British Isles Cruises
The rural countryside of Ireland, the ancient castles and mysterious lochs of Scotland, the icons and museums of England and the uncontaminated nature of the Hebrides and the Channel Islands.
A cruise to the British Isles never fails to impress with a wide variety of memorably beautiful landscapes that is sure to remain with you long after you have departed its shores. The British Isles is a sublime wilderness- it is a place where the past comes to life. Breathtaking geographical and historical sites that are a must-see include England's Stonehenge, Scotland's Edinburgh Castle, Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway and Northern England's Yorkshire Dales.
While the summer is the peak time for tourist visits, the cities throughout the British Isles have an atmosphere of their own in winter with festivals, carol concerts and cosy pubs. Surfing in Newquay, drinking Guinness in Dublin, walking the walls of Conway Castle and walking on Dartmoor are just a small but exciting handful of activies available to tourists in this area. The rolling green countrysides and charming cities will leave you wanting to return to the region time and time again.
For fans of The Beatles, Day 8 of this adventure is of particular interest, as a visit to Liverpool, the home of the famous 60s band is on the agenda! The most popular museum in the city, The Beatles Story, is well worth a visit, and why not venture to Abbey Road to reenact the bands' famous pedestrian crossing album cover?
- Southampton - Southampton
- British Isles,Western Europe,Northern Europe
- September 2019 - September 2019
The British Isles aren't well known for their fine cuisine but there are some delicious things you could try. Start with a pint of scrumpy (cider) in Bristol and when you're in the Highlands and islands, make sure to try some world-renown fish and seafood.
- Bristol - Bristol
- British Isles,Western Europe
Southampton is a historical port city located in Hampshire county, southern England. A popular city in its own right, with attractions including the Tudor House, the stunning gardens of Mottisfont Abbey, and more, most of its appeal is held in its status as your gateway to the metropolis of London. Most cruise lines visiting Southampton will start or end their cruise here, or will offer excursions to explore nearby London. There you can enjoy everything from history to culture, cuisine and everything in between. The Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and a whole lot more await.Highlights of Southampton and London
- Visit the innovative and engaging SeaCity Museum in Southampton
- Enjoy a magical day in Warner Brothers Studios in London, hugely popular with Harry Potter fans!
- Frequent London's Madame Tussauds to come face-to-face with the worlds most influencial figures..
The capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin showcases the best of Irish heritage, with layers of history from its 9th century Viking past, booming 18th century Georgian times, scars of early 1900s rebellions to modern groundbreaking infrastructure. Walk the grounds of Ireland’s oldest university, have a few scoops in Temple Bar, or learn how to pour your own perfect pint in the famous Guinness Storehouse. Whatever you decide to get up to, memories of your trip to Dublin will stay with you forever.Highlights of Dublin
- See the Book of Kells at Trinity College, or wander the grounds of Phoenix Park
- Have a pint and some grub at an Irish pub
- Tour the 26-hectare Guinness Storehouse
Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and is fast becoming a European cultural capital. The city is well-known for its connections to the Titanic. The impressive Titanic Belfast opened in 2012 and charts Belfast's rise as an industrial superpower, and showcases the huge slipways where the vessel was built. Belfast City Hall, open since 1906 stands at the centre of the city and on sunny days the surrounding grounds become a popular picnic spot. Wander the waterfront to discover Belfast's stunning Victorian architecture and great spots to eat, drink and listen to music.Highlights of Belfast
- Experience Titanic Belfast
- Visit St George's Market on a weekend where there is a different theme every day
- Savour a beer in the Crown Liquor Saloon - a historic Victorian masterpiece
Home to the Beatles and football, the historic port city of Liverpool is located in north-western England and since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and was 'European Capital of Culture' in 2008, it has become one of the UK's major tourist destinations. Liverpool is mainly known for its sport and music scene. Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, is a must see for any sports fans. Music lovers should head straight to the Cavern Club where the Beatles played over 300 times and music history was made. Another must-see is the Royal Albert Dock. Dating back to 1846, the dock is now a major tourist destination and how to restaurants, cafes and museums.Highlights of Liverpool
- Home of the Beatles
- Liverpool FC and Anfield
- Royal Albert docks
Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands is 200 km north of the Scottish mainland . Its name means "bay of clay", and the first human settlements in the subarctic archipelago date back to the 1st century BC. The town has a distinctly maritime feel, with a stunning natural harbour teaming with fishing boats all vying for space.Highlights of Lerwick
- Bath in history at the Shetland Museum.
