60 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

60 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 1 day
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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Chertsey, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Windsor, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dwyran, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Beaumaris, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Glencoe, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Durness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
Ferry to Holyhead, Taxi to Llandudno
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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York, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, then make a trip to Buckingham Palace, and finally shop like a local with Covent Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our London trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport, London St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International Rail Station, South Cape (Zuid-Kaap) Airport (nonexistent / spam) and Ashford International Rail Station. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Great Missenden.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Great Missenden, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Great Missenden is an affluent village with approximately 2,000 residents in the Misbourne Valley in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, England, situated between the towns of Amersham and Wendover, with direct rail connections to London Marylebone. On the 2nd (Tue), do a tasting at Daws Hill Vineyard and then sample the tasty concoctions at Malt The Brewery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Great Missenden holiday builder.

You can drive from London to Great Missenden in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Great Missenden can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chertsey.

Things to do in Great Missenden

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Chertsey, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Chertsey is a town in the Runnymede borough of Surrey, England on the right bank of the River Thames where it is met by a corollary, the Abbey River and a tributary, the River Bourne or Chertsey Bourne. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Church, stop by Two Ducks, and then get in on the family fun at Thorpe Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chertsey travel planner.

Traveling by car from Great Missenden to Chertsey takes an hour. August in Chertsey sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Windsor.

Things to do in Chertsey

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Windsor, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Windsor is a historic market town and unparished area in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for gifts at Fudge Kitchen, then admire the landmark architecture of St. George's Chapel, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Windsor & Eton Brewery.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Windsor day trip website.

Windsor is very close to Chertsey. August in Windsor sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in Windsor

Shopping · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Bath, United Kingdom

— 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Somerset Crafts and Cheddar Gorge. Your inner history buff will appreciate Stonehenge and Castle Combe Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Wells Cathedral (in Wells), Longleat (in Warminster) and Brunel's SS Great Britain (in Bristol). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, admire the striking features of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, take in the views from Pulteney Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Victoria Art Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bath trip itinerary app.

You can take a train from Windsor to Bath in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cardiff.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Cardiff, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

City of Castles

The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Get some historical perspective at Big Pit National Coal Museum and Cardiff Castle. St Fagans National Museum of History and National Museum Cardiff will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Rhossili Bay in Rhossili (about 1h 30 min away). It doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Firing Line Museum of The Queen's Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh at Cardiff Castle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cardiff trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Bath to Cardiff in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dwyran.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dwyran, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Dwyran is a village on the island of Anglesey, in north-west Wales., in the community of Rhosyr. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Oriel Ynys Mon and then take in nature's colorful creations at National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe, then enjoy the sand and surf at Llanddwyn Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Newborough Warren & Ynys Llanddwyn.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dwyran trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Cardiff to Dwyran in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Dwyran are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Beaumaris.

Things to do in Dwyran

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Beaumaris, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Beaumaris is a former royal borough, a community, and the former county town of Anglesey, Wales. On the 15th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Beaumaris Castle, then steep yourself in history at Beaumaris Gaol, and then see what you can catch with Starida Puffin Island Cruises & Sea Fishing Trips.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Beaumaris trip simple and quick.

Beaumaris is just a short distance from Dwyran. August in Beaumaris sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Beaumaris

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The Real Mary King's Close. Take a break from Edinburgh with a short trip to Embleton Bay in Embleton, about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh online road trip planner.

Drive from Beaumaris to Edinburgh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Beaumaris in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Edinburgh, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and House for an Art Lover. Get a sense of the local culture at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel and Buchanan Street. Get out of town with these interesting Glasgow side-trips: Stirling (Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park & Stirling Castle). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strathblane Falconry, and paddle through the water with Pinkston Watersports.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow holiday planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Glasgow sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glencoe.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Wildlife · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Glencoe, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum and then appreciate the views at Glen Coe.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Glencoe trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Glasgow to Glencoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Glencoe can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Glencoe

Nature · Parks · Museums

Durness, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Balnakeil Craft Village, then kick back and relax at Sango Bay, and then kick back and relax at Durness Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Durness road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Durness takes 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Durness

