23 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

23 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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23 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  24​h
London
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
York
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Portinscale
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Stratford-upon-Avon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cirencester
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Bath
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
London
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
Sydney

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Gallery. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours, then ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and finally explore the galleries of Churchill War Rooms.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the London tour itinerary planning app .

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in London hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel to York.

Things to do in London

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
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National Gallery
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Westminster Abbey

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Rafi's Spicebox Ltd, then don't miss a visit to York City Walls, and then examine the collection at National Railway Museum. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at York Castle Museum, then identify plant and animal life at York Bird of Prey Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at York Minster, and finally take a stroll through York Shambles.

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Getting from London to York by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

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York Bird of Prey Centre
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York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Minster ©
York Minster

2
days
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at Aquila, take in the exciting artwork at Urbane Art Gallery, and then stop by Miss Katie Cupcake. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then stop by Cranachan & Crowdie, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Jenners.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from York to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Urbane Art Gallery ©
Urbane Art Gallery

3
days
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Urquhart Castle and Culloden Battlefield. Let the collections at Highland Folk Museum and Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie) and The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach (in Aviemore). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Campbell's of Beauly, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and explore the activities along River Ness.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inverness trip maker site .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Portinscale.

Things to do in Inverness

#Parks, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Campbell's of Beauly, Highland Folk Museum, Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Highland Folk Museum ©
Highland Folk Museum

3
days
Portinscale

Portinscale ©
You'll explore and learn at Thornthwaite Galleries and Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House. Take a break from the city and head to Buttermere and Derwentwater. Venture out of the city with trips to Kennedys Fine Chocolates (in Orton), SpindleCraft (in Holmrook) and Cartmel Cheeses (in Cartmel).

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Portinscale trip builder app .

You can drive from Inverness to Portinscale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Inverness in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Portinscale, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Things to do in Portinscale

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Keswick, Kennedys Fine Chocolates, Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, Cartmel Cheeses, SpindleCraft
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Buttermere ©
Buttermere
Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater

2
days
Stratford-upon-Avon

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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Warwick Castle and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll around The Regal Cinema, experience rural life at Mary Arden's Farm, then explore the world behind art at The MAD Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Tudor World, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Holy Trinity Church.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Stratford-upon-Avon road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Portinscale to Stratford-upon-Avon takes 4 hours. May in Stratford-upon-Avon sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Cirencester.

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Warwick Castle, The Regal Cinema
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Warwick Castle ©
Warwick Castle
Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm ©
Mary Arden's Farm ©
Mary Arden's Farm

3
days
Cirencester

Cirencester ©
Cirencester is a market town in east Gloucestershire, England, west northwest of London. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Avebury Stone Circle and St Oswald's Church. Appreciate the collections at Corinium Museum and Cotswold Motoring Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cirencester: Gloucester (Treasure Seekers Gift Shop & Gloucester Cathedral) and Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (in Burford). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Cirencester Antiques & Collectables Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Swindon Designer Outlet, and stop by Chedworth Farm Shop.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cirencester day trip planner.

You can drive from Stratford-upon-Avon to Cirencester in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bath.

Things to do in Cirencester

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Gloucester, Swindon Designer Outlet, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Avebury Stone Circle, Cotswold Motoring Museum
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Swindon Designer Outlet ©
Swindon Designer Outlet
Avebury Stone Circle ©
Avebury Stone Circle
St Oswald's Church
St Oswald's Church

2
days
Bath

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 24th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, browse the exhibits of The Roman Baths, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Pulteney Bridge. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Emma Rose Art Works, take in the exciting artwork at Somerset Crafts, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Longleat.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bath online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Cirencester to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Bath

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Somerset Crafts, Stonehenge, Longleat
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The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Somerset Crafts ©
Somerset Crafts

2
days
London

London ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tower of London, get outside with Moose X-Training Ltd, and then hunt for treasures at Camden Market. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tooting Common, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the London trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Bath to London takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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ZSL London Zoo ©
ZSL London Zoo
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

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