32 days in England Itinerary

32 days in England Itinerary

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32 days in England Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 45​min
1
York
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Alnwick
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ambleside
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bath
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Exeter
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Bodmin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Sandown, Isle of Wight
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Cambridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Norwich
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at RSPB Bempton Cliffs and Knaresborough Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fountains Abbey and Scarborough Castle. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Streetlife Museum of Transport (in Kingston-upon-Hull), Filey Beach (in Filey) and Scarborough Beach (in Scarborough). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Steep Hill.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the York online trip itinerary builder .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to York is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to York. May in York sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Alnwick.

Things to do in York

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Scarborough, Knaresborough Castle, Filey Beach, Streetlife Museum of Transport, Fountains Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Knaresborough Castle ©
Knaresborough Castle
Scarborough Castle ©
Scarborough Castle

2
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cragside House and Gardens, then stop by The Emporium, then explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Grace Darling Museum, explore the ancient world of Lindisfarne Priory, and then explore the historical opulence of Lindisfarne Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alnwick trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from York to Alnwick takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from York in May, you will find days in Alnwick are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Holy Island, Cragside House and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Grace Darling Museum ©
Grace Darling Museum
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Lindisfarne Castle ©
Lindisfarne Castle

4
nights
Ambleside

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tarn Hows and Muncaster Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Catbells Lakeland Walk and Lake Windermere. Explore Ambleside's surroundings by going to Lakeland Motor Museum (in Backbarrow), Aira Force (in Penrith) and St Catherine's Chruch (in Boot). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesus Church, explore the historical opulence of Sizergh Castle, and see the interesting displays at The World of Beatrix Potter.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ambleside trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Alnwick to Ambleside takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bath.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Windermere, Keswick, Sizergh Castle, Muncaster Castle, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Highlights from your plan
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Muncaster Castle ©
Muncaster Castle
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House ©
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

3
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tewkesbury Abbey and Dyrham Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glastonbury Abbey and Fleet Air Arm Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Gloucester (Gloucester Docks & Gloucester Cathedral) and Wells Cathedral (in Wells). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Pulteney Bridge and admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bath trip planner .

Drive from Ambleside to Bath in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Exeter.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gloucester, Wells Cathedral, Dyrham Park, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Tewkesbury Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral
Dyrham Park ©
Dyrham Park
Fleet Air Arm Museum ©
Fleet Air Arm Museum

2
nights
Exeter

Exeter ©
Exeter is a cathedral city in Devon England with a population of. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at The Donkey Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Exmouth Beach, steep yourself in history at Greenway, and then admire the natural beauty at Coleton Fishacre.

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

Traveling by train from Bath to Exeter takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bodmin.

Things to do in Exeter

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dartmouth, Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve, The Donkey Sanctuary, Exmouth Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Donkey Sanctuary ©
The Donkey Sanctuary
Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve ©
Greenway House ©
Greenway House

3
nights
Bodmin

Bodmin ©
Bodmin is a civil parish and historic town in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jon Tremaine, Wildlife Artist Studio and Tintagel Castle. Visiting Carbis Bay Beach and Perranporth Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Porthminster Beach in St Ives (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Screech Owl Sanctuary and take in nature's colorful creations at Lanhydrock House and Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bodmin tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Exeter to Bodmin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Swanage.

Things to do in Bodmin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St Ives, Screech Owl Sanctuary, Tintagel Castle, Perranporth Beach
Highlights from your plan
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Carbis Bay Beach ©
Carbis Bay Beach
Screech Owl Sanctuary ©
Screech Owl Sanctuary

4
nights
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

Swanage ©
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Visiting Durlston Country Park and Lulworth Cove will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Portland Bill Lighthouse and Corfe Castle. Explore Swanage's surroundings by going to Sandbanks Beach (in Poole) and Hengistbury Head (in Bournemouth). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at StudlandBeachandNatureReserve, brush up on your military savvy at The Tank Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Lucy's Farm, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Model Village Gardens & Cafe.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Swanage trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bodmin to Swanage takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sandown.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Portland Bill Lighthouse, Sandbanks Beach, The Tank Museum, Hengistbury Head Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lulworth Cove ©
Lulworth Cove
Model Village Gardens & Cafe ©
Model Village Gardens & Cafe
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve ©
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve

4
nights
Sandown, Isle of Wight

Sandown ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and Steve's Beach. Take a break from the city and head to The Garlic Farm and Monkey Haven. Get out of town with these interesting Sandown side-trips: Portsmouth (HMS Victory & HMS Warrior 1860).

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sandown trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Swanage to Sandown in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. In May in Sandown, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cambridge.

Things to do in Sandown

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Newport, Portsmouth, Shanklin, Arreton, Bembridge Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Shanklin Chine ©
Shanklin Chine
Steve's Beach ©
Steve's Beach
Arreton Barns ©
Arreton Barns

2
nights
Cambridge

Cambridge ©
Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ely Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Ickworth House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): gain insight at King's College Chapel, then see the interesting displays at IWM Duxford, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Anglesey Abbey.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambridge visit planner.

Getting from Sandown to Cambridge by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In May in Cambridge, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Norwich.

Things to do in Cambridge

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ely Cathedral, Ickworth, IWM Duxford, Anglesey Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Ely Cathedral ©
Ely Cathedral
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford

3
nights
Norwich

Norwich ©
Boasting a nearly 1,000-year history, Norwich is a vibrant city known for its inclusive atmosphere, openness, and quirky charm.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Blickling Estate and Felbrigg Hall. Step off the beaten path and head to Hunstanton Beach and Wells Next The Sea Beach. Explore Norwich's surroundings by going to Bircham Gallery (in Holt), Gorleston Beach (in Gorleston-on-Sea) and Binham Priory (in Binham). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sandringham House, explore the historical opulence of Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Horsey Beach, and admire the striking features of Norwich Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Norwich online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Cambridge to Norwich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Norwich are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Norwich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Binham Priory, Horsey Beach, Blickling Estate, Hunstanton Beach, Wells Next The Sea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Horsey Beach ©
Horsey Beach
Binham Priory ©
Binham Priory
Wells Next The Sea Beach ©
Wells Next The Sea Beach

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