18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  24​h
1
London
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Portsmouth
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Inverness
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Stromness, Mainland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Alnwick
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
York
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
London

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Westminster Abbey and Greenwich. Tower of London and Buckingham Palace will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms, tee off at Piltdown Golf Club, and take a stroll through Westminster.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the London tour itinerary builder site .

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to London is minus 10 hours. In September in London, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Piltdown Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham 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 5th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Portchester Castle, examine the collection at HMS Victory, then see the interesting displays at The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, then take in the waterfront at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and finally steep yourself in history at HMS Warrior 1860.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth driving holiday planner .

Drive from London to Portsmouth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Portchester Castle
Highlights from your plan
HMS Victory ©
HMS Victory
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
The Mary Rose Museum ©
The Mary Rose Museum

1
night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory, then admire the sheer force of Plodda Falls, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of train and flight from Portsmouth to Inverness in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Plodda Falls, Beauly Priory, Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Beauly Priory ©
Beauly Priory

3
nights
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then contemplate the long history of Ring of Brodgar, and finally steep yourself in history at Skara Brae. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Brough Of Birsay, get engrossed in the history at Broch of Gurness, then explore the ancient world of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, then steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness, and finally delve into the distant past at Maeshowe.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Stromness online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Inverness to Stromness by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Stenness, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, Brough Of Birsay, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Broch of Gurness
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Park for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Arthur's Seat and Scottish Seabird Centre. Step out of Edinburgh with an excursion to St Andrews Links in St. Andrews--about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and make a trip to Real Mary King's Close.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh day trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Stromness to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or take a bus. September in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Alnwick.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

St Andrews Links, Scottish Seabird Centre
Highlights from your plan
St Andrews Links ©
St Andrews Links
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

2
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Grace Darling Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh, then step into the grandiose world of Chillingham Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Alnwick trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Alnwick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to York.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Berwick upon Tweed
Highlights from your plan
Alnwick Castle ©
Alnwick Castle
Grace Darling Museum ©
Grace Darling Museum
Paxton House ©
Paxton House

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 16th (Sun), see the interesting displays at York's Chocolate Story, take in the spiritual surroundings of York Minster, then get engrossed in the history at York Castle Museum, and finally examine the collection at National Railway Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read York trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Alnwick to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in York are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
York's Chocolate Story ©
York's Chocolate Story
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum

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