One-Week England Road Trip from Exeter to Southampton, London, and Bristol

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Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Available
Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
7 nights included
Car rental
8 days included
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Escape the ordinary with this exciting 8-day road trip through England that promises to leave you speechless. With this exciting adventure, you will have the chance to explore the diverse landscapes and local cultures of Exeter, Southampton, London, Westminster, Camden Town, Kensington, Leavesden, Eton, Bristol, Bath, and Salisbury. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for an unforgettable journey where every moment becomes a lasting story.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in England takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in Exeter, 1 night in Southampton, 3 nights in London, and 1 night in Bristol. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in England. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Exeter, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover England on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in England. London Eye and Buckingham Palace are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Exeter, Southampton, London, Westminster, Camden Town, Kensington, Leavesden, Eton, Bristol, Bath, and Salisbury, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of England. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in England.

Throughout your road trip in England, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in England.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in England fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in England today!

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Included

Hotel, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Leavesden
Kensington
Photo of aerial view of Salisbury cathedral in the spring morning, England.Salisbury
Exeter - city in United KingdomExeter / 2 nights
Eton
Bath - city in United KingdomBath
London, England - Panoramic skyline view of Bank and Canary Wharf, central London's leading financial districts with famous skyscrapers at golden hour sunset with blue sky and clouds.London / 3 nights
Photo of Clifton Suspension Bridge with Clifton and reflection, Bristol, United Kingdom.Bristol / 1 night
Southampton - city in United KingdomSouthampton / 1 night
Camden Town
Photo of Westminster palace (Houses of Parliament) and Big Ben, London, UK.Westminster

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Attractions

Photo of beautiful shot of London Eye and River Thames ,London, UK.London Eye
Photo of Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom.Buckingham Palace
The British MuseumBritish Museum
Tower BridgeTower Bridge
Photo of beautiful landscape around Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom.Hyde Park
Trafalgar SquareTrafalgar Square
Tower of London, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London, Greater London, England, United KingdomTower of London
The Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour London, Leavesden, UK: The main entrance signWarner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Photo of Borough Market, London, UK.Borough Market
Madame Tussauds LondonMadame Tussauds London
Photo of Science Museum, London, United Kingdom.Science Museum
St James's ParkSt James's Park
Stonehenge at sunset in England.Stonehenge
Photo of Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.Victoria and Albert Museum
Big Ben
Photo of aerial view of Windsor Castle that was built in the 11th Century and is the residence of the British Royal Family, UK.Windsor Castle
Photo of Iconic London Tower Bridge on the Thames River, UK.London Bridge
The National Gallery, Westminster, London, Greater London, England, United KingdomNational Gallery
Historical roman bathes in Bath city, England.Roman Baths
Thermae Bath SpaThermae Bath Spa
Photo of the Pulteney Bridge on River Avon in Bath, England.Pulteney Bridge
St George's Chapel
Photo of the famous Exeter Cathedral. The main attraction of the city, Exeter, England.Exeter Cathedral
Diagon Alley, Abbots Langley, Three Rivers, Hertfordshire, East of England, England, United KingdomDiagon Alley
Belmont Park, Exeter, Devon, South West England, England, United KingdomBelmont Park
Underground Passages, Exeter, Devon, South West England, England, United KingdomUnderground passages
Northernhay GardensNorthernhay Gardens
Exeter Historic Guildhall, Exeter, Devon, South West England, England, United KingdomExeter Historic Guildhall

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Day 1

Day 1 – Exeter - arrival day

  • Exeter - Arrival day
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  • Northernhay Gardens
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Your road trip adventure in England begins as soon as you reach Exeter and pick up your car. You’ll stay in Exeter for 1 night and explore the best things to see and do, sample the local cuisine, and choose from a curated selection of the best hotels and places to stay in the city.

Exeter is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out Northernhay Gardens or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Exeter. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in England. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Exeter. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

This local establishment consistently satisfies guests, ensuring an unforgettable holiday experience. Known as a top-rated , it's a top choice in the city. Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at The Last Drop, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try iFood Thai Taste? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Premier Inn Exeter (M5 J29) hotel as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Exeter.

After your delicious meal, get a taste of the vibrant nightlife with a visit to Crocketts, known for its inviting atmosphere. Pig & Pickle Micropub is another great option if you’re looking for a place to get the night started. Similarly, Henry's Bar provides a great setting to enjoy the night away.

Raise a toast to the start of your 8-day road trip in England!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Exeter and Southampton

  • Southampton
  • Exeter
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Drive 177 km, 2 hours 45 min

  • Underground passages
  • Exeter Historic Guildhall
  • Exeter Cathedral
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On day 2 of your exciting self-drive vacation in England, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Exeter. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Southampton, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Southampton. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 35 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Underground passages. This architectural structure is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 379 visitors.

Exeter Historic Guildhall is another popular attraction you could visit today. This museum has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 148 visitors.

Exeter Cathedral is also highly recommended by travelers. This anglican or episcopal cathedral has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 4,852 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Southampton. Southampton offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Southampton's best restaurants.

This popular restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, ensuring an essential addition to your holiday itinerary. With a recognition, it promises an exceptional dining experience not to be missed. Don’t miss out on dining at Lakaz Maman, a top-rated dining destination in Southampton. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Soleto Bistro, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Ennio's. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Southampton this evening.

Round off your dining experience by visiting The Hobbit Pub, a prime location for a drink. Alternatively, explore the distinctive characteristics of Firehouse, a bar catering to every mood and preference. The Guide Dog likewise offers a unique atmosphere, perfect for a memorable night out.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in England.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Southampton, London, and Westminster

  • London
  • Westminster
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Drive 136 km, 2 hours 32 min

  • Madame Tussauds London
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St James's Park
  • National Gallery
  • Trafalgar Square
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 3 of your road trip in England. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - London and Westminster. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in London. You will spend 3 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Madame Tussauds London. This wax museum is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 71,843 visitors.

National Gallery is another popular attraction you could visit today. This art museum has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 48,134 visitors. National Gallery attracts up to 6,011,007 visitors every year.

Trafalgar Square is also highly recommended by travelers. This square has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 121,847 visitors.

When you’ve had your share of London, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Westminster. Your travel time is around 14 min.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Buckingham Palace. This royal palace is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 164,776 reviews.

Next up, make your way to St James's Park. This park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 55,261 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to London, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of London's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Cahoots London, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Bill's Soho Restaurant is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Estiatorio Milos. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in London tonight.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Bar Américain, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, The Connaught Bar is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, Bar Polski also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in England!

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Day 4

Day 4 – London and Camden Town

  • London
  • Camden Town
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Drive 12 km, 1 hour 5 min

  • British Museum
  • Borough Market
  • London Bridge
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London
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On day 4 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore London. You’ll stay in London for 2 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

There are plenty of experiences you can choose from in England that will add excitement to your vacation. When you’re keen to discover what else London has in store for you, use this day to go on a tour. This tour allows curious travelers like you to experience the best of the country. You can make the most of your time in England by scrolling down and selecting tours and activities to include on your itinerary for the day.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in London. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Esteemed for its , this restaurant offers a remarkable selection of cuisine. This esteemed -recipient consistently impresses guests, making it a must-visit spot during your holiday. With its recognition, it guarantees an unforgettable dining adventure. Savor the flavors at The Palomar, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Berners Tavern beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Burger & Lobster Leicester Square. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in London tonight.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Artesian, where the evening is just getting started. In the same way, American Bar offers a unique charm perfect for experiencing the local bar scene in London. Old Shades is another top-recommended bar that is sure to get you into the mood for some dancing and celebrating.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in England!

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Day 5

Day 5 – London, Westminster, and Kensington

  • London
  • Westminster
  • Kensington
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Drive 14 km, 59 min

  • Hyde Park
  • Science Museum
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Big Ben
  • London Eye
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On day 5 of your road trip, you’ll start and end your day in London, but spend part of the day exploring places of interest outside the immediate city. On today's itinerary, you'll find attractions in London, Westminster, and Kensington. You still have 1 night left in London.

Journey into the unknown at Big Ben, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable cultural icon has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 61,373 reviews.

London’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Kensington behind. This drive usually takes around 14 min. London welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Take the opportunity to see London Eye. This attraction has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 171,401 visitors.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Kensington, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Westminster to Kensington may take around 7 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Kensington, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Hyde Park. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 126,766 visitors.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll return to London and your accommodation.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in London. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

This popular -awarded venue consistently exceeds expectations, ensuring a memorable holiday experience. Have a fantastic dining experience at Rules, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Hawksmoor Seven Dials offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Simpson's in the Strand is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in London.

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at Scarfes Bar, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to BFI IMAX. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down. You could also continue your night at The Old Bank of England, another top-rated place in the area.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in England!

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Day 6

Day 6 – London, Leavesden, Eton, and Bristol

  • Bristol
  • Leavesden
  • Eton
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Drive 229 km, 3 hours 15 min

  • Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
  • Diagon Alley
  • St George's Chapel
  • Windsor Castle
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Dive into day 6 of your remarkable road trip in England. Today you will explore Leavesden and Eton, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Bristol. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Eton’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Leavesden behind. This drive usually takes around 33 min. Eton welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Make Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this exhibition room an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 82,133 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Diagon Alley. With an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 600 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this sightseeing destination every year.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Leavesden, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Eton may take around 33 min. Upon your arrival in Eton, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Kick off the day at St George's Chapel, Windsor, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This castle chapel is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 5,434 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is a historic house museum with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 53,263 reviews.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Bristol, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Bristol. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Esteemed as a restaurant, it features an exceptional menu. This venue consistently impresses guests, making it a standout addition to your holiday plans. Located in the heart of the city, is an ideal pick for cuisine lovers seeking top-notch culinary experiences. Treat yourself to a wonderful meal at Hotel du Vin Bristol, a top-rated dining spot in Bristol. If you're in the mood for something new, try Flipside, another premier location with a delectable menu. You might also want to book a table at Moltobuono!59. Known for its consistently satisfied patrons, it’s a perfect choice to elevate your evening in Bristol.

Explore the vibrant nightlife at The Boardroom after your meal, a hub for lively evenings and memorable moments. Or, head to Gin & Juice for a great selection of flavorful drinks and a charming setting. Furthermore, Watershed is perfect for those looking to extend their night with a touch of local flavor.

Relax and reminisce about your day in England and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Bristol, Bath, Salisbury, and Exeter

  • Exeter
  • Bath
  • Salisbury
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Drive 221 km, 3 hours 41 min

  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Roman Baths
  • Pulteney Bridge
  • Stonehenge
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 7 of your road trip in England. Today, you will make 2 stops and experience some of the highlights of Bath and Salisbury. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Exeter, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Bristol and set your GPS to Bath. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 42 min. Upon reaching Bath, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Kick off the day at Thermae Bath Spa, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This spa is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 8,744 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Roman Baths. Roman Baths is a thermae with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 31,875 reviews.

Pulteney Bridge is another top attraction we highly recommend you visit today. This road bridge is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 7,931 visitors.

Set your GPS to Salisbury and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 56 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Salisbury beckons with new experiences!

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Stonehenge. This tourist attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 51,913 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Exeter. Exeter offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Exeter.

Renowned as a restaurant, it offers an exceptional menu. This restaurant consistently impresses guests, ensuring a memorable addition to your holiday. Nestled in the heart of the city, is an ideal choice for discerning foodies seeking culinary excellence. Enjoy a delicious meal at Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel, a top-rated dining destination in Exeter. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Nando's Exeter - Princess Hay, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Cosy Club. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Exeter this evening.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at Mill on the Exe, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, Boom Battle Bar Exeter provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, The Lucombe Oak offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in England.

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Day 8

Day 8 – Exeter - departure day

  • Exeter - Departure day
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  • Belmont Park
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Day 8 of your road trip in England is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Exeter before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

On your last day in England, take time to indulge in shopping at Exeter’s popular marketplace. Thanks to your accommodation’s strategic location, the city’s bustling commercial district is only a stone’s throw away, giving you ample time to leisurely explore the area, filled with local shops.

Take time to find the perfect present, reminding you of the charms of England. Each store here is brimming with unique finds. These souvenirs will help you treasure your memories of England forever.

Before you conclude your road trip in England, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Exeter.

Renowned as a restaurant, it offers an exceptional menu. This restaurant consistently impresses guests, ensuring a memorable addition to your holiday. Nestled in the heart of the city, is an ideal choice for discerning foodies seeking culinary excellence. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider The Old Firehouse, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Exeter. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in England!

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