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?
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.
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: https://www.eif.co.uk/
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. ”
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.