60 days in England Itinerary

60 days in England Itinerary

Created using Inspirock England route planner

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Manchester
— 6 nights
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Liverpool
— 4 nights
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Burnley
— 2 nights
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Windermere
— 1 night
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Portinscale
— 5 nights
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Alnwick
— 1 night
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Whitley Bay
— 2 nights
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Durham
— 1 night
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Ingleton
— 3 nights
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York
— 2 nights
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Bridlington
— 1 night
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Holmpton
— 1 night
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Halifax
— 1 night
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Huddersfield
— 1 night
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Rotherham
— 1 night
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
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Skegness
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Nottingham
— 1 night
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Matlock
— 4 nights
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Leicester
— 1 night
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Northampton
— 1 night
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Oakham
— 2 nights
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Cambridge
— 3 nights
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Norwich
— 1 night
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Ipswich
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Chelmsford
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Hertford
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Bedford
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Aylesbury
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Manchester

— 6 nights

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
You've added Hall I’ th’ Wood Museum, Queens Park, Arley Hall & Gardens, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Manchester Town Hall, don't miss a visit to Albert Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Name Church, and view the masterpieces at Gallery of Costume.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manchester driving holiday site.

Hobart, Australia to Manchester is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Hobart to Manchester, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hobart in July; daily highs in Manchester reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Liverpool.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Liverpool

— 4 nights

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
You've added Southport Pier, British Lawnmower Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Liverpool Cathedral and examine the collection at The Beatles Story.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Liverpool vacation planner.

You can drive from Manchester to Liverpool in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Liverpool sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for Burnley.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Burnley

— 2 nights
Burnley is a market town in Lancashire, England, with a population of 73,021. Your day by day itinerary now includes Gawthorpe Hall as well as Rufford Old Hall. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): Head underground at White Scar Cave and then explore the historical opulence of Lancaster Castle. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Rufford Old Hall and then contemplate the long history of Gawthorpe Hall.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Burnley vacation planner.

You can drive from Liverpool to Burnley in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Windermere.

Things to do in Burnley

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Windermere

— 1 night
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Wray Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, then examine the collection at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, and then examine the collection at The Puzzling Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Wray Castle.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Windermere trip website.

You can drive from Burnley to Windermere in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Portinscale.

Things to do in Windermere

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Portinscale

— 5 nights
Nestled on the western shore of Derwentwater, Portinscale serves as a perfect base for a walking holiday in the English Lake District.
You've added Holker Hall & Gardens, Hutton in the Forest, Shap Abbey, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Lowther Castle and Gardens in Penrith (about 44 minutes away).

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Portinscale itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Portinscale takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Alnwick.

Things to do in Portinscale

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Alnwick

— 1 night
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Your day by day itinerary now includes Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Chesters Roman Fort and Corbridge Roman Town. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Alnwick Castle, explore the ancient world of Corbridge Roman Town, and then steep yourself in history at Chesters Roman Fort. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle and then get outside with Allen Banks and Staward Gorge.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alnwick trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Portinscale to Alnwick by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Portinscale in July since evenings lows in Alnwick dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Whitley Bay.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitley Bay

— 2 nights
Whitley Bay is a seaside town on the north east coast of England. Your day by day itinerary now includes Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery and Souter Lighthouse and The Leas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Seaton Delaval Hall, explore the ancient world of Tynemouth Priory & Castle, and then visit a coastal fixture at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Whitley Bay travel planning site.

You can drive from Alnwick to Whitley Bay in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Whitley Bay

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Durham

— 1 night
Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham in North East England. To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durham road trip planner.

You can drive from Whitley Bay to Durham in an hour. In July in Durham, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ingleton.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites

Ingleton

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes National Trust Brimham Rocks as well as Malham Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Malham Cove, then take in the dramatic natural features at National Trust Brimham Rocks, and then delve into the distant past at Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ingleton day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Durham to Ingleton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Ingleton can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for York.

Things to do in Ingleton

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

York

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Tue), wander the streets of York Shambles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at York Minster, and then see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the York trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ingleton to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for Bridlington.

Things to do in York

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Bridlington

— 1 night
Bridlington is a coastal town and civil parish on the Holderness Coast of the North Sea, situated in the unitary authority and ceremonial county of the East Riding of Yorkshire approximately north of Hull. To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bridlington travel route planner.

Drive from York to Bridlington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll set off for Holmpton on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in Bridlington

Nightlife · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Holmpton

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of St Patrick's Church.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Holmpton online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bridlington to Holmpton takes 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for Halifax.

