31 days in England & Gretna Green Itinerary

31 days in England & Gretna Green Itinerary

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Winchester
— 3 nights
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Oxford
— 2 nights
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Castle Combe
— 2 nights
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Bath
— 5 nights
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Lyme Regis
— 2 nights
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Drive to Exeter International Airport, Fly to Newcastle Airport, Drive to Gretna Green
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Gretna Green
— 3 nights
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York
— 3 nights
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Bakewell
— 1 night
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
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Norwich
— 2 nights
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Cambridge
— 2 nights
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London
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Winchester

— 3 nights
Winchester is a city and the county town of Hampshire, England. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Winchester Cathedral and The Great Hall. Let the collections at Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Boathouse No 4 capture your imagination. Explore Winchester's surroundings by going to Mottisfont Abbey (in Mottisfont) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Winchester City Mill, test your problem-solving skills at ClueCapers Limited, step into the grandiose world of Wolvesey Castle, and learn about all things military at The Gurkha Museum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Winchester road trip planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Winchester is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Winchester due to the time zone difference. In January, Winchester is colder than Johannesburg - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oxford.

Things to do in Winchester

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Oxford

— 2 nights

City of Dreaming Spires

A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, stop by Blackwell's Bookshop, take an in-depth tour of History of Science Museum, admire the striking features of Sheldonian Theatre, then examine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Magdalen College. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Church, then see the interesting displays at The Oxfordshire Museum, then admire the natural beauty at University of Oxford Botanic Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Oxford road trip app.

You can drive from Winchester to Oxford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January in Oxford, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Castle Combe.

Things to do in Oxford

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Castle Combe

— 2 nights
On the 7th (Sat), have fun and explore at Sevington Victorian School, tee off at Manor House Golf Club, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village, and finally admire the striking features of St. Andrew's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Thornbury Castle, brush up on your military savvy at Aerospace Bristol, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Great Western Brewing Company.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Castle Combe trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Oxford to Castle Combe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Castle Combe are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Castle Combe

Historic Sites · Museums · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bath

— 5 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bath Street and St Mary Redcliffe Church. Appreciate the collections at The Roman Baths and Sally Lunn's Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bath side-trips: Wells (The Bishop's Palace and Gardens & Vicar's Close), Haynes International Motor Museum (in Sparkford) and Chalice Well (in Glastonbury). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Holburne Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at West of England Falconry, explore the different monuments and memorials at Llandaff Cathedral, and step into the grandiose world of Nunney Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bath trip itinerary maker.

Bath is just a short distance from Castle Combe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lyme Regis.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lyme Regis

— 2 nights
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25mi west of Dorchester and 25mi east of Exeter. On the 14th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Monmouth Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uplyme Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lyme Regis Undercliff, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Green Room Healing. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ottery St Mary Parish Church, steep yourself in history at Blackbury Camp, then view the masterpieces at Brook Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sidmouth Parish Church (St Giles' & St Nicholas').

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lyme Regis road trip site.

Traveling by car from Bath to Lyme Regis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gretna Green.

Things to do in Lyme Regis

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Gretna Green

— 3 nights
Gretna Green is a village in the south of Scotland famous for runaway weddings. You'll explore and learn at Hawick Museum and Lothlorien Antiques & Collectables Emporium. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Douglas Castle and Ruthwell Cross at the Ruthwell Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gretna Green: Old Gala House (in Galashiels), Moffat Toffee Shop (in Moffat) and Halliwell's House Museum (in Selkirk). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Spoilt Spa at Smiths, examine the collection at The Devil's Porridge Museum, stroll through Westlands Country Park, and stroll around Wilton Lodge Park.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Lyme Regis to Gretna Green. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lyme Regis in January: highs in Gretna Green hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to York.

Things to do in Gretna Green

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of Saint Mary, Whitby and DIG. Your inner history buff will appreciate 199 Steps and Holy Trinity Church. Explore York's surroundings by going to Whitby (Swing Bridge, RNLI Lifeboat museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at York Brewery, examine the collection at York Castle Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Barley Hall.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our York road trip website.

Drive from Gretna Green to York in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bakewell.

Things to do in York

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bakewell

— 1 night
Bakewell is a small market town and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. On the 22nd (Sun), get great views at Mam Tor, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eyam Parish Church of St Lawrence, then get to know the fascinating history of Limestone Way / Bradford River Walk, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bakewell itinerary site.

You can drive from York to Bakewell in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bakewell can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Bakewell

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 2 nights
Lincoln is a cathedral city and the county town of Lincolnshire, within the East Midlands of England. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Collection, examine the collection at Museum of RAF Firefighting, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lincoln Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Jew's House. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Newark Air Museum, make a trip to Woolsthorpe Manor, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Southwell Minster.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lincoln travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bakewell to Lincoln takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Lincoln are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Norwich.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norwich

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of East Anglia

Boasting a nearly 1,000-year history, Norwich is a vibrant city known for its inclusive atmosphere, openness, and quirky charm.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist, then explore the ancient world of Walsingham Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salle, St Peter & St Paul Church. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at Norfolk Wine School, see the interesting displays at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, admire the landmark architecture of Norwich Cathedral, then visit Tombland, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Wymondham Abbey.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Norwich day trip app.

Getting from Lincoln to Norwich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Norwich, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cambridge.

Things to do in Norwich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Cambridge

— 2 nights

City of Perspiring Dreams

Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, deepen your understanding at St. John's College, then take an in-depth tour of Ely Museum, then contemplate the long history of Oliver Cromwell's House, and finally examine the collection at The Stained Glass Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at American Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Fitzwilliam Museum, then contemplate the long history of Trinity College, and finally do a tasting at Cambridgeshire Wine School.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cambridge travel route site.

Drive from Norwich to Cambridge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January in Cambridge, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Cambridge

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

London

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Wallace Collection, take an in-depth tour of British Library, then contemplate the long history of Benjamin Franklin House, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Westminster, learn about all things military at HMS Belfast, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Courtauld Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our London vacation planner.

You can take a train from Cambridge to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

England travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · 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.