23 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

23 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dover, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Exeter, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
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Limerick, Ireland
— 1 night
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom — 3 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.
On the 27th (Mon), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the masterpieces at Kenwood House, examine the collection at The Postal Museum, then examine the collection at Bank of England Museum, then try for a hole-in-one at Swingers - City, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of London Docklands. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Winchester City Mill, see the interesting displays at Chawton House, steep yourself in history at Jane Austen's House, then examine the collection at The Sculpture Park, then learn about all things military at Battle of Britain Bunker, and finally see the interesting displays at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read London travel route planning app.

Brisbane, Australia to London is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Brisbane to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect London to be much colder, temps between 15°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Dover.
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Dover, United Kingdom — 1 night

Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Dover Patrol Memorial, admire the natural beauty at The Pines Garden Tea Room & Museum, see the interesting displays at St Margaret's Museum, then steep yourself in history at Fort Burgoyne, then see the interesting displays at Crabble Corn Mill, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at River Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Louisa Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Dumpton Gap, pause for some serene contemplation at Sailors Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine of St Augustine, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kingsgate Bay.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dover online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from London to Dover in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dover can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brighton and Hove.
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll around Preston Park, contemplate the long history of Preston Manor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Church, Preston Park, learn more about the world around you at Booth Museum of Natural History, then stroll around Hove Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Bartholomews.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brighton and Hove trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dover to Brighton and Hove in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Brighton and Hove, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Exeter.
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Exeter, United Kingdom — 1 night

Exeter is a cathedral city in Devon England with a population of. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of The House that Moved, take in the views from The Medieval Exe Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Tuckers Hall, then partake in some friendly competition at Red House Mysteries Exeter, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Richard Hooker, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Martin's Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Exeter trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brighton and Hove to Exeter takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Bath.
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Bath, United Kingdom — 1 night

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Radstock Museum, explore the historical opulence of Farleigh Hungerford Castle, choose your vessel at Bath Boating Station, examine the collection at Beckford's Tower, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens at Victoria Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Bath at Work.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bath tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Exeter to Bath in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manchester.
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Manchester, United Kingdom — 1 night

Capital of the North

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.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Mary's the Hidden Gem, take in the exciting artwork at Portico Library, browse the collection at Chetham's Library, then explore the galleries of Clayton Hall Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery Manchester, and finally steep yourself in history at Victoria Baths.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manchester trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Bath to Manchester takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In May in Manchester, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Calton Burial Ground, see the interesting displays at People's Story, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canongate Kirk, then take an in-depth tour of John Knox House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Cuthbert's Parish Church. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St John the Evangelist, step into the grandiose world of Crichton Castle, examine the collection at National Mining Museum Scotland, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Flight, then step into the grandiose world of Hailes Castle, and finally trek along John Muir Alpacas.

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Getting from Manchester to Edinburgh by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Aberdeen.
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom — 1 night

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Stonehaven Harbour, get engrossed in the history at Stonehaven Tollbooth Musuem, take in the pleasant sights at Dunnottar Woods, then get to know the fascinating history of The Burns Memorial garden, then admire the striking features of Salvation Army Citadel, and finally stop by Teasel & Tweed.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Aberdeen trip planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Aberdeen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Aberdeen are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Inverness.
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): snap pictures at Culloden Viaduct, race across the water with a speed boat tour, walk around Whin Park, examine the collection at ShipSpace, then take in the views from Greig Street Bridge, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scottish Flair Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Inverness Railway Station, examine the collection at Highland Aviation Museum, get your game on at Bowhunter Archery, get curious at Morayvia, then get engrossed in the history at Findhorn Heritage and Icehouse, and finally kick back and relax at Findhorn Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Inverness are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 1 night

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the history at Stirling Bridge.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Glasgow road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Glasgow takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Glasgow sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Belfast.
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 1 night

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.
On the 11th (Mon), walk around Belvoir Forest Park, play a few rounds at Belvoir Park Golf Club, stroll around Ormeau Park, see the interesting displays at The Friend At Hand, then brush up on your military savvy at Northern Ireland War Memorial, and finally contemplate the long history of Customs House.

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Fly from Glasgow to Belfast in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Belfast, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Turoe Pet Farm & Leisure Park, trek along The Wormhole, get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Augustine's Church, then examine the collection at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Galway online journey planner.

Drive from Belfast to Galway in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Galway, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Limerick.
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Limerick, Ireland — 1 night

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 13th (Wed), ride a horse along Ballyhannon House, get outside with Dromoland Castle, see the interesting displays at Atlantic Air Adventures, take in nature's colorful creations at Coolwater Garden, then examine the collection at Old Irish Ways, and finally examine the collection at Frank McCourt Museum.

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Getting from Galway to Limerick by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 1 night

Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Francis Church, stroll through St. Mary's Dominican Church, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, see the interesting displays at Military Museum Collins Barracks, then enjoy some diversion at Play Gaelic Games, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Ireland Church.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork day trip planning site.

Drive from Limerick to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. May in Cork sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts, get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street, admire the masterpieces at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Killiney Hill, then examine the collection at Central Bank of Ireland, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dublin Falconry. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dublin Mountains, browse the collection at Marsh's Library, admire the striking features of Royal Hospital Kilmainham, get engrossed in the history at National Library of Ireland, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ticknock Mountain Bike Trails, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin journey maker.

You can drive from Cork to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May in Dublin, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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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Aberdeenshire travel guide

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One of Scotland’s most fascinating regions, Aberdeenshire features a stunning coastline with vast sandy beaches and idyllic fishing villages. This thriving region of fertile farmland and moors is perhaps best known around the world for its production of Angus beef, as well as for a number of well-preserved castles scattered across the countryside. The valley of the River Spey is lined by world-famous whiskey distilleries, which are not only major tourist attractions, but also part of a robust regional industry. Those on vacation in Aberdeenshire will find that the region boasts a strong musical tradition in the form of "bothy ballads," originally sung by farm workers in the region’s Doric dialect. Native speakers consider Doric to be more expressive than English, with many local writers still using elements of the dialect in their work.
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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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