This England heritage road trip explores some of Britain’s most important cultural highlights in 10 days. Depart the buzzing capital city and travel back in time to the prehistoric age to unravel the mysteries of Stonehenge.
Wander ancient, stone-faced streets in Bath, soaking in both fine Georgian architecture and the iconic natural hot springs.
This itinerary continues on to the Bard’s medieval village of Stratford-upon-Avon, then snakes through England’s charming shire counties before reaching the dramatic landscape of the Peak District.
With a taste of village life behind you, the final leg of your campervan road trip ends in vibrant, modern Manchester.
In this 10-day itinerary, immerse yourself in the country’s rich cultural heritage, both historic and contemporary.
One of the most famous (and mysterious) monuments in the country is a can’t-miss on any England heritage road trip. Stonehenge has captivated the world’s imagination for centuries, baffling historians and archaeologists alike.
Where did the stones come from? Who built Stonehenge, and why?
Modern carbon dating places its construction sometime between 3000 BC and 2000 BC, while theories about the monument’s actual purpose are still up for debate.
Visiting Stonehenge is easier than ever thanks to the new, modern Visitor Centre. At just over an hour’s drive from London, we recommend enjoying a leisurely brunch in the city before setting off.
Grab an audio guide and take your time strolling around the iconic stone circle, perhaps forming your own theory as to its original purpose!
Explore an extensive collection of museum-quality artefacts inside the exhibition and don’t miss the nearby Neolithic village. An important historic landmark, Stonehenge is the perfect start to your itinerary.
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Bath is perhaps one of the country’s most picturesque cities and a perfectly relaxing stop on any England heritage road trip. Its iconic, honey-coloured Bath stone is found throughout the city’s beautifully preserved Georgian architecture.
Also known for its natural hot springs, Bath’s Roman-era bathhouses and modern spas are an indulgent treat, while its many museums will tempt you to stick around for a few days.
Bath’s iconic Georgian architecture is on full display at Royal Crescent, a stunning half-circle row of 30 Grade I-listed terrace houses with gleaming, stone façades. Plop down in the grass across the way at Royal Victoria Park to really take in the full view!
In the centre of town, the beautifully-restored Roman Baths are a must, while the nearby Thermae Bath Spa is where you can actually indulge in the thermal waters yourself.
Among Bath’s many fine museums and galleries, The Holburne is another architectural highlight with an eclectic art collection and events programme.
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Following the River Avon northeast, you’ll arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town of great cultural importance to Britain. Born here in the 16th century was none other than William Shakespeare, who’s sonnets and plays are known the world over, from the tragic romance Romeo and Juliet to the dramatic Hamlet.
Stratford-upon-Avon is worth including on any England heritage road trip due to the Bard’s huge significance to modern English language and culture. That and the town itself just oozes Ye Olde English charm!
Visit Shakespeare’s childhood home and the nearby Holy Trinity Church, where the great playwright was both baptised and buried.
Just outside of town, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (no, not THAT Anne Hathaway) is the former family home of Shakespeare’s beloved wife, now a beautifully preserved example of the old wattle-and-daub architecture.
On the banks of the River Avon, catch a performance of one of his plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Childhood home of the famous writer, now a museum.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Former family home of the playwright’s wife.
Holy Trinity Church
Medieval church and site of Shakespeare’s burial.
Royal Shakespeare Company
Modern theatre showcasing the Bard’s many works.
The Opposition Bistro
Lively bistro with modern, European food.
Loxleys Restaurant & Wine Bar
Great cocktails and Sunday roast.
Contemporary, Greek mezze restaurant.
Near centre, get here early for a space.
Modest, countryside caravan park, SW of town.
Riverside Caravan Park
Northeast of town, on the River Avon.
Founded in 1951, the Peak District National Park was the first of Britain’s 15 national parks. Covering about 1,440 square kilometres across five different counties, the Peak District boasts scenic landscapes, historic homes, and numerous campervan sites, making it ideal for a cultural road trip.
Driving up from Stratford-upon-Avon, enter the national park area near Chatsworth House. This stately mansion is the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, complete with lavish gardens, a playground, and incredible art collection.
As you leave, stop off in the nearby town of Bakewell to indulge your sweet tooth at the home of traditional English Bakewell Pudding, or swing by Haddon Hall, another historic estate with grand, Elizabethan gardens.
It’s worth planning 2-3 days in the area to fully enjoy pretty villages like Buxton or to crack on with one of many scenic hikes, like popular Mam Tor.
Peak District National Park
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Leaving the rolling hills and postcard-perfect villages of the Peak District behind, your England heritage road trip’s final stop in Manchester marks a return to modern-day England.
This vibrant city centre has quickly become an “it” cultural destination thanks to its thriving food scene, top-notch galleries, powerhouse football club, and more. Opt to return your campervan or simply take advantage of public transportation in order to get around.
One of the most stunning examples of Neo-Gothic architecture is Manchester Town Hall, known for its 85-metre clock tower and ornate ceilings. A few blocks away, the Manchester Art Gallery is free to enter and home to an impressive permanent collection.
The Northern Quarter is the creative heart of the city, with colourful street art, cool hidden bars, and hip independent shops. Music purists should make a pilgrimage out to Salford Lads’ Club to recreate The Smiths’ iconic album photo, while footie fans can’t miss Old Trafford Stadium, even when Man United is away.
from Peak District National Park
8.5 Miles/14 km