23 days in Birmingham & Seoul Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 11 nights
Train to Marylebone station, Fly to Seoul
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Seoul, South Korea
— 9 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Birmingham

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Birmingham, United Kingdom — 11 nights

City of a Thousand Trades

Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Birdland and Cotswolds Distillery. Get outdoors at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre and Rutland Water. Venture out of the city with trips to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (in Wrexham), Worcester Cathedral (in Worcester) and National Trust - Chirk Castle (in Chirk). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Small Breeds Farm Park, explore the historical opulence of Croft Castle and Parkland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hereford Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Gloucester Docks.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Birmingham trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Manchester Airport, Birmingham International Airport, East Midlands Airport and RAF Brize Norton. April in Birmingham sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 9 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of Korea and Gwanghwamun Gate. Head to Sinchon and Itaewonfor some retail therapy. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Nami Island (in Chuncheon), Eulwangni Beach (in Incheon) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream, contemplate the long history of DMZ Haemaru Village, buy something for everyone on your list at Times Square Mall, and don't miss a visit to Seoul Daehangno.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Birmingham to Seoul takes 18 hours. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In May, Seoul is somewhat warmer than Birmingham - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off to home.
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