39 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

39 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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39 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + bus + train:  26​h
1
York
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
2
Durham
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kendal
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Cheltenham
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
St Ives
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
London
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Arisaig
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne


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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.
York Minster and Treasurer's House will appeal to history buffs. York Shambles and York Castle Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Fountains Abbey (in Ripon) and Filey Beach (in Filey). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Railway Museum, contemplate the long history of St. Crux Parish Hall, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the striking features of Castle Howard.

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Melbourne, Australia to York is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; 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. In May, daily temperatures in York can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Durham.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Filey Beach, Fountains Abbey
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York Minster ©
York Minster
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey

3
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham in North East England. Do some cultural sightseeing at Durham Heritage Coast and Durham Castle. Popular historic sites such as Durham Cathedral and Crook Hall & Gardens are in your itinerary. Take a break from Durham with a short trip to Embleton Bay in Embleton, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Seaham Beach, deepen your understanding at Hall Hill Farm, pause for some serene contemplation at St Laurence Church, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Durham Brewery Ltd.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Durham travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from York to Durham in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kendal.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Embleton Bay
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Embleton Bay ©
Embleton Bay
Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral
Durham Heritage Coast ©
Durham Heritage Coast

4
nights
Kendal

Kendal ©
Kendal, anciently known as Kirkby in Kendal or Kirkby Kendal, is a market town and civil parish within the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, England. Popular historic sites such as Castle Crag and Stott Park Bobbin Mill are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at High Cup Wines and Sizergh Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Riverside Golf Club (in Ravenstonedale), Spas & Wellness (in Grange-over-Sands) and Penrith Golf Centre and Driving Range (in Penrith). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Seascale Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hawkshead Brewery, tee off at Carus Green Golf Club, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kendal Unitarian Chapel.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kendal tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durham to Kendal in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Kendal

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Windermere Golf Club, Castle Crag, Penrith Golf Centre and Driving Range, St Catherine's Chruch, Seascale Beach
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Riverside Golf Club ©
Riverside Golf Club
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag
Stott Park Bobbin Mill ©
Stott Park Bobbin Mill

5
nights
Cheltenham

Cheltenham ©
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stonehenge and St Oswald's Church. Get out of town with these interesting Cheltenham side-trips: Feldon Valley, Cotswolds (in Brailes), The Roman Baths (in Bath) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). There's still lots to do: tee off at Lilley Brook Golf Club, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sibling Distillery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Battledown Brewery, and wander the streets of Montpellier District.

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Traveling by car from Kendal to Cheltenham takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to St Ives.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stonehenge, The Roman Baths, Chipping Sodbury Golf Club, Cotswold Edge Golf Club, St Oswald's Church
Highlights from your plan
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths

4
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wheal Coates and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Fistral Beach Bar (in Newquay), Crantock Beach (in Crantock) and Perranporth Beach (in Perranporth). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Godrevy Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Godrevy Head, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carbis Bay Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our St Ives trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cheltenham to St Ives takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cheltenham in May, expect nights in St Ives to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to London.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Perranporth Beach, Crantock Beach, Godrevy Beach, Wheal Coates, Fistral Beach Bar
Highlights from your plan
Godrevy Beach ©
Godrevy Beach
Wheal Coates ©
Wheal Coates
Crantock Beach ©
Crantock Beach

6
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.
Westminster Abbey and National Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at British Museum, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, and contemplate the long history of Houses of Parliament.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the London trip builder app .

You can drive from St Ives to London in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daily temperatures in London can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arisaig.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

1
night
Arisaig

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castle Tioram, then look for gifts at Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods, then kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach, and finally take a memorable drive along Silver Sands of Morar.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Arisaig online journey planner .

Explore your travel options from London to Arisaig with the Route module. When traveling from London in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Arisaig: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Arisaig

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Morar Beach, Castle Tioram, Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Castle Tioram ©
Castle Tioram
Morar Beach ©
Morar Beach

2
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Dun Dornaigil Broch, then step into the grandiose world of Castle Varrich, then kick back and relax at Durness Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Balnakeil Craft Village. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Lotte Glob, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandwood Bay Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durness trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arisaig to Durness in 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Durness are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Sandwood Bay Beach, Dun Dornaigil Broch, Castle Varrich
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Dun Dornaigil Broch ©
Dun Dornaigil Broch
Castle Varrich ©
Castle Varrich

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Fort George, enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach, then get your bearings at Culloden Battlefield, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, and then contemplate the long history of Urquhart Castle.

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Drive from Durness to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Nairn Beach, Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 5th (Wed), wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Real Mary King's Close, and finally explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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