England Self Drive Tours: Suggested Itineraries

Tenon Tours Itineraries for England Self Drive Tours

Self-drive tours are one of the most liberating, popular experiences among travelers when planning a trip to England. With so many different areas to be explored from Bristol to London (The Great West Way) to the Cotswolds and Stonehenge, the opportunities for new experiences are endless. Roads in England are easy to navigate and are well-maintained, which makes it the perfect place for an international road trip.

When you book your England self-drive tour with Tenon Tours, you’ll enjoy the freedom of an independent trip that has been expertly crafted by your own personal travel specialist. We don’t offer conventional tours; instead, we specialize in creating a unique tailor-made trip every time. In other words, no two Tenon trips are the same. That said, we know how much goes into planning a trip so we have itineraries and suggestions to help you decide where to go and what to see.


The Great West Way

This 125-mile route connects London and Bristol and is based on one of the first Great Roads commissioned by the King of England. The Great West Way offers a chance for travelers to connect with the historic and authentic parts of England that can be overlooked when sticking to typical tourist routes. Here are some of the sights you can expect to see on your drive:


Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.

Roman Baths

Constructed in around 70AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex, the Roman Baths is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, where 1,170,000 liters of steaming spring water, reaching 46°C, still fills the bathing site every single day. The Roman Baths is the site of extensive ruins and an interactive museum filled with many treasures and visual snippets that transport you back to Roman times and the lives of the Aquae Sulis people. Walk on ancient pavements as the Romans did 2,000 years ago, and explore ancient chambers historically housing changing rooms and tepid plunge pools.

Windsor Castle

Rescued from rust and wreckage in 1970, and since lovingly restored to her Victorian hey-day, a visit to the SS Great Britain allows you to step back in time and explore true stories from the opulent First-Class to the cramped and quarrelsome Steerage. Each kitchen and cabin, dining room and doctor’s surgery emanates authentic sounds and smells which bring the ship and its history to life. So much more than a dusty old museum, this is a living and breathing atmospheric experience.

Learn more about the Great West Way here.


Castles in England

There are enough castles in England for you to build an entire trip around touring all of them, or you can add some to your itinerary – the choice is yours. Some castles you may want to add to your England self-drive tour itinerary:

Dover Castle

Out of all the castles in England, Dover Castle is the largest. Built in the 11th century, this castle is full of historical significance from the Romans to the Cold War. Visitors can explore the castle’s secret war tunnels, climb the Great Tower and even test their skills in The Bunker, an immersive escape room designed