Most tourists stay in London for 3-5 days, which is a good balance when it comes to time, money, and the quantity of attractions. A 1-week London itinerary is also a good suggestion for individuals who want to spend up to 7 days in the capital city.
England is big: it's equivalent to about half of Europe, so even if you only have 1 week, you should be able to see a lot. It's also very popular; expect large crowds at most major sites. But if you can handle the crowds, the English love their country so much that they'll go out of their way to show it off.
The best place to visit with limited time is probably London, as there are so many top-notch museums and galleries. Other options include Brighton, Portsmouth, Cambridge, and Stonehenge.
If you have less than 3 days, I'd recommend making one or both of these your main destinations. They're all close together and you can cover a lot of ground.
Finally, don't forget your camera! The English countryside is beautiful, but it can be difficult to find interesting subjects since there aren't any people walking around holding umbrellas over their heads like in most other countries. So try not to focus on people when you photograph places, instead search for unique angles, textures, and compositions that you might otherwise miss.
The following are the top 8 day excursions from London:
Flights to London are often cheaper during the off season, which runs from late October to mid-December and from January to mid-March. Long-haul airlines, in particular, have given some enticing rates during these periods in recent years. The best price we were able to find was $1071 round trip for a flight on Qatar Airways from New York City to London Heathrow.
The peak season for flights to London is between April and early June, July and August, and September. Prices increase as much as 50 percent during these times. If you're looking to travel in the middle of the week, be aware that tickets are more expensive on weekends when many people are traveling.
The best time to book a flight to London is about six months in advance. Flights tend to be very busy during school vacation weeks, so be sure to book early if you want to get a good deal.
If you don't mind being near the airport, there are discounted fares available daily throughout the year from several cities across the United States. These specials can result in significantly lower prices than those advertised during peak seasons.
London is well served by air transport; there are direct flights from almost all major cities in the US and Europe. In addition, the city has over 150 airports within 90 minutes drive time of central London.
Allow 9–10 days in Scotland for a fulfilling exploration of the country's unique beauty and history. A 10-day schedule, such as the Best of Scotland trip plan, would allow you to spend two days in Edinburgh, wandering the old streets and taking in the cosmopolitan atmosphere. You could also spend a day or more at each of the following sights: Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles' Cathedral, Princes Street Gardens, George Washington's Haircloth Room at Blair House, and the National Museum of Scotland.
The journey itself is worth at least three days. Start with a drive down the M90/A9 south from England to Glasgow, stopping along the way to explore some of Scotland's great cities: Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Dundee, and Perth. This route takes you through some stunning scenery and brings you to cities with an international flavor. For example, look out for all the famous landmarks while driving down the Royal Mile: the castle at Edinburgh's heart is one of Europe's most impressive buildings; nearby are the cathedral and the university.
After arriving in Glasgow, head north to the Highlands. Here you'll find some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes, including the famous Loch Ness Monster. The town of Inverness is a good base from which to explore the region by car or public transport.