24 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

24 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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24 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
London
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
2
Canterbury
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  3 h 15 min
3
Newport
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h
4
Cheltenham
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Swansea
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Stoke-on-Trent
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Liverpool
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Windermere
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Dumfries, Scotland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Glasgow, Scotland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
11
Edinburgh, Scotland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
12
London
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to London is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to London is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in April: high temperatures in London hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Canterbury.

Things to do in London

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

1
night
Canterbury

Canterbury
Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. Make your Canterbury itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by train from London to Canterbury takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll set off for Newport on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Canterbury

Nightlife Parks Outdoors
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Newport

Newport ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Isle of Wight Postal Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Haven, then find something for the whole family at Robin Hill Country Park, and finally step into the grandiose world of Carisbrooke Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop, look for all kinds of wild species at The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Godshill Model Village, then look for gifts at Island Gems, and finally trek along Isle of Wight Mountain Bike Centre Trail.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Newport trip tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Canterbury to Newport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In April in Newport, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Godshill, Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop, The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
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Monkey Haven ©
Monkey Haven
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary ©
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop ©
Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop

1
night
Cheltenham

Cheltenham ©
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. You've now added Stonehenge to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Stonehenge, look for all kinds of wild species at Walks With Hawks, get your game on at SimAir737, walk around Imperial Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Gustav Holst Statue, and finally stroll the grounds of Cheltenham Minster.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cheltenham trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Newport to Cheltenham takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. In May, daily temperatures in Cheltenham can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Swansea.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Stonehenge
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Walks With Hawks ©
Walks With Hawks
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Imperial Gardens ©
Imperial Gardens

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nights
Swansea

Swansea ©
Swansea, officially known as the City and County of Swansea, is a coastal city and county in Wales. Get out of town with these interesting Swansea side-trips: St Cadoc's Church (in Barry) and Cardiff (St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff Castle, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Gower Peninsula, see the interesting displays at Baked Bean Museum of Excellence, look for all kinds of wild species at Three Cliffs Bay, and get outside with Swansea national pool.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Swansea trip planner.

You can drive from Cheltenham to Swansea in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Swansea, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Stoke-on-Trent.

Things to do in Swansea

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cardiff, Baked Bean Museum of Excellence, St Cadoc's Church
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
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Gower Peninsula ©
Gower Peninsula
Baked Bean Museum of Excellence ©
Baked Bean Museum of Excellence
Three Cliffs Bay ©
Three Cliffs Bay

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nights
Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent ©
Stoke-on-Trent is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England, with an area of 36sqmi. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Trentham Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Trentham Monkey Forest, and then view the masterpieces at Trail and Error.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Stoke-on-Trent day trip planner.

Getting from Swansea to Stoke-on-Trent by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Stoke-on-Trent are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Liverpool.

Things to do in Stoke-on-Trent

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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Trentham Monkey Forest ©
Trentham Monkey Forest
Trentham Gardens ©
Trentham Gardens
Barewall ©
Barewall

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nights
Liverpool

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the galleries of Tate Liverpool and then take a leisurely stroll along Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Liverpool trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stoke-on-Trent to Liverpool takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Liverpool are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
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Merseyside Maritime Museum ©
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool ©
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

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night
Windermere

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Michael Coates Clay Shooting, then get great views at Orrest Head, and then explore the activities along Lake Windermere. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Cookhouse Gallery, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then see the interesting displays at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Windermere journey planner.

You can drive from Liverpool to Windermere in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dumfries.

Things to do in Windermere

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Michael Coates Clay Shooting ©
Michael Coates Clay Shooting
Orrest Head ©
Orrest Head
Lake Windermere ©
Lake Windermere

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night
Dumfries, Scotland

Dumfries ©
Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland.
Before you visit Dumfries, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Dumfries takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Dumfries are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Glasgow.

Things to do in Dumfries

Historic Sites Museums
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Caerlaverock Castle ©
Caerlaverock Castle
Robert Burns Mausoleum ©
Robert Burns Mausoleum

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nights
Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip planning app.

You can drive from Dumfries to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dumfries in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Glasgow, with lows around 7°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stirling Castle
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow Botanic Gardens ©
Glasgow Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner.

You can take a train from Glasgow to Edinburgh in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

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nights
London

London ©
See even more of London: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our London trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
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Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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