Shakespeare said “travellers never did lie, though fools at home condemn them,” so as travel and literature lovers, it’s only right to take a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon where the great poet, playwright and all-round literary hero was born and where he went to school.
His wife, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, with its charming thatched roof, is a must-visit as well. Admire the picturesque half-timbered houses throughout the 16th century town, wandering and imagining the inspiration Shakespeare gained from this very place. Once you’ve soaked up as many doths andthous as you can muster, venture to the north of England and wander the cobbled streets of York to the York Minster cathedral.
En route from York to the Scottish capital Edinburgh, marvel at the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey, the celebrated ancient university of St Andrews,the ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl Blair Castle and Eilean Donan Castle, positioned on a picturesque tidal island where three lochs meet. By contrast, Scotland’s biggest cities Glasgow and Edinburgh boast world-class museums, food experiences, galleries and cultural experiences with modern buildings juxtaposing architectural relics.
There’s no better time to travel to Scotland with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Platinum Edition Showcase taking place, marking 70 years of the epic display of music, dance and military troupes. The Edinburgh Tattoo was inspired by a small show called Something About a Soldier performed in 1949 at the Ross Bandstand, still at the site of the festivities today. Set to the background of the Edinburgh Castle, it makes for an unforgettable evening.
Ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin and begin your Irish experience. Despite apolitical divide (Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom), there’s nothing stopping travellers from exploring every corner of it. Starting in Dublin, soak up Irish hospitality and delicious local flavours at the Irish Emigration Museum with a dinner at EPIC. Guinness lovers will enjoy a half-day trip to the Guinness Storehouse where you can learn all about the famous brew.
Sights include Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares.
Venture to Limerick on the west coast and admire the scenery on one of the most beautiful drives in the world via the Ring of Kerry, Cork and Blarney Castle. Kiss the Blarney Stone and prepare for a mind-boggling visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Witness talented master craftsmen at work and see how some of the world’s finest crystal is made.
This is just the beginning of the wonderful experiences to be had and sights to see in Britain and Ireland. Book a 16-day tour with National Seniors Travel to see the best of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
See the best of Britain and Ireland with National Seniors Travel.
- Day 1: London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York
- Day 2: York, Jedburgh, Edinburgh
- Day 3: Edinburgh sightseeing
- Day 4: Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Scottish Highlands
- Day 5: Isle of Skye and Highlands
- Day 6: Scottish Highlands, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Glasgow
- Day 7: Glasgow, Lake District, Liverpool
- Day 8: Liverpool, Chester, Dublin
- Day 9: Dublin Sightseeing
- Day 10: Dublin, Galway, Limerick
- Day 11: Limerick, Ring of Kerry, Cork
- Day 12: Cork, Blarney, Cobh,Waterford, Wexford
- Day 13: Wexford, Cardiff
- Day 14: Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Plymouth
- Day 15: Polperro and Dartmoor
- Day 16: Plymouth, Stonehenge, London