42 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

42 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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42 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
London
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Portsmouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Weymouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
St Ives
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Bath
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Caernarfon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
York
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Alnwick
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
9
Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Fort William
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Inverness
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Zurich

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Dover Castle and Westminster Abbey. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery and The British Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Tower of London, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, and explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our London road trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to London is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zurich to London. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit cooler days in London, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Portsmouth.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Dover Castle
Highlights from your plan
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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. Get some historical perspective at Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House. Museum-lovers will get to explore HMS Warrior 1860 and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portsmouth: The Garlic Farm (in Newchurch) and Beaulieu National Motor Museum (in Beaulieu). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Mary Rose Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Portsmouth driving holiday tool .

Getting from London to Portsmouth by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Weymouth.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, The Garlic Farm
Highlights from your plan
Carisbrooke Castle ©
Carisbrooke Castle
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Osborne House ©
Osborne House

4
nights
Weymouth

Weymouth ©
Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. Visit Portland Bill Lighthouse and Corfe Castle for their historical value. Visit Weymouth Beach and Bournemouth Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Weymouth with an excursion to Lulworth Cove in West Lulworth--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Tank Museum, identify plant and animal life at Monkey World, make a trip to Weymouth Harbour, and steep yourself in history at Nothe Fort.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Weymouth road trip planner.

You can drive from Portsmouth to Weymouth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to St Ives.

Things to do in Weymouth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wareham, Lulworth Cove, Bournemouth Beach, Corfe Castle, Portland Bill Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Portland Bill Lighthouse ©
Portland Bill Lighthouse
The Tank Museum ©
The Tank Museum
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle

5
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Pendennis Castle and St. Michael's Mount are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Perranporth Beach and Godrevy Head for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Trebah Garden (in Falmouth), St. Just in Roseland Church (in St Just in Roseland) and The Lost Gardens of Heligan (in Pentewan). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Fistral Beach Bar, admire the natural beauty at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, explore the ancient world of Tintagel Castle, and stroll through Lanhydrock House and Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read St Ives online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Weymouth to St Ives takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in St Ives, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Falmouth, St. Michael's Mount, Perranporth Beach, Tintagel Castle, St Just-in-Roseland Church
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan ©
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
St. Michael's Mount ©
St. Michael's Mount

3
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dunster Castle and Stonehenge. Appreciate the collections at Brunel's SS Great Britain and Art Couture Painswick Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Longleat (in Warminster), Head 4 Heights Ltd (in Shorncote) and Clifton Suspension Bridge (in Bristol). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of The Roman Baths, step into the grandiose world of Farleigh Hungerford Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bath trip planner .

Traveling by car from St Ives to Bath takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bristol, Art Couture Painswick Gallery, Longleat, Stonehenge, Dunster Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Dunster Castle ©
Dunster Castle
Brunel's SS Great Britain ©
Brunel's SS Great Britain

2
nights
Caernarfon

Caernarfon
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Caernarfon Castle, take an in-depth tour of National Slate Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Great Orme, then explore the historical opulence of Conwy Castle, and finally make a trip to Conwy Town Walls. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then explore the historical opulence of Beaumaris Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Caernarfon trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bath to Caernarfon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Caernarfon are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to York.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Conwy, Beaumaris Castle, National Slate Museum, Great Orme
Highlights from your plan
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Beaumaris Castle ©
Beaumaris Castle

3
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 Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum and York Castle Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at York's Chocolate Story and York City Walls. Venture out of the city with trips to Whitby Abbey (in Whitby), Filey Beach (in Filey) and Fountains Abbey (in Ripon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of York Minster and wander the streets of York Shambles.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the York trip app .

Traveling by car from Caernarfon to York takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Caernarfon in July, you will find days in York are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Alnwick.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Whitby Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Filey Beach
Highlights from your plan
York's Chocolate Story ©
York's Chocolate Story
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach

2
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, look for gifts at Barter Books, and then step into the grandiose world of Alnwick Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cragside House and Gardens, admire the natural beauty at The Alnwick Garden, and then explore the ancient world of Lindisfarne Priory.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Alnwick trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from York to Alnwick takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from York in July: highs in Alnwick hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rosslyn Chapel and The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel. Get some historical perspective at St Giles' Cathedral and Stirling Castle. Take a break from Edinburgh with a short trip to National Wallace Monument in Stirling, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Calton Hill, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh online itinerary maker .

Getting from Alnwick to Edinburgh by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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. We've included these beaches for you: Camusdarach Beach and Morar Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Augustus and Glenfinnan Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Castle Tioram (in Doirlinn), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan). There's much more to do: examine the collection at West Highland Museum, step into the grandiose world of Inveraray Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, and take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Fort William trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Edinburgh to Fort William by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Fort Augustus Abbey, Castle Tioram, Eilean Donan Castle, Morar Beach
Highlights from your plan
West Highland Museum ©
West Highland Museum
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll explore and learn at Highland Folk Museum and Castle Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort George and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Corrimony Chambered Cairn (in Drumnadrochit), Dornoch Cathedral (in Dornoch) and Embo Beach (in Embo). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, and look for all kinds of wild species at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Inverness trip website .

You can drive from Fort William to Inverness in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Inverness, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Embo Beach, Dornoch Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

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