15 days in London, Lake District & Yorkshire Itinerary

15 days in London, Lake District & Yorkshire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock England sightseeing planner
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London
— 3 nights
Train
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Windermere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ravenglass
— 1 night
Drive
4
Glenridding
— 3 nights
Drive
5
York
— 3 nights
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London — 3 nights

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 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tower of London, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, then stroll around St. James's Park, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Houses of Parliament, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the London visit planner.

Ottawa, Canada to London is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to London, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ottawa in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Windermere.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Windermere — 4 nights

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Windermere: Lake District Sheepdog Experience (in Crosthwaite), Sizergh Castle (in Kendal) and Studio Arts Crafts and Graphics (in Lancaster). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Michael Coates Clay Shooting, see the interesting displays at Lakeland Motor Museum, get your bearings at Brockhole on Windermere, and explore the historical opulence of Wray Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Windermere trip builder app.

You can take a train from London to Windermere in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ravenglass.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trips

Ravenglass — 1 night

Ravenglass is a small coastal village and natural harbour in Cumbria, England roughly halfway between Barrow-in-Furness and Whitehaven. On the 15th (Sun), stroll through Muncaster Castle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Wast Water.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ravenglass trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Windermere to Ravenglass in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenridding.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Glenridding — 3 nights

Glenridding is a village at the southern end of Ullswater, in the English Lake District. On the 16th (Mon), see Lake District Off-Road, trek along Catbells Lakeland Walk, and then explore the activities along Derwentwater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Castlerigg Stone Circle, then see the interesting displays at The Puzzling Place, and then explore the activities along Thirlmere.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glenridding online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Ravenglass to Glenridding takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Glenridding are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to York.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip

York — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: National Centre for Birds of Prey (in Helmsley), Eden Camp Modern History Museum (in Malton) and Fountains Abbey (in Ripon). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum, see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum, delve into the distant past at York City Walls, and admire the landmark architecture of York Minster.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the York online route planner.

Traveling by car from Glenridding to York takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 21st (Sat), you're off to home.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

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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Yorkshire travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
The largest of the 39 historic counties of England, Yorkshire's whimsical residents often call their home "God's Own Country." The sprawling county is divided up into four separate regions, each with its own cultural identity, thriving urban centers, and historic market towns that can fill a variety of holiday itineraries. The region’s countryside, featuring green valleys and gently rolling hills, has long attracted tourism from around the globe. Well connected to all other parts of the country by an extensive railway network, Yorkshire is a prime region for outdoor activities, with stunning scenery that includes three national parks. As part of your itinerary, explore the region’s numerous historical sites, but don’t miss meeting the colorful locals, known for being proud, industrious, and extremely opinionated about almost every subject under the sun.
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