29 days in England Itinerary

29 days in England Itinerary

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29 days in England Itinerary

Start: London
1
Norwich
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
York
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bamburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Grasmere
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Gloucester
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Bath
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Exeter
— 3 nights
8
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Eastbourne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
10
London
— 4 nights
End: London

2
nights
Norwich

Norwich ©
Boasting a nearly 1,000-year history, Norwich is a vibrant city known for its inclusive atmosphere, openness, and quirky charm.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Norwich Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ely Cathedral and Riverside Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Norwich: Thursford (in Fakenham), Horsey Beach (in Horsey) and Gorleston Beach (in Gorleston-on-Sea). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Felbrigg Hall and explore the world behind art at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Norwich online route planner .

London to Norwich is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Norwich can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to York.

Things to do in Norwich

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Gorleston Beach, Thursford, Horsey Beach, Ely Cathedral
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Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery ©
Horsey Beach ©
Horsey Beach
Gorleston Beach ©
Gorleston Beach

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castle Howard and Filey Beach. Get some cultural insight at Fountains Abbey and National Railway Museum. When in York, make a side trip to see Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum in Malton, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at The York Dungeon, delve into the distant past at York City Walls, contemplate the long history of York Minster, and shop like a local with York Shambles.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the York driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Norwich to York takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in York, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Bamburgh.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Filey Beach, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Fountains Abbey
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Castle Howard ©
Castle Howard
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach

2
nights
Bamburgh

Bamburgh ©
Bamburgh is a village and civil parish on the coast of Northumberland, England. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stop by Barter Books, identify plant and animal life at The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and then step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens, then explore the ancient world of Lindisfarne Priory, and then get engrossed in the history at Grace Darling Museum.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bamburgh tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from York to Bamburgh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Bamburgh sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Grasmere.

Things to do in Bamburgh

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cragside House and Gardens, The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Barter Books, Lindisfarne Priory
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

4
nights
Grasmere

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. Castlerigg Stone Circle and St. Andrew's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Old Man of Coniston and Derwentwater. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grasmere: Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale), Stanley Ghyll Force Waterfall (in Eskdale) and St Catherine's Chruch (in Boot). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Catbells Lakeland Walk, trek along Angle Tarn, explore the historical opulence of Castle Crag, and see the interesting displays at The Puzzling Place.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grasmere driving holiday app .

You can drive from Bamburgh to Grasmere in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Gloucester.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Keswick, Eskdale, Coniston, Castle Crag, Helvellyn
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk
Old Man of Coniston ©
Old Man of Coniston
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater

3
nights
Gloucester

Gloucester ©
Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Cotswold Range and Gloucester Docks. Get in touch with nature at Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd and Minchinhampton Common. When in Gloucester, make a side trip to see Purton Ships Graveyard in Berkeley, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Innocents Church, and steep yourself in history at Llanthony Secunda Priory.

Before you visit Gloucester, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Grasmere to Gloucester in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Gloucester

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd, The Cotswold Range, Purton Ships Graveyard, Minchinhampton Common
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Gloucester Cathedral ©
Gloucester Cathedral
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
Gloucester Docks ©
Gloucester Docks

3
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Avebury Stone Circle and Wells Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Roman Baths and Winchester Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: St. Mary's Church (in Fairford), Glastonbury Tor (in Glastonbury) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Bath Abbey and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mary's Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bath trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Gloucester to Bath in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Exeter.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

St. Mary's Church, Avebury Stone Circle, Winchester Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, Glastonbury Tor
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral
Avebury Stone Circle ©
Avebury Stone Circle

3
nights
Exeter

Exeter ©
Exeter is a cathedral city in Devon England with a population of. Discover out-of-the-way places like Woolacombe Beach and Exeter Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at The Donkey Sanctuary and Kents Cavern. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Exeter: Brixham Harbour (in Brixham), Dunster Castle (in Dunster) and Coleton Fishacre (in Dartmouth). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Exeter Quay.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Exeter trip planning website .

Getting from Bath to Exeter by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Exeter

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Brixham Harbour, Coleton Fishacre, The Donkey Sanctuary, Kents Cavern, Dunster Castle
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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Woolacombe Beach ©
Woolacombe Beach
Dunster Castle ©
Dunster Castle
The Donkey Sanctuary ©
The Donkey Sanctuary

2
nights
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Lulworth Cove, and then explore the historical opulence of Corfe Castle. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Durlston Country Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Model Village Gardens & Cafe, and then look for all kinds of wild species at StudlandBeachandNatureReserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Swanage road trip website .

You can drive from Exeter to Swanage in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Swanage can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Eastbourne.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Lulworth Cove ©
Lulworth Cove
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Beachy Head, then witness the site of a historic battle at Battle Abbey and Battlefield, and then take a stroll through Old Town Hastings. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, get in on the family fun at Drusillas Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Bodiam Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Eastbourne online trip maker .

You can drive from Swanage to Eastbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Eastbourne sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Eastbourne

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bodiam Castle, Drusillas Park, Old Town Hastings, Battle Abbey and Battlefield
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
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Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head
Bodiam Castle ©
Bodiam Castle
Battle Abbey and Battlefield ©
Battle Abbey and Battlefield

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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.
Get some historical perspective at St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. Do some cultural sightseeing at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our London day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Eastbourne to London takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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