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Galway, Ireland

— 6 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Michael Davitt Museum and Galway Arts Centre. Get in touch with nature at Cliffs of Moher and Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Lahinch Beach (in Lahinch), Doolin Pitch & Putt (in Doolin) and Hazel Mountain Chocolates (in Bell Harbour). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Fanore Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, shop like a local with Lynch's Castle, and surround yourself with nature on Ireland's School of Falconry.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Galway travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Galway takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Galway sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 4 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Norman McCloskey Photography and Ross Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall. When in Killarney, make a side trip to see Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm in Kenmare, approximately Kenmare away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Muckross House, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Killarney road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Galway to Killarney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Killarney, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Dublin, Ireland

— 6 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Grafton Street. Popular historic sites such as Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Saint Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Kilkenny (Go With The Flow - River Adventures, Kilkenny Castle, &more) and BargeTrip (in Sallins). Next up on the itinerary: visit Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Dublin Writers Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with James Joyce Cultural Centre, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Ireland.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Killarney to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Dublin, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Llandudno.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Llandudno, United Kingdom

— 5 nights
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Llanfairfechan Beach and West Shore Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Swallow Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Llandudno: Chester Cathedral (in Chester) and Kinmel Dunes Local Nature Reserve (in Kinmel Bay). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Conwy Castle, visit Mostyn Street, go for a walk through Llandudno Promenade, and make a trip to Conwy Town Walls.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Llandudno holiday planner.

Getting from Dublin to Llandudno by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Llandudno are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to York.

Things to do in Llandudno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

York, United Kingdom

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chatsworth House and National Railway Museum. Get some historical perspective at York Minster and York City Walls. Venture out of the city with trips to Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery (in Hunmanby), Filey Beach (in Filey) and Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum (in Malton). Next up on the itinerary: stop by York Shambles, see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and surround yourself with nature on Peak Mountaineering.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read York journey planner.

Traveling by car from Llandudno to York takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in York can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Newquay.

Things to do in York

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Newquay, United Kingdom

Surf Capital of the UK

Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Newquay online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from York to Newquay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Plymouth.

Things to do in Newquay

Outdoors · Nightlife · Parks · Tours

Plymouth, United Kingdom

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): visit The Barbican and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Marine Aquarium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Plymouth day trip planner.

You can drive from Newquay to Plymouth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Plymouth

Childrens Museums · Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Bournemouth Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Bournemouth Pier.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bournemouth vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Plymouth to Bournemouth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Bournemouth, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brighton and Hove.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Beaches · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

London-by-the-Sea

The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brighton and Hove trip maker website.

You can drive from Bournemouth to Brighton and Hove in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to Tewkesbury.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Nightlife · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Tewkesbury, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Tewkesbury is a town and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. Museum-lovers will appreciate Showborough House Sculpture Garden and Snowshill Manor. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sudeley Castle and Tewkesbury Abbey. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tewkesbury: Feldon Valley (in Lower Brailes) and Walk to Broadway Tower (in Chipping Campden). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Arctic Quest Sled Dog Adventures and take a stroll around The Regal Cinema.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tewkesbury driving holiday planner.

Drive from Brighton and Hove to Tewkesbury in 3.5 hours. September in Tewkesbury sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gloucester.

Things to do in Tewkesbury

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Gloucester, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Gloucester Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Painswick Rococo Garden, then steep yourself in history at Llanthony Secunda Priory, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Gloucester Quays.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gloucester vacation planner.

Gloucester is just a short distance from Tewkesbury. In September, daily temperatures in Gloucester can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Norwich.

Things to do in Gloucester

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Norwich, United Kingdom

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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Norwich day trip website.

Getting from Gloucester to Norwich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. September in Norwich sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 29th (Thu), you're off to Haddenham.

Things to do in Norwich

Nightlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Haddenham, United Kingdom

On the 29th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Haddenham Galleries Craft Centre.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Haddenham trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Norwich to Haddenham by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Haddenham are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Haddenham

Museums · Shopping

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Berkshire travel guide

4.1
Theme Parks · Castles · Parks
Right on London’s doorstep, Berkshire features a sprawling countryside and numerous picturesque villages, offering an ideal antidote to life in the big city. While its proximity to the capital and its own centers of commerce ensure Berkshire a large and affluent population, the region has managed to retain much of its unspoiled rural scenery, including long stretches of the River Thames. Though most visitors invariably end up sightseeing primarily at Windsor and its royal castle, prosperous Berkshire is much more than an idyllic setting for the Queen’s official residence. Escape the noisy crowds with an alternative holiday in the tranquil countryside, teeming with wildlife and dotted with award-winning restaurants and traditional pubs, where the pleasant company of the locals remains a major tourist attraction.

