15 days in Northern England Itinerary

15 days in Northern England Itinerary

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15 days in Northern England Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
1
Penrith
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Windermere
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
York
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Get some cultural insight at Aira Force Waterfall and St Lawrences Church. Popular historic sites such as Shap Abbey and Castle Crag are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Penrith: Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale), Buttermere Lake (in Buttermere) and Riverside Golf Club (in Ravenstonedale). There's much more to do: trek along Hallin Fell, tee off at Penrith Golf Centre and Driving Range, tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Fells, and sample the tasty concoctions at Keswick Brewing Company.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Penrith road trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Penrith is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Penrith. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Penrith, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Keswick, Central Fells, Castle Crag, Buttermere Lake, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Aira Force Waterfall ©
Aira Force Waterfall
Alpacaly Ever After ©
Alpacaly Ever After
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag

4
nights
Windermere

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Muncaster Castle and Loughrigg Fell are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Tarn Hows and Jesus Church for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Swinside Stone Circle (in Broughton-in-Furness), St Catherine's Chruch (in Boot) and Silecroft Beach (in Silecroft). The adventure continues: push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the awesome beauty at Helvellyn, take in nature's colorful creations at Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, and examine the collection at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Windermere trip planner.

Getting from Penrith to Windermere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to York.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grasmere, Ambleside, Coniston, Helvellyn, Muncaster Castle
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Muncaster Castle ©
Muncaster Castle
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House ©
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House
Helvellyn
Helvellyn

5
nights
York

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Appreciate the collections at National Railway Museum and York Castle Museum. Get some historical perspective at York Minster and York City Walls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: Durham (Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral, &more) and Royal Armouries Museum (in Leeds). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with York Shambles, examine the collection at York's Chocolate Story, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael le Belfrey, and learn about all things military at The York Army Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our York road trip planner.

You can drive from Windermere to York in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in York can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Durham, Royal Armouries Museum
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York Shambles ©
York Shambles
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum

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