 50's) are looking to go to the UK and/or Ireland for the first time. We have traveled extensively in the US and some in Asia when I was in the military 25 years ago, but never to Europe.

We are looking for suggestions about where to go and what to see. To help, let me give you some background information. We are limited in travel dates as I am a college professor and my wife is a school teacher. Our only available dates would be from late December (about 20th) to mid January, or early July (around the 5th) to mid August. I would expect that during those periods we would have 10 to 14 days available.

The one thing we both agree on is Liverpool and the Beatles as we have both been huge fans all of our lives. In addition, I am a Liverpool FC fan and would love to see a match at Anfield if we are there during the winter, or maybe a preseason match in early August. If I could finagle two matches in different stadiums it would be awesome.

My wife would love to see Ireland and Scotland. She is enamored with the lush countrysides of Ireland and or Scotland and England and she would also like to see Castles as well. If we go to Ireland my wife would like to at the very minimum see the Ring of Kerry and Blarney/Cork/Waterford.

I usually need to be restrained in my travel planning as I always feel I need to see everything. So much so that I can ruin a trip by trying to cram 30 hours of sightseeing into a 24 hour day (obviously a little exaggeration, but not much). We like the security of a guided tour so we don't miss the good stuff, but are concerned that if we took one we would just be herded from place to place.

In addition to the other sights listed above, we would like to visit a great English tea room (have heard about the Pump Room in Bath) and would like to experience the rural areas of England. While we eventually would like to see the sights of London, I think we may need to save that and perhaps either Ireland and/or Scotland for a later trip.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

16 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Writers Needed for Japan
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Mar 26, 15 at 02:38 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Visiting Exciting Turkey in the Throes of Restoration
  2. 2 What Happened to My Hairdryer? - An Electrical Question
  3. 3 Southwestern England
  4. 4 North side of Thun Lake Switzerland as a lodging base
  5. 5 Trip Report Welltravbrit's London Sojourn - An Ongoing Trip Report
  6. 6 London/Help
  7. 7 Is Jungfraujoch worth the trip for a CLAUSTROPHOBIC person?
  8. 8 recommendations for driver/transfer tour from Siena to Rome airport.
  9. 9 Vatican Museum tour guide
  10. 10 Can teaching patriotism protect France?
  11. 11 Euro Quiz # 82 - Wednesday 4-1-15
  12. 12 Mont St. Michele?
  13. 13 Where to stay in Barcelona
  14. 14 Which disposable cell phone to buy in France?
  15. 15 Central European train travel
  16. 16 Rail connections from Rotterdam and ease of boarding train with luggage
  17. 17 Best driving map for Greece?
  18. 18 Sagrada Familia Ticket Choices
  19. 19 Lago d`Iseo
  20. 20 Train tickets within Italy
  21. 21 Can You Name theTen Most Popular Tourist Cities In Europe???
  22. 22 Aug/Sept trip to Amsterdam - time for Brussels too?
  23. 23 Seville Holy Week - Behind the Scenes!
  24. 24 2 for 1 tickets
  25. 25 Geneva-recommendation for small hotel, perhaps Old City?
View next 25 » Back to the top