31 days in England Itinerary

31 days in England Itinerary

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31 days in England Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  15​h
1
Liverpool
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carlisle
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Alnwick
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
York
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Lincoln
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Canterbury
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Portsmouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Bristol
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
9
Oxford
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Liverpool

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like World Museum and Museum of Liverpool. Visit Liverpool Cathedral and Chester Cathedral for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Liverpool: Walls of Chester (in Chester) and British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park (in Oswestry). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Beatles Story.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Liverpool sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Liverpool is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Liverpool, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Liverpool hover around 64°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carlisle.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Chester, British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
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World Museum ©
World Museum
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral

4
nights
Carlisle

Carlisle ©
Carlisle is a city and the county town of Cumbria. Get some historical perspective at Aira Force Waterfall and Sizergh Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vindolanda and Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlisle: The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction (in Bowness-on-Windermere), Brocolitia (in Newbrough) and Lakeland Motor Museum (in Backbarrow). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Castlerigg Stone Circle, browse the exhibits of Carlisle Cathedral, stop by The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, and get engrossed in the history at Roman Army Museum.

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You can drive from Liverpool to Carlisle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Carlisle can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Alnwick.

Things to do in Carlisle

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hexham, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Aira Force Waterfall, The Bowes Museum, Sizergh Castle
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:
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Carlisle Cathedral ©
Carlisle Cathedral
Lakeland Motor Museum ©
Lakeland Motor Museum

2
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Etal Castle, then delve into the distant past at Lindisfarne Priory, and then step into the grandiose world of Alnwick Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at The Alnwick Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, then step into the grandiose world of National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of The Alnwick Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Alnwick trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Carlisle to Alnwick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Alnwick, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to York.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Etal Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Priory
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
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National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle ©
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Etal Castle ©
Etal Castle

4
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.
Visit 199 Steps and Fountains Abbey for their historical value. Let the collections at Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum and The York Dungeon capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Filey Beach (in Filey), Whitby Abbey (in Whitby) and Durham Cathedral (in Durham). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Streetlife Museum of Transport and explore the historical opulence of Castle Howard.

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Take a train from Alnwick to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in York are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Whitby, Filey Beach, Streetlife Museum of Transport, Fountains Abbey, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum ©
Streetlife Museum of Transport ©
Streetlife Museum of Transport

3
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is a cathedral city and the county town of Lincolnshire, within the East Midlands of England. Explore hidden gems such as Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and Hardwick Hall and Gardens. Get a sense of the local culture at Tattershall Castle and Lincoln Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lincoln: Chatsworth House (in Bakewell), Skegness Beach (in Skegness) and Sir John Franklin Statue (in Spilsby). It doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Steep Hill and admire the striking features of Lincoln Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lincoln tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from York to Lincoln in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Canterbury.

Things to do in Lincoln

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tattershall Castle, Chatsworth House, Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, Skegness Beach, Sir John Franklin Statue
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Tattershall Castle ©
Tattershall Castle
Hardwick Hall and Gardens ©
Hardwick Hall and Gardens

4
nights
Canterbury

Canterbury ©
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. Explore hidden gems such as Bodiam Castle and Old Town Hastings. Popular historic sites such as Walmer Castle and Gardens and Canterbury Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Canterbury side-trips: Camber Sands (in Camber), Dover Castle (in Dover) and Ramsgate (Defence of the Nation Museum and Education Centre & Ramsgate Tunnels). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hastings Fishermen's Museum, wander the streets of The Observer Building, stop by Ethel Loves Me, and kick back and relax at Viking Bay.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Canterbury day trip site .

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Canterbury takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Canterbury

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hastings, Ramsgate, Dover Castle, Bodiam Castle, Ethel Loves Me
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:
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Bodiam Castle ©
Bodiam Castle
Walmer Castle and Gardens ©
Walmer Castle and Gardens
Ramsgate Tunnels ©
Ramsgate Tunnels

4
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Carisbrooke Castle and Corfe Castle. Museum-lovers will appreciate Isle of Wight Postal Museum and Upside Down House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portsmouth: Osborne House (in East Cowes), Weymouth Beach (in Weymouth) and Model Village Gardens & Cafe (in Corfe Castle). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chichester Cathedral, admire the striking features of Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, brush up on your military savvy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and see the interesting displays at The Mary Rose Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Portsmouth trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Canterbury to Portsmouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Portsmouth sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bristol.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Newport, Osborne House, Upside Down House, Weymouth Beach
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
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Chichester Cathedral ©
Chichester Cathedral
Carisbrooke Castle ©
Carisbrooke Castle
Model Village Gardens & Cafe ©
Model Village Gardens & Cafe

3
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.
Worcester Cathedral and Bristol Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Glastonbury Abbey and Wells Cathedral. Explore Bristol's surroundings by going to Fleet Air Arm Museum (in Ilchester) and Bath (Bath Abbey & No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain and snap pictures at Clifton Suspension Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Bristol trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Portsmouth to Bristol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Oxford.

Things to do in Bristol

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bath, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Worcester Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, Glastonbury Abbey
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
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Glastonbury Abbey ©
Glastonbury Abbey
Fleet Air Arm Museum ©
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Worcester Cathedral ©
Worcester Cathedral

3
nights
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oxford University Museum of Natural History and George Orwell's Grave. Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Oxford will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Oxford's surroundings by going to Bombay Sapphire Distillery (in Whitchurch), Bletchley Park (in Bletchley) and Highclere Castle (in Newbury). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Modern Art Oxford, steep yourself in history at Blenheim Palace, and see the interesting displays at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Oxford trip app .

Traveling by train from Bristol to Oxford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Oxford, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

George Orwell's Grave, Blenheim Palace, Bletchley Park, Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Highclere Castle
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Bombay Sapphire Distillery ©
Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Highclere Castle ©
Highclere Castle

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