38 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

38 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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38 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
6
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
7
Oxford, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Carlisle, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
10
York, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Whitstable, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
12
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
You've added Big Bus Dublin, Irish Whiskey Corner, Celtic Nights, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Beer Tastings & Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church, examine the collection at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, get engrossed in the history at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, and appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Dublin is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days in Dublin, with highs around 10°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Tours Nightlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
St. Michan's Church ©
St. Michan's Church

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at Knock Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at South Park, appreciate the history behind Oscar Wilde & Eduard Vilde Statue, stop by Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, see the interesting displays at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Oranmore Castle, and finally delve into the distant past at Tyrone House.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Galway online journey planner .

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Galway sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knock Museum, Tyrone House
Highlights from your plan
Tyrone House ©
Tyrone House
Oranmore Castle ©
Oranmore Castle

few
hours
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the galleries of Peter Cox Photography Gallery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Killarney, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Galway to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Galway in December: high temperatures in Killarney hover around 12°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Holy Cross Church
Highlights from your plan
Peter Cox Photography Gallery ©
Peter Cox Photography Gallery

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then see the interesting displays at Collins Barracks Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Francis Church.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cork trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Cork sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Saint Francis Church ©
Saint Francis Church
Collins Barracks Museum ©
Collins Barracks Museum

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jerpoint Park and Kilfane Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Patrick's Well and St. John the Evangelist Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Curraghmore House (in Portlaw), Ormond Castle (in Carrick-on-Suir) and Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center (in New Ross). There's lots more to do: get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holycross Abbey, don't miss a visit to Callan Workhouse, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery.

Planning Kilkenny trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Curraghmore House, Duiske Abbey, Ormond Castle, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, Holycross Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
St. Patrick's Well ©
St. Patrick's Well

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Westminster Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Museum of London Docklands and Charles Dickens Museum. Step out of London to go to Tring and see Natural History Museum at Tring, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Somerset House, see the interesting displays at Wellcome Collection, browse the exhibits of Kenwood House, and steep yourself in history at Royal Mews.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kilkenny to London in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Oxford.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Natural History Museum at Tring
Highlights from your plan
Somerset House ©
Somerset House
Natural History Museum at Tring ©
Natural History Museum at Tring
Museum of London Docklands ©
Museum of London Docklands

4
nights
Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Explore hidden gems such as Pendon Museum and The Salisbury Museum. Kelmscott Manor and The Story Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oxford: White Horse Hill (in Uffington), The Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund (in Salisbury) and Vale & Downland Museum (in Wantage). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Sheldonian Theatre, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Mary and St. Nicholas, deepen your understanding at Balliol College, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Oxford Artisan Distillery.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oxford sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from London to Oxford takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December in Oxford, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carlisle.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Salisbury, Kelmscott Manor, White Horse Hill, Church of St. Mary and St. Nicholas, Vale & Downland Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kelmscott Manor ©
Kelmscott Manor
Pendon Museum ©
Pendon Museum

3
nights
Carlisle, United Kingdom

Carlisle ©
Carlisle is a city and the county town of Cumbria. On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Blanchland Abbey, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Oswald's Church, delve into the distant past at Temple of Mithras, Carrawburgh - Hadrian's Wall, then examine the collection at Scaleby Hill Vintage motor bike museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carlisle Masjid Islamic Centre. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Gala Bingo, sample the fine beverages at House of Malt, then stop by Bookends, then see the interesting displays at Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlisle driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Oxford to Carlisle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Carlisle

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hexham, Blanchland Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life ©
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life
Blanchland Abbey ©
Blanchland Abbey

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 31st (Tue), examine the collection at People's Story and then stroll the grounds of Cramond Kirk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Museum on the Mound, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Cuthbert's Parish Church, then contemplate the long history of Cramond Village, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Margaret's Catholic Church.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Edinburgh using our trip planner.

You can take a train from Carlisle to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum on the Mound ©
Museum on the Mound
Greyfriars Kirkyard ©
Greyfriars Kirkyard
Gladstone's Land ©
Gladstone's Land

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ampleforth Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crypt of Lastingham Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Church, Scarborough. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Spurriergate Centre, then sample the tasty concoctions at Brew York, and then learn about all things military at The York Army Museum.

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You can take a train from Edinburgh to York in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Whitstable.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Ampleforth Abbey, Crypt of Lastingham Church, St Mary's Church, Scarborough
Highlights from your plan
Ampleforth Abbey ©
Ampleforth Abbey
The York Army Museum ©
The York Army Museum
St Mary's Church, Scarborough ©
St Mary's Church, Scarborough

4
nights
Whitstable, United Kingdom

Whitstable ©
Whitstable is a seaside town on the north coast of Kent in south-east England, 5 miles (8km) north of Canterbury and 2 miles (3km) west of Herne Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Joe's Bows and Tankerton Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chilham Village and St. Mary's Chilham. Get out of town with these interesting Whitstable side-trips: Shrine of St Augustine (in Ramsgate) and St Peter's Chapel (in Bradwell on Sea). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Tankerton Slopes, grab your bike and head to Crab & Winkle Way, view the masterpieces at Gallery 64a, and don't miss a visit to The Street.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Whitstable travel route builder tool .

Drive from York to Whitstable in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. January in Whitstable sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to London.

Things to do in Whitstable

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Chilham, St Peter's Chapel, Shrine of St Augustine, Joe's Bows
Highlights from your plan
Joe's Bows ©
Joe's Bows
Chilham Village ©
Chilham Village
Tankerton Slopes ©
Tankerton Slopes

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nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Regent Street. Get some historical perspective at St Alphage Garden with ruins of St Alphage Church and Benjamin Franklin House. When in London, make a side trip to see Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar in Biggin Hill, approximately 1 hour away. See even more of London: see the interesting displays at The Musical Museum, appreciate the history behind Nelson's Column, take an in-depth tour of Jack the Ripper Museum, and don't miss a visit to Horse Guards Parade.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our London tour website .

Traveling by bus from Whitstable to London takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Musical Museum, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
Highlights from your plan
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum ©
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar ©
Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
The Musical Museum ©
The Musical Museum

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