2 Weeks in England Tour Itinerary
When designing our two weeks tour itinerary of England, we wanted to provide the perfect balance of seeing the major sites across the length and breadth of the country while also keeping your comfort in mind by allocating enough time to relax in each city you visit and minimizing the number of different hotels you will be required to stay in.
The 14-day itinerary we detail below will take you through Royal Palaces and iconic sights in London, through green and pleasant villages in the Cotswolds, to historic cities and cultural hotspots like Cambridge and Liverpool, and much more besides.
Read on for your itinerary of where to go and what to see within two weeks in England, or for a complimentary customized version, simply complete our online contact form and let our tour designers know what you would like to change, and you will receive the updated version and our suggestions in your inbox.
Our 2-week private tour includes:
Day 1: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace & London Eye Tour
Your first day on tour will be spent visiting some of the most recognizable sights in all of London.
Your private guide will arrive to greet you already prepared with skip-the-line tickets for these attractions wherever possible. This means you will have more time exploring these London attractions with your guide rather than your valuable vacation time going to waste waiting in overcrowded queues.
On the first day in London, you will enjoy guided tours of:
Buckingham Palace & St James Park
The Queen’s official London residence and the center of Royal and national celebrations. Private guided tours of the Palace are only available in the summer and will need to be reserved by our team at the earliest opportunity.
Big Ben, Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey
From the coronation site of all English Monarchs to a guided tour of the home of British democracy, this experience will acquaint you with how the country operates, and the intrigue and scandal of both historic and modern Britain.
Saville Row & Harrods
England has long held a reputation as a shopping destination for discerning clients. We will introduce you to the best tailors and departments for your fitted suit or souvenir of your vacation in England.
On the banks of the River Thames, the London Eye Ferris Wheel offers the ultimate view across the evening London skyline.
Day 2: The Crown Jewels, Tower of London & Art Tour
Day two will begin with your driver-guide collecting you from your accommodation in the morning as you start the day with a visit to the Crown Jewels in our luxury air-conditioned vehicle.
The Tower of London
njoy skip-the-line access and the services of one of the Queen’s Yeoman Warders as your guide as you discover fascinating exhibits including, The Crown Jewels, Torture at the Tower exhibition, the Fusiliers Museum, the Royal Mint exhibition, and more at the Tower of London
Tower bridge tour
One of the most iconic images of London, the bridge was constructed between 1886 and 1894 and is world-renowned for its Victorian Gothic architecture style, panoramic views, and the remarkable site of the hydraulic-powered bridge raising and lowering to allow ships to pass. Explore the engine rooms with your guide.
Lunch in the Shard
Combining these three UNESCO World Heritage sites in one visit is perhaps the most essential tour you can take while in London. This tour combines Royal history and romance with political intrigue and scandal.
Tate Modern Gallery Tour
Britain’s national collection of international modern and contemporary art. As well as the array of thought-provoking exhibitions, The permanent collection contains work by masters such as Pablo Picasso, Damian Hirst, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol among others too numerous to mention.
Day 3: Private Tour of Windsor castle
The town of Windsor which gives its name to this iconic castle is a 45-minute drive from Central London, so your driver-guide for the day will consult with you to determine what time you would like to be collected from your hotel to begin this tour.
Windsor Castle has been home to British Monarchs and Royalty for over a thousand years, and to this day is widely regarded as being the Queen’s favorite official residence.
Your certified blue badge guide will take you to explore the Castle’s grand State Apartments, Queen Mary’s original Doll House, and St George’s Chapel, and explore the numerous masterpieces of art on display from the Royal Collections, including paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens.
Before your driver-guide delivers you back to London for your evening meal and entertainment (just contact us and we provide suggestions and tickets for events, shows, and eateries that would be to your specific tastes) take the time to explore one or more of the three lush Castle Gardens.
