15 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

15 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly + train:  6​h
1
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Blackpool, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Newcastle, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
7
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
8
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
10
Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Oxford, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Cambridge, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h
13
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
14
Brighton, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
On the 1st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Merseyside Maritime Museum and then take a leisurely stroll along Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Liverpool trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Liverpool is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in May, things will get little chillier in Liverpool: highs are around 18°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Blackpool.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums Shopping
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Merseyside Maritime Museum ©
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool ©
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

1
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Blackpool, United Kingdom

Blackpool ©
Over 12 million people visit Blackpool each year, making it Britain’s top holiday resort and one of its most visited cities overall, second only to London.
On the 2nd (Wed), meet the residents at Blackpool Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Blackpool.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Blackpool trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Liverpool to Blackpool takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Blackpool, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Manchester.

Things to do in Blackpool

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Blackpool Zoo ©
Blackpool Zoo
Madame Tussauds Blackpool ©
Madame Tussauds Blackpool

1
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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Manchester Art Gallery, explore the engaging exhibits at Science and Industry Museum, and then stop by Vertical Chill Ice Wall.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Manchester trip builder app .

Getting from Blackpool to Manchester by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Science and Industry Museum ©
Science and Industry Museum
Manchester Art Gallery ©
Manchester Art Gallery

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Ulster Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally stop by Studio Souk.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Manchester to Belfast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum ©
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

1
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Newcastle, United Kingdom

Newcastle ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): trek along The Granite Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Newcastle route builder website .

You can drive from Belfast to Newcastle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Newcastle are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tollymore National Outdoor Centre ©
The Granite Trail ©
The Granite Trail

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planning website .

You can drive from Newcastle to Dublin in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the wide array of goods at OMG Zhivago, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Tyrone House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Galway route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping

Side Trip

Tyrone House
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Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Tyrone House ©
Tyrone House

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and then hunt for treasures at The English Market.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cork trip planner .

Drive from Galway to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cardiff.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
The English Market ©
The English Market

1
night
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 9th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle and then take in the waterfront at Cardiff Bay Wales.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cardiff trip planner .

You can fly from Cork to Cardiff in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Cardiff can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites
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Cardiff Castle ©
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Bay Wales ©
Cardiff Bay Wales

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Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
On the 10th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, take an in-depth tour of No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Pulteney Bridge, and finally browse the exhibits of The Roman Baths.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Bath planning tool .

Traveling by train from Cardiff to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Oxford.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa ©
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

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Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Pitt Rivers Museum, then see the interesting displays at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Blenheim Palace.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oxford tour itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Bath to Oxford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cambridge.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Blenheim Palace
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Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace
Pitt Rivers Museum ©
Pitt Rivers Museum

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cambridge ©
Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): deepen your understanding at University of Cambridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at King's College Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Fitzwilliam Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at IWM Duxford.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambridge travel website .

You can drive from Oxford to Cambridge in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Oxford in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cambridge, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Cambridge

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

IWM Duxford
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IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
King's College Chapel ©
King's College Chapel
Fitzwilliam Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Saatchi Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Tower of London, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the London itinerary planning website .

Getting from Cambridge to London by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brighton.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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Brighton, United Kingdom

Brighton ©
Once a sleepy little fishing village, Brighton is a modern seaside town known for its Asian architecture and a large gay community.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with North Laine, wander the streets of The Lanes, and then stop by Gustamps.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brighton online route planner .

Traveling by train from London to Brighton takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Brighton can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brighton

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Gustamps ©
Gustamps
The Lanes ©
The Lanes
North Laine ©
North Laine

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