17 days in Southern England Itinerary

17 days in Southern England Itinerary

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17 days in Southern England Itinerary

Start: Mackay
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Oxford
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
St Ives
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h
3
Newport, Isle of Wight
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Portsmouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Dover
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
London
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Mackay

1
night
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Christ Church Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of Oxford Castle & Prison. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, admire the striking features of Weston Library, admire all the interesting features of Balliol College, then see the interesting displays at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, then take in the architecture and design of Merton College, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Magdalen College.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Oxford travel planning app .

Mackay, Australia to Oxford is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Oxford when traveling from Mackay in July, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to St Ives.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Oxford Castle & Prison ©
Oxford Castle & Prison
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

3
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Explore hidden gems such as Carbis Bay Beach and Screech Owl Sanctuary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pendennis Castle and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Explore St Ives' surroundings by going to Trebah Garden (in Falmouth) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Newquay). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Porthmeor Beach, kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach, admire the masterpieces at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Zennor Head.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the St Ives online visit planner .

Drive from Oxford to St Ives in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from Oxford in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in St Ives: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Newport.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Falmouth, Screech Owl Sanctuary, Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zennor Head
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Pendennis Castle ©
Pendennis Castle
Screech Owl Sanctuary ©
Screech Owl Sanctuary
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Newport, Isle of Wight

Newport ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Haven, then explore the ancient world of Newport Roman Villa, then step into the grandiose world of Carisbrooke Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Minster Church of St Thomas. Keep things going the next day: hike along Isle Of Wight Coastal Footpath and then kick back and relax at Ryde Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Newport trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from St Ives to Newport in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Isle Of Wight Coastal Footpath, Ryde Beach
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Carisbrooke Castle ©
Carisbrooke Castle
Newport Roman Villa ©
Newport Roman Villa
The Minster Church of St Thomas ©
The Minster Church of St Thomas

2
nights
Portsmouth

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, examine the collection at The Mary Rose Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Old Portsmouth. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Portsmouth Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Southsea Rose Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Portchester Castle, then steep yourself in history at Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson, and finally contemplate the long history of Portsdown Hill.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Portsmouth trip itinerary app .

Getting from Newport to Portsmouth by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dover.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Portchester Castle
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Portchester Castle ©
Portchester Castle
Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson ©
Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

2
nights
Dover

Dover ©
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. On the 16th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Dover Museum, then don't miss a visit to Dover Castle, and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Cliffs of Dover. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kearsney Abbey Gardens, examine the collection at Dover Transport Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dover Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Dover day trip website .

Getting from Portsmouth to Dover by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Portsmouth in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Dover. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Dover

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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The White Cliffs of Dover ©
The White Cliffs of Dover
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
Dover Transport Museum ©
Dover Transport Museum

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as HMS Belfast and Westminster Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as St. Paul's Cathedral and Churchill War Rooms are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Westminster Abbey, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, and take a stroll through Westminster.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the London trip maker app .

You can take a train from Dover to London in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Dover in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in London, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

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