45 days in England Itinerary

45 days in England Itinerary

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45 days in England Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  25​h
1
London
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Portsmouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bath
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Oxford
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Birmingham
— 3 nights
6
Manchester
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
York
— 8 nights
8
Newcastle upon Tyne
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Brisbane

8
nights
London

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the London online road trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in July since evenings lows in London dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a train to Portsmouth.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

2
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hospital of St Cross, explore and take pictures at Steamship Shieldhall, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Hawk Conservancy Trust.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Portsmouth travel route planning tool .

Traveling by train from London to Portsmouth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Portsmouth are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Southampton, Hawk Conservancy Trust, Hospital of St Cross
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Hawk Conservancy Trust ©
Hawk Conservancy Trust
Speed Boats Tours
Steamship Shieldhall ©
Steamship Shieldhall

7
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bath: Painswick (St Marys Painswick & Art Couture Painswick Gallery), Head 4 Heights Ltd (in Shorncote) and Tetbury (Chavenage House & The Royal Gardens at Highgrove). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, see the interesting displays at Corinium Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Abbey House Gardens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bath trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Portsmouth to Bath in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Oxford.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cirencester, Gloucester, Painswick, Berkeley, Tetbury
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 21:
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The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Head 4 Heights Waterpark ©
Head 4 Heights Waterpark
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge

4
nights
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oxford: Mechanical Music Museum (in Northleach), Bourton-on-the-Water (Cotswold Motoring Museum & Bourton on the Water) and Walks With Hawks (in Cheltenham). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Cotswold Archery, look for gifts at Cotswold Lavender, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cotswold Falconry Centre, and admire the natural beauty at Bourton House Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Oxford trip planner .

Traveling by train from Bath to Oxford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Oxford are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Birmingham.

Things to do in Oxford

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Cotswold Lavender, Mechanical Music Museum
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Cotswold Archery ©
Cotswold Archery
Walks With Hawks ©
Walks With Hawks
Cotswold Falconry Centre ©
Cotswold Falconry Centre

3
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Birmingham: Warwick Castle (in Warwick), St Mary's Church (in Halford) and Chipping Campden (Hidcote Manor Garden & Kiftsgate Court Gardens). Pack the 28th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Alton Towers. There's lots more to do: putt your heart out at Stratford-upon-Avon Minigolf, explore the ancient world of Tewkesbury Abbey, and contemplate the long history of Old Baptist Chapel.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Birmingham trip planner .

Getting from Oxford to Birmingham by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Birmingham can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Manchester.

Things to do in Birmingham

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Chipping Campden, Tewkesbury, Alton Towers, Warwick Castle, St Mary's Church
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Warwick Castle ©
Warwick Castle
Hidcote Manor Garden ©
Hidcote Manor Garden
Kiftsgate Court Gardens ©
Kiftsgate Court Gardens

4
nights
Manchester

Manchester ©
Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Black Pearl New Brighton (in New Brighton), Liverpool (Royal Albert Dock Liverpool & Liverpool Cathedral) and Ladybower Reservoir (in Bamford). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Chatsworth House, trek along Peak Pilgrimage, get to know the resident critters at Chester Zoo, and identify plant and animal life at Holly Hagg.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manchester trip planner .

You can take a train from Birmingham to Manchester in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Manchester can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in Manchester

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bakewell, Liverpool, The Black Pearl New Brighton, Holly Hagg, Ladybower Reservoir
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Holly Hagg ©
Holly Hagg
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool ©
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Chatsworth House ©
Chatsworth House

8
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near York: National Centre for Birds of Prey (in Helmsley), Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery (in Hunmanby) and RSPB Bempton Cliffs (in Bempton). Pack the 3rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at York Maze. The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Railway Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Yorkshire Lavender, wander the streets of York Shambles, and delve into the distant past at York City Walls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the York holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Manchester to York takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in York

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast Walk, Farm Adventure Yorkshire, York Bird of Prey Centre, Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery
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National Centre for Birds of Prey ©
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Minster ©
York Minster

6
nights
Newcastle upon Tyne

One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Explore Newcastle upon Tyne's surroundings by going to Ruskin Museum (in Coniston), Ambleside Climbing Wall (in Ambleside) and Windermere (Holehird Gardens, Michael Coates Clay Shooting, & more). The adventure continues: hike along Helvellyn, take in the pleasant sights at Alpacaly Ever After, explore the activities along Derwentwater, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Newcastle upon Tyne journey app .

Traveling by train from York to Newcastle upon Tyne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Windermere, Lake District, Derwentwater, Alpacaly Ever After, Ruskin Museum
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 15:
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Climbing Tours
Helvellyn
Helvellyn
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater

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