13 days in England & Edinburgh Itinerary

13 days in England & Edinburgh Itinerary

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13 days in England & Edinburgh Itinerary

Start: London
1
London
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Swindon
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
3
Bath
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
4
Castle Combe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Bourton-on-the-Water
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Stratford-upon-Avon
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
7
York
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Edinburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: London

2
nights
London

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and Portobello Road Market. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): hunt for treasures at Portobello Road Market, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and finally steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Regent's Park, examine the collection at Cutty Sark, then look for gifts at Fortnum & Mason, then make a trip to Tower of London, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the London trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. October in London sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Swindon.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

1
night
Swindon

Swindon ©
Swindon is a large town, in the ceremonial county of Wiltshire, South West England, midway between Bristol, 35mi to the west and Reading, 35mi to the east. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arlington Row. On the 5th (Mon), see the interesting displays at STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, get in on the family fun at Jungle Parc, head outdoors with Combat Splat Paintball, admire the landmark architecture of Arlington Row, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church, and finally make a trip to The Magic Roundabout.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Swindon online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from London to Swindon by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bath.

Things to do in Swindon

Outdoors Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Arlington Row
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Combat Splat Paintball ©
Combat Splat Paintball
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church

1
night
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alexandra May as well as Stonehenge. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Wilton House, then explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, and then admire the striking features of Bath Abbey. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath and then stop by Alexandra May.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bath trip itinerary planner.

Bath is just a short distance from Swindon. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Castle Combe.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Wilton House, Stonehenge
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No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey

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Castle Combe

Castle Combe ©
Castle Combe is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, about 5mi northwest of the town of Chippenham.The village has two parts: one is in the narrow valley of the By Brook, while Upper Castle Combe is on higher ground to the east, on the B4039 road which links Chippenham with Chipping Sodbury. Take a break from the city and head to Walks around Wotton-under-Edge and Manor House Golf Club. Castle Combe Village and St. James Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Castle Combe: Thornbury (6 O'clock Gin Distillery & Thornbury Castle), Wickwar Brewing Company (in Wickwar) and Aerospace Bristol (in Patchway). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to St. Andrew's Church, look for gifts at Yate Shopping Centre, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Western Brewing Company, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fifi's Fancy Furniture.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Castle Combe trip itinerary app.

Castle Combe is just a short distance from Bath. In October in Castle Combe, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Things to do in Castle Combe

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors

Side Trips

Wotton-under-Edge, Thornbury, Yate Shopping Centre, Wickwar Brewing Company, Great Western Brewing Company
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Aerospace Bristol ©
Aerospace Bristol
Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village
St. Andrew's Church ©
St. Andrew's Church

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Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water ©
Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Cotswold Motoring Museum, make a trip to The Model Village, identify plant and animal life at Birdland, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bourton On The Water Cemetery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Greystones Farm. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at The Cotswold Brewing Company, pause for some serene contemplation at St Lawrence's Church, then stop by Cotswold Perfumery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Parish Church of St. Mary.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bourton-on-the-Water attractions planner.

You can drive from Castle Combe to Bourton-on-the-Water in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Parish Church of St. Mary
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Cotswold Motoring Museum ©
Cotswold Motoring Museum
Birdland ©
Birdland
The Parish Church of St. Mary ©
The Parish Church of St. Mary

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hours
Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 101mi north west of London, 22mi south east of Birmingham, and 8mi south west of Warwick. To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Stratford-upon-Avon trip planner.

You can drive from Bourton-on-the-Water to Stratford-upon-Avon in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Stratford-upon-Avon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll set off for York on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games
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York

York ©
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've now added Saltaire Village to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): wander the streets of York Shambles, examine the collection at Pandora's Box Antiques and Oddities, contemplate the long history of Margaret Clitherow Shrine, then examine the collection at Bradford Industrial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Saltaire Village, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fewston Reservoir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at York Minster, get engrossed in the history at The York Army Museum, learn about all things military at The Royal Dragoon Guards Museum, then steep yourself in history at York Cold War Bunker, and finally browse the exhibits of Pyramid Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the York trip maker tool.

You can drive from Stratford-upon-Avon to York in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bradford, Fewston Reservoir
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Saltaire Village ©
Saltaire Village
York Cold War Bunker ©
York Cold War Bunker
Treasurer's House ©
Treasurer's House

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night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Surgeons' Hall Museums, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, and then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by train from York to Edinburgh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites
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National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Surgeons' Hall Museums ©
Surgeons' Hall Museums

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