59 days in England Itinerary

59 days in England Itinerary

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59 days in England Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  27​h
1
Sandown, Isle of Wight
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Poole
— 3 nights
4
Penzance
— 5 nights
5
Bath
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Ambleside
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
York
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Norwich
— 7 nights
9
London
— 9 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

7
nights
Sandown, Isle of Wight

Sandown ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Neil Williams photography and Appley Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Steve's Beach and Compton Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sandown trip planner

Sydney, Australia to Sandown is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight, train, and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Sandown to be cooler, temps between 9°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Swanage.

Things to do in Sandown

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shanklin, Ventnor, Arreton, Newport, St Mildred's Church
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Steve's Beach ©
Steve's Beach
Carisbrooke Castle ©
Carisbrooke Castle
The Garlic Farm ©
The Garlic Farm

5
nights
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

Swanage ©
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Corfe Castle and Lulworth Cove. Get some cultural insight at L'Artishe Gallery and Studio and Langton Matravers Museum of the Stone Industry. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Pursenalities, enjoy the sand and surf at Shell Beach, take a memorable drive along Agglestone Rock, and identify plant and animal life at StudlandBeachandNatureReserve.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Swanage trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Sandown to Swanage by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Poole.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Shell Beach
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Lulworth Cove ©
Lulworth Cove
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve ©
StudlandBeachandNatureReserve

3
nights
Poole

Poole ©
Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hengistbury Head and The Tank Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate HMS Warrior 1860 and HMS Victory. Venture out of the city with trips to Winfrith Village Stores (in Winfrith Newburgh), Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester) and Gunwharf Quays (in Portsmouth). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, stop by Sandy Cristel, and kick back and relax at Sandbanks Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Poole itinerary planner

Poole is just a short distance from Swanage. February in Poole sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Penzance.

Things to do in Poole

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Sandy Cristel, Hintons Broadstone, The Tank Museum
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
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Sandbanks Beach ©
Sandbanks Beach
The Tank Museum ©
The Tank Museum
Hengistbury Head Beach ©
Hengistbury Head Beach

5
nights
Penzance

Penzance ©
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Step out of the city life by going to Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach and Porthchapel Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Porthminster Beach and Carbis Bay Beach. When in Penzance, make a side trip to see Wave 7 Gallery in Trelights, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at The Cowhouse Gallery, shop like a local with St. Ives Gallery, kick back and relax at Porthmeor Beach, and delve into the distant past at Tregiffian Burial Chamber.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Penzance holiday builder site

Getting from Poole to Penzance by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Bath.

Things to do in Penzance

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St Ives, Marazion, Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach, Wave 7 Gallery, Porthchapel Beach
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Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach ©
Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach
Carbis Bay Beach ©
Carbis Bay Beach
Porthminster Beach ©
Porthminster Beach

7
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Explore hidden gems such as Gloucester Cathedral and Worcester Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as The Roman Baths and Stonehenge are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Avebury Stone Circle (in Avebury), Wells Cathedral (in Wells) and Fleet Air Arm Museum (in Ilchester). And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Pulteney Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Oswald's Church, steep yourself in history at Tewkesbury Abbey, and admire the striking features of Bath Abbey.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Bath day trip planner

You can drive from Penzance to Bath in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gloucester Cathedral, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Worcester Cathedral, Avebury Stone Circle, Wells Cathedral
Find places to stay Feb 22 — Mar 1:
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Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral
Fleet Air Arm Museum ©
Fleet Air Arm Museum

7
nights
Ambleside

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. You'll explore and learn at Castlegate House Gallery and The World of Beatrix Potter. Tarn Hows and St Catherine's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Ambleside's surroundings by going to Keswick (Derwentwater, Catbells Lakeland Walk, & more), The Wool Clip Shop (in Caldbeck) and SpindleCraft (in Holmrook). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop (Sarah Nelson's), step into the grandiose world of Castle Crag, take some stellar pictures from Orrest Head, and take in the dramatic scenery at Aira Force.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ambleside sightseeing app

You can drive from Bath to Ambleside in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to York.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Grasmere, Keswick, Bowness-on-Windermere, Penrith, Swaledale Woollens
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Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Aira Force Waterfall ©
Aira Force Waterfall
Tarn Hows ©
Tarn Hows

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Steep Hill and York Shambles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scarborough Beach and The York Dungeon. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Crofts Chocolates (in Scarborough), The Humber Bridge (in Kingston-upon-Hull) and Fountains Abbey (in Ripon). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum, kick back and relax at Filey Beach, admire the striking features of York Minster, and stop by Hebden Tea Company.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our York planning website

You can drive from Ambleside to York in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in York, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Norwich.

Things to do in York

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Scarborough, Wakefield, Fountains Abbey, The Humber Bridge, Steep Hill
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National Coal Mining Museum for England ©
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach

7
nights
Norwich

Norwich ©
Boasting a nearly 1,000-year history, Norwich is a vibrant city known for its inclusive atmosphere, openness, and quirky charm.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Thursford and Bircham Gallery. Head to One Stop Nature Shop and Sutton Potteryfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Norwich: Gorleston Beach (in Gorleston-on-Sea), Horsey Beach (in Horsey) and Hickling Broad (in Hickling). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Norwich Cathedral, kick back and relax at RSPB Snettisham, buy something for everyone on your list at Royal Arcade, and fly down the slopes at Norfolk Snowsports Club.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Norwich visit planning tool

You can take a train from York to Norwich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Norwich can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Norwich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Great Yarmouth, The One Stop Nature Shop, Ely Cathedral, Binham Priory, Horsey Beach
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 21:
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Horsey Beach ©
Horsey Beach
Gorleston Beach ©
Gorleston Beach
Wells Next The Sea Beach ©
Wells Next The Sea Beach

9
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.
For shopping fun, head to North Laine or Covent Garden. Appreciate the collections at Victoria and Albert Museum and Churchill War Rooms. Venture out of the city with trips to Gustamps (in Brighton) and Imperial War Museum (in Duxford). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at British Museum, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, browse the eclectic array of goods at Camden Market, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the London vacation planner

You can take a train from Norwich to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in London can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Brighton and Hove, IWM Duxford
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 30:
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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