10-Day UK Tour Itinerary
Ten days in the UK is just enough time to visit some of the most iconic sites in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Our ten-day itinerary will see you staying in London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Dublin as you explore the best of the UK with your private guide.
A lot of traveling is involved, but following the 10-day itinerary below will enable you to move between cities in style and comfort with our luxury vehicles and driver. To discuss booking this trip with our team or to request that our tour planning specialists amend any aspect, then simply complete our online inquiry form.
Our 10 Day private tour includes:
Day 1: London Tour
The first day of your 10 UK tour itinerary begins in London, The Capital of England, and a global hub of culture, architecture, and art, not to mention the city most associated with the Monarchy and associated Royal Palaces and scandals!
On your walking tour of central London your private guide will take you to explore:
The Queen’s official London residence and the focal point of most national celebrations. Buckingham Palace may be the most photographed Royal Palace in the world, so makes for a fantastic starting point for your walking tour of London.
Containing a remarkable 775 rooms, there are specific times of the year when the Palace opens to allow private tours of the remarkable State Rooms & Royal art treasures. Contact our tour planners for more details.
Tower of London
The medieval structure has perhaps the most fascinating history of any building in the UK. Originally constructed as a Castle and defensive fortress under the command of William The Conqueror in 1066, throughout the centuries it has functioned as a palace, a prison and executioners, and an arsenal.
Currently home to the Crown Jewels, the living quarters of the Yeomen Warders, and apparently 13 ghosts! The Tower of London is simply a must-see on your tour of London!
Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Houses of Parliament
With 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites within 2 minutes walking distance, this tour can be considered an exploration of the seat of power in the UK. From the Abbey which has been the Royal coronation site since 1066 to the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, where you can view a parliamentary debate.
Guided tours of the houses of Westminster are available at certain times of the year. Contact our team for more information.
St Paul's Cathedral
Christopher Wren’s greatest creation, the Baroque style Cathedral was constructed after the 1666 Great Fire of London destroyed the original. Alongside a guided tour of the art, architecture, and hidden histories of St Pauls, you can climb the 528 steps to the top of the dome for a wonderful panoramic view of the city.
Day 2: White cliffs of Dover & Canterbury Day Trip
After your full day walking tour of central London your next day will be spent with your driver guide as you travel to the White Cliffs of Dover, and discover highlights from the town of Canterbury in the comfort, style, and luxury of our air-conditioned executive class vehicle.
White Cliffs of Dover
One of the most stunning natural landscapes in the UK. Taking a coastal walking route along the Cliff path provides stunning views across the English channel.
Explore the town of Canterbury – with a gorgeous mixture of cobbled streets, Roman and Gothic architecture, and featuring no less than three UNESCO World Heritage sites.
One of the oldest and most significant Christian Cathedrals in the world, Canterbury enjoys a fascinating history having been of prominence throughout Roman times, The English Reformation, and in the modern day as the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Your guide will describe historic tales, and fascinating historical figures that have contributed to the lore of the Cathedral, including the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170, as you explore the Gothic architecture and gorgeous stained glass windows of the Cathedral.
Explore the ruins of this 11th Century Norman era castle with your private guide.
Your accommodation for the evening will be back in your central London hotel.
Day 3: Oxford - Bath - Stratford-Upon-Avon
On day 3 of your 10-day itinerary, it is time to move on from London and begin making our way through the rest of the UK.
Your driver guide will collect you and your travel cases in the morning as you set off to visit three of the most iconic destinations in all of England, the prestigious Oxford University, the gorgeous Cotswolds Villages, and Shakespeare country, the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Oxford University is not just one campus, instead, it is made up of over 30 colleges and halls spread out across the city. Our day trip has been designed for you to visit the most spectacular and significant sites including:
Christ Church College
Alongside the Cathedral and cloisters, Christ Church demands your attention due to the collections of Old Masters paintings and exhibitions in the Picture Gallery.
Perhaps the most emblematic and representative of the gorgeous Victorian Neo-Gothic architectural style that Oxford is associated with, and one of the oldest as well having been constructed in 1314. Inside Exeter College, you will find ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ tapestry by William Morris.
The Divinity School & the Bodleian Library
The largest and second oldest library in the UK, walk in the footsteps of luminaries such as Oscar Wilde, C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, and many more who have sat and studied here.
