16 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

16 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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16 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
London
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
York
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Knaresborough
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
4
Alnwick
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Linlithgow
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Fort William
— Few hours
ferry:  6​h
10
Port Ellen
— 3 nights
ferry:  8​h 30​min
11
Windermere
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Lancaster
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Chester
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
London
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Boston

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London

London
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the world behind art at The British Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the London trip planning website .

Boston, USA to London is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in May, you will find days in London are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to York.

Things to do in London

Nightlife Outdoors Tours
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York

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Treasurer's House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at York Minster, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then explore the ancient world of York City Walls, then identify plant and animal life at York Bird of Prey Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of York Cold War Bunker.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our York trip planner .

You can take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Knaresborough.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

York Bird of Prey Centre
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York City Walls ©
York City Walls
York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
Treasurer's House ©
Treasurer's House

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Knaresborough

Knaresborough ©
Knaresborough is an historic market town, spa town and civil parish in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bebra Gardens as well as Knaresborough Castle. On the 16th (Thu), go for a walk through River Nidd Waterside Walk, step into the grandiose world of Knaresborough Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Bebra Gardens.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Knaresborough trip planner.

You can drive from York to Knaresborough in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alnwick.

Things to do in Knaresborough

Parks Historic Sites Trails
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Bebra Gardens ©
Bebra Gardens
Knaresborough Castle ©
Knaresborough Castle

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Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, stop by The Emporium, then explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle, and finally admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Alnwick online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Knaresborough to Alnwick takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Knaresborough in May: highs in Alnwick hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Bamburgh Castle, Cragside House and Gardens
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Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle
Alnwick Castle ©
Alnwick Castle
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, identify plant and animal life at BobCat Alpacas, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and finally enjoy the sea views from Calton Hill.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh tour planner.

Getting from Alnwick to Edinburgh by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Linlithgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

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Linlithgow

Linlithgow ©
Linlithgow is a royal burgh in West Lothian, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): delve into the distant past at St. Michael's Parish Church, admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Burgh of Culross, and then have fun and explore at Almond Valley Heritage Trust.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Linlithgow trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Linlithgow takes an hour. In May in Linlithgow, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Linlithgow

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

The Royal Burgh of Culross, Almond Valley Heritage Trust
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The Royal Burgh of Culross ©
The Royal Burgh of Culross
St. Michael's Parish Church ©
St. Michael's Parish Church
Almond Valley Heritage Trust ©
Almond Valley Heritage Trust

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Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Inverness trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Linlithgow to Inverness in 3 hours. In May in Inverness, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites
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Inverness Castle Viewpoint ©
Inverness Castle Viewpoint
Old High Church, Inverness ©
Old High Church, Inverness
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church

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Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye planning app .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Skye Adventure ©
Skye Adventure
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Lealt Falls ©
Lealt Falls

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Fort William

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. On the 22nd (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, then take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fort William driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Ellen.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks
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Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

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Port Ellen

Port Ellen ©
Port Ellen is a small town on the island of Islay, in Argyll, Scotland. On the 23rd (Thu), appreciate the history behind American Monument, then make a trip to Rhinns of Islay Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Kildalton High Cross and Old Parish Church, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Three Distilleries Pathway. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Laphroaig Distillery, look for gifts at The Blue Letterbox (Port Ellen), then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bowmore Distillery, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isle of Jura.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Port Ellen fast, fun, and easy.

Explore your travel options from Fort William to Port Ellen with the Route module. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Windermere.

Things to do in Port Ellen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Islay, Rhinns of Islay Lighthouse, Isle of Jura, Bowmore Distillery
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Isle of Jura ©
Isle of Jura
Rhinns of Islay Lighthouse ©
Rhinns of Islay Lighthouse
Laphroaig Distillery ©
Laphroaig Distillery

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Windermere

Windermere
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Start your trip to Windermere by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Port Ellen to Windermere with the Route module. You will leave for Lancaster on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Windermere

Outdoors Parks Nightlife
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Lancaster

Lancaster ©
Lancaster is a city and the county town of Lancashire, England. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Lancaster Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lancaster Priory Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Church, then appreciate the history behind Eric Morecambe Statue, and finally explore the activities along Lancaster Canal.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lancaster itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Windermere to Lancaster takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Lancaster, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Chester.

Things to do in Lancaster

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

St Peter's Church, Eric Morecambe Statue
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St Peter's Church ©
St Peter's Church
Lancaster Castle ©
Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Priory Church ©
Lancaster Priory Church

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Chester

Chester
Chester is a walled city in Cheshire, England, on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Chester trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Chester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Chester, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 44°F at night. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to London.

Things to do in Chester

Nightlife Outdoors Parks
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London

London ©
On the 27th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and finally ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, take in the views from Tower Bridge, then make a trip to Big Ben, then take an in-depth tour of Westminster Abbey, and finally sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our London journey planner.

Take a train from Chester to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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