United Kingdom – Home of the British Monarchy with centuries of royal history and medieval castles and palaces.
Not to forget the home of the Beatles, Queen, Ozzy, David Bowie, Manchester United, Sherlock Holmes, the black cab and the red double-decker bus!
Oh, plus, the wonderful goodness of these British food — the Royal afternoon tea and fish and chips. The UK has been one of the best destinations in Europe due to its history, beautiful countryside and royalties.
Read more about the UK: The Best Places to Visit in the UK Recommended by Travel Bloggers
So let me share with you this travel itinerary around the four kingdoms of the UK. This travel itinerary highlights the capital of England (London), Scotland (Edinburgh), Wales (Cardiff) and Northern Ireland (Belfast).
I will be making more of these sample travel itineraries around the UK focused on the various points of interests in the British countryside.
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Here is the planned budget for this UK itinerary. The actual spending may vary due to the hotels, activities and mode of transportation that you will use.
These are the just a rough estimated planned budget for a hotel accommodation. If you wish to go much cheaper on the accommodation, there are hostels available in the area too.
London: £85 to £100 / night
Edinburgh: £35 – £65 / night
Cardiff: £35 – £65 / night
Belfast: £35 – £65 / night
I included some suggested accommodations per leg of this UK itinerary to help you decide and search for your best hotel deals in the UK.
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I always browse Skyscanner first to give me an idea of the best flight deals in the UK.
Renting a car outside London would probably be your best bet to go around the UK. It will make your sightseeing trip a little easier.
If you choose to drive within the London area, please check if your hotel is within the Congestion Zone in Central London. The Congestion Zone in London will incur additional charges of £11.50/day.
Trains are also a handy mode of transportation across the UK.
From London, you can pretty much go around England, Scotland and Wales.
You can pre-book your train tickets 3 months in advanced to get a very good deals on train fares. I love using long haul trains as I can also get to see the British countryside and relax.
If you are on a cheap mode, coaches can be your best friend when you travel around the UK. If you have a lot of time spare or would prefer to travel at night, the coach will be great for you.
You can book the National Express Coach or Megabus anywhere from the country.
Day 1 – 4: London
The capital of England and a major city in the world.
No trip to the UK is complete without paying a visit to London. The city is buzzing with loads of activities for the solo traveller, couples or families.
You can read my suggested best things to do in London including the the Best Galleries and Museums in London That Are Actually Worth A Visit here. This is mainly focused on the central zones (Zones 1-3) of London. You can check my suggested list of The best hotels in London on a budget near the main attractions. If you fancy finer things in life, you might as well check this The Best Luxury Hotels in London That Will Make You Feel Like Royalty. You can also see these 7 money-saving travel tips exploring around London for some local and insider travel tips in London. I wrote the The Best Places to Visit and Day Tours From London (UK) if you want to explore different points of interest not far from the city.
London Tours, Tickets, Excursions & Things To Do
Day 5 – 7: Salisbury and Bath
Stonehenge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.
A visit to this pre-historic monument is a must when you visit the UK. You can typically get a Stonehenge bus tour from Salisbury and you can use it as a home base on this leg of the trip.
While you are in Salisbury, you can also visit the historic Magna Carta. A medieval English Charter that mandates the structure of Britain’s political laws as well as the majority of the countries around the world including the USA.
A trip to the Roman city of Bath, Somerset will also be a great addition to your UK Itinerary.
The city of Bath was known for its Roman architectural designs and the Roman Baths. You can discover the history of Britain under the Roman occupations.
Day 8 – 9: Cardiff
Cardiff, the capital of the Kingdom of Wales. It’s a small city compared to London.
You can pretty much see the whole city in a whole day by taking the Cardiff HOHO bus. A visit to the Cardiff castle is a must when you visit the city. I’ve written some suggested activities and Best Attractions and Things To Do in Cardiff For Fun Weekend Breaks.
On the next part of the itinerary is venturing up north to Scotland. Don’t forget to make a quick stop in Birmingham. Here are the different points of interest and things to do in Birmingham.
Cardiff Tours, Tickets, Excursions & Things To Do
Day 10-12: Edinburgh
Edinburgh is also called the Athens of the North.
This Scottish capital remains the main cultural and historical highlight of any Scotland itinerary.
Since you will be staying in Edinburgh for a few days in this leg of your UK itinerary, you can have the whole day roaming around the cultural highlights and points of interest in Edinburgh. Check out this blog post of various activities that I personally would recommend things to do in Edinburgh.
Then another day exploring the majestic beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the retail therapy in Glasgow. Here’s some suggested interesting places to visit as a day trip from Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Tours, Tickets, Excursions & Things To Do
Day 13 – 14: Belfast
For the last leg of this UK Itinerary, we are now going to visit and explore another top city in the North that worth visiting.
Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland.
From Scotland, you can either take a short regional flight to Belfast or take a Stena Line ferry across the Irish Sea roughly around 2 hours sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast.
Belfast is one of the filming locations of the popular TV series Game of Thrones. Visiting different filming locations is one of the main highlights here. I was so excited when I visited the “Dark Hedges” during our British Isles cruise with Princess Cruises.
A visit to the Giant’s Causeway is a must when you visit Northern Ireland. The Titanic Museum is also located in Belfast. They exhibit all the history of how the Titanic was built. See this blog post that I prepared for some suggested things to do in Belfast.
Belfast Tours, Tickets, Excursions & Things To Do
A two-week itinerary might probably not enough to see the four corners of United Kingdom but this would be a start. Enjoy your trip and all the points of interests in the UK that I’ve included in this itinerary.