Q- What itinerary should one have for a fortnight or 20 days trip to the United Kingdom?
A- The United Kingdom is quite vast and beautiful, and to explore so much beauty and nature in such little time is definitely not a fair deal!!! But in this time crunch and as a tourist in the UK for a maximum of 20 days, you must follow the itinerary recommended below:
Day 1: Arrive in London and move forward
I would recommend to start your journey from London, but instead of spending the initial few days of your trip here in the busy city, make it the finale of your trip. So after arriving in London take direct buses from the Heathrow airport to gentler and calmer towns like Bath. Take rest in Bath and sleep your tiredness off to gear up for the next day. and then you can Discover London more and you can find More Itineraries in Uk.
Day 2: Explore Bath
Explore, eat , shop, learn, get active or just relax, Bath offers something for all and sundry. Visit the Roman Baths, rejuvenate your senses and bathe in the rooftop pool Thermae Bath Spa, and enjoy the afternoon tea. Discover the highlights of this city on a self guided walking tour, stroll along the iconic Royal Crescent and pop into the Museum at No. 1, venture out in the Alexander park, indulge in to the local wine, whisky or gin tasting experience and dine on sumptuous local cuisine in one of Bath's independent restaurants. Isn't a day in Bath sounding quite promising? It is actually more mesmerising than in sounds.
Day 3: Road trip to Avebury, Wells and Glastonbury from Bath
Take a car drive or a bus to Wells, Avebury and Glastonbury making Bath your base. Marvel at the historic and architectural wonders in these places or be enthralled by the nature's bounty. After a day trip to these places sleep in Bath to wake up refreshed for the other long day of your tour.
Day 4: Visit South Wales and Tintern
Home to the capital city ,Cardiff, South Wales is a hub of Welsh culture, sports and entertainment. Enjoy the first class shopping, museums and golf in the city. The Wye valley has amazing gourmet dining and mind-blowing scenery. Easy for a walk tour, explore on foot the free National Museum Cardiff, spectacular Cardiff Castle, and witness the impressive Principality Stadium all within the city centre. Indulge in to the top class entertainment at Cardiff Bay with its restaurants, waterside views and Wales Millennium Centre.Visit the village of Tintern and enjoy the scenic beauty and the ruins of Tintern Abbey. Spend the night in Chipping Campden.
Day 5: Explore Cotswold and Blenheim Palace making Chipping Campden your base
Visit the Cotswold wild park and gardens and get eye to eye contact with giraffe, watch rhinos grazing and witness the abundant wildlife inhabitants of the park. Get back in to the ancient times by visiting the country home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor, a must visit place for all the lovers of Art and Literature. See the Cotswold Motoring museum if you are interested in vehicles. Visit the Blenheim Palace, a large country house in Oxfordshire , home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birth place of Winston Churchill. Sleep in Chipping Campden again.
Day 6: Straight to Stratford
A short break in Shakespeare's country is a must on your trip to the UK. Visit the Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatre, one of the world's best known theatres. The company focuses of workd of Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists and contemporary writers. See the birth place of Shakespeare and visit the house where the world's most famous playwright was born and grew up. Other places that may interest you here includes Stratford town Ghost walk, Chedham's yard, Mary Arden's Farm, Bancroft Gardens etc. After a well spent day try to sleep in Ironbridge Gorge.
Day 7: Ironbridge Gorge to North Wales
Ironbridge Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is one of the "birthplaces of industry" and central to the story of the industrial revolution in Great Britain. Explore some parts of this industrially important city and take your journey forward to North Wales. You may choose to sleep in Conwy.
Day 8 : Explore North Wales
If you are interested in language, music and history, North Wales is the place for you. With magnificent castles, railways and festivals, fine beaches, tumbling rivers, the beautiful mountains, lakes and waterfalls of Snowdonia, this place will not disappoint you. Sleep in Conwy again.
