20 days in England Itinerary

20 days in England Itinerary

Created using Inspirock England route planner
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London
— 4 nights
Train
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York
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Cockermouth
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Windermere
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Cheltenham
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Bath
— 3 nights
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London — 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like HMS Belfast and Buckingham Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at The British Museum and Cutty Sark. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, look and learn at Royal Observatory Greenwich, admire the landmark architecture of Old Royal Naval College, and take an in-depth tour of British Library.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the London trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to London is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, things will get little chillier in London: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to York.
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York — 3 nights

City of Festivals

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.
Let the collections at Yorkshire Air Museum and York Castle Museum capture your imagination. Visit Rievaulx Abbey and York Cold War Bunker for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: National Trust - Rievaulx Terrace (in Helmsley), Ampleforth Abbey (in Ampleforth) and Spirit of Harrogate Ltd (in Harrogate). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Treasurer's House, examine the collection at Fairfax House, hike along River Nidd Waterside Walk, and take an in-depth tour of The York Army Museum.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read York trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from London to York takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in York sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cockermouth.
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Cockermouth — 3 nights

Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. Get outdoors at Derwentwater and St. Bees Beach. You'll explore and learn at The Beacon Museum and J.B.Banks and Son Ltd. When in Cockermouth, make a side trip to see Ennerdale Water in Ennerdale Bridge, approximately Ennerdale Bridge away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Rum Story, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Jennings Brewery, take in the dramatic scenery at Scale Force, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Bega's Church.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cockermouth vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from York to Cockermouth in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Windermere.
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Windermere — 3 nights

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Skelwith Force Waterfall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Windermere and The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Explore Windermere's surroundings by going to Bowness-on-Windermere (St Martin's Church & Brant Fell Above the Bustle). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Wray Castle, identify plant and animal life at Brockhole on Windermere, stroll the grounds of St. Oswald's Church, and see the interesting displays at Hawkshead Grammar School Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Windermere online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cockermouth to Windermere takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cheltenham.
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Cheltenham — 3 nights

Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Get in touch with nature at Walks With Hawks and Cotswold Way. Get some cultural insight at Tewkesbury Abbey and Belas Knap. Explore Cheltenham's surroundings by going to Great Witley (Great Witley Parish Church & Witley Court & Gardens), Pershore Abbey (in Pershore) and The Firs: Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar (in Broadheath). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Montpellier District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish Church of St John Baptist, catch the contagious excitement of Cheltenham Racecourse, and examine the collection at Tewkesbury Museum.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cheltenham trip tool.

Traveling by car from Windermere to Cheltenham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Cheltenham, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bath.
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Bath — 3 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Holburne Museum, examine the collection at Fashion Museum Bath, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Bath at Work, then take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, and finally steep yourself in history at Bath Street.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bath online tour planner.

Drive from Cheltenham to Bath in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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England travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Gardens
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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