13 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

13 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Make it your trip
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London
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oxford
— 1 night
Drive
3
Newbury
Drive
4
Winchester
— 1 night
Drive
5
Salisbury
Drive
6
Polperro
— 1 night
Drive
7
Plymouth
Drive
8
Bath
— 1 night
Drive
9
Painswick
— 1 night
Drive
10
Stratford-upon-Avon
Drive
11
Bakewell
— 1 night
Drive
12
York
— 1 night
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Ambleside
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Rye
— 1 night
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Cambridge
— 1 night
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London — 2 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Tower of London, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. On your second day here, make a trip to Big Ben, then make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, and then contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the London trip maker website.

Auckland, New Zealand to London is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to London is minus 12 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in August: highs in London hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Oxford.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Oxford — 1 night

City of Dreaming Spires

A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oxford trip planner.

Traveling by car from London to Oxford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Oxford when traveling from London in August, with lows around 12°C. You'll set off for Newbury on the 4th (Fri).
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Newbury

Newbury is a historic market town and the principal town in the west of Berkshire, England and has its own civil parish (led by a town council) as well as the administrative headquarters of West Berkshire. On the 4th (Fri), admire the striking features of Newbury Town Hall and then identify plant and animal life at UK Wolf Conservation Trust.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Newbury road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Oxford to Newbury takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Newbury are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Winchester.
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Winchester — 1 night

Winchester is a city and the county town of Hampshire, England. For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Winchester tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Newbury to Winchester takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Winchester sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Salisbury.
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Salisbury

Salisbury is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England, and the only city within the county. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Mompesson House, then explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, and then admire the striking features of Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salisbury journey planner.

Getting from Winchester to Salisbury by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Salisbury, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Polperro.
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Polperro — 1 night

Polperro is a village and fishing harbour on the south-east Cornwall coast in the south west of England, within the civil parish of Lansallos.Polperro, through which runs the River Pol, is 7 miles east of Fowey and 4 miles west of the neighbouring town of Looe and 25mi west of the major city and naval port of Plymouth. On the 6th (Sun), stop by Patrick Gamble Art Studio & Gift Shop and then view the masterpieces at Polperro Arts Foundation.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Polperro trip builder.

Traveling by car from Salisbury to Polperro takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Plymouth.
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Shopping · Museums
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Plymouth

Spirit of Discovery

Once an important departure point for immigrants sailing for the New World, Plymouth is now mostly known for being one of the world’s most impressive natural harbors.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Plymouth trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Polperro to Plymouth in an hour. On the 6th (Sun), you're off to Bath.
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Bath — 1 night

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): experience rural life at Marshfield Farm Ice Cream and then get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bath trip maker tool.

You can drive from Plymouth to Bath in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Painswick.
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Painswick — 1 night

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Painswick trip planner.

Drive from Bath to Painswick in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 8th (Tue), you're off to Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 101mi north west of London, 22mi south east of Birmingham, and 8mi south west of Warwick. On the 8th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Cotswold Falconry Centre and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hidcote Manor Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Stratford-upon-Avon trip planning site.

Getting from Painswick to Stratford-upon-Avon by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Stratford-upon-Avon are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Bakewell.
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Bakewell — 1 night

Bakewell is a small market town and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Stanage Edge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ladybower Reservoir.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bakewell trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Stratford-upon-Avon to Bakewell in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Bakewell sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to York.
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York — 1 night

City of Festivals

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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our York day trip app.

You can drive from Bakewell to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. August in York sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll set off for Ambleside on the 10th (Thu).
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Ambleside

Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ambleside day trip planner.

You can drive from York to Ambleside in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rye.
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Rye — 1 night

Rye is a small town in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, within the historic County of Sussex, England, which stands approximately two miles from the open sea and is at the confluence of three rivers: the Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and then contemplate the long history of Lamb House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rye trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Ambleside to Rye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cambridge.
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Cambridge — 1 night

City of Perspiring Dreams

Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambridge online visit planner.

Getting from Rye to Cambridge by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Cambridge sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sat).
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United Kingdom travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.
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Devon travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Theme Parks · Gardens
One of England’s favorite summer vacation destinations, Devon features two very different coastlines, both of which are packed with white sandy beaches known for their turquoise waters and near-perfect surfing conditions. Numerous resort towns and sheltered harbors provide lots of holiday options, many of which have retained their old-world appeal in the face of modernization and attract tourism from all over the country and across the globe. Get away from the tourist crowds by venturing deeper into the region’s countryside, which is dotted with sleepy villages and sweeping green pastures. Devon’s country inns and traditional pubs are well known for offering holidays full of hearty regional cuisine, as well as charming their guests with quintessential Devonian hospitality and good humor.
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Lake District travel guide

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World heritage site · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
A paradise for all lovers of the great outdoors, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lake District is widely regarded as one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the UK. This mountainous region famously served as inspiration for some of the finest works of artists William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Containing the country’s largest national park, the Lake District is England’s top vacation destination for hikers and rock climbers. Nature lovers from around the world linger in this area for days and even weeks, sightseeing in the sweeping landscape of rugged hilltops, glistening lakes, dense forests, and hazy mountaintops. The region abounds in numerous hidden pubs, inns, and hotels, offering not only shelter from the weather, but also first-class dining and drinking options.
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