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Going to Ireland and England this summer

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Sean T, May 14, 2004.

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  1. Sean T

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    I will be spending a week or so in Ireland and 3 days in London. Any gun related sites to see?
     
  2. Logan5

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    Holland & Holland
    31-33 Bruton Street
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    Tel: +44 (0)20 7499 4411

    The enfield pattern room would also be great, also the tower of london, and the cabinet war rooms.
     
  3. Sean T

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    Noted, thanks!:)
     
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    The Royal Armouries are now in the North of England, so don't expect them at the Tower of London.
     
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    Imperial War Museum

    The biggest single place to visit is the Imperial War Museum in London. Stupendous amount of historical relics. Then battlefield sights like Hastings, of course. There is an amazing amount of history in that very small country.
     
  6. Josey

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    A few suggestions for three days in London. James Smith & Sons, James Purdey and Sons Limited, Henry Maxwell and Company Limited, Holland and Holland, Lock and Company, Fortnum and Mason, Big Ben, Millenium Wheel, changing of the guard, London Dungeon (must see!), Kew Gardens, Portobello Road, Harrods, Madame Tussauds (long line), New Scotland Yard, Hendon Police College, 221-B Baker Street and the pubs. A taxi, red bus and Underground ride are required modes of travel. Boots, Marks and Spencers and Harrods along with Libertys are good places to shop. Are you going to be in Dublin? The floozy in the Jacuzzi is a landmark to see. You have to walk around Dublin. I really enjoyed my times there. Will you be near Killarney? The ring of Kerry is a worthwhile daytrip. Muckross House is a nice tour.
     
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    Second the Imperial War Museum, a must see. I've been to the RAF Museum but it is a ways out. Army Museum was interesting. I enjoyed seeing the Parliament - The House of Commons & House of Lords. Lines were shorter there later in the day.

    Windsor Castle is worth the trip out there if you have time.

    Three days isn't much in London, make the most of it. Taxis are fairly expensive but a ride or 2 is worthwhile. Learn to ride the "tube" and buses to save bucks.
     
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    I also highly recommend the Imperial War Museum....you'll need more than a couple of hours there. Of course you'll also want to go to the Tower of London. Pre-buy your tickets and get there early !
    There's so much to see in London....
    Don't know about Dublin.
     
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    Another vote for the Imperial War Museum. An interesting side note is that the building that the museum is housed in is the former insane asylum known as Bedlam.

    There is also the cruiser/destroyer/frigate that is at anchor in the Thames near Tower Bridge. We didn't have time to do it but it looked interesting.
     
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    I'm sorry:(

    GT
     
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    That would be on my list as well, but beware, they are not the friendliest people. A friend of mine went over there a couple years ago. He emailed, then called and was warmly encouraged to stop by for a visit. When he arrived, he was given a cool, actually rude, reception. To top it off, there was a guy checking out shotguns who kept pointing them at my friend's head. Dunno if it was out of malice or not, but it was certainly not welcomed.

    Chris
     
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    The cruiser in the Thames is H.M.S. Belfast, of WWII fame. Was mined, and saw action in the sinking of the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst, among other things.

    For a longer visit to England, a stop at Portsmouth, a few hours driving south of London, is a must. Includes Mary Rose, Victory, and (my favorite) Warrior, the grand-daddy to every ocean-going armored ship.
     
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    Here are my tips for seeing London.

    1. Take the Paddington Express from Heathrow into London; it saves a lot of time over the Underground. Then take a Black Cab to your hotel.

    2. Take the Big Bus Company red line tour when you first arrive. It goes past most of the major attractions and the 24-hour ticket allows on and off privileges.

    3. Buy a 24-hour or weekend pass on the Underground. It’s a fast and EASY way to get around.

    4. Buy “Fast Access / Group Admission†tickets for the Tower of London from your hotel or the Big Bus Company. When you get to the Tower, you go to the Group entry gate and get right in.

    5. Go to the Tower of London when it first opens. Go IMMEDIATELY to see the Crown Jewels, then return to the entrance for the tour.

    6. Remember Harrods is closed on Sundays.

    7. Remember most /all churches do not allow tours on Sundays.

    8. See the Changing of the Guard AND the Horse Guards Parade.

    9. Take a guided tour of St. Paul’s (11:00 – 2:00)

    10. If you’re flying British Airways, check in your luggage and get your seat assignment at Paddington Station on your way back to Heathrow.(check with your airline, they may have a desk at Paddington, also)

    11. HAVE FUN !!!!
     
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    This is slightly off topic, but you guys may get a laugh from it. I did, in retrospect...

