48 days in United Kingdom, France & Ireland Itinerary

48 days in United Kingdom, France & Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Geneva, Switzerland
Drive:  6 h 45 min
1
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Brest, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Dover, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Plymouth, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Leeds, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
13
Oxford, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
14
Cambridge, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
End: Cambridge, United Kingdom

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Bordeaux is known for historic sites, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, don't miss a visit to Place de la Comedie, and visit Port of the Moon.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux day trip tool.

Geneva, Switzerland to Bordeaux is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brest.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:
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Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Virtual Room Bordeaux ©
Virtual Room Bordeaux

2
nights
Brest, France

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanopolis. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Port de Plaisance du Moulin Blanc, get your game on at The Roof, thenwalk around Parc de la Penfeld, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee national de la Marine.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brest trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Brest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bordeaux in July, with highs in Brest at 68°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis
Fanny de Laninon et Jean Quemeneur ©
Fanny de Laninon et Jean Quemeneur

7
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Palais de Justice). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, shop like a local with Le Marais, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris travel planner.

You can fly from Brest to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Brest in July, you will find days in Paris are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Dover.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rouen, Palace of Versailles, Fondation Claude Monet
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Dover, United Kingdom

Dover ©
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Folkestone Harbour Arm. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Dover Museum, thentake in the dramatic natural features at The White Cliffs of Dover, and then step into the grandiose world of Dover Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dover trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Dover in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Dover are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Dover

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Folkestone Harbour Arm
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
Roman Painted House ©
Roman Painted House
Secret Wartime Tunnels ©
Secret Wartime Tunnels

7
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and admire the masterpieces at The British Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read London driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Dover to London takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Dover in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in London, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Plymouth.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

2
nights
Plymouth, United Kingdom

Plymouth ©
Once an important departure point for immigrants sailing for the New World, Plymouth is now mostly known for being one of the world’s most impressive natural harbors.
Plymouth is known for nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plymouth Synagogue, look for gifts at Phoenix Wings Crystals, wander the streets of The Barbican, and pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Church, Hooe.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Plymouth tour builder site.

You can drive from London to Plymouth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Manchester.

Things to do in Plymouth

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Plymouth Synagogue ©
Plymouth Synagogue
Naval Memorial ©
Naval Memorial
Plymouth Sound ©
Plymouth Sound

3
nights
Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Manchester Cathedral, browse the collection at The John Rylands Library, thenhave fun and explore at Science and Industry Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience, Manchester. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Football Museum, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Virtual Hideout Manchester, thenview the masterpieces at Manchester Art Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manchester day trip planning site.

Getting from Plymouth to Manchester by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Science and Industry Museum ©
Science and Industry Museum
Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing ©
Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience, Manchester ©

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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Manchester to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum and then don't miss a visit to Eyre Square.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Galway day trip app.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Dublin in July, plan for little chillier days in Galway, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

3
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.
Explore Belfast's surroundings by going to Ballintoy (Causeway Coastal Route & Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge), Giant's Causeway (in Bushmills) and Broughshane Environment Waterfowl & Wildlife Trust (in Broughshane). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, admire the masterpieces at Ulster Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George's Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Belfast road trip planning site.

You can drive from Galway to Belfast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Belfast sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballintoy, Giant's Causeway, Broughshane Environment Waterfowl & Wildlife Trust
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planning app.

You can fly from Belfast to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Belfast in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Edinburgh, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Leeds.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile

3
nights
Leeds, United Kingdom

Leeds ©
One of the most cosmopolitan, innovative, and prosperous cities in the country, Leeds went from a run-down mill town to a hip 21st-century urban center in just a few decades.
Explore Leeds' surroundings by going to York (York City Walls, York Shambles, &more). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Live For Today Adventures - Hazlewood Castle, look for gifts at Scent Salim, see the interesting displays at Royal Armouries Museum, and stroll around Roundhay Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Leeds trip itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Edinburgh to Leeds in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Oxford.

Things to do in Leeds

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

York
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Minster ©
York Minster
York City Walls ©
York City Walls

2
nights
Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, deepen your understanding at Balliol College, learn more about the world around you at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, thenexamine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary Magdalen Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magdalen College. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Christ Church Cathedral, sample the fine beverages at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oxford vacation maker app.

Drive from Leeds to Oxford in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Leeds in August, expect nights in Oxford to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cambridge.

Things to do in Oxford

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
The Oxford Artisan Distillery ©
The Oxford Artisan Distillery
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology ©
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Walking tours

2
nights
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cambridge ©
Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Cambridgeshire Wine School, explore the activities along The River Cam, thenadmire the masterpieces at Fitzwilliam Museum, and finally deepen your understanding at King's College, University of Cambridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Cambridge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oxford to Cambridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oxford in August since evenings lows in Cambridge dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cambridge

Historic Sites Nature Wineries
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Cambridgeshire Wine School ©
Cambridgeshire Wine School
The Cambridge Gin Laboratory ©
The Cambridge Gin Laboratory
Fitzwilliam Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum

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