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UK - History, Heritage & Culture

The UK's rich cultural history allied to the short distance between towns and villages makes it a perfect location for a self-drive adventure. Get lost in small fishing villages, meet the locals at the pub and enjoy the natural beauty of the shore and countryside. Whether driving a car or a motorhome, the UK will surprise its visitors.

Start: London

Finish: Edinburgh

Duration: 763km – 6 Days

 

Day 1: London to Bristol via Windsor

Distance: 190km

Time: 2hrs 30minutes

After spending a few days enjoying London's culture and history, the first stop on this road trip is Windsor. The town is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Royal Berkshire and offers a cosmopolitan vibe in a scenic riverside setting. Book a tour to visit Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II's preferred weekend home. For families, a trip to LEGOLAND® Windsor is a visitor's favourite.

Bristol is famous for its port and heritage site seeing. Get tickets to visit Brunel's SS Great Britain and experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Walk the Clifton Suspension bridge and visit the M Shed to explore local social and industrial heritage.

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Day 2: Bristol to Plymouth - Cornish Coastline

Distance: 200km

Time: 2hrs 45minutes

Heading to the Cornish Coastline to Plymouth, make a quick stop in Exeter to see Exeter Cathedral that which was built in the 1100s. The building has the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England. Walk around the town centre and grab a cup of tea in one of their many cafes.

Plymouth is known for its maritime heritage and historic Barbican district with narrow, cobbled streets. Enjoy the coastal walks the city has to offer and stop at Sutton Harbour and check its many historical sites. Grab a traditional pub dinner and a few pints at a local pub before going to your accommodation for the night.

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Day 3: Plymouth to Birmingham

Distance: 340km

Time: 3hrs 30minutes

Take in the scenery in your drive up via the M5. While in Birmingham, explore the many museums the city has to offer, such as Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, National Motorcycle Museum. A Cadbury World tour is a treat for chocolate lovers. Get some goods to take for the rest of the trip.

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Day 4: Birmingham to Manchester

Distance: 155km

Time: 1hr 45 minutes

Take the M6 to get to Manchester. The city, known for being the hometown to British bands such as Oasis and The Smiths, offers many cultural options to entertain its visitors. For the more traditionalist, the John Rylands Library owns one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester explores and traces the development of science, technology and industry.

For the soccer fans, watch a match at the Etihad Stadium and visit the National Football Museum. At night, Manchester offers many options of restaurants, music venues and bars for the night owls.

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Day 5: Manchester to Liverpool

Distance: 57km

Time: 50minutes

Birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is a gateway port city to Ireland and the Isle of Man. For the Fab Four lovers, Liverpool offers infinite tours about the Fab Four: from taxi tours to studio visits and The Beatles Museum. Don't forget to snap a photo at The Beatles statue at Pier Head.

The British Music Experience tells the story of British Music through costumes, instruments, performance and memorabilia from Freddie Mercury to the Spice Girls.

Visit the Royal Albert Dock and soak in the local atmosphere. The area hosts the famous Tate Gallery and is surrounded by many great cafes and restaurants to eat, drink and relax.

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Day 6: Liverpool to Edinburgh

Distance: 360km

Time: 4hrs 33 minutes

Prepare for a long drive to Edinburgh and leave Liverpool bright and early. A stop midway in Carlisle, almost at the border of England and Scotland, is a nice place to do some quick sightseeing and rest. Built in the 1100s, Carlisle Castle was the scene of many historical episodes in British history and has been the centre of many wars and invasions.

The Hadrian Wall is another interesting historic site featuring beautiful countryside views.

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is a city not shy of cultural attractions, from classic castles and stunning architecture to endless winding streets offering great pubs, music venues and restaurants. It’s time to indulge in great whisky in some of the tours available or a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit Edinburgh's heritage and historic marks such as Edinburgh Castle, The National Museum of Scotland and Arthur's Seat.

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