16 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

16 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + Bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
5
Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
Belfast, United Kingdom

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 13th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Ulster Museum, then examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, and then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Carrickfergus Castle, explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings, and finally steep yourself in history at Mount Stewart.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Belfast trip maker tool .

Chicago, USA to Belfast is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get a bit cooler in Belfast: highs are around 64°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carrickfergus Castle, Ulster Folk Museum, Mount Stewart
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Ulster Folk Museum ©
Ulster Folk Museum
Mount Stewart ©
Mount Stewart

1
night
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): snap pictures at Peace bridge, take an in-depth tour of Tower Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Free Derry, then appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, and finally don't miss a visit to Guildhall.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Derry trip planner .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Derry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Derry, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Derry

Museums Historic Sites
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City Walls ©
City Walls
Museum of Free Derry ©
Museum of Free Derry
Tower Museum ©
Tower Museum

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Clonmacnoise are in your itinerary. Let the collections at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Lynch's Castle capture your imagination. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to King John's Castle (in Limerick), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Quin Abbey (in Quin). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Galway journey planning website .

Getting from Derry to Galway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Derry in June since evenings lows in Galway dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Clonmacnoise, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, King John's Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Michael Davitt Museum
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King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Bru na Boinne. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Glendalough Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip builder website .

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Llandudno.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

3
nights
Llandudno, United Kingdom

Llandudno ©
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Visit Conwy Castle and Caernarfon Castle for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Beaumaris Castle and National Slate Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Llandudno: South Stack Lighthouse (in Holyhead), National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens (in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll) and Harlech Castle (in Harlech). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Penrhyn Castle (National Trust), admire the landmark architecture of Beaumaris Courthouse, take in the pleasant sights at Llandudno Promenade, and steep yourself in history at Smallest House in Britain.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Llandudno online journey planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Dublin to Llandudno in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Llandudno

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Conwy, Beaumaris, Harlech Castle, Penrhyn Castle (National Trust), Caernarfon Castle
Highlights from your plan
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and Doune Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rosslyn Chapel and Discovery Point. Step out of Edinburgh to go to Stirling and see Stirling Castle, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip website .

Getting from Llandudno to Edinburgh by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Stirling, Discovery Point, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle

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