41 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

41 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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41 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Alnwick
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
York
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ambleside
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Caernarfon
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Bath
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Portsmouth
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
London
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Belfast
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Fort William
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rosslyn Chapel and Stirling Castle. Let the collections at Scottish National Gallery and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh capture your imagination. Step out of Edinburgh with an excursion to The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel in Glasgow--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh online tour planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vancouver to Edinburgh. Traveling from Vancouver in September, Edinburgh is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Alnwick.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle, The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
Highlights from your plan
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

2
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Warkworth Castle & Hermitage, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Alnwick Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle, and finally admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle, explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Lindisfarne Priory.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Alnwick planner .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Alnwick takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Alnwick are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to York.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cragside House and Gardens, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Priory, Warkworth Castle & Hermitage
Highlights from your plan
Warkworth Castle & Hermitage ©
Warkworth Castle & Hermitage
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fountains Abbey and Lincoln Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Whitby Abbey and York City Walls. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Chatsworth House (in Bakewell), Durham Cathedral (in Durham) and Church of Saint Mary, Whitby (in Whitby). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum and explore the historical opulence of Lincoln Castle.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our York journey planner.

You can take a train from Alnwick to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in York can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Whitby, Lincoln, Chatsworth House, Fountains Abbey, Durham Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral

4
nights
Ambleside

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Loughrigg Fell and Townend. Escape the urban bustle at Derwentwater and Helvellyn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ambleside: Lakeland Motor Museum (in Backbarrow), Stott Park Bobbin Mill (in Ulverston) and Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Lake District National Park Guided Walks - Walks to Inspire. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Windermere, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesus Church, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Predator Experience.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Ambleside online tour planner .

Drive from York to Ambleside in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake District, Troutbeck, Predator Experience, Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Derwentwater
Highlights from your plan
Lakeland Motor Museum ©
Lakeland Motor Museum
Helvellyn
Helvellyn
Loughrigg Fell ©
Loughrigg Fell

4
nights
Caernarfon

Caernarfon
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Appreciate the collections at National Trust Penrhyn Castle and Conwy Castle. Get in touch with nature at Snowdon and Great Orme. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Caernarfon: Zipline (in Blaenau Ffestiniog), Conwy (Plas Mawr & Conwy Town Walls) and Harlech Castle (in Harlech). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Caernarfon Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St Beuno's Church, enjoy the sea views from South Stack Lighthouse, and take an in-depth tour of National Slate Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Caernarfon road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Ambleside to Caernarfon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bath.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Conwy, Snowdon, South Stack Lighthouse, Harlech Castle, St Beuno's Church
Highlights from your plan
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr

4
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glastonbury Abbey and The Tank Museum. Get some historical perspective at Bath Abbey and Farleigh Hungerford Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes), Corinium Museum (in Cirencester) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Longleat, examine the collection at St Fagans National Museum of History, and take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths.

Before you visit Bath, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Caernarfon to Bath in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cirencester, Glastonbury Abbey, Brunel's SS Great Britain, Longleat, St Fagans National Museum of History
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
The Tank Museum ©
The Tank Museum
Longleat ©
Longleat

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to HMS Warrior 1860 and Osborne House. Get in touch with nature at Beachy Head and Bournemouth Beach. Explore Portsmouth's surroundings by going to Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester), Royal Pavilion (in Brighton) and Beaulieu National Motor Museum (in Beaulieu). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and see the interesting displays at HMS Victory.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Portsmouth trip planning tool .

You can drive from Bath to Portsmouth in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Bournemouth Beach, Beachy Head, Osborne House, Royal Pavilion
Highlights from your plan
The Mary Rose Museum ©
The Mary Rose Museum
Osborne House ©
Osborne House
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Popular historic sites such as Buckingham Palace and Houses of Parliament are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and make a trip to Queen Elizabeth II Great Court.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the London road trip site .

You can take a train from Portsmouth to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in London are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

2
nights
Belfast

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at City Hall, see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, get engrossed in the history at HMS Caroline, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and finally steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mount Stewart, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip planner .

Fly from London to Belfast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Belfast sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Mount Stewart
Highlights from your plan
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum ©
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Highland Folk Museum and Fort George are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Culloden Battlefield for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie), Nigg Old Church (in Nigg) and Dornoch Cathedral (in Dornoch). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, delve into the distant past at Corrimony Chambered Cairn, appreciate the extensive heritage of Glen Strathfarrar, and witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness online travel route planner .

Getting from Belfast to Inverness by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Belfast in October since evenings lows in Inverness dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Nigg Old Church, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Highland Folk Museum ©
Highland Folk Museum
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

5
nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Discover out-of-the-way places like West Highland Museum and Glencoe. Your inner history buff will appreciate Glenfinnan Viaduct and Cille Choirill Church. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fort William visit planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe, Glencoe Village, Eilean Donan Castle, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Camusdarach Beach
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

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