Day 4: White Cliffs of Dover & Canterbury Driver-Guided Tour
Our private driver-guided tour to the White Cliffs of Dover and the medieval village town of Canterbury – featuring 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites – is a favorite day trip out of London for many of our guests who can’t help but fall for the overwhelming beauty and serenity of the haunting white cliffs in combination with the architectural and spiritual wonder of the 12th-century cathedral
Our private tour of Our Dover Castle, White Cliffs, & Canterbury includes:
- Guided tour of Dover Castle – England’s largest military castle
- Coastal walk at the White Cliffs of Dover and visit the lighthouse
- Tour of Canterbury Cathedral one of England’s premier Christian churches
- Church of St Martin & ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury
Day 5: Visiting the Seaside Town of Hastings
Begin your day with your private driver-guide, departing from your Canterbury accommodation.
Hastings Old Town Exploration
Step back in time as you explore the captivating Hastings Old Town, a picturesque area filled with narrow, winding streets, historic buildings, and a lively atmosphere. With your private driver-guide, meander through the charming lanes lined with timber-framed houses, boutique shops, and quaint cafes, all while soaking in the unique character of this ancient fishing village.
As you delve deeper into the Old Town, uncover the rich maritime history that shaped Hastings and learn about the vibrant local culture from your knowledgeable guide. Along the way, admire the well-preserved architecture and immerse yourself in the bustling market squares, where locals and visitors alike come together to share in the daily life of this enchanting coastal town. Your exploration of Hastings Old Town will provide a captivating glimpse into the heart and soul of this storied English destination.
Hastings Castle and the 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey
Embark on a historical journey with your private driver-guide as you visit the iconic Hastings Castle, perched atop a hill overlooking the charming town and the English Channel. Explore the ruins of this once-majestic fortress, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century, and learn about its fascinating history, including its role in the Norman Conquest of England.
Next, delve into the story of the 1066 Battle of Hastings at the nearby Battle Abbey, the site where the decisive confrontation between King Harold and William the Conqueror took place. Wander through the ancient abbey’s atmospheric ruins, and gain insights into the events that led up to the battle and its lasting impact on English history.
With the guidance of your knowledgeable driver-guide, experience the rich historical tapestry of Hastings Castle and the Battle Abbey, deepening your understanding of England’s storied past.
Hastings Pier & Seafront
Begin by strolling along the picturesque Hastings Pier, a beautifully restored Victorian landmark that offers stunning views of the English Channel. As you walk with your private driver-guide, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the seafront, where locals and visitors alike come to relax and take in the coastal beauty.
After exploring the pier, embark on a scenic coastal drive as you make your way from Hastings to Brighton. Marvel at the breathtaking vistas of the English coastline, with its rugged cliffs, rolling hills, and quaint seaside villages. Your driver-guide will navigate the most picturesque routes, ensuring that you experience the true charm of this captivating region.
Arrival in Brighton
Conclude your day with your private driver-guide, arriving in the lively and colorful city of Brighton.
Day 6: Brighton Beach Escape
Recently voted one of the Top 10 city beach break destinations in the world, there is no better way to spend your rest and relaxation time than soaking up the sun in Brighton.
Your travel planner will help you decide which activities you wish to explore here, whether your idea of rest is to simply soak up the sun on the beach with a relaxing stroll around the Pier and Marina, explore the markets of Kensington Gardens, or if you would prefer a more active beach retreat with a bike ride along the path from the shoreline to the village of Saltdean.
Meanwhile, Brighton is the ideal destination to enjoy classic British fish and chips, just make sure a Seagull doesn’t swoop down to relieve you of your fish!
Other activities in Brighton include:
The Royal Pavilion
Built for King George IV featuring The Prince Regent’s Royal collection of artworks and curiosities and Saloon which contains the chimneypiece that houses the famous Kylin Clock.
The Indian Military Hospital Gallery
During WW1 the Pavilion was used as a hospital and the soldiers from the Indian Corps wounded in WW1 and who recovered there are honored with this gallery.