Things to do in Holmpton

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Halifax

— 1 night
Halifax is a minster town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England. On the 31st (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Bronte Parsonage Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Halifax Minster, and then steep yourself in history at Shibden Hall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Halifax online travel planner.

Drive from Holmpton to Halifax in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Huddersfield.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Huddersfield

— 1 night
Huddersfield is a large market town in West Yorkshire, England. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Castle Hill.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Huddersfield trip planner.

Huddersfield is just a stone's throw from Halifax. In August, daily temperatures in Huddersfield can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Rotherham.

Things to do in Huddersfield

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Rotherham

— 1 night
Rotherham is a large town in South Yorkshire, England, which together with its conurbation and outlying settlements to the north, south and south-east forms the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, with a recorded population of 257,280 in the 2011 census. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Wentworth Woodhouse and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rotherham tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Huddersfield to Rotherham takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Rotherham, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Lincoln.

Things to do in Rotherham

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lincoln

— 2 nights
Lincoln is a cathedral city and the county town of Lincolnshire, within the East Midlands of England. Tattershall Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Tattershall Castle and then steep yourself in history at Belton House. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Lincolnshire Life and then step into the grandiose world of Lincoln Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lincoln online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotherham to Lincoln by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Lincoln are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Skegness.

Things to do in Lincoln

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Skegness

Skegness is a seaside town and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, on the Lincolnshire coast of the North Sea, 43mi east of Lincoln. On the 5th (Thu), engage your brain at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.

Plan my day in Skegness using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Lincoln to Skegness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nottingham.

Things to do in Skegness

Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Nottingham

— 1 night

Queen of the Midlands

With its historic connection to the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham is a vibrant blend of medieval and modern.
To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nottingham tour builder.

Traveling by car from Skegness to Nottingham takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Matlock.

Things to do in Nottingham

Historic Sites · Museums

Matlock

— 4 nights
Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire, England. You've added Duffield Castle, Sudbury Hall, Kedleston Hall, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to National Trust - Calke Abbey in Ticknall (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Chatsworth House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cromford Canal, and see the interesting displays at Crich Tramway Village home of the National Tramway Museum .

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Matlock trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nottingham to Matlock takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Matlock can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Leicester.

Things to do in Matlock

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Leicester

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Church and then steep yourself in history at Leicester Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Leicester online holiday planner.

Drive from Matlock to Leicester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Northampton.

Things to do in Leicester

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Northampton

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the striking features of Northampton Guildhall.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Northampton online journey planner.

Drive from Leicester to Northampton in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Northampton, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Oakham.

Things to do in Northampton

Historic Sites

Oakham

— 2 nights
Oakham is the county town of Rutland in the East Midlands of England, 25mi east of Leicester, 28mi south-east of Nottingham and 23mi west of Peterborough. To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Oakham trip app.

You can drive from Northampton to Oakham in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cambridge.

Things to do in Oakham

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Cambridge

— 3 nights

City of Perspiring Dreams

Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Peckover House, Anglesey Abbey, The Backs, and other attractions you added. Take a break from Cambridge with a short trip to Ely Cathedral in Ely, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Fitzwilliam Museum, explore the activities along The River Cam, and take in the spiritual surroundings of King's College Chapel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cambridge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oakham to Cambridge takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Cambridge sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Norwich.

Things to do in Cambridge

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Norwich

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of East Anglia

Boasting a nearly 1,000-year history, Norwich is a vibrant city known for its inclusive atmosphere, openness, and quirky charm.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oxburgh Hall as well as Blickling Estate. On the 17th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Norwich Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Blickling Estate.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Norwich trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Cambridge to Norwich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Ipswich.

Things to do in Norwich

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Ipswich

— 2 nights
Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, England, located on the estuary of the River Orwell, about 60mi north east of London. You've now added Melford Hall to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Christchurch Mansion. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Sutton Hoo and then explore the world behind art at Ipswich Museum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ipswich road trip planner.

Take a train from Norwich to Ipswich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Ipswich sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Chelmsford.

Things to do in Ipswich

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Chelmsford

— 1 night
Chelmsford is the principal settlement of the City of Chelmsford and the county town of Essex, in the East of England. To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chelmsford tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Ipswich to Chelmsford takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Chelmsford, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll set off for Hertford on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Chelmsford

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors

Hertford

— 1 night
Hertford is the county town of Hertfordshire, England, and is also a civil parish in the East Hertfordshire district of the county. You've now added Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Hatfield House and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Albans Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hertford driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Chelmsford to Hertford in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bedford.

