42 days in England Itinerary

42 days in England Itinerary

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London
— 7 nights
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Drive to Portsmouth Portsea IOW Car Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal, Drive to Newport
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Newport, Isle of Wight
— 5 nights
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Drive to Yarmouth, Ferry to Lymington, Drive to Swanage
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 3 nights
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Weymouth
— 6 nights
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Newquay
— 7 nights
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Scarborough
— 4 nights
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Windermere
— 5 nights
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Seahouses
— 4 nights
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London — 7 nights

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.
Tower of London and Canterbury Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at North Laine and Wingham Wildlife Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Brighton (Gustamps & The Lanes). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read London road trip planning website.

Washington, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington to London. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in May: high temperatures in London hover around 62°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Newport.
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Newport, Isle of Wight — 5 nights

Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle. Step out of the city life by going to Monkey Haven - Primate Rescue Centre and Haven Falconry. Change things up with these side-trips from Newport: Totland (The Needles & The Needles Battery).

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from London to Newport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. May in Newport sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Swanage.
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Swanage, Isle of Purbeck — 3 nights

Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Get in touch with nature at Studland beach and Nature Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Corfe Castle and Fore/Adventure. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Durlston Country Park, make a splash at Dorset Adventure Park, stroll through Shell Bay, and make a trip to Old Harry Rocks.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Swanage trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Newport to Swanage takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In June, daytime highs in Swanage are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Weymouth.
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Weymouth — 6 nights

Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. Popular historic sites such as Nothe Fort and Bath Abbey are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monkey World and Lulworth Cove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Weymouth: Dawlish Warren Beach (in Dawlish), Exmouth Beach (in Exmouth) and Beer Quarry Caves (in Beer). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at The Donkey Sanctuary, enjoy the sea views from Portland Bill Lighthouse, make a trip to Weymouth Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Weymouth day trip tool.

Getting from Swanage to Weymouth by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Newquay.
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Newquay — 7 nights

Surf Capital of the UK

Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
Step out of the city life by going to St. Michael's Mount and Perranporth Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Westward Ho Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Newquay side-trips: Lanhydrock House and Garden (in Bodmin), Padstow (Padstow Harbour & Padstow Sealife Safaris) and St Ives (Porthmeor Beach, Porthminster Beach, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Carbis Bay Beach, admire the natural beauty at Trebah Garden, step into the grandiose world of Pendennis Castle, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Paradise Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Newquay online itinerary planner.

Drive from Weymouth to Newquay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Scarborough.
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Scarborough — 4 nights

Scarborough is a town on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England. Get outdoors at Peasholm Park and Filey Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Whitby Abbey and Durham Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Scarborough side-trips: Sandsend Beach (in Sandsend), Durham (Durham Castle & Spa at Ramside) and Whitby (Whitby Harbour & Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, step into the grandiose world of Scarborough Castle, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Scarborough trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Newquay to Scarborough in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Scarborough can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Windermere.
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Windermere — 5 nights

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Visiting Lake Windermere and Aira Force Waterfall will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Derwentwater. Change things up with these side-trips from Windermere: Bowness-on-Windermere (St Martin's Church & The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction), St Lawrences Church (in Crosby Ravensworth) and Keld Chapel (in Shap). Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the striking features of Kendal Parish Church, get to know the fascinating history of Tarn Hows, and see the interesting displays at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Windermere holiday planner.

You can drive from Scarborough to Windermere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seahouses.
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Seahouses — 4 nights

Seahouses is a large village on the North Northumberland coast in England. Step off the beaten path and head to Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Priory. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre. Step out of Seahouses to go to Berwick upon Tweed and see Chain Bridge Honey Farm, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, step off the mainland to explore Farne Islands, stroll through St Aiden Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Grace Darling Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Seahouses day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Seahouses takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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England travel guide

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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.
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