18 days in United Kingdom, Dublin & Cork Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom, Dublin & Cork Itinerary

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 27th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, contemplate the long history of Glasgow Cathedral, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Mackintosh House, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip website.

Atlanta, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. In December, Glasgow is slightly colder than Atlanta - with highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Inverness.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Inverness, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, head outdoors with Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and then browse for treasures at Grantown Antiques and Collectables. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, then head outdoors with Northern Meeting Park, and then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Inverness trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Inverness takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Inverness sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 31st (Sat), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally explore the galleries of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 2 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, then enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Big Ben, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the London tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cirencester.
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Cirencester, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Cirencester is a market town in east Gloucestershire, England, west northwest of London. On the 4th (Wed), don't miss a visit to The Model Village, then sample the fine beverages at Cotswolds Distillery, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hook Norton Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cirencester Park, head outdoors with The Cotswold Range, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St John Baptist.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cirencester road trip app.

Drive from London to Cirencester in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bath.
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Bath, United Kingdom — 2 nights

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, then admire the masterpieces at American Museum & Gardens, then explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, then admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, then examine the collection at The Jane Austen Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bath trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cirencester to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly 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 8th (Sun): admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, then walk around St Stephens Green, then contemplate the long history of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and finally sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar.

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Getting from Bath to Dublin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 2 nights

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
On the 10th (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Turkish Delights, then identify plant and animal life at Fota Wildlife Park, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at The English Market, explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol, and finally make a trip to University College Cork (UCC).

To see where to stay and tourist information, read Cork trip builder tool.

Getting from Dublin to Cork by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Thu).
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United Kingdom travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.
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England travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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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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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