22 days in England, Cardiff & Caernarfon Itinerary

22 days in England, Cardiff & Caernarfon Itinerary

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London — 6 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You've added The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & UnNatural History, Baker Street, Soho, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our London trip itinerary site.

Melbourne, Australia to London is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to London, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for much colder days in London, with highs around 11°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Oxford.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Oxford — 2 nights

A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): deepen your understanding at University of Oxford, admire the striking features of Weston Library, get curious at History of Science Museum, then get your bearings at Bodleian Library, then gain insight at Balliol College, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Westonbirt Arboretum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, admire the striking features of University Church of St Mary the Virgin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, then get a new perspective on nature at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magdalen College.

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Drive from London to Oxford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Oxford sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Cardiff.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Cardiff — 3 nights

The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Cardiff Bay Wales and West of England Falconry. Venture out of the city with trips to Bath (The Roman Baths & Bath Abbey) and Bristol (St Mary Redcliffe Church & Wills Memorial Building). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castell Coch, get curious at Techniquest, stroll through Rhondda Heritage Park, The Welsh Mining Experience, and stroll the grounds of Llandaff Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cardiff day trip app.

You can take a train from Oxford to Cardiff in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cardiff can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Caernarfon.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Caernarfon — 4 nights

Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caernarfon Castle and Gwrych Castle. Explore Caernarfon's surroundings by going to Harlech Beach (in Harlech) and Manorafon Farm Park (in Abergele). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church, and learn about winemaking at Pant Du Vineyard & Orchard.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Caernarfon journey maker site.

Getting from Cardiff to Caernarfon by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to York.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

York — 4 nights

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and The Rose Window. Change things up with these side-trips from York: The Vulcan Experience (in Doncaster) and Snozone (in Castleford). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Railway Museum, brush up on your military savvy at The York Army Museum, take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls, and take a stroll through York Shambles.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the York planning website.

Getting from Caernarfon to York by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to home.
Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Side Trips
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England travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

Wales travel guide

Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.