How well do you know the country in which you live? How far away do you go from home? Did you see its mountain peaks? And its rivers and lakes? Go on a road trip along the route suggested and find out how magnificent Britain can be. The route is composed in a such way that you can start the journey at any point (nearest to you), and then just continue to move in a circle.
Great Britain for 14 days: the ideal car route around significant places
Day 1st: the coast of the English Channel.
Drive out of London on the A2 / M2 highway. Your way will run past the Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest Christian churches in the UK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head towards Dover and be sure to stop at White Cliffs. But, enjoying the beautiful views of the strait, try not to get caught in a traffic jam near the ferry service. Now your way lies to Brighton. If you keep sticking to the coastal road A259, then you can stop at the ruins of the Gasting castle. And the entire Sussex coast is worth it to see it. In Brighton, stay longer: walk along the famous promenade and listen to live music in the Old Market Theater.
Day 2nd: Stonehenge.
In the morning, visit the reserves and museums of the New Forest National Park, and if you prefer active rest, you can arrange a small bike tour here. But then… No trip around Great Britain can be considered successful if you have not seen one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. So, rather take the A36 towards Salisbury: it will take you straight to Stonehenge. If you are a fan of Thomas Hardy, stop by his cottage in Bakhampton, Dorchester. Then head towards Chesil beach - a special part of the Jurassic coast and the next World Heritage site. Further along the coastal road, Lyme Regis, the Museum of Dinosaurs and Limestone Caves are located. So you will have a lot of entertainment for the evening.
Day 3rd: Land`s End.
On the way to the cape, be sure to stop at least at a few of the many attractions of Devon and Cornwall. Dartmoor National Park, Eden Botanical Garden, St. Michaels Mount, Penzance, Cape Lizard (the southernmost point of Great Britain) - choose. After reaching the Landes End, enjoy the view of the Celtic Sea, and then take a look at the coastal Saint Ives - there you can refresh yourself. Now your path will lie to the north, to the Tintagel castle, in which, according to legend, the legendary King Arthur was born. Make a stop there and remember the most exciting history of the UK. For the night you can settle in the old town of Exeter, which was once a major Roman settlement.
Day 4th: West Midlands.
From Exeter, go to the St. Michael hill, above which the tower of the medieval church rises: this place is also mentioned in the legend about Arthur. Then go to the Cheddar Gorge - one of the natural wonders of Great Britain (the road B3153 will guide you through it). This limestone gorge is more than one thousand years old, and it was here that the most ancient human remains were found on the territory of the country. Now it is time to go to Bath - a Victorian city, always famous for healing sources and higher society, to these sources striving. For admirers of Jane Austen it will be interesting to look into a couple of museums and tea rooms. Next, head north to Bristol to drive along the Clifton Suspension Bridge. On the M5 motorway, you will reach Cheltenham, another resort town also known for racing regularly held there. Do not miss the exit for the B4632 road leading through Cotswold, because it will take you to one of the most famous cities in the UK - Stratford-upon-Avon , the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Day 5th: Wales.
Of course, you need to go to Cardiff. The capital of Wales can offer a lot of entertainment, but among them, the National Museum and the Doctor Who Museum should be highlighted - you can spend the whole day there. By the way, the nightlife of Cardiff is also impressive. Further, your way lies through the cities of Merthyr-Tidvil and Conwy (here you can see the castle of the XIII century) directly to the national park of Snowdonia, which is the highest point of Wales - Mount Snowdon. If you want to climb to its top, you will have to leave the car at the parking lot and follow the route of the hiking trail.
Day 6th: north-west.
Return to England and head for Liverpool: here is the biggest cathedral in the country. Having walked around the city, get in the car and go explore the Peak District. We advise you to look into Buxton: this city is located at an altitude of 300 m above sea level, so it offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. Then, of course, you need to visit Manchester. Here you must go to the National Football Museum and visit the John Rylands Library. Then go to Blackpool. The magnificent amusement park and the Victorian charm of the seaside town revived the public's interest to this cult British resort.
Day 7th: Lake Windermere.
Drive along the B6478 road through the regional landscape park Bowland Forest, known as the "English Switzerland". You need to get to Kendal: there you can have excellent breakfast and find out about local entertainment and sights. But be sure to visit Windermere - the largest lake in England. And then you can get to Keswick. This town will provide you with an excellent opportunity to have a picnic and enjoy the beauties of the Lake District.
Day 8th: on the other side of the Irish Sea.
The first stop is Hadrian`s Wall, a fortification built by the Romans to protect themselves against the raids of the Scottish tribes on occupied England. Cross the border at the Gretna Green area - a Scottish village, in which lovers ran away to marry outside of English law - and stick to the A75-A77 to Cairn. From where it is possible to swim up to Larne on the ferry. Check in advance with the schedule of ferries, in order not to get stuck on one side. From Larne, take the A36 road north to the Giant's Causeway. On this stretch of the route you will drive through Bregagh Road, known as Dark Hedges, - a picturesque and slightly creepy beech avenue (on cloudy days). Look also at Dunluce Castle, not far from Portrush, and head south to Belfast. Having walked around the capital of Northern Ireland, visit the castle of Carrickfergus, and from there - to Larne. This time you will sail to Troon.
Day 9th: Scottish Highlands.
From Troon, it is better to go straight to Glasgow: here you can enjoy shopping or go to the Science Museum. Now your path will lie to the north - through the Trossachs National Park, along the Loch Lomond lake, to the Glencoe valley. The A82 road will lead you. Relax a bit at Fort William, from where you can see the highest mountain in the UK - Ben Nevis. Further, if you have time, go to Invergarry, and from there on the road A87 - on the Isle of Skye. Return to Invergarry by the same road, but then you should go north, along the Loch Ness. In Inverness you can stay overnight. If you do not want to make a detour, from Fort William just go further to the north-east to the lighthouse Dannet - the northernmost point of Great Britain. From Inverness, the road runs along the coast, so get ready to admire the stunning scenery.
Day 10th: bagpipes and bridges.
It is time to move to the south. Return to Inverness, and from there the A9 road will lead you through the Cairngorms National Park to Perth. On the way you can stay in the resort town of Aviemore, look at the Dalwhinnie distillery, admire Falls of Bruar, look at the stepped fish tail of the Pitlochry dam and walk through the gardens of the beautiful Scone Castle. In Perth, the roads split up: you can go along the A9 to the southwest, towards Sterling (and learn all about the wars for Scotland's independence in the castle of Sterling), or you can go east, to Dundee, from where along the coast and through Fort Bridge you get to Edinburgh. In the capital of Scotland, you can have a great time visiting museums, shops, restaurants, just walking around the Royal Mile and enjoying the music of bagpipes.
Day 11th: North Yorkshire.
From Edinburgh, take the coastal road A1. Your path lies in Newcastle upon Tyne and further south. By the way, at the entrance to Gateshead remember to pay attention to the Angel of the North - the largest sculpture of an angel in the world. Passing Middlesbrough and Tornaby, the A171 road takes you through the Yorkshire National Park, the cities of Whitby and Scarborough. The latter has been one of the favorite resorts of the British for many years. Now you need to go west, to York. Take a walk around the city, visit the Museum of Chocolate, walk along the ancient street of Shambles and admire the gothic beauty of York Cathedral.
Day 12th: Harrogate Resort.
You need to drive a little more west, and you will see Harrogate - an old luxury resort, famous for its natural sulfur sources. To get an idea of the culture of the way of having rest in the past, you can visit the pumping station that has become a museum. But in one of the old baths, a wonderful Chinese restaurant is now located. Betty's tea room is another place that you just need to take look into. It is worth to spend an evening in the Old Swan Hotel - once Agatha Christie herself stayed here.
Day 13th: south-east.
It is time to move east. Go to Lincoln to admire its main attraction - The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln. On the way to the city you can go to the Sherwood forest and take a walk. After Lincoln, go to Norwich. Of course, there are a lot of interesting coastal towns in Norfolk, but Norwich is the center of art and culture of this county. The next point of the route is Oxbridge: the oldest in the UK and the world - the Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Of course, the cities themselves with impressive architecture are also worthy of attention.
Day 14th: London.
From Oxford to London only two hours drive. It does not matter if you live in London or have never been there. Be a bit of a tourist - and the capital will not disappoint you. Go down Downing Street, visit Westminster Abbey and Tower, take a look at Big Ben and admire the city from the height of the London Eye. Take a few hours for the "Globe" play or spend an evening in Soho. On a rainy day, visit the Natural History Museum or Tate Modern - one of the best galleries of contemporary art in Europe.