18 days in England Itinerary

18 days in England Itinerary

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18 days in England Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Ventnor, Isle of Wight
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bath
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Penzance
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Woolacombe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Stratford-upon-Avon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Scarborough
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  25​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Ventnor ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Arreton Barns Craft Village. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from St Catherine's Lighthouse, explore the world behind art at Brading Roman Villa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quarr Abbey.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ventnor trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Ventnor is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Ventnor to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Swanage.

Things to do in Ventnor

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Brading, Bembridge Lifeboat Station, Quarr Abbey, Arreton Barns, St Catherine's Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Quarr Abbey ©
Quarr Abbey
Bembridge Lifeboat Station ©
Bembridge Lifeboat Station
Brading Roman Villa ©
Brading Roman Villa

3
nights
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

Swanage ©
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at StudlandBeachandNatureReserve and Brownsea Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swanage: Poole (Sandbanks Beach & Poole Harbour) and Lulworth Cove (in West Lulworth). There's much more to do: see the top attractions with Corfe Castle Model Village, stroll through Shell Bay, and explore the historical opulence of Corfe Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Swanage sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Ventnor to Swanage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Swanage are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Poole, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove
Highlights from your plan
Brownsea Island ©
Brownsea Island
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve ©
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve
Shell Bay ©
Shell Bay

2
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You've now added Woodchester Mansion to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, admire the striking features of Bath Abbey, then enjoy breathtaking views from Cabot Tower, and finally take in the waterfront at Bristol City Docks. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Victoria Park, then admire the striking features of Woodchester Mansion, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bath trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Swanage to Bath takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Bath, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Penzance.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bristol, Woodchester Mansion Trust, Castle Combe Village
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey
Cabot Tower ©
Cabot Tower

2
nights
Penzance

Penzance ©
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): kick back and relax at Gwithian Beach, then explore the historical opulence of St. Michael's Mount, and then identify plant and animal life at Land's End Landmark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Lizard Peninsula, then take in nature's colorful creations at Trebah Garden, and then explore the striking landscape at Godrevy Head.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Penzance vacation trip planner.

Drive from Bath to Penzance in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Penzance, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Woolacombe.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Michael's Mount, Trebah Garden, Land's End Landmark, Gwithian Beach
Highlights from your plan
St. Michael's Mount ©
St. Michael's Mount
Trebah Garden ©
Trebah Garden
Gwithian Beach ©
Gwithian Beach

1
night
Woolacombe

Woolacombe ©
Woolacombe is a seaside resort on the coast of North Devon, England, which lies at the mouth of a valley (or 'combe') in the parish of Mortehoe. On the 2nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Woolacombe Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barricane Beach, and then play a few rounds at Saunton Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Woolacombe vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Penzance to Woolacombe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Woolacombe can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Things to do in Woolacombe

Outdoors Golf Beaches

Side Trip

Saunton Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Saunton Golf Club ©
Saunton Golf Club
Woolacombe Beach ©
Woolacombe Beach
Barricane Beach ©
Barricane Beach

2
nights
Stratford-upon-Avon

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 3rd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Upton House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cotswold Falconry Centre, and then experience rural life at Cotswold Farm Park. On the next day, get curious at The MAD Museum, admire the striking features of Mary Arden's Farm, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jephson Gardens, and finally explore the historical opulence of Warwick Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Stratford-upon-Avon sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Woolacombe to Stratford-upon-Avon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Stratford-upon-Avon sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Scarborough.

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Cotswold Falconry Centre, Jephson Gardens, Warwick Castle, Cotswold Farm Park, Upton House and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Upton House and Gardens ©
Upton House and Gardens
Warwick Castle ©
Warwick Castle
Jephson Gardens ©
Jephson Gardens

2
nights
Scarborough

Scarborough ©
Scarborough is a town on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England. On the 5th (Mon), examine the collection at National Railway Museum, then contemplate the long history of Treasurer's House, then admire the landmark architecture of York Minster, and finally delve into the distant past at York City Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, then visit a coastal fixture at Flamborough Lighthouse, and then admire the natural beauty at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Scarborough itinerary builder.

Getting from Stratford-upon-Avon to Scarborough by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Scarborough when traveling from Stratford-upon-Avon in June, with lows around 10°C. You will leave for home on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Scarborough

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

York, Bridlington
Highlights from your plan
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
Sewerby Hall and Gardens ©
Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Flamborough Lighthouse ©
Flamborough Lighthouse

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