11 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

11 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 day
Fly:  6 h
5
Newquay, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Boston, United States

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, thentake a stroll through Westminster, and finally contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from The Monument to the Great Fire of London, thensteep yourself in history at Tower of London, thentake in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and finally browse the exhibits of HMS Belfast.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our London trip builder app.

Boston, USA to London is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. When traveling from Boston in May, plan for slightly colder days in London, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Westminster ©
Westminster
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 1st (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holyrood Abbey, and then contemplate the long history of Grassmarket. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Inchcolm Abbey and Island, steep yourself in history at Dean Village, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirk, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums
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Grassmarket ©
Grassmarket
Dean Village ©
Dean Village
Holyrood Abbey ©
Holyrood Abbey

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trim Castle and Bray Head. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Bru na Boinne in Donore (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, browse the exhibits of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dublin attractions planning website.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. June in Dublin sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bray Head, Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

1
day
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, thenstep into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny day trip app.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kilkenny, with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Newquay.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park

1
night
Newquay, United Kingdom

Newquay ©
Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
On the 7th (Sun), kick back and relax at Fistral Beach Bar, thensee what you can catch with a fishing tour, thenhave fun and explore at Pirate's Quest, and finally kick back and relax at Tolcarne Beach.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Newquay travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kilkenny to Newquay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newquay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Fistral Beach Bar ©
Fistral Beach Bar
Tolcarne Beach ©
Tolcarne Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

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