A single sovereign state comprising the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom packs a wealth of history, culture and scenery into a surface area only slightly larger than the state of Minnesota. Our specialists have journeyed extensively around Great Britain and Northern Ireland, gathering ideas for how you can visit and combine the UK’s highlights.
One of the most rewarding aspects of a trip to the UK can be exploring its countries’ cultural quirks, their varying landscapes, and the stormy history connecting them. We can recommend experiences such as watching one of the Bard’s plays at the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe in London, salmon fishing with a ghillie in the Cairngorms, and gaining a resident’s perspective on Belfast’s political divisions on a black cab tour. You might find yourself standing on the basalt columns of Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, or heading to England’s languid Cotswolds, where villages of honeysuckle-bedecked cottages resist the hand of time.
Suggested itineraries for the UK
These itineraries give you a starting point for what your trip to the UK could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.
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Guides to the UK's countries
If you’re looking to travel specifically to one of the countries within the UK, our specialists can plan your trip to England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. To help you choose how to spend your time, we’ve grouped together our chosen places to visit, things to experience and recommended routes for each of the three countries.
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Our expert guides to traveling in the UK
Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to the UK. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate the UK at its best.
Introducing the UK & Ireland
Watch a two-minute video showing the landscapes and cities of the UK and Ireland, filmed by Audley Travel.
Discover more about the UK on our blog
Stately stays — Castle hotels in Scotland, Ireland and England
Our pick: the best multi-country trips
Provide us with a few starting details about your travel plans, and one of our UK specialists will be in touch to give you suggestions and ideas.