Spending time abroad over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend doesn't mean you have to compromise a traditional American celebration. Hop across the pond and add a unique British or Irish twist to this year's proceedings for a truly memorable Thanksgiving. Here at Original Travel UK we have the inside track on all the most exclusive experiences the UK and Ireland have to offer…

St Paul's Cathedral, London

St Paul's Thanksgiving Day Service

Every year, the iconic St Paul's Cathedral hosts a morning Thanksgiving service for London's American community (or just anyone who fancies joining a sensational service). Originally built over 1,400 years ago, take in the awe-inspiring interiors while listening to the St Paul's cathedral choir fill the iconic dome full of song. A wonderful way to start your Thanksgiving Day before indulging in some of London's finest Thanksgiving food. Which brings us rather nicely onto our next experience...

London Thanksgiving meal

Get Stuffed in London

With a huge number of US expats living in London, the restaurant scene has risen to the Thanksgiving challenge serving the finest American classics from spiced butternut squash soup and herb roast turkey with cranberry sauce to pecan or pumpkin pie and festive cocktails galore. At Original Travel UK, we know the finest Thanksgiving dining options that London has to offer. We're also delighted to assist with those wishing to cook for themselves in exclusive let apartments or city rentals. We can take the stress out of sourcing the turkey and trimmings by having everything delivered straight to your door. Worry about the diet in January.

Cobh, Ireland

Irish Ancestry

For the millions of Irish people who emigrated to the US in the 19th century, in search of a better life in the wake of the Great Famine, Cobh was their last glimpse of Ireland. With 35 million Americans listing their heritage as Irish, Cobh is a fascinating destination for those who want to learn more about their ancestry. Spend the Thanksgiving weekend learning about Irish-American history with one of our handpicked genealogists and pay a visit to the Queenstown Story (the former name for Cobh).

Guinness

Toasting

Celebrate the holiday weekend with a pint (or two) of Ireland's most famous export, Guinness. For many people, a visit to Ireland wouldn't be complete without trying a drop of the 'black stuff' and there's nowhere better to sample it than the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Situated in the original brewery of 1876, visitors discover the brewery's secret ingredients and how the iconic beer is made. To round off the visit, enjoy a Thanksgiving Day pint in the panoramic bar overlooking the city and the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. Cheers!

Dundas Castle

A Thanksgiving Feast

Located just 30 minutes from Edinburgh city centre, spend the day in your very own private castle. The day starts with a tour of the 15th Century old keep and bell tower before climbing to the top of the turret for magnificent views over the Forth Rail Bridge. After working up an appetite, it's time to get down to Thanksgiving foodie-business. Enjoy a Thanksgiving baking day during a Downton Abbey-style 'Upstairs Downstairs' experience where the whole family can bake homemade pecan and pumpkin pies to enjoy with a spot of afternoon tea beside a roaring log fire.