31 days in Southern England Itinerary

31 days in Southern England Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern England travel route planner

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Route & dates

1
Rye
— 4 nights
2
Brighton and Hove
— 4 nights
3
Sandown, Isle of Wight
— 4 nights
4
Portsmouth
— 4 nights
5
Newquay
— 4 nights
6
Oxford
— 4 nights
7
London
— 6 nights

4
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. Head to Perry Court Farm and Dengate's Farm Stallfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Camber Sands and The Big Cat Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rye: The Hawking Centre (in Doddington), Dover (Dover Castle & The White Cliffs of Dover) and Joe's Bows (in Hernhill). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Church, take a stroll through Old Town Hastings, and kick back and relax at Viking Bay.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rye online travel planner.

Doha, Qatar to Rye is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in May, expect Rye to be colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brighton and Hove.

Things to do in Rye

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dover, Joe's Bows, Old Town Hastings, Viking Bay, Perry Court Farm
Highlights from your plan
The Big Cat Sanctuary ©
The Big Cat Sanctuary
Camber Sands ©
Camber Sands
Viking Bay ©
Viking Bay

4
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Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove ©
The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Lanes and Gustamps. Head to North Laine and Three Angels by Vintage Charmfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brighton and Hove: Eastbourne (Beachy Head & Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters), Arlington Bluebell Walk (in Arlington) and Tilgate Park (in Crawley). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hawking About, enjoy breathtaking views from British Airways i360, walk around Seven Sisters Country Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Drusillas Park.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brighton and Hove trip planner.

You can drive from Rye to Brighton and Hove in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Brighton and Hove can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sandown.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Eastbourne, Drusillas Park, Hawking About, Arlington Bluebell Walk, Eridge Rocks Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
North Laine ©
North Laine
Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head
Gustamps ©
Gustamps

4
nights
Sandown, Isle of Wight

Sandown ©
A holiday in Sandown offers opportunities for leisure, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly activities.
For shopping fun, head to The Garlic Farm or Neil Williams. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and Seaview Wildlife Encounter. Get out of town with these interesting Sandown side-trips: The Needles Battery (in Totland) and Brighstone Village Museum (in Brighstone). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Haven Falconry, contemplate the long history of Osborne House, take in nature's colorful creations at Godshill Model Village, and tour in style with Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sandown holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brighton and Hove to Sandown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. In May in Sandown, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Sandown

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Newport, Ryde, The Needles Battery, Shanklin Chine, Seaview Wildlife Encounter
Highlights from your plan
The Garlic Farm ©
The Garlic Farm
Seaview Wildlife Encounter ©
Seaview Wildlife Encounter
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary ©
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

4
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. Head to Gunwharf Quays and Petworth House and Parkfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moors Valley Country Park and Forest and Arundel Castle and Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Beaulieu National Motor Museum (in Beaulieu) and Paultons Park (in Romsey). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Mary Rose and explore the world behind art at Chichester Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Portsmouth route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Sandown to Portsmouth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. May in Portsmouth sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Newquay.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Arundel Castle and Gardens, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Chichester Cathedral, Petworth House and Park, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
Highlights from your plan
Arundel Castle and Gardens ©
Arundel Castle and Gardens
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest ©
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
Petworth House and Park ©
Petworth House and Park

4
nights
Newquay

Newquay ©
Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
Take a break from the city and head to Fistral Beach Bar and Screech Owl Sanctuary. Step off the beaten path and head to Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre and Crantock Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newquay: Trebah Garden (in Mawnan Smith), St. Michael's Mount (in Marazion) and Porthminster Beach (in St Ives). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Porth Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, make a trip to Holywell Cave, and admire the natural beauty at Lanhydrock House and Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Newquay trip planner.

Getting from Portsmouth to Newquay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oxford.

Things to do in Newquay

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Crantock Beach, Lanhydrock House and Garden, Holywell Cave, Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre, Trebah Garden
Highlights from your plan
Crantock Beach ©
Crantock Beach
Screech Owl Sanctuary ©
Screech Owl Sanctuary
Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre ©
Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre

4
nights
Oxford

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Step out of the city life by going to UK Wolf Conservation Trust and Beale Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Venture out of the city with trips to Udderly Fresh - North Hill Farm Dairy (in Winslow), Highclere Castle (in Newbury) and Bletchley Park (in Bletchley). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum, steep yourself in history at Oxford Castle & Prison, sample the fine beverages at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, and explore the historical opulence of Christ Church Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oxford trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Newquay to Oxford takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Oxford, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to London.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Udderly Fresh - North Hill Farm Dairy, Beale Park, Bletchley Park, UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Highclere Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Oxford Artisan Distillery ©
The Oxford Artisan Distillery
Bombay Sapphire Distillery ©
Bombay Sapphire Distillery
UK Wolf Conservation Trust ©
UK Wolf Conservation Trust

6
nights
London

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Shop till you drop at Fortnum & Mason and Harrods. There's much more to do: make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the London trip planner.

Drive from Oxford to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in London sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Fortnum & Mason ©
Fortnum & Mason
Harrods ©
Harrods