- See great views of the harbour from the top of Fort Charlotte.
- See a traditional dwelling of the island in the Croft House Museum.
Cobh, in southern Ireland, is a picturesque town full of charm. It is located in one of the largest natural harbors in the world, Cork Harbour. Get to know the warmth of the Irish, explore the town and visit the St. Colman's Cathedral. During a visit to a typical Irish pub, you can experience the Irish way of life.Highlights of Cobh:
- St. Coleman's (Cobh) Cathedral
- Take a ferry to Spike Island, one home to a prison of which you can get guided tours.
- The Titanic Experience, a museum about the history of the ill fated vessel in the old White Star Line offices, where some 123 passengers boarded.
Kirkwall is a town on the Orkney Islands, located 10 miles off the Scottish mainlands. The town itself is steeped in history and today, is the main hub of activity in Orkney. Visitors can admire Kirkwalls most prominent feature, St. Magnus Cathedral, seen as one of the finest medival buildings around . Kirkwall has a vibrant shopping scene with a refreshing selection of locally-owned stores. By night, many bars offer traditional live music, allowing visitors to soak up the unique culture of the Orkney Islands.Highlights of Kirkwall
- Visit the impressive St. Magnus Cathedral
- Discover Orkey's history and beauty in Orkney Museum
- Check out the selection of live music in the evenings
Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey. These are a sample of the world-famous landmarks you will see on your visit to London, one of the world's most visited cities. Creativity is everywhere you look in London, from architecture to theatre, music and food. A hugely multicultural city, London has long attracted dreamers from across the globe! A tip for visitors: get an Oyster Card at a Tube Station to make travelling about stress-free.Highlights of London
- Visit Westminster Abbey, a Gothic cathedral where every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned.
- Visit Tower Bridge, but be careful not to confuse it with London Bridge, which is much less exciting!
- Make the most of London’s free attractions which include the Natural History Museum and Tate Modern
This British city is situated on the north bank of the Thames, next to a sea port and a fortress. Initially built to house railway and port workers, Tilbury became a major point of defense for England, along with neighboring town Gravesend, due to the narrowness of the Thames at this point. The forts constructed in Tilbury and Gravesend under Henry VII, due to this narrowness in the river, were of major importance as defenses during several wars, including during the Armada campaigns of 1588.Highlights of Tilbury:
- The old military base of Tilbury fort
- Coalhouse Fort
- The Gravesend-Tilbury Ferry which crosses the River Thames, the last crossing point before the sea.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a city in the north east of England. It lies on the banks of the River Tyne and is home to Newcastle University. The history of the city goes back to the time of the Roman conquest of Britain. A Roman fortress used to be located here in the place of the current city. Newcastle is famous for its coal production. The buildings and the architectural feel of Newcastle is very enchanting, make sure you visit the grand St. Nicholas Cathedral and the old Castle of Newcastle.Highlights of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
- Learn all about local history at the Discovery Museum
- Visit the UK's biggest contemporary art, craft and design gallery - Buscuit Factory
- Enjoy delicious offerings of the Michelin-starred House of Tides
South Queensferry, also known as "The Ferry", is situated on the banks of the Firth of Forth, just west of Edinburgh. Due to the favourable location of the Scottish town, a quick trip to Edinburgh is an absolute must. There are also quite a few attractions in South Queensferry: The Black Castle, the Tolbooth, St. Mary's Church as well as the two bridges, Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge, are worth seeing.Highlights of South Queensferry
- Get a bird's-eye view of the Firth of Forth from atop the Blackness Castle
- Snap a picture of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Forth Bridge
- Explore the ancient monuments of Midhope Castle
Tobermory is the main town of the Isle of Mull, which is one of the Inner Hebrides, off the north west coast of Scotland. The colorful houses lining the harbor of Tobermory shape the scenery of the place. Local folklore tells of a Spanish wreck lying somewhere in the bay, often reported to have been laden with gold.Highlights of Tobermory:
- Visit the Tobermory Whiskey Distillery.
