23 days in England Itinerary

23 days in England Itinerary

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23 days in England Itinerary

Start: Bridgetown, Barbados
Fly:  13​h
1
London
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
York
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ambleside
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bamburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hexham
— 2 nights
+3
train + Fly + train + ferry:  5​h 15​min
6
Sandown, Isle of Wight
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Bridgetown, Barbados

4
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.
Visit St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Churchill War Rooms and British Museum. Change things up with a short trip to North Laine in Brighton (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, hunt for treasures at Covent Garden, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds London.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the London sightseeing planner.

Bridgetown, Barbados to London is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Bridgetown to London, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, London is colder than Bridgetown - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

North Laine
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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.
Get outdoors at Sandsend Beach and York Bird of Prey Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rievaulx Abbey and Treasurer's House. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: RNLI Lifeboat museum (in Whitby), The World Of James Herriot (in Thirsk) and National Centre for Birds of Prey (in Helmsley). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, admire the striking features of York Minster, and get engrossed in the history at York Castle Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our York custom trip planner.

Take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. September in York sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in York

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Whitby, Helmsley, World of James Herriot, York Bird of Prey Centre
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York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
Sandsend Beach ©
Sandsend Beach
National Centre for Birds of Prey ©
National Centre for Birds of Prey

4
nights
Ambleside

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House and Derwentwater. For shopping fun, head to The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop (Sarah Nelson's) or Lakeland. Change things up with these side-trips from Ambleside: Lake Windermere (in Windermere) and Scafell Pike Mountain (in Seathwaite). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Townend, explore the striking landscape at Helm Crag, admire the landmark architecture of Bridge House, and take in nature's colorful creations at Holehird Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ambleside travel planner.

Traveling by car from York to Ambleside takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Ambleside are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bamburgh.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Windermere, Grasmere, Townend, Scafell Pike Mountain, Derwentwater
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Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Scafell Pike Mountain ©
Scafell Pike Mountain
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House ©
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

3
nights
Bamburgh

Bamburgh ©
Bamburgh is a village and civil parish on the coast of Northumberland, England. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lindisfarne Castle and National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle. Get in touch with nature at The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and St Aiden Beach. Step out of Bamburgh with an excursion to Cragside House and Gardens in Rothbury--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Grace Darling Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, and look for gifts at Barter Books.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bamburgh itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ambleside to Bamburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ambleside in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in Bamburgh. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hexham.

Things to do in Bamburgh

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Holy Island, Alnwick, Cragside House and Gardens, The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Highlights from your plan
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens

2
nights
Hexham

Hexham ©
Hexham is a market town and civil parish in Northumberland, England, south of the River Tyne, and was the administrative centre for the Tynedale district from 1974 to 2009. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Allendale Forge Studios, steep yourself in history at Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall, take in the pleasant sights at Walltown Crags - Hadrian's Wall, then take an in-depth tour of Vindolanda, and finally get engrossed in the history at Roman Army Museum. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at De Vere Slaley Hall Golf Course, then step into the grandiose world of Aydon Castle, and then delve into the distant past at Corbridge Roman Town.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hexham sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bamburgh to Hexham takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Sandown.

Things to do in Hexham

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Corbridge
Highlights from your plan
Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall ©
Vindolanda ©
Vindolanda
Roman Army Museum ©
Roman Army Museum

3
nights
Sandown, Isle of Wight

Sandown ©
Step out of the city life by going to Shanklin Chine and Horseback Riding Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Steephill Cove Beach and Ryde Beach. When in Sandown, make a side trip to see Chessell Pottery Barns in Brook, approximately 38 minutes away.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sandown holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hexham to Sandown. September in Sandown sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sandown

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Brading, Shanklin Chine, Bembridge Windmill, Isle of Wight Postal Museum, Chessell Pottery Cafe
Highlights from your plan
St Catherine's Lighthouse ©
St Catherine's Lighthouse
Steephill Cove Beach ©
Steephill Cove Beach
Adgestone Vineyard ©
Adgestone Vineyard

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