33 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

33 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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33 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

London
train:  1​h
Brighton
— 2 nights
+3
train + ferry + foot + bus:  2​h
Ventnor, Isle of Wight
— 3 nights
+3
train + ferry + train + bus:  2​h 15​min
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Cardiff
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Caernarfon
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
Holyhead, Anglesey
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Alnwick
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
Stromness, Mainland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
London

2
days
Brighton

Brighton ©
Once a sleepy little fishing village, Brighton is a modern seaside town known for its Asian architecture and a large gay community.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Sisters Country Park, then explore the striking landscape at Beachy Head, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Birling Gap. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, wander the streets of The Lanes, and then get a taste of the local shopping with North Laine.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Brighton itinerary planner.

London to Brighton is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ventnor.

Things to do in Brighton

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Eastbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park
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Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters ©
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

3
days
Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Ventnor ©
Explore hidden gems such as St Lawrence Parish Church and Spas & Wellness. Take a break from Ventnor with a short trip to Osborne House in East Cowes, about 32 minutes away.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ventnor tour planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brighton to Ventnor in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Ventnor can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Swanage.

Things to do in Ventnor

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Godshill, Monkey Haven, The Garlic Farm, Osborne House, The Mulberry Tree Woodturnery
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The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary ©
The Parish of Saint Lawrence ©
The Parish of Saint Lawrence
St Lawrence Old Church ©
St Lawrence Old Church

3
days
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

Swanage ©
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Durlston Country Park and Langton Matravers Museum of the Stone Industry. Change things up with these side-trips from Swanage: Lulworth Cove (in West Lulworth) and Weymouth Beach (in Weymouth). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Pursenalities, step into the grandiose world of Corfe Castle, learn about all things military at The Tank Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey World.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Swanage sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Ventnor to Swanage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cardiff.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Weymouth Beach, Monkey World, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, The Tank Museum
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Weymouth Beach ©
Weymouth Beach
Durlston Country Park ©
Durlston Country Park

2
days
Cardiff

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.
On the 6th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, then take in the views from Clifton Suspension Bridge, then examine the collection at St. Fagans: National History Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at Cardiff Bay Wales. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Principality Stadium, explore the historical opulence of Cardiff Castle, and then explore the historical opulence of Caerphilly Castle.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cardiff sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Swanage to Cardiff in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April in Cardiff, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bristol, Caerphilly Castle
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Brunel's SS Great Britain ©
Brunel's SS Great Britain
Clifton Suspension Bridge ©
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Principality Stadium ©
Principality Stadium

3
days
Caernarfon

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Explore hidden gems such as Conwy Town Walls and My Town, My Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Caernarfon: Llandudno (Promenade & Llandudno Pier), Zipline (in Blaenau Ffestiniog) and Conwy Castle (in Conwy). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cae'r Gors, take in the awesome beauty at Snowdon, and explore the historical opulence of Beaumaris Castle.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Caernarfon itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cardiff to Caernarfon in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Holyhead.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Llandudno, Conwy, Beaumaris Castle, Snowdon, Zipline
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Promenade ©
Promenade
Conwy Town Walls ©
Conwy Town Walls
Cae'r Gors ©
Cae'r Gors

2
days
Holyhead, Anglesey

Holyhead ©
Holyhead is the largest town in the county of Isle of Anglesey in Wales. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Llanbadrig Church, then get outside with B-Active@Rhoscolyn, then take in the pleasant sights at Rhosneigr-Aberffraw Coastal Path, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Traeth Mawr Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from South Stack Lighthouse, make a trip to Oriel Tegfryn Gallery, then get to know the fascinating history of Parys Mountain, and finally get outside with Cemlyn Bay Lagoon.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Holyhead holiday planner.

Getting from Caernarfon to Holyhead by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. April in Holyhead sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Alnwick.

Things to do in Holyhead

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cemaes Bay, Oriel Tegfryn Gallery, Rhosneigr-Aberffraw Coastal Path, Parys Mountain, Traeth Mawr Beach
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BActive Rhoscolyn ©
BActive Rhoscolyn
South Stack Lighthouse ©
South Stack Lighthouse
Cemlyn Bay Lagoon ©
Cemlyn Bay Lagoon

3
days
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Discover out-of-the-way places like Barter Books and Lindisfarne Priory. Explore Alnwick's surroundings by going to Gateshead Millennium Bridge (in Gateshead), Durham Cathedral (in Durham) and The Quayside (in Newcastle upon Tyne). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, stroll through The Alnwick Garden, and admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Alnwick vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Holyhead to Alnwick in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gateshead Millennium Bridge, The Quayside, Cragside House and Gardens, Durham Cathedral, Bamburgh Castle
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Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral
Barter Books ©
Barter Books
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

2
days
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 17th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally find something for the whole family at The Edinburgh Dungeon. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Holyrood Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh holiday planner.

You can drive from Alnwick to Edinburgh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ©
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Holyrood Park ©
Holyrood Park
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel

3
days
Fort William

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Explore hidden gems such as Steall Waterfall and Craig Dubh Mountaineering. Go for a jaunt from Fort William to Ballachulish to see Buachaille Etive Mor about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hunter Mountaineering, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church, stop by Highland Soaps, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Fort William takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Buachaille Etive Mor, Highland Soaps
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Buachaille Etive Mor ©
Buachaille Etive Mor

3
days
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Explore hidden gems such as Macleod's Maidens Trail and Skye Batiks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Isle of Skye: Neist Point (in Glendale) and Portree (Quiraing (Hill Walk), JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter), & more).

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Fort William to Isle of Skye by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Quiraing (Hill Walk) ©
Quiraing (Hill Walk)
Rubha Hunish ©
Rubha Hunish
The Isle of Skye Soap Company ©
The Isle of Skye Soap Company

3
days
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Loch an Eilein and Nairn Beach. Step out of Inverness with an excursion to RZSS Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Grampian Mountains, explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Old High Church, Inverness, and contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Inverness vacation builder.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Loch an Eilein, Urquhart Castle, Grampian Mountains, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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River Ness ©
River Ness
Loch an Eilein ©
Loch an Eilein
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach

3
days
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ring of Brodgar and The Old Man of Hoy. Go for a jaunt from Stromness to Hoy to see Hoy Island about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve, contemplate the long history of Saint Magnus Cathedral, sample the fine beverages at Scapa Distillery, and explore the ancient world of Skara Brae.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Stromness trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Inverness to Stromness takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Stromness can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stromness

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kirkwall, Hoy, Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve, Barony Mill
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Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve ©
Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Hoy ©
Hoy

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