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3 Week UK + Ireland Itinerary – Help!

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I am currently in the beginning stages of planning a 3-ish week trip to the UK and Ireland. I am going with my fiancé, my best friend, and my brother. We have the dates we are going, Monday the 14th of May, 2018 through Friday the 1st of June, 2018. The dates are pretty concrete as our time off has just been approved. Although, we may leave the Saturday before and return the Sunday after (giving us 23 days, versus 19), but this is not set in stone, yet.

Ideally, we would like to see all four countries in the UK as well as Ireland. I know it will be a tight trip, but this is not something we may ever get to do again so I would hate to skip Northern Ireland or Wales and never get the chance to go back. We have a *very* rough outline of what we will be doing/where we will be going, but I would love suggestions.

Day 1: Arrive in London early morning & travel straight to Wales
Days 1 – 3: Wales – see Cardiff Castle, Conway Castle, Snowdonia National Park
Days 4 – 7: Ireland/Northern Ireland – see Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Killarney National Park, Tollymore Forest Park, Giant’s Causeway
Days 8 – 12: Scotland – see Urquhart Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Dunnottar Castle
Days 13 – 19: England – see Roman Baths, Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace, Warwick Castle, Hadrian’s Wall, Cotswolds, Dover Cliffs, Parliament, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square
Day 19: Leave from London late afternoon

Some information about us. We are all in our mid-twenties and we are from Michigan in the US. We love history, visiting museums (art, war, industrial, natural science, you name it and we want to visit), and seeing nature. I really hope to be in the area when Prince Harry and Meghan get married, supposedly on the 26th of May. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, especially for an American, and I would love to be there (well, not there, exactly) versus watching on TV at home.

Another important thing is that we love driving. It is a bit odd, but we would rather have a long drive through the countryside versus taking a plane to speed up the trip. I feel like we can really see the most of these countries by driving through them. Now, I have heard that it is a nightmare to drive through the bigger cities, especially for someone used to driving on the opposite side of the road. We plan to use Airbnb and hope to stay in an area just outside of the major cities we visit (within walking distance or take the bus/the Tube) to avoid driving in them. I listed no museums because I really need recommendations on which ones are a must and which can be skipped as well as other things to do. So, any help is appreciated!

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