21 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

21 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 day
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
6
Dundee, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
8
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Spire, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, then explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then explore the galleries of 14 Henrietta Street, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in January: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a memorable drive along Coast Rd, walk around Cave Hill Country Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Mountain, then take a stroll through Cathedral Quarter, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne. On the next day, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, have some family-friendly fun at Clip 'n Climb Dundonald, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Malachy's Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Belfast holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Clip 'n Climb Dundonald, Coast Rd
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Coast Rd ©
Coast Rd
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Cathedral Quarter ©
Cathedral Quarter

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Snozone. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our London travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Belfast to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Room Escape Games, Snozone
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Room Escape Games
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

2
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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 (Wed): stroll around Royal Victoria Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the masterpieces at Holburne Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon, admire the natural beauty at Prior Park Landscape Gardens (NT), partake in some friendly competition at Locked In A Room, then walk around Alexandra Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Bath Street.

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Take a train from London to Bath in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Bath

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Locked In A Room, The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon
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Locked In A Room ©
Locked In A Room
Royal Victoria Park ©
Royal Victoria Park
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths

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Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Old High Church, Inverness, then view the masterpieces at Scottish Flair Art Gallery, then take in the views from Greig Street Bridge, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Ness Islands, have some family-friendly fun at Inverness Kart Raceway, then contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and finally view the masterpieces at Castle Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Inverness online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Bath to Inverness takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January in Inverness, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dundee.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours
River Ness ©
River Ness
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Dundee, United Kingdom

Dundee ©
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then take an in-depth tour of Discovery Point, then step aboard HMS Unicorn, and finally explore the world behind art at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cateran Trail, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at 71 Brewing, then take in the views from Tay Railway Bridge, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Live Dundee.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dundee vacation planning website .

Getting from Inverness to Dundee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dundee

Museums Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Cateran Trail, Off-Road Tours
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Dundee Contemporary Arts ©
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Discovery Point ©
Discovery Point
Off-Road Tours

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Edinburgh Gin Distillery and Surgeons' Hall Museums. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, stroll around Holyrood Park, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, and explore the world behind art at Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh day trip planning app .

Getting from Dundee to Edinburgh by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Edinburgh Gin Distillery ©
Edinburgh Gin Distillery
Pickering's Gin Distillery ©
Pickering's Gin Distillery
Photography Tours

2
nights
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 16th (Thu), get your game on at Soar Braehead. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Blackstone Clydesdales & Dig-a-Day Experience, then examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and then explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip tool .

Getting from Edinburgh to Glasgow by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. January in Glasgow sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Falls of Clyde, Five Sisters Zoo, Blackstone Clydesdales & Dig-a-Day Experience, Soar Braehead
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Five Sisters Zoo ©
Five Sisters Zoo
Falls of Clyde ©
Falls of Clyde

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Dublin, Ireland

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the galleries of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally walk around Phoenix Park. Keep things going the next day: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then stroll around St Stephens Green, then get your bearings at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and finally contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dublin driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Glasgow to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Dun Laoghaire Harbour
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Room Escape Games
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

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