32 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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London
— 5 nights
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Brighton and Hove
— 3 nights
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Bath
— 3 nights
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Cheltenham
— 4 nights
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Aviemore
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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Penrith
— 2 nights
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York
— 3 nights
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Bakewell
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London — 5 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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the world behind art at The British Museum, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read London trip itinerary planning website.

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in London hover around 11°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Brighton and Hove.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:

Brighton and Hove — 3 nights

London-by-the-Sea

The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brighton and Hove: Horton Duck Farm (in Rudgwick), Tulleys Farm (in Turners Hill) and Plaw Hatch Farm (in West Grinstead). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, experience rural life at Roundstone Farm, see some colorful creatures with Channel Diving, and relax and rejuvenate at Chutima Therapy.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brighton and Hove day trip planning tool.

Take a train from London to Brighton and Hove in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Brighton and Hove are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bath.
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Bath — 3 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bath: Westonbirt Arboretum (in Tetbury), Castle Combe Village (in Castle Combe) and Salisbury (Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, identify plant and animal life at West of England Falconry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at West Front, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bath trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Brighton and Hove to Bath in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cheltenham.
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Cheltenham — 4 nights

Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Get out of town with these interesting Cheltenham side-trips: Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton), Hatton Country World (in Hatton) and St John the Evangelist Church, Slimbridge, Glos (in Slimbridge). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Shakespeare Distillery, admire the natural beauty at Highgrove Gardens, don't miss a visit to The Tower @ RSC, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cheltenham trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bath to Cheltenham takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Aviemore.
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Aviemore — 2 nights

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 1st (Sun), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Grantown Antiques and Collectables, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dalwhinnie Distillery, then gain some tasty knowledge on Strathspey Tours, and finally admire the striking features of Aviemore Railway Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Loch Morlich, then head outdoors with Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, and finally stop by Kilted Fudge Company Ltd.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aviemore travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cheltenham to Aviemore in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Aviemore when traveling from Cheltenham in December, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh route builder site.

You can drive from Aviemore to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Penrith.
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Penrith — 2 nights

Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get great views at Orrest Head, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then have fun and explore at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, and finally look for gifts at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Castlerigg Stone Circle, look for all kinds of wild species at Alpacaly Ever After, then contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, and finally steep yourself in history at St Anne's Hospital.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Penrith tour builder app.

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Penrith takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Penrith are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to York.
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York — 3 nights

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.
York is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take a stroll through York Shambles, contemplate the long history of Castle Howard, and take an in-depth tour of National Railway Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read York vacation tool.

You can drive from Penrith to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in York are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bakewell.
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Bakewell — 3 nights

Bakewell is a small market town and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Ladybower Reservoir, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Anne's Church, Baslow, then take in the exciting artwork at Chatsworth House, and finally view the masterpieces at White Peakhouse Gallery. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill, get outside with Peak Mountaineering, then Head underground at Peak Cavern, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castleton Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Bakewell road trip app.

You can drive from York to Bakewell in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In January in Bakewell, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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.
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