23 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

23 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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23 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Drive + Fly:  14​h
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Alnwick, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Weymouth, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Denver, United States

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rosslyn Chapel and Greyfriars Kirk. Visit Edinburgh Castle and Georgian House for their historical value. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh visit planner.

Denver, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Denver to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in May, expect nights in Edinburgh to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Alnwick.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

2
nights
Alnwick, United Kingdom

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 5th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, then step into the grandiose world of The Alnwick Garden, and then explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle, explore the ancient world of Lindisfarne Priory, and then step into the grandiose world of Warkworth Castle & Hermitage.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Alnwick day trip tool .

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Alnwick in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Alnwick sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Priory, Warkworth Castle & Hermitage
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Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Alnwick Castle ©
Alnwick Castle

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, see the interesting displays at ShipSpace, then stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, then explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, and finally take in the history at Culloden Battlefield. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Cairngorm Mountain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Garten Nature Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Inverness day trip planning site .

You can drive from Alnwick to Inverness in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aviemore, Urquhart Castle, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield
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Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Guinness Storehouse and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Trinity College Dublin. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

2
nights
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 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Ferns Castle, explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel, and then walk around Kilkenny Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, then steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip tool .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dublin in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kilkenny, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bath.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rock of Cashel, Ferns Castle
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

2
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Longleat, steep yourself in history at The Roman Baths, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, contemplate the long history of Malmesbury Market Cross, and then delve into the distant past at Stonehenge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bath online travel route builder .

Getting from Kilkenny to Bath by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Weymouth.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Longleat, Stonehenge, Malmesbury Market Cross, Brunel's SS Great Britain
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Longleat ©
Longleat
Brunel's SS Great Britain ©
Brunel's SS Great Britain
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths

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Weymouth, United Kingdom

Weymouth ©
Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. On the 16th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Lulworth Cove, make a trip to Portland Bill Lighthouse, and then stroll through Weymouth Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey World and then explore the historical opulence of Corfe Castle.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Weymouth attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Bath to Weymouth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Weymouth

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Monkey World
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Lulworth Cove ©
Lulworth Cove
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle
Weymouth Beach ©
Weymouth Beach

3
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Chichester Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Beaulieu National Motor Museum and The Mary Rose Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Osborne House (in East Cowes), Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester) and Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at HMS Victory.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Portsmouth vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Weymouth to Portsmouth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Winchester Cathedral, Osborne House, Chichester Cathedral
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Osborne House ©
Osborne House
The Mary Rose Museum ©
The Mary Rose Museum

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nights
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.
Natural History Museum and National Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The British Museum and Apsley House will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the London trip itinerary maker site .

Take a train from Portsmouth to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May in London, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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Tower of London ©
Tower of London
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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