21 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

21 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom holiday builder

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Edinburgh
— 2 nights
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York
— 1 night
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Leeds
— 1 day
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Manchester
— 4 nights
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Nottingham
— 1 night
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Birmingham
— 3 nights
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Cardiff
— 4 nights
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Bristol
— 1 night
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London
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh road trip planning site.

Milwaukee, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milwaukee to Edinburgh is 6 hours. In September, Edinburgh is slightly colder than Milwaukee - with highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

York

— 1 night

City of Festivals

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 2nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at York Minster and then take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read York driving holiday planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to York by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in York, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Leeds.

Things to do in York

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

Leeds

— 1 day

Capital of the North

One of the most cosmopolitan, innovative, and prosperous cities in the country, Leeds went from a run-down mill town to a hip 21st-century urban center in just a few decades.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for gifts at Gallery 172, then admire the natural beauty at Tropical World, and then walk around Roundhay Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Leeds vacation planner.

Traveling by car from York to Leeds takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Leeds sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manchester.

Things to do in Leeds

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Manchester

— 4 nights

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Venture out of the city with trips to Liverpool (Liverpool Cathedral, Museum of Liverpool, &more). There's still lots to do: tour or see a game at Parthian Climbing Manchester, see the interesting displays at National Football Museum, view the masterpieces at Manchester Art Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Imperial War Museum North.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manchester trip planner.

Drive from Leeds to Manchester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Nottingham.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

Nottingham

— 1 night

Queen of the Midlands

With its historic connection to the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham is a vibrant blend of medieval and modern.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Wollaton Hall and Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Nottingham Castle. On your second day here, Head underground at Heights of Abraham and then take an in-depth tour of National Justice Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nottingham route planner.

Drive from Manchester to Nottingham in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Nottingham, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Nottingham

Museums · Nature · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Birmingham

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Trades

Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Shakespeare's Birthplace, step into the grandiose world of Warwick Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at The Mill Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Cadbury World and then steep yourself in history at Birmingham Back to Backs.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Birmingham visit planner.

Drive from Nottingham to Birmingham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Birmingham are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cardiff.

Things to do in Birmingham

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Cardiff

— 4 nights

City of Castles

The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
When in Cardiff, make a side trip to see Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, approximately Blaenavon away. The adventure continues: get outside with Bay Island Voyages, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, brush up on your military savvy at Firing Line Museum of The Queen's Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh at Cardiff Castle, and see the sky in a new way at Techniquest.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cardiff online day trip planner.

You can drive from Birmingham to Cardiff in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Cardiff, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bristol.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Bristol

— 1 night
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): snap pictures at Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Discover how to plan a Bristol trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Cardiff to Bristol by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Bristol

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

London

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Buckingham Palace, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our London road trip planner.

Getting from Bristol to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in London are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

United Kingdom travel guide

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Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.