    My son was an officer with Third Infantry Div., and on his way home from Iraq last year, stopped off in London. He knows that I love good tea, and that I know about Harrod's, the world famous department store that Josey mentioned here. So, he got me a box of one of their tea blends. Shipped it in one of their shopping bags/sacks.

    I wanted to make an impression on the hot blonde who cuts my hair, and I occasionally give her chocolate, for brownie points. Gets me affectionate fondling around the ears while in the barber chair... so, to impress her, I gave her some candy and put it in the Harrod's bag, telling her that I thought she might like to have it as a souvenir of sorts, seeing as how women love to shop in famous places, etc.

    Denise didn't know what Harrod's was until I told her. Thought the bag was from a new store in our nearby mall. Hey: I said she's blonde...

    Seriously, I won't bore you with what my son said about Harrod's and their stock of goods, but I bet I could spend hours in there, shopping and sampling. I hope it isn't one of those London sites that won't let in a man carrying an ordinary pocketknife. I've heard that that's strictly forbidden at many tourist sites in the UK. Be wary!

    Lone Star
     
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    harrod's really is something. in the toy department they had two scaled down gas powered cars for kids. one was a ferrari and i forget the other one. they were both almost 20 grand. that was about 5 years ago.

    if you wouldnt mind renting a car and seeing the countryside i suggest taking a day trip to stonehenge. its really an incredible site.
     
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    Does anyone know where one can/can't carry a pocketknife in London?
    I think one of the knife forums said that virtually all the big tourist places, inc. the Imperial War Museum, ban them, and have metal detectors.

    Apparently, if the police find someone with a knife, he has to explain why he has a "legitimate need" for it.

    Lone Star
     
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    :what: :confused: :scrutiny: :uhoh: :confused:

    Josey, who or what is this famous tourist landmark???
     
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    In Ireland, walk the Burren in north Clare (or at least take a couple of hours to drive through it). It's on the way between Limerick and Galway.

    It is truly other-worldly. You know how the Badland in S.D. affects people? I've been to both, and the Burren affected me more than the Badlands. (Of course, I have Clare ancestors, so that probably had something to do with it ... "Up the Banner!").
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    An ancient plinking target ;)

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    A view across the firing range ;)

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    "We have facilities for rainy-day shooting!" ;)
     
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    I'm not aware of any gun related sights not already mentioned other than possibly Trafalger Square. I've never seen so many pigeons in my life!

    If you're a Tolkien or C.S. Lewis fan don't miss going to the Eagle and the Child, a.k.a. the Bird and Baby. It is the pub in Oxford that the Inklings hung out in. While you're there have a SHOT in honor of those fine mens' memories. (how's that for keeping things gun related? SHOT, get it???)
     
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    oh i forget to tell you to checkout this one public bathroom they have. its a single room outside and the walls and ceiling are a two way mirror. you can see out from the inside but cant see in from the outside. i think its at the louvre.
     
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    If you had enough time, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford RAF base is great. It is outside Cambridge, England. Both large indoor and outdoor displays including a B52, Vulcan bomber, B29 and B17 bombers and a host other military and civilian aircraft including the first Concorde.

    Also has tanks, artillery, etc.

    I spent several weeks in England and Scotland in 1989. Bought over here a British Rail pass. British rail service is great and the pass we had was good for 15 24 hour trips and was quite cheap. First class accommodations. Cars were never crowded. Also, the conductors at that time were very lax in punching our tickets, so we ended up with extra trips.

    At the time the trains traveled up to 125 MPH.

    The railroad museum in York, England is cool as well.
     
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    RE: floozy in the jacuzzi. The River Liffey is what aided Dublin to become what it is. The city fathers decided a woman in a fountain would be a nice monument. The humour of Dubliners prompty changed the monument to the River Liffey into the floozy in the jacuzzi.
     
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    And don't forget The Tart with the Cart.
     
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    Wow, thanks for all your suggestions!

    Ireland is the focus of our trip as we've never been there. We're flying into Dublin and staying there a few days to get adjusted to the time and visit a few pubs ;). The plan is to take a circuitous route in southern Island. First stop is Kilkenny, then on down to County Cork, and Cashel. Then we might go see the cliffs of Moher among other things. Then off to London for a few days and that's it. I was in London 10 years ago and saw the changing of the guard, very cool :cool:.
     
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    Cashel!? That is a weird place. I never heard of a registration required with family history included just to be buried. I guess you are going by ferry to England? I went to Blarney but, you knew that!:neener:
     
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