The famous Lanes of Brighton
In the cultural hub the Lanes are renowned for housing artisan craft stores and stalls.
Brighton Museum & art gallery
Get to know the history and culture of Brighton.
Day 7: Winchester - Stonehenge - Bath
Today’s touring will see you arrive in the charming city of Bath, with stops in the historic city of Winchester and the enigmatic Stonehenge along the way.
Explore the grandeur of Winchester Cathedral and the legendary Great Hall, marvel at the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, and immerse yourself in Bath’s rich history and architectural beauty.
Winchester Cathedral and Great Hall: A Journey into History
Discover the historic city of Winchester and its awe-inspiring landmarks with your private driver-guide.
Explore the magnificent Winchester Cathedral, one of Europe’s largest and most impressive cathedrals, boasting stunning Gothic architecture and a rich history that spans over a thousand years.
Continue your journey with a visit to the Great Hall, a medieval gem that houses the legendary Round Table, steeped in the myth and lore of King Arthur. This memorable experience in Winchester showcases the city’s fascinating past and architectural grandeur.
Stonehenge: A Prehistoric Wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Your next stop is a captivating journey to the enigmatic and awe-inspiring prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has captured the imagination of visitors for centuries. With your private driver-guide, explore the ancient stone circle, marveling at the impressive megaliths that have stood for over 5,000 years.
As you walk around the site, your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights into the monument’s intriguing history, its possible purposes, and the theories surrounding its construction. From its astronomical alignments to its role in ancient rituals, Stonehenge continues to hold a powerful allure for those who seek to uncover the secrets of the past.
This unforgettable experience at Stonehenge offers a unique opportunity to delve into the mysteries of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic prehistoric sites.
Conclude your day with your private driver-guide, arriving in the historic and charming city of Bath.
Day 8: Roman Bath & Cotswolds Villages
Begin your day with your private driver-guide, departing from your Bath accommodation for a full-day adventure exploring the charming Cotswolds region and ending in the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Bath City Highlights: Roman Baths and Royal Crescent
Start your day by exploring the highlights of the beautiful city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its rich history and stunning Georgian architecture. With your private driver-guide, visit the famous Roman Baths, a remarkably well-preserved ancient bathing complex that offers a unique glimpse into the lives of Romans in Britain. Then, wander through the interactive exhibits and learn about the site’s historical and cultural significance.
Next, admire the impressive Royal Crescent, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture and one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks. The crescent-shaped row of terraced houses, designed by architect John Wood the Younger, showcases the elegance and grandeur of the city’s architectural heritage. As you stroll through Bath’s charming streets, your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating stories and insights into the city’s past, making this an unforgettable experience.
Your driver-guide will then take you to the Cotswolds. The cobbled streets, thatched-roof cottages, and relaxing countryside pace of life make it feel like you are traveling through villages frozen in time from a more idyllic era. We will take this opportunity to enjoy a rural English countryside meal and sample the fresh local produce on offer.
Bourton-on-the-Water: Venice of the Cotswolds
Arrive in the charming village of Bourton-on-the-Water, often called the “Venice of the Cotswolds” due to its idyllic River Windrush. Stroll along the riverbanks, cross the quaint footbridges, and explore the village’s delightful shops and cafes.
Stow-on-the-Wold: Charming Market Town
Next, visit the historic market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, known for its picturesque town square and antique shops. Wander the narrow streets and discover the town’s fascinating past, which includes a rich history of wool trade and the English Civil War.
Chipping Campden: Picturesque Cotswold Village
Continue to the beautiful village of Chipping Campden, renowned for its honey-colored limestone buildings and vibrant arts and crafts scene. Explore the village’s charming streets, and admire the stunning architecture and scenic views that have inspired artists and writers for generations.
Evening Arrival in Stratford-upon-Avon
As the day comes to a close, your driver-guide will transport you to the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Settle into your accommodation and prepare for an evening of exploration in this literary haven.
