38 days in England, Dublin & Edinburgh Itinerary

38 days in England, Dublin & Edinburgh Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Castle Combe, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Kettering, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Stamford, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Tintagel, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Windermere, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
— 1 day
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York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Castleton, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

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.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and admire the striking features of Tower of London.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read London online holiday maker.

Brisbane, Australia to London is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in April, with highs in London at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Bath.
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Bath, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Explore Bath's surroundings by going to Stonehenge (in Amesbury), Longleat (in Warminster) and Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pulteney Bridge, explore the world behind art at American Museum & Gardens, and admire the landmark architecture of Wells Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bath trip maker website.

You can take a train from London to Bath in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Castle Combe.
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Castle Combe, United Kingdom — 1 night

On the 16th (Sun), make a trip to Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse, relax in the rural setting at Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, then admire the striking features of Dyrham Park, then contemplate the long history of The Market Cross, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village.

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

Castle Combe is very close to Bath. April in Castle Combe sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bourton-on-the-Water.
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Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Step out of Bourton-on-the-Water with an excursion to Hidcote Manor Garden in Chipping Campden--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, step into the grandiose world of Sudeley Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdland, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cotswold Falconry Centre.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bourton-on-the-Water day trip planner.

Getting from Castle Combe to Bourton-on-the-Water by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Kettering.
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Kettering, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get in on the family fun at Wicksteed Park and then pause for some photo ops at Burton Latimer War Memorial. On your second day here, experience rural life at West Lodge Rural Centre, get engrossed in the history at Desborough Heritage Centre, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kettering day trip planning website.

Getting from Bourton-on-the-Water to Kettering by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. April in Kettering sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Stamford.
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Stamford, United Kingdom — 1 night

Stamford is a town on the River Welland in Lincolnshire, England, 92mi north of London on the A1. On the 23rd (Sun), stop by Stamford Town Centre, then steep yourself in history at Burghley House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Martin's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Church. Keep things going the next day: cool off at Twinlakes Family Theme Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Stamford trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kettering to Stamford takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Stamford are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Liverpool.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Liverpool online attractions planner.

Drive from Stamford to Liverpool in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Liverpool sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. You'll set off for Dublin on the 24th (Mon).
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 nights

Fair City

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 25th (Tue), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ha'penny Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and finally wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

Getting from Liverpool to Dublin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Liverpool in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Dublin, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tintagel.
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Tintagel, United Kingdom — 1 night

Tintagel or Trevena is a civil parish and village situated on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. On the 27th (Thu), admire the verdant scenery at St. Nectan's Glen, then admire the landmark architecture of Tintagel Old Post Office, and then make a trip to Trevena Square. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Rocky Valley, then brush up on your military savvy at Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum, and then take an exotic tour of Padstow Sealife Safaris.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tintagel trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Dublin to Tintagel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Windermere.
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Windermere, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Get out of town with these interesting Windermere side-trips: Bowness-on-Windermere (The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction & Boat Tours & Water Sports), Sizergh Castle (in Kendal) and The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop (in Grasmere). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Lakeland Motor Museum, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the natural beauty at Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, and steep yourself in history at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Windermere trip planner.

You can fly from Tintagel to Windermere in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Cockermouth.
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Cockermouth, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. Explore Cockermouth's surroundings by going to Aira Force Waterfall (in Penrith) and Muncaster Castle (in Ravenglass). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, sample the fine beverages at The Lakes Distillery, admire the striking features of Wordsworth House and Garden, and take a peaceful walk through Lanthwaite Wood.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cockermouth travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Cockermouth takes 1.5 hours. May in Cockermouth sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then make a trip to The Royal Mile. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, then examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Cockermouth to Edinburgh by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Cockermouth in May, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Edinburgh. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom — 1 day

Student City

One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stop by The Back Page, then snap pictures at Gateshead Millennium Bridge, then take a stroll through Quayside, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Newcastle upon Tyne trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Newcastle upon Tyne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Newcastle upon Tyne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to York.
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York, United Kingdom — 2 nights

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
On the 9th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Jorvik Viking Centre, admire the landmark architecture of York Minster, then take a stroll through York Shambles, and finally go for a walk through York City Walls. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Railway Museum, then examine the collection at York Castle Museum, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the York online trip builder.

You can drive from Newcastle upon Tyne to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in York sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Castleton.
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Castleton, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Castleton is a village in the High Peak district of Derbyshire, England, at the western end of the Hope Valley on the Peakshole Water, a tributary of the River Noe, between the Dark Peak to the north and the White Peak to the south. On the 11th (Thu), get outside with Peak Mountaineering, Head underground at Peak Cavern, Head underground at Speedwell Cavern, then Head underground at Treak Cliff Cavern, and finally get great views at Mam Tor. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Pavilion Gardens, Head underground at Poole's Cavern & Buxton Country Park, and then trek along Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Castleton tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from York to Castleton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Castleton are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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England travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Gardens
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.
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Northamptonshire travel guide

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Entertainment Centers · Room Escape Games · Architectural Buildings
Located in the very heart of England, Northamptonshire features an outstanding road and rail network, making it easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country. England’s typical rural lifestyle is well preserved by the many scenic villages dotting this landscape of rolling hills and winding country roads. Northamptonshire has no shortage of stately houses, most notably the ancestral homes of both George Washington and Princess Diana. There’s much more to this area than thatched roofs and Tudor buildings, and the county is increasingly becoming known for its energetic nightlife. The region’s thriving towns, powered by a lively population of students and young professionals, boast a string of renowned shopping centers, gourmet restaurants, health clubs, and fashionable spas.
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