Things to do in Hertford

Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bedford

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Willington Dovecote and Stables, Pitstone Windmill, Priory Church of St Peter (Dunstable Priory), and other attractions you added. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Wrest Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Priory Church of St Peter (Dunstable Priory).

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bedford visit planner.

Getting from Hertford to Bedford by car takes about an hour. In August in Bedford, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aylesbury.

Things to do in Bedford

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aylesbury

— 3 nights
Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire, England. You've added Hughenden Manor, Hell Fire Caves, Boarstall Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Waddesdon Manor.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aylesbury trip app.

You can drive from Bedford to Aylesbury in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bedford in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Aylesbury. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oxford.

Things to do in Aylesbury

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Oxford

— 2 nights

City of Dreaming Spires

A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Model Village and then meet the residents at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Oxford journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aylesbury to Oxford takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. August in Oxford sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night.

Things to do in Oxford

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

England travel guide

4.4
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.

Cumbria travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Castles
Most people speed through Cumbria in a mad rush to get to the region’s most popular tourist attractions, the Lake District National Park and Hadrian’s Wall. Despite this unfortunate oversight, for centuries this county of outstanding natural beauty, bustling market towns, and picturesque villages has inspired musicians and writers, including William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Much of Cumbria is mountainous, and it notably contains Scafell Pike, England’s highest point. The region’s history was long characterized by invasions, mass migrations, and repeated bloody land disputes between the English and Scottish. Today, Cumbria stands poised to be invaded by tourists, but for the moment visitors here can enjoy quiet tours of the unspoiled land, dramatic mountain walks, sparkling lakes, and scenic hillside trails.

Northumberland travel guide

4.3
Castles · History Museums · Architectural Buildings
Famous for its unspoiled natural beauty, Northumberland is considered one of the most picturesque areas of countryside in the entire UK. The region is best explored by car, on the county's well-maintained and very quiet roads. Visitors to the area often report driving distances of over 100 km (70 mi) and meeting only a dozen other cars. In a country so modernized and populous, it's hard to imagine such an undiscovered area of wilderness and tranquility. As you drive over the rugged landscape, only a few houses and some secluded villages dot the horizon. With a mere hour separating it from the Scottish capital, it has a distinctly Scottish feel.

Tyne and Wear travel guide

4.1
Nightlife · Parks · Bridges
Tyne and Wear is noted for its cities steeped in history and culture, as well as for numerous surfing beaches and secluded sandy bays. The main city of this region is Newcastle, a cosmopolitan urban center renowned for its museums and galleries. The region includes an extensive network of bicycle paths, allowing visitors to explore the sprawling areas of native wetlands and country parks. Tourists looking for a more urban vacation can explore the region’s seaside towns, renowned holiday destinations and featuring some of the finest shopping malls in this part of the country. World-famous landscaped Victorian parks and gardens also draw their share of tourism.

County Durham travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Churches · Castles
Largely calm and tranquil, County Durham features a landscape dominated by high hills and low mountains, noted for containing the highest ski center in England. For most of the last three centuries, the survival of the region depended almost entirely on coal mining. When the last coal pits closed in the 1980s, the scars left by the mining industry quickly started to fade, and the county reinvented itself as a popular tourist destination. Durham’s biggest attractions may very well be its ancient cathedral and the adjoining castle, once a seat of power for the mighty local rulers who defended the region against the neighboring Saxons and Scots.

North Yorkshire travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Architectural Buildings
North Yorkshire is one of England’s most rural areas, yet its biggest attraction is a city. York, the county’s largest town, is an ancient urban settlement dating back to before the Roman era. The city is known for containing some of the best-preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe, and it's one of the most visited cities in England, second only to London. Virtually untouched by the effects of the Industrial Revolution, which left other regions scarred by crumbling factories and run-down mills, this county is dotted by historic stately houses and the remains of formerly wealthy abbeys. Several breezy seaside resorts line the coastline, where you can trade in the sightseeing overload of London for a more relaxing holiday. For a truly English experience, make sure your itinerary includes a few tours of the county’s villages, renowned for their well-manicured gardens and thriving production of world-class cheeses.

East Riding of Yorkshire travel guide

4.4
Aquariums · Specialty Museums · Gardens
East Riding of Yorkshire has no shortage of history, with recent archaeological investigations revealing artifacts and structures from all historical periods since the last ice age. The region has few large settlements and no industrial centers, boasting a sprawling landscape of sparsely populated rolling hills that reach all the way to the coast. The area’s economy is largely based on agriculture, which contributes to the county’s rural character. Though less frequented by foreign visitors than other parts of the country, the region offers a wide range of interesting places to visit, including historic buildings, Georgian churches, and classic seaside towns.

West Yorkshire travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Parks
Once the heart of the country’s textile industry, West Yorkshire is now home to thriving cities recognized as major regional financial centers. The county’s biggest and most dominant urban center is Leeds, a city of explosive energy and winner of a string of tourism awards. While Leeds offers a multitude of things to do, including outstanding nightlife, shopping, and dining choices, the city of Bradford is often used as a convenient base for sightseeing in the so-called "Bronte Country," an area of bleak moors and deep valleys vividly described in the works of the famous Bronte sisters. Both of these big cities have reinvented themselves in recent years, replacing the crumbling mills of the Industrial Revolution with outstanding new museums, restaurants, and bars that can easily fill a variety of itineraries.

South Yorkshire travel guide

4.3
Zoos · Gardens · Entertainment Centers
Largely hilly and completely landlocked, South Yorkshire was once known as the industrial heartland of northern England. Having reinvented itself in the last few decades, the region is now noted for exceptional shopping options, family tourist attractions, and a vibrant nightlife. Passionate about music, sports, and art, the locals are always quick to point out that their region contains some of the country’s finest museums and Victorian monuments. When you visit South Yorkshire, be sure not to limit your itinerary to Sheffield, a city famous for its steel industry. Escape the urban crowds on a tour through the region’s lush meadows, rolling hills, and leafy forests, either on foot or by bicycle.

Lincolnshire travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Castles · Historic Sites
Despite being the second-largest county in the country, Lincolnshire is relatively sparsely populated and predominantly agricultural. Filmmakers from around the globe find inspiration in the region’s well-preserved stately homes and ancient stone-built towns, which appear to have been frozen at their most picturesque moment. Passing travelers are mostly drawn to the charming city of Lincoln, an old cathedral town offering not only several historical attractions, but also numerous modern shopping, cultural, and entertainment options. To escape throngs of tourists and enjoy an authentic Lincolnshire vacation, focus your itinerary on the region’s secluded country corners, quiet seaside resorts, and unspoiled nature reserves.

Derbyshire travel guide

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Historic Sites · Gardens · Caves
A large part of Derbyshire lies within the Peak District National Park, noted for being Britain’s first-ever national park. One of the most easily accessible parts of the country, an outstanding network of roads and rail lines intersects this region. Considered one of England’s top locations for outdoor holidays, Derbyshire boasts hundreds of fine hotels, restaurants, inns, self-catering cottages, and campsites. Though many hikers, cyclists, and climbers spend most of their time touring the stunning scenery of the famous national park, you can also find plenty of places to visit in the central Derbyshire region, known for containing the burial mounds of Neolithic settlers, dated to about 2500 BCE.

Leicestershire travel guide

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Parks · Specialty Museums · Science Museums
Practically every village in Leicestershire boasts at least one iconic fish-and-chips shop. Though it has a rich industrial heritage, this area self-deprecatingly plays down its own attractions, causing it to remain less frequented by tourists than most of the rest of the country. The county comes alive on the weekends, when the locals pack the village pubs to enjoy singing, dancing, and a variety of games. The countryside is dotted with impressive historical remains, including Elizabethan castles and Roman ruins. The county’s biggest town, Leicester, offers a taste of Indian culture and cuisine, featuring several Hindu temples and curry houses.

Northamptonshire travel guide

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Entertainment Centers · Architectural Buildings · Parks
Located in the very heart of England, Northamptonshire features an outstanding road and rail network, making it easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country. England’s typical rural lifestyle is well preserved by the many scenic villages dotting this landscape of rolling hills and winding country roads. Northamptonshire has no shortage of stately houses, most notably the ancestral homes of both George Washington and Princess Diana. There’s much more to this area than thatched roofs and Tudor buildings, and the county is increasingly becoming known for its energetic nightlife. The region’s thriving towns, powered by a lively population of students and young professionals, boast a string of renowned shopping centers, gourmet restaurants, health clubs, and fashionable spas.

Rutland travel guide

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Dams · Gardens · Wildlife Areas