Day 9: Full-Day Guided Tour of Shakespeare Sites in Stratford-upon-Avon
On the morning of day 9 you will have the opportunity to explore the many surviving buildings and sights that would have been so familiar to Shakespeare throughout his life. From the house he was born in, to his school and the church where he was christened, married, and buried!
Begin your day at the well-preserved 16th-century house where the legendary playwright William Shakespeare was born and raised. Explore the beautifully restored rooms and learn about the early life of one of the most influential writers in English literature. Your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating stories and insights about Shakespeare’s family, upbringing, and the town’s history during his time.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Venture to the picturesque thatched-roof cottage once home to Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife. Discover the romantic tale of their courtship and marriage, and admire the charming gardens and original furnishings that transport you back in time.
Visit the elegant Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband, Dr. John Hall, a prominent physician. Explore the beautifully furnished rooms, and learn about the family’s life, as well as the medical practices of the time.
Holy Trinity Church
Pay a visit to the historic Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was both baptized and buried. Admire the stunning stained-glass windows and the beautifully carved misericords, and pay your respects at Shakespeare’s grave, which bears his famous epitaph.
Explore the site of New Place, Shakespeare’s final residence, where he lived with his family until his death in 1616. While the original house no longer stands, a beautifully designed garden and an informative exhibition now occupy the site, offering insights into the playwright’s later years and his impact on literature.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Conclude your day with a guided tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the home of the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Go behind the scenes to learn about the history of the theater, the company’s creative process, and the many famous actors who have graced its stage. If you have the opportunity, consider attending a performance to fully immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s enduring legacy.
After your Shakespeare experience, your driver guide will deliver you to your accommodation in Lincoln for the evening.
Day 10: Lincoln Castle & Cathedral
Today your itinerary is dominated by visiting the two most iconic Lincoln sites. Lincoln Castle and Cathedral.
Constructed under the command of William the Conqueror in 1608, the castle was integral to the development of the city throughout the centuries. On your guided tour you will explore:
- Fascinating tales of Kings, Queens, and royalty
- The Victorian Prison: within the same structure that Kings and Royalty enjoyed such privilege there was also the most unfortunate section of society, discover what life was like for the incarcerated in the Victorian era
- the Medieval Wall Walk: Your guide will reveal the history of Lincoln to you along with historic tales of war and scandal as you walk the ancient wall together
- Magna Carta Vault: Containing original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta, and the 1217 Charter of the Forest.
- The Heritage Skills Center: Enjoy artisan sessions on crafts such as stained glass works, silversmithing, and stone carving.
Lincoln Cathedral Tour
Then it’s onto Lincoln’s impressive cathedral (also commissioned by William the Conqueror); widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture to be found anywhere in the world.
Amongst the highlights of Lincoln Cathedral, your guide will talk you through:
- Finding the Lincoln Imp in the rafters!
- Statue of “Charge of the Light Brigade” author Alfred Lord Tennyson
- The Medieval & Wren Libraries
You will return to your Lincoln accommodation in the evening.
Day 11: York
Time to head to one of the prettiest cities in England, York. In fact, here you will spend a full day exploring the highlights of this fascinating town.
You can visit the York Minster Cathedral, one of the largest examples of Gothic architecture north of the Alps with over 800 years of history. It is also home to the largest collection of stained glass in the UK, some pieces dating back to the 12th century.
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Mansion House, one of York’s great historic treasures, and step back in time through 650 years of history at Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, the most well-preserved guildhall in Europe.
Meanwhile, overlooking the city, Clifford’s tower is the last intact part of York Castle, making your way up to the top is definitely worth it as the structure affords incredible scenic views looking out across the gorgeous city.
Experience Viking York! The history here in York doesn’t begin in the medieval era, in fact, there was a full Viking settlement discovered under the streets here. That location has now become the Jorvik interactive exhibition which gives you the opportunity to understand what life was like in Jorvik (the Viking name for York) in the 9th century.
