31 days in England Itinerary

31 days in England Itinerary

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Fly to London Stansted Airport, Drive to Rainham
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Rainham
— 1 night
Drive
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Gillingham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Camber
— 1 night
Drive
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Winchelsea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playden
— 1 night
Drive
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Sissinghurst
— 1 night
Drive
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Maidstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Strood
— 1 night
Drive
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Rochester
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Chatham
— 1 night
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Whitstable
— 2 nights
Drive
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Canterbury
— 2 nights
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Ramsgate
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Broadstairs
— 1 night
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Margate
— 2 nights
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Sandwich
— 2 nights
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Deal
— 2 nights
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Dover
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Rainham

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Rainham Hall and then step into the grandiose world of Hadleigh Castle. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Upnor Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Ightham Mote, then admire the natural beauty at Chartwell, and finally contemplate the long history of Home of Charles Darwin Down House.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rainham trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Rainham is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dusseldorf to Rainham due to the time zone difference. May in Rainham sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gillingham.

Things to do in Rainham

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Gillingham

— 2 nights
Gillingham is a town and civil parish in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset, England. On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Lytes Cary Manor (National Trust), then engage your brain at Haynes International Motor Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sherborne Abbey, and finally step into the grandiose world of Old Wardour Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Gold Hill Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Nunney Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Longleat.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gillingham day trip planner.

Drive from Rainham to Gillingham in 3 hours. Traveling from Rainham in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Gillingham, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Camber.

Things to do in Gillingham

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Camber

— 1 night
Camber is a village and civil parish in the English county of East Sussex, three miles (4.8 km) south-east of Rye. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Camber Sands, pause for some serene contemplation at St Augustine Church, and then stroll through Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Camber trip planner.

Drive from Gillingham to Camber in 3.5 hours. In May in Camber, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Winchelsea.

Things to do in Camber

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Winchelsea

— 2 nights
Winchelsea is a small town in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, within the historic County of Sussex, England, located between the High Weald and the Romney Marsh, approximately south west of Rye and north east of Hastings. On the 6th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, examine the collection at Bexhill Museum, get curious at The Observatory Science Centre, then steep yourself in history at Bateman's, and finally steep yourself in history at Bodiam Railway Station. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Thomas the Martyr, see the interesting displays at Hastings Fishermen's Museum, see the interesting displays at Shipwreck Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Great Dixter House & Gardens, and finally contemplate the long history of Smallhythe Place.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Winchelsea trip planner.

Winchelsea is just a stone's throw from Camber. In May, daytime highs in Winchelsea are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Playden.

Things to do in Winchelsea

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Playden

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Church, examine the collection at Ypres Tower Museum, Rye Castle, get all the information you need at Rye Heritage Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Parish Church, then explore the ancient world of Landgate, and finally make a trip to St. Michael's Church.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Playden travel planning app.

Playden is very close to Winchelsea. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Sissinghurst.

Things to do in Playden

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Sissinghurst

— 1 night
Sissinghurst is a small village in the county of Kent in England. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): do a tasting at Hush Heath Winery and then stroll through Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sissinghurst online trip itinerary planner.

Sissinghurst is just a short distance from Playden. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Maidstone.

Things to do in Sissinghurst

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Maidstone

— 3 nights
Maidstone is a large, historically important town in Kent, England, of which it is the county town. Get a sense of the local culture at Ightham Mote and St. Augustine's Abbey. Visit Upnor Castle and Christ Church Gate for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maidstone: Margate Tudor House (in Margate), Sailors Church (in Ramsgate) and Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre (in Sandwich). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, take in nature's colorful creations at Scotney Castle Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Maidstone trip builder tool.

Maidstone is just a stone's throw from Sissinghurst. Traveling from Sissinghurst in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Maidstone, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Strood.

Things to do in Maidstone

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Strood

— 1 night
Strood is a town in the unitary authority of Medway in South East England. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Diggerland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranscombe Farm Reserve, and then make a trip to St Francis of Assisi Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Strood trip planner.

Strood is just a stone's throw from Maidstone. May in Strood sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Strood

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rochester

— 2 nights
Rochester is a town and historic city in the unitary authority of Medway in Kent, England. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Upnor Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chatham Memorial Synagogue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rochester Cathedral, then examine the collection at Guildhall Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rochester Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation and then brush up on your military savvy at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rochester road trip website.

Rochester is just a short distance from Strood. In May, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Chatham.

Things to do in Rochester

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Chatham

— 1 night
Chatham is one of the Medway towns located within the Medway unitary authority, in North Kent, in South East England.Chatham Dockyard closed in 1984, but major naval buildings remain as the focus for a flourishing tourist industry. On the 16th (Sat), examine the collection at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Engineers Museum, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chatham day trip website.

Chatham is very close to Rochester. In May in Chatham, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Whitstable.

Things to do in Chatham

Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Whitstable

— 2 nights
Whitstable is a seaside town on the north coast of Kent in south-east England, 5 miles (8km) north of Canterbury and 2 miles (3km) west of Herne Bay. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll through Joe's Bows, then take in the exciting artwork at Chappell Contemporary, then delve into the distant past at Reculver Towers and Roman Fort, and finally stroll through Tankerton Slopes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Tankerton Beach, shop like a local with Gallery 64a, make a trip to Whitstable Town Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Alphege Church, and finally take in the waterfront at Whitstable Harbour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Whitstable road trip planner.

