37 days in South East England, South West England & Wales Itinerary

37 days in South East England, South West England & Wales Itinerary

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37 days in South East England, South West England & Wales Itinerary

Start: Paris
train:  2​h 30​min
1
London
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
2
Oxford
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bath
— 5 nights
train:  7​h
4
Caernarfon
— 5 nights
train:  5​h
5
Cardiff
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Plymouth
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
7
Weymouth
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Portsmouth
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Paris

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, examine the collection at The British Museum, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the London trip planner .

Paris, France to London is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. November in London sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Oxford.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Dover Castle, Canterbury Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
Canterbury Cathedral ©
Canterbury Cathedral
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

4
nights
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Blenheim Palace and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Step off the beaten path and head to Bletchley Park and Pitt Rivers Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to St Mary's Church (in Halford), St. Mary's Church (in Fairford) and Swinbrook (St Oswald's Church & St Mary's Church). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Combe Mill, pause for some serene contemplation at Hailes Church, and contemplate the long history of St Nicholas Church.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oxford visit planner.

Take a train from London to Oxford in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Oxford can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Burford, Woodstock, Bletchley Park, Hailes Church, St Nicholas Church
Highlights from your plan
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace
Bletchley Park ©
Bletchley Park

5
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 The Roman Baths and Castle Combe Village. Let the collections at Haynes International Motor Museum and Aerospace Bristol capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Stonehenge public footpath (in Salisbury), Jet Age Museum (in Gloucester) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, get curious at Herschel Museum of Astronomy, contemplate the long history of Chalice Well, and pause for some serene contemplation at Manvers Street Baptist Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bath trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Oxford to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Glastonbury, Stonehenge public footpath, The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Jet Age Museum, Castle Combe Village
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Haynes International Motor Museum ©
Haynes International Motor Museum
Aerospace Bristol ©
Aerospace Bristol

5
nights
Caernarfon

Caernarfon
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Caernarfon Castle and Cae'r Gors. Let the collections at The Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum and Quarry Hospital Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Caernarfon: Bodelwyddan (Bodelwyddan Castle & Park & Marble Church). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Segontium Roman Fort, pause for some serene contemplation at The Presbyterian Church of Wales, Castle Square, enjoy some diversion at Beacon Climbing Centre, and stroll through Beddgelert.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Caernarfon road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bath to Caernarfon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cardiff.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bodelwyddan
Highlights from your plan
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Bodelwyddan Castle & Park ©
Bodelwyddan Castle & Park
Marble Church ©
Marble Church

4
nights
Cardiff

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
St Fagans National Museum of History and Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Cardiff Castle and Goodrich Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cardiff: The Original Tin Shed Experience (The History Shed Experience C.I.C.) (in Laugharne), Monnow Bridge and Gate (in Monmouth) and Land of the Lost Content Museum (in Craven Arms). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Stokesay Castle, steep yourself in history at St Laurence's Church, get curious at Techniquest, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Llandaff Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cardiff road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Caernarfon to Cardiff in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plymouth.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ludlow, Goodrich Castle, Land of the Lost Content Museum, Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, Monnow Bridge and Gate
Highlights from your plan
St Fagans National Museum of History ©
Stokesay Castle
Stokesay Castle
Goodrich Castle ©
Goodrich Castle

4
nights
Plymouth

Plymouth ©
Once an important departure point for immigrants sailing for the New World, Plymouth is now mostly known for being one of the world’s most impressive natural harbors.
Appreciate the collections at Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like St Just-in-Roseland Church and St Mawes Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Moretonhampstead Motor Museum (in Moretonhampstead), Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre (in Lifton) and Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle) (in Dunchideock). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Plymouth Synagogue, visit a coastal fixture at Smeaton's Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Church, Hooe, and pause for some photo ops at Royal Air Force and Allied Air Forces Monument.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Plymouth trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cardiff to Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Weymouth.

Things to do in Plymouth

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Buckland Abbey, St Just-in-Roseland Church, St Mawes Castle, Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle)
Highlights from your plan
St Just-in-Roseland Church ©
St Just-in-Roseland Church
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre ©
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

4
nights
Weymouth

Weymouth ©
Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. Let the collections at The Museum of Somerset and Castletown D-Day Centre capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sherborne Abbey and The Minster Church of St Cuthburga. There's still lots to do: stroll through Weymouth Beach, admire the natural beauty at Greenhill Gardens, admire the striking features of Saint Nicholas Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Church.

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You can drive from Plymouth to Weymouth in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Weymouth

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Sherborne Abbey, Saint Nicholas Church, Castletown D-Day Centre, The Museum of Somerset, The Minster Church of St Cuthburga
Highlights from your plan
Castletown D-Day Centre ©
Castletown D-Day Centre
The Museum of Somerset ©
The Museum of Somerset
Sherborne Abbey ©
Sherborne Abbey

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Weald & Downland Living Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mary Rose Museum and The D-Day Story. Explore Portsmouth's surroundings by going to Mattingley Church (in Mattingley), Jane Austen's House Museum (in Chawton) and Arundel Cathedral (in Arundel). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at HMS Victory, steep yourself in history at Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson, learn about all things military at National Museum of the Royal Navy, and get engrossed in the history at Portsmouth Museum.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Portsmouth holiday website .

Getting from Weymouth to Portsmouth by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichester, Portchester Castle, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Jane Austen's House Museum, Mattingley Church
Highlights from your plan
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
The Mary Rose Museum ©
The Mary Rose Museum
Weald & Downland Living Museum ©
Weald & Downland Living Museum

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