Trip to the UK and Ireland

I'm planning a trip to the UK and Ireland. I'm thinking of two weeks. This will be my first trip to both countries. What should I do? Where should I go?

I'm thinking of a week in London. Where should I stay, near the airport or somewhere in downtown area? I heard public transportation is very convenient. Can I stay in London and take buses to other cities, e.g. Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge? Or do I need to book hotels in each city?

Besides Dublin, any other places I should go when I'm in Ireland? 

Anything else I should know before I go there?


Mar 29, 2017 1:08 PM
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I agree with everything that Su.Ki has said. 

I would like to add that there are two ways to travel by direct train to Oxford from London. One is with Chiltern Railways from Marylebone Station and the other is by Great Western Railways from Paddington Station. Booking early will reduce ticket prices. National rail services are run by private franchises and some offer competition on the same routes.

The other option is to use the Oxford Tube or Oxford Express coach services, which I think run every fifteen minutes with stops in central and west London, which maybe near your hotel. 

Oh watch out for major road or railway track works at the weekend. They can be a nightmare.

March 29, 2017
Hi Su.Ki.Thanks a lot! This is very helpful. Much appreciated:)
March 29, 2017
The airports around London are a long way from London itself, so there is no point at all in staying close to any of the airports. You should stay in central London and buy a travelcard which will enable you to visit the capital's sites by bus or underground (tube). You can easily do a day trip from central London to Cambridge (it's a 50-minute train ride from Kings Cross Station to Cambridge), and you could possibly do a day trip from London to Oxford, also.  Edinburgh is much too far away to visit from London in a day, though. You'll need to book a couple of nights' accommodation in Edinburgh to make your visit there worthwhile.
March 29, 2017

Seth, thanks again for the advice. I'll think about it. Maybe I should go overland to Dublin. 

Vicka, please find the official site of the festival here:

It is from August 4 to August 28.

“Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival is an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations. Committed to virtuosity and originality, the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre for three weeks in August. ”

March 29, 2017

Ginger, don't worry about the accent. You will also experience the Welsh language.

Your time is very very short.

If you were going overland to Dublin, I'd break the journey in either Chester(near the border of Wales and England), Bangor or another town on the north Wales coast. However, you will be flying so...

Get prices for tickets now for London-Edinburgh-Dublin-London. I'm assuming you're getting a Beijing-London return.

March 29, 2017
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