16 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

16 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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16 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h
1
London
— 5 nights
2
Bristol
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Swansea
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hounslow
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Leeds
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
6
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
York
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago

5
nights
London

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.
Let the collections at Westminster Abbey and Victoria and Albert Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery and Churchill War Rooms. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The British Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Camden Market, and explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our London road trip tool .

Chicago, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to London. In May, London is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bristol.

Things to do in London

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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
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Natural History Museum

1
night
Bristol

Bristol ©
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
On the 28th (Tue), contemplate the long history of The Roman Baths, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery and Barrow, then take in the views from Clifton Suspension Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the long history of St Mary Redcliffe Church, contemplate the long history of Bristol Cathedral, then put a fun spin on your tour with Locked In A Room, then stop by Stroud Farmers' Market, and finally shop like a local with Art Couture Painswick Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bristol holiday planner.

You can take a train from London to Bristol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Swansea.

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Stroud Farmers' Market, The Roman Baths, Art Couture Painswick Gallery
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The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Brunel's SS Great Britain ©
Brunel's SS Great Britain
Art Couture Painswick Gallery ©
Art Couture Painswick Gallery

2
nights
Swansea

Swansea ©
Swansea, officially known as the City and County of Swansea, is a coastal city and county in Wales. On the 30th (Thu), see the interesting displays at St Fagans National Museum of History, then get a taste of the local shopping with Y Galeri, then take in the exciting artwork at Workers Gallery & Workshops, and finally look for gifts at Zoar's Ark. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at The LC, take in the exciting artwork at Gower Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Three Cliffs Bay, and finally explore the striking landscape at Gower Peninsula.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Swansea travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bristol to Swansea takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hounslow.

Things to do in Swansea

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Zoar's Ark, Y Galeri, St Fagans National Museum of History, Workers Gallery & Workshops
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St Fagans National Museum of History ©
Y Galeri ©
Y Galeri
Zoar's Ark ©
Zoar's Ark

1
night
Hounslow

Hounslow ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Hampton Court Palace and then see the interesting displays at Brooklands Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hounslow trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Swansea to Hounslow takes 3.5 hours. May in Hounslow sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Leeds.

Things to do in Hounslow

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Brooklands Museum, Hampton Court Palace
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Hampton Court Palace ©
Hampton Court Palace
Brooklands Museum ©
Brooklands Museum

2
nights
Leeds

Leeds ©
One of the most cosmopolitan, innovative, and prosperous cities in the country, Leeds went from a run-down mill town to a hip 21st-century urban center in just a few decades.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at National Coal Mining Museum for England, and then stop by Scent Salim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Royal Armouries Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Hepworth Wakefield.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Leeds travel route planner.

You can drive from Hounslow to Leeds in 4 hours. When traveling from Hounslow in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Leeds: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Edinburgh.

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Wakefield
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Royal Armouries Museum ©
Royal Armouries Museum
The Hepworth Wakefield ©
The Hepworth Wakefield

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Red Door Gallery, and finally get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip tool .

You can take a train from Leeds to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

2
nights
York

York ©
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 6th (Thu), steep yourself in history at York City Walls, make a trip to York Shambles, then see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum, and finally examine the collection at National Railway Museum. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Jorvik Viking Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at York Minster, and then examine the collection at York's Chocolate Story.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read York route planning app .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to York takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in York sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in York

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National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
York's Chocolate Story ©
York's Chocolate Story

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