11 days in Cheshire, Lake District & Ayr Itinerary

11 days in Cheshire, Lake District & Ayr Itinerary

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Chester
— 1 night
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Windermere
— 2 nights
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Seascale
— 2 nights
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Ayr
— 2 nights
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Penrith
— 3 nights
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Chester — 1 night

Chester is a walled city in Cheshire, England, on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. On the 10th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chester Cathedral, wander the streets of Watergate Street Independent Quarter, and then stop by Lymm Heritage Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Chester Zoo, then indulge in some personalized pampering at WellnessCity Spa, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Plan my trip to Chester with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Manchester to Chester is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Windermere.
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Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas · Parks
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Windermere — 2 nights

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ruskin Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Heaton Cooper Studio, then explore the engaging exhibits at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Mountain Massage Company. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Windermere Golf Club, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the activities along Lake Windermere.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Windermere online route planner.

Traveling by car from Chester to Windermere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Seascale.
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Outdoors · Museums · Spas · Parks
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Seascale — 2 nights

Seascale is a village and civil parish on the Irish Sea coast of Cumbria in north-west England.HistoryThe place-name indicates that it was inhabited by Norse settlers, probably before 1000 AD. It is derived from skali, meaning in Norse a wooden hut or shelter. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tee off at Seascale Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Seascale Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Silecroft Beach and then kick back and relax at Haverigg Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seascale trip builder.

Getting from Windermere to Seascale by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ayr.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf
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Ayr — 2 nights

On the 16th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Irvine Beach, kick back and relax at Stevenston Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Troon Beach. On your second day here, tee off at Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ayr journey app.

Drive from Seascale to Ayr in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Ayr can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Penrith.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf
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Penrith — 3 nights

Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Attractions like Kandoo Adventures and Aira Force Waterfall make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Penrith: Cockermouth (J.B.Banks and Son Ltd & Siam Styles Spa), Riverside Golf Club (in Ravenstonedale) and Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale). There's still lots to do: tee off at Penrith Golf Hub.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Penrith holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Ayr to Penrith takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Penrith can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf · Parks
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Cheshire travel guide

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Zoos · Room Escape Games · Parks
An idyllic rural retreat for anyone looking to escape the bustle of the big urban centers, Cheshire boasts a rich heritage and history dating to before the Roman era. The region attracts walkers and cyclists, offering a varied landscape of wooded hillsides and gentle lowlands, as well as a sprawling countryside of traditional English market towns and cozy little villages. Cheshire remains a great place for leisurely sightseeing, as it is still relatively undiscovered by tourists. Most travelers invariably end up visiting the nearby giant cities of Manchester or Liverpool, but those choosing to extend their holiday in Cheshire reap the rewards of a slower pace of life and the warm hospitality of the friendly locals.
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Lake District travel guide

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World heritage site · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
A paradise for all lovers of the great outdoors, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lake District is widely regarded as one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the UK. This mountainous region famously served as inspiration for some of the finest works of artists William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Containing the country’s largest national park, the Lake District is England’s top vacation destination for hikers and rock climbers. Nature lovers from around the world linger in this area for days and even weeks, sightseeing in the sweeping landscape of rugged hilltops, glistening lakes, dense forests, and hazy mountaintops. The region abounds in numerous hidden pubs, inns, and hotels, offering not only shelter from the weather, but also first-class dining and drinking options.
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