22 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

22 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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22 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h 15​min
1
Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
4
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Liscannor, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
7
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
8
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
9
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Aviemore, United Kingdom

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the activities along Loch an Eilein, take in the pleasant sights at An Lochan Uaine (Green Loch), then identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cairngorm Brewery. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Loch Morlich, look for all kinds of wild species at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then have some family-friendly fun at Aviemore Kart Raceway.

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London to Aviemore is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, Aviemore is slightly colder than London - with highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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Loch an Eilein ©
Loch an Eilein
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Aviemore Kart Raceway ©
Aviemore Kart Raceway

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, then don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience. On the next day, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

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Getting from Aviemore to Edinburgh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cork.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile

4
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 historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, take an in-depth tour of Dublin Castle, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dublin route tool .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
On the 12th (Thu), cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, make a trip to Quay Street, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Galway City Museum, explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre, don't miss a visit to Eyre Square, then don't miss a visit to Middle Street, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and finally look for gifts at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Galway vacation planning tool .

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop ©
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

1
night
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, then look for gifts at Kenny Woollen Mills Shop, then stroll around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Liscannor online road trip planner .

Getting from Galway to Liscannor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenny Woollen Mills Shop, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark ©
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
Poulnabrone Dolmen ©
Poulnabrone Dolmen

1
night
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 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Fin Barre's Cathedral, then gain insight at University College Cork (UCC), then get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, and finally hunt for treasures at The English Market.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cork trip tool .

London, UK to Cork is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
University College Cork (UCC) ©
University College Cork (UCC)
The English Market ©
The English Market

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny day trip planning site .

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You will leave for Dublin on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

2
nights
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.
Cardiff is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stroll through Bute Park, step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle, and take a leisurely stroll along Cardiff Bay Wales.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cardiff attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kilkenny to Cardiff in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December in Cardiff, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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St Fagans National Museum of History ©
Room Escape Games
Footbubble ©
Footbubble

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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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read London trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cardiff to London by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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