5 days in Cambridgeshire & Essex Itinerary

5 days in Cambridgeshire & Essex Itinerary

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Ely
— 1 day
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Colchester
— 1 night
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Southend-on-Sea
— 3 nights
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Ely

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ely Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Oliver Cromwell's House, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Animal Experience, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Wood Fen Lodge Spa.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ely trip planner.

London to Ely is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In July in Ely, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colchester.

Things to do in Ely

Spas · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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Colchester

— 1 night
Colchester is an historic market town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in the county of Essex.At the time of the census in 2011, it had a population of 121,859, marking a considerable rise from the previous census and with considerable development since 2001 and ongoing building plans; it has been named as one of Britain's fastest growing towns. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): walk around Castle Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Colchester Zoo, and then step aboard Radio Caroline's MV Ross Revenge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Colchester online travel route planner.

Getting from Ely to Colchester by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Colchester can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Southend-on-Sea.

Things to do in Colchester

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Southend-on-Sea

— 3 nights
Southend-on-Sea, commonly referred to as simply Southend, is a town and wider unitary authority area with borough status in southeastern Essex, England. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Southend-on-Sea: Canterbury (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Canterbury Cathedral, &more), Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (in Rye) and The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Dover Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at The Hawking Centre, and explore the ancient world of Grain Fort.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Southend-on-Sea trip maker tool.

Getting from Colchester to Southend-on-Sea by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Southend-on-Sea can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Southend-on-Sea

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Cambridgeshire travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
More than just a picturesque setting for ancient colleges, Cambridgeshire contains the country’s most fertile farmland and a scenic countryside intersected by canals and dotted with windmills. Though the region’s chief attraction remains the splendid architecture of the historic university city of Cambridge, visitors should not fall into the trap of assuming that seeing old buildings equals seeing all of modern Cambridgeshire. Extend your itinerary beyond the walls of the ancient city and you'll find a region of small towns and friendly little villages, known for a particularly fine range of country pubs that serve an impressive variety of local ales and beers.

Essex travel guide

3.9
Zoos · Theme Parks · Gardens
The gently rolling landscapes of Essex have long inspired the works of some of Britain’s best-known artists, yet many people still regard this region as an urban wasteland devoid of places to visit. Nothing could be further from the truth: the rural parts of this region break the classic Essex stereotype, featuring an idyllic countryside dotted with small, bustling towns and sleepy medieval villages perfect for sightseeing. John Constable, one of the country’s beloved painters, found plenty of inspiration in the region’s winding country lanes, which have seen little change for many centuries. Modern tourists can tour the old buildings of historic Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, which dates back to before the Roman conquest and contains an ancient Norman castle.