22 days in England Itinerary

22 days in England Itinerary

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York
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cockermouth
— 2 nights
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Windermere
— 1 night
Drive
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Bakewell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cheltenham
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bath
— 3 nights
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Brighton and Hove
— 2 nights
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London
— 5 nights

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York

— 3 nights

City of Festivals

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: Bolton Steam Museum (in Bolton) and Liverpool (Royal Albert Dock Liverpool & Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum, explore the ancient world of York City Walls, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at York Minster.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the York trip itinerary builder tool.

London to York is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in York sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cockermouth.

Things to do in York

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cockermouth

— 2 nights
Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Muncaster Castle, stop by Alexandra's of Keswick, then go for a walk through Alpacaly Ever After, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St James’ Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest, then steep yourself in history at Castlerigg Stone Circle, and then explore the activities along Derwentwater.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cockermouth road trip website.

Traveling by car from York to Cockermouth takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Cockermouth

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Windermere

— 1 night
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. On the 24th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Waterhead Pier, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Orrest Head.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Windermere tour planner.

You can drive from Cockermouth to Windermere in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bakewell.

Things to do in Windermere

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bakewell

— 2 nights
Bakewell is a small market town and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): hike along Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Church, Baslow, then view the masterpieces at Chatsworth House, and finally make a trip to Peak District Photography Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Peak Cavern, identify plant and animal life at Peak Mountaineering, then explore the activities along Ladybower Reservoir, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castleton Walk.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bakewell trip planner.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Bakewell takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Bakewell, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Bakewell

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cheltenham

— 3 nights
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Venture out of the city with trips to Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton), Tetbury (The Royal Gardens at Highgrove & Chavenage House) and The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sudeley Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Evangelist Church, Slimbridge, Glos, look for all kinds of wild species at Walks With Hawks, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cheltenham trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bakewell to Cheltenham in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bath

— 3 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Get out of town with these interesting Bath side-trips: Malmesbury Market Cross (in Malmesbury), Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury) and Westonbirt Arboretum (in Tetbury). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, surround yourself with nature on West of England Falconry, delve into the mystery of Stonehenge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bath trip builder website.

Getting from Cheltenham to Bath by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brighton and Hove.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Brighton and Hove

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Chutima Therapy, then stop by Gustamps, then experience rural life at Sussex High Weald Dairy, and finally relax in the rural setting at Plaw Hatch Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at East Sussex Falconry, then experience rural life at Tulleys Farm, and then tee off at Brighton Footgolf.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brighton and Hove trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Bath to Brighton and Hove takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. January in Brighton and Hove sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Parks · Spas · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

London

— 5 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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the London journey maker tool.

Getting from Brighton and Hove to London by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in London, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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.