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 Post subject: If I go to one place in the UK/Ireland...
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:18 pm 
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... which one should it be?

I am hoping to go to Europe for the first time in October, and I'm trying to figure out an itinerary. It is working out that I'll get to pick one spot in the UK/Ireland. The obvious choice seems to be London, which would be cool, I'm sure, but I'm wondering where else I should consider. It would have to be a place that I can fly into and out of without a zillion connecting flights, but otherwise, I'm open to suggestions! My main focus would be walking around and just looking at things.

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London has loads of great free museums and art galleries, but it's not really a brilliant city for walking around. Edinburgh comes top for me for city walking and sightseeing, but has far less museumy/cultural stuff in comparison. Glasgow is good too for tourism stuff. I guess the biggest advantage of choosing London is that it's super easy to travel anywhere else in the UK by train from there.

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I really enjoyed visiting Manchester earlier this year, it seemed like there was a lot to do. How long would you be visiting for?

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York is lovely - filled with history and architecture, and within easy striking distance of some good walking/hiking. If you're less invested in being in a city, you might head for the Lake District, which is gorgeous, and will be nice in October.

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Dublin is great, but not super veg friendly. The city center is really easy to get around in and there is a lot of art/music/history there. Plus, the Irish are some of the friendliest and nicest people you will ever, ever meet.

When we go back to the UK and Ireland I really want to go to Edinburgh!


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Nicole wrote:
Dublin is great, but not super veg friendly. The city center is really easy to get around in and there is a lot of art/music/history there. Plus, the Irish are some of the friendliest and nicest people you will ever, ever meet.
Dublin is gorgeous, especially if you're interested in literary history, architecture, etc. (Joyce fans should download my friend's Digital Dubliners app before going: http://digitaldubliners.com/) There are some beautiful drives to be had up the coast, but as Nicole says, it's not a vegan paradise; we actually found it pretty hard finding things to eat beyond chips, bread, beer, and the occasional hummus - there was one cafe right near the canal that did a vegan full Irish breakfast, which was a godsend. We actually did much better in Iceland than Ireland, which I found surprising because we eat so well in England. But there are more important things than food and you can definitely get by, especially if it's just a short stay!

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Dublin has a couple of vegan friendly restaurants, if you know where to look, it's expensive though.

I found Glasgow great last year, history, architecture, art and lots of vegan eating options, well priced for the quality. You can hop on a train to Edinburgh or vice versa, so both can be done if you have a few days.

I'm not a fan of London, but you'd also have the option of getting a train to Brighton, which is gorgeous, tiny little shops in an area called 'The Lanes' and very vegan friendly.

Belfast is vegan friendly, if you know where to look, reasonably priced, interesting on a small scale and you can get a city bus tour or a coach trip to the Giant's causeway. It's an hour to two on the train from Dublin, so both are dooable for a day trip either way.


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If you to Dublin, you can go to Wicklow, which is the most amazing, beautiful place on Earth. You can also do the obligatory tourist stop at Johnny Fox at the top of the mountain.

Powerscourt estate has an amazing waterfall and there are gorgeous hiking areas around Glendalough. You could probably rent bikes somewhere.

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Thanks, guys! I'm currently leaning toward either London or Glasgow. It will probably come down to where I find a better flight and airbnb.

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I'd pick London but I'm way biased as I live in Brighton which is only an hour away. I still haven't been to Glasgow but I want to and you'd get to check out Edinburgh too which would be cool. I think either will be great though.

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Are you going by yourself or will your partner be with you? If the former*, I can offer you a sofa-bed in Edinburgh for the cost of maybe some soy curls or differently flavoured Oreos. You can use my place as a jumping off point for Glasgow - it's about an hour away by train.

*It might be a bit of a squeeze with two people, but you're both welcome if you don't mind.

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I think it depends on how much you prioritise food and what you want to see. London has a lot of vegan options centrally located and within easy distance of each other. I disagree with London not being a walking city. It's full of wonderful parks and river walks, and the central area is compact enough to walk to most things. There are also loads of often overlooked canals to wander, with access to lots of cool areas in the city outside the obvious hotspots. I spend most weekends in London doing new longish (2-5 miles) walks with my partner and we regularly discover new gems, like cat boats and pubs four feet from the water. And parks where people can run with full cans of beer and not spill them (I want to know if they offer lessons).

