A 10-Day Beginner's Guide to London and Dublin

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  • London

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Curator’s statement

London and Dublin are two cities that can very easily be combined by train and a ferry ride; alternatively, you could fly, but I chose the former because I wanted to experience the scenic route. England and Ireland were the 2nd and 3rd countries that I visited as a single solo female traveler and a great place to start if you have the itch to go. Both are easy to navigate, safe and without a language barrier. I took this trip during mid-March to experience St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, but you could implement this guide from spring to fall.

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Things to do in London and Dublin



With so many incredible sights to see, one easy way to make your way around the city is to purchase a 24- or 48-hour sightseeing ticket to hop on and hop off the open-top, double-decker Big Bus. This will drop you off right at the entrance to many of London's top attractions, including: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, St. Paul's Cathedral, The London Eye and more. As a beginner, this was a super easy way to get around the city. If you are in good physical shape, a personal recommendation would be to purchase a sightseeing ticket to St. Paul's Cathedral and climb the 528 steps up to the Golden Gallery for some phenomenal photos of the city. The views are fantastic and some of my best photos! A few other recommendations would be to take a ride in The London Eye and visit the Princess Diana Memorial Garden, located behind Kensington Palace. When in London, you absolutely want to take a full-day trip to visit Stonehenge and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Bath.


Having visited on St. Patrick's Day, that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you can do it! Several must-see sights in the city include: The Temple Bar, The Guiness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Dublin Castle, The Book of Kells and St. Patrick's Cathedral. A couple highly recommended day trips include a Cliffs of Moher Tour - including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City and a Northern Ireland Highlights Day trip including Giant Causeway from Dublin.

Day Trips


  • Stonehenge & Bath day trip

  • Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio with luxury transport

  • Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury day trip.


  • Cliffs of Moher day trip from Dublin

  • Northern Ireland Highlights including Giant's Causeway from Dublin

  • Blarney Castle day trip

Places to eat & drink in London and Dublin


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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to England.