You can drive from Chatham to Whitstable in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Whitstable are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canterbury.

Things to do in Whitstable

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Canterbury

— 2 nights
Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Christ Church Gate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canterbury Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint, see the interesting displays at The Kent Museum of Freemasonry, then steep yourself in history at Eastbridge Hospital, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Christopher Marlowe Memorial, see the interesting displays at The Canterbury Tales, take in the spiritual surroundings of Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens, explore the ancient world of St. Augustine's Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Martin's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Andrew's Church Wickhambreaux.

To see more things to do and tourist information, go to the Canterbury trip maker site.

Canterbury is just a stone's throw from Whitstable. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ramsgate.

Things to do in Canterbury

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Ramsgate

— 2 nights
Ramsgate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in east Kent, England. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Minster Abbey, see the interesting displays at The Micro Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George the Martyr Church, then contemplate the long history of Ramsgate Tunnels, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Defence of the Nation Museum and Education Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary the Virgin, stroll through Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine of St Augustine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Augustine's Abbey, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sailors Church.

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Ramsgate is just a short distance from Canterbury. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Broadstairs.

Things to do in Ramsgate

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Broadstairs

— 1 night
Broadstairs is a coastal town on the Isle of Thanet in the Thanet district of east Kent, England, about 80mi east of London. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stone Bay, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church Broadstairs, and then kick back and relax at Viking Bay.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Broadstairs road trip planner.

Broadstairs is just a stone's throw from Ramsgate. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Margate.

Things to do in Broadstairs

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Margate

— 2 nights
Margate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in Kent, England. On the 24th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Shell Grotto, steep yourself in history at Margate Tudor House, take an in-depth tour of Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum, then examine the collection at Margate Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pie Factory. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try for a hole-in-one at Lost Island Adventure Golf, get a new perspective on nature at The Powell-Cotton Museum, then learn about all things military at The RAF Manston History Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Margate Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Walpole Bay Hotel Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Margate travel route planner.

Margate is very close to Broadstairs. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Sandwich.

Things to do in Margate

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Sandwich

— 2 nights
Sandwich is a historic town and civil parish on the River Stour in the non-metropolitan district of Dover, within the ceremonial county of Kent, south-east England. On the 26th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter & St Paul Worth, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary the Virgin, Eastry, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Church, steep yourself in history at Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church, and finally take in the views from Sandwich Toll Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, pause for some serene contemplation at St Clement's Church, then explore the engaging exhibits at The Guildhall Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Church.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sandwich trip planner.

Sandwich is very close to Margate. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Deal.

Things to do in Sandwich

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Deal

— 2 nights
Deal is a town in Kent, England which lies on the English Channel, eight miles north-east of Dover and eight miles south of Ramsgate. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Deal Castle, take an in-depth tour of Deal Timeball Tower Museum, view the masterpieces at Linden Hall Studio, then brush up on your military savvy at Deal Maritime & Local History Museum, and finally take a stroll through Deal's Old Town. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St Leonard's Church, step into the grandiose world of Walmer Castle and Gardens, then delve into the distant past at Sandown Castle Community Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George's Church Deal, and finally see the interesting displays at Kent Museum of the Moving Image (Kent MOMI).

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Deal day trip planning site.

Deal is just a stone's throw from Sandwich. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dover.

Things to do in Deal

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dover

— 2 nights
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. On the 30th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Dover Museum, see the interesting displays at Kent Battle of Britain Museum, then examine the collection at Dover Transport Museum, and finally enjoy the sea views from South Foreland Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Secret Wartime Tunnels, then learn about all things military at PWRR & Queen's Regimental Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Folkestone Harbour Arm, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Leas Promenade.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dover day trip planner.

Dover is just a stone's throw from Deal. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dover

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.

Rye travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Churches · Specialty Museums
Rye is a small town in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, within the historic County of Sussex, England, which stands approximately two miles from the open sea and is at the confluence of three rivers: the Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede. In medieval times, however, as an important member of the Cinque Ports confederation, it was at the head of an embayment of the English Channel and almost entirely surrounded by the sea.Rye is officially a civil parish but with its historic roots has the status of a town; at the 2011 census it had a population of 4773. During its history its association with the sea has included providing ships for the service of the King in time of war, and being involved with smuggling gangs of the 18th and 19th centuries such as the notorious Hawkhurst Gang who used its inns such as The Mermaid Inn and The Olde Bell Inn, connected by secret passageway.Those historic roots and its charm make it a tourist destination, and much of its economy is based on that: there are a number of hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, tea rooms and restaurants, as well as other attractions, catering for the visitor. There is a small fishing fleet, and Rye Harbour has facilities for yachts and other vessels.HistoryThe name of Rye is believed to come from rie meaning a bank. Medieval maps show that Rye was originally located on a huge embayment of the English Channel called the Rye Camber, which provided a safe anchorage and harbour. Probably as early as Roman times, Rye was important as a place of shipment and storage of iron from the Wealden Iron Industry. The Mermaid Inn originally dates to 1156.

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