21 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

21 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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21 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Oxford, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto, Canada


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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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, and take an in-depth tour of The British Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip app .

Toronto, Canada to London is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to London due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in London at 11°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Oxford.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

1
night
Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, then examine the collection at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, and finally meet the residents at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Blenheim Palace and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Oxford road trip planning app .

You can take a train from London to Oxford in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Oxford

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Blenheim Palace, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Pitt Rivers Museum ©
Pitt Rivers Museum
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens ©
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and sample the fine beverages at Pickering's Gin Distillery.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Oxford to Edinburgh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail (in Kincraig), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Loch Morlich (in Aviemore). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Wildwoodz, steep yourself in history at Urquhart Castle, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Culloden Battlefield.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Inverness tour builder .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Inverness, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Loch Morlich, Bowhunter Archery, Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, Aigas Field Centre
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Distillery Tours
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, and then take in the views from Ha'penny Bridge. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Merrion Square, then make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then stroll through St. Stephen's Green, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Dublin trip site .

Getting from Inverness to Dublin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In January in Dublin, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
On the 4th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, and finally examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally make a trip to Rock of Cashel.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny road trip app .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rock of Cashel, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©

2
nights
Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Blarney Castle & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then don't miss a visit to University College Cork (UCC), then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co, and finally steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Kinsale Silver, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and then meet the residents at Fota Wildlife Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kinsale online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cork, Fota Wildlife Park, Titanic Experience Cobh
Highlights from your plan
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver

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