15 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

15 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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15 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Polokwane
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Oxford
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Portsmouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cardiff
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Belfast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
York
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Liverpool
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Polokwane

1
day
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Blenheim Palace, get a new perspective on nature at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, then see the interesting displays at Pitt Rivers Museum, and finally examine the collection at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oxford driving holiday planning site .

Polokwane, South Africa to Oxford is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Polokwane in January, things will get colder in Oxford: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Oxford

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blenheim Palace
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Pitt Rivers Museum ©
Pitt Rivers Museum
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace

2
nights
Portsmouth

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. On the 19th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaulieu National Motor Museum, then take an in-depth tour of HMS Warrior 1860, and finally get engrossed in the history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Winchester Cathedral, examine the collection at HMS Victory, then see the interesting displays at The Mary Rose Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chichester Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Portsmouth trip maker app .

You can drive from Oxford to Portsmouth in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cardiff.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Winchester Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Beaulieu National Motor Museum
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HMS Victory ©
HMS Victory
Winchester Cathedral ©
Winchester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral ©
Chichester Cathedral

2
nights
Cardiff

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Crickhowell Castle, browse the exhibits of Big Pit National Coal Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum Cardiff, and finally step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at St Fagans National Museum of History, explore the historical opulence of Castell Coch, and then take in the views from Clifton Suspension Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cardiff day trip app .

You can drive from Portsmouth to Cardiff in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Crickhowell Castle, Clifton Suspension Bridge
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Big Pit National Coal Museum ©
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Castell Coch ©
Castell Coch
National Museum Cardiff ©
National Museum Cardiff

1
night
Belfast

Belfast ©
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 23rd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Ulster Museum, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, then explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at W5.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cardiff to Belfast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. January in Belfast sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ulster Folk Museum
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Ulster Folk Museum ©
Ulster Folk Museum
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel Royal, explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then stroll through Calton Hill, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Surgeons' Hall Museums, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh tour site .

Fly from Belfast to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Rosslyn Chapel
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Scottish National Gallery ©
Scottish National Gallery
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Surgeons' Hall Museums ©
Surgeons' Hall Museums

2
nights
York

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.
On the 26th (Sun), see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at The York Dungeon, then see the interesting displays at York's Chocolate Story, and finally delve into the distant past at York City Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Beverley Minster and then explore the ancient world of Fountains Abbey.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the York trip planner .

Getting from Edinburgh to York by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in York are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Liverpool.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Beverley Minster, Fountains Abbey
Highlights from your plan
The York Dungeon ©
The York Dungeon
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Beverley Minster ©
Beverley Minster

3
nights
Liverpool

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Appreciate the collections at Conwy Castle and Museum of Liverpool. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park and Beaumaris Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Liverpool side-trips: Chester (Walls of Chester & Chester Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, stroll the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at The Beatles Story.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Liverpool trip planner .

Drive from York to Liverpool in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Liverpool can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Chester, Beaumaris Castle, British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park, Conwy Castle
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Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Beaumaris Castle ©
Beaumaris Castle

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