Going back to the UK and Ireland
Collected by Greg Sullivan, AFAR Founder
I've spent a lot of time in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. I'm always thinking about my next trip back.
Thurloe Pl, London SW7, UK
These green huts are known as Cabman's Shelters. They first started appearing around London in 1875 to provide cheap hot meals to cabbies. Even though the huts are pretty small, there's enough room inside for a little kitchen and some seats. I...
71a, 73 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London W1U 2PN, UK
I know that's a bold statement to make, as there are hundreds of fish shops throughout London, but they all are typically heavy and very greasy. My sister and I wandered into Golden Hind in Marylebone after nixing other fine-dining options. There...
27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland
Irish history sets the tone throughout this red-brick Victorian’s marbled halls. The 284 rooms include the apartment where the constitution was drafted, and a tapestry by famed 20th-century Dublin painter Louis le Brocquy hangs above the fireplace...
Newgrange, Donore, Co. Meath, Ireland
Older than both Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt, the monument at Newgrange was built around 3,200 B.C.E. Its use is a mystery, although it was most likely a place of worship, and there are legends that it was used as a burial chamber. The...
Vicarstown (Cosby), Vicarstown, Co. Laois, Ireland
When my husband told me about spending a week on a barge traveling the Grand Canal in Ireland, I couldn't have been more excited, already imagining how beautiful and peaceful—not to mention unique—the experience would be. Not a soul around at...
Fisher St, Ballyvara, Doolin, Co. Clare, V95 FY67, Ireland
We had intended to return to Galway for the night after a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher in December 2009, but were so drawn to the remote coastal beauty of the area that we spent the full day exploring. As dusk approached we began to look for a...
Seafield, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland
Bantry House is a beautiful, historic estate located on the southwest coast of Ireland. You can stay in the B&B, which includes access to the public areas of the house and lovely gardens. It sits right along the bay, with great views of the water...
Loughrask, Rent an Irish Cottage, Co. Clare, Ireland
Last summer I had a free day in Galway, Ireland, and wanted to see what I could of the beautiful countryside. I thought about taking a bus west to the famous Cliffs of Moher, but I decided that spending most of the day on a bus wouldn't be much...
Sycamore Building, Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
A fanciful three-week celebration of the arts, Fringe has been an annual asylum for artistic oddballs since 1994. Nearly 650 productions— theater, dance, poetry, magic, outdoor installations—enliven venues all over Dublin. 353/(0) 1-670-6106....
18-19 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin 1, Ireland
In what was once the Jameson family mansion, chef Ross Lewis specializes in Irish haute cuisine. The menu at this Michelin-starred restaurant changes seasonally. Standout dishes include cured Clare Island salmon with smoked pear, and a spiced...
Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX, UK
It's always a pleasant surprise when a famous restaurant lives up to the hype, but Wagamama was just what I wanted it to be: reasonably priced, fresh ingredients, and friendly service. My pork ramen bowl featured tender, juicy meat in Korean BBQ...
Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway, H91 E9XA, Ireland
Ard Bia at Nimmos (Gaelic for “high food”) is a lovely space in a stone building near the Spanish Arch in Galway, and one of the city’s most popular restaurants, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Inspired...
47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
A Temple Bar crawl is practically a rite of passage in Dublin, Ireland. My travel buddy and chose The Oliver St. John Gogarty, The Auld Dubliner, The Temple Bar (of course,) and The Quays Bar. AKA the pubs pictured on the touristy postcard I...
9750 Indiana Pkwy, Munster, IN 46321, USA
My travel partner and I have a thing for brew pubs. Our time on the road has taught us that some of the best food to be found comes out of kitchens like this, while the beers are, of course, second to none. Three Floyd's is one of the kings of the...
32 Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AL, UK
I could have spent days at Camden Market! There's loads to see and something for everyone. My favourite find from Camden is an awesome nautical style rockabilly dress (which I saved £10 on :). I also ate the most epic burrito of my life in...
84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW, UK
Daunt Books really is special. Even if you are not a big reader, it is well worth a visit because the space is so beautiful and filled with exceptionally well-chosen books. Daunt is the ultimate antidote to the Amazon generation and connects you...
Andresna House, Andresna, Boyle, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Laugh Arrow, while closer to Boyle than the town of Sligo, is in Sligo County. My father's cousin lives in Andresna House which is the white house seen on the horizon directly south from this boat in the photo. The house has been in the family for...
Cronadun, Co. Donegal, Ireland
I didn't even know such an amazing delight existed before stumbling upon it in Ireland. Sticky Toffee Pudding. We ate it so fast I almost forgot to take a photo. On our way to Derry, my husband, best friend and I stopped into Dom Brelin's Bar on...
2, Bewley's Cafe, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, D02 K033, Ireland
Cold, damp days in Ireland call for places like Bewleys, where you can get a home-cooked meal and a cuppa. It was the best tea I had in Ireland, so much so that I bought some for myself and my mother to bring back to the States. We walked in and...
1 Baile Na Gleanna, Inisheer, Co. Galway, Ireland
Inisheer (also called "Inis Oirr") is the smallest of the three Aran Islands, off the coast of Galway, Ireland. Before I went I was told by an Irish friend that it has a spiritual quality to it and it does: the quiet (that you can literally feel),...
Ballycarbery East, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The Cahergall Stone Fort is one of three accessible stone forts in the Ring of Kerry. We found this one the most impressive and the most fun to walk around in. All three of these forts were built in early A.D. and originally built with no mortar....
4 John St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 K039, Ireland
Doyle's is a great place to go for local, fresh seafood in Dingle. The servers were very friendly and my warm goat cheese salad (pictured) and seafood risotto was absolutely delicious. At my table we also had oysters, seafood chowder and crab...
25 Wexford St, Dublin, D02 H527, Ireland
Irish audiences are crazy in the best way. Whelan’s holds about 450 people and is one of my favorite venues; I would love to play there four nights in a row. It’s gorgeous, with a rustic wood and stone interior, and the attendees love being there...
27-28 Dawson St, Dublin, Co. Dublin City, DUBLIN 2, Ireland
A paradise of collectible and contemporary spirits awaits the serious whiskey connoisseur. The stock here includes a single malt from the tiny island of Inish Turk Beg, in handblown bottles (pictured), and an exclusive Connemara bottling aged in a...
22 Henry St, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland
Delicious restaurant in downtown Dublin. Recommended to us by a local streetwear company owner, (Project A for those of you wondering). Reasonably priced, delicious food, many locals. Steaks and family style dinners are the name of the game here....
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