I have lived in many English cities including Manchester, Liverpool, London and York in my lifetime. I can’t wait to share my insights with you about my ‘home’ country. I would recommend that you take at least 2-3 weeks to travel England if at all possible, in order to see the sights and absorb the culture. However, 10 days in England still gives a good opportunity to see plenty. This blog outlines a good 10 day England itinerary with different versions for each taste (history buffs, party goers and shoppers!).
The Problem with London
London itself deserves a week or two at least. However, the problem with London is that it is extremely expensive. Follow my link to find out how to do London on a budget.
To add London to any of these itineraries, simply extend your stay to 2 or 3 weeks in total.
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Transport in England
Remember that in England, it will be much cheaper if you book your train tickets in advance.
Virgin Train Travel in England – Book in advance!
Public transport is good between the main towns and cities, but if you are looking to do hiking (e.g. Lake District or Peak District) the transport links become more remote. You will need more time in England if you want to explore the rural areas. You may also want to rent a car to travel around England.
These simple 10-day itineraries allow you to get out of London and explore the other main cities, It will be cheaper and give you more access to local UK culture. They require you to be on the go a lot and fit in a great deal of travelling and sightseeing. If you want to take a more relaxing approach, do the below itineraries over 2-3 weeks.
10 days in England Itinerary
England itinerary #1 – Cities of Northern England
Fly into Manchester for this exciting 10-days in England itinerary of cities of Northern England. This England travel itinerary is great for people who love to combine a party atmosphere with historical sightseeing.
Manchester has been featured by the Lonely Planet as one of the top world cities to visit in 2016. The beautiful city of York was once the capital of England under Roman rule and was also the ancient Viking capital.
Days 1-3 Manchester – Cathedral, Town Hall, Palace Theatre, Central Library, Manchester Museum, Science Museum, Trafford centre). For more info, click here.
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Days 4-6 Liverpool – Albert docks, Beatles Story, Maritime Museum, Liverpool ONE, Cathedral. If you are up for a good night out and love the Beatles, you also have to visit the Cavern Club. For more ideas, read my article on 5 Reasons to LOVE Liverpool!
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Days 7-10 York – York Minster, Viking Museum, City walls, Museum Gardens, The Shambles and the National Railway Museum Would you like to try English tea? Visit Betty’s or the Earl Grey Tea Rooms!
On day 10, it’s time for last minute shopping and preparing to fly home 🙁
England itinerary #2 – Historical Cities of England
Days 1-3 Bath – Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Parade Gardens, Pulteney Bridge, Great Pulteney Street, Holburne Museum, Royal Crescent, the Circus and the Avon Canal, For more, see www.visitbath.co.uk
Allow around 4 hours to travel from Bath Spa to Chester, and book your train in advance.
Days 4-6 Chester – Walk the city walls, Roman Amphitheatre, Cathedral, Eastgate Clock, Chester Roman Gardens and Chester Zoo.
Days 7-10 York – York Minster, Viking Museum, City walls, Museum Gardens, National Railway Museum.
On day 10 it’s last minute shopping time and preparing to fly home.
If you can extend your trip to 14 days, why not consider adding in the beautiful university city of Oxford?
England itinerary #3 – Shopaholics Paradise!
Days 1-3 London – If you love to shop, and want to visit some of the best shopping centres in the UK, then this is for you. London can be crowded and overrated for shopping – outlet stalls and shopping centres in other parts of the UK can offer you stress-free shopping with designer labels at discounted prices!
Do spend a day or two in London if you love to shop – you kind of have to! But then move on to some other great cities and designer outlets.
Fly into London (or Manchester and rearrange the days)
London – Shopping on Oxford Street. Trip to Westfield shopping centre (designer) or Camden Market (alternative fashion).
Day 4 Bicester Village – Bicester Village Designer Outlet. Get the train to Bicester North and a shuttle bus will take you to the shopping centre. This place is great if you love Designer Labels.
Days 5 and 6 Birmingham – City centre and Bull Ring.
Days 7 and 8 Manchester – Trafford Centre and Manchester City Centre including the Arndale Centre and Afflecks Palace (Northern Quarter) for alternative fashion.
Day 9 and 10 – return to see more of London and prepare for the flight home.
Booking your Flight
Travel insurance is so important as it will help you with emergencies and unexpected costs on your trip. Make sure that you declare any pre-existing health conditions so that you are covered for those. Check your cover for accidents and medical care and also lost baggage or getting things stolen. Remember to report as soon as something goes wrong on your trip because some travel insurance companies require you to report something that you want to claim for within 24 hours. Read the fine print carefully when you sign up. I always recommend World Nomads. You can get a free quote here:
To help you pack for your trip to the UK, we created the below list of must-have items.
First of all, you need a plug converter as in England the power plugs and sockets are of type ‘G’: three-pin rectangular blade plugs. Be also aware that in the UK many power outlets have safety switches, so make sure you turn them on before use.
It is also a good idea to get a hanging toiletry bag, which is a fantastic way to keep all your belongings organized; and a practical rolling suitcase like the one below by Samsonite in lightweight polycarbonate.
In order to stay healthy while travelling, activated charcoal helps with stomach distress absorbing toxins that may be in your system; and natural jet-lag remedy pills help you sleeping while boosting your immunity and can avoid you to ruin precious days of sightseeing.
I recommend booking your trains in advance, as walk-in prices can be very expensive in England. Book at least 3-7n days in advance.
Have an amazing time when you do your 10 days in England itinerary.
It’s that time of year when everyone is Christmas shopping! You also might enjoy my article on the Top 10 UK Destinations for Christmas Shopping.