8 days in Essex & South Wales Itinerary

8 days in Essex & South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom travel planner

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Colchester
— 3 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Swansea
— 2 nights
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Colchester

— 3 nights
Colchester is an historic market town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in the county of Essex.At the time of the census in 2011, it had a population of 121,859, marking a considerable rise from the previous census and with considerable development since 2001 and ongoing building plans; it has been named as one of Britain's fastest growing towns. Kids will appreciate attractions like Colchester Zoo and Coda Falconry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colchester: Southend-on-Sea (Southend Pier & Railway & Adventure Island), The Essex Cider Shop (in Chelmsford) and Imperial Bird of Prey Academy (in Billericay). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Colchester Arts Centre, walk around Castle Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Brentwood Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Walton On The Naze beach.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colchester journey maker site.

Linton to Colchester is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Colchester

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Big Pit National Coal Museum, then stop by Sunnydale Garden Centre, then see the interesting displays at St Fagans National Museum of History, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Cardiff Bay Wales. On your second day here, stroll around Bute Park, then step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle, then get outside with Bay Island Voyages, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Martin's Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Newport trip planner.

Getting from Colchester to Newport by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Swansea.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Swansea

— 2 nights
Swansea, officially known as the City and County of Swansea, is a coastal city and county in Wales. On the 1st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Dylan Thomas Centre, kick back and relax at Rhossili Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxwich Bay. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Three Cliffs Bay, stroll through Gower Peninsula, then examine the collection at Baked Bean Museum of Excellence, and finally kick back and relax at Aberavon Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Swansea trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Newport to Swansea by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Swansea sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Swansea

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Essex travel guide

3.9
Zoos · Theme Parks · Gardens
The gently rolling landscapes of Essex have long inspired the works of some of Britain’s best-known artists, yet many people still regard this region as an urban wasteland devoid of places to visit. Nothing could be further from the truth: the rural parts of this region break the classic Essex stereotype, featuring an idyllic countryside dotted with small, bustling towns and sleepy medieval villages perfect for sightseeing. John Constable, one of the country’s beloved painters, found plenty of inspiration in the region’s winding country lanes, which have seen little change for many centuries. Modern tourists can tour the old buildings of historic Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, which dates back to before the Roman conquest and contains an ancient Norman castle.

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.