46 days in Southern England & South West England Itinerary

46 days in Southern England & South West England Itinerary

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46 days in Southern England & South West England Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
London
— 8 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Oxford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Winchester
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Portsmouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Newport, Isle of Wight
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Weymouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
St Ives
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Woolacombe
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Gloucester
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Bath
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Rome

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Windsor Castle and Canterbury Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The British Museum and Tower of London. Explore London's surroundings by going to Viking Bay (in Broadstairs), Hampton Court Palace (in East Molesey) and Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre (in Sandwich). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, get engrossed in the history at Museum of London, and see the interesting displays at Cutty Sark.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip builder tool.

Rome, Italy to London is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rome to London. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in June: high temperatures in London hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Oxford.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Canterbury Cathedral, Viking Bay, Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 30:
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Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Hampton Court Palace ©
Hampton Court Palace
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

2
nights
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
On the 1st (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, admire the natural beauty at University of Oxford Botanic Garden, then engage your brain at History of Science Museum, then look for gifts at Blackwell's Bookshop, and finally admire the striking features of Weston Library. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Magdalen College, see the interesting displays at Pitt Rivers Museum, then see the interesting displays at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, then deepen your understanding at Balliol College, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Oxford trip builder tool.

You can take a train from London to Oxford in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Oxford are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Winchester.

Things to do in Oxford

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Pitt Rivers Museum ©
Pitt Rivers Museum

4
nights
Winchester

Winchester ©
Winchester is a city and the county town of Hampshire, England. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta and Stonehenge public footpath. The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum and The Salisbury Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Winchester with an excursion to Stonehenge in Amesbury--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Winchester Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Hospital of St Cross, look for all kinds of wild species at Winchester City Mill, and get to know the fascinating history of The Weirs Winchester.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Winchester trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Oxford to Winchester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Winchester are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Winchester

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Salisbury, Amesbury
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Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta ©
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Winchester Cathedral ©
Winchester Cathedral

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 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Fishbourne Roman Palace, examine the collection at The Mary Rose Museum, then contemplate the long history of Dockyard Apprentice, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Royal Navy, and finally examine the collection at HMS Victory. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at HMS Alliance Submarine, then learn about all things military at Royal Navy Submarine Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Boathouse No 4, and finally see the interesting displays at Trafalgar Experience.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth road trip planning tool.

Getting from Winchester to Portsmouth by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gosport, Fishbourne Roman Palace
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:
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The Mary Rose ©
The Mary Rose
HMS Victory ©
HMS Victory
Royal Navy Submarine Museum ©
Royal Navy Submarine Museum

4
nights
Newport, Isle of Wight

Newport ©
Visit Carisbrooke Castle and St Mildred's Church for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Newtown National Nature Reserve and Isle of Wight Mountain Bike Centre Trail. Take a break from Newport with a short trip to Tennyson Down in Freshwater, about 30 minutes away.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Newport online trip planner.

Drive from Portsmouth to Newport in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Weymouth.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Freshwater, St Mildred's Church, St James Church, The Wight Military and Heritage Museum, Newtown National Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:
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Carisbrooke Castle ©
Carisbrooke Castle
St Mildred's Church ©
St Mildred's Church
Newport Roman Villa ©
Newport Roman Villa

4
nights
Weymouth

Weymouth ©
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. Step out of the city life by going to Weymouth Beach and Charmouth Beach. Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and Dorset County Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to fossilwalks.com in Charmouth (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Chesil Bank (Chesil Beach), look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB Weymouth Wetlands at Radipole Lake Nature Reserve, explore the historical opulence of Portland Castle, and stop by Gladstones Family Jewellers.

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

You can drive from Newport to Weymouth in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to St Ives.

Things to do in Weymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bridport, Dorset County Museum, Portland Castle
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:
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Nothe Fort ©
Nothe Fort
Weymouth Beach ©
Weymouth Beach
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre ©
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

5
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Michael's Mount and Leach Pottery. Wheal Coates and Barnoon Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre (in Redruth), Newquay (Tolcarne Beach & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Porthtowan Beach (in Porthtowan). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Porthminster Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at St Ives Harbour Beach, explore the galleries of The Blue Bramble Gallery, and make a trip to The Penwith Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St Ives route website.

Traveling by car from Weymouth to St Ives takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in St Ives can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Woolacombe.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newquay, Godrevy Beach, Wheal Coates, Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre, Porthtowan Beach
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:
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St Ives Harbour Beach ©
St Ives Harbour Beach
Porthminster Beach ©
Porthminster Beach
St. Michael's Mount ©
St. Michael's Mount

4
nights
Woolacombe

Woolacombe ©
Woolacombe is a seaside resort on the coast of North Devon, England, which lies at the mouth of a valley (or 'combe') in the parish of Mortehoe. Visiting Woolacombe Beach and Walk - Morte Point Trail will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Ilfracombe Museum and Ilfracombe Art & Craft Society capture your imagination. The adventure continues: stroll through Barricane Beach, contemplate the long history of Chambercombe Manor, relax in the rural setting at Borough Farm Sheepdog and Falconry Displays, and admire the natural beauty at Marwood Hill Gardens.

Plan a Woolacombe trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from St Ives to Woolacombe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Woolacombe can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gloucester.

Things to do in Woolacombe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ilfracombe, Putsborough Sands, Baggy Point Easy Access Walk, Marwood Hill Gardens
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
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Woolacombe Beach ©
Woolacombe Beach
Putsborough Sands ©
Putsborough Sands
Barricane Beach ©
Barricane Beach

6
nights
Gloucester

Gloucester ©
Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Visiting Alney Island Nature Reserve and Brickhampton Court Golf Complex will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Gloucester side-trips: St. Edward's Church (in Stow-on-the-Wold), Chastleton House and Garden (in Moreton-in-Marsh) and Greyfriars' House and Garden (in Worcester). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Gloucester Docks, contemplate the long history of Ashleworth Tithe Barn, witness the site of a historic battle at Tewkesbury Battlefield, and learn about all things military at Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gloucester online travel route planner.

You can drive from Woolacombe to Gloucester in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Gloucester

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tewkesbury, St Lawrence's Church, Chastleton House and Garden, St. Edward's Church, Rise Music
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:
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Gloucester Cathedral ©
Gloucester Cathedral
Tewkesbury Abbey ©
Tewkesbury Abbey
Gloucester Docks ©
Gloucester Docks

6
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You'll explore and learn at The Roman Baths and No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath. Head to Pulteney Bridge and 44AD artspacefor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Wells (Wells Cathedral & The Bishop's Palace and Gardens), Caerleon (Caerleon Amphitheatre, National Roman Legion Museum, &more) and Nunney Castle (in Nunney). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Cabot Tower, see the interesting displays at Baked Bean Museum of Excellence, get engrossed in the history at John Wesley's Chapel & New Room Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Bath Architecture.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bath trip planner.

Drive from Gloucester to Bath in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bristol, Newport, Frome, Wells, Baked Bean Museum of Excellence
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 6:
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No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral
The Bishop's Palace and Gardens ©
The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

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