Embark on a driver-guided tour through the enchanting Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of England. Steeped in history and adorned with charming villages built from golden Cotswold stone, your guide will share tales of the region’s rich past and cultural heritage.
Begin your journey with a visit to the picturesque village of Bibury, often referred to as the most beautiful village in England. Wander the streets and marvel at the iconic Arlington Row, a series of 17th-century weavers’ cottages that have graced many a postcard.
Next, travel to the historic town of Burford, known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds. Explore its medieval architecture, independent shops, and the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church, dating back to the 12th Century.
Continue to the charming village of Bourton-on-the-Water, dubbed the “Venice of the Cotswolds” for its elegant low bridges and gently flowing River Windrush. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to stroll along the picturesque riverside and visit the Cotswold Motoring Museum, home to an impressive collection of vintage vehicles.
Your tour will culminate with a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds. Immerse yourself in its rich history as you explore the town’s market square, surrounded by beautiful honey-colored buildings, and enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in one of its cozy tearooms.
Stratford-Upon-Avon - Shakespeare Country
Discover the many surviving buildings and sights that would have been so familiar to Shakespeare with your guided tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Starting with the house he was born in, to his school and the church where he was christened, married, and buried!
Locations on the Shakespeare Tour:
- The house Shakespeare was born and raised in.
- Holy Trinity Church & Shakespeare’s headstone.
- Stratford Grammar School.
- Tudor buildings including Anne Hathaway’s cottage and others of significance to The Bard.
Your accommodation for the evening will be in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Your tour planning specialist will consult with you to determine the style of hotel to best suit your tastes. Would you prefer a character property with Georgian features or a modern luxury hotel spa? With our local knowledge and insight, anything is possible.
Day 4: Liverpool
Rising to prominence both domestically and internationally during the Industrial Revolution, Liverpool’s docklands were a key port for imports and exports that led to the city gaining the moniker of the second city of the British Empire. Liverpool’s regeneration in the post-industrial era as a city of culture was spearheaded by The Beatles’ impact on the World, recognized in 2008 as a European Capital of culture with an official designation by the EU, and continues to this day as a creative and vibrant artistic hub.
While spending the day with your private guide as you discover the best of one of England’s cultural hotspots you will visit:
Mersey River Cruise
A fantastic way to orientate yourself with the city and learn about its history. On your boat trip, your guide will provide a commentary full of war tales, smuggling stories, and how the swinging sixties revolutionized the city. Some of the landmarks viewed during the ride include
- Christ the King Cathedral
- Liverpool Cathedral
- Royal Liver Building 360
- Museum of Liverpool
- Tate Liverpool
Royal Albert Dock & Merseyside Maritime Museum
Formerly the industrial center of Liverpool and much of the British Empire, the Docks are now a cultural hub in the city and the site of the Maritime Museum and The Beatles Story exhibition. Allow your guide to transport you through time from the Docks’ beginnings in 1846, through the industrial modernization of the 19th Century, and Liverpool’s role in World Wars 1 & 2.
The Beatles Story
This award-winning exhibition documents the band’s meteoric rise to fame and era-defining success through recreations of key locations from the band’s career including The Casbah Club, The Cavern Club, and Abbey Road Studios.
For Beatles fanatics, we can arrange tours of Penny Lane, Strawberry Field plus John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes, and the Cavern Club where the band made their first performance.
As you might expect from a city that combines historical significance with an outgoing and outward-looking character, gastronomy options for your evening meal range from classic Scouse fair like Liverpool Meat Stew, Wet Nelly – a type of English Fruit Cake, and Liverpool Tarts all the way to modern fusion restaurants and examples of worldwide cuisine across the city.
Your tour planners will help you arrange a suitable venue for your dining experience, evening entertainment, and accommodation.
Day 5: Manchester & The Lake District
Bid farewell to the charming city of Liverpool and venture into the heart of North West England with your expert driver guide.
Discover the rich history and modern marvels of Manchester, a thriving metropolis known for its industrial heritage and vibrant cultural scene. Then, immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District, an enchanting region where serene lakes and majestic fells inspire awe and wonder.
