12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Orlando, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h
6
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 1 night
7
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Orlando, United States


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3
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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.
On the 31st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, then learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, and finally step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, hunt for treasures at Camden Market, and then see the interesting displays at Genius Treasure Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the London holiday maker app .

Orlando, USA to London is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to London is 5 hours. Traveling from Orlando in July, things will get a bit cooler in London: highs are around 73°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

1
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral and then don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh online trip planner .

Fly from London to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 65°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Glasgow.

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Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Glasgow Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Art Village, and then take a stroll through Buchanan Street.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Glasgow travel planner.

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Glasgow are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dublin.

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Stirling Castle
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Glasgow Cathedral ©
Glasgow Cathedral

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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.
On the 6th (Tue), see the interesting displays at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, then take a stroll through Temple Bar, then ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and finally examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Glasgow to Dublin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kilkenny.

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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

1
night
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 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny vacation builder website .

Take a train from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. August in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cardiff.

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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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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 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at St Fagans National Museum of History, then stop by Welsh Love Spoon Gallery, and then step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cardiff trip builder site .

Getting from Kilkenny to Cardiff by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Cardiff can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

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St Fagans National Museum of History ©
Cardiff Castle ©
Cardiff Castle

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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Covent Garden, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Melissa, and then explore the world behind art at The British Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Cardiff to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
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The British Museum
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Victoria and Albert Museum

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