22 days in Southern England Itinerary

22 days in Southern England Itinerary

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22 days in Southern England Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h
1
Tintagel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St Ives
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Portsmouth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dover
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Oxford
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Tintagel

Tintagel ©
Tintagel or Trevena is a civil parish and village situated on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. On the 8th (Tue), examine the collection at The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and then explore the ancient world of Tintagel Castle. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Atique & Urchins Bear Shop, identify plant and animal life at Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre, then expand your understanding of the military at Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum, and finally examine the collection at Tintagel Toy Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tintagel trip site .

San Francisco, USA to Tintagel is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tintagel due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to St Ives.

Things to do in Tintagel

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre, Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum
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The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic ©
Tintagel Castle ©
Tintagel Castle

5
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Relax by the water at Perranporth Beach and Fistral Beach Bar. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pendennis Castle and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from St Ives: The Lost Gardens of Heligan (in Pentewan), Newquay Heritage Archive & Museum (in Newquay) and Trebah Garden (in Falmouth). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach, stop by Cornish Tin & Gold, take in nature's colorful creations at Hardy Exotics, and head off the coast to St. Michael's Mount.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St Ives trip planner .

You can drive from Tintagel to St Ives in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. September in St Ives sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Falmouth, Helston, Newquay, Hardy Exotics, Perranporth Beach
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Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Carbis Bay Beach ©
Carbis Bay Beach

5
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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carisbrooke Castle and The Mary Rose Museum. Popular historic sites such as Chichester Cathedral and The Needles Battery are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Portsmouth side-trips: Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester), Bembridge Windmill (in Bembridge) and Osborne House (in East Cowes). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at HMS Victory, make a trip to Blackfriars Dominican Priory, step into the grandiose world of Arundel Castle and Gardens, and admire the natural beauty at Beaulieu National Motor Museum.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Portsmouth trip maker app .

Traveling by car from St Ives to Portsmouth takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In September in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dover.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arundel, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Carisbrooke Castle, Bembridge Windmill, Osborne House
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The Needles Battery ©
The Needles Battery
Carisbrooke Castle ©
Carisbrooke Castle
Chichester Cathedral ©
Chichester Cathedral

4
nights
Dover

Dover ©
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. Step off the beaten path and head to Bodiam Castle and Walmer Castle and Gardens. You'll explore and learn at Hastings Fishermen's Museum and Ethel Loves Me. Take a break from Dover with a short trip to Camber Sands in Camber, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Folkestone Harbour Arm, pause for some photo ops at Battle of Britain Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at The White Cliffs of Dover, and don't miss a visit to Dover Castle.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dover road trip planning app .

You can drive from Portsmouth to Dover in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Portsmouth in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 55°F in Dover. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Oxford.

Things to do in Dover

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hastings, Folkestone Harbour Arm, Bodiam Castle, Ethel Loves Me, Camber Sands
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Walmer Castle and Gardens ©
Walmer Castle and Gardens
Bodiam Castle ©
Bodiam Castle
Camber Sands ©
Camber Sands

5
nights
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Appreciate the collections at Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Your inner history buff will appreciate Christ Church Cathedral and Oxford Castle & Prison. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oxford: Highclere Castle (in Newbury), Bletchley Park (in Bletchley) and Windsor Castle (in Windsor). There's lots more to do: get advice or help at Bodleian Library, examine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum, contemplate the long history of Waddesdon Manor, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Oxford trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dover to Oxford takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Dover in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Oxford, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Bletchley Park, Blenheim Palace, Windsor Castle, Waddesdon Manor, Highclere Castle
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:
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Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Waddesdon Manor ©
Waddesdon Manor

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