59 days in Southern England Itinerary

59 days in Southern England Itinerary

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59 days in Southern England Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  27​h
1
Oxford
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Rye
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Tintagel
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
St Ives
— 9 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h
6
Newport, Isle of Wight
— 8 nights
bus + ferry:  1​h
7
Portsmouth
— 9 nights
train + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

8
nights
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Visiting Kirtlington Golf Club and Tadmarton Heath Golf Club will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pendon Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Oxford side-trips: Island Pond Wood (in Bicester), Waddesdon Manor (in Waddesdon) and Dorchester Abbey (in Dorchester-on-Thames). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Christ Church Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's C Of E Church, contemplate the long history of The Church of St Mary the Virgin, and sample the tasty concoctions at Hook Norton Brewery.

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Sydney, Australia to Oxford is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Oxford due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Oxford hover around 11°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rye.

Things to do in Oxford

Museums Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Abingdon, Banbury, Wantage, Highclere Castle, Hook Norton Brewery
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Hook Norton Brewery ©
Hook Norton Brewery
Waddesdon Manor ©
Waddesdon Manor

9
nights
Rye

Rye ©
Rye is a small town in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, within the historic County of Sussex, England, which stands approximately two miles from the open sea and is at the confluence of three rivers: the Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede. Visit Battle Abbey and Battlefield and St. Mary's Parish Church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Bodiam Castle and All Saints Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Eastbourne (Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters & Beachy Head), Romney Marsh (in New Romney) and Leeds Castle (in Maidstone). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Camber Sands, take in the exciting artwork at Murmurations Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary The Virgin Church, and find something for the whole family at Drusillas Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rye trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Oxford to Rye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Ramsgate.

Things to do in Rye

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Bodiam, The Three Legs Brewing Company
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 22:
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Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head
Battle Abbey and Battlefield ©
Battle Abbey and Battlefield
Bodiam Castle ©
Bodiam Castle

7
nights
Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet

Ramsgate ©
Ramsgate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in east Kent, England. Appreciate the collections at Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum and Lovelys Gallery. Visiting Viking Bay and Louisa Bay will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Ramsgate to Dover to see White Cliffs of Dover about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Ramsgate Tunnels, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bay Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Augustine's Abbey, and play a few rounds at Westgate and Birchington Golf Club.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ramsgate journey planner .

Getting from Rye to Ramsgate by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Tintagel.

Things to do in Ramsgate

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broadstairs, Margate, Manston, Westgate-on-Sea, Kingsgate Bay
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Kingsgate Bay ©
Kingsgate Bay
Ramsgate Tunnels ©
Ramsgate Tunnels
Viking Bay ©
Viking Bay

5
nights
Tintagel

Tintagel ©
Tintagel or Trevena is a civil parish and village situated on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cotehele and Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and St James Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tintagel: Stibb (Duckpool & Sandymouth Beach), Hawker's Hut (in Morwenstow) and Northcott Mouth Beach (in Poughill). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fontevrault Chapel, kick back and relax at Trebarwith Strand Beach, and steep yourself in history at Lanhydrock House and Garden.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tintagel route website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Ramsgate to Tintagel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to St Ives.

Things to do in Tintagel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bude, Bodmin, Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum, Hawker's Hut, Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum
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Cotehele ©
Cotehele
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic ©

9
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pendennis Castle and All Saints' Church Marazion. Explore hidden gems such as Perranporth Beach and Carbis Bay Beach. Explore St Ives' surroundings by going to Towan Beach - The Roseland (in Ruan High Lanes), Porthchapel Beach (in St Levan) and Nanjizel Beach (in Penzance). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Porthminster Beach, explore the world behind art at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, see the interesting displays at The Count House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Watergate Bay.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the St Ives travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tintagel to St Ives takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. January in St Ives sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Newport.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St Austell, Newquay, Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach, St. Senara Church, Porthtowan Beach
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Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Charlestown Shipwreck Centre ©
Charlestown Shipwreck Centre
Pendennis Castle ©
Pendennis Castle

8
nights
Newport, Isle of Wight

Newport ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Carisbrooke Castle and Quarr Abbey. Museum-lovers will appreciate Newport Roman Villa and Brighstone Village Museum. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to St James Church (in Yarmouth), Freshwater (St Agnes Church & Tennyson Down) and The Needles Battery (in Totland).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Newport sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from St Ives to Newport in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Newport when traveling from St Ives in January, with lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ryde, East Cowes, Cowes, Freshwater, Arreton
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 20:
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Carisbrooke Castle ©
Carisbrooke Castle
The Needles Battery ©
The Needles Battery
Monkey Haven ©
Monkey Haven

9
nights
Portsmouth

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. HMS Warrior 1860 and Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at New Forest National Park and Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Change things up with these side-trips from Portsmouth: Room Escape Games (in Southampton), Brighton (Kemptown, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Winchester (The Great Hall & Winchester Cathedral). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chichester Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with Forest Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Mottisfont Abbey, and get engrossed in the history at Weald & Downland Living Museum.

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Do a combination of bus and ferry from Newport to Portsmouth in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chichester, Brighton, Petworth, Winchester, Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 29:
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HMS Warrior 1860 ©
HMS Warrior 1860
New Forest National Park ©
New Forest National Park
Petworth House and Park ©
Petworth House and Park

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