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Monmouth Rd, Tintern, Monmouthshire NP16 6SE, UK
Once upon a time the Great Western Railway ran along the river in the sleepy village of Tintern, in Wales. With the evolution of trains, making traveling much easier and affordable to some, many Victorians would travel to Tintern, along the west...
49 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AU, UK
The Cardiff Central Market originally opened in 1891, at the site of an old jail. The market retains that old world feeling with vendors selling everything from meat and eggs to trendy clothing on the ground floor, while up top there is a walk way...
Tintern Abbey, Tintern NP16 6SE, UK
The 12th century abbey, now only ruins, sits on the River Wye, just across the border from England. These ruins have inspired many including William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson and even Allen Ginsberg. The British painter, J.W.M. Turner also painted...
National Cycle Route 8, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon LD3 7YS, UK
In rural Wales, some of the best—and often the only—accommodations are rental cottages. Among the many good networks, Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages is popular with film crews visiting Brecon Beacons National Park. A 10-person stone farmhouse...
49 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AU, UK
While in Cardiff over the weekend I visited the covered market in the city and my daugher (who goes to Cardiff University) insisted that I try a Welsh cake. This one had jam in it. We then found a cup of coffee and sat down to take a breather and...
Plas Curig, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EL, UK
Looking for a place to rest your aching, just-hiked-the-highest-peak-in-Wales feet? Hike a bit further to the hostel that can't possibly be a hostel, Plas Curig. The two common rooms feature a flatscreen, fireplace, tons of books and bright...
Llangybi, Usk NP15 1PG, UK
After a long day travelling it was heavenly to arrive at the Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa just outside Usk in Wales. This very welcoming hotel dates from the Sixteenth century and has a lot of original features including ancient wood doors and steep...
Cow's Ln, Dame St, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
This cafe offers the most delicious raspberry, apple, and chocolate chip scones you will ever taste. In addition they offer a wide variety of pastries, sandwiches, and teas. Their two Dublin locations are fairly close to each other but each is...
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...
47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 N725, Ireland
On Saturday nights most of the streets are pedestrian-only, live music spills into the streets, and the frothy stout flows free. Locals are spoiled in that they can revel on these ancient cobbled streets as frequently as they like, while the rest...
34/35 William St S, Dublin, D02 T205, Ireland
Deft use of social media—you can tweet for a seat and get a special deal—enabled a pop-up poultry joint to settle into long-term industrial-chic digs in 2011. Atmosphere, like the menu, is minimalist. Flavors are not. The addictive qualities of...
St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Arthur Guinness, the forefather of the world-renowned family, founded the brewery on this inner city spot in 1759. It's the city's most visited tourist attraction, telling both the history and processes that have gone into making Ireland's most...
15 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland
O'Donoghue's Bar, which dates back to the eighteenth century, is arguably the most famous pub in Dublin for traditional Irish music. The bar is lively, rammed with a mainly—but by no means exclusively—local crowd, and has a great, welcoming...
Main St, Grove, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Visiting this cheese shop was like touring Costco during Christmas. Samples, my friends. Samples. I've never tried so many different cheeses in my entire life, and I'm certain I left this little shop lactose intolerant. And I would do it over in a...
Killadoon, Ard Na Mara, Co. Mayo, Ireland
My Irish friend, Aedín, and I were driving from Galway to Westport when suddenly she veered off the main road. "There's a great beach down this way, I think," she said to me. I was up for anything, seeing her country for the first time. We came...
Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
Fancy yourself a brave one, do ye? Aye, aye, then the Cliffs of Moher are right up your alley. Ireland's most popular tourist destination does not disappoint, though visiting during the middle of the day means you're going to have to share the...
Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, Ireland
If you've ever dreamed of living in your own Gothic romance novel, consider staying at the Adare Manor Hotel in picturesque Adare, Ireland. This sumptuous hotel and golf resort is located in Ireland's 'Prettiest Village.' It is home to a...
O'Connell Square, Shandon, Cork, Ireland
Admit it. Come on. You saw butter museum in the title and you giggled. Then you made a promise to yourself to visit this place the next time you're in Ireland. I don't blame you. I did the same thing. This may very well be the most boring museum...
Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Before reaching this incredible castle, you will be astounded by the beautiful pastures and lakes along the roadside. Lambs occasionally trot across allowing a great opportunity for photos. Upon reaching Kylemore, you will enter through a quaint...
Fisher Street, Doolin Court Holiday Homes, Co. Clare, Ireland
Here's a secret (said no one ever): Ireland has a wonderful Bed and Breakfast culture. Fisherman's Rest is run by Danny, one of the country's great hosts. Breakfast is served with a side of saucy story, O'Connor's Pub (and the traditional music...
English Market, Grand Parade, Centre, Cork, Ireland
This covered food market dates back to 1786 (there has been a market on the site since 1610) and today it’s a bustling indoor food market with everything from fresh fish to spices, cheeses, oils and homemade cakes on sale. It's also a hub of...
Moyarta East, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Long Dock is a pub in the fishing village of Carrigaholt, specializing in local seafood. The seafood chowder, pictured here, was a light, tangy chowder filled with fresh fish and potato; it was so creamy it was like eating warm silk. The...
Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
Myrtle Allen is Ireland’s answer to Alice Waters: The centenarian chef has lobbied the Irish parliament for better food policies, earned some Michelin stars, and, 50 years ago, opened a restaurant called the Yeats Room in the town of...
Ballynaraha South, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Many people pass up visiting the Dingle Peninsula in favor for the famous "Ring of Kerry" drive in Ireland. However, this beautiful place packs a big punch. The town itself has plenty to do including a beautiful harbor and an aquarium, not to...
Cashel Achill Island, Cashel, Co. Mayo, Ireland
"Want to go to the coziest pub in Ireland?" the waiter of the hotel restaurant I was eating at said when I asked where there was a good place to get a drink on Achill Island, located in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. He'd said three of...
O'Connell Street, Clonroad Beg, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 WDX2, Ireland
This may be the most charming hotel in the sweet town of Ennis in County Clare. The place looks and runs like an intimate bed & breakfast but operates on the level of a 4-star hotel. The staff is sweet, warm and always greets you with a smile and...
Walsheslough, Rosslare, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Ireland's trains are often ignored by visitors, which is a shame as they make a fun way for everyone in the family to enjoy the countryside. You can stretch you legs, explore the modern and fast trains and have a snack. Best of all some of the...
8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK
Over the past two centuries, the covered market at Borough, not far from London Bridge, has become one of the country’s most famous foodie spots. From Wednesday to Saturday each week hundreds of traders gather to sell homemade breads,...
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