11 days in England & Wales Itinerary

11 days in England & Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom travel planner

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London
— 2 nights
Drive
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 1 night
Drive
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St Ives
— 2 nights
Fly to Leeds Bradford, Train to Llandudno
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Llandudno
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alnwick
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
The British Museum and HMS Belfast are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Wallace Collection and The Monument to the Great Fire of London. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, get engrossed in the history at Museum of London Docklands, and don't miss a visit to Tower of London.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the London attractions planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to London. In May in London, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Swanage.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 1 night
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. On the 8th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre, step into the grandiose world of Corfe Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, then make a splash at Dorset Adventure Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Corfe Castle Town Trust Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Swanage online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from London to Swanage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Swanage are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to St Ives.

Things to do in Swanage

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

St Ives

— 2 nights
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. On the 9th (Sun), hike along Cornwall Coast Path, then identify plant and animal life at Porthkidney Sands, then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Harbour Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Porthgwidden Beach. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Morrab Gardens, examine the collection at Wayside Folk Museum, and then examine the collection at Leach Pottery.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the St Ives trip website.

Traveling by car from Swanage to St Ives takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Swanage in May: highs in St Ives hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Llandudno.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Llandudno

— 3 nights
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Conwy Castle and Bodnant Garden. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mostyn Street and Llangelynin Old Church. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at West Shore Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conwy Quay, examine the collection at Home Front Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Little Orme.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Llandudno trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from St Ives to Llandudno by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Llandudno, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Alnwick.

Things to do in Llandudno

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Alnwick

— 2 nights
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at The Parish Church of Saint Peter, pause for some serene contemplation at The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh, and finally stroll through Bamburgh Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Belford Museum, then see the interesting displays at Town Hall and Town Gaol Berwick upon Tweed, then trek along The Lowry Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Alnmouth Beach.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Alnwick trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Llandudno to Alnwick in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Alnwick, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Alnwick

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

England travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
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.

Wales travel guide

4.3
Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.