38 days in London, Bournemouth & Edinburgh Itinerary

38 days in London, Bournemouth & Edinburgh Itinerary

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38 days in London, Bournemouth & Edinburgh Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  24​h
1
London
— 18 nights
train:  2​h
2
Bournemouth
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Edinburgh
— 15 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne

18
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.
Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Burford (Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens & Onform London), Swinbrook (St Oswald's Church & St Mary's Church) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the London road trip tool .

Melbourne, Australia to London is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in London, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Bournemouth.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Burford, Shipston on Stour, Feldon Valley, Cotswolds, Chastleton House and Garden, Dover Castle
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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 21st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Lower Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bournemouth Beach, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hengistbury Head Beach, and then try for a hole-in-one at Squirrel Cafe and Mini Golf, Boscombe Chine Gardens.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bournemouth vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from London to Bournemouth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bournemouth Beach ©
Bournemouth Beach
Room Escape Games
Hengistbury Head Beach ©
Hengistbury Head Beach

15
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glasgow (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Tigers Speedway, & more) and Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines (in Errol). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh road trip tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bournemouth to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Bournemouth in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Edinburgh: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Glasgow, Dalhousie Castle Falconry, Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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