42 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

42 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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42 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
London
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bath
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gloucester
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Grasmere
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Fort William
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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 St. Paul's Cathedral and Houses of Parliament. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tower Bridge and The Animal Experience. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Warner Edwards Gin Distillery (in Harrington) and The Hawking Centre (in Doddington). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, wander the streets of Greenwich, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of South Bank.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the London journey planning tool .

Washington DC, USA to London is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to London is 5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 36°F in London. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

The Hawking Centre, The Animal Experience, Warner's Distillery
Highlights from your plan
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

5
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Attractions like The Roman Baths and Longleat make great kid-friendly stops. Popular historic sites such as Bath Abbey and Wells Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Bath side-trips: Stonehenge (in Amesbury), Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury) and Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Bournemouth Beach, identify plant and animal life at Monkey World, and steep yourself in history at Bath's Old Orchard Street Theatre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bath online travel planner .

Traveling by train from London to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gloucester.

Things to do in Bath

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Westonbirt Arboretum, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Longleat, Castle Combe Village
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village

5
nights
Gloucester

Gloucester ©
Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Family-friendly places like The Cotswold Range and Prinknash Bird And Deer Park will thrill your kids. Prinknash Abbey and St. Nicholas' Church will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Malmesbury Abbey (in Malmesbury) and WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (in Slimbridge). The adventure continues: make a trip to Gloucester Docks, contemplate the long history of Llanthony Secunda Priory, play a few rounds at Painswick Golf Club, and get in on the family fun at JDR Karting.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gloucester trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Bath to Gloucester in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January in Gloucester, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grasmere.

Things to do in Gloucester

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Stroud, Hillside Brewery, The Cotswold Range, Malmesbury Abbey, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Highlights from your plan
Hillside Brewery ©
Hillside Brewery
Malmesbury Abbey ©
Malmesbury Abbey
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range

6
nights
Grasmere

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. Bring the kids along to Seascale Beach and The Lake District Wildlife Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castle Crag and Hardknott Roman Fort. Get out of town with these interesting Grasmere side-trips: Silecroft Beach (in Silecroft), The Lakes Distillery (in Bassenthwaite) and Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Easedale Tarn, see the interesting displays at Dove Cottage, take in nature's colorful creations at Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, and trek along Catbells Lakeland Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grasmere trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gloucester to Grasmere takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keswick, Grange-in-Borrowdale, Bassenthwaite, J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, Seascale Beach
Highlights from your plan
Easedale Tarn ©
Easedale Tarn
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Bring the kids along to Sandwood Bay Beach and Scourie Bay. Popular historic sites such as Castle Varrich and Dun Dornaigil Broch are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve (in Ullapool), Assynt (Ardvreck Castle & Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt) and Kylesku Bridge (in Kylesku). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, shop like a local with Balnakeil Craft Village, make a trip to Clachtoll Broch, and stroll through Achmelvich Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Durness online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Grasmere to Durness takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in January, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lochinver, Assynt, Scourie Bay, The Jammery Culkein, Sandwood Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Fort George and Old Kirk Yard will appeal to history buffs. Kids will appreciate attractions like Loch Morlich and Nairn Beach. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Glenfarclas Distillery (in Ballindalloch), Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie). Spend the 31st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, sample the fine beverages at Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre, explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Inverness trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Durness to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Aviemore, Culloden Battlefield, Nairn Beach, Glenfarclas Distillery, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

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. Eilean Donan Castle and Old Inverlochy Castle will appeal to history buffs. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) and Nevis Range - Tree Adventure. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort William: Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan), Oban Distillery (in Oban) and Castle Tioram (in Doirlinn). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, make a trip to Neptune's Staircase, enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, and pause for some photo ops at The Glencoe Massacre Monument.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William trip planner .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Camusdarach Beach, Castle Tioram, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), The Glencoe Massacre Monument
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. Family-friendly places like Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and Dynamic Earth will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Seahouses to see The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty about 1h 55 min away. Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip tool .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Dalhousie Castle Falconry, The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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