23 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

23 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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23 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  13​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
St Ives, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Alnwick, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
8
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dover Castle and Houses of Parliament. Let the collections at The British Museum and All Hallows By The Tower capture your imagination. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our London tour itinerary maker tool .

Edmonton, Canada to London is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Portsmouth.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Dover Castle
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle

3
nights
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Osborne House and Corfe Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to The Tank Museum (in Bovington) and Bournemouth Beach (in Bournemouth). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of HMS Warrior 1860.

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You can take a train from London to Portsmouth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to St Ives.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

The Tank Museum, Corfe Castle, Osborne House, Bournemouth Beach
Highlights from your plan
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Osborne House ©
Osborne House
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle

2
nights
St Ives, United Kingdom

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. On the 4th (Thu), kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach, then explore the historical opulence of St. Michael's Mount, and then explore the historical opulence of Pendennis Castle. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Perranporth Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fistral Beach Bar.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read St Ives online travel planner .

Getting from Portsmouth to St Ives by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bath.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Perranporth Beach, Pendennis Castle, St. Michael's Mount, Fistral Beach Bar
Highlights from your plan
Porthminster Beach ©
Porthminster Beach
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Fistral Beach Bar ©
Fistral Beach Bar

2
nights
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 6th (Sat): explore the galleries of The Roman Baths, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, then take in nature's colorful creations at Longleat, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village, see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, and then explore the ancient world of Stonehenge.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bath driving holiday planner.

You can drive from St Ives to Bath in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alnwick.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Castle Combe Village, Brunel's SS Great Britain, St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses, Longleat
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Longleat ©
Longleat
Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village

2
nights
Alnwick, United Kingdom

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. On the 8th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Lindisfarne Priory and then step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Grace Darling Museum, step into the grandiose world of The Alnwick Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Alnwick Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Cragside House and Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Alnwick trip maker website .

Fly from Bath to Alnwick in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Alnwick can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Cragside House and Gardens, Lindisfarne Priory
Highlights from your plan
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stirling Castle and Calton Hill. Visit Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel (in Glasgow) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip tool .

Take a train from Alnwick to Edinburgh in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Guinness Storehouse and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. You'll explore and learn at Kilmainham Gaol and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum, take a stroll through Temple Bar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dublin day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Edinburgh to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

3
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 16th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Ferns Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then examine the collection at King of the Vikings VR, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel. On your second day here, stroll through Curracloe Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Hook Lighthouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kilkenny tour planner.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dublin in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Kilkenny. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

King of the Vikings VR, Curracloe Beach, Rock of Cashel, Hook Lighthouse, Ferns Castle
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

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