- Mull Aquarium, Europe's first catch and release aquarium.
- Mull Theatre is a home of art and culture in Tobermory.
Since 1437, Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland. The hilly city features an Old Town with medieval structures as well as a beautiful Georgian New Town with neoclassical architecture. While the Scottish monarchy resides in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the crown jewels can be found in Edinburgh Castle, towering over the city. More than one million tourists flock to Edinburgh every year for its cultural and historical attractions.Highlights of Edinburgh
- Get a new perspective of the city from atop the Edinburgh Castle
- Go on a royal tour through Holyrood Palace
- Hike up Arthur's Seat for beautiful views of the city
The peninsula of Portland is located in the south of England. Portland Harbour, since it's inception was home to a Royal Navy base until 1995 and is still one of the biggest man-made harbours in the world, and was used as part of the 2012 Olympic Games. The area is also known for Portland Stone, a special stone quarried here used in St Paul's Cathedral and United Nations Headquarters. Portland has always been a place of significance throughout history and so there is certainly something for everyone to discover here.Highlights of Portland:
- Explore Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
- Enjoy a recreation of the town's busy wartime dockyard at Castletown D-Day Centre
- Visit the 300 year old Portland Bill Lighthouse.
Holyhead is a small port town located in the British county of the Isle of Anglesey on the Welsh coast. The town is, historically, one of the major Irish Sea ports and has, until very recently, enjoyed a great flow of people coming from and going to Ireland. However, with the introduction of cheap flights, Holyhead's popularity has decreased. The city centre and the recently built Celtic Gateway Bridge leading to it from the train station and ferry terminal are both very much worth a visit.Highlights of Holyhead
- Take a tour of the rocky islet of South Stack and its famous Lighthouse
- Enjoy a delicious lemon-meringue pie at the Ucheldre Kitchen
- Admire the beautiful stained-glass windows of the St. Cybi's Church
Discover undulating hills every shade of green, jagged and menacing cliff facades, eerie ruins and a rich culture that has evolved over millennia.
A cruise to the British Isles allows passengers to delve into an enchanted past while also delivering a modern experience in cities such as London, Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh. These enduring islands offer everything, from charming hamlets to cosy pubs and famous landmarks that will leave you speechless. Most cruises from the British Isles depart from southern ports such as Tilbury and make their way to Ireland and Scotland where the rugged beauty and friendly people uphold their reputation with ease. Often these cruises venture as far as Iceland where the distinctive volcanic landscapes, winding glaciers and cascading waterfalls offer a nice contrast to the Emerald Isles.
Excursions and Activities in the British Isles
Marvel at the castle-studded coastline of these ancient islands as you sail around on your luxury liner equipped with all the modern comforts one would expect from cruise companies such as Cunard Lines, Azamara Club Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. These formidable fortresses give a sense of the scale of the splendour of ancient times when Celts ruled and druids were respected throughout the land. This dramatic and impressive architecture extends throughout cities like Edinburgh, Dublin and London, where they blend seamlessly with their modern counterparts. The nature of islands means that many settlements sprung up along the coast; these have since flourished into bustling cities with a unique maritime backdrop. The aforementioned cities are cornucopias of artistic and cultural delights where you can explore museums, do some shopping and take a guided tour as part of an informative shore excursion.
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