British Isles cruises offer numerous delights, from famous landmarks, world-class museums and galleries to well-manicured parks and cultural experiences. Here is a just a sampling of the wide range of shore excursions available.
Visit Buckingham Palace in London: For just a short period each summer when the Royal Court has left London for summer vacation in Scotland it is possible to view the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. Here, among some of the finest pictures and works of art in the world, visitors can see where the Queen and members of the Royal Family receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions.
Take a Panoramic tour of Edinburgh: A panoramic narrated tour of the city takes in Edinburgh's principal sights, from Holyrood Palace to the elegant Georgian buildings of the New Town. Visit Edinburgh Castle atop the Royal Mile and enjoy free time to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland or explore St. Margaret's Chapel and the Great Hall of James IV.
Kiss the Blarney Stone in Cork: Blarney village lies in the protective shadow of historic Blarney Castle. The castle was built in two sections and has a massive oblong keep, with battlements that are typically Irish in form. Below them, the famous Blarney Stone is set in the wall, and to kiss it, one has to lean over backwards from the parapet walk of the battlements. Legend tells us that by doing so you receive the gift of eloquence.
Enjoy a pint of Guiness beer in Dublin: The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago and ends in 'Gravity', the sky bar, which has astonishing views of Dublin. The 'Guinness adventure' begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building's giant, pint-shaped heart of glass. Find out how the drink that carries Arthur Guinness's name has traveled around the world. After your visit, you will have the opportunity to taste the world famous stout.
Visit a Goldsmith’s Workshop on Guernsey Island: Drive through the country lanes of Torteval before stopping to visit the Russell family's authentic Goldsmith's workshop, which is set on five acres of prize-winning landscaped gardens. The modern tree sculpture in the running stream and the little waterfall leading to an ornamental Koi pool all add to the ambience of this idyllic spot. While visiting, you’ll have the opportunity to watch artisans at work and admire a variety of their handmade products.
Tour Christchurch Cathedral in Waterford: A glorious example of Georgian architecture, the church you see today is the third to be built on this hallowed site. The first was constructed in 1096; the second was built in the medieval era. The present Georgian structure, with its dramatic spire, is one of the finest churches of its time. Standing before it, you can almost feel the history, as it was here that a papal decree was read out, authorizing the English and Norman king, Henry II to reform the church in Ireland. Following an informative introduction offered by your guide, you are free to explore the cathedral's interior independently.
Explore Hillsborough Castle in Belfast: At Hillsborough Castle, delight in discovering the residence of the British Royal Family and visiting dignitaries. President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair met at Hillsborough Castle on April 7, 2003 to discuss world affairs. A guided tour of the castle will acquaint you with the tales of the Hill family, who held the title of Marquis of Downshire, and the Governors. Hear about the castle's role in more recent Northern Ireland history and view many interesting pieces of furniture and works of art.
Walk in the Footsteps of the Beatles in Liverpool: You will pass through the city center of Liverpool and into the suburbs, viewing the birthplaces, former homes, schools and venues associated with the Fab Four along the way. Pass such renowned sights as Penny Lane and Strawberry Field before pausing at Mathew Street to see the location of the old Cavern Club.