16 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

16 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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16 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: London
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Portsmouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
East Cowes, Isle of Wight
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Cardiff
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Conwy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Fort William
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: London

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nights
Portsmouth

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Portsmouth and The D-Day Story. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Southsea Castle, contemplate the long history of Dockyard Apprentice, see the interesting displays at National Museum of the Royal Navy, and take an in-depth tour of Boathouse No 4.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Portsmouth tour planning website .

London to Portsmouth is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to East Cowes.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The D-Day Story ©
The D-Day Story
Old Portsmouth ©
Old Portsmouth
Room Escape Games

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East Cowes, Isle of Wight

East Cowes ©
On the 15th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Shanklin Chine, identify plant and animal life at The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, and then steep yourself in history at Osborne House. On your second day here, meet the residents at Monkey Haven, then make a trip to Isle of Wight Steam Railway, then admire the natural beauty at Godshill Model Village, and finally step into the grandiose world of Carisbrooke Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read East Cowes trip planner.

Drive from Portsmouth to East Cowes in 1.5 hours. In September in East Cowes, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cardiff.

Things to do in East Cowes

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Newport, Godshill Model Village, Shanklin Chine, Isle of Wight Steam Railway, The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
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Godshill Model Village ©
Godshill Model Village
Isle of Wight Steam Railway ©
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Carisbrooke Castle ©
Carisbrooke Castle

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Cardiff

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
On the 17th (Tue), snap pictures at Clifton Suspension Bridge, see the interesting displays at St Fagans National Museum of History, and then take a leisurely stroll along Cardiff Bay Wales. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Big Pit National Coal Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Caerphilly Castle, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the historical opulence of Cardiff Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cardiff sightseeing planner .

Getting from East Cowes to Cardiff by combination of ferry and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Conwy.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Caerphilly Castle, Clifton Suspension Bridge
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St Fagans National Museum of History ©
Room Escape Games
Big Pit National Coal Museum ©
Big Pit National Coal Museum

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Conwy

Conwy
Conwy is a walled market town and community in Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Beaumaris Castle, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Caernarfon Castle, take an in-depth tour of National Slate Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Bodnant Garden, then explore the galleries of Conwy Castle, and finally make a trip to Conwy Town Walls.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Conwy vacation planner .

Getting from Cardiff to Conwy by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, daytime highs in Conwy are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Conwy

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

National Slate Museum, Beaumaris Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Bodnant Garden, National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens
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Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Conwy Town Walls ©
Conwy Town Walls

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 21st (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Princes Street Gardens, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Falkirk Wheel, admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Conwy to Edinburgh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Conwy in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Edinburgh, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Falkirk Wheel
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Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill
Falkirk Wheel ©
Falkirk Wheel
Princes Street Gardens ©
Princes Street Gardens

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nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Explore hidden gems such as Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Peace Memorial. Step out of Fort William to go to Arisaig and see Camusdarach Beach, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Fort of Fort William, delve into the lush surroundings at Fairy Forest, take a memorable tour with Tours, and head outdoors with Nevis Range - Tree Adventure.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fort William road trip website .

Drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fort William

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Camusdarach Beach
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Old Fort of Fort William ©
Old Fort of Fort William
Treasures of the Earth ©
Treasures of the Earth

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