29 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

29 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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29 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Lafayette
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Portsmouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
St Ives
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Bath
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grasmere
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Gairloch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
9
Alnwick
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
York
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
11
London
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Lafayette

2
nights
Portsmouth

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Let the collections at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bournemouth Beach and HMS Warrior 1860. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portsmouth: Corfe Castle (in Corfe Castle) and Osborne House (in East Cowes).

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Portsmouth trip planning site .

Lafayette, USA to Portsmouth is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Lafayette to Portsmouth is 6 hours. While traveling from Lafayette, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Portsmouth, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to St Ives.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bournemouth Beach, Osborne House, Corfe Castle
Highlights from your plan
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle
Osborne House ©
Osborne House
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

3
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Tintagel Castle will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Michael's Mount and Fistral Beach Bar. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St Ives: Perranporth Beach (in Perranporth) and National Lobster Hatchery (in Padstow). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St Ives trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Portsmouth to St Ives takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. In October in St Ives, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Bath.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Michael's Mount, Tintagel Castle, Perranporth Beach, Fistral Beach Bar, The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Highlights from your plan
St. Michael's Mount ©
St. Michael's Mount
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
The Lost Gardens of Heligan ©
The Lost Gardens of Heligan

2
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, then steep yourself in history at Bath Abbey, then examine the collection at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, and finally see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, delve into the distant past at Stonehenge, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Longleat.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bath route builder website .

Getting from St Ives to Bath by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grasmere.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Longleat, Brunel's SS Great Britain, Stonehenge, Castle Combe Village
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath

3
nights
Grasmere

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Derwentwater and Catbells Lakeland Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Alpacaly Ever After and Helm Crag. Take a break from Grasmere with a short trip to Buttermere Lake in Buttermere, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, explore the historical opulence of Castle Crag, admire the masterpieces at Merz Barn, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helvellyn.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grasmere trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Bath to Grasmere in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Keswick, Castle Crag, Alpacaly Ever After, Buttermere Lake, Helvellyn
Highlights from your plan
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk
The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop ©
The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

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nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Relax by the water at Camusdarach Beach and Morar Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eilean Donan Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, learn about all things military at The Commando Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Lochan, and explore the activities along Loch Shiel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fort William trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Grasmere to Fort William takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Glenfinnan, Eilean Donan Castle, Morar Beach, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct

1
night
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): trek along Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, then take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Point Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gairloch trip planner .

You can drive from Fort William to Gairloch in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Red Point Beach, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Visit Urquhart Castle and St Ninians Church for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn and Abernethy National Nature Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: RSPB - Insh Marshes (in Kingussie), Fused and Light (in Newtonmore) and Beauly (Glen Strathfarrar & Aigas Field Centre). There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wardlaw Mausoleum, and identify plant and animal life at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Inverness takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Culloden Battlefield, Abernethy National Nature Reserve, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stirling Castle and Calton Hill. Head to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Urbane Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel (in Glasgow) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, take in the exciting artwork at The Red Door Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh journey planner .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Alnwick.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle
Highlights from your plan
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Lindisfarne Priory, then step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle, and then look for gifts at Barter Books. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Grace Darling Museum, admire the natural beauty at The Alnwick Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Cragside House and Gardens, and finally explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Alnwick online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Alnwick takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Alnwick sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Lindisfarne Priory, Cragside House and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

2
nights
York

York ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): go for a walk through York City Walls, then examine the collection at York Castle Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Fountains Abbey. On your second day here, stroll through Scarborough Beach, learn about all things military at Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at The York Army Museum, and finally wander the streets of York Shambles.

Plan a York trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Alnwick to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Scarborough Beach, Fountains Abbey, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The British Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and then make a trip to Buckingham Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Blenheim Palace.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your London trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from York to London takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in London are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blenheim Palace
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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