21 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

21 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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Margate, Isle of Thanet
— 4 nights
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St Leonards-on-Sea
— 1 day
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Brighton and Hove
— 3 nights
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Drive to Portsmouth Portsea IOW Car Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal, Drive to Shanklin
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Shanklin
— 3 nights
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Drive to Yarmouth, Ferry to Lymington, Drive to Paignton
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Paignton
— 2 nights
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Ilfracombe
— 3 nights
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Padstow
— 2 nights
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Penzance
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Margate, Isle of Thanet

— 4 nights
Margate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in Kent, England. Family-friendly places like Dover Castle and Dreamland Margate will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margate: Roman Painted House (in Dover) and Wingham Wildlife Park (in Wingham). There's much more to do: delve into the mystery of The Shell Grotto, kick back and relax at Margate Main Sands, view the masterpieces at New Kent Art Gallery & Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Viking Bay.

To find out how to plan a trip to Margate, use our trip itinerary maker.

Colchester to Margate is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to St Leonards-on-Sea.

Things to do in Margate

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

St Leonards-on-Sea

— 1 day
St Leonards-on-Sea has been part of Hastings, East Sussex, England, since the late 19th century though it retains a sense of separate identity. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at St Clements Church, steep yourself in history at Smugglers Adventure, then stop by Old Town Hastings, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Hastings Pier.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St Leonards-on-Sea online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Margate to St Leonards-on-Sea in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in St Leonards-on-Sea sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brighton and Hove.

Things to do in St Leonards-on-Sea

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Brighton and Hove

— 3 nights

London-by-the-Sea

The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Brighton Palace Pier and Gustamps. Change things up with a short trip to Beachy Head in Eastbourne (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Pavilion, relax and rejuvenate at Chutima Therapy, enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Lanes.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brighton and Hove trip itinerary tool.

Drive from St Leonards-on-Sea to Brighton and Hove in 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from St Leonards-on-Sea in July since evenings lows in Brighton and Hove dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Shanklin.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Shanklin

— 3 nights
Shanklin is a popular seaside resort and civil parish on the Isle of Wight, England, located on Sandown Bay. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Steve's Beach and Monkey Haven, Isle Of Wight. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shanklin Chine, stop by Jurassic Jim, take in nature's colorful creations at Ager Farm Nursery, and find something for the whole family at Blackgang Chine.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Shanklin trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brighton and Hove to Shanklin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. In July in Shanklin, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Paignton.

Things to do in Shanklin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paignton

— 2 nights
Paignton is a seaside town on the coast of Tor Bay in Devon, England. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Paignton Pier, kick back and relax at Goodrington Sands, and then get to know the resident critters at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Kents Cavern, find something for the whole family at Babbacombe Model Village, and then walk around Cockington Country Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paignton road trip planning site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Shanklin to Paignton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ilfracombe.

Things to do in Paignton

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ilfracombe

— 3 nights
Ilfracombe is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England, with a small harbour surrounded by cliffs.The parish stretches along the coast from the 'Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along the Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west. Attractions like Ilfracombe Sea Safari and The Milky Way Adventure Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ilfracombe: Westward Ho Beach (in Westward Ho) and The Big Sheep. (in Bideford). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Woolacombe Beach, pause for some photo ops at Verity, stroll around Runnymede Gardens, and relax in the rural setting at Borough Farm Sheepdog and Falconry Displays.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ilfracombe trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Paignton to Ilfracombe in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ilfracombe can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Padstow.

Things to do in Ilfracombe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Padstow

— 2 nights
Padstow is a town, civil parish and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): kick back and relax at Fistral Beach Bar, then take an exotic tour of Padstow Sealife Safaris, and then take a leisurely stroll along Padstow Harbour.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Padstow online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ilfracombe to Padstow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Penzance.

Things to do in Padstow

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Penzance

— 3 nights
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Attractions like Kernow Coasteering and St. Michael's Mount make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to National Trust - Lizard Point and Kynance Cove (in Lizard) and Cornish Seal Sanctuary,SEA LIFE Trust (in Gweek). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the natural beauty at Trengwainton Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Penzance trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Padstow to Penzance in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Penzance, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Isle of Wight travel guide

3.9
Nature & Parks · Historic Sites · Gardens
Just a short ferry ride from the mainland, the Isle of Wight has been a magnet for family vacationers for many decades. Today, the largest English island draws a young party crowd with its multitude of music festivals, rustic fishermen’s cafes, and eco-friendly campsites. The island’s main appeal remains its mild climate, allowing for a wide range of outdoor activities and watersports. Its coastline attracts families, who come here to enjoy warm beaches, dramatic cliffs, and ever-changing sand dunes. Despite being only 10 km (6 mi) from the mainland city of Portsmouth, the island is a world apart in terms of scenery, culture, and pace of life.

Devon travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Theme Parks · Zoos
One of England’s favorite summer vacation destinations, Devon features two very different coastlines, both of which are packed with white sandy beaches known for their turquoise waters and near-perfect surfing conditions. Numerous resort towns and sheltered harbors provide lots of holiday options, many of which have retained their old-world appeal in the face of modernization and attract tourism from all over the country and across the globe. Get away from the tourist crowds by venturing deeper into the region’s countryside, which is dotted with sleepy villages and sweeping green pastures. Devon’s country inns and traditional pubs are well known for offering holidays full of hearty regional cuisine, as well as charming their guests with quintessential Devonian hospitality and good humor.

Cornwall travel guide

3.9
Gardens · Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Cornwall, or Kernow as the locals often call it, features the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain. No longer just a series of idyllic beaches and imposing cliffs, this rugged region has recently experienced a cultural and culinary revival that has turned it into one of the most vibrant parts of the country. Considered home of the legendary King Arthur, Cornwall is one of the more distinct parts of the UK, providing a vacation that will immerse you in its diverse Celtic heritage and an enormous wealth of archaeology. During your trip you will experience the many locals, fiercely protective of their Celtic roots, considering themselves more Cornish than British. Regardless of how they see themselves, the world regards the land of the proud Cornish as a captivating blend of ancient and new, where modern attractions stand right alongside historical mines and picturesque market towns.