26 days in Ireland, England & France Itinerary

26 days in Ireland, England & France Itinerary

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26 days in Ireland, England & France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Alnwick, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  4​h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Swanage, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Newquay, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  8​h
8
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kilmainham Gaol. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol.

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Melbourne, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to Dublin. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Powerscourt Gardens and House
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Powerscourt Gardens and House ©
Powerscourt Gardens and House

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum, then walk around Kilkenny Castle, and finally get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park, don't miss a visit to Rock of Cashel, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny day trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dublin in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kilkenny, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Alnwick.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Rock of Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

1
night
Alnwick, United Kingdom

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. On the 24th (Mon), look for gifts at Chain Bridge Honey Farm and then admire the masterpieces at Paxton House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Grace Darling Museum, identify plant and animal life at The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beadnell Bay Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Alnwick online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kilkenny to Alnwick in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Alnwick, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Alnwick

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Berwick upon Tweed, Grace Darling Museum, Beadnell Bay Beach, The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Highlights from your plan
Grace Darling Museum ©
Grace Darling Museum
Beadnell Bay Beach
Beadnell Bay Beach

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.
Get some cultural insight at Natural History Museum and National Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Gustamps and Drusillas Park. Take a break from London with a short trip to The River Cam in Cambridge, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey and admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Traveling by train from Alnwick to London takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Alnwick in June, you will find days in London are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gustamps, Drusillas Park, The River Cam
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, then get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, and then stop by Clarks Village. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Chalice Well, take in nature's colorful creations at Longleat, and then explore the ancient world of Stonehenge.

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Traveling by train from London to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Longleat, Clarks Village, Chalice Well
Highlights from your plan
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey
Longleat ©
Longleat
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths

2
nights
Swanage, United Kingdom

Swanage ©
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. On the 1st (Mon), stop by Pursenalities, take an in-depth tour of Corfe Castle Town Trust Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Model Village Gardens & Cafe, then examine the collection at The Tank Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey World. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Lucy's Farm and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shell Bay.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Swanage travel app .

You can drive from Bath to Swanage in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Newquay.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wareham, Corfe Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Tank Museum ©
The Tank Museum
Monkey World ©
Monkey World
Model Village Gardens & Cafe ©
Model Village Gardens & Cafe

2
nights
Newquay, United Kingdom

Newquay ©
Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
On the 3rd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at National Lobster Hatchery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Watergate Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tolcarne Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): head off the coast to St. Michael's Mount and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hayle Towans Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Newquay road trip website .

Getting from Swanage to Newquay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Newquay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

National Lobster Hatchery, St. Michael's Mount, Hayle Towans Beach
Highlights from your plan
Watergate Bay ©
Watergate Bay
St. Michael's Mount ©
St. Michael's Mount
National Lobster Hatchery ©
National Lobster Hatchery

2
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Normandy American Cemetery and La Maison du Biscuit. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Naturospace (in Honfleur) and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bayeux trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Newquay to Bayeux takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Newquay to Bayeux, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, La Maison du Biscuit, Naturospace, Normandy American Cemetery, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum)
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery

6
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Chartres Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral

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