Day 12: Manchester Tour
Manchester is a fascinating city that lays claim to the title of being the “Original Modern City” thanks to its pivotal role at the forefront of the industrial revolution.
Interestingly, given that Manchester was synonymous with free-market capitalism and expansionism during the late 18th and early 19th century, it was also the home of the Marxist philosopher Friedrich Engels in the 1840s while Karl Marx himself (who lived in London at the time) would visit Engels while the two planned The Communist Manifesto. You can visit Karl Marx’s desk and the alcove where much work was done on the Manifesto at Chetham’s library – also famous for being Britain’s oldest library.
The John Rylands Library
Manchester has a reputation as a great city of Literature and is recognized as such by UNESCO. The John Rylands Library within The University of Manchester is of particular significance and interest to our guests.
Within stunning Gothic architecture reminiscent of a palace rather than a library, it contains one of the world’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts and is particularly known for the ‘Manchester Fragment’ the earliest known fragment of the New Testament, part of St. John’s gospel.
Memorial statues of Alan Turing & Emmeline Pankhurst
Your guide will be on hand to regale you with the stories of the sad life of brilliant mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing who invented the Turing test and whose Turing machine proved to be a turning point in the war by cracking the enigma code.
The statue that honors Emmaline Pankhurst – the symbolic leader of the women’s suffrage movement in Britain is titled “Rise Up Women” and the unveiling in 2018 coincided with the 100-year anniversary of women having the vote and females participating as candidates in general elections.
A Grade 1 listed Masterpiece, Manchester Cathedral provided the stage that much of the city’s story and history has been played ever since Henry V decreed a church should be built here in 1421.
The cathedral is the oldest building in Manchester and the Medieval gothic structure combines elegance and beauty of the stained glass windows and spirituality with the spooky vast underground network of crypts to explore with your private guide.
Day 13 & 14: Tour of Liverpool - Home of the Beatles!
We have chosen Liverpool as the final destination of our 14-day tour of England as we feel that the vibrant character of the city, combined with the energetic and lively attractions, nightlife, and culture displayed throughout will mean you conclude your 2 weeks in England with a buzz in your soul.
Liverpool is a historic city, and the docklands were the heart and soul of the city, and indeed led to Liverpool being regarded as a global trade powerhouse in the 19th Century. By the time the 1960s rolled around, however, Liverpool’s latest export was set to take over the world and forever change the face of popular music. We are talking, of course, about the fab four, The Beatles!
Mersey River Cruise
A fantastic way to orientate yourself with the city and learn of its history. On your boat trip, your guide will provide a commentary full of war tales, smuggling stories, and how the swinging sixties revolutionized the city. Some of the landmarks viewed during the ride include:
- Christ the King Cathedral
- Liverpool Cathedral
- Royal Liver Building 360
- Museum of Liverpool
- Tate Liverpool
Royal Albert Dock & Merseyside Maritime Museum
Formerly the industrial center of Liverpool and much of the British Empire, the Docks are now a cultural hub in the city and the site of the Maritime Museum and The Beatles Story exhibition.
Allow your guide to transport you through time from the Docks’ beginnings in 1846, through the industrial modernization of the 19th Century, and Liverpool’s role in World Wars 1 & 2.
Royal Albert Dock & Merseyside Maritime Museum
This award-winning exhibition documents the band’s meteoric rise to fame and era-defining success through recreations of key locations from the band’s career including The Casbah Club, The Cavern Club, and Abbey Road Studios.
For Beatles fanatics, we can arrange tours of Penny Lane, Strawberry Field plus John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes, and the Cavern Club where the band made their first performance.
Liverpool is the final destination for our England 14-day tour itinerary. We can arrange for you to stay in Liverpool for another night and schedule transport to the airport for you the following morning, or provide your airport transfer on the same night you finish your Liverpool tour.
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