22 days in South East England & Gold Coast Itinerary

22 days in South East England & Gold Coast Itinerary

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Drive to Portsea, Portsmouth IOW Car Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal, Drive to Sandown
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Sandown, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Windsor, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
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Canterbury, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary The Virgin Church, then explore the historical opulence of Dover Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Westgate Gardens. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Canterbury Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at The Hawking Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Big Cat Sanctuary.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Canterbury trip builder tool.

London to Canterbury is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brighton and Hove.

Things to do in Canterbury

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brighton and Hove: East Sussex Falconry (in Herstmonceux), Beachy Head (in Eastbourne) and Seven Sisters Country Park (in Seaford). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Brighton Palace Pier, savor the flavors at Brighton Food Tours, look for gifts at Gustamps, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Knepp Wildland Safaris.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Brighton and Hove trip planner.

Drive from Canterbury to Brighton and Hove in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Brighton and Hove, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sandown.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Sandown, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
A holiday in Sandown offers opportunities for leisure, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly activities.
Get out of town with these interesting Sandown side-trips: The Needles (in Totland), Black Rock Charters and Fishing (in Yarmouth) and Tennyson Down (in Freshwater). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Steve's Beach, identify plant and animal life at Shanklin Chine, enjoy the sea views from St Catherine's Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to Godshill Model Village.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sandown trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brighton and Hove to Sandown in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and ferry. In July in Sandown, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Sandown

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
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. Explore Portsmouth's surroundings by going to Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester), Hawk Conservancy Trust (in Weyhill) and Paultons Park (in Romsey). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Mary Rose, steep yourself in history at The Round Tower, explore the galleries of Beaulieu National Motor Museum, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Portsmouth online tour planner.

You can drive from Sandown to Portsmouth in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Windsor.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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Windsor, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Windsor is a historic market town and unparished area in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Windsor: Hampton Court Palace (in East Molesey), Blenheim Palace (in Woodstock) and Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm (in Aylesbury). Pack the 30th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Windsor Castle, contemplate the long history of Marlow War Memorial, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Windsor & Eton Brewery.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Windsor tour planner.

Drive from Portsmouth to Windsor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Windsor are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Windsor

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Gold Coast, Australia

— 4 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Brisbane (Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank Parklands, &more). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Windsor to Gold Coast takes 28 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Windsor to Gold Coast is 10 hours. Traveling from Windsor in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Gold Coast. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

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