Tours and Vacations in Britain
See the Celtic Nations
Extend your stay in the Celtic Nations with a tour of Britain. Experience for yourself the magic of Scotland, England and Wales.
My Ireland Tour offer tours of Ireland and tours of Northern Ireland with the option of an added tour of Scotland during your time in the celtic nations. We don't offer tours of England, Wales or Scotland which don't also feature an Irish component. If you would like to explore Britain after your stay with us in Ireland, this page will help you decide which attractions you might like to include in your adventure, and which British tour operators can take you there.
About Tours of Britain
See the Queen at Buckingham Palace, catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster, conquer Cardiff Castle, ride in a red double-decker bus, see a Shakespeare play, eat fish'n'chips. There is so much to see and do in Britain, it's hard to know where to begin.
The first thing to note is that you don't have to do them all in one trip. As with Ireland, there is plenty to keep you entertained for at least a couple of trips, so don't feel you have to spend your whole tour of the coach and changing hotels. While there are some really good tours out there which cover Scotland, England and Wales combined, there are also plenty of specialist regional tour operators, and some visitors prefer to visit and experience one country at a time. To keep things clear, and to help you decide what works best for you, we will treat each nation separately here.
Whether you choose to tour Britain in one trip or to visit each nation separately, you can expect the same standards in accommodation, cuisine and service. You can choose to stay in hotels, B&Bs (guesthouses), farmstays, castles and manor houses, hostels or pretty much any other type of accommodation you can think of.
Food in Great Britain is generally of quite a high standard and cultures are represented in modern British cuisine, especially in the larger cities. Dining out, you should expect to pay £10-25 (€13-30 or $15-40) for a main course dish in a typical high-street restaurant.
Choosing a Tour Operator
Just as with choosing an Irish tour operator, there is a great deal of choice for tours of Britain covering a range of specialisms according to the tastes, budget and regional interests of your group. First-time visitors to Britain may favour a vacation which covers the 'bucket list' of British tourist attractions, but many will prefer more specialist tours which focus on particular regions of Britain or the specific interests of your group. As well as local and regional vacations, look out for walking tours, garden tours, golf tours, cycling tours, genealogy tours and so on.Find Tour Operators
Popular Attractions in England
England is home to some of the world's most iconic tourist attractions and, if you forget to pack your camera on this trip, you may never forgive yourself. The seat of government for the British Empire over hundreds of years, London alone has enough to keep most groups distracted for several days. But visitors will be missing out if they limit themselves to the capital city, regarded by many English people to be almost a separate nation state of its own.
To whet you appetite and get your tour started (in no particular order) here is a Top Ten of must-see attractions in England.
Attractions to ConsiderTour Operators Scotland Wales
- Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
- Westminster Abbey & St Paul's Cathedral
- Buckingham Palace
- Stratford (Shakespeare's home & birthplace)
- The Lake District
- The Eden Project
- Royal Observatory Greenwich
- Brighton Pier
- World Museum (Liverpool)
Popular Attractions in Scotland
Like Ireland, Scotland contributed greatly to the great migration to The New World, and many visitors from North America travel to Scotland to seek out their own heritage and famliy tree. Scotland is an immensely proud nation and has a growing sense of independent national identity. In 2014, Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom, but the referendum was much more closely fought than the Members of Parliament in Westminster might have expected or hoped.
Home of kilts and the clans, home of golf and St Andrews, home of the Loch Ness Monster and the Scottish Highlands. There is so much to see and do in Scotland, whether you're bringing your walking boots, your golf bag or just a sense of adventure.
Attractions to ConsiderTour Operators England Wales
- National Museum of Scotland
- Edinburgh Castle
- Stirling Castle
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
- St Giles' Cathedral
- Scottish National Gallery
- Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
- Riverside Museum
- Edinburgh Zoo
- Edinburgh Bus Tours
Popular Attractions in Wales
Wales is known for its outstanding national beauty, and past visitors to Ireland will already feel at home amongst the rolling green hills, winding country roads and idyllic rural landscapes. English is spoken througout Wales, but you may also hear and read the Welsh language on your travels, especially in North Wales. Like the Irish, the Welsh are known for their friendly, welcoming nature. Join them in the pub for a pint of Welsh ale and a chat about the latest international rugby match.
You might also ask the locals which tourist attractions they would recommend but there are strong regional differences at work in Wales and, depending on whether you're in the South or the North, you may get very different answers!
Attractions to ConsiderTour Operators England Scotland
- St Fagans National History Museum
- Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
- National Museum Wales
- Cardiff Castle
- Wales Millenium Centre
- Margam Country Park
- Brecon National Park
- Snowdonia National Park
- Conwy Castle
- Great Orme Tramway