20 days in Dublin, Edinburgh & London Itinerary

20 days in Dublin, Edinburgh & London Itinerary

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20 days in Dublin, Edinburgh & London Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to National Gallery of Ireland or James Joyce Cultural Centre. Guinness Storehouse and Grafton Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, shop like a local with Royal Hibernian Academy, and examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin travel route planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Dublin to be colder, temps between 10°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. For shopping fun, head to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh or Urbane Art Gallery. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and view the masterpieces at The Velvet Easel Gallery.

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Traveling by flight from Dublin to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
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National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Buckingham Palace and Tower of London. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Natural History Museum and The British Museum. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, view the masterpieces at Migration Museum at The Workshop, browse the exhibits of Churchill War Rooms, and hunt for treasures at Covent Garden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the London tour itinerary website .

Fly from Edinburgh to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in London, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
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The British Museum
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Natural History Museum

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