32 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

32 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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32 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
London
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Brighton
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Bournemouth
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Bath
— 1 night
train + bus:  10​h 45​min
5
Glencoe
— 2 nights
bus + train:  8​h 15​min
6
London
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Cardiff
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 45​min
8
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
bus:  8​h 15​min
9
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
10
Stromness, Mainland
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  5​h 45​min
11
Inverness
— Few hours
train:  7​h
12
York
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
13
London
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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 16th (Sat): explore the activities along Thames River, contemplate the long history of Piccadilly Circus, and then wander the streets of Westminster.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the London vacation builder.

Chicago, USA to London is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to London. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get somewhat warmer in London: highs are around 46°F and lows about 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brighton.

Things to do in London

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Thames River ©
Thames River
Westminster ©
Westminster
Piccadilly Circus ©
Piccadilly Circus

1
night
Brighton

Brighton ©
Once a sleepy little fishing village, Brighton is a modern seaside town known for its Asian architecture and a large gay community.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take a stroll through The Lanes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arundel Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at Petworth House and Park, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brighton trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from London to Brighton takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Brighton

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Arundel Cathedral, Petworth House and Park
Highlights from your plan
The Lanes ©
The Lanes
Royal Pavilion ©
Royal Pavilion
Petworth House and Park ©
Petworth House and Park

2
nights
Bournemouth

Bournemouth ©
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christchurch Priory Church.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bournemouth travel planner.

You can drive from Brighton to Bournemouth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Brighton in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Bournemouth, with lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Salisbury, Christchurch Priory Church, The Minster Church of St Cuthburga
Highlights from your plan
Bournemouth Beach ©
Bournemouth Beach
Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta ©
The Minster Church of St Cuthburga ©

1
night
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
On the 20th (Wed), take a stroll through Catherine Hill, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get all the information you need at Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bath sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bournemouth to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bath can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Glencoe.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Castle Combe Village, Wadworth Brewery, Catherine Hill
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village
Wadworth Brewery ©
Wadworth Brewery

2
nights
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Glencoe, then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe, then get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Ballachulish Slate Quarry.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glencoe travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bath to Glencoe in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Glencoe

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Loch Linnhe
Highlights from your plan
Loch Linnhe ©
Loch Linnhe
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glencoe Folk Museum ©
Glencoe Folk Museum

5
nights
London

London ©
Explore hidden gems such as Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Greene King Brewery. Natural History Museum and South Bank are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore London further: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, do a tasting at London Cru, and take a stroll through Westminster.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the London tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Glencoe to London in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Cardiff.

Things to do in London

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Greene King Brewery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Westminster ©
Westminster
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

2
nights
Cardiff

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Llandaff Cathedral. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle, then steep yourself in history at Tredegar House, then explore the historical opulence of Raglan Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chepstow Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cardiff sightseeing planner.

Take a train from London to Cardiff in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lynmouth, Tredegar House, Chepstow Castle, Raglan Castle
Highlights from your plan
Valley of the Rocks ©
Valley of the Rocks
Chepstow Castle ©
Chepstow Castle
Cardiff Castle ©
Cardiff Castle

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Melrose Abbey and Scottish National Portrait Gallery. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Royal Mile, steep yourself in history at Georgian House, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cardiff to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Melrose Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Melrose Abbey ©
Melrose Abbey
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral

2
nights
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and Trumpan Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Quiraing (Hill Walk) and Talisker Beach. Explore Isle of Skye's surroundings by going to Portree (Skye Batiks & JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter)), Duntulm Castle (in Duntulm) and Uig Pottery (in Uig).

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip builder.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. January in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Black Cuillin ©
Black Cuillin
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Trumpan Church ©
Trumpan Church

2
nights
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. On the 6th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Brough Of Birsay, take an in-depth tour of Broch of Gurness, then take an in-depth tour of Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at Pier Arts Centre. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of The Viking Centre, delve into the distant past at Earl's Bu, contemplate the waterfront views at Scapa Flow, then contemplate the long history of Barnstone Neolithic Settlement, and finally explore the ancient world of Skara Brae.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Stromness trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Stromness takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Orphir, Brough Of Birsay, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, Broch of Gurness, Scapa Flow
Highlights from your plan
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Orkneyinga Saga Centre ©
Orkneyinga Saga Centre
Earl's Bu ©
Earl's Bu

few
hours
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory, then contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and then step into the grandiose world of Fort George.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness vacation builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Stromness to Inverness in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Stromness in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Inverness, with lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to York.

Things to do in Inverness

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beauly Priory
Highlights from your plan
River Ness ©
River Ness
Fort George
Fort George
Beauly Priory ©
Beauly Priory

4
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.
Visiting Donna Nook Nature Reserve and Malham Cove and Gordale will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at York Shambles and York City Walls. Venture out of the city with trips to Beverley (Beverley Minster & White Horse Inn), Church of Saint Mary, Whitby (in Whitby) and Woodside Wildlife Park (in Newball). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of York Minster, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, and get engrossed in the history at York Castle Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the York custom trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Inverness to York in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in York, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Beverley, Woodside Wildlife Park, Malham Cove, Donna Nook Nature Reserve, Church of Saint Mary, Whitby
Highlights from your plan
Beverley Minster ©
Beverley Minster
York City Walls ©
York City Walls
Church of Saint Mary, Whitby ©
Church of Saint Mary, Whitby

2
nights
London

London ©
Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, take a stroll through South Bank, explore the activities along Thames River, then contemplate the long history of Piccadilly Circus, and finally take a stroll through Westminster.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the London vacation planner.

Take a train from York to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Westminster ©
Westminster
Victoria and Albert Museum ©
Victoria and Albert Museum

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