40 days in England Itinerary

40 days in England Itinerary

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Fly to Manchester, Train to York
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York
— 4 nights
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Cockermouth
— 5 nights
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Grange-over-Sands
— 4 nights
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Bakewell
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bourton-on-the-Water
— 5 nights
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Plymouth
— 5 nights
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Bath
— 5 nights
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London
— 6 nights
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York

— 4 nights

City of Festivals

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.
York Minster and Helmsley All Saints Church will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to National Centre for Birds of Prey (in Helmsley), Beacon Alpacas (in Husthwaite) and St Michael's Church (in Coxwold). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at York Bird of Prey Centre, take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls, take an in-depth tour of National Railway Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of York Shambles.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our York trip itinerary planning site.

Los Angeles, USA to York is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in York reach 66°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cockermouth.

Things to do in York

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · 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. Museum-lovers will get to explore J.B.Banks and Son Ltd and Percy House Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Muncaster Castle and St Catherine's Chruch. Venture out of the city with trips to Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale), Falconry Days (in Hexham) and Milecastle 48- Hadrian's Wall (in Gilsland). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lakeland Mountain Guides, contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, contemplate the long history of Castlerigg Stone Circle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Aira Force Waterfall.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cockermouth visit planner.

You can drive from York to Cockermouth in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Cockermouth can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Grange-over-Sands.

Things to do in Cockermouth

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grange-over-Sands

— 4 nights
Known for its friendly people and balmy climate, Grange-over-Sands serves as a home base for holidaymakers who come to explore the surrounding area.
You'll explore and learn at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House and Lakeland Motor Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Orrest Head and Townend. Venture out of the city with trips to Jesus Church (in Troutbeck), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Windermere) and Ambleside (Loughrigg Fell & Wray Castle). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Predator Experience, see the interesting displays at Hawkshead Grammar School, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tarn Hows, and explore the historical opulence of Sizergh Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Grange-over-Sands trip planner.

Drive from Cockermouth to Grange-over-Sands in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bakewell.

Things to do in Grange-over-Sands

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Bakewell

— 5 nights
Bakewell is a small market town and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. You'll explore and learn at Chatsworth House and Eyam Plague Village Museum. Get some historical perspective at Thornbridge Hall Gardens and Kedleston Hall. Change things up with these side-trips from Bakewell: Charnwood Forest Alpacas (in Boundary), Hawks Of Steele (in Newark-on-Trent) and Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre (in Laxton). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Peak Mountaineering, step into the grandiose world of Castleton Walk, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Parish Church, and steep yourself in history at Mompesson’s Well.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bakewell trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grange-over-Sands to Bakewell takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In June in Bakewell, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Things to do in Bakewell

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bourton-on-the-Water

— 5 nights
Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cotswold Motoring Museum and Corinium Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Sudeley Castle and Kiftsgate Court Gardens for their historical value. Explore Bourton-on-the-Water's surroundings by going to Chavenage House (in Tetbury) and Hidcote Manor Garden (in Chipping Campden). The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Cotswold Brewing Company, surround yourself with nature on Cotswolds By Car, identify plant and animal life at Birdland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Oswald's Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bourton-on-the-Water travel planner.

Getting from Bakewell to Bourton-on-the-Water by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plymouth.

Things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Plymouth

— 5 nights

Spirit of Discovery

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 Moretonhampstead Motor Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate St Just-in-Roseland Church and Church House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plymouth: The Flicka Foundation - Donkey Sanctuary (in Penryn), St Petroc's Church (in Lydford) and Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre (in Exmouth). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plymouth Synagogue, take a memorable tour with Devon Sea Safari, look for all kinds of wild species at Screech Owl Sanctuary, and admire the striking features of Exeter Cathedral.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Plymouth vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bourton-on-the-Water to Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Plymouth

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Roman Baths and Wells Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Somerset Crafts (in Westhay), Cheltenham Minster (in Cheltenham) and White Spring Well & Temple (in Glastonbury). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Stonehenge, identify plant and animal life at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, and surround yourself with nature on Arctic Quest Sled Dog Adventures.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bath trip maker app.

Drive from Plymouth to Bath in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Get some historical perspective at Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. The British Museum and Natural History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Alpaca Walking - with Spring Farm Alpacas (in Fletching) and East Sussex Falconry (in Herstmonceux). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, walk around Hyde Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the London online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bath to London takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in London can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.