12 days in North West England Itinerary

12 days in North West England Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Windermere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Penrith
— 4 nights
Drive
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Liverpool
— 4 nights
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Windermere — 3 nights

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Get out of town with these interesting Windermere side-trips: Predator Experience (in Ayside) and Grasmere (Lake Grasmere & The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Tarn Hows, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Old Man of Coniston, and get a dose of the wild on Lake District Sheepdog Experience.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Windermere online travel route planner.

London to Windermere is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Penrith.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Penrith — 4 nights

Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Get out of town with these interesting Penrith side-trips: New Mills Trout Fishing Park (in Brampton), Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale) and The Lakes Distillery (in Bassenthwaite). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hallin Fell, stroll around Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Keswick Brewing Company.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Penrith online road trip planner.

You can drive from Windermere to Penrith in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Penrith, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Liverpool.
Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails
Side Trips

Liverpool — 4 nights

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Explore Liverpool's surroundings by going to Chester (Chester Cathedral & Chester Zoo), Manchester (The City of Manchester Distillery, National Football Museum, &more) and Land Rover Experience (in Tarporley). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, learn more about the world around you at World Museum, view the masterpieces at Walker Art Gallery, and examine the collection at Museum of Liverpool.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Liverpool trip tool.

Traveling by car from Penrith to Liverpool takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trips