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Thanks, guys! I definitely want to eat good stuff, but the trip is more to see things than eat things. That said, when I've traveled in the past, my favorite thing has always been just to wander around on foot or on public transportation and try to experience the city a bit more organically, rather than making an itinerary and booking tours and stuff. I would probably also try to get my hands on a bike in either location, since that would allow me a bit more mobility and flexibility.

Rachel, I'm traveling solo, and thank you so much for the offer! I'll let you know if it looks like Edinburgh is on the table. :)

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fezza wrote:
I found Glasgow great last year, history, architecture, art and lots of vegan eating options, well priced for the quality. You can hop on a train to Edinburgh or vice versa, so both can be done if you have a few days.
This! Glasgow is easy to get around by foot or bus or bike, is very vegan-friendly, and the museums are free, the architecture and history are awesome. Edinburgh is also beautiful and only a short and inexpensive train ride away.

London and Dublin are easily accessible by plane from Glasgow, too. I haven't spent time in London yet (next week, for a few days!) but if I were travelling back alone, I'd fly to Glasgow via Dublin (so much easier for customs and stuff than Heathrow), spend some time in Glasgow, then take a train or something to London (I would say fly, because it's a short trip, but if you have an international-size suitcase, they'll charge you a ton to take it on a within-the-UK flight) then spend some time in London! I would guess that London is awesome to wander around as well.


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If you've said how long you're staying I've missed it but I think it would help us advise if we knew that. I am biased towards London as there is so much to see and do (and eat), transport on buses and tubes is easy and daily or weekly travelcards are good value. Brighton is very easy to get to for a day trip to get a different, city by the sea vibe (and other good eating).

In London you have the bike hire scheme if your use will be sporadic.
http://www.visitlondon.com/traveller-in ... ire-scheme
Glasgow seems to have one too.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/scot ... tal-scheme

If hiring a bike through other means I'd consider your liability if it gets stolen as that could definitely happen.


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Dublin also has the public bicycles! My boss lives in the city center and uses them frequently.


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I vote London and then Edinburgh. Very easy to walk around London and full of history, architecture and just for the sheer atmosphere of the place. You could start by the South bank and work your way towards the Tower of London stopping by the Globe for an outside performance of a Shakespeare play. There's a fantastic Anatolian restaurant opposite that's great for Vegans called Ev. Then you could just follow the path all the way to London bridge and then take the train to Charing cross and head over to the West end, or back track to the Millenium bridge and cross over to St Paul's Catherdrale. So much you can do in London. As for Edinburgh, you could climb Arthur's seat, visit the Castle, and walk through the royal mile. As for Glasgow? Well yes I guess museums are free but in my opinion it's not as atmospheric as Edinburgh. But then if you opt for Edinburgh then you may as well go to Glasgow. If you can drive its worth hiring a car and driving along the west coast. Beautiful dramatic scenery especially in Autumn. Ooh and there's a new Indian restaurant called Ashas on the Briers road worth trying if you go to Glasgow, otherwise most vegan places are pubs in Glasgow.


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I vote the Aran Islands off of Ireland. this kinda thing, and relative isolation from everyone/everything:

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(I was there last weekend so I'm biased as hell)

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i NEED to go to there.


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joshua wrote:
I vote the Aran Islands off of Ireland. this kinda thing, and relative isolation from everyone/everything:

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(I was there last weekend so I'm biased as hell)



oh, I so want to be there ... sitting, staring out over the water ...


Cdn Anne who still finds England VERY noisy ...

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Glasgow is amazing, I love it.

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Alert the tourist board, we have a new slogan!: "Glasgow: I guess museums are free"

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Thank you, all! I ended up going with London, since it was just way, way cheaper to fly into and out of. I'm currently scheming to get my dad and siblings to try and do a family trip to Scotland maybe in 2015 or 2016.

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Ooooh, yous should come for Scottish Independence Day! 24th March 2016, fingers crossed :)

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