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1. Posted by hil357 (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

My family is planning a trip to England this summer and I'm left mostly with the planning since I know more of what I want to do there. I'm just wandering how possible this all is, since I don't really know how long it take to go from place to place. We're probably renting a car, by the way.

June 9- Arrive in London
June 11- Leave London, see Stonehenge, stay in Bath for night
June 12- Leave Bath, go to Stratford-upon-Avon, travel to Manchester and walk around some, go to Sheffield and stay the night
June 13- Look around Sheffield, go on a Peak District walk
June 14- Drive through Leeds (possibly look around), maybe head farther North (suggestions?)
June 15- Explore North York Moors, Scarborough, stay in York
June 16- Drive south back to London
June 17- Head home

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

woah this is a really tight itin. give urelf more time to relax and enjoy your towns and places u visit.

Keep in mind, especially near London, you will hit traffic alot and spend more time on the road than you plan.

Id suggest London for a few days and Stonehenge, Salisbury is a nice old town nearby Stonehenge, and Avebury Standing stones are cool too and less touristic. Bath is meant to be nice but never been.

Id skip Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds and go straight to York for a couple of days to explore the moors and nearby towns.

For a week of travel, you dont wanna be driving the entre time.

3. Posted by zebedee (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

I agree with the previous poster that you are trying to pack too much into this.

Just to help with planning - good site to get travel times and distances via car from. They are pretty accurate.

Driving is different here to the US, the style is very different and you may find that you are being overtaken by cars breaking the speed limit on the motorways. Pretty much all cars are stick shift even from the car hire firms.

Roundabouts will probably freak you out for the first few times but persevere they are actually not too bad once you get used to them.


Stonehenge - the site itself is a couple of hour trip to go around.

Bath - lovely city and plenty to see and do. The baths are worth a visit and I also enjoyed the costume museum.

Stratford - lots to do in and around the area with a number of historic buildings to visit. Its also home to the RSC and there are a few theatress playing different Shakespeare plays. I will do an ad for my home town of Warwick but if you are interested in castles then Warwick castle is a very fine example.

Don't bother with Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds they are basically big cities and although are interesting in your limited time they are worth skipping.

York is super and lovely even just to walk around. Touristy but I do like the Yorvick centre. If you go here make sure you walk through the Shambles and explore the minster. See if you can find whip ma whop ma gate

Scarborough is just a standard seaside town and if you want something like that in N Yorks I would go to Whitby instead.

4. Posted by hil357 (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

I didn't really want to spend more than 2 days in London, I would like to just head stay North the whole time except I figure I can't go to England and not see some of London and Stonehenge and my sister wants to see where Shakespeare was born and my mom says we can't drive through Bath without stopping, so yeah. And we only have a week. I'll take your advice into consideration, but I was hoping to be able to see some of Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester, since I'm considering applying there for university.

5. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Hi Hilary,
I think you can manage all the places you want to visit in the time you mention, only if you are fine with spending most of your time on the road and little time in the places itself.

On my visit to England, I packed in almost the entire south England (from Brighton to Lands End) and all the way up to Wales in a period of 10 days and all I have are somewhat hazy memories of my trip. I wish I had just visited a couple of places and spent more time there alone.

Anyway, have fun in England!

6. Posted by zebedee (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

OK that makes sense to cover those towns based on the fact you may want to go to uni in those places.

So perhaps :

June 11 London - Stonehenge - Bath (120miles, 3 hours)
12 Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon (2 hours)
13 Stratford - Manchester (2 hours)
14 Manchester - Leeds - York (2 hours)
15 York
16 York - via Sheffield - London (4hr 15)
17 Depart London

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Though I understand that you will probably go and see it anyway, I just wanted to warn you that Stonehenge is possibly the most underwhelming thing in europe.

8. Posted by PeteW27 (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

Though I understand that you will probably go and see it anyway, I just wanted to warn you that Stonehenge is possibly the most underwhelming thing in europe.

Definately, unless you are a pagan! All they are are some ugly stones in some random circle that attract tourists who have been duped into believing you are going to see a UFO or Gandolf magically emerging from behind said stones! I.e skip it..entirely, just get a postcard, it will be more worthwhile and infinately more memorable.

I'd spend more time initially in London, especially if it is you and/or your family's first time as otherwise you will go to Maddam Tussauds/The Planetarium, gaup at some soldiers with hedges on top of their heads, and then, "oh my gaud" it's time to go! I'd give it 4 days because it has to be one of the most intriguing cities in the world. Sure, there are plenty cities more beautiful, cleaner most certainly, but there is a "buzz" about the place that draws you.

I'd go straight from there to York, even bases yourself in a place like Harrogate (only 15 miles away and a spa town so lovely and quientessentially english) or Malton (small market town 18 miles away, right by the NYM) to avoid the masses of tourists and higher prices. Maybe even take a day trip up to Edinburgh, which is a quality city. The NYM are bleak but stunning and I agree that I'd skip Scarborough and just head for Whitby, take in the NYM railway and be prepared to be amazed at just how beautiful England can be.

Above all else, enjoy it, if it rains, which it will, there are plenty of things to do indoors, if it is sunny, which it also will be, make the most of it!!!!!!

9. Posted by hil357 (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

So, I wanted to go to the Peak District and the North York Moors, but would it be better to just go to one? I thought we could hike around a little in the Peak District for a few hours and then at the Moors hike around and drive around. But I'm thinking maybe it would be better to just not go to the Peak District except to drive through and spend more time at the Moors.

10. Posted by zebedee (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Personally I would walk in the Peaks. Dovedale is lovely, it is touristy but it makes finding it a doddle. The N Yorks moors you can get a good feel of by driving across them IMO.

If these are important to you then do drop Stonehenge and Bath. The others are right that Stonehenge is underwhelming and I would say is the next thing to drop in favour of a walk.