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: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dornoch, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Grasmere, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Stow-on-the-Wold, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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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.
Popular historic sites such as Kilmainham Gaol and 14 Henrietta Street are in your itinerary. National Gallery of Ireland and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, view the masterpieces at Royal Hibernian Academy, take a stroll through Grafton Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Dublin, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

2
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill, stroll through Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then get a taste of the local shopping with Urbane Art Gallery, then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Dovecot Studios. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with The Velvet Easel Gallery, take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, view the masterpieces at Open Eye Gallery, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh journey planner.

Getting from Dublin to Edinburgh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. January in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

2
nights
Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom

Drumnadrochit ©
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Laggan Parish Church, examine the collection at Clan Macpherson Museum, shop like a local with Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, then look for gifts at Loch Ness Gifts, and finally explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, browse for treasures at Iain Marr Antiques, view the masterpieces at Kilmorack Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre, then steep yourself in history at Bridge of Oich, and finally delve into the distant past at Invergarry Castle.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Drumnadrochit trip builder tool .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Drumnadrochit in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dornoch.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Historic Sites Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Beauly, Invergarry, Laggan Parish Church, Clan Macpherson Museum, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Invergarry Castle ©
Invergarry Castle
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

2
nights
Dornoch, United Kingdom

Dornoch ©
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kincardine Old Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Regulus, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery48, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nigg Old Church, then get some fabulous bargains at Anta Scotland, and finally look for gifts at Seaweed n Stuff. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse for treasures at Picaresque Books, take in the architecture and atmosphere at East Church, examine the collection at Cromarty Courthouse, then examine the collection at Groam House Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tarbat Ness Lighthouse.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dornoch trip builder .

Getting from Drumnadrochit to Dornoch by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Dornoch, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Grasmere.

Things to do in Dornoch

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cromarty, Portmahomack, Nigg Old Church, Kincardine Old Church, Seaweed n Stuff
Highlights from your plan
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Tarbat Discovery Centre ©
Tarbat Discovery Centre
Kincardine Old Church ©
Kincardine Old Church

2
nights
Grasmere, United Kingdom

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Oswald's Church, make a trip to Stone Arthur, explore the historical opulence of Castle Crag, then examine the collection at Dove Cottage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, and finally stop by The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Alcock Tarn, then take in the exciting artwork at Thornthwaite Galleries, then contemplate the waterfront views at Easedale Tarn, and finally steep yourself in history at Eskdale Mill.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grasmere trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dornoch to Grasmere takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Stow-on-the-Wold.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Castle Crag, Thornthwaite Galleries, Eskdale Mill
Highlights from your plan
Easedale Tarn ©
Easedale Tarn
Dove Cottage ©
Dove Cottage
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag

2
nights
Stow-on-the-Wold, United Kingdom

Stow-on-the-Wold ©
Stow-on-the-Wold is a small market town and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, see the interesting displays at Vale & Downland Museum, steep yourself in history at Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mary's Church, then browse for treasures at Tara Antiques Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Edward's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Rollright Stones, look for all kinds of wild species at Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland, view the masterpieces at Aston Pottery & Trading Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's C Of E Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Oswald's Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Peter & St Paul.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Stow-on-the-Wold trip planner .

You can drive from Grasmere to Stow-on-the-Wold in 4.5 hours. January in Stow-on-the-Wold sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Stow-on-the-Wold

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Burford, Rollright Stones, St Mary's C Of E Church, Church of St Peter & St Paul, Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church
St Mary's Church ©
St Mary's Church
St Oswald's Church ©
St Oswald's Church

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Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, explore the world behind art at Holburne Museum, look for gifts at Fudge Kitchen, then take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sally Lunn's Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Aerospace Bristol, examine the collection at Fashion Museum Bath, then get curious at Herschel Museum of Astronomy, and finally make a trip to Bath Street.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bath trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stow-on-the-Wold to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Aerospace Bristol
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Aerospace Bristol ©
Aerospace Bristol
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge

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nights
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Stratford-upon-Avon ©
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 101mi north west of London, 22mi south east of Birmingham, and 8mi south west of Warwick. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sims Vintage Antiques Centre, stroll through Shakespeare's New Place, then contemplate the long history of Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Guild Chapel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St Mary the Virgin, see the interesting displays at Elgar Birthplace Museum, explore the world behind art at The MAD Museum, then contemplate the long history of Shakespeare's Birthplace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Henley Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Stratford-upon-Avon trip builder tool .

You can drive from Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Stratford-upon-Avon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Collegiate Church of St Mary's, Elgar Birthplace Museum, The Church of St Mary the Virgin
Highlights from your plan
Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall ©
The MAD Museum ©
The MAD Museum
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

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