Day 9: Head to Liverpool
Cultural capital, birth place of The Beetles and UNESCO world heritage site, Liverpool has world-class attractions, a proud sporting history and beautiful outdoor spaces - making it the perfect location for a UK city break. Visit the Liverpool Cathedral, Beatle's Story, Walker Art Gallery, Albert Dock or the St. George's Hall. Sleep in Liverpool itself.
Day 10: South Lake District
There is an exciting and vibrant arts scene in the Southern Lake District with plenty of opportunities for participation. The area has a wealth of arts societies, artists and voluntary groups who all contribute to providing a high-quality arts and events programme across the district. They have attractions including art galleries, museums, theatres, exhibition centres and fun things to do. There are beautiful parks and gardens, all set within the wonderful natural landscape. South lake district is brimming with life and steeped in history, attracting people from all over the world. There is always so much to explore at any time of the year, and the best part is, it’s all on your doorstep!
Day 11: North Lake District
Enjoy the surreal walks in the North Lake District, trust me this is the best thing one can do to rejuvenate your inner self. You may also visit the Pencil museum, James Bond museum, Theatre by the lake, Derwent water marina etc.
Day 12: Drive up the west coast of Scotland
Enjoy the lovely drive to Scotland. And savour the delicious food offered in the several cafes and restaurants on the way.
Day 13: Explore the Highlands, Loch Ness
Loch Ness offers a diverse range of classic Highland scenery including many ‘must see’ sights.. It's an amazing concoction of culture, history, architecture and unparalleled scenery. Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people. Other highlights include dramatic Glencoe, mighty Ben Nevis, the Great Glen and Highland Perthshire. After the rush of adrenaline through your veins take a good night sleep in Edinburg, which is to be explored on the following two days.
Days 14 and 15: Explore Edinburg
Venture out in the capital of Scotland and make your visit worthwhile. See the Edinburg castle, St. Giles Cathedral, Royal Yacht Britannia, or do the Edinburg Literary pub tour. Indulge in the Scotch Whisky experience or lose yourself in the Holyrood Park situated in the heart of the city. Make full utilisation of the two days stay in Edinburg before taking the journey forward.
Day 16: Hadrian's Wall, Beamish Museum, Durham Cathedral
For around three centuries, Hadrian’s Wall was a vibrant, multi-cultured frontier sprawling almost 80 miles coast-to-coast. Explore bath houses, turrets and shrines, visit galleries and museums and watch live excavations uncover fresh details of ancient Roman Britain before your eyes. However you discover it, Hadrian’s Wall is a unique, must-see monument and a remarkable place to experience. Experience the real sense of the past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s,1910s and 1940s. Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Experience firsthand how the Industrial Revolution transformed agricultural life in the region.Durham Castle has enjoyed a long history of continuous use, and is now home to students of University College, Durham. Get astound by the beautiful evensong sung by the choir of University College, Durham.
Day 17 and 18: Move to York and stay in York
Drive down to York the next morning and spend a good time here. From the incredible Gothic York Minster to the winding, tumbled down alleyways of the shambles, to the Viking history - this is a city that just cries out for exploration. It’s also an awesome place if you’re into ghost stories. There are a whole number of ghost walks that take in the spooky past of York, so if you want an evening of entertainment and intrigue, likely accompanied with a number of fine drinking establishments, an evening ghost walk is a great bit of fun.
Day 19, 20 and 21: Catch an early train to London and celebrate the finale of your journey
So you have reached the finale of your trip but the celebration does not end here. Explore the madness of the city of London. The UK's capital that's hanging around for over 2000 years on the banks of river Thames and is a treasure trove of things to see and do. From historical sights , to amazing museums, to crazy street markets, London is an amazing amalgamation of all that is nice. It’s a wonderfully walk-able capital, and you can easily take in the major central sights in a day or so, leaving you the second day to explore museums, art galleries, or go a little further afield and take in some of the other sights, from crumbling cemeteries to massive parks. And at last, you will never be short on an incredible pub to relax, drink and party.
So as they say "ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL", thus this trip comes to an end and is sure ti give you never-ending memories to cherish all your life.