60 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

60 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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York, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Portrush, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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London, United Kingdom — 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.
Let the collections at The British Museum and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology capture your imagination. Westminster Abbey and Waddesdon Manor will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Stonehenge (in Amesbury), Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (in Portsmouth) and Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Tower of London, browse the exhibits of Churchill War Rooms, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the London day trip planning app.

Brisbane, Australia to London is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Brisbane to London. In May, London is a bit cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Birmingham.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Trades

Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blenheim Palace and Sudeley Castle. Escape the urban bustle at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre and Westonbirt Arboretum. Venture out of the city with trips to Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton), The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes) and Worcester Cathedral (in Worcester). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, snap pictures at Clifton Suspension Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village, and fly down the slopes at SnowDome.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Birmingham trip planner.

Traveling by train from London to Birmingham takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Birmingham sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Liverpool.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Liverpool Cathedral and Conwy Castle. Get in touch with nature at Great Orme and Peak Mountaineering. Get out of town with these interesting Liverpool side-trips: South Stack Lighthouse (in Holyhead), The British Ironwork Centre (in Oswestry) and Chester Cathedral (in Chester). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Liverpool, step into the grandiose world of Caernarfon Castle, browse the exhibits of Apedale Heritage Centre, and take in the pleasant sights at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Liverpool trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Birmingham to Liverpool in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Liverpool, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to York.
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York, United Kingdom — 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beamish Museum and Durham Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore York Castle Museum and National Railway Museum. Explore York's surroundings by going to Scarborough Beach (in Scarborough), Lincoln (Steep Hill, Lincoln Cathedral, &more) and Sandsend Beach (in Sandsend). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at York's Chocolate Story, admire the landmark architecture of York Minster, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and explore the historical opulence of Castle Howard.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our York trip planner.

You can drive from Liverpool to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in York can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Belfast.
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 4 nights

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ulster Museum and W5. Visit Crumlin Road Gaol and Mount Stewart for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Belfast to Ballywalter to see Ballywalter Beach about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk Museum, examine the collection at Irish FA Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and ponder the world of politics at City Hall.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from York to Belfast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Belfast are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Portrush.
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Portrush, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. You'll get in some beach time at Causeway Coastal Route and Bushfoot Strand. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dunluce Castle and Bushmills Distillery. Get out of town with these interesting Portrush side-trips: The Secret Spa (in Killaloo), Derry (Peace Bridge, City Walls, &more) and Banagher Old Church (in Dungiven). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at East Strand, take in the views from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and stroll through Giant's Causeway.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Portrush itinerary maker site.

Getting from Belfast to Portrush by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Portrush are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 6 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guinness Storehouse and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Explore hidden gems such as EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, take an in-depth tour of Dublinia, see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and stroll the grounds of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Dublin road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Portrush in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Dublin, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 3 nights

Marble City

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 out of the city life by going to Hawkeye School of Falconry and Castlecomer Discovery Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Kilkenny Castle and Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Waterford (Bishop's Palace, King of the Vikings, &more) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kilkenny, with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 5 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore hidden gems such as Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall. Get a sense of the local culture at Blarney Castle & Gardens and Ross Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Cork (St Fin Barre's Cathedral & Cork City Gaol), Charles Fort (in Kinsale) and Inch Beach (in Inch). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Muckross House, contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gougane Barra National Forest Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney road trip app.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Killarney are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 6 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
You'll get in some beach time at Lahinch Beach and Salthill Beaches. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry & Ashford Castle), Sky Rd (in Clifden) and Corofin (The Farmyard & Burren National Park). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galway day trip planning app.

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Killarney in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Galway, with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Escape the urban bustle at Calton Hill and Arthur's Seat. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Alnwick Garden and Glamis Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Glenkinchie Distillery (in Pencaitland), Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh journey maker.

You can fly from Galway to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. June in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Glasgow.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stirling Castle and The Necropolis. Visit Culzean Castle and Carlisle Cathedral for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to The Glenturret Distillery (in Crieff) and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (in Ayr). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, wander the streets of Glasgow West End, admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glasgow trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. You will leave for home on the 28th (Wed).
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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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Northern Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.
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Ireland travel guide

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Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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