40 days in England Itinerary

40 days in England Itinerary

Created using Inspirock England visit planner

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Canterbury
— 3 nights
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Winchester
— 5 nights
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Bath
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cheltenham
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cockermouth
— 5 nights
Drive
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Windermere
— 5 nights
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Padstow
— 5 nights
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London
— 6 nights

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Canterbury

— 3 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Canterbury: Dover (Dover Castle, Dover Sea Safari, &more), East Sussex Falconry (in Herstmonceux) and The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden). There's much more to do: stroll through Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rye Waterworks MIcropub, and examine the collection at The Micro Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Canterbury journey builder site.

London to Canterbury is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Winchester.

Things to do in Canterbury

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Winchester

— 5 nights
Winchester is a city and the county town of Hampshire, England. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Winchester: Salisbury (Old Sarum & Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta), Forest Falconry (in Landford) and Ringwood Brewery (in Ringwood). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Stonehenge, steep yourself in history at Wilton House, get to know the resident critters at Hawk Conservancy Trust, and step into the grandiose world of The Great Hall.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Winchester trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Canterbury to Winchester in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Winchester are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Winchester

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bath

— 5 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Insight Activities Dorset (in Tolpuddle), Glastonbury (Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary & All Saints, St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses, &more) and Wells (Wells Cathedral & Milton Lodge Gardens). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, pick up some new knowledge with The Makery, get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bath trip planner.

Getting from Winchester to Bath by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cheltenham

— 5 nights
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Venture out of the city with trips to The Baobab Tree (in Stow-on-the-Wold), Cotswold Falconry Centre (in Moreton-in-Marsh) and Cotswold Motoring Museum (in Bourton-on-the-Water). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Walks With Hawks, admire the landmark architecture of Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tewkesbury Abbey, and meet the residents at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens.

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You can drive from Bath to Cheltenham in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Cheltenham sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Cockermouth.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Cockermouth

— 5 nights
Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cockermouth: Aira Force Waterfall (in Penrith), Wast Water (in Wasdale Head) and Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Derwentwater, get outside with Thirlmere in the Lake District, hike along Catbells Lakeland Walk, and examine the collection at Derwent Pencil Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cockermouth trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cheltenham to Cockermouth in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Cheltenham in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cockermouth: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Cockermouth

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Windermere

— 5 nights
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Windermere: Rydal Mount & Gardens (in Rydal), Bowness-on-Windermere (The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Easedale Tarn (in Grasmere). Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, step into the grandiose world of Sizergh Castle, take some stellar pictures from Orrest Head, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helvellyn.

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Traveling by car from Cockermouth to Windermere takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Padstow.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Padstow

— 5 nights
Padstow is a town, civil parish and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Padstow: Hockings Dairy Cream Ices (in Appledore), Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre (in Launceston) and Ilfracombe Sea Safari (in Ilfracombe). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Kernow Coasteering, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Padstow Brewing Company, step off the mainland to explore St. Michael's Mount, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Just-in-Roseland Church.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Padstow driving holiday website.

Getting from Windermere to Padstow by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Padstow

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

London

— 6 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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, make a trip to Buckingham Palace, take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the London trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Padstow to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. September in London sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

England travel guide

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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.