On your tour of Manchester, you will enjoy guided tours of:
The John Rylands Library
Manchester is a recognized UNESCO city of literature, and that is in no small part thanks to the rare books and manuscripts found within the remarkable Gothic architecture of the John Rylands Library within Manchester University. A must-visit destination on your tour, the library contains the ‘Manchester Fragment’, the earliest known fragment of the New Testament, part of St. John’s gospel.
A Grade 1 listed Masterpiece, Manchester Cathedral provided the stage that much of the city’s story and history has been played ever since Henry V decreed a church should be built here in 1421. The cathedral is the oldest building in Manchester and the Medieval gothic structure combines elegance and beauty of the stained glass windows and spirituality with the spooky vast underground network of crypts to explore with your private guide.
Your driver guide will now take you through The lake District National Park. Highlights from here include:
Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
Explore the Fascinating World of Science at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).
On this guided tour, you’ll traverse the historic site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station and witness the awe-inspiring machines that once powered the Industrial Revolution. Engage with interactive exhibits that showcase Manchester’s scientific and technological contributions to the world, from the development of the first programmable computer to the city’s vital role in the textile industry. This immersive experience will inspire curiosity and appreciation for the ingenuity that has shaped our modern world.
Discover Street Art and Creativity in the Northern Quarter
Embrace the vibrant spirit of Manchester’s Northern Quarter on a guided tour of this eclectic neighborhood, brimming with creativity and artistic expression.
Wander through a maze of narrow streets adorned with impressive street art, showcasing the city’s passion for urban culture and self-expression. As you explore this bohemian enclave, your guide will share the stories behind the murals and introduce you to the local artists who have left their mark on the cityscape. In addition to its visual appeal, the Northern Quarter boasts an array of independent shops, quirky cafes, and live music venues that add to its irresistibly dynamic atmosphere.
Your driver guide will now take you through The lake District National Park. Highlights from here include:
Enjoy the lush mountain landscapes while your guide describes legends and myths around the biggest lake in all of England on a boat cruise across Windermere.
Visit Dove Cottage where the great poet William Wordsworth, author of “As I wandered lonely as a Cloud” lived, and pay a visit to the original Grasmere Gingerbread shop.
St Oswald’s church
Where you will find Wordsworth and his wife’s tombstones, and just behind the church on the banks of the River Rothay is Wordsworth’s Daffodil Garden.
Your accommodation for the evening will be in the Lake District.
Day 6: Arrival in Scotland & Edinburgh Tour
Today you will cross the border into Scotland, the land of Whisky distilleries, Haggis Neeps & Tatties, glorious Lochs, and magical Castles.
On your driver-guided tour from the Lake District to Edinburgh, the perfect place to stop for lunch while admiring the scenery is Moffat, a picturesque town in southern Scotland.
Located halfway between the two destinations, Moffat provides a serene break from the drive. Visit the charming Waterside Café, nestled along the banks of the River Annan. The café offers delicious locally-sourced dishes, catering to a variety of dietary preferences. Enjoy a leisurely meal on their outdoor terrace, where you can take in the idyllic views of the river, the lush greenery, and the quaint stone bridge.
The town boasts delightful, historic architecture and beautiful gardens, perfect for a post-lunch stroll. The surrounding landscape showcases rolling hills and picturesque valleys, providing a stunning backdrop for your dining experience.
Edinburgh in the Afternoon
Welcome to the Capital of Scotland! Did you know that over 75% of the buildings in the city are “listed” meaning that they are protected for being of particular historical and/or architectural interest and significance? Your first evening exploring the most significant of these locations with a walking tour of Edinburgh’s Medieval Old Town before we delve into another of Scotland’s great institutions with a Whisky discovery and tasting experience.
Guided Walking Tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town
Get to know the history of the city as you walk its cobbled streets and narrow lanes. Some of the sites you will discuss with your guide are St Giles Cathedral where you will discover its links to John Knox and learn why it is known as the “Cradle of Presbyterianism”, Greyfriars Kirk & Graveyard, and the monument to Greyfriars Bobby, the Scottish Terrier who spent 14 years guarding his owner’s grave and the.
Scotch Whisky Experience
In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Scotch Whisky Experience opened in 1987 when the Scottish Whisky industry combined to fund this showcase celebrating the history and development of Scotch whisky.
Your tour features an interactive trip through the production of Scotch, a session exploring the regional variations in scent and flavor between the different Scotch regions, and of course a tasting experience within the walls of the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky.
