26 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

26 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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26 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  20​h
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Stromness, Mainland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Glasgow
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Alnwick
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + train:  6​h 15​min
5
Bath
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Oxford
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
7
London
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Santiago

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 30th (Tue), examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, then learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and then steep yourself in history at Dean Village.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary builder tool .

Santiago, Chile to Edinburgh is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Santiago to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

3
nights
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Skara Brae and The Viking Centre. Barony Mill and Kirbuster Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Stromness to Hoy to see Dwarfie Stane about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: tee off at Stromness Golf Club, delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness, get engrossed in the history at Broch of Gurness, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brough Of Birsay.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Stromness road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Edinburgh to Stromness in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Edinburgh in May: highs in Stromness hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Museums Golf

Side Trips

Birsay, Stenness, Dwarfie Stane, Broch of Gurness, Orkneyinga Saga Centre
Highlights from your plan
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Orkneyinga Saga Centre ©
Orkneyinga Saga Centre

3
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel and The Tenement House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mount Stuart and New Lanark World Heritage Village. Get out of town with these interesting Glasgow side-trips: Inveraray (Inveraray Jail & Fyne Malts of Inveraray). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, wander the streets of City Centre Mural Trail, view the masterpieces at House for an Art Lover, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Glasgow West End.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Glasgow travel route builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Stromness to Glasgow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Stromness in May, expect nights in Glasgow to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Alnwick.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Inveraray, Mount Stuart, New Lanark World Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Mount Stuart ©
Mount Stuart
New Lanark World Heritage Site ©
New Lanark World Heritage Site

2
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Parish Church of Saint Peter, then explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cragside House and Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Alnwick trip maker app .

Drive from Glasgow to Alnwick in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Alnwick sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bath.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cragside House and Gardens, Bamburgh Castle, The Parish Church of Saint Peter
Highlights from your plan
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens
Alnwick Castle ©
Alnwick Castle

3
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
The Roman Baths and Fashion Museum Bath will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Bath Abbey and The Bishop's Palace and Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Tintern Abbey (in Tintern), Chepstow Castle (in Chepstow) and Castle Combe Village (in Castle Combe). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Haynes International Motor Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sherborne Abbey, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bath visit planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Alnwick to Bath in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Oxford.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Castle Combe Village, Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle, The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Haynes International Motor Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Haynes International Motor Museum ©
Haynes International Motor Museum
Tintern Abbey ©
Tintern Abbey

4
nights
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bletchley Park and The Wychwood Brewery. Get some historical perspective at Sudeley Castle and Snowshill Manor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oxford: Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton), Warwick Castle (in Warwick) and Chedworth Roman Villa (in Yanworth). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, contemplate the long history of Coughton Court, sample the tasty concoctions at Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Church.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Oxford tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Bath to Oxford by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Oxford sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Sudeley Castle, Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery, Coughton Court, Bletchley Park, Cotswolds Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Bletchley Park ©
Bletchley Park
Sudeley Castle ©
Sudeley Castle

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to IWM Duxford and The Three Legs Brewing Company. Get some cultural insight at National Gallery and Buckingham Palace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Ely Cathedral (in Ely) and Fitzwilliam Museum (in Cambridge). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Tower of London.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our London trip planner .

You can take a train from Oxford to London in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in London can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Ely Cathedral, Old Town Hastings, IWM Duxford, Fitzwilliam Museum, The Three Legs Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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