Somerset travel guide

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History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
Jewel of the Southwest
Many people refer to modern Somerset as the "Jewel of the Southwest," but the ancient Welsh Celts often described it as the "Land of the Summer People." Authentic and cozy country pubs are scattered throughout this county, which is known for its rolling rural landscapes. Somerset’s major business is sheep and cattle farming, so make sure your trip includes a sample of its most notable product, the world-famous Cheddar cheese. Extend your gastronomical itinerary by tasting Somerset's well-known strong ciders, brewed using traditional methods. With its landscapes of meadows, hills, and hedgerows, Somerset is a picture-perfect representative of a simpler world, where you can enjoy a holiday far from the bustle of the big cities and overcrowded tourist attractions.

South Wales travel guide

4.3
Castles · Specialty Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
Southern Wales is one of the country’s most mixed areas, featuring a rare blend of stunning pastoral scenery, remains of medieval castles, rugged coastlines, modern surfing hotspots, and sleepy villages seemingly frozen in time. The region’s lively towns offer a wide selection of things to do, with itineraries full of many shopping, dining, and entertainment options. You don’t have to go far away from these thriving urban centers for a variety of outdoor vacation ideas, including fishing, canoeing, cycling, and extreme rock climbing. With its pervading spirit of laid-back living, the region has become a popular holiday destination known for its counterculture set, evidenced by the numerous communes and organic farms here.

North Wales travel guide

4.3
Castles · Beaches · Historic Sites
Passionate about being Welsh, residents of North Wales fiercely preserve their language, music, and history. The region’s dramatic landscapes, which notably include the highest peaks in Wales and England, attract tourism from hikers, cyclists, and adventure-seekers of every description. Your trip may also include a ride on some of the country’s most scenic heritage railways here. Despite its relatively small size, North Wales has many historical attractions to fill your travel itinerary. It is home to two World Heritage sites, which include a series of well-preserved Edwardian castles dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The Welsh spirit is strong here and most residents use their mother tongue, but don’t be afraid to ask for directions: Everyone also speaks fluent English and will be more than happy to converse in it.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Yorkshire travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Nightlife
The largest of the 39 historic counties of England, Yorkshire's whimsical residents often call their home "God's Own Country." The sprawling county is divided up into four separate regions, each with its own cultural identity, thriving urban centers, and historic market towns that can fill a variety of holiday itineraries. The region’s countryside, featuring green valleys and gently rolling hills, has long attracted tourism from around the globe. Well connected to all other parts of the country by an extensive railway network, Yorkshire is a prime region for outdoor activities, with stunning scenery that includes three national parks. As part of your itinerary, explore the region’s numerous historical sites, but don’t miss meeting the colorful locals, known for being proud, industrious, and extremely opinionated about almost every subject under the sun.

Cotswolds travel guide

4.4
Gardens · Churches · Zoos
Lush rolling hills and picture-perfect villages make Cotswolds one of the most popular leisure spots for locals and passing visitors alike. During the height of the season, the area gets packed with tourists exploring the region’s numerous stately homes, thatched cottages, historic churches, and attractive stone-built villages. The wood trade brought wealth and prosperity to this area centuries ago, and the region still proudly boasts hundreds of notable buildings constructed during the Middle Ages. Within easy striking distance of London and several other urban centers, this wealthy area supports a thriving artisan scene, as well as a strong food culture centered around farmer's markets and numerous organic producers.

Norfolk travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Theme Parks · Gardens
Norfolk is a low-lying and predominantly rural county named after the ancient "North Folk" tribes who used to live here. The locals are fond of saying that they "have one foot on the land, and one in the sea." Nowhere is that more true than in the famous Broads region, consisting of a vast network of inland waterways, lakes, and marshes. Though Norfolk’s principal appeal for many tourists may very well be that it’s not included on the average itinerary, this rural getaway does boast Norwich, a thriving regional capital noted as one of the country’s top ten shopping destinations. Never very far from the water, visitors sightseeing in this region can enjoy sandy beaches, fishing villages, and coastal nature reserves.