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London — 1 day

The Square Mile

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 17th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, then get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to London. January in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly to Manchester.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Manchester — 1 night

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
On the 18th (Wed), ponder the world of politics at Manchester Town Hall, then have fun and explore at Science and Industry Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Imperial War Museum North, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Getting from London to Manchester by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January in Manchester, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Penrith.
Museums · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums
Side Trip
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Penrith — 1 night

Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): walk around Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kandoo Adventures, then stroll through Hallin Fell, and finally look for gifts at Chestnut House.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Penrith trip maker.

Drive from Manchester to Penrith in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Edinburgh.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
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Edinburgh — 1 night

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 20th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

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Traveling by train from Penrith to Edinburgh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fort William.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Fort William — 1 night

Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. On the 21st (Sat), look for gifts at The Winter Thistle, then stroll through Glencoe Lochan, then hike along Lost Valley Trail, and finally appreciate the history behind Seated Sculpture.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip builder.

Drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Inverness.
Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trip
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Inverness — 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Karmic-Wellbeing, walk around Ness Islands, admire the striking features of Free North Church, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness visit planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Inverness in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Inverness are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
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United Kingdom travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Lake District travel guide

World heritage site · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
A paradise for all lovers of the great outdoors, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lake District is widely regarded as one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the UK. This mountainous region famously served as inspiration for some of the finest works of artists William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Containing the country’s largest national park, the Lake District is England’s top vacation destination for hikers and rock climbers. Nature lovers from around the world linger in this area for days and even weeks, sightseeing in the sweeping landscape of rugged hilltops, glistening lakes, dense forests, and hazy mountaintops. The region abounds in numerous hidden pubs, inns, and hotels, offering not only shelter from the weather, but also first-class dining and drinking options.