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Cruise Excursions Falmouth UK

Isle of ManConjure up the passions of the Brits, Scotch and Irish, and you'll have an idea of what awaits on a British Isles shore excursion. Birders, garden-lovers, whiskey-imbibers, literary fans, military buffs, foodies, hikers, royal-watchers and anyone who likes to poke around ancient castles will have the time of their lives with the onshore offerings.

In Edinburgh, score a VIP seat for the famous (and always sold-out) Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, where regimental bands come from around the world to perform. The finale is a "massing of the pipes and drums, " with hundreds of musicians.

On the Isle of Man, hop aboard a three-seater motor trike with a professional driver, and follow the thrilling course of the legendary International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race.

In Dublin, get off the beaten tourist path on a culinary walking tour, sampling Irish goodies at food halls, cheesemakers, fishmongers, butchers and bakers, and meet the locals who produce them.

Beatles Experience in LiverpoolThere are bound to be plenty of castles on your sailing, many with lavish gardens. You'll have the opportunity to ramble along scenic cliffs and to walk in the footsteps of music and literary legends. The difficulty will be choosing from among hundreds of different offerings - not to mention the variety of cruise line itineraries.

Here's a guide to some of our favorites.

The Beatles Experience

This "Magical Mystery Tour" takes you to the Beatles' early haunts, including spots that inspired songs like "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever." Then you head to the Beatles' Story, a permanent exhibit on their lives and music. And, finally, you visit a second Beatles' Story location to watch "Fab 4D, " a family-friendly film that brings The Beatles' music to life. There's also an exhibit of "hidden" Beatles photos that was recently discovered in an attic.

Giants Causeway in Northern IrelandWho Should Go: Fab Four fans will love this tour.

Why: You've loved the songs; now learn more about the people and stories behind the music.

The Eden Project

Under huge domes, the world's largest plant conservatory is housed in a former mining pit. The domes are so massive that, when you're in them, you may even forget you're not outdoors. The Humid Tropics Biome is filled with a gigantic rain forest, with sections on the Oceanic Islands, Malaysia, West Africa and Tropical South America. The Warm Temperate Biome includes areas dedicated to the Mediterranean, South Africa and California, among others. But there's far more than simply a collection of thousands of plants. A huge waterfall tumbles through the rain forest, and you can visit a Malaysian house or ascend to a canopy walkway. Learn about winemaking and the secret life of bees in the temperate dome. There's so much to see, you'll be running to make the bus.

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