Your accommodation for the evening will be in the center of the old town.
Day 7: Edinburgh Highlights Tour
Today you can take advantage of being able to spend the whole day in Edinburgh by visiting the most famous and iconic sites in the capital. Your guided tours for the day include:
Climb the Walter Scott Monument
The 200-foot high monument to the author of legendary Scottish literature like Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and Waverley stands rises imperiously into the sky just a stone’s throw from Waverley station and is decorated with 64 characters representing characters from his books and poems.
Enjoy a trip to the summit of Arthur’s Seat, the peak of a group of hills formed by an extinct Volcano that provides the finest views across the city.
The most famous landmark in Edinburgh, discover the fascinating historical tales and stories of scandal and intrigue surrounding the many famous figures intrinsic to the history of the castle such as Mary Queen of Scots, the Child King James the 6th, Oliver Cromwell, and many more.
Exhibits on display here include the oldest Crown Jewels in Britain – the Honors of Scotland, and The Stone of Destiny, an ancient symbol of Scotland’s monarchy where rulers were crowned.
The Queen’s Scottish Palace and official residence in Scotland, crowning the iconic Royal Mile thoroughfare which runs from the Castle to the Palace.
The gruesome twosome Burke and Hare, infamous cannibal Sawney Bean, and The Witch of the Potterrow Port Agnes Finnie to name but a few, Edinburgh is a city with a dark and often bloody past and the Edinburgh Dungeon with its interactive live-action exhibitions is the most fun way to reveal this aspect of the city’s character.
Day 8: Loch Lomond - Glasgow
Your itinerary for today will see you travel from the Capital with your driver guide to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city via one of the country’s most revered natural beauty spots.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
The largest lake in the entirety of the UK by surface area, our tour planning specialists can arrange a private cruise along the loch to the waterfalls and woodland walks of Inversnaid where you can keep an eye out for the Wild Scottish Deer and wildlife roaming free.
After your Loch Lomond experience, you will rejoin your driver guide for the brisk 50-minute drive to Glasgow which is generally thought of as being Scotland’s cultural hub.
Some notable stops or attractions you might want to visit include:
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
- Glasgow Cathedral
- Glasgow University
- The boutiques and artisan stores of Glasgow’s West End
- Riverside Museum
Your accommodation will be in Glasgow for the evening in advance of your flight to Dublin from Glasgow airport the following morning.
Day 9 & 10: Dublin
After a short 55-minute flight, the remaining 2 days of your 10-day UK tour itinerary will be spent discovering the best of Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. With its rich mix of history, tradition, and culture It seems like almost every building in Dublin has a story to tell.
Your driver guide will reveal the historic tales, fascinating characters, and distinctive Irish culture behind:
O’Connell Street & The General Post Office
A must-see for anyone with an interest in Irish history or the Easter uprising. The GPO was the spot where the Proclamation was read in 1916, for the very first time.
The oldest and perhaps most architecturally beautiful university in Ireland, founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII you will also find the hallowed ‘Book of Kells’ from 384 AD within its walls.
The Doors Of Dublin
You’ll never see two identical doors as you wander through Dublin city, and their unique and colorful charm gives the city an unmistakable character.
The homeland of Ireland’s national drink. We don’t believe that Guinness tastes the same anywhere else in the world, and you find out if you agree or not by pouring your own pint in the factory where it all started.
Whitefriar Street Church
Romantics will wish to visit the place of rest for the patron saint of lovers, St Valentine himself at Whitefriar Street Church.
Temple Bar District
Enjoy the traditional bars and music in the city’s Temple Bar district.
Irish Immigration Museum
See if you can trace your roots back to Ireland at the Irish Immigration Museum.
Built in 1796 it served as a prison in former times where many Irish revolutionaries were imprisoned and executed by the British.
Commissioned by King John all the way back in 1204, and although the majority of what you can see now was actually constructed in the 18th century, the Record Tower from that era is still intact.
The castle is still in use for formal occasions and functions by the Irish government today and tours of the grounds are available at regular intervals.
Upon completion of your Dublin tour itinerary, your driver guide will transport you to Dublin airport and bid you a fond farewell as you leave the UK and Ireland behind and return home with a heart full of divine memories that will remain with you for a lifetime.
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