14 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

14 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Tower of London, then steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at The British Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our London trip planner.

Sacramento, USA to London is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Traveling from Sacramento in April, things will get a bit cooler in London: highs are around 56°F and lows about 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to York.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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York, United Kingdom — 3 nights

City of Festivals

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.
You'll explore and learn at York Castle Museum and York's Chocolate Story. Visiting Scarborough Beach and RSPB Bempton Cliffs will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Whitby (Whitby Abbey & 199 Steps) and Filey Beach (in Filey). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through York City Walls and take a stroll through York Shambles.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the York day trip website.

Getting from London to York by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in York can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Alnwick.
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Alnwick, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of The Alnwick Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Alnwick Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Cragside House and Gardens. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Lindisfarne Priory, step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Alnwick trip planner.

Take a train from York to Alnwick in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Alnwick are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. Let the collections at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions capture your imagination. Step out of Edinburgh to go to Roslin and see Rosslyn Chapel, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh holiday planner.

Take a train from Alnwick to Edinburgh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Dublinia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kilmainham Gaol Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, stroll the grounds of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, walk around St Stephens Green, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

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

Getting from Edinburgh to Dublin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April in Dublin, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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England travel guide

4.4
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Gardens
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.
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Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
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.
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
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.
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