26 days in London & Edinburgh Itinerary

26 days in London & Edinburgh Itinerary

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26 days in London & Edinburgh Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
London
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Edinburgh
— 12 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

11
nights
London

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.
Head to Harrods and Nigel Greaves Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: East Sussex Falconry (in Herstmonceux), The Hawking Centre (in Doddington) and Hothfield Heathlands Nature Reserve (in Hothfield). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and get engrossed in the history at The British Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect London to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

St Mary's Church, East Sussex Falconry, Cotswolds Distillery, St Nicholas Church, The Big Cat Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

12
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Dovecot Studios. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre (in Berwick upon Tweed), The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (in Seahouses) and Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh (in Bamburgh). Spend the 10th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, stroll through Calton Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at BobCat Alpacas, and do a tasting at Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh road trip planning website .

You can fly from London to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from London, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre, Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines, Dalhousie Castle Falconry, The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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