22 days in England Itinerary

22 days in England Itinerary

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22 days in England Itinerary

Start: Durban
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h
1
York
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Grasmere
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Stow-on-the-Wold
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Bath
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Portsmouth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Eastbourne
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
London
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Durban

2
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 Coal Mining Museum for England and The York Dungeon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Filey Beach and Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Railway Museum, wander the streets of York Shambles, take in the exciting artwork at York St Mary's Contemporary Art Space, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Yorkshire Antiques.com.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read York day trip website .

Durban, South Africa to York is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in York reach 10°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Grasmere.

Things to do in York

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Filey Beach, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, National Coal Mining Museum for England
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National Coal Mining Museum for England ©
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum ©

4
nights
Grasmere

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. Escape the urban bustle at Old Man of Coniston and Derwentwater. Step off the beaten path and head to Catbells Lakeland Walk and The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Grasmere: Melville Tyson Ltd (in Broughton-in-Furness), Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale) and Haweswater Reservoir (in Burn Banks). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helvellyn, shop like a local with Heaton Cooper Studio, view the masterpieces at Viridian Gallery, and Head underground at Cathedral Quarry (Cathedral Cave).

Plan trip to Grasmere with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from York to Grasmere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Stow-on-the-Wold.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Keswick, Helvellyn, Cathedral Quarry (Cathedral Cave), Haweswater Reservoir, Old Man of Coniston
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Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk
Old Man of Coniston ©
Old Man of Coniston
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater

2
nights
Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold ©
Stow-on-the-Wold is a small market town and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, then get your game on at Cotswold Archery, then stop by Alain Rouveure Galleries, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tara Antiques Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Fosse Gallery, get outside with The Cotswold Range, then take in the exciting artwork at John Noott Galleries, and finally view the masterpieces at Richard Hagen.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Stow-on-the-Wold trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Grasmere to Stow-on-the-Wold by car takes about 4.5 hours. December in Stow-on-the-Wold sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Stow-on-the-Wold

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Broadway, Alain Rouveure Galleries, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, The Cotswold Range, Cotswold Archery
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The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens ©
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Cotswold Archery ©
Cotswold Archery

2
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Simon Jackson Antiques & Interiors, view the masterpieces at Rostra Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, then get a taste of the local shopping with 44AD artspace, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths. On the next day, shop like a local with Art Couture Painswick Gallery, then head outdoors with Minchinhampton Common, then look for gifts at Hookshouse Pottery, and finally hunt for treasures at Pulteney Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bath travel route planner .

Getting from Stow-on-the-Wold to Bath by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Minchinhampton Common, Hookshouse Pottery, Art Couture Painswick Gallery
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The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
Minchinhampton Common ©
Minchinhampton Common

3
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. Explore hidden gems such as New Forest National Park and Hengistbury Head Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gunwharf Quays and Woodgreen Community Shop. When in Portsmouth, make a side trip to see Room Escape Games in Southampton, approximately 34 minutes away. There's more to do: examine the collection at HMS Warrior 1860.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Portsmouth trip builder site .

Drive from Bath to Portsmouth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Eastbourne.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Hengistbury Head Beach, Room Escape Games, New Forest National Park, Woodgreen Community Shop
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Hengistbury Head Beach ©
Hengistbury Head Beach
New Forest National Park ©
New Forest National Park
HMS Victory ©
HMS Victory

3
nights
Eastbourne

Eastbourne ©
Eastbourne is a town, seaside resort and borough in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex on the south coast of England, 19mi east of Brighton. Get in touch with nature at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters and Drusillas Park. Explore hidden gems such as Gustamps and Towner Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to North Laine (in Brighton) and Camber Sands (in Camber). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Beachy Head, look for all kinds of wild species at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, and steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Parish Church.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Eastbourne attractions app .

Getting from Portsmouth to Eastbourne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Eastbourne

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brighton and Hove, Rye, Camber Sands, Drusillas Park, East Sussex Falconry
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Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head
Camber Sands ©
Camber Sands
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters ©
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Covent Garden and Harrods. Appreciate the collections at Westminster Abbey and Victoria and Albert Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in the views from Tower Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our London trip planner .

You can take a train from Eastbourne to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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