50 days in England Itinerary

50 days in England Itinerary

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50 days in England Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Oxford
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Portsmouth
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Newport, Isle of Wight
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bristol
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Birmingham
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cambridge
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Norwich
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
York
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Carlisle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Bamburgh
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Portland

3
nights
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Christ Church and Waddesdon Manor will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway and Snelsmore Common Country Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oxford: Highclere Castle (in Newbury), Bourton-on-the-Water (Birdland & Cotswold Motoring Museum) and Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (in Burford). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Otmoor, see the interesting displays at Pitt Rivers Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get a new perspective on nature at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oxford trip itinerary planning site .

Portland, USA to Oxford is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Portland in February, with highs in Oxford at 46°F and lows at 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Oxford

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Newbury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Otmoor
Highlights from your plan
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens ©
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Snelsmore Common Country Park ©
Snelsmore Common Country Park
Otmoor ©
Otmoor

3
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson and Winchester Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at Weald & Downland Living Museum and HMS Warrior 1860. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portsmouth: Twyford Waterworks (in Twyford) and Bournemouth (Hengistbury Head Beach & Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Chichester Cathedral and see the interesting displays at HMS Victory.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Portsmouth journey tool .

You can drive from Oxford to Portsmouth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Newport.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chichester, Bournemouth, Winchester Cathedral, Twyford Waterworks
Highlights from your plan
HMS Warrior 1860 ©
HMS Warrior 1860
Weald & Downland Living Museum ©
Weald & Downland Living Museum
Twyford Waterworks ©
Twyford Waterworks

5
nights
Newport, Isle of Wight

Newport ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Needles Battery and St Peter's Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St Mildred's Church and Newport Roman Villa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Newport online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Portsmouth to Newport takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Swanage.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ryde, Arreton, East Cowes, Cowes, Brighstone Village Museum
Highlights from your plan
Appley Beach ©
Appley Beach
St Catherine's Oratory ©
St Catherine's Oratory

3
nights
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

Swanage ©
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Discover out-of-the-way places like Durlston Country Park and StudlandBeachandNatureReserve. Appreciate the collections at Langton Matravers Museum of the Stone Industry and Lucy's Farm. Step out of Swanage with an excursion to Lulworth Cove in West Lulworth--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Studland to Swanage Trail, enjoy the sea views from Anvil Point Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre, and step into the grandiose world of Corfe Castle.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Swanage attractions tool .

Getting from Newport to Swanage by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Swanage are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Bristol.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove
Highlights from your plan
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve ©
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve
Durlston Country Park ©
Durlston Country Park
Corfe Castle Town Trust Museum ©
Corfe Castle Town Trust Museum

5
nights
Bristol

Bristol ©
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Haynes International Motor Museum and Sherborne Abbey. Popular historic sites such as North Curry Parish Church and Dunster Castle are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bristol: The Donkey Sanctuary (in Sidmouth), Fleet Air Arm Museum (in Ilchester) and Wells Cathedral (in Wells). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Fashion Museum Bath, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gloucester Docks, get engrossed in the history at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, and delve into the distant past at Stanton Drew Stone Circles & Cove.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bristol trip itinerary website .

Drive from Swanage to Bristol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Birmingham.

Things to do in Bristol

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Gloucester, Bath, Haynes International Motor Museum, Avebury Stone Circle, Sherborne Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Sherborne Abbey ©
Sherborne Abbey
Stanton Drew Stone Circles & Cove ©
Stanton Drew Stone Circles & Cove
Haynes International Motor Museum ©

5
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The MAD Museum and Weobley Jubilee Heritage Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Kington Museum and Ludlow Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to British Ironwork Centre (in Oswestry), Wollaton Hall and Park (in Nottingham) and Blists Hill Victorian Town (in Ironbridge). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum Cosford, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Black Country Living Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Birmingham day trip planning site .

Take a train from Bristol to Birmingham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Birmingham, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cambridge.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kington Museum, British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park, Wollaton Hall and Park, Worcester Cathedral, Ludlow Castle
Highlights from your plan
Blists Hill Victorian Town ©
Blists Hill Victorian Town
Kington Museum ©
Kington Museum
Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum Cosford ©

5
nights
Cambridge

Cambridge ©
Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial and Lakenheath Fen RSPB Reserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at American Air Museum and Imperial War Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cambridge side-trips: WWT Welney Wetland Centre (in Welney), Peterborough Cathedral (in Peterborough) and Ely (Ted Coney's Family Portraits & Ely Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Imperial War Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary and St Michael's Church, take an in-depth tour of Baldocks Mill - The Heritage Centre, and contemplate the long history of Anglesey Abbey.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambridge online attractions planner .

You can drive from Birmingham to Cambridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cambridge can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Norwich.

Things to do in Cambridge

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Duxford, Ely, Baldocks Mill - The Heritage Centre, Lakenheath Fen RSPB Reserve, Chatteris Museum
Highlights from your plan
WWT Welney Wetland Centre ©
WWT Welney Wetland Centre
American Air Museum ©
American Air Museum
Imperial War Museum ©
Imperial War Museum

5
nights
Norwich

Norwich ©
Boasting a nearly 1,000-year history, Norwich is a vibrant city known for its inclusive atmosphere, openness, and quirky charm.
Visiting Horsey Beach and RSPB Minsmere will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Gorleston Beach and Wells Next The Sea Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Norwich side-trips: Stalham (The Old Fire Station & John Etheridge the Cycling Artist), The David Howkins memorial Charity Museum (in Great Yarmouth) and Blickling Estate (in Blickling). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Natureland Seal Sanctuary, explore the historical opulence of Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John Maddermarket.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Norwich trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cambridge to Norwich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Norwich are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to York.

Things to do in Norwich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Great Yarmouth, Stalham, Blickling Estate, Horsey Beach, Toad Hole Cottage
Highlights from your plan
Horsey Beach ©
Horsey Beach
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Toad Hole Cottage ©
Toad Hole Cottage

5
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.
Relax by the water at Filey Beach and Scarborough Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Yorkshire Wolds Gallery and Streetlife Museum of Transport. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Steep Hill (in Lincoln), The Creative Lab (in Beverley) and RSPB Bempton Cliffs (in Bempton). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, examine the collection at Royal Armouries Museum, view the masterpieces at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and explore the ancient world of Fountains Abbey.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our York trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Norwich to York in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Carlisle.

Things to do in York

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wakefield, The Creative Lab, Filey Beach, Streetlife Museum of Transport, Steep Hill
Highlights from your plan
Streetlife Museum of Transport ©
Streetlife Museum of Transport
RSPB Bempton Cliffs ©
RSPB Bempton Cliffs
National Coal Mining Museum for England ©

5
nights
Carlisle

Carlisle ©
Carlisle is a city and the county town of Cumbria. Get a sense of the local culture at Carlisle Cathedral and Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lakeland Motor Museum and Cumberland Bird Of Prey Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlisle: Bowness-on-Windermere (The World of Beatrix Potter & Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House), Hexham (Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum) and St Oswald's Church (in Wall). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Castlerigg Stone Circle, take in the exciting artwork at Old Courthouse Gallery, explore the world behind art at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Windermere.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carlisle online visit planner .

Drive from York to Carlisle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bamburgh.

Things to do in Carlisle

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hexham, Bowness-on-Windermere, Keswick, Lakeland Motor Museum, Lake Windermere
Highlights from your plan
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House ©
Watchtree Nature Reserve ©
Watchtree Nature Reserve
Cumberland Bird Of Prey Centre ©
Cumberland Bird Of Prey Centre

4
nights
Bamburgh

Bamburgh ©
Bamburgh is a village and civil parish on the coast of Northumberland, England. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Parish Church of Saint Peter and Longstone Lighthouse. Step off the beaten path and head to The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and St Aiden Beach. Step out of Bamburgh with an excursion to Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve in Holy Island--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Grace Darling Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at College Valley Estate, delve into the distant past at Lindisfarne Priory, and step into the grandiose world of Bamburgh Castle.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bamburgh trip planner .

You can drive from Carlisle to Bamburgh in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bamburgh can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bamburgh

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Holy Island, Seahouses, Belford Museum, College Valley Estate, The Parish Church of Saint Peter
Highlights from your plan
Bamburgh Beach ©
Bamburgh Beach
St Aiden Beach ©
St Aiden Beach
Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh ©
Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh

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