Whether you’re planning a trip on Ryanair during the autumn school break or catching the ferry to Holyhead, making your way over to the British Isles has never been easier. If you want a getaway that isn’t a major hassle to get back from, then travelling to England and Wales is just a short hop-skip and a jump away from Dublin airport or port. Below are a few places to visit that could be of interest; whether you’ll be on-foot or taking the car. And don’t forget the Eurostar makes it a perfect base to even explore further afield such as Brussels via train from London.
Porth Darfarch Beach
If you are planning to drive into Britain through Holyhead, then Anglesey is a great place to visit. It’s not too far from Holyhead and offers some stunning beaches that are Blue Flagged. If you’re after a quiet day out with the kids, then Porth Darfarch Beach is just about as perfect as it gets. It’s surrounded by cliffs and has plenty of shallow waters.
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
The area of Windsor is perhaps one of the most quintessentially British areas you could visit. If you’re flying into London, there are plenty of easy transport links over to Windsor, as it’s situated just to the west of London. If you’re based in a central London hotel, this is an easy day trip to organise.
This area is home to some brilliant pubs, historical monuments and Windsor Castle. Also in this part of Berkshire is LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, which is ideal if you have little kids who need to be actively entertained. Every child’s favourite multicoloured bricks create some magical spectacles at this impressive funfair park and resort. You’ll find replica cities, a waterpark and events throughout the year. Thanks to its location, there are also plenty of places to visit for dinner afterwards. If you don’t fancy eating at the resort then you can enjoy some seasonal pub grub at the nearby tap houses in the Windsor area. The Corner House is one such establishment that offers a carefully thought-through menu and warm atmosphere.
Liverpool’s endless culture
You may opt to travel a bit further up on the British coastline if you’re planning to jet across by ferry. Liverpool has so much culture to offer, it’s a rewarding destination for a quick British getaway. In fact, it’s home to the largest cathedral in Britain. This city comes complete with exhibits on The Beatles, the Tate gallery and a ferry tour of its coastline; if you’re ready to hop back on a boat that is! For those who enjoy a creative atmosphere, the Wirral Arts Festival is just around the corner, which hosts plenty of events not too far from Liverpool city centre.
Whichever city you land in, you’ll find plenty to do during your short stay in the British Isles. Arriving in Wales could see you spending serene days walking on the beach, Liverpool could see you indulging in the arts and a weekend in London has endless amounts of nearby attractions for children of any age.