20 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

20 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Zagreb, Croatia
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
8
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Zagreb, Croatia

2
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.
Visit Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Irish Whiskey Museum, wander the streets of Temple Bar, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour itinerary maker app .

Zagreb, Croatia to Dublin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zagreb to Dublin. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Zagreb in August, with highs in Dublin at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Killarney.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get some cultural insight at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Muckross House. Muckross Abbey and St. Patrick's Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Killarney with an excursion to Stone Circle in Kenmare--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, and admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Dublin to Killarney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. August in Killarney sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kenmare
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Corcomroe Abbey. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Drummindoo Stud. Venture out of the city with trips to Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre (in Westport), Burren National Park (in Corofin) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor).

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Galway trip planner .

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, Burren National Park, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Corcomroe Abbey, Cliffs of Moher
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, then take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route, then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, and finally cruise along The Dark Hedges.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bushmills trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Galway to Bushmills in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. August in Bushmills sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

The Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle
Highlights from your plan
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, examine the collection at SS Nomadic, then admire the masterpieces at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Belfast online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Belfast sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can 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.
Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Calton Hill and Arthur's Seat will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Stirling Castle (in Stirling) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and stroll the grounds of South Leith Parish Church.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh vacation planning website .

You can fly from Belfast to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Belfast in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Edinburgh, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling Castle, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as York City Walls and Whitby Abbey. Popular historic sites such as Fountains Abbey and 199 Steps are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near York: Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum (in Malton) and RSPB Bempton Cliffs (in Bempton). There's much more to do: examine the collection at York Castle Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Railway Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of York Minster.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the York online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Edinburgh to York by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Whitby, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Fountains Abbey, RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Whitby Abbey ©
Whitby Abbey
RSPB Bempton Cliffs ©
RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey

3
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.
The British Museum and Westminster Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Buckingham Palace and Clarence House for their historical value. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and make a trip to Big Ben.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the London tour app .

Take a train from York to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. August in London sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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

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