41 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

41 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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41 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Penrith
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Newcastle upon Tyne
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
York
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Caernarfon
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Gloucester
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Bath
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Portsmouth
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
10
London
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore hidden gems such as Culloden Battlefield and The Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre. Get some historical perspective at Fort George and Glenfinnan Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Clan Macpherson Museum (in Newtonmore), Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan (in Glenelg) and Tarbat Discovery Centre (in Portmahomack). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), take an in-depth tour of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle Viewpoint.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness online travel route planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Inverness is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg to Inverness, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Inverness reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Tarbat Discovery Centre, Culloden Battlefield, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, Clan Macpherson Museum, Glenfinnan Monument
Highlights from your plan
Inverness Cathedral ©
Inverness Cathedral
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Fort George
Fort George

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Abbey. Popular historic sites such as Rosslyn Chapel and The Real Mary King's Close are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Craigmillar Castle, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard.

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

Drive from Inverness to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Penrith.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral

4
nights
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Visit St Michael's Church Barton and St Andrew's church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Castle Crag and Robert Burns Ellisland Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Dundrennan Abbey (in Dundrennan) and Crichton Memorial Church (in Dumfries). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Keld Chapel, take in the dramatic scenery at Aira Force Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of Penrith Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Red Barn Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Penrith trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Penrith in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in Penrith

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dumfries, Dundrennan Abbey, Castle Crag
Highlights from your plan
Keld Chapel ©
Keld Chapel
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag
Robert Burns Ellisland Farm ©
Robert Burns Ellisland Farm

4
nights
Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne ©
One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Durham Cathedral and Edlingham Castle and Edlingham Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Quayside and The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh (in Bamburgh), Chesters Roman Fort (in Hexham) and National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool (in Hartlepool). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at EXIT Newcastle, take in the exciting artwork at The Glamorous Owl, shop like a local with Laing Art Gallery, and take a stroll through Grainger Town.

Plan a Newcastle upon Tyne trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Penrith to Newcastle upon Tyne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Newcastle upon Tyne, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Edlingham Castle and Edlingham Church, Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh, The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, Chesters Roman Fort
Highlights from your plan
Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral
The Quayside ©
The Quayside

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.
Let the collections at York Castle Museum and Salts Mill capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate York City Walls and Saltaire Village. Step out of York to go to Ripon and see Ripon Cathedral, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at York's Chocolate Story, take in the architecture and atmosphere at York Minster, take an in-depth tour of Barley Hall, and steep yourself in history at Treasurer's House.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read York tour planner.

Traveling by train from Newcastle upon Tyne to York takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in York sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Caernarfon.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bradford, Ripon Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
Salts Mill ©
Salts Mill
Saltaire Village ©
Saltaire Village

4
nights
Caernarfon

Caernarfon
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caernarfon Castle and Cae'r Gors. Get a sense of the local culture at Conwy Castle and Marble Church. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Segontium Roman Fort, examine the collection at Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe, learn about winemaking at Pant Du Vineyard, and have fun at Beacon Climbing Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Caernarfon trip planner .

Drive from York to Caernarfon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Gloucester.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Marble Church, Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe, Conwy Castle
Highlights from your plan
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle

4
nights
Gloucester

Gloucester ©
Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gloucester Cathedral and Blackfriars. Gloucester Docks and Jet Age Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Gloucester's surroundings by going to Purton Ships Graveyard (in Berkeley), Church of St Mary and St David (in Kilpeck) and St Bridget's Church (in Skenfrith). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Nature in Art, examine the collection at The Judge's Lodging Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mariners Church, and steep yourself in history at Newark Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gloucester itinerary maker .

Drive from Caernarfon to Gloucester in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Gloucester

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

St Bridget's Church, Purton Ships Graveyard, The Thomas Shop Museum, The Judge's Lodging Museum, Newark Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature in Art ©
Nature in Art
Gloucester Cathedral ©
Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Docks ©
Gloucester Docks

4
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
The Roman Baths and Tintern Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at The Royal Mint Experience and Victoria Art Gallery capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Castle Combe Village (in Castle Combe), Sherborne Abbey (in Sherborne) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, step into the grandiose world of Farleigh Hungerford Castle, get curious at Herschel Museum of Astronomy, and wander the streets of Milsom Street.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bath journey planner.

Traveling by car from Gloucester to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tintern Abbey, Sherborne Abbey, West Kennet Long Barrow, The Royal Mint Experience, Castle Combe Village
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Tintern Abbey ©
Tintern Abbey
The Royal Mint Experience ©
The Royal Mint Experience

4
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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and The Mary Rose Museum. HMS Warrior 1860 and Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Portsmouth with an excursion to Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at HMS Victory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Portsdown Hill, get engrossed in the history at The D-Day Story, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Portsmouth Cathedral.

Plan trip to Portsmouth with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Bath to Portsmouth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Portchester Castle, Weald & Downland Living Museum
Highlights from your plan
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
The Mary Rose Museum ©
The Mary Rose Museum
HMS Warrior 1860 ©
HMS Warrior 1860

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Buckingham Palace and Wallace Collection. Museum-lovers will appreciate The British Museum and Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ramsgate Tunnels (in Ramsgate) and Hampton Court Palace (in East Molesey). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the London trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Portsmouth to London takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January in London, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ramsgate Tunnels, Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum, Hampton Court Palace
Highlights from your plan
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Hampton Court Palace ©
Hampton Court Palace

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