21 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

21 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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21 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Caernarfon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Portsmouth
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
London
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Alnwick
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
6
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Caernarfon

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Conwy Castle and Beaumaris Castle will appeal to history buffs. Caernarfon Castle and St Gwyddelan's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Smallest House in Britain (in Conwy), Great Orme (in Llandudno) and Harlech Castle (in Harlech). There's more to do: take in panoramic vistas at South Stack Lighthouse and pause for some serene contemplation at Llanbadrig Church.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Caernarfon journey planner .

San Francisco, USA to Caernarfon is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get slightly colder in Caernarfon: highs are around 63°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Conwy, Harlech Castle, Beaumaris Castle, Cwyfan Church, St Gwyddelan's Church
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Harlech Castle ©
Harlech Castle
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle

3
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Portsmouth

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Do some cultural sightseeing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Osborne House. Step off the beaten path and head to Bournemouth Beach and Corfe Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portsmouth: Stonehenge (in Amesbury) and Hospital of St Cross (in Winchester).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Portsmouth online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Caernarfon to Portsmouth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Portsmouth can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Stonehenge, Osborne House, Hospital of St Cross, Bournemouth Beach
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Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle
Osborne House ©
Osborne House
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

3
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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.
Visit Tower of London and Westminster Abbey for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at The British Museum and Natural History Museum. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, contemplate the long history of Houses of Parliament, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our London trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Portsmouth to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Alnwick.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

2
nights
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 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle and then don't miss a visit to Lindisfarne Priory. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Cragside House and Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at The Alnwick Garden, and then step into the grandiose world of Alnwick Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Alnwick planner .

Traveling by train from London to Alnwick takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from London in September: highs in Alnwick hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bamburgh Castle, Cragside House and Gardens, Lindisfarne Priory
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Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stirling Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Buchanan Street (in Glasgow). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, explore the different monuments and memorials at South Leith Parish Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner .

Take a train from Alnwick to Edinburgh in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Buchanan Street, Stirling Castle, Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral

3
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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Eilean Donan Castle and Ben Nevis. Glenfinnan Viaduct and Fort Augustus Abbey will appeal to history buffs. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig), Glenfinnan Church (in Glenfinnan) and Oban Distillery (in Oban). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument and get outside with Morar Beach.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fort William trip planning tool .

Getting from Edinburgh to Fort William by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Morar Beach, Eilean Donan Castle, Fort Augustus Abbey, Camusdarach Beach
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument

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Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Urquhart Castle and Glen Strathfarrar will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Culloden Battlefield and Glenfiddich Distillery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Drumnadrochit (Corrimony Chambered Cairn & St Ninians Church) and Nigg Old Church (in Nigg). There's more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Wardlaw Mausoleum and delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns.

To find out how to plan a trip to Inverness, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Fort William to Inverness in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Inverness are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Glen Strathfarrar, Glenfiddich Distillery
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Glenfiddich Distillery ©
Glenfiddich Distillery

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