16 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

16 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Dover, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom — 3 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.
Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Westminster Abbey and Tower of London are in your itinerary. Step out of London with an excursion to Coda Falconry in Hounslow--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hayman's Distillery, wander the streets of Soho, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our London day trip planner.

Bologna, Italy to London is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Bologna in September, things will get little chillier in London: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Brighton and Hove.
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom — 2 nights

London-by-the-Sea

The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, then admire the striking features of Royal Pavilion, then wander the streets of The Lanes, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Body Base. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Battle Abbey and Battlefield, identify plant and animal life at East Sussex Falconry, and then explore the striking landscape at Beachy Head.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Brighton and Hove travel route planning app.

You can take a train from London to Brighton and Hove in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Brighton and Hove can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dover.
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Dover, United Kingdom — 1 night

Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at The Big Cat Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at St Margaret-at-Cliffe, and then explore the striking landscape at The White Cliffs of Dover. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Dover Museum And Bronze Age Boat Gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Dover Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Secret Wartime Tunnels.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dover journey app.

Traveling by car from Brighton and Hove to Dover takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bath.
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Bath, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Queen of English Cities

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 3rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, admire the striking features of Bath Abbey, then get a taste of the local shopping with Milsom Street, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Woodchester Valley Vineyard, then take in nature's colorful creations at Westonbirt Arboretum, and then steep yourself in history at The Market Cross.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bath day trip planner.

You can drive from Dover to Bath in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dalhousie Castle Falconry and Arthur's Seat. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip website.

You can fly from Bath to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Vagabond Tours and Dublin Falconry. Popular historic sites such as Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin itinerary planning site.

Getting from Edinburgh to Dublin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. October in Dublin sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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England travel guide

4.4
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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Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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Ireland travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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