• Topdeck group in front of Stonehenge

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland

Trip Overview

TRIP VIBE = bucket-list sights and plenty of free time to do whatever you wanna do, UK-edition. Sweeet. We’re hitting five INCREDIBLE nations all crammed into one teeny tiny corner of the planet. That’s England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland and Wales. Guess what? Each one is filled to the brim with its own unique cultures, languages, accents, foods and facts. Meaning? You’ll need to enlist the help of a pro to make sense of it all. Lucky for you, we’ve got a few of ’em on hand. Ready for it?

Worth noting…
Heading on this trip between November and March? You’ll be hitting up Bamburgh instead of Alnwick on Day 4. It’s the epitome of northern-winter-ghostly vibes. So keep your eyes PEELED.

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

  1. London (England)

    1

    One minute you’re at home, dreaming of the second you hit London with all you got. Next minute, you’re here. Making that dream a reality with a bunch of people who are 100% different but 100% the same. Ready to see what Britain and Ireland are about? Home to fish and chips. Bridgerton actors. Mind-blowing history. And really long names you probs can’t pronounce. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. First, we’ll kick off the good times with our first included group dinner. Bonus points for the weirdest British facts (FYI it’s illegal to hold a salmon and look suspicious here – time to make new evening plans).

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. London – Oxford – York

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  3. York – Whitby & Durham – Newcastle

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  4. Newcastle – Hadrian’s Wall – Edinburgh (Scotland)

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  5. Edinburgh

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  6. Edinburgh – Stirling – Scottish Highlands

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  7. Scottish Highlands – Loch Ness & Glenfinnan – Scottish Highlands

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  8. Scottish Highlands – Glasgow

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  9. Glasgow – Belfast (Northern Ireland)

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  10. Belfast – Giants Causeway & Derry/Londonderry – Belfast

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  11. Belfast – Galway (Republic of Ireland)

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  12. Galway

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  13. Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Dublin

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  14. Dublin

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  15. Dublin  – North Wales (Wales)

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  16. North Wales – Cardiff

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  17. Cardiff – Bath & Stonehenge – London (England)

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What's included

Included experiences

  • - Walking tour of Oxford with Trip Leader
  • - Walking tour of York with Trip Leader
  • - Scenic drive through North Moors National Park to Whitby
  • - Visit Durham
  • - Visit Hadrian’s Wall
  • - Walking tour of Edinburgh with Trip Leader
  • - Visit Stirling
  • - Visit Loch Ness
  • - Visit Glenfinnan
  • - Walking tour of Glasgow with Trip Leader
  • - Walking tour of Belfast with Trip Leader
  • - Visit the Giant’s Causeway
  • - Visit Londonderry/Derry
  • - Orientation walk of Galway with Trip Leader
  • - Visit the Cliffs of Moher
  • - Walking tour of Dublin with Trip Leader
  • - Photo stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
  • - Visit Bath
  • - Visit Stonehenge

Accommodation

- 16 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double)

Transport

- Air-conditioned minicoach

Optional activities

- FYI: these are optional activities available locally. Things might change – prices are here to give you a rough idea.

- Visit Alnwick Castle (summer only): from £19

- Visit Bamburgh Castle (winter only): prices available locally

- Scottish food tour in Georgian New Town: from £70

- Johnny Walker whisky experience: prices available locally

- Belfast’s Famous Black Cab Tour: prices available locally

- Aran Island ferries to Inis Mor: from £39

- Irish dinner and dance experience: prices available locally

- Guinness Storehouse tour: prices available locally

- Jameson Distillery tour: prices available locally

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

Average rating based on 13 reviews
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  • Joseph Ca February 2024

    Our trip leader Lana was knowledgeable and had great stories of past experiences. Fantastic tour bus service - driver was friendly and relaxed. Bus was modern and clean.

    Most of the dinners provided were fish and chips though, which was too much - please change. Sometimes Lana was wrong about city activities (e.g. Derry had enough attractions for a day trip), however that could have just been personal preference.

  • Anonymous February 2024

    A fantastic trip if you want to see the best parts of the UK and Ireland. Edinburgh and Galway were the highlights, for the shopping, sites and nightlife. Our tour group was only small (6 people!) but it meant we got to make the most of all of the places we went. We had a great night out on the Edinburgh pub crawl and saw some live Irish music in Galway.

  • Aaron Co October 2023

    The locations throughout the trip was very good with alot of history and information given to us about the monuments, Alex the trip leader was very organised and went above and beyond for the passengers even if it ment he didn't get free time, the hotels were very basic but most were comfortable, Scottish Highlands hotel in tyndrum was an utter disaster with the food at dinner being inedible and us sensing it back to the kitchen, only negative about the trip i feel was the organised dinners which we could not choose what we wanted and some of the dinners were not part of such menu, should be a monetary amount per person and be able to choose what to eat

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