Ireland and England were both like TOP of the bucket list for Dustin and I when it comes to traveling. We are both English and Irish by blood and so I always thought it would be cool to travel to the UK and see some of our heritage but in general we have both always been so attracted to the cultures!
Well I could not have been more right. This trip to the UK was so amazing, we are already planning a trip back! We are so fortunate that we got brought out to Ireland to shoot an amazing wedding, but of course we couldn’t come all that way without doing a little exploring! So we decided to extend the trip and adventure around Ireland a few days before the wedding and London the few days after.
I loved both places so, so much but Ireland definitely captured a special place in my heart and quickly become my happy place! I might be a rare breed, but I actually LOVE Celtic and Irish music. It is just so relaxing! There is just something about that place.. the music, the weather, the never ending green rolling hills, the endless amounts of sheep and cow, the friendly people. It was seriously amazing and we are already trying to plan a trip back!
In Ireland we got to take a day trip out to the west coast. We visited the Cliffs of Moher (which are just unreal and breathtaking) and the small coastal town of Galway. We also stopped at this little pub in the middle of nowhere – the food was amazing and the cider was the best we’ve ever had! Along the way in and out we heard lots of the history of Ireland, saw many small castles, and got to stop and see part of the national park where there is uncovered limestone and jutting cliffs everywhere!
The next day we took tours around the city of Dublin. We got to see Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, took a tour of the Guinness factory (which is basically the alcoholic version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory ha!), ate and drank in the Temple Bar district, and went to the Jameson Distillery. Yes you could say there was lots of drinking involved! But when in Ireland!
(A new daredevil friend we made on our tour hah!)
After we shot the wedding, we headed over to London. The first day we took a trip out into the country and took in a ton of history. We went to the city of Bath, which is a quaint and cool little city in itself but it is also home to the ancient Roman baths! They are still 100% in tact, the only thing missing from the structure itself is the roof (which is why it turned green with algae). There is something so strangely cool and almost humbling in a way to be in the same places where people lived thousands of years ago. In that same trip, we also saw Stonehenge which was just amazing. It happened to be the day before the summer solstice too so they were preparing for a huge festival where people camp out over night and stay up all night celebrating when the sun will hit the rock’s rim just right like it did thousands of years ago. It only happens twice a year!
The next day we spent in the city of London trying to squeeze as much as we could in one day (which might have been a mistake because boy did our feet blister and I have never been so tired!). We got to be a little nerdy and took The Muggle Tour which led us all around the city to see where many scenes of Harry Potter were filled, real places the inspired places in the books, the real Diagon Alley, and where J.K. Rowling used to hang out while writing the books. Oh and of course we went to the actual Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross! It was pretty awesome! We spent the rest of the day being true tourists (although we did take the tube everywhere which made us feel accomplished!) and visited all the big sites like Big Ben, The London Tower, The London Eye, and more!
And here is all our cell phone pictures to fill in the gaps, because to be honest, sometimes I was too busy enjoying myself to whip out the big camera!
Overall it was truly an amazing bucket list trip and we cannot wait to go back!!