UK Itinerary: 3 Ideas for Traveling Blighty

If you’re like most travelers just starting to work on their UK itinerary, you’ve already been bewildered and maybe even discouraged by the country’s overwhelming selection of places to visit. Where should you start? Which attractions shouldn’t you miss? How long should you stay? To help ease the stress during the planning stage of your trip, we’ve compiled three itineraries with some of the best attractions and experiences available in the UK. Nothing on these plans is set in stone, so feel free to change each itinerary to your liking. If you prefer to work from zero, use Inspirock’s free UK trip planner to create a unique experience ideally suited to your particular interests.

The Historic Castles UK Itinerary

Edinburgh Castle seen from Princes Street Gardens by: Hec Tate (CC)
Edinburgh Castle seen from Princes Street Gardens by: Hec Tate (CC)

With the UK’s overabundance of history-steeped castles, it would be a shame to visit without exploring at least a few of the very best. This itinerary includes the majestic Edinburgh Castle, which overlooks one of Europe’s most modern cities, and Middleham Castle, situated in the picturesque countryside where Richard III spent his childhood. You’ll find some of these citadels in better shape then others, with many of the best-preserved converted into hotels, restaurants, and museums filled with centuries-old artifacts. Each provides a glimpse into the country’s rich past, and allows visitors to travel back to a time of gallant knights and fair ladies. If you’re hungry for still more historical architecture, add a few medieval cathedrals and abbeys to your UK itinerary.

See if you can capture the spirit of Lancelot and Guinevere on this 2-week UK itinerary:

The Best of Gardens UK Itinerary

Kensington Palace Gardens by: Melodie Mesiano (CC)
Kensington Palace Gardens by: Melodie Mesiano (CC)

If the UK is known for something other than castles, it’s gardens—and when I say gardens, I mean GARDENS. The British have a serious case of the green thumb, and their landscape gardens are, put simply, the best in the world. Don’t believe me? Take a week to travel around and you’ll see dozens of perfectly manicured landscapes that not only boast beautiful flowers, but also serve as historical monuments. You’ll have plenty of choices to make, and lots of sites will have to wait till next time. Whatever you do, don’t miss the two undeniable highlights: Kensington Gardens, one of London’s eight royal parks, and Royal Botanic Gardens, home to over 30,000 species of plants and a library with some 700,000 books. Impressed yet?

Look for more stunning English gardens on this 1-week UK itinerary:

The Literary UK Itinerary

Shakespeare's Globe by: David Stanley (CC)
Shakespeare’s Globe by: David Stanley (CC)

Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer. Anyone out there who hasn’t heard of these people? If you’re looking for a place with incredible literary heritage that spans centuries and includes works beloved in every corner of the world, then you really have no business going anywhere other than the UK. This itinerary, which we’ve compressed into a week but you could easily stretch to two or more, leads you to the places that inspired some of the world’s greatest writers. You’ll go to Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare spent much of his life, and the village of Haworth, situated in the moor country that Charlotte, Anne, and Emily Bronte so vividly depicted in their works. Don’t forget to pack your copy of Wuthering Heights for the full effect.

Make the most of your literature-inspired vacation by browsing this 1-week UK itinerary:

Rule, Britannia!

The above trips are just a selection of itineraries you could enjoy in the UK. All can be amended, extended, or shortened to suit your needs. As you make your plans, remember that there are many other experiences you can have in the UK—a gastronomic tour of the countryside, a vacation based on the great British outdoors, or a trip that takes you no farther than the outskirts of London, one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Use our suggested itineraries to get your imagination going, and if none of them seem perfectly suited to you, plan your vacation from scratch with Inspirock’s free UK vacation planner.

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