36 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

36 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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36 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  29​h
1
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
York
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Blackpool
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Conwy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Cardiff
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Torquay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Portsmouth
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

3
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. Explore hidden gems such as Steall Waterfall and Ben Nevis. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Oban (Oban Distillery & McCaig's Tower). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, examine the collection at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, don't miss a visit to Neptune's Staircase, and identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William travel planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Fort William is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Fort William is minus 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Oban, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Eilean Donan Castle, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
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Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cragside House and Gardens and Bamburgh Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Falkirk Wheel (in Falkirk), Stirling Castle (in Stirling) and The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel (in Glasgow). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner .

Getting from Fort William to Edinburgh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, Bamburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Falkirk Wheel, Cragside House and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

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.
Explore hidden gems such as RSPB Bempton Cliffs and Filey Beach. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Peasholm Park (in Scarborough), Whitby (Whitby Abbey & Whitby Harbour) and Durham Cathedral (in Durham). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Lincoln Cathedral, see the interesting displays at York's Chocolate Story, and explore the ancient world of York City Walls.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our York trip planner .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to York takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in York are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Blackpool.

Things to do in York

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Whitby, Filey Beach, Lincoln Cathedral, Peasholm Park, RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Peasholm Park ©
Peasholm Park
RSPB Bempton Cliffs ©
RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach

4
nights
Blackpool

Blackpool ©
Over 12 million people visit Blackpool each year, making it Britain’s top holiday resort and one of its most visited cities overall, second only to London.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Derwentwater and Lake Windermere. Get out of town with these interesting Blackpool side-trips: Llandudno (Llandudno Promenade, Great Orme, & more), Aira Force (in Penrith) and The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop (in Grasmere). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at St Johns Beacon, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Blackpool Zoo, explore the ancient world of Walls of Chester, and stroll the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Blackpool travel website .

You can drive from York to Blackpool in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Conwy.

Things to do in Blackpool

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Llandudno, Liverpool, Lake Windermere, Walls of Chester, Aira Force Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Great Orme ©
Great Orme
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Llandudno Promenade ©
Llandudno Promenade

3
nights
Conwy

Conwy ©
Conwy is a walled market town and community in Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Conwy Castle and Caernarfon Castle. Explore Conwy's surroundings by going to Beaumaris Castle (in Beaumaris), National Slate Museum (in Llanberis) and Zipline (in Blaenau Ffestiniog). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Snowdon, admire the natural beauty at National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Conwy Town Walls.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Conwy route builder site .

Traveling by car from Blackpool to Conwy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In July in Conwy, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cardiff.

Things to do in Conwy

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caernarfon Castle, Bodnant Garden, Beaumaris Castle, Snowdon, National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Snowdon ©
Snowdon
Conwy Town Walls ©
Conwy Town Walls

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Woolacombe Beach and Rhossili Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Cardiff: Bath Abbey (in Bath), Longleat (in Warminster) and Bristol (Clifton Suspension Bridge & Brunel's SS Great Britain). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Cardiff Bay Wales, step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle, and examine the collection at St Fagans National Museum of History.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cardiff road trip app .

Drive from Conwy to Cardiff in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Cardiff, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Cardiff

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bristol, Rhossili Bay, Bath Abbey, Woolacombe Beach, Longleat
Highlights from your plan
Woolacombe Beach ©
Woolacombe Beach
Rhossili Bay ©
Rhossili Bay
Cardiff Bay Wales ©
Cardiff Bay Wales

4
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Torquay is a seaside town in Devon, England, part of the unitary authority area of Torbay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coleton Fishacre and Nothe Fort. Change things up with these side-trips from Torquay: Plymouth Hoe (in Plymouth), The Lost Gardens of Heligan (in Pentewan) and Weymouth (Weymouth Harbour & Weymouth Beach). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Brixham Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Fistral Beach Bar, see the interesting displays at Tintagel Toy Museum, and take an unorthodox tour of Tintagel Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Torquay trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cardiff to Torquay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Torquay

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Weymouth, Tintagel, Plymouth Hoe, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Coleton Fishacre
Highlights from your plan
Weymouth Beach ©
Weymouth Beach
Coleton Fishacre ©
Coleton Fishacre
Weymouth Harbour ©
Weymouth Harbour

7
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at HMS Warrior 1860 and Lulworth Cove. Explore Portsmouth's surroundings by going to St.Andrew's Church (in East Lulworth), Isle of Wight Steam Railway (in Wootton) and Osborne House (in East Cowes). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Gustamps, see the interesting displays at The Mary Rose Museum, take in the waterfront at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Pavilion.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Portsmouth trip maker app .

Getting from Torquay to Portsmouth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Brighton and Hove, Wareham, St.Andrew's Church, Lulworth Cove, Osborne House
Highlights from your plan
Gustamps ©
Gustamps
The Tank Museum ©
The Tank Museum
HMS Warrior 1860 ©
HMS Warrior 1860

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