Impressions and photos of a holiday in Great Britain: England and Wales
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Rent a car, grab a map, book some hotel rooms, and follow us on a fantastic trip which you will never forget. Here is our photo logbook with eleven days of cities and landscapes, castles and cathedrals, stone circles, sheep, mountains and rivers. Plan a holiday to England and Wales and follow our footsteps to make sure that in twenty years from now you are not disappointed because you missed it.
This page shows for each day just one or two photos representing the highlights of that day. Click on the day’s picture to find more specific information about that day and more photographs.
Day 1 – London
One of the most famous tourist attractions in central London is Trafalgar square, with Nelson's Column at its center.
Day 2 – London
A famous landmark in London is the Tower Bridge over the River Thames. Its name refers to the nearby Tower of London.
Day 3 – Windsor Castle and Stone Henge
Windsor Castle is one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II and it is the largest inhabited castle in the world.
The prehistoric stone circle of Stone Henge is about 4500 years old. It is a world heritage site.
Day 4 – Salisbury Cathedral and Durdle Door
Salisbury cathedral has the tallest church spire in England. It was built in the early 13th century.
Durdle Door is a natural arch in limestone rocks.
Day 5 – Dartmoor
Dartmoor is a national park with many beautiful landscapes.
Day 6 – Bath and Avebury Stone Circle
The City of Bath is a world heritage site. Almost 2000 years ago the Romans built a temple and a bathing compley around its hot spring.
Another world heritage site are the stone circles of Avebury, which are about 5000 years old.
Day 7 – Witley Court and Stokesay Castle
The ruins of Witley court are worth a visit. A beuatiful fountain is the center piece in beautiful gardens.
This is the gatehouse of Stokesay castle. Visitors get a lot of information about the history of the castle in a recorded audio tour.
Day 8 – Harlech Castle and Snowdonia
Harlech Castle on the west coast of Wales is about 700 years old.
Snowdonia is a national park in the north of Wales with amazing landscapes and panoramic views.
Day 9 – Peak District and Chatsworth House
Peak district national park offers windy walks in a landscape with ever changing colors.
Chatsworth house is the home of the Duke of Devonshire. The house and its beautiful gardens are worth a visit.
Day 10 – Coventry Cathedral
After the destruction of Coventry’s cathedral in World War II , a new St Michael’s Cathedral was built next to the ruins of the old one.
Day 11 – Cambridge
Cambridge with its many colleges is a beautiful place to visit.
With just eleven days of holidays in great Britain, we decided to rent a car (right at the airport) to be as mobile as possible. We had booked in advance a hotel in London and we had the plan to first spend two days exploring the city. After that we just traveled around, sightseeing from sight to sight. Each evening we looked for a bed and breakfast to spend the night. As our visit took place in September (after the school holidays) this was not a problem, and usually we found a good place to stay very quickly. In most cases we paid around 60 to 70 pounds for a double room including an excellent breakfast.
Note that if you travel to England in the high holiday season it may be a good idea to make a more detailed travel plan and book accommodation in advance. But September was an excellent time to travel around, with not too many tourists on the road and we were lucky that the weather was still quite nice.
After London we first visited Windsor castle and Stonehenge. From there we went to Salisbury with its beautiful cathedral and then we continued to the south coast enjoying the sights of Durdle Door before continuing to Torquay. Then for an entire day we were driving around in Dartmoor enjoying the wild landscapes. Via Bath, with a visit to its cathedral and the ancient Roman hot water bathing complex we continued to the ancient Avebury stone circles. Our visit coincided with the summer solstice and for this occasion the weather gods had arranged a beautiful rainbow as a backdrop to the gigantic stones. The next day started with a visit to Witney court with a beautiful fountain and colorful gardens. Next to the ruins of the castle is a beautiful parish church with spectacular colored windows and painted ceiling. Later that day we visited Stokesay castle before heading towards Wales. In Wales we spend an entire day visiting Harlech castle and walking around in Snowdonia national park. Then we turned east again and headed for the peak district, another area with beautiful landscapes. In the afternoon we visited the gardens of Chatsworth house, and just before sunset we saw Arbor Low stone circle. In Coventry we enjoyed a visit to the old and new St. Michael’s Cathedral. The last day we visited Cambridge with its beautiful colleges before proceeding to the airport.
Eleven days is not much, but as we had a rented car we managed to see a lot of England and a bit of Wales in this short period. Of course there is much more to see, we had to skip many castles and other historic sites, but they will be waiting for our next visit.
For each day of our holiday we have included a number of photographs to show you what we have seen. Enjoy it, and perhaps start planning your next holiday in Great Britain.
Please also visit our pages about our holiday in California and the Grand Canyon.