43 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

43 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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43 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
train:  3​h
2
Conwy, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
York, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 8 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. Westminster Abbey and Dover Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore London's surroundings by going to Windsor Castle (in Windsor), Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester) and Canterbury Cathedral (in Canterbury). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Churchill War Rooms, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Buckingham Palace.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our London tour planner.

Toronto, Canada to London is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Toronto in August; daily highs in London reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Conwy.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dover Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, Windsor Castle
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

6
nights
Conwy, United Kingdom

Conwy ©
Conwy is a walled market town and community in Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales. Get some historical perspective at Plas Mawr and Harlech Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Portmeirion Village and Cae'r Gors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Conwy: Caernarfon Castle (in Caernarfon), Criccieth Castle (in Criccieth) and Y Lasynys Fawr (in Harlech). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of National Trust - Chirk Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Bodelwyddan Castle & Park, make a trip to Conwy Town Walls, and contemplate the long history of Smallest House in Britain.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Conwy tour planner.

Take a train from London to Conwy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Conwy: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 15°C at night. You will leave for York on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Conwy

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Rhos-on-Sea, Llangollen, Caernarfon, Harlech, Beaumaris
Highlights from your plan
Portmeirion Village ©
Portmeirion Village
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle

7
nights
York, United Kingdom

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.
Popular historic sites such as York City Walls and Castle Howard are in your itinerary. National Railway Museum and Chatsworth House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: Durham (Durham Cathedral, Durham Heritage Coast, & more), Whitby Abbey (in Whitby) and Fountains Abbey (in Ripon). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of York Minster, contemplate the long history of Treasurer's House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at York City Church, and step into the grandiose world of Lincoln Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the York tour planner.

You can drive from Conwy to York in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll set off for Edinburgh on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lincoln, Durham, National Coal Mining Museum for England, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Chatsworth House
Highlights from your plan
York City Walls ©
York City Walls
Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral
Chatsworth House ©
Chatsworth House

7
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Get some cultural insight at The Royal Mile and Palace of Holyroodhouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Glasgow (Glasgow Cathedral, The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, explore the galleries of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, explore the historical opulence of Holyrood Park, and get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Edinburgh travel itinerary creator.

Getting from York to Edinburgh by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Glasgow, Blackness Castle
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

2
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.
On the 12th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of St. Anne's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, admire the masterpieces at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, contemplate the long history of Mount Stewart House, then contemplate the long history of Parliament Buildings, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally don't miss a visit to Shankill Road.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Belfast travel planner.

Fly from Edinburgh to Belfast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

8
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College Dublin. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilkenny Castle and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry), Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Dublin Castle, wander the streets of Temple Bar, steep yourself in history at James Joyce Cultural Centre, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Killarney.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Enniscorthy, Malahide Castle, Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and St.James Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Blarney Castle & Gardens and Gallarus Oratory will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Charles Fort (in Kinsale) and Dingle (Kilmalkedar Church, Irish Famine Cottages, & more). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, and step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Killarney travel planner.

Take a train from Dublin to Killarney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Killarney are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dingle, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

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