18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
London
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Portsmouth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bath
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Alnwick
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Francisco

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.
Get some cultural insight at Westminster Abbey and Natural History Museum. National Gallery and The British Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the London road trip website .

San Francisco, USA to London is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get little chillier in London: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Portsmouth.

Things to do in London

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

3
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson and Beaulieu National Motor Museum. You'll explore and learn at HMS Warrior 1860 and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Venture out of the city with trips to Osborne House (in East Cowes), The Lanes (in Brighton) and Bournemouth Beach (in Bournemouth). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Mary Rose Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Portsmouth trip planner .

Traveling by train from London to Portsmouth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Portsmouth can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bath.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Lanes, Bournemouth Beach, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Osborne House
Highlights from your plan
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Osborne House ©
Osborne House
The Mary Rose Museum ©
The Mary Rose Museum

3
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castle Combe Village and Brunel's SS Great Britain. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Tank Museum and The Roman Baths. Venture out of the city with trips to Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury), Stonehenge (in Amesbury) and Wells Cathedral (in Wells). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey and admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bath online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Portsmouth to Bath in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Wells Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, The Tank Museum, Brunel's SS Great Britain
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
The Tank Museum ©
The Tank Museum
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Highland Folk Museum and Cawdor Castle. Appreciate the collections at The Clansman Centre and Scottish Flair Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Glen Strathfarrar (in Beauly), Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie) and Nigg Old Church (in Nigg). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus, browse the fresh offerings at Ferintosh Community Market, step into the grandiose world of Fort George, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Inverness journey planner .

You can fly from Bath to Inverness in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Alnwick.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Highland Folk Museum, Ferintosh Community Market, Nigg Old Church, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

2
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Lindisfarne Priory, step into the grandiose world of Alnwick Castle, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cragside House and Gardens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Grace Darling Museum, step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle, then look for gifts at Barter Books, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Alnwick Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Alnwick trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Alnwick takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Alnwick are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Lindisfarne Priory, Cragside House and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Rosslyn Chapel and Calton Hill. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stirling Castle and National Wallace Monument. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Alnwick to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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