32 days in Dorset & London Itinerary

32 days in Dorset & London Itinerary

Created using Inspirock England travel planner

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Lyme Regis
— 3 nights
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 3 nights
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Bournemouth
— 8 nights
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London
— 17 nights
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Lyme Regis

— 3 nights
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25mi west of Dorchester and 25mi east of Exeter. Kids will enjoy Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and Cobb Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like West Bay Harbour and Sladers Yard Gallery. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Cobb, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Cap Estate, see some colorful creatures with West Bay Charters, and admire the masterpieces at Artwave West Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lyme Regis road trip website.

Exeter to Lyme Regis is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Lyme Regis

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 3 nights
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Bring the kids along to Durlston Country Park and Lulworth Cove. Escape the urban bustle at Monkey World and Tyneham Village and Flower's Barrow Walk. The adventure continues: tee off at Swanage Golf Games, admire the striking features of St Martin On The Walls Church, shop like a local with Lucy's Farm, and cruise along Agglestone Rock.

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You can drive from Lyme Regis to Swanage in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

Bournemouth

— 8 nights
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mottisfont Abbey and Bay Tree Gifts and Parua. Step out of the city life by going to Hengistbury Head Beach and Avon Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bournemouth side-trips: Jane Austen's House (in Chawton), Winchester (Winchester City Mill & Winchester Cathedral) and New Forest National Park (in Lyndhurst). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Royal Navy Submarine Museum, kick back and relax at West Wittering Beach, don't miss a visit to Weymouth Harbour, and contemplate the long history of Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bournemouth trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Swanage to Bournemouth by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December in Bournemouth, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to London.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

London

— 17 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.
Do your shopping at Regent Street and Mayfair. Appreciate the collections at Sir John Soane's Museum and National Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Matha & Daisy's (in Burgess Hill), Tulleys Farm (in Turners Hill) and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (in Brighton). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Wallace Collection, take a stroll through Westminster, explore the engaging exhibits at Royal Air Force Museum London, and hunt for treasures at Borough Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the London trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bournemouth to London takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December in London, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Dorset travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Aquariums
Celebrated novelist Thomas Hardy lived most of his life in Dorset and used it as a setting in many of his finest works. Today, tourists from around the globe use this region as a setting for their great English adventure. Places to visit in this county feature a variety of landscapes, including steep chalk hills, wide clay valleys, and a series of small but thriving dairy farms. Arguably the most important attraction of this rural region is the enormous Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site stretching for over 155 km (96 mi). A tour along this coastline, with its fossil-rich beaches and secluded bays, is a trip through time. The landforms of the region document the geologic developments that shaped the surface of our planet over hundreds of millions of years.