How To Drive Across England in a Week

The most convenient way to see England is by car, travelling at your own pace and deciding where you most want to go. Here is a guide to tempt you to drive across England in a week, from Brighton to the North East, a coast to coast journey where you can watch the landscape change, see villages and cities and discover what England is all about.

Day 1: Starting out from your hotel in Brighton, a colourful city on the south coast where you can see the famous Pavillion, pier and funfair, take the A27 along the coast. Take a lunchtime stop in Portsmouth, where you can find many restaurants in Gunwharf Quays, under the impressive Spinnaker Tower. From here, carry on through Southampton and take the A36 to Salisbury, a beautiful town with a fine medieval cathedral.

Day 2: From Salisbury take the A360 and make a turn onto the A303 to visit Stonehenge, one of history`s great mysteries. Head back west, through Warminster and onto Bath, where you will find some fine architectural sights. After a day visiting the Roman baths, head north along the A46 and A433 to Tetbury and Cirencester in the Cotswolds, both of which have many B&Bs.

Day 3: Take the A429 to visit Shakespeare`s birthplace in quaint Stratford-Upon-Avon and in the afternoon head north along the A46 to visit Warwick`s exquisite castle or Coventry`s beautiful cathedral.

Day 4: After spending the night at your hotel in Coventry, take the M69 and M1 and head further north. Visit Chesterfield`s bizarre crooked spire, head a little further west to Bakewell, a small town in the Peak District, or continue north to vibrant Sheffield, where a host of hotels can be found.

Day 5: Continue heading north along the M1, through Leeds and along the A64 to historic York. Here you can walk the city walls, visit the Minster and see old-fashioned shops along twisting streets. Parking is limited within the city, but there is an excellent park and ride service. Choose to stay in at a hotel in York or continue north-east to the town of Pickering, where you can enjoy a ride on the North York Moors steam railway.

Day 6: Head to Scarborough along the A170. A traditional seaside town with a castle perched on the headland, be sure to make a visit for some lunchtime fish and chips. From here, head along the coast on the A171 to Robin Hood`s Bay, a beautiful location with a town perched along the cliffs. It`s best not to drive down to sea level as the streets are exceptionally narrow; most accommodation is located at the top of the hill.

Day 7: Continue along the A171 to Whitby, another little town with a gothic abbey, busy harbour and narrow side streets. From here, choose another route to head back to the start point of your car rental in Brighton, or simply drop your hire car off at another branch.

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