Southern UK & Ireland

We have 2 weeks and are looking for good castles & abbeys along the way with a 15 year old girl and 13 year old boy who are both interested in museums and history. We are traveling the second half of June, 2013. We always get up early to travel to new site and are going via rental car. London landing at noon and drive to Bath with a stop at touristy Stonehenge (yes, we know it is not ideal, but we are going nearby anyway.) 2 nights in Bath after the flight. Day 3 to Blenheim Palace and on to Cotswolds for 2 nights. Day 5 to Conwy, Wales. Need help here with suggestions to visit Broadway Tower, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, and possibly Cheltenham to shop. Ideas? Day 6 to Dublin via Holyhead ferry without car. Day 7 new car picked up to Kilkenny. Day 8 Rock of Cashel on the way to 2 nights in Dingle (other castles on the way?) Day 10 HELP! To Colkilty or Kinsale or to Bunratty & Moher? Day 11 to Dublin
Days 12-15 London- thinking 1 morning to Wimbledon with general admission tickets- is that easy to get for first week? Has anyone done the Harry Potter Universal Studios tour? And we will hit the major sites. Should we go to Windsor? Thanks! This poor dad is (once again) in charge of all plans and wants to hit a home run. Don

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
1898 posts

You would probably have to queue very early, even overnight for tickets for Wimbledon.

Posted by Mark
Colorado Springs, CO, US
8 posts

Hey Don, In 2006 we did a similar trip with our kids. Spent 5 days in London and the 3 day near Chipping Camden then into south Wales. My son and I rented bikes and had a great ride by blooming Lavender fields. Tinturn Abbey was a hit with the kids but this may be too far south for your drive into Wales. We are going to Ireland in Sept. Unless your locked in to hotels, I think ferry(Dublin) rock of Cashel to Cork Or Kinsale seems better drive then go to Dingle after that. Have Fun