38 days in England Itinerary

38 days in England Itinerary

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38 days in England Itinerary

Start: Colombo
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h 30​min
1
York
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Portinscale
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Grange-over-Sands
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cirencester
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bath
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Rye
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Norwich
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
8
London
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Colombo

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.
Let the collections at National Railway Museum and Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: Walworth Castle Birds of Prey (in Walworth), Hawks Of Steele (in Newark-on-Trent) and Holly Hagg (in Sheffield). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at York Castle Museum, wander the streets of York Shambles, learn about all things military at The York Army Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Tetney marshes.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our York trip itinerary tool .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to York is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to York is minus 5 hours. In January, York is colder than Colombo - with highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Portinscale.

Things to do in York

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tetney marshes, Donna Nook Nature Reserve, The Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre, York Bird of Prey Centre, Holly Hagg
Highlights from your plan
Walworth Castle Birds of Prey ©
Walworth Castle Birds of Prey
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum

5
nights
Portinscale

Portinscale ©
Museum-lovers will appreciate Thornthwaite Galleries and J.B.Banks and Son Ltd. Get out of town with these interesting Portinscale side-trips: Giggle Alley (in Eskdale), Muncaster Castle (in Ravenglass) and Haweswater Reservoir (in Burn Banks).

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Portinscale online travel route planner .

You can drive from York to Portinscale in 2.5 hours. In January in Portinscale, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grange-over-Sands.

Things to do in Portinscale

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Keswick, Cockermouth, Buttermere, The Lakes Distillery, Castle Crag
Highlights from your plan
Haweswater Reservoir ©
Haweswater Reservoir
Walla Crag ©
Walla Crag
Muncaster Castle ©
Muncaster Castle

4
nights
Grange-over-Sands

Grange-over-Sands ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Grange-over-Sands: RSPB Hodbarrow Nature Reserve (in Millom), Moss Eccles Tarn (in Ambleside) and Barrow-in-Furness (Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve & South Walney Nature Reserve). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Ornamental Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rydal Hall Sculpture Path, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grange-over-Sands online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Portinscale to Grange-over-Sands takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cirencester.

Things to do in Grange-over-Sands

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ambleside, Barrow-in-Furness, Lakeland Motor Museum, RSPB Hodbarrow Nature Reserve, Bogle Crag Trail
Highlights from your plan
RSPB Hodbarrow Nature Reserve ©
RSPB Hodbarrow Nature Reserve
Lakeland Motor Museum ©
Lakeland Motor Museum
Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve ©

4
nights
Cirencester

Cirencester ©
Cirencester is a market town in east Gloucestershire, England, west northwest of London. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mechanical Music Museum and Art Couture Painswick Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cirencester: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (in Slimbridge), Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd (in Uley) and Greystones Farm (in Bourton-on-the-Water). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Westonbirt Arboretum, take an in-depth tour of Cotswold Countryside Collection, take a peaceful walk through Cirencester Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary The Virgin Church.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cirencester travel route builder website .

You can drive from Grange-over-Sands to Cirencester in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Bath.

Things to do in Cirencester

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Northleach, Tetbury, Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd, Crickley Hill, Lodgemore Bridge
Highlights from your plan
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre ©
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd ©
Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd
Church of St Peter & St Paul ©
Church of St Peter & St Paul

5
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Appreciate the collections at The Roman Baths and Gordon Russell Design Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bath: Ham Wall Nature Reserve (in Glastonbury), Somerset Crafts (in Westhay) and Cheltenham (Walks With Hawks & Battledown Brewery). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at John Moore Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St Cuthbert's parish Church, explore the striking landscape of Monastery garden prinknash, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Bath online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cirencester to Bath in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Rye.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Glastonbury, Gloucester, Cheltenham, St Cuthbert's parish Church, Malvern Hills
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Bugatti Trust Visitor Center ©
Bugatti Trust Visitor Center
Nature in Art ©
Nature in Art

4
nights
Rye

Rye ©
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rye: The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden), The Hawking Centre (in Doddington) and East Sussex Falconry (in Herstmonceux). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and get outside with Romney Marsh.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rye travel route tool .

Getting from Bath to Rye by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Norwich.

Things to do in Rye

Wildlife Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oare Marshes Nature Reserve, Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, Hambrook Marshes, The Hawking Centre, East Sussex Falconry
Highlights from your plan
The Big Cat Sanctuary ©
The Big Cat Sanctuary
The Hawking Centre ©
The Hawking Centre
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve ©
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

4
nights
Norwich

Norwich ©
Boasting a nearly 1,000-year history, Norwich is a vibrant city known for its inclusive atmosphere, openness, and quirky charm.
Get out of town with these interesting Norwich side-trips: Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve (in Fakenham), Happisburgh Owl Barn (in North Walsham) and Horsey Beach (in Horsey). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bobbit's Hole, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Norwich Cathedral, see the interesting displays at The Royal Station, and go for a walk through Winterton Dunes.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Norwich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rye to Norwich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Norwich can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Norwich

Wildlife Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Horsey Beach, The Royal Station, Bobbit's Hole, RSPB Titchwell Marsh, World Horse Welfare Hall Farm
Highlights from your plan
Happisburgh Owl Barn ©
Happisburgh Owl Barn
Horsey Beach ©
Horsey Beach
The Royal Station ©
The Royal Station

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery and The British Museum. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, identify plant and animal life at Hampstead Heath, admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds London.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the London trip planner.

Take a train from Norwich to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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