25 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

25 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom trip itinerary planner

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London
— 5 nights
Train
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Brighton and Hove
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bath
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cheltenham
— 3 nights
Drive
5
York
— 2 nights
Drive
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Windermere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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London

— 5 nights

The Square Mile

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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planning site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to London is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in London hover around 11°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Brighton and Hove.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Brighton and Hove

— 2 nights

London-by-the-Sea

The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the local highlights with The Brighton Story Guided Walk, then stop by Gustamps, then test your problem-solving skills at Pier Pressure Brighton Escape Rooms, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Chutima Therapy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Sussex High Weald Dairy, experience rural life at Tulleys Farm, and then look for all kinds of wild species at East Sussex Falconry.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brighton and Hove online itinerary planner.

Take a train from London to Brighton and Hove in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Brighton and Hove can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Spas · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Bath

— 4 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Westonbirt Arboretum (in Tetbury), Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury) and 11th Hour Escape Rooms Limited (in Bromham). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of The Roman Baths, get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, get a dose of the wild on West of England Falconry, and admire the masterpieces at American Museum & Gardens.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bath travel planner.

You can drive from Brighton and Hove to Bath in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cheltenham

— 3 nights
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Get out of town with these interesting Cheltenham side-trips: Tetbury (Chavenage House & The Royal Gardens at Highgrove), Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton) and The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sudeley Castle, test your team's savvy at Trapped Escape Rooms, identify plant and animal life at Walks With Hawks, and take in the history at Tewkesbury Battlefield.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cheltenham trip planner.

Getting from Bath to Cheltenham by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to York.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

York

— 2 nights

City of Festivals

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.
On the 30th (Thu), wander the streets of York Shambles, then pause for some serene contemplation at York Minster, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Howard, and finally take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Fairfax House, test your team's savvy at Clue HQ - Harrogate, and then get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read York trip website.

Traveling by car from Cheltenham to York takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Cheltenham in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in York, with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Windermere.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

Windermere

— 3 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Windermere: Kendal Unitarian Chapel (in Kendal), Sea Wood (in Bardsea) and Muncaster Castle (in Ravenglass). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Kankku Off Road Driving Adventures, have fun and explore at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, take some stellar pictures from Orrest Head, and trek along Alpacaly Ever After.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Windermere trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from York to Windermere in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and make a trip to The Royal Mile.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.