8 days in London, Canterbury & Brighton Itinerary

8 days in London, Canterbury & Brighton Itinerary

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8 days in London, Canterbury & Brighton Itinerary

Start: London
1
London
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Canterbury
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Brighton
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
End: London

3
nights
London

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Greenwich has been added to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like St. Paul's Cathedral and King George's Playing Fields. The British Museum and Buckingham Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tower of London, admire the landmark architecture of Clarence House, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and catch a live performance at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our London road trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. In July, daily temperatures in London can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Canterbury.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

King George's Playing Fields
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Tower of London ©
Tower of London
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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nights
Canterbury

Canterbury ©
Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. On the 10th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, then see the interesting displays at Rye Heritage Centre, then contemplate the long history of St. Mary's Parish Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Canterbury Tales, examine the collection at Kent Battle of Britain Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at St Margaret-at-Cliffe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Canterbury Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Canterbury trip planner.

Getting from London to Canterbury by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brighton.

Things to do in Canterbury

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rye, Kent Battle of Britain Museum, St Margaret-at-Cliffe, Sissinghurst Castle Garden
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St. Mary's Parish Church ©
St. Mary's Parish Church
Canterbury Cathedral ©
Canterbury Cathedral
Sissinghurst Castle Garden ©
Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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Brighton

Brighton ©
Once a sleepy little fishing village, Brighton is a modern seaside town known for its Asian architecture and a large gay community.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Bateman's, admire the striking features of Royal Pavilion, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, and finally wander the streets of The Lanes. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Petworth House and Park, wander the streets of Kemptown, and then get in on the family fun at Brighton Palace Pier.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brighton trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Canterbury to Brighton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Brighton can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Brighton

Historic Sites Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Petworth House and Park, Bateman's
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Bateman's ©
Bateman's
Petworth House and Park ©
Petworth House and Park
The Lanes ©
The Lanes

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