17 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

17 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Manchester Airport, Drive to Nottingham
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Nottingham
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
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Dundee
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 3 nights
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Aberdeen
— 3 nights
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Nottingham

— 4 nights

Queen of the Midlands

With its historic connection to the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham is a vibrant blend of medieval and modern.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Belton House and National Justice Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bolsover Castle and Woolsthorpe Manor. Take a break from Nottingham with a short trip to Cromford Canal in Matlock, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of City of Caves, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, and snap pictures at Trent Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nottingham tour planning app.

Birmingham, USA to Nottingham is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Nottingham is 6 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Birmingham in December: highs in Nottingham hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Nottingham

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Scottish National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of Scotland. Get a sense of the local culture at Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum on the Mound, take an in-depth tour of Surgeons' Hall Museums, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Nottingham to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Dundee.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Dundee

— 2 nights
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
On the 4th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, admire the masterpieces at Dundee Contemporary Arts, then examine the collection at V&A Dundee, and finally stroll the grounds of Howff Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Discovery Point and then see the interesting displays at Dundee Museum of Transport.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Dundee vacation planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Dundee in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Dundee, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Dundee

Museums · Historic Sites

Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Old High Church, Inverness, take in the exciting artwork at Scottish Flair Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, make a trip to Culloden Battlefield, then explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, and finally stroll around Ness Islands.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness journey planner.

Drive from Dundee to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Inverness sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 32°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for Aberdeen.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Aberdeen

— 3 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peterhead Prison Museum and Dunnottar Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Aberdeen Art Gallery and Scolty Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Aberdeen: Bullers of Buchan (in Peterhead) and Glen Tanar National Nature Reserve (in Aboyne). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, snap pictures at Wellington Suspension Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Blairs Museum, and take a stroll through Old Aberdeen.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Aberdeen road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Aberdeen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Aberdeen can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United Kingdom travel guide

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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.