19 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

19 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

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19 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Kinsale, Ireland
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  11​h 45​min
Washington DC, United States

3
days
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Do your shopping at Grafton Street and Fallon & Byrne. Visit Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle for their historical value. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Sheridans, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery of Photography, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library, and browse the range of quality goods at Brown Thomas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip builder .

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Dublin. Traveling from Washington DC in April, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 53°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

2
days
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then look for gifts at Jerpoint Glass Studio, then take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Palace, and finally examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, look for gifts at Kilkenny Design Centre, look for gifts at Kilkenny Handwrought Silver, then look for gifts at Kittys cabin, and finally look for gifts at Darcys Treasures.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny holiday builder .

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kilkenny, with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Kilkenny

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Waterford
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Jerpoint Glass Studio ©
Jerpoint Glass Studio
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

2
days
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 19th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory, examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, then get engrossed in the history at Celtic and Prehistoric Museum, then view the masterpieces at Penny's Pottery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Carol Cronin Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): cruise along Slea Head Drive.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dingle trip planner .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Dingle

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Museums

Side Trips

Ventry, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
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Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

1
day
Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine, then contemplate the long history of James Fort, then view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kinsale online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to London.

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Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre ©
Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
James Fort ©
James Fort

3
days
London, United Kingdom

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Natural History Museum and British Museum. National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, steep yourself in history at Hampstead, get engrossed in the history at Churchill War Rooms, and hunt for treasures at Camden Market.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read London day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kinsale to London in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April in London, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
British Museum ©
British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

2
days
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Stratford-upon-Avon ©
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 101mi north west of London, 22mi south east of Birmingham, and 8mi south west of Warwick. On the 25th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Warwick Castle, admire the natural beauty at Blenheim Palace, and then admire the striking features of Holy Trinity Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, browse for treasures at Stalls Lifestyle, then look for gifts at Alain Rouveure Galleries, and finally see the interesting displays at Cotswold Motoring Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Stratford-upon-Avon route builder .

You can drive from London to Stratford-upon-Avon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Stratford-upon-Avon, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to York.

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Cotswold Motoring Museum, Alain Rouveure Galleries, Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle
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Warwick Castle ©
Warwick Castle
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace
Cotswold Motoring Museum ©
Cotswold Motoring Museum

2
days
York, United Kingdom

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take a stroll through York Shambles, then admire the landmark architecture of York Minster, then get engrossed in the history at York Castle Museum, and finally examine the collection at National Railway Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Jorvik Viking Centre, examine the collection at York's Chocolate Story, then admire the landmark architecture of Castle Howard, and finally explore the ancient world of York City Walls.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the York sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Stratford-upon-Avon to York takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in York, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

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York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Minster ©
York Minster

3
days
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and Real Mary King's Close. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Urbane Art Gallery, look for gifts at Eddie's Seafood Market, and explore the wide array of goods at Jenners.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner .

Getting from York to Edinburgh by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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