11 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary
11 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary
Start: Houston, United States
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
End: Houston, United States
Sun, May 21 - Wed, May 31
London, United Kingdom — 3 nights
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.Museum-lovers will get to explore The British Museum and Natural History Museum. Get some historical perspective at Westminster Abbey and Tower of London. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, and make a trip to Buckingham Palace.
To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip builder website.
Houston, USA to London is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Houston to London. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Houston in May: high temperatures in London hover around 62°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bath.
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Bath, United Kingdom — 1 night
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Bath Street, then examine the collection at The Jane Austen Centre, then steep yourself in history at The Roman Baths, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey.
For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bath tour itinerary site.
Traveling by train from London to Bath takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, and then step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, then take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.
To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip tool.
You can fly from Bath to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 nights
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, then admire the landmark architecture of Dublin Castle, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and finally admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and finally walk around St Stephens Green.
For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin online trip itinerary maker.
You can fly from Edinburgh to Dublin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 2 nights
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.On the 30th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ferns Castle.
For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny holiday tool.
Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in May since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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England travel guide
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.
Scotland travel guide
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
Ireland travel guide
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.