5 days in South West England Itinerary

5 days in South West England Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South West England route planner

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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 1 day
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Weymouth
— 1 night
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Buckfastleigh
— 1 night
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Newquay
— 2 nights
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

— 1 day
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Swanage Pier and then identify plant and animal life at StudlandBeachandNatureReserve.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Swanage trip itinerary website.

London to Swanage is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Weymouth.

Things to do in Swanage

Wildlife · Parks

Weymouth

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, make a trip to Portland Bill Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Nothe Fort, then race across the water with Weymouth Bay Rib Charters, and finally don't miss a visit to Weymouth Harbour.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Weymouth trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Swanage to Weymouth takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Buckfastleigh.

Things to do in Weymouth

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Buckfastleigh

— 1 night
Buckfastleigh is a small market town and civil parish in Devon, England situated beside the Devon Expressway (A38) at the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stop by House of Marbles, relax in the rural setting at Pennywell Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buckfast Abbey.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Buckfastleigh trip planner.

You can drive from Weymouth to Buckfastleigh in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Newquay.

Things to do in Buckfastleigh

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Newquay

— 2 nights

Surf Capital of the UK

Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
On the 16th (Sun), kick back and relax at Perranporth Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Screech Owl Sanctuary, then stroll through Porthminster Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Porthmeor Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Truro Cathedral, then examine the collection at National Maritime Museum Cornwall, then explore the historical opulence of Pendennis Castle, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Newquay trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Buckfastleigh to Newquay in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Newquay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Devon travel guide

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Beaches · Theme Parks · Gardens
One of England’s favorite summer vacation destinations, Devon features two very different coastlines, both of which are packed with white sandy beaches known for their turquoise waters and near-perfect surfing conditions. Numerous resort towns and sheltered harbors provide lots of holiday options, many of which have retained their old-world appeal in the face of modernization and attract tourism from all over the country and across the globe. Get away from the tourist crowds by venturing deeper into the region’s countryside, which is dotted with sleepy villages and sweeping green pastures. Devon’s country inns and traditional pubs are well known for offering holidays full of hearty regional cuisine, as well as charming their guests with quintessential Devonian hospitality and good humor.