32 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

32 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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32 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + bus:  27​h
1
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Alnwick, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Bath, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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2
nights
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.
Hook Lighthouse and Kilkenny Castle will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Rock of Cashel and Jerpoint Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and take an in-depth tour of Irish National Heritage Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny online trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Kilkenny is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Kilkenny. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in July since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Irish National Heritage Park, Rock of Cashel, Hook Lighthouse
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

4
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.
Bru na Boinne and Saint Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Irish Whiskey Museum. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, view the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ireland, take an in-depth tour of Irish Famine Museum Dublin, and browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kilkenny in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Dublin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Irish Whiskey Museum ©
Irish Whiskey Museum

3
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Highland Folk Museum and Fort George. Get some historical perspective at Fort Augustus and Corrimony Chambered Cairn. Venture out of the city with trips to Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie), Nigg Old Church (in Nigg) and Dornoch Cathedral (in Dornoch). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, make a trip to Inverness Castle Viewpoint, shop like a local with Picaresque Books, and look for gifts at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Inverness vacation builder site .

Fly from Dublin to Inverness in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Picaresque Books, Nigg Old Church, Fort Augustus Abbey, Culloden Battlefield
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Yacht Britannia and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Stirling (National Wallace Monument & Stirling Castle). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Alnwick.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

2
nights
Alnwick, United Kingdom

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 15th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Lindisfarne Priory, then explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle, and then admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Grace Darling Museum, step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle, then stop by Barter Books, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Alnwick Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Alnwick holiday planning tool .

Getting from Edinburgh to Alnwick by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to York.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Cragside House and Gardens, Lindisfarne Priory
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Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens

3
nights
York, United Kingdom

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.
You'll explore and learn at Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum and York's Chocolate Story. Get some cultural insight at Fountains Abbey and National Railway Museum. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Filey Beach (in Filey) and Whitby Abbey (in Whitby). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum, don't miss a visit to York Shambles, contemplate the long history of York City Walls, and look for gifts at Pandora's Box Antiques and Oddities.

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Traveling by train from Alnwick to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in York are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bath.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Whitby Abbey, Filey Beach, Fountains Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum ©

3
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Get some historical perspective at Glastonbury Abbey and Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta. The Tank Museum and St Fagans National Museum of History will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Bath's surroundings by going to Brunel's SS Great Britain (in Bristol) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bath road trip planner.

Traveling by car from York to Bath takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glastonbury Abbey, Brunel's SS Great Britain, St Fagans National Museum of History, The Tank Museum, Stonehenge
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
The Tank Museum ©
The Tank Museum
St Fagans National Museum of History ©

3
nights
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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. Get a sense of the local culture at HMS Warrior 1860 and Beaulieu National Motor Museum. Explore hidden gems such as The Mary Rose Museum and The Lanes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portsmouth: Osborne House (in East Cowes), Gustamps (in Brighton) and Bournemouth Beach (in Bournemouth). There's more to do: take in the waterfront at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Bath to Portsmouth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Brighton and Hove, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Bournemouth Beach, Osborne House
Highlights from your plan
HMS Warrior 1860 ©
HMS Warrior 1860
Osborne House ©
Osborne House
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

6
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.
Visit Dover Castle and Tower of London for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at IWM Duxford and Buckingham Palace. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the London journey maker tool .

You can take a train from Portsmouth to London in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in London are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Dover Castle, IWM Duxford
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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