26 days in England Itinerary

26 days in England Itinerary

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26 days in England Itinerary

Start: London
train:  2​h
1
Norwich
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
York
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Penrith
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Bideford
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
St Ives
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Portsmouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Eastbourne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
London
— 5 nights
End: London

1
night
Norwich

Norwich ©
Boasting a nearly 1,000-year history, Norwich is a vibrant city known for its inclusive atmosphere, openness, and quirky charm.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Blickling Estate and then steep yourself in history at Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Gorleston Beach, step into the grandiose world of Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Norwich Cathedral.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Norwich trip itinerary maker app .

London to Norwich is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to York.

Things to do in Norwich

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Blickling Estate, Gorleston Beach
Highlights from your plan
Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate ©
Gorleston Beach ©
Gorleston Beach
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery ©

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.
Kids will enjoy Scarborough Beach and The Forbidden Corner. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Filey Beach and Sandsend Beach. Explore York's surroundings by going to Fountains Abbey (in Ripon), Scarborough Castle (in Scarborough) and Steep Hill (in Lincoln). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of York Minster and wander the streets of York Shambles.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the York travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Norwich to York takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In August, daily temperatures in York can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Penrith.

Things to do in York

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scarborough, Filey Beach, Fountains Abbey, The Forbidden Corner, Sandsend Beach
Highlights from your plan
Steep Hill ©
Steep Hill
Sandsend Beach ©
Sandsend Beach
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach

2
nights
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. On the 12th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Hexham Abbey, then steep yourself in history at Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall, then take an in-depth tour of Vindolanda, and finally contemplate the long history of Carlisle Cathedral. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Keld Chapel, then take in the dramatic scenery at Aira Force Waterfall, then steep yourself in history at Castlerigg Stone Circle, and finally explore the activities along Derwentwater.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Penrith trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from York to Penrith by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bideford.

Things to do in Penrith

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hexham, Keswick, Carlisle Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Hexham Abbey ©
Hexham Abbey
Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall ©
Aira Force Waterfall ©
Aira Force Waterfall

3
nights
Bideford

Bideford ©
Bideford is a historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge in north Devon, south-west England. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tintagel Castle and Woolacombe Beach. Visiting Westward Ho Beach and Saunton Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Bideford's surroundings by going to Valley of the Rocks (in Lynmouth), Ilfracombe (Watermouth Family Theme Park & Castle & Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room) and Dunster Castle (in Dunster). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Bude Tunnel.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bideford online trip planner .

Getting from Penrith to Bideford by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to St Ives.

Things to do in Bideford

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ilfracombe, Dunster Castle, Woolacombe Beach, Valley of the Rocks, Tintagel Castle
Highlights from your plan
Woolacombe Beach ©
Woolacombe Beach
Saunton Beach ©
Saunton Beach
Westward Ho Beach ©
Westward Ho Beach

4
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Kids will appreciate attractions like Perranporth Beach and Porthmeor Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Lanhydrock House and Garden and Porthminster Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from St Ives: Falmouth (Trebah Garden & Pendennis Castle) and Crantock Beach (in Crantock). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Godrevy Beach, stroll through Carbis Bay Beach, admire the natural beauty at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Penlee House Gallery & Museum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the St Ives trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bideford to St Ives takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in St Ives are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Falmouth, Crantock Beach, Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Lanhydrock House and Garden, Godrevy Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lanhydrock House and Garden ©
Lanhydrock House and Garden
Crantock Beach ©
Crantock Beach
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach

4
nights
Portsmouth

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Step off the beaten path and head to Lulworth Cove and Godshill Model Village. Bring the kids along to The Roman Baths and Dorset Adventure Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Carisbrooke Castle (in Newport), Wells Cathedral (in Wells) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Corfe Castle, enjoy the sea views from St Catherine's Lighthouse, and make a trip to Portland Bill Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Portsmouth road trip website .

Drive from St Ives to Portsmouth in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Eastbourne.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Wells Cathedral, Godshill Model Village, Portland Bill Lighthouse, St Catherine's Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle
Portland Bill Lighthouse ©
Portland Bill Lighthouse

2
nights
Eastbourne

Eastbourne ©
Eastbourne is a town, seaside resort and borough in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex on the south coast of England, 19mi east of Brighton. On the 25th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Bateman's, explore the historical opulence of Bodiam Castle, then take in the history at Battle Abbey and Battlefield, and finally take a stroll through Old Town Hastings. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Drusillas Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Beachy Head.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Eastbourne itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Portsmouth to Eastbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Eastbourne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Eastbourne

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bodiam Castle, Drusillas Park, Battle Abbey and Battlefield, Old Town Hastings, Bateman's
Highlights from your plan
Bateman's ©
Bateman's
Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head
Bodiam Castle ©
Bodiam Castle

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Take a break from the city and head to The White Cliffs of Dover and Viking Bay. Step out of London to go to Ely and see Ely Cathedral, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the London visit planner .

You can take a train from Eastbourne to London in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in London can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The White Cliffs of Dover, Ely Cathedral, Viking Bay
Highlights from your plan
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Viking Bay ©
Viking Bay
Ely Cathedral ©
Ely Cathedral

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