12 days in London & Edinburgh Itinerary

12 days in London & Edinburgh Itinerary

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12 days in London & Edinburgh Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  14​h
1
London
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Seattle

7
nights
London

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Visit Tower of London and Westminster Abbey for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Natural History Museum and Buckingham Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Brighton (The Lanes & Brighton Beach). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Greenwich, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Churchill War Rooms.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to London is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seattle in May; daily highs in London reach 62°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Brighton and Hove
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Victoria and Albert Museum ©
Victoria and Albert Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Yacht Britannia and Rosslyn Chapel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Georgian House and Canongate Kirk. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, and stroll around Holyrood Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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