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3 weeks England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland?

I've learned a lot reading all the great Q @ A here! We will be going to south England in July for a course, and want to make the most of our time there. We can take 3 weeks to try to see some of Great Britian and go to Ireland too. I know this is a HUGE undertaking, but once in a lifetime chance to do this (seriously). I've looked at flying into London, out from Shannon or Dublin, all sorts of combinations but would really appreciate any insights - especially getting from Great Britian to Ireland (fly vs. ferry?) We'll likely start in London since that's where the class is, then venture out, head north and eventually to Ireland for 4-5 days.
Thanks for any suggestions!

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Sounds identical to our plans in May. We decided to do the ferry from Holyhead to Dun Laoglin (the only passenger ferry) with rentals on each side (drop off charge is $700 in Ireland). Everyone says to fly between the two countries but we have baggage issues and enjoy the Ferry ride more than wasting time in a airport! Look forward to other comments you get.

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Kathy - You might want to look at open jaw into London out of Dublin. Check sites like for flight information. Also to get from London to Dublin, Aer Lingus has flights for as little as $68. That may involve some back tracking on your part, but I thought I'd put it out there. I can recommend the standards like The Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick Castle and Oxford. I'm really not very much help with what to see outside of London, most of my trips over involve golf. If you are going to be in Ireland for 4-5 days I would recomend staying in Dublin with a day trip to New Grange. I also believe Galway Tour Company offers a tour to the Cliffs of Moher that leaves Dublin at about 7:00 am. also on my last trip to Dublin, I did a literary pub crawl that was very interesting and enjoyable.