39 days in United Kingdom & Dublin Itinerary

39 days in United Kingdom & Dublin Itinerary

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39 days in United Kingdom & Dublin Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Train:  3 h 15 min
1
Canterbury, United Kingdom
— 10 nights
+3
Bus + Subway + Foot + Train:  5 h
2
Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
4
Alnwick, United Kingdom
— 9 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 7 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Calgary, Canada

10
nights
Canterbury, United Kingdom

Canterbury ©
Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. Get out of town with these interesting Canterbury side-trips: Eastgate House (in Rochester), Colchester Zoo (in Colchester) and Dover Castle (in Dover). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Joe's Bows, make a trip to Leeds Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rye Waterworks MIcropub, and pause for some serene contemplation at Canterbury Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Canterbury trip planner.

Paris, France to Canterbury is an approximately 3.5- hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Canterbury. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Canterbury

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Dover, Rye, Maidstone, The Big Cat Sanctuary, Hever Castle & Gardens
Find places to stay May 20 — 30:
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Joe's Bows ©
Joe's Bows
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
The Big Cat Sanctuary ©
The Big Cat Sanctuary

3
nights
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Birmingham: The Cotswold Brewing Company (in Bourton-on-the-Water), Tetbury (St Saviour's Church & Chavenage House) and Fifi's Fancy Furniture (in Wotton-under-Edge). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Matrix Virtual Reality, pause for some serene contemplation at The Parish Church of St. Mary, explore the world behind art at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Steelhouse Lane Lock-up.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Birmingham trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Canterbury to Birmingham takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Liverpool.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tetbury, The Parish Church of St. Mary, The Cotswold Brewing Company, Fifi's Fancy Furniture
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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Chavenage House ©
Chavenage House
The Cotswold Brewing Company ©
The Cotswold Brewing Company
The Parish Church of St. Mary ©
The Parish Church of St. Mary

4
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Liverpool is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, have some family-friendly fun at CoverStar Experiences, take in the exciting artwork at Walker Art Gallery, and examine the collection at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Liverpool trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Birmingham to Liverpool takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Liverpool, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Alnwick.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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9
nights
Alnwick, United Kingdom

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Get out of town with these interesting Alnwick side-trips: Ross Back Sands Beach (in Bamburgh), Holy Island (Lindisfarne Castle & Lindisfarne Priory) and Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre (in Berwick upon Tweed). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Alnwick Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alnwick trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Liverpool to Alnwick takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Liverpool in June, plan for slightly colder days in Alnwick, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Alnwick

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Seahouses, Berwick upon Tweed, Rothbury, Holy Island
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Embleton Bay ©
Embleton Bay
St Aiden Beach ©
St Aiden Beach

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 16th (Wed), don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirk.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh holiday app.

Getting from Alnwick to Edinburgh by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

3
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Change things up with these side-trips from Belfast: Causeway Coastal Route (in Ballintoy), Giant's Causeway (in Bushmills) and The Puffin Gallery (in Ballycastle). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, have some family-friendly fun at Altesc VR, and admire the landmark architecture of City Hall.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Belfast trip planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Belfast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Puffin Gallery, Giant's Causeway, Causeway Coastal Route, Altesc VR
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route

7
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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stroll around Phoenix Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Belfast in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Dublin, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 27:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

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