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Southern England

from / to London

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Southern England

from / to London

8 days / 1,200 km
Best time to travel: May to September

Experience the charm and beauty of Southern England and get to know one of the most varied landscapes in Europe. You can expect deserted moorlands, lush pastures, white chalk cliffs, and picturesque coastlines. You will have plenty of time to explore London, the royal capital, and many attractions of Southern England.

Arrival in London and collection of the camper

Experience London, a diverse metropolis on the River Thames as well as starting point and destination of your camper trip around Southern England, with all its diversity: on the one hand, the British tradition with palaces, parks, and museums, on the other hand, the birthplace of the latest trends. You will find all of that in a real world’s metropolis with 3.3 million residents in Inner London as well as a total of 8.3 million inhabitants dwelling the metropolitan area of Greater London. What is more, there are around 14 million people living in the metropolitan region around the British capital.

The image of monarchy is present in many places around London. Of course, all of that culminates at Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Do not let yourself miss the changing of the guard ceremony. Numerous places and buildings in the city are of royal beauty. The magnificent Palace of Westminster, better known as the Houses of Parliament, with Big Ben, the famous bell clock tower, extends along the River Thames. Every 15 minutes, the carillon in the tower plays the melody from Handel’s Messiah.

The Tower of London has been preserved from the Middle Ages. The former prison is now a museum whose exhibits include the Crown Jewels, located here since the 14th century. Kensington Palace has been the place of royal residence for more than 300 years. Even today, it serves as a housing for the members of the Royal Family. However, the impressive state apartments and the royal collection of state robes can be freely visited.

Highlights & Tips
Tour around museums in London
In London, you can find many interesting large museums to visit. Admission to many of them is free of charge. You will be able to find the list of the top 10 museums in London here.

London – Bournemouth

Stage distance: approx. 230 km

Suggested route: London – Winchester – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Bournemouth

Today, there is a trip from London to Winchester ahead of you. This small historic town, with around 40,000 inhabitants, features the famous Winchester Cathedral, the second longest cathedral in Europe. It was constructed in 1079.

Continue to the famous prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge. Here, you will find more information about visiting this mystical attraction.

The nearest stop is the traditional market town of Salisbury. It is similar in size to Winchester and has an equally attractive cathedral, whose construction lasted from 1220 to 1258. The building has the highest church tower in England. It stores one of the four surviving copiers of the Magna Carta, which is considered to be the origins of the constitutional law in England. You can find more useful information about Salisbury and more links here.

From Salisbury, the trip goes through the beautiful forest and heath landscape of the New Forest to the famous English seaside resort of Bournemouth.

Highlights & Tips
Day at the beach in Bournemouth
The seaside resort of Bournemouth is located in the warmest and sunniest area of the coast of the southern part of England. The long sandy beach invites for walks, whereas the bars and cafés located close to the shore will allow you to marvel at the hustle and bustle of the English Riviera.

Bournemouth – Redruth

Stage distance: approx. 310 km

Suggested route: Bournemouth – Dorchester – Exeter – Redruth

Close to the idyllic small town of Dorchester, about 3 km south-west of the city centre, you will find Maiden Castle. These are the remains of a fortress dating back to the Iron Age. It is one of the biggest structures from pre-Roman times.

Continue to Exeter, with a population of around 120,000, which is the capital of the County of Devon. It is known for the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, which was built in 1112.

On the drive towards Redruth, you will pass the deserted landscape of the Dartmoor National Park. It has already given inspiration to some writers.

The last stage of this day’s trip is Redruth, a small town located in the south-west of the County of Cornwall. It is a starting point for many day trips around the area.

Highlights & Tips
Typical English manor house
On the way, you can also visit Pencarrow House, near Washaway (between Bodmin and Wadebridge). The inhabited manor house will mostly impress you with its beautifully landscaped gardens.

Redruth – Land’s End

Stage distance: approx. 90 km

Suggested route: Redruth – Land’s End – Penzance – Redruth

Today’s trip takes you through the County of Cornwall. You will see, among other things, the wild craggy cliffs of Land‘s End, the westernmost point of England.

Continue to the coastal town of Penzance, situated on the English Channel. You will spend the rest of the day sightseeing in the city or walking along the promenade.

Highlights & Tips
Attractions near Land’s End
Near Land’s End, you can find different attractions. If you decide to book the tickets online, you will get a 20% discount.

Redruth – Falmouth

Stage distance: approx. 60 km

Suggested route: Redruth – Truro – Falmouth – Redruth

Truro with less than 20,000 inhabitants, is the county seat of Cornwall as well as the southernmost town (officially, it may call itself a “city”) in the whole United Kingdom. Take some time and devote it to sightseeing around the picturesque place, with its beautiful townhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. What is more, visit the neo-Gothic cathedral, which was built between 1880 and 1910.

For the afternoon, you can visit the beautiful Trebah Garden. It is located between two hills and can be found in a seaside town, Falmouth, with almost 27.000 inhabitants.

Highlights & Tips
Learn more about the history of Cornwall
In Truro, you can find the Royal Cornwall Museum – the oldest museum in Cornwall.

Redruth – Bristol

Stage distance: approx. 290 km

Suggested route: Redruth – Bristol

Through Devon and Somerset Counties, the trip goes to the impressive ruins of the Glastonbury Abbey.

The penultimate stage of this camper trip takes you to Bristol. With a population of about 433,000, it is the sixth largest town in England. Bristol is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in England, also due to its location close to the sea and the nearby hills. Apart from the city centre and the waterfront at the port, the suburbs of Clifton and Redland are worth seeing as well. There, you can find homes dating back to the 18th and 19th century. The Clifton Suspension Bridge crosses the deep Avon Gorge, which is as spectacular as it is elegant. The bridge is located 75 metres above the sea level.

Highlights & Tips
Tea time
In the County of Devon, you can try the traditional Devon cream tea, a dessert with cream served with the obligatory tea with milk.

Zoo in Bristol
Bristol Zoo is one of the attractions in Bristol. If you book the tickets online, you will receive a 10% discount.

Bristol – London

Stage distance: approx. 200 km

Suggested route: Bristol – Bath – London

While returning to London, you can stop in Bath, where you can visit the Roman baths or take a walk around the town, which is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Almost 90.000 inhabitants dwell the city.

Highlights & Tips
A bath in Bath
You can spend a relaxing afternoon at the Thermae Bath Spa.