20 days in Belgium, England & Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Belgium, England & Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in Belgium, England & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Bath, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Family-friendly places like Mini-Europe and Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles) will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Atomium, make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels journey planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Brussels is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in September, things will get colder in Brussels: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Stadhuis, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bruges online route planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Coca-Cola London Eye and Tate Modern. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read London trip planning app .

Getting from Bruges to London by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bruges to London. September in London sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

3
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Family-friendly places like The Roman Baths and Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Arlington Row (in Bibury), The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes) and The Cotswold Brewing Company (in Bourton-on-the-Water). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Cotswold Falconry Centre, don't miss a visit to Stonehenge, admire the striking features of Bath Abbey, and steep yourself in history at Chavenage House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Bath trip app .

Getting from London to Bath by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Cotswold Range, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Arlington Row, Chavenage House, Cotswold Falconry Centre
Highlights from your plan
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens ©

2
nights
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): head off the coast to Scattery Island, then explore the ancient world of Poulawack Cairn, then Head underground at Aillwee Cave, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren, and then make a trip to Cliffs of Moher.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Liscannor trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bath to Liscannor takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Ballyvaughan, Scattery Island
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar will thrill your kids. Step out of Dublin to go to Kilkenny and see Kilkenny Castle, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, walk around Phoenix Park, and make a trip to Merrion Square.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip builder .

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kilkenny Castle
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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