ENJOY OUR TEN-DAY ROAD TRIP THROUGH ENGLAND THAT YOU WILL REMEMBER FOREVER
Embark on a trip to some of England’s most beautiful places. Our ten-day road trip will take you to vast green areas, the nicest villages, lively marketplaces, and large cities that have a rich history and an exciting culture.
Join us for this tour through major cities and picturesque landscapes on a journey that starts and finishes in Birmingham. We will guide you to the best sights and give you tips on attractions and eateries. Find a car for this unforgettable trip to England, press play, and you’re ready to go!
Day 1: Birmingham
Birmingham has once been called “the world’s premier manufacturing city” and has literally a sea of treasures to be explored. Today, the city has become increasingly popular for Birmingham Christmas office parties that are arguably the best ones that you can find on the island.
During the Industrial Revolution, the city became known for its Jewelry Quarter, an area of the city that continues to be the region of Europe with the highest concentration of jewelry manufacturers today (40% of all jewelry produced in the UK comes from here). So, If you like “bling-bling” this is the right destination for you.
If you don’t have much to spare for precious metals, you can instead saturate your appetite for culture at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Here you can stroll around the pre-Raphaelites, the ancient Egyptians, and Baroque masters, and, you can actually even do it for free!
Day 2: Cambridge
In addition to being a formerly important center for the Vikings’ trade, Cambridge is also a world-renowned university city. King’s College is one of the premier examples of late English Gothic architecture, just like Trinity College, founded by Henry VIII in 1546. It is well worth the hassle of strolling around for hours among these magnificent buildings and imagining all the well-known people who have roamed around here – Alan Turning, Salman Rushdie and Isaac Newton are just a few examples.
Now that you’ve walked in the well-known footsteps, you can treat yourself to a beer on their beer hook The Eagle. It was in that particular pub that the American molecular biologists James Watson and Francis Crick announced that they had discovered the DNA molecule structure. Test a glass of Eagles DNA, a special ale created to commemorate the event.
A popular way to discover the city is to get out in a gondola-like boat along the River Cam. You can either let yourself be stacked by a gondola or you can – if you belong to a larger party – rent your own gondola-like boat and sail the charming Cambridge waters.
Day 3: Chiltern Hills
Pack a picnic and head for the hills – Chiltern Hills, which has been designated as an “area of outstanding natural beauty”, thanks to some of England’s most beautiful landscapes. The area extends over 883 km2 of the green area. We suggest a walk in some of the most beautiful parts of the area during the sunlight.
In an area of 5 km that starts at Wendover and takes you to Coombe Hill, a great monument honoring the victims of the Second Boer War can be found. The place gives you an incomparable view of the Chilterns – a wild, varied heathland with wild heather and orchids. The walk takes just over 1.5 hours.
Another option is to explore the forests around Wendover, where the Boddington hillfort is located. It is a significant archaeological site from the Iron Age, with glorious fields of flowering bluebells and one of Europe’s smallest birds – the rare crowned kingfisher.
Day 4-5: Oxford
Oxford is known as “the city with the dreamy spires”, and you will find that you are happy to look up Oxford’s medieval architecture, so you may even forget to learn more about its rich history dating back to 700AD. There is so much worth learning about the city, from the original form of Saxon settlement and the partial destruction at the Normans conquest up until the city became an important university city. It can, therefore, be worth taking a guided tour.
For more thoughtful activities, we recommend a visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum. It houses an amazing collection of archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, from shrunken heads to spring screws.
Day two in Oxford is great for exploring Blenheim Palace, a baroque masterpiece 20 minutes outside the city. With an infinite number of gilt rooms to admire and many hectares of land to explore, it is likely that you will want to spend the whole day there, which is not so crazy at all, given that the cafe serves excellent afternoon tea.
Day 6-7: Cotswolds
Visiting the Cotswolds feels like traveling back in time and visiting a medieval fairy tale; the area is really amazingly picturesque.
You should definitely not miss Upper or Lower Slaughter, two villages that count towards the area’s most beautiful – by the way, the name derives from the slot tree (marsh or mud) rather than the bloodbath that one might think.
Stay in Bibury, a city well known for the textile workers’ cottages from the 17th century. Cranham has the Cotswold roll-out competition – yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like – the race is held every year at Coopers Hill.
Last but not least, the Roman market town of Cirencester is well worth a visit. It is full of cozy shops and lovely little eateries.
Day 8-9: Bath and Bristol
Although the cities are only 30 minutes’ drive apart, Bath and Bristol are two completely different experiences.
Bath is mainly known for its Roman baths, so your highest priority during the visit should be to relax in the geothermal springs. But at the site itself, you can only see the bathing facilities that the Romans used, but not swim. Instead, we recommend that you try the Thermae Bath Spa, which has mineral-rich water and a great view of the city. You can eat well at Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen, a vegetarian restaurant in a historic building where the British postal system was built.
Bristol, on the other hand, is a cultural hub on the River Avon, where there are plenty of activities to do. Clifton Village, located five minutes outside the city center, has a wealth of craftsmanship and should be your first stop. Feel free to have a drink at Clifton Down Park to get yourself excited before exploring all the nice shops in the area.
Once you have set your appetite, it is good to return to town and down to the harbor: there you find M Shed, a museum dealing with the history of Bristol, and the SS Great Britain, which was the world’s longest passenger ship between 1845 and 1854.
Bristol is especially known for its exuberant nightlife, so you won’t have any trouble finding a bar. The Kongs of King Street bar features arcade games and is especially fun, Motion is the city’s largest club and if you like live music, The Old Bookshop is a more intimate place.
Day 10: The Beautiful Wyedale
Make a slow drive past the beautiful Wyedalen. It is a national park located on the border between England and Wales charging for a night on the town. When you go through incredibly beautiful landscapes, it fits perfectly with a stop at Tintern Abbey.
The monastery was built in 1131 and is now a romantic ruin, as a result of Henry VIII’s outcome against the monastery in the 16th century. You can either admire the building from the outer road or pay 6.50 GPB to walk around the area and visit the neighboring museum that will eventually mark the end of this majestic adventure…