11 days in England Itinerary

11 days in England Itinerary

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11 days in England Itinerary

Start: London
1
London
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
York
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Alnwick
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grasmere
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
St Ives
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
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.
Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at North Laine and Covent Garden. Step out of London to go to Brighton and see Gustamps, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read London trip planner.

If you are flying in from Hong Kong, the closest major airports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. In April, daily temperatures in London can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brighton and Hove
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The York Dungeon, identify plant and animal life at York Bird of Prey Centre, then see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum, and finally wander the streets of York Shambles.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our York online holiday builder .

Traveling by train from London to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. April in York sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Alnwick.

Things to do in York

Museums Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

York Bird of Prey Centre
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The York Dungeon ©
The York Dungeon
York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum

2
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, then step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle, and then step into the grandiose world of National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens, then look for gifts at Barter Books, then see the interesting displays at Grace Darling Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Lindisfarne Priory.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Alnwick trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from York to Alnwick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grasmere.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Cragside House and Gardens, The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lindisfarne Priory
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Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens
Grace Darling Museum ©
Grace Darling Museum

1
night
Grasmere

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for gifts at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, then take in the dramatic natural features at Helm Crag, then explore the activities along Derwentwater, and finally explore the ancient world of Castlerigg Stone Circle.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grasmere trip planner .

Traveling by car from Alnwick to Grasmere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to St Ives.

Things to do in Grasmere

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Keswick
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Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Castlerigg Stone Circle ©
Castlerigg Stone Circle
The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop ©
The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

1
night
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Carbis Bay Beach, and then kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Tregony Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Screech Owl Sanctuary, and then stroll through Perranporth Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St Ives trip planning website .

Drive from Grasmere to St Ives in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In April in St Ives, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Screech Owl Sanctuary, Perranporth Beach, Tregony Gallery
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Carbis Bay Beach ©
Carbis Bay Beach
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Screech Owl Sanctuary ©
Screech Owl Sanctuary

2
nights
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

Swanage ©
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stop by Lucy's Farm, then identify plant and animal life at StudlandBeachandNatureReserve, and then trek along Studland to Swanage Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Corfe Castle, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lulworth Cove, and then identify plant and animal life at Durlston Country Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Swanage online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from St Ives to Swanage takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle
Highlights from your plan
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve ©
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve
Lulworth Cove ©
Lulworth Cove
Durlston Country Park ©
Durlston Country Park

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