48 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

48 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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48 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Weymouth, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oxford, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
9
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Blarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
11
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
13
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
14
Leeds, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at National Museum of the Royal Navy, take in the waterfront at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, take an in-depth tour of Boathouse No 4, then steep yourself in history at Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson, and finally steep yourself in history at Portsdown Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Royal Navy Submarine Museum, learn about all things military at HMS Alliance Submarine, learn about all things military at Royal Marines Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Southsea Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Portsmouth Cathedral.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Portsmouth is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Portsmouth to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Weymouth.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gosport
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson ©
Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson
HMS Alliance Submarine ©
HMS Alliance Submarine

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Church, contemplate the long history of St Catherine's Chapel, then take in nature's colorful creations at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, then cruise along Jurassic Safari, and finally delve into the distant past at Sandsfoot Castle. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at RSPB Weymouth Wetlands at Radipole Lake Nature Reserve, then get to know the fascinating history of Weymouth Portland Railway Walk, then get engrossed in the history at Weymouth Museum, and finally stroll through Weymouth Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Weymouth trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Portsmouth to Weymouth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oxford.

Things to do in Weymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Weymouth Beach ©
Weymouth Beach
Jurassic Safari ©
Jurassic Safari
Weymouth Museum ©
Weymouth Museum

2
nights
Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire the striking features of University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, gain insight at Magdalen College, get a new perspective on nature at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, then examine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum, then explore and take pictures at Balliol College, and finally examine the collection at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Oxford University Parks, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, look for gifts at Blackwell's Bookshop, then steep yourself in history at Sheldonian Theatre, then engage your brain at Museum of the History of Science, and finally admire the striking features of Weston Library.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Oxford trip planner .

Traveling by car from Weymouth to Oxford takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Oxford, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Oxford

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Pitt Rivers Museum ©
Pitt Rivers Museum

9
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brooklands Museum and Beachy Head. Museum-lovers will appreciate IWM Duxford and National Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Kent Battle of Britain Museum (in Hawkinge), Paradise Wildlife Park (in Broxbourne) and Hampton Court Palace (in East Molesey). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, brush up on your military savvy at HMS Belfast, get engrossed in the history at Westminster Abbey, and explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the London online trip maker .

You can take a train from Oxford to London in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in London can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Weybridge, Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Paradise Wildlife Park, The Big Cat Sanctuary, The Hawking Centre
Find places to stay May 7 — 16:
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
Brooklands Museum ©
Brooklands Museum

6
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre. Museum-lovers will appreciate Discovery Point and National Museum of Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury), Falls of Clyde (in Lanark) and Grace Darling Museum (in Bamburgh). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, see the interesting displays at Lady Waterford Hall, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Berwick upon Tweed, Grace Darling Museum, The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cragside House and Gardens, Falls of Clyde
Find places to stay May 16 — 22:
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery ©
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Discovery Point ©
Discovery Point

2
nights
Aviemore, United Kingdom

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 23rd (Sat), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cairngorm Brewery, identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Boat of Garten Community Garden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Garten Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, then examine the collection at Clan Macpherson Museum, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aviemore day trip planner .

Getting from Edinburgh to Aviemore by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Aviemore are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Aviemore

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Clan Macpherson Museum, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve

2
nights
Fort William, United Kingdom

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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Treasures of the Earth, head outdoors with Nevis Range - Tree Adventure, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at West Highland Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Fort William trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Aviemore to Fort William in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks Museums
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Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
West Highland Museum ©
West Highland Museum
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wicklow Mountains National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Guinness Storehouse will appeal to museum buffs. When in Dublin, make a side trip to see Cliff Walk Car Park Bray in Bray, approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, see the interesting displays at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, catch a live event at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Spire.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fort William to Dublin takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cliff Walk Car Park Bray, Wicklow Mountains National Park
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, admire the masterpieces at Butler Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, then browse the exhibits of Rothe House and Garden, then raise your glass at Brewery Corner, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny route maker website .

You can take a train from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Dublin in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kilkenny, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Blarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

3
nights
Blarney, Ireland

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Prey Educational Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): stop by Blarney Chocolate Factory, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mitchelstown Cave, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Doneraile Wildlife Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Blarney trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Kilkenny to Blarney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Blarney can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Blarney

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cork, Birds of Prey Educational Centre, Titanic Experience Cobh, Doneraile Wildlife Park, Mitchelstown Cave
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:
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Birds of Prey Educational Centre ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Doneraile Wildlife Park ©
Doneraile Wildlife Park

3
nights
York, United Kingdom

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at Fairfax House, brush up on your military savvy at The York Army Museum, admire the striking features of York Shambles, take in the spiritual surroundings of York Minster, then steep yourself in history at Treasurer's House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of York Cold War Bunker, admire the landmark architecture of Barley Hall, admire the striking features of Merchant Adventurers' Hall, then get engrossed in the history at DIG, and finally admire the striking features of St Michael le Belfrey.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the York holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blarney to York. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Liverpool.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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York's Chocolate Story ©
York's Chocolate Story
York City Walls ©
York City Walls
Treasurer's House ©
Treasurer's House

3
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Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at St Johns Beacon and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral. On your second day here, learn about all things military at Western Approaches Museum, examine the collection at Merseyside Maritime Museum, get engrossed in the history at International Slavery Museum, then steep yourself in history at Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. George's Hall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Liverpool road trip planner .

You can drive from York to Liverpool in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Manchester.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Western Approaches Museum ©
Western Approaches Museum
Merseyside Maritime Museum ©
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral

2
nights
Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester ©
Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Quarry Bank Mill and The Pankhurst Centre. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Transport Greater Manchester and Chinatown. The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Mary's the Hidden Gem, and view the masterpieces at Contemporary Six.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manchester journey builder website .

Traveling by train from Liverpool to Manchester takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Manchester, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Leeds.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Quarry Bank Mill
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Quarry Bank Mill ©
Quarry Bank Mill
Museum of Transport Greater Manchester ©
People's History Museum ©
People's History Museum

3
nights
Leeds, United Kingdom

Leeds ©
One of the most cosmopolitan, innovative, and prosperous cities in the country, Leeds went from a run-down mill town to a hip 21st-century urban center in just a few decades.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Armouries Museum and Skipton Castle Woods. Appreciate the collections at Cliffe Castle Museum & Park and Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. Change things up with a short trip to SMJ Falconry in Oxenhope (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Leeds City Museum, steep yourself in history at Abbey House Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Marks & Spencer: Marks in Time.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Leeds planner .

Getting from Manchester to Leeds by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 16th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Leeds

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Skipton Castle Woods, Cliffe Castle Museum & Park, SMJ Falconry
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Leeds City Museum ©
Leeds City Museum
Royal Armouries Museum ©
Royal Armouries Museum
SMJ Falconry ©
SMJ Falconry

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