UK

UK TRIP

Rough Itinerary:

2 days Iceland

1 -2 weeks Edinburgh Scotland (possible weekend trip to Loss Nech, Inverness)

1 week Ireland & Wales (vacation days)

1 week south/central England – Stonehenge, Bath, Cotswalds, Oxford (few vacation days)

2 weeks south/southeastern England – Cliffs of Dover, Hever, etc

1 week London/north side (few vacation days)

Iceland

LAX to EDI via KEF

Fri Sept 22, 9:50pm WOW airlines,

Arrive Sat Sept 23 1:35pm – Visit Blue Lagoon

Sun Sept 24 – Bus to Reykjavik in Morning explore city, Golden Circle Tour

Bus to airport hotel

Mon Sept 25 – 6:50am flight to EDI

Hotel Keflavik near airport 2 nights.

  • free breakfast, free airport transportation

To Do

Transportation

Flybus

Take the Flybus from the airport to Reykjavik. You can pre-book tickets here (cost per ticket is aprx $20 or 25 USD one way, this is the cheapest way to get into the city) and they also sell them both on the plane as well as directly at the airport. For convenience I recommend purchasing the more expensive option as you can choose to be taken right to your accommodation.

 

Scotland

Edinburgh

Arrive Monday, Sept 25

1 week including a weekend

To Do

  • Royal Mile
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Climb Scott Monument – vies
  • Hike Arthur’s Seat: extinct volcano
  • Tour – Mary King’s Close: allyway about Black Death 1 hour
  • Harry Potter Trail tour: free, 3pm daily
  • Nat’l Museum of Scotland: free, 10am-7pm
  • Weekend day trip to Inverness, Loch Ness – train 3 hrs 40 min

11 Things to do in Edinburgh with Kids

FLY Aer Lingus: Edinburgh to Cork

OR Train to Ireland Ferry – via Holyhead: all day trip

Isle of Skye

Uruquhart Castle – Loch Ness

Eilean Donan Castle

Glenfinnan Aqueduct

Glencoe

Driving to the Isle of Skye, Scotland

http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite/dates-times-prices-jacobite-steam-train.cfm

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/urquhart-castle/

http://www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk/Visits.aspx

https://www.landmarkpark.co.uk/

http://www.tourskye.com/skye-tours/best-of-skye

http://www.scottishtours.co.uk/tourpage.asp?id=758&departure=1

https://www.rabbies.com/en/scotland-tours/from-inverness/1-3-day-tours/skye-eilean-donan-castle-day-tour

http://www.tourskye.com/scottish-tours/inverness-to-skye-1-day

https://expertvagabond.com/isle-of-skye-road-trip/

WALES

via Holyhead then train to Conway – stay 2 nights?

To Do

IRELAND

Ferry to Dublin or FLY EDI to Cork

To Do

  • Book of Wells – Dublin
  • Star Wars Rick
  • Killarney National Park – Torc Waterfall
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Blarney Castle/Stone
  • Adare – prettiest village in Ireland
  • Cliffs of Moher – bus from Galway
  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Ferry back Dublin to Holyhead

ENGLAND

Robinhood Sherwood Forest (Near Nottingham)

Possible bases: Oxford, Bath, Brighton

Stonehenge

Day trip to Cotswolds

Oxford

Harry Potter locations in Oxford

Tour Oxford Campus

Christ Church-Harry Potter

Bath

Roman Baths

Jane Austen Centre

Abbey’s Tower

Cruise down Avon (1 hr)

Wookey Hole Caves

Brighton

 

Outside of London

Legoland Windsor

Leavesden – Making of Harry Potter

Leeds Castle

  • Catherine of Aragon, Maze, playgrounds, 1 hour London

White Cliffs of Dover

Hampton Court Palace

  • maze, garden, palace

Windsor Castle –

  • Changing of Guard every other day 11:30

Canterbury

Chawton – Jane Austin’s House

Hever Castle – Home of Anne Boleyn

LONDON

Tower of London : head 1st to crown jewels, then come back for Beefeater Tours (1-1.5 hr), white tower (kid friendly), Bloody Tower (little princes), scaffold site.  Tues – Sat 9-5:30, Sun & Mon 10-5:30

Westminster Abbey : Mon – Sat, admission includes free audio guide

Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, 11:30

Big Ben

St. Paul’s Cathedral – 8:30-4:30, whispering gallery, crypt, views

Tower Bridge

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – tours every 30 min, 9:30-5

National Portrait Gallery – free, kids audio tour

Borough Market – 10-6

Kensington Palace

London Transport Museum – free

British Museum, 10-5:30, free, fun kids audio touurs – rosetta stone, parthenon marbles, egyptian mummies

Kensington Gardens – 6 am

Dr Who Walking Tour – Trafalgar Square, Police Box (Earl’s Court tube station)

Playgrounds – Kew Gardens, Hyde Park

British Library – to right of main entrance – Magna Carta, Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Jane Austin

Sightseeing Bus – hop on/off, free river pass $118 commentary, 24 hours

Tube – 10 & under free – gate entries, Oyster Card or Travelcard, Bus uses cards also, preload w/money

Hotels Premierinn.com, Staycity Aparthotels

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