Have extensively traveled in the UK in the last 10 years visiting family, and here are some of the ones that we loved.
- Northern Ireland - Belfast city. The museum and botanic garden at Queens. The botanic hotshouse that is there is the predecessor to the Kew Gardens in London (more on that later) and has a very nice park for a picnic (weather permitting)
- Northern Ireland - North Antrim coast road. Take a nice drive and be able to see Carrick-a-rede, the Causeway, and bushmills in a day.
- Northern Ireland - Ulster Folk and Transport Musuem - Belfast area. Just made another post on that subject, search for "Northern Ireland". There are two - one in the Belfast area, one in Omagh.
- Northern Ireland - Lisburn Linen Musuem - about 30 minutes south of Belfast, shows an original factory loom, and many many many samples of Irish linen and lace.
- Northern Ireland - Belfast - Samson and Goliath. Awesome to see, the dockyard cranes that helped build the Titanic. May be part of the Titantic Quarter stuff at this point, didn't see last trip.
- Northern Ireland - Belfast Castle - 19th century "folly" not an ancient one. Still a nice visit, and an awesome view of the Belfast bay.
Wales - Cardiff - Cardiff Bay, Roald Dahl Plass. Memorial to the well loved childrens author. When we visited a Doctor Who exhibition was in the same area, and we actually got to watch the filiming of the Doctor Who spin-off "Torchwood". Wow, John Barrowman really is that tall.
England - Bath. Everything. So much too see. Take the hop on hop off bus tour and get a feel for the place. Modern spa was fun. Go to the "Pump Room" in the old spa, and enjoy a hot stinky glass of water. :)
England - London. Where to begin.....
Victoria and Albert
The Tower of London (send ahead for the Ceremony of the Keys tickets - google that)
Docklands Museum and Canary Wharf shopping mall (American chain food - yay for ICED tea)
London Bridge (by tower)
Imperial War Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (South of City, easy train ride).
Hope this gives you some starting points. Don't remember Sherwood all that well (I was 3 when I lived there) but if you are in that area, you may want to look into the history of Dalton China, as they were founded there and made some of the best china in the world.
Cheers and have a great time!
Glenn in Tucson