12 days in Northern England Itinerary

12 days in Northern England Itinerary

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12 days in Northern England Itinerary

New York City
Fly + train:  18​h 45​min
York
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Bridlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Ambleside
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hexham
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
New York City

3
days
York

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Coal Mining Museum for England and Yorkshire Air Museum. York Shambles and York City Walls are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from York to Knaresborough to see Knaresborough Castle about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum, admire the striking features of York Minster, take an in-depth tour of York Castle Museum, and contemplate the long history of Treasurer's House.

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New York City, USA to York is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to York. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in York hover around 60°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bridlington.

Things to do in York

Museums Sightseeing Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Coal Mining Museum for England, Knaresborough Castle
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National Railway Museum
York Castle Museum
York City Walls

2
days
Bridlington

Bridlington is a coastal town and civil parish on the Holderness Coast of the North Sea, situated in the unitary authority and ceremonial county of the East Riding of Yorkshire approximately north of Kingston upon Hull. On the 19th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, then visit a coastal fixture at Flamborough Lighthouse, and then meet the residents at Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Scarborough Castle and then see the interesting displays at Streetlife Museum of Transport.

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Getting from York to Bridlington by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in Bridlington

Sightseeing Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scarborough Castle, Streetlife Museum of Transport
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Scarborough Castle
Flamborough Lighthouse
Streetlife Museum of Transport

3
days
Ambleside

Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House and Sizergh Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lakeland Motor Museum and Tarn Hows. Get out of town with these interesting Ambleside side-trips: Keswick (Castlerigg Stone Circle & Puzzling Place Ltd). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Orrest Head, admire the masterpieces at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, stop by The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop (Sarah Nelson's), and contemplate the long history of Dove Cottage.

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Traveling by car from Bridlington to Ambleside takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Ambleside sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hexham.

Things to do in Ambleside

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Grasmere, Keswick, Windermere, Sizergh Castle, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House
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Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House
Lakeland Motor Museum
Sizergh Castle

2
days
Hexham

Hexham is a market town and civil parish in Northumberland, England, located south of the River Tyne, and was the administrative centre for the Tynedale district from 1974 to 2009. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Corbridge Roman Town, then engage your brain at The Discovery Museum, then contemplate the long history of Victoria Tunnel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Wallington Hall. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Hexham Abbey, then take an in-depth tour of Roman Army Museum, then steep yourself in history at Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall, and finally get engrossed in the history at Vindolanda.

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Traveling by car from Ambleside to Hexham takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ambleside in May, expect little chillier with lows of 43°F in Hexham. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hexham

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Newcastle upon Tyne, Corbridge Roman Town, Wallington Hall
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Roman Army Museum
Victoria Tunnel

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