18 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  4​h 15​min
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
8
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at The British Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tower of London, then explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and finally steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our London journey builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to London is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to London is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in London: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to take a train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

2
nights
York, United Kingdom

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 1st (Sun), go for a walk through York City Walls, examine the collection at York Castle Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at York Bird of Prey Centre, and finally delve into the distant past at Fountains Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to York Shambles, examine the collection at York's Chocolate Story, then admire the striking features of York Minster, then learn about all things military at Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our York online visit planner .

Traveling by train from London to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Liverpool.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Scarborough Beach, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Fountains Abbey, York Bird of Prey Centre
Highlights from your plan
York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

2
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chester Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Walls of Chester, then see the interesting displays at The Beatles Story, then see the interesting displays at Merseyside Maritime Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Plas Newydd, identify plant and animal life at Coed Llandegla Forest, then look for all kinds of wild species at Maes-y-Pant / Marford Quarry, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Liverpool, and finally steep yourself in history at Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Liverpool driving holiday planning website .

Getting from York to Liverpool by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. September in Liverpool sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Llandudno.

Things to do in Liverpool

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chester, Coed Llandegla Forest, Maes-y-Pant / Marford Quarry, Plas Newydd Historic House and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Walls of Chester ©
Walls of Chester
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at South Stack Lighthouse, explore the historical opulence of Beaumaris Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Caernarfon Castle, then browse the exhibits of Conwy Castle, and finally make a trip to Great Orme. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): kick back and relax at Benllech Beach, then don't miss a visit to St Gwyddelan's Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve, and finally examine the collection at Aberconwy House.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Llandudno day trip planning website .

Drive from Liverpool to Llandudno in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Llandudno are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Llandudno

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Conwy, South Stack Lighthouse, Beaumaris Castle, St Gwyddelan's Church, Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
South Stack Lighthouse ©
South Stack Lighthouse
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Great Orme ©
Great Orme

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.
Get some historical perspective at Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at National Gallery of Ireland and James Joyce Cultural Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Kilkenny (St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower & Kilkenny Castle). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, and see where the action happens at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin tour planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Llandudno to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. September in Dublin sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kilkenny
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant's Causeway, explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bushmills Distillery, then take in the exciting artwork at The Puffin Gallery, and finally cruise along The Dark Hedges.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bushmills online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Dublin to Bushmills in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Bushmills are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Puffin Gallery, Dunluce Castle, The Dark Hedges
Highlights from your plan
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
The Dark Hedges ©
The Dark Hedges

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 11th (Wed), don't miss a visit to City Hall, get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Belfast road trip app .

You can drive from Bushmills to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Belfast, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ulster Folk Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Ulster Folk Museum ©
Ulster Folk Museum
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel and Royal Yacht Britannia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stirling Castle and Rosslyn Chapel. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Glasgow to see Buchanan Street about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Belfast to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Belfast in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Edinburgh, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Glasgow, Stirling Castle, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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