41 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

41 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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41 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  28​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
2
Reading, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Oxford, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Nottingham, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
6
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
8
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
9
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Derry, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
15
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tower of London and London Wall. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Tower Bridge, view the masterpieces at House of Vans, get your bearings at Southbank Centre, and sample the fine beverages at London Calling Sweden.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the London online trip planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to London. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect London to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 5°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Reading.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament

few
hours
Reading, United Kingdom

Reading ©
Reading is a large, historically important town in Berkshire, England, of which it is the county town. To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Reading trip planner .

Drive from London to Reading in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Bath.

Things to do in Reading

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basildon Park ©
Basildon Park

1
night
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bath trip planner .

Take a train from Reading to Bath in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Oxford.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey

2
nights
Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Oxford University Museum of Natural History and then examine the collection at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cotswolds Distillery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Blenheim Palace, and then examine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oxford trip tool .

Getting from Bath to Oxford by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nottingham.

Things to do in Oxford

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cotswolds Distillery, Blenheim Palace
Highlights from your plan
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace

few
hours
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Nottingham ©
With its historic connection to the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham is a vibrant blend of medieval and modern.
For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nottingham driving holiday planner.

Drive from Oxford to Nottingham in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Nottingham sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Liverpool.

Things to do in Nottingham

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wollaton Hall and Park ©
Wollaton Hall and Park
William Booth Birthplace Museum ©
William Booth Birthplace Museum

3
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Conwy Castle, steep yourself in history at Plas Mawr, then do a tasting at Gwinllan Conwy Ltd, and finally stroll the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Chester Cathedral and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Liverpool trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nottingham to Liverpool takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Liverpool can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Liverpool

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Conwy, Chester Cathedral, Gwinllan Conwy Ltd
Highlights from your plan
Chester Cathedral ©
Chester Cathedral
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Georgian House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Old Saint Paul's Church, browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, steep yourself in history at Advocate's Close, then make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill.

Plan a Edinburgh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Take a train from Liverpool to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

2
nights
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, then examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Glasgow Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glasgow West End, then explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Doune Castle, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Cemetery.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glasgow day trip tool .

Getting from Edinburgh to Glasgow by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Glasgow are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stirling, Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church
Highlights from your plan
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Glasgow Cathedral ©
Glasgow Cathedral

3
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Belfast Famous Black Taxi Tours as well as Museum of Orange Heritage. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get answers to all your questions at Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Orange Heritage, then explore the historical opulence of Belfast Castle, and then get behind the scenes with Belfast Famous Black Taxi Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Belfast road trip tool .

Getting from Glasgow to Belfast by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Carrickfergus
Highlights from your plan
Belfast Castle ©
Belfast Castle
Carrickfergus Castle ©
Carrickfergus Castle
Harron Framing & Designs ©
Harron Framing & Designs

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol and then stroll through St. Stephen's Green. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, then get engrossed in the history at National Photographic Archive, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip builder tool .

You can drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

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 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cork online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Dublin to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Cork sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Titanic Experience Cobh, Blarney Castle & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring, then admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre, then explore the galleries of Galway City Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches. On the next day, shop like a local with Lynch's Castle, examine the collection at The Fishery Tower Museum, and then take a stroll through Galway's West End.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Galway trip planner.

Getting from Cork to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Derry.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum

3
nights
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
On the 18th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Ulster American Folk Park, see the interesting displays at The Abingdon Collection, then pause for some photo ops at Bloody Sunday Memorial, then admire the striking features of St. Augustine's Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of City Walls. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, then explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bushmills Distillery, and finally contemplate the long history of Hezlett House.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Derry trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Galway to Derry takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Derry, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Omagh, Bushmills, Dunluce Castle, Hezlett House
Highlights from your plan
The Abingdon Collection ©
The Abingdon Collection
Ulster American Folk Park ©
Ulster American Folk Park
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle

7
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
Get some cultural insight at Titanic Belfast and Crumlin Road Gaol. Get some historical perspective at Clifton Street Graveyard and Mount Stewart. When in Belfast, make a side trip to see Castle Ward in Downpatrick, approximately 56 minutes away. On the 23rd (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. See some other sides of Belfast: examine the collection at Ulster Aviation Society, admire the masterpieces at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cathedral Quarter, and learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Derry to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to London.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Newtownards, Marine Gardens Coastal Walk, Ulster Aviation Society, Castle Ward, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ulster Aviation Society ©
Ulster Aviation Society
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
The British Museum and Southbank Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hampstead and St. Margaret Lothbury Church. See even more of London: wander the streets of South Bank and pause for some serene contemplation at St Bride's.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our London day trip tool .

You can fly from Belfast to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Neighborhoods Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
South Bank ©
South Bank
Hampstead ©
Hampstead

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