41 days in Wales, England & Scotland Itinerary

41 days in Wales, England & Scotland Itinerary

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Beaumaris, Anglesey
— 1 night
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Pembroke
— 4 nights
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Bath
— 4 nights
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Padstow
— 3 nights
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Dover
— 3 nights
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Clacton-on-Sea
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Lincoln
— 5 nights
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York
— 6 nights
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Hexham
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Fort William
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Penrith
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Beaumaris, Anglesey — 1 night

Beaumaris is a former royal borough, a community, and the former county town of Anglesey, Wales. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Beaumaris Castle, get a dose of the wild on Starida Puffin Island Cruises & Sea Fishing Trips, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Steven Jones Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens and then visit a coastal fixture at South Stack Lighthouse.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Beaumaris day trip planning app.

Manchester to Beaumaris is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pembroke.
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Pembroke — 4 nights

Pembroke is a historic settlement and was the county town of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. Take a break from the city and head to Barafundle Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Davids Cathedral and Carew Castle & Tidal Mill. Step out of Pembroke to go to Cardigan and see Mwnt Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 25th (Mon) in the animal kingdom at Folly Farm. It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Pembroke Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pembroke trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Beaumaris to Pembroke in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bath.
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

Bath — 4 nights

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Get outdoors at Lulworth Cove and Monkey World. Get a sense of the local culture at Corfe Castle and Longleat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Paultons Park (in Romsey), Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury) and The Tank Museum (in Bovington). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Pulteney Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Winchester Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey.

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Drive from Pembroke to Bath in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Padstow.
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Padstow — 3 nights

Padstow is a town, civil parish and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Step off the beaten path and head to Perranporth Beach and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Bring the kids along to Padstow Sealife Safaris and Tintagel Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Padstow: Lanhydrock House and Garden (in Bodmin), St. Michael's Mount (in Marazion) and Fistral Beach Bar (in Newquay). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carbis Bay Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Padstow trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Bath to Padstow in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dover.
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Dover — 3 nights

Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. Visit Ramsgate Tunnels and Dover Castle for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walmer Castle and Gardens and Folkestone Harbour Arm. Get out of town with these interesting Dover side-trips: Viking Bay (in Broadstairs) and Camber Sands (in Camber). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The White Cliffs of Dover.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dover trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Padstow to Dover takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Clacton-on-Sea.
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Clacton-on-Sea — 1 night

Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town in the Tendring peninsula and district in Essex, England, and was founded as an urban district in the year 1871. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Jaywick Beach, then find something for the whole family at Clacton Pavilion, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Clacton-on-Sea Beach.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Clacton-on-Sea vacation planner.

You can drive from Dover to Clacton-on-Sea in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lincoln.
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Lincoln — 5 nights

Lincoln is a cathedral city and the county town of Lincolnshire, within the East Midlands of England. Popular historic sites such as Belton House and Holkham Hall are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and Steep Hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lincoln: Hunstanton Beach (in Hunstanton), Fitzwilliam Museum (in Cambridge) and Natureland Seal Sanctuary (in Skegness). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at IWM Duxford, pause for some serene contemplation at Lincoln Cathedral, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, and step into the grandiose world of Lincoln Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Lincoln sightseeing planner.

Drive from Clacton-on-Sea to Lincoln in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to York.
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Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:

York — 6 nights

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.
Visiting Filey Beach and Sandsend Beach will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Whitby Abbey and York City Walls are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: RSPB Bempton Cliffs (in Bempton), Eden Camp Modern History Museum (in Malton) and Scarborough (Peasholm Park & Scarborough Beach). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at The Forbidden Corner, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Durham Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read York trip planner.

Drive from Lincoln to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hexham.
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Hexham — 2 nights

Hexham is a market town and civil parish in Northumberland, England, south of the River Tyne, and was the administrative centre for the Tynedale district from 1974 to 2009. On the 20th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Hexham Abbey and then admire the landmark architecture of National Trust Wallington. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Vindolanda and then steep yourself in history at Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall.

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You can take a train from York to Hexham in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Fort William.
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Fort William — 5 nights

Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Bring the kids along to Ben Nevis and West Highland Museum. Get some cultural insight at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Eilean Donan Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kincraig). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William day trip planning app.

You can drive from Hexham to Fort William in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Penrith.
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Penrith — 6 nights

Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Take a break from the city and head to Ingleton Waterfalls Trail and Muncaster Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Aira Force Waterfall and Tarn Hows. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Penrith: Carlisle Cathedral (in Carlisle), Lake Windermere (in Windermere) and Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House (in Hawkshead). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of White Scar Cave, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, delve into the distant past at Castlerigg Stone Circle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Penrith online visit planner.

Getting from Fort William to Penrith by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Penrith, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 26 — Sep 1:

Wales travel guide

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Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.
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England travel guide

4.4
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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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Cornwall travel guide

3.8
Gardens · Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Cornwall, or Kernow as the locals often call it, features the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain. No longer just a series of idyllic beaches and imposing cliffs, this rugged region has recently experienced a cultural and culinary revival that has turned it into one of the most vibrant parts of the country. Considered home of the legendary King Arthur, Cornwall is one of the more distinct parts of the UK, providing a vacation that will immerse you in its diverse Celtic heritage and an enormous wealth of archaeology. During your trip you will experience the many locals, fiercely protective of their Celtic roots, considering themselves more Cornish than British. Regardless of how they see themselves, the world regards the land of the proud Cornish as a captivating blend of ancient and new, where modern attractions stand right alongside historical mines and picturesque market towns.
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Essex travel guide

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Zoos · Theme Parks · Room Escape Games
The gently rolling landscapes of Essex have long inspired the works of some of Britain’s best-known artists, yet many people still regard this region as an urban wasteland devoid of places to visit. Nothing could be further from the truth: the rural parts of this region break the classic Essex stereotype, featuring an idyllic countryside dotted with small, bustling towns and sleepy medieval villages perfect for sightseeing. John Constable, one of the country’s beloved painters, found plenty of inspiration in the region’s winding country lanes, which have seen little change for many centuries. Modern tourists can tour the old buildings of historic Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, which dates back to before the Roman conquest and contains an ancient Norman castle.
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Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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