12 days in United Kingdom & Dublin Itinerary

12 days in United Kingdom & Dublin Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Bus to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Ferry to Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights


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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Wallace Collection and Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like HMS Belfast and British Library. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, get to know the fascinating history of South Bank, and wander the streets of Soho.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the London road trip website.

Seattle, USA to London is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to London, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in London when traveling from Seattle in February, with lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Edinburgh Castle and Surgeons' Hall Museums. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, steep yourself in history at Dean Village, explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern Two, and stroll through Portobello Beach.

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Getting from London to Edinburgh by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Belfast.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Classes · Tours

Side Trip

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 16th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Down Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Down County Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with MAC. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Belfast trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Belfast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in February, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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 inner history buff will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and Dublinia. Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Temple Bar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, sample the fine beverages at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dublin online travel route planner.

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

United Kingdom travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.

Scotland travel guide

Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Northern Ireland travel guide

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.