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Trip List by LazyKat

London and Dublin on a budget

18 Nov 2008  Newbies
3.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

20-somethings travel two capitol cities with little travel experience and a tight budget. Things we learned and things we loved.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Howth, London, Dublin
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Large groups, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Fall
  • 1. Howth

    We made a side trip out to Howth from Dublin and it was our favorite part of the whole trip. It's a fishing and harbor village with a jetty out into the water, several quaint pubs and shops to stroll in and out of (or plop yourself down in), an interesting site with church ruins and a cemetery, some beautiful landscape views, playful seals, and the best people in the world to just have a conversation with.

  • 2. Parliament Square
    Parliament Square, London, England

    Our favorite moment in London was walking out of the Tube into Parliament Square at night. The city from Westminster Bridge to the Golden Jubilee Bridges at night has a special serene sparkle that is almost magical. It's a must see visit with a camera and a steady hand at night - be sure to get pics of Parliament, London Eye, Battle of Britain Monument, River Thames, street performers, and whatever else that catches your eye.

  • 3. Hyde Park
    Hyde Park, London, England

    Good for some down time and a quite leisurely stroll.

  • 4. Regent's Park
    Regent's Park, London, England

    A smaller, more ornate park with sculpture and a fountain.

  • 5. Tower of London
    Tower of London, London, England

    A bit expensive for our budget but definitely worth it. The ticket you buy gets you into the whole fortified area and most of what's inside is included - such as a tour and access to the mini-museums inside (including the crown jewels and so much other stuff I found more impressive than some big shiny rocks - like Henry VIII's generous armor). You'll learn so much history in a day you'll explode with knowledge. Give yourself about 3-4 hours at least to see it all, maybe more on a busy day.

  • 6. British Museum
    British Museum, London, England

    This place is huge and there is too much to see in a day. Decide before you go or when you get there what you definitely want to see and make a bee-line for it if it's busy. I wish we could have spent more time there.

  • 7. National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
    National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Dublin

    This was the only one of the National Museum of Ireland's museums that we visited and I was very immpressed. We went at the end of the day on our last day and I wish we had more time to stay and visit some of the other museums. I was most interested in the viking artifacts, but there was plenty to see.

  • 8. Westminster Abbey
    Westminster Abbey, London, England

    A little expensive, but if you're into history, it'll be worth it to you. I love cemeteries, so this place was like hitting the motherload. Kings, queens, Darwin, the Pitts, Chaucer, Dickens, Hardy, Kipling, all under the same roof.

  • 9. Guinness Storehouse
    Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

    A bit expensive, but how could we not go! As a museum professional, I found the exhibition space extremely well done. And a pint of the good stuff at the top, you'll never have a better one. My goodness, my Guinness!

  • 10. King's Cross Station
    King's Cross Station, London, England

    Just had to get a pic of Platform 9 3/4!

  • 11. Soho
    Soho, London, England

    Just an interesting place to walk around, it offers different things depending on the time of day. We went and ate at an Indian restaurant just to try something different. London is such an international city and we wanted to experience more than it's Britishness.

  • 12. Temple Bar
    Temple Bar, Dublin

    Most of the pubs in the Temple Bar area are pretty expensive, but it's worth it to check it out at night, if even just to stroll around and laugh at all the stupid drunk tourists. The pub called The Temple Bar is probably the best of the lot, with some great live music (Lad Lane!) and a real Irishman behind the bar.

  • 13. Ellis Quay Apartments

    This place was incredible for the money. Plenty of room for 6 people. See my review for more details about our experience there.

  • 14. St. Mark Hotel
    St. Mark Hotel, London, England
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    Avg price: $170

    Despite the problems we had with the staff of this hotel, I'm not sure you can find a better value for a group of 4. The facilities have been recently completely renovated so it's not run down like most others in it's price range. See my review for more details about our experience there

  • 15. Leo Burdock's
    Leo Burdock's, Dublin

    Prepare to wait in line, but it's worth it. You'll get more fish and chips than you can handle. It's takeaway only, so make sure you got a place close by to enjoy it.

  • 16. Wagamama - Royal Festival Hall
    Wagamama - Royal Festival Hall, London, England

    I love this chain of Asian food restaurants, but we've only got a handful in the US (both in Boston I think). This one was located next to the London Eye. Very reasonable priced for an excellent quick meal. Free green tea!

  • 17. Farringtons
    Farringtons, Dublin
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    Avg price: $203

    Most of the pubs/restaurants in Temple Bar are over-priced with so-so pub food. We found this place to be the exception, we even went there twice. I wouldn't call it cheap but it's not expensive either, and you get a lot of good home-cooked style food. We loved the Guinness stew.