Solo backpacking for the first time, can be very intimidating. In my case, it was my first solo trip, first time staying in hostels and first time planning every detail of my backpacking trip from start to finish alone! I searched all over for an easy U.K itinerary that would fit the three week time period I had. I wanted to see as much as possible, but remain realistic. The itinerary below is not only easy, but it’s very flexible should you arrive and decide to make last minute changes. Hostels and Air BnB’s are bookable last minute, even in high season. If possible, I highly recommend pre-booking your train tickets, the cost onsite was significantly higher, two times as high in some cases.
Below is the exact itinerary I followed and based on my experience, I believe it’s very manageable for a first time backpacker.
Break Down Of UK Itinerary:
London (3 days – 2 Nights)
Bath (3 days – 2 nights)
Conwy, Wales(3 Days – 2 Nights)
York (3 Days – 2 Nights)
Edinburgh (4 Days – 3 Nights)
London (2 Night 3 Days)
Hostel: Safestay London Kensington Holland Park, Holland Walk, London, England
Holland Park Tube Station
Hostel Review: This is located in the heart of Knotting hill. The park is stunning, with free roaming peacocks and incredible walking trails. If you’re here in the summer months, you can hear the London Opera from the front yard of the hostel, the open stage is located directly behind the hostel grounds. It’s seriously an incredible location.
Hostel: St Christopher’s Inn Bath, 9 Green Street, Bath, England
Tel: 01225 481444
Hostel Review: Be prepared, this is located right above a very noisy and very busy bar. If you want to party, this is the place to be! If you want to sleep, might look elsewhere.
Roman Baths (open until 10pm, lit by touches at night)
Sally Lunns Historic eating house
Address: 4 North Parade Passage, Bath, BA1 1NX
Alexandra Park: Shakespeare Avenue, BATH, Bath, BA2 4PS
(Note this is not actually located in Conwy, but the bus only takes about 15 minutes to get to the city proper. This is actually located in a tiny town called Penmenware, but it’s totally worth the visit to see this place. Amazing hikes, with incredible views!
Contact: David and Heidi
Conwy Castle (Bus ride into Conwy)
Hiking (Penmaenmawr Proper)
Authentic Italian Food at Tia Amo Ristorante Italiano (Reservations Suggested – Also in Penmaenmawr proper)
Air BnB: This was kind of a hilarious experience. They have converted their under the stairs space into a tiny room for one in Harry Potter fashion. It’s actually quite cozy and after lots of hostel stays, it was nice to have my own space.
Phone: +44 7599 660663 +44 7496 892289 +44 7956 307895
Carter Avenue 10
York, England YO31 0UL
Hop on Hop Off City Tour
Kick Ass Hostel
Property: Kick Ass Hostels, 2 West Port, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
Hostel Review: This place really did kick ass! Amazing location, walking distance to everything. Just be prepared to walk a lot of stairs and it’s a little tricky to navigate finding your room. Bonus: Washer and dryer on site!
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