18 days in England Itinerary

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Drive to Leeds Bradford Airport, Fly to Queenstown


London — 5 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.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and see the interesting displays at The British Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the London route planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to London is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -12 hour difference. In August in London, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bath.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
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Bath — 3 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Explore Bath's surroundings by going to Avebury Manor (in Avebury), White Spring Well & Temple (in Glastonbury) and Stonehenge (in Salisbury). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Roman Baths, examine the collection at The Jane Austen Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, and admire the landmark architecture of Bath Abbey.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bath trip planner.

You can take a train from London to Bath in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bourton-on-the-Water.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trips
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Bourton-on-the-Water — 2 nights

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Birdland, get to know the resident critters at Cotswold Falconry Centre, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cotswolds Distillery, and finally look for gifts at The Baobab Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bourton-on-the-Water journey planner.

Traveling by car from Bath to Bourton-on-the-Water takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Bourton-on-the-Water are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ambleside.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Adventure
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Ambleside — 3 nights

Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ambleside: Aira Force Waterfall (in Penrith) and Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale). Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get great views at Orrest Head, hike along Catbells Lakeland Walk, and explore the activities along Derwentwater.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ambleside tour planner.

You can drive from Bourton-on-the-Water to Ambleside in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to York.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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York — 3 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), find something for the whole family at York Maze. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of National Railway Museum, wander the streets of York Shambles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at York Minster, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read York sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Ambleside to York in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. August in York sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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England travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Gardens
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.