Classic Southern England

Explore these three regions on a trip that takes you through Salisbury's eclectic mix of historic architecture which is a testament to its 1,000 years of history, a visit to the "English Riviera" in Torquay, a stop at King Arthur's 13C clifftop castle in Tintagel, and the beautiful nature of the Cotswolds in Chetelham, all while driving along South-West England's ruggedly beautiful coast.

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  • CultureCulture
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Great FoodGreat Food
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Trip itinerary

  • 1

    London, United Kingdom

  • 2

    Salisbury, United Kingdom

  • 3

    Torquay, United Kingdom

  • 4

    Penzance, United Kingdom

  • 5

    Tintagel, United Kingdom

  • 6

    Bath, United Kingdom

  • 7

    Cheltenham, United Kingdom

  • 8

    Oxford, United Kingdom

  • 9

    London, United Kingdom

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Things to do in and around London

  • hdr parliament
  • National Gallery
  • Tate Britain
  • Tower of London
  • British Museum
  • White Cliffs of Dover, UK
  • College Rooftops
  • V and A 2
  • Kew Gardens
  • Westminster Abbey at sunset
  • London Eye - iPhone
  • Leeds Castle
  • Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour!
  • London Street
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tate Modern
  • Chelsea: King's Road
  • Canterbury Cathedral Aerial
  • Savill Gardens 16-05-2014
  • National Theatre
  • Hyde Park, London, England
  • The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich (London 2013)
  • The Wallace Collection
  • Curve and Gothic Temple - Painshill
  • Brighton
   
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London

United Kingdom, London region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nights

Steeped in history and royalty, the English capital is considered to be one of the most progressive and exciting cities in the world.

London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames, its history going back to its founding by the Romans. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret's Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich. Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square. London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End theatres.
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Things to do in and around Salisbury

  • Chalk Pit view
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • ox row
  • Mompesson House
  • Salisbury - Church of St Thomas
  • Stourhead
  • Stonehenge
  • Salisbury: The Wardrobe Military Museum (Wiltshire)
  • DSC02097 Salisbury Cathedral close
  • Wilton House
  • The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum
   
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Salisbury

United Kingdom, South West region

HistoricSmall townsNatureActive1 night

Known for its towering cathedral, medieval charm, and proximity to Stonehenge, Salisbury is a treasury of history and good spirit.

Salisbury is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England, and the only city within the county. The city sits at the confluence of five rivers: the Nadder, Ebble, Wylye and Bourne are tributary to the Avon. Salisbury has a strong artistic community, with galleries situated in the city centre, including one in the public library. The Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum is housed in the King's House, a Grade I listed building whose history dates back to the 13th century.
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Things to do in and around Torquay

  • Torquay
  • Torquay-24
  • We are not amused...
  • Torquay 25 April 2011_107
  • Kents Cavern
  • Saltram House
  • Chesil Beach (west)
  • Torre Abbey
  • morning moorland
  • Lydford Gorge
   
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Torquay

United Kingdom, South West region

BeachesHistoric1 night

Torquay lives up to its reputation as the "English Riviera", steeped in history and patrons the likes of Dickens and Christie.

Torquay is a seaside town in Devon, England. In the early 19th century the town began to develop into a fashionable seaside resort, initially frequented by members of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars while the Royal Navy anchored in the bay. Later, as the town's fame spread, it was popular with the crème de la crème of Victorian society. Renowned for its healthful climate, the town earned the nickname of the English Riviera and favourable comparisons to Montpellier. Torquay has numerous tourist attractions, including Kents Cavern, Britain's most important Stone Age site, which was home to early man for some 700,000 years.
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Things to do in and around Penzance

  • Penzance
  • IMG_2983.JPG
  • Penzance Market Jew Street 1
  • Penzance
  • Penzance
  • Trewithen
  • St Ives after dark. Lumix DMC G3. P1030277 to P1030281.
  • Land's End
  • Cornwall 047
  • Red & White path
  • Angleterre, Cornwall, Glendurgan Garden
   
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Penzance

United Kingdom, South West region

BeachesSmall towns2 nights

Set on the Mount's Bay, this town has been a favored spot for easy-going vacationers since the 19C, and offers many landmarks.

Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England. Large sections of Penzance are classified as ″conservation areas″. The conservation area forms most of the core of the town of Penzance and the historic harbour areas. A number of Georgian and Regency buildings are present in the town. Penzance's has a number of interesting features, including the Egyptian House and the Union Hotel. The sub-tropical Morrab Gardens has a large collection of tender trees and shrubs, many of which cannot be grown outdoors anywhere else in the UK. The seafront with its promenade and the open-air seawater Jubilee Bathing Pool is one of the oldest surviving Art Deco swimming baths in the country.
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Things to do in and around Tintagel

  • Tintagel village and lower and upper mainland courtyard - Tintagel Castle - Tintagel, Cornwall
  • King Arthur's Arms Inn
  • SDC10808
  • Tintagel Castle
  • Trewithen
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall
  • Angleterre, Cornwall, Glendurgan Garden
  • St Ives after dark. Lumix DMC G3. P1030277 to P1030281.
   
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Tintagel

United Kingdom, South West region

NatureActiveBeachesHistoricSmall towns1 night

Notable for its ties to King Arthur, this coastal village also boasts architecture, culture, and natural beauty outside of the myths.

Tintagel is a civil parish and village situated on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village and nearby Tintagel Castle are associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table.
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Things to do in and around Bath

  • Bath, England
  • Bath - 051
  • Bath - Royal Crescent
  • American Museum in Bath
  • No 1 The Royal Crescent, Georgian Architecture Bath Somerset
  • Stourhead
  • Stonehenge
  • The Circus 01
  • The Holburne museum bath  Art & Cultture
  • Bath 14 Jan 2012 (5)
  • Bath Museum of fashion and Assembly rooms
  • Wilton House
  • Puzzlewood
  • Roman Baths
  • Arundel Castle 21-09-2012
  • Bristol
   
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Bath

United Kingdom, South West region

Small townsCultureNight lifeHistoricFood2 nights

Established by the Romans in the 1C, Bath remains a spa destination with its 18C atmosphere surviving amid a modern ambiance.

Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, South West England. The city became a spa with the Latin name Aquae Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") c. AD 60 when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon, although oral tradition suggests that the hot springs were known before then. It became popular as a spa town during the Georgian era, leaving a heritage of Georgian architecture crafted from Bath Stone. Bath became a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city's theatres, museums and other cultural and sporting venues have helped to make it a major centre for tourism.
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Things to do in and around Cheltenham

  • Cheltenham ... view.
  • CIMG4456
  • Pittville Pump Room
  • Cheltenham
  • Town Hall
  • Puzzlewood
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Waterside
  • driveway to Charlecote Park
  • Blenheim Palace Water Terraces
  • Arundel Castle 21-09-2012
  • Bristol
   
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Cheltenham

United Kingdom, South West region

CultureNight lifeFoodNatureHistoric2 nights

Known for its mineral spas, Cheltenham boasts excellent Georgian architecture, cultural events and museums, and nightlife.

Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a large spa town and borough in Gloucestershire, England, located on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is the home of the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup, the main event of the Cheltenham Festival held every March. The town is famous for its Regency architecture and is said to be "the most complete regency town in England". The Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum has a notable collection of decorative arts from the era of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Holst Birthplace Museum contains personal belongings of the composer of The Planets, including his piano.
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Things to do in and around Oxford

  • Oxford Postcard
  • The Village of Woodstock near Oxford, England
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Christ Church, Oxford
  • Magdalen College, Oxford
  • Blenheim Palace Water Terraces
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Waterside
  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  • Oxford 22-03-2006
  • 2012 09 09_PDH_0071
  • Sheldonian Theatre
  • driveway to Charlecote Park
  • Wilton House
   
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Oxford

United Kingdom, South East region

HistoricCultureNight life1 night

Since 1167 Oxford's educational excellence has been giving rise to its phenomenal history, culture, and social atmosphere.

Oxford is a city in South East England. The city is known worldwide as the home of Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Buildings in Oxford demonstrate examples of every English architectural period since the arrival of the Saxons, including the mid-18th-century Radcliffe Camera. Oxford is known as the "city of dreaming spires". Oxford has numerous major tourist attractions, many belonging to the university and colleges. As well as several famous institutions, the town centre is home to Carfax Tower and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, both of which offer views over the spires of the city.
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Things to do in and around London

  • hdr parliament
  • National Gallery
  • Tate Britain
  • Tower of London
  • British Museum
  • White Cliffs of Dover, UK
  • College Rooftops
  • V and A 2
  • Kew Gardens
  • Westminster Abbey at sunset
  • London Eye - iPhone
  • Leeds Castle
  • Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour!
   
9

London

United Kingdom, London region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life1 night

Steeped in history and royalty, the English capital is considered to be one of the most progressive and exciting cities in the world.

London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames, its history going back to its founding by the Romans. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret's Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich. Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square. London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End theatres.
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