12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
2
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
3
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
4
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
6
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Royal Yacht Britannia. Change things up with a short trip to Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, visit Edinburgh Old Town, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Edinburgh. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 58°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral

1
night
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, and finally steep yourself in history at Clava Cairns.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Inverness driving holiday app.

Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nairn, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns
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Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

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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.
On the 6th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and then browse the exhibits of Churchill War Rooms.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our London online travel route builder.

Getting from Inverness to London by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in London are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, take an in-depth tour of No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, then take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Brunel's SS Great Britain and then admire the natural beauty at Longleat.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bath road trip planning tool.

Getting from London to Bath by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Bath

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Longleat, Brunel's SS Great Britain
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No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
Longleat ©
Longleat
Brunel's SS Great Britain ©
Brunel's SS Great Britain

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Print Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip app.

Fly from Bath to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Dublin are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny journey maker tool.

Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kilkenny, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

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

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