41 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

41 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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41 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Newquay, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Bus + Tram + Foot + Train:  6 h 45 min
4
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3 h
7
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Grasmere, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Coca-Cola London Eye and Natural History Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle. There's much more to do: take in the views from Tower Bridge, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our London trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to London. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get little chillier in London: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Portsmouth.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dover Castle, Canterbury Cathedral
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Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
Canterbury Cathedral ©
Canterbury Cathedral
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye

4
nights
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Family-friendly places like Paultons Park and Monkey Haven will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hawk Conservancy Trust and Osborne House. Explore Portsmouth's surroundings by going to Godshill Model Village (in Godshill) and Isle of Wight Steam Railway (in Wootton). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Portsmouth online trip builder .

Traveling by train from London to Portsmouth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Newquay.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Godshill Model Village, Monkey Haven, Paultons Park, Osborne House, Hawk Conservancy Trust
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Paultons Park ©
Paultons Park
Hawk Conservancy Trust ©
Hawk Conservancy Trust
Monkey Haven ©
Monkey Haven

4
nights
Newquay, United Kingdom

Newquay ©
Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fistral Beach Bar and Perranporth Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Porthminster Beach and Porthmeor Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Newquay side-trips: Tintagel Castle (in Tintagel), Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum (in Camelford) and St. Michael's Mount (in Marazion). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, take in nature's colorful creations at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, and don't miss a visit to Truro Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Newquay trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Portsmouth to Newquay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Newquay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

St Ives, St. Michael's Mount, Perranporth Beach, Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum, The Lost Gardens of Heligan
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Fistral Beach Bar ©
Fistral Beach Bar
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Porthminster Beach ©
Porthminster Beach

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Killarney National Park and Blarney Castle & Gardens. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Ladies' View, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, and admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Newquay to Killarney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blarney Castle & Gardens, St. Patrick's Church
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View

3
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kilkenny Castle and Rock of Cashel. Family-friendly places like Curracloe Beach and Seal Rescue Ireland will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: King of the Vikings VR (in Waterford), Gravity Extreme Adventure (in Courtown) and Enniscorthy (St. Aidan's Cathedral & The National 1798 Rebellion Centre). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Killarney to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Courtown, Enniscorthy, King of the Vikings, Rock of Cashel, Curracloe Beach
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Seal Rescue Ireland ©
Seal Rescue Ireland

5
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You've now added Escape Boats to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. Step off the beaten path and head to Irish Whiskey Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, make a trip to Merrion Square, shop like a local with Grafton Street, and contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Dublin, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Escape Boats ©
Escape Boats
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum

4
nights
Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Discover out-of-the-way places like GreenWood Forest Park and Snowdon. Attractions like Beacon Climbing Centre and Porth Ceiriad Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Caernarfon side-trips: St Gwyddelan's Church (in Dolwyddelan), Llandudno (Llandudno Pier, Great Orme, & more) and Dragon Raiders Activity Park (in Criccieth). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Caernarfon Castle, take an in-depth tour of Conwy Castle, and don't miss a visit to Conwy Town Walls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Caernarfon vacation planner .

Getting from Dublin to Caernarfon by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 3 hours. October in Caernarfon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Grasmere.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Llandudno, Conwy, GreenWood Forest Park, St Gwyddelan's Church, Porth Ceiriad Beach
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Dragon Raiders Activity Park ©
Dragon Raiders Activity Park
GreenWood Forest Park ©
GreenWood Forest Park
Beacon Climbing Centre ©
Beacon Climbing Centre

4
nights
Grasmere, United Kingdom

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Derwentwater and Catbells Lakeland Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grasmere: Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale), Holy Trinity Church (in Grange-in-Borrowdale) and Country Experiences (in Bassenthwaite). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Easedale Tarn, make a trip to Lake Grasmere, hike along Helvellyn, and stop by Braithwaite General Store.

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You can drive from Caernarfon to Grasmere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keswick, Lake District, Holy Trinity Church, Alpacaly Ever After, Country Experiences
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Alpacaly Ever After ©
Alpacaly Ever After
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk

7
nights
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Newcastle upon Tyne ©
One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sandsend Beach and Scarborough Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newcastle upon Tyne: The Forbidden Corner (in Middleham), Water Cut Sculpture (in Kirkby Stephen) and Whitby (Whitby Abbey & 199 Steps). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Beamish Museum, contemplate the long history of Cragside House and Gardens, explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, and delve into the distant past at Lindisfarne Priory.

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Getting from Grasmere to Newcastle upon Tyne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Whitby, Alnwick, Lindisfarne Priory, Water Cut Sculpture, Scarborough Beach
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Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
The Forbidden Corner ©
The Forbidden Corner
Sandsend Beach ©
Sandsend Beach

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