25 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

25 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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25 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  17​h
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Cong, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kinsale, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  4​h 15​min
10
Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Llanymynech, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Phoenix, United States

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Inchcolm Abbey and Island, contemplate the long history of Hopetoun House, steep yourself in history at Blackness Castle, then view the masterpieces at Jupiter Artland, then contemplate the long history of Advocate's Close, and finally don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Dean Village, explore the historical opulence of Craigmillar Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Surgeons' Hall Museums, then stroll through Holyrood Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holyrood Abbey.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh attractions planner.

Phoenix, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in August: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 65°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Blackness Castle
Highlights from your plan
Inchcolm Abbey and Island ©
Inchcolm Abbey and Island
Surgeons' Hall Museums ©
Surgeons' Hall Museums
Holyrood Abbey ©
Holyrood Abbey

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. Discover out-of-the-way places like EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Chester Beatty. Venture out of the city with trips to Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, look for gifts at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, take in the exciting artwork at National Gallery of Ireland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Malahide Castle, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Thu), get all the information you need at Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Patricks Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Irish Republican History Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, and then steep yourself in history at The Tropical Ravine House.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Belfast journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Parliament Buildings ©
Parliament Buildings

2
nights
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Tower Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columb's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Augustine's Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First Derry Presbyterian Church, and finally get advice or help at Millennium Forum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Derry route planner .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Derry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Derry are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cong.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Mussenden Temple
Highlights from your plan
St. Columb's Cathedral ©
St. Columb's Cathedral
Mussenden Temple ©
Mussenden Temple
St. Augustine's Church ©
St. Augustine's Church

2
nights
Cong, Ireland

Cong ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Quiet Man Museum, look for gifts at The Quiet Cailin Studios, steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong, then pause for some photo ops at Bog Oak Sculpture, then contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, and finally take in panoramic vistas at The Guinness Tower/Leonard's Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Sheep and Wool Centre, then get to know the fascinating history of The Cong Heritage Trail, then Head underground at Pigeon Hole Cave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Cong.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cong route builder site .

Traveling by car from Derry to Cong takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Derry in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cong, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ross Errily Friary, The Sheep and Wool Centre
Highlights from your plan
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Abbaye de Cong ©
Abbaye de Cong

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 4th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, then stop by Aran Sweater Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Blennerville Windmill, get engrossed in the history at Kerry County Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gougane Barra Church.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cong to Killarney in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Killarney are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tralee, Gougane Barra Church
Highlights from your plan
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, steep yourself in history at James Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ballinspittle, then look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kinsale trip site .

Getting from Killarney to Kinsale by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Kinsale sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
James Fort ©
James Fort
Irish Veterans Museum ©
Irish Veterans Museum

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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, take an in-depth tour of Rothe House and Garden, then shop like a local with The Blackbird Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Kinsale to Kilkenny by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Patrick's Well, Ormond Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin
To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip maker .

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for Llandudno on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Outdoors

2
nights
Llandudno, United Kingdom

Llandudno ©
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Church, examine the collection at Home Front Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tudnos Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Holy Well and Chapel of St Trillo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Llandudno Pier, take in the pleasant sights at Llandudno Promenade, steep yourself in history at Plas Mawr, then step into the grandiose world of Rhuddlan Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Marble Church.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Llandudno journey builder app .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Dublin to Llandudno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Llanymynech.

Things to do in Llandudno

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Conwy, Marble Church, Rhuddlan Castle, The Holy Well and Chapel of St Trillo
Highlights from your plan
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle

1
night
Llanymynech, United Kingdom

Llanymynech ©
Llanymynech is a village straddling the border between Montgomeryshire/Powys, Wales, and Shropshire, England, about 9 miles (14 km) north of the Welsh town of Welshpool. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Llanymynech day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Llandudno to Llanymynech takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Llandudno in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 47°F in Llanymynech. You'll set off for London on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Llanymynech

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at HMS Belfast. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, browse the exhibits of Wallace Collection, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at The Courtauld Gallery, and finally shop like a local with Regent Street.

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You can drive from Llanymynech to London in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
HMS Belfast ©
HMS Belfast
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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