41 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

41 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
2
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
3
Newquay, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
4
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
5
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
7
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
8
Grasmere, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
9
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
— 7 nights

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Coca-Cola London Eye and Natural History Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, make a trip to Buckingham Palace, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the London driving holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to London, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in London reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Dover Castle, Canterbury Cathedral
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Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
Canterbury Cathedral ©
Canterbury Cathedral
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye

4
nights
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. Attractions like Paultons Park and Monkey Haven make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hawk Conservancy Trust and Osborne House. Change things up with these side-trips from Portsmouth: Isle of Wight Steam Railway (in Wootton) and Godshill Model Village (in Godshill). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Portsmouth trip site.

Traveling by car from London to Portsmouth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Portsmouth are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Newquay.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Monkey Haven, Paultons Park, Godshill Model Village, Hawk Conservancy Trust
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
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Paultons Park ©
Paultons Park
Hawk Conservancy Trust ©
Hawk Conservancy Trust
Monkey Haven ©
Monkey Haven

4
nights
Newquay, United Kingdom

Newquay ©
Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
Bring the kids along to Porthmeor Beach and Porthminster Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fistral Beach Bar and Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Newquay: The Lost Gardens of Heligan (in Pentewan), Tintagel Castle (in Tintagel) and St. Michael's Mount (in Marazion). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Perranporth Beach, admire the masterpieces at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, and make a trip to Truro Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Newquay trip planner.

You can drive from Portsmouth to Newquay in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Newquay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

St Ives, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Truro Cathedral, Perranporth Beach, Tintagel Castle
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:
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Fistral Beach Bar ©
Fistral Beach Bar
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Porthminster Beach ©
Porthminster Beach

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Killarney National Park and Blarney Castle & Gardens. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ladies' View and Gap of Dunloe. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Muckross House, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church, and take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Newquay to Killarney by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blarney Castle & Gardens, St. Patrick's Church
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kilkenny Castle and St. Aidan's Cathedral. Attractions like Curracloe Beach and Gravity Extreme Adventure make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: King of the Vikings (in Waterford), Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Rescue Ireland and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip itinerary site.

Drive from Killarney to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Courtown, King of the Vikings, Rock of Cashel, Curracloe Beach
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Seal Rescue Ireland ©
Seal Rescue Ireland

5
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.
Escape Boats has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and Dublin Zoo. Kids will appreciate attractions like Guinness Storehouse and St Stephens Green. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, make a trip to Merrion Square, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dublin travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:
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Escape Boats ©
Escape Boats
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Dublin Zoo ©
Dublin Zoo

4
nights
Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Attractions like GreenWood Forest Park and Caernarfon Castle make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Great Orme and Llandudno Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Caernarfon side-trips: Porth Ceiriad Beach (in Bwlchtocyn), Llandudno Promenade (in Llandudno) and Dragon Raiders Activity Park (in Criccieth). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Snowdon, explore the historical opulence of Conwy Castle, have fun at Beacon Climbing Centre, and make a trip to Conwy Town Walls.

Plan my trip to Caernarfon with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Dublin to Caernarfon takes 4 hours. October in Caernarfon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Grasmere.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Llandudno, Conwy, Snowdon, GreenWood Forest Park, Porth Ceiriad Beach
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
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Dragon Raiders Activity Park ©
Dragon Raiders Activity Park
GreenWood Forest Park ©
GreenWood Forest Park
Beacon Climbing Centre ©
Beacon Climbing Centre

4
nights
Grasmere, United Kingdom

Grasmere
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Derwentwater and Ullswater. Kids will enjoy Catbells Lakeland Walk and Country Experiences. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grasmere: Buttermere Lake (in Buttermere), Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale) and Holy Trinity Church (in Grange-in-Borrowdale). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helvellyn, don't miss a visit to Lake Grasmere, stop by Braithwaite General Store, and take some stellar pictures from Walla Crag.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grasmere online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Caernarfon to Grasmere by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Keswick, Lake District, Alpacaly Ever After, Braithwaite General Store, Country Experiences
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
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Helvellyn
Helvellyn
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk

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nights
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Newcastle upon Tyne ©
One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Forbidden Corner and Durham Cathedral. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sandsend Beach and 199 Steps. Change things up with these side-trips from Newcastle upon Tyne: Scarborough Beach (in Scarborough), Whitby Abbey (in Whitby) and Water Cut Sculpture (in Kirkby Stephen). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Beamish Museum, admire the natural beauty at The Alnwick Garden, explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Cragside House and Gardens.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Newcastle upon Tyne travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Grasmere to Newcastle upon Tyne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitby, Alnwick, Lindisfarne Priory, Cragside House and Gardens, Scarborough Beach
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 11:
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Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
The Forbidden Corner ©
The Forbidden Corner
Sandsend Beach ©
Sandsend Beach

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