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England V Scotland V Ireland

My wife & I are from Australia & will be in London early October. We have 5 days free to travel before we have to be in South Hampton.
We are mulling over 3 options;
1. Bath, Oxford & sth west England
2. Edinburgh & some of Scotland
3. Northern Ireland
Not sure which option will allow us to fully appreciate the area we visit.
Thank you in advance.

Posted by
228 posts

What type of place and experience do you enjoy? You could do almost anything in the UK, so you need to narrow down your preferences if you're going to receive useful suggestions.

Posted by
4186 posts

If you’re driving, maybe stay in SE England; Canterbury, Dover, Rye, Hastings, Brighton, Portsmouth, and then to Southampton. Or, Windsor, Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Southampton. Five days isn’t much time so I wouldn’t spend precious time traveling north when you need to end up south.

Posted by
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That seems the sensible option. Looks like Scotland will be a trip for next time.
Thank you

Posted by
5630 posts

With give days, why add a travel day to Scotland or Ireland. They are all great places to visit, but I would go with option 1.

We visited Bath (stayed at the Brooks Guest House.), Wells, Glastonberry, (after going to Wales back to Chipping Campden-stayed at the Volunteer Inn) and visited Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Stratford Upon Avon and of course the towns and villages of the Cotswolds.

You can see Bath in one full day. You may not want to go to Wells and Glastonberry (that is another day). You can probably do Blenheim Palace and Oxford in one day, but we took two. Stratford Upon Avon is great, especially if you love Shakespeare.

Don't miss Cirencester in the Cotswolds.

Posted by
2949 posts

Have you been to London before? There is so much to see and do there, I'm not sure why you are skipping it. OTOH, if you don't really enjoy cities, then the Bath - Oxford - other southwest locations would certainly be nice. On the theme of country life, there's a lovely museum -- Somerset Rural Life Museum -- near Glastonbury.