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: Brisbane, Australia
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Alnwick, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Brisbane, Australia


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2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Surgeons' Hall Museums and Greyfriars Kirk. Take a break from Edinburgh with a short trip to The Necropolis in Glasgow, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in October, you will find days in Edinburgh are cooler (15°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Alnwick.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rosslyn Chapel, The Necropolis
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Surgeons' Hall Museums ©
Surgeons' Hall Museums

2
nights
Alnwick, United Kingdom

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. On the 22nd (Tue), admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens, explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle, then step into the grandiose world of The Alnwick Garden, and finally view the masterpieces at The Alnwick Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Howick Hall Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, then explore the world behind art at Lady Waterford Hall, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at St Aiden Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Alnwick travel route builder tool .

Take a train from Edinburgh to Alnwick in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St Aiden Beach, The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Cragside House and Gardens, Lady Waterford Hall
Highlights from your plan
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens
Alnwick Castle ©
Alnwick Castle
The Alnwick Garden ©
The Alnwick Garden

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of 14 Henrietta Street, explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, and then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, then take a stroll through Temple Bar, and then examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Alnwick to Dublin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daytime highs in Dublin are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Rock of Cashel, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, then don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ferns Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bath.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ferns Castle, Rock of Cashel
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

1
night
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
On the 28th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village, see the interesting displays at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, then get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bath Abbey.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bath trip builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Kilkenny to Bath in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Castle Combe Village
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Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at The British Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery, then examine the collection at The London Film Museum - Covent Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our London day trip planner .

Getting from Bath to London by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in London are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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