18 days in England Itinerary

18 days in England Itinerary

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18 days in England Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
London
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
York
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ambleside
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Tewkesbury
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bath
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. Do some cultural sightseeing at Churchill War Rooms and Westminster Abbey. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The British Museum, make a trip to Big Ben, step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read London day trip planning tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to London is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in London. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

4
nights
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.
Head to Chatsworth House and Pandora's Box Antiques and Odditiesfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Railway Museum and Durham Heritage Coast. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: Durham (Durham Cathedral & Seaham Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of York Minster, examine the collection at Jorvik Viking Centre, make a trip to York Shambles, and explore the ancient world of York City Walls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our York road trip tool .

Take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in York are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Durham, Chatsworth House
Highlights from your plan
Chatsworth House ©
Chatsworth House
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Minster ©
York Minster

3
nights
Ambleside

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. You'll get in some beach time at Seascale Beach and Haverigg Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stott Park Bobbin Mill and Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House. Venture out of the city with trips to Silecroft Beach (in Silecroft), Castle Crag (in Grange-in-Borrowdale) and Lakeland Motor Museum (in Backbarrow). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Townend, see the interesting displays at Hawkshead Grammar School, and step into the grandiose world of Sizergh Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ambleside trip builder site .

Traveling by car from York to Ambleside takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Tewkesbury.

Things to do in Ambleside

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Silecroft Beach, Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Haverigg Beach, Lakeland Motor Museum, Seascale Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seascale Beach ©
Seascale Beach
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag
Lakeland Motor Museum ©
Lakeland Motor Museum

2
nights
Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury ©
Tewkesbury is a town and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Sudeley Castle, then examine the collection at Bugatti Trust Visitor Center, then steep yourself in history at Old Baptist Chapel, and finally delve into the distant past at Tewkesbury Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Snowshill Manor, contemplate the long history of Belas Knap, then admire the masterpieces at Nature in Art, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gloucester Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tewkesbury trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Ambleside to Tewkesbury in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Tewkesbury can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bath.

Things to do in Tewkesbury

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gloucester, Winchcombe, Bugatti Trust Visitor Center, Snowshill Manor
Highlights from your plan
Sudeley Castle ©
Sudeley Castle
Tewkesbury Abbey ©
Tewkesbury Abbey
Belas Knap ©
Belas Knap

3
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Appreciate the collections at The Roman Baths and Mechanical Music Museum. Stonehenge and Wells Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Bath's surroundings by going to St. Edward's Church (in Stow-on-the-Wold), Castle Combe Village (in Castle Combe) and Montpellier District (in Cheltenham). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Hailes Abbey, contemplate the long history of Bath Abbey, and stop by Longborough & Sezincote Village Shop.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bath day trip planning tool .

Getting from Tewkesbury to Bath by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cheltenham, Mechanical Music Museum, Longborough & Sezincote Village Shop, St. Edward's Church, Wells Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Mechanical Music Museum ©
Mechanical Music Museum

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