40 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

40 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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40 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6​h
5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Windermere, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Windsor, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tower of London and Natural History Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wallace Collection and Ely Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Audley End House and Gardens (in Saffron Walden), Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial (in Cambridge) and IWM Duxford (in Duxford). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Scotney Castle Garden, admire the masterpieces at The Courtauld Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Royal Naval College, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read London trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to London is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to London is minus 10 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in June; daily highs in London reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Dublin.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cambridge, IWM Duxford, Scotney Castle Garden, Audley End House and Gardens, Ely Cathedral
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
Anglesey Abbey ©
Anglesey Abbey

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Guinness Storehouse and Chester Beatty. Visit Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Malahide Castle for their historical value. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church, and examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dublin road trip site .

You can fly from London to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Malahide Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cork trip maker .

You can take a train from Dublin to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Cork sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church

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.
On the 12th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, browse the exhibits of The Blackbird Gallery, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then walk around Kilkenny Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, then contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and finally look for gifts at Smithwick's Retail Store.

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Drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Waterford
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Smithwick's Experience ©
Smithwick's Experience

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
St Andrews Links has been added to your itinerary. Dean Village and St Giles' Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Edinburgh Gin Distillery and Grassmarket. Step out of Edinburgh to go to Stirling and see National Wallace Monument, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and take in the exciting artwork at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh road trip website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Kilkenny to Edinburgh in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Edinburgh. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Windermere.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

St Andrews Links, National Wallace Monument
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
St Andrews Links ©
St Andrews Links
National Wallace Monument ©
National Wallace Monument

3
nights
Windermere, United Kingdom

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Devil's Bridge. Appreciate the collections at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House and Cookhouse Gallery. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Windermere, see the interesting displays at Ruskin Museum, take some stellar pictures from Claife Viewing Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at Windermere Methodist church & District Foodbank.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Windermere online road trip planner .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Windermere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Claife Viewing Station, Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, Ruskin Museum, Devil's Bridge
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
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Lake Windermere ©
Lake Windermere
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House ©
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House
Ruskin Museum ©
Ruskin Museum

3
nights
Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Your inner history buff will appreciate Conwy Castle and The Presbyterian Church of Wales, Castle Square. Explore hidden gems such as Caernarfon Castle and Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Caernarfon: Saint Tudnos Church (in Llandudno), Gwydir Castle (in Llanrwst) and St. Michael's Old Church (in Betws-y-Coed). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Benllech Beach, hike along Beddgelert, do a tasting at Pant Du Vineyard, and make a trip to Gelert's Grave.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Caernarfon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Windermere to Caernarfon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Caernarfon, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Newborough, Benllech Beach, Gwydir Castle, Conwy Castle, Saint Tudnos Church
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Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle

2
nights
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Stratford-upon-Avon ©
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 101mi north west of London, 22mi south east of Birmingham, and 8mi south west of Warwick. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cotswolds Distillery, then admire the striking features of Shakespeare's Birthplace, then admire the natural beauty at Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Stratford-upon-Avon trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Caernarfon to Stratford-upon-Avon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. June in Stratford-upon-Avon sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cardiff.

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Cotswolds Distillery
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Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens ©
Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

2
nights
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at St Fagans National Museum of History, step into the grandiose world of Raglan Castle, then contemplate the long history of Goodrich Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Skenfrith Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Cardiff Castle, see the interesting displays at National Roman Legion Museum, then steep yourself in history at Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, and finally stroll the grounds of Llandaff Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cardiff travel planner .

Getting from Stratford-upon-Avon to Cardiff by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will leave for Bath on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Newport, Raglan Castle, Goodrich Castle, Skenfrith Castle
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
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Goodrich Castle ©
Goodrich Castle
St Fagans National Museum of History ©
Cardiff Castle ©
Cardiff Castle

4
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bath Abbey and Lacock Abbey. Appreciate the collections at The Roman Baths and No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bath: Malmesbury (Malmesbury Market Cross & Malmesbury Abbey) and Parish Church of St John Baptist (in Cirencester). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, get engrossed in the history at Sally Lunn's Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Manvers Street Baptist Church, and steep yourself in history at Bath's Old Orchard Street Theatre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bath travel site .

You can take a train from Cardiff to Bath in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Windsor.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Malmesbury, Parish Church of St John Baptist, Lacock Abbey, The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:
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The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
Lacock Abbey ©
Lacock Abbey

3
nights
Windsor, United Kingdom

Windsor ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Tangmere Military Aviation Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Windsor Castle and Windsor Parish Church St. John the Baptist. Get out of town with these interesting Windsor side-trips: Guildford (Guildford Cathedral & Watts Chapel), Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands (in Weybridge) and Arundel Cathedral (in Arundel).

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Windsor trip maker .

Traveling by train from Bath to Windsor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Windsor can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Windsor

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Guildford, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, Arundel Cathedral, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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St. George's Chapel ©
St. George's Chapel
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Windsor Castle ©
Windsor Castle

3
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at The Hardmans' House, stroll the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral, and then see the interesting displays at British Music Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Western Approaches Museum - The Battle of the Atlantic Experience, explore the world behind art at Victoria Gallery & Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, then contemplate the long history of Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Liverpool online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Windsor to Liverpool by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Windsor in July, plan for little chillier days in Liverpool, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Liverpool

Historic Sites Museums
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