My English Itinerary:
It’s hard to match the history, sights, pubs, and rolling countryside of the U.K. If you want a proper yet speedy budget trip through England, here is my English itinerary on how I managed to see this beautiful country in just 5 days!
- Bus to Bath, England from Bristol, England (see my Bath trip here)
- St. Mary’s Churchyard – Stumbled upon this beautiful place while wandering around lost.
- Check in at hostel – Bath YMCA
- Internet Cafe – I needed to backup all of my pictures of my Dublin trip
- Window Shopping through streets of Bath
- Putney Bridge
- Bath Pub for dinner and a pint
- Free Hostel breakfast – on a budget, you can’t pass up free food!
- Bus to London, England – about 2 hours
- Check in at hostel – Astor Victoria
- Fish and Chips – the quintessential meal of England
- London Gone Wild Pub Crawl – nothing like the American version, but a phenomenal pub crawl!
- Free Hostel Breakfast – coffee, toast and cereal
- Tube/Bus – Figuring out the Tube system was a little daunting at first but we conquered it!
- British Museum – this is where I learned what it meant to stand in a long “queue”
- Punjab Indian Food – when I asked the hostel where I could eat authentic British food, they pointed me here.
- Jack the Ripper Tour – an entertaining and creepy walking tour that was a fun break from the usual tours.
- Cafe breakfast
- Stonehenge Tour – morning bus from London
- Portobello Road Market – a must-see for any Bed Knobs and Broomsticks fans
- Portobello vendor food – baguette sandwich
- Grocery Store – found out about Nutella
- Dinner at Hostel – shared Nutella and cider beer with new friends at hostel
- Breakfast at Hostel
- Free Walking Tour:
- Big Ben
- Westminster Abbey
- Buckingham Palace
- London Bridge
- Tower Bridge
- Pub lunch (£6 for a tour, burger, and beer) at Bar Soho
- Chunnel to Paris, France…
Where to Stay:
When to Visit:
Peak Season – July and August have the most daylight hours and best weather but big crowds and high prices.
Shoulder Season – May and June, September and early October still have pretty good weather and shorter days but less people and lower costs to contend with.
What to Pack:
Besides the typical items you would bring to Europe, I was very glad I had an umbrella, a poncho, warm layers, and comfortable shoes. It rained like crazy while I was out there and the evenings got chilly.
How to Get Around:
England’s transportation system is fantastic, despite driving on the wrong side of the road! I walked and utilized the public system, including the buses and the Underground system in London. The rechargeable Oyster Card is a must-have and can be used for just about every mode of transportation in London. We found a very helpful person at the Information Desk in the train depot who explained how it works and gave us a handy map and schedule.
Currency: The British Pound Sterling (£)