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January 18, 2012 11:17 AM Subscribe
Help me plan my mom's first trip to the UK/Ireland.
posted by buzzkillington to travel & transportation around Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom (24 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My mom (Ohio born and raised) has never been anywhere other than North America and has always wanted to visit the UK/Ireland. I've finally convinced her to take the trip this summer (before the Olympics,) but she has no idea at all where she wants to go/what she wants to see or do, and has left it up to me to plan our itinerary.
In high school I went on a trip that originated in London, went through Wales, over to Southern Ireland and up the coast to Dublin, then back over to Glasgow and back down to London. I feel like that's the perfect idea for her, perhaps minus Wales (because it doesn't seem to interest her much) but I feel like she'll quite like Scotland.
We've got 2 weeks and a few rules:
1) Trip must include London (to visit my sister-in-law and her family) as well as a few days in the Plymouth/Penzance area (to visit my aunt and uncle whom I've never met.)
2) She's not super into tourist-y things like seeing the changing of the guards, Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge or the Blarney Stone. She'd much rather meander through the countryside, stopping in small towns and experiencing local flavor. I am a history/literature nerd, so I dig seeing where James Joyce lived, etc. We like to eat and drink well, so any nice restaurant recommendations would be great.
So, if anyone has done the circuit, let me know what route you took, what not to miss, towns and cities that may be nice to see, and places to stay if you know of any (the higher-end the better - this isn't a budget expedition.) Thanks!