First time going overseas by myself, and planning a mini UK tour. Blissfully ignorant, and open to all non expensive suggestions. :)
I was wondering how the transport/lodging was in the UK. I hear trains are the preferred method to get around, and hostels are the preferred places to stay (at least when you're on a low budget-like I am). I was thinking of seeing London, heading southwest to Stonehenge, branching off to see a few friends along the way. Then heading northwest and take a ferry to Dublin (do I need to make reservations?) See Dublin for a bit, Giant's Causeway, then head east and make my way back to London, maybe check Scotland out a bit if time permits. I'll have a total of...About 11.5 days. Does this seem feasible to you?
Re. the ferry to qualify for special offers you must book more than 7 days in advance Google Stena Line for rail/ferry offers from the northwest (Holyhead) to Dublin Port. Stay in or nr the Temple Bar area in Dublin to experience the nightlife at its best, and a Guinness to three lol. over 7 years ago
Hostels or try couchsurfing.org for cheap places to stay. You could camp if you didnt mind taking your tent with you.
What about using the bus instead of the train. Usually much cheaper but can take longer.
Your timetable seems ambitious for such a short time - it takes around 15 hours to drive from say West London to the Highlands of Scotland - thats in a car, with minimal stops, so factor in using either a bus or train and it could add a lot more to the journey.
You could maybe check out craigslist to see if anyone is driving and wants a car companion.
For cheap places - London is not cheap but there are free things to do - most of the museums are free and just sitting by the Thames and watching the world go by is free.
Save money by making as much food as you can at hostels and travelling off-peak. over 7 years ago
11 or so days isn't very long to take in London *PLUS* all the other places you want to see. Travel to Dublin via train/ferry and back again will take out a decent chunk of time. Maybe consider staying just in the UK instead - spend a week in London and then travel to Stonehenge and then stay down in the South of England. Brighton is a great town for a visit. Also, Cambridge and Oxford are interesting places and easy to get to from London.
Sam's budgeting suggestions aboive this post are spot on. over 7 years ago
hi, your list of places to be visited are really nice and planned very well as per your 11 days schedule. Why don't you try to visit the channel islands holiday to Jersey for a different island experience. As this little and beautiful island has got many more places, beaches, activities, restaurants and hotels to see and enjoy, you wont feel bored and have a feeling of complete holiday tour. Try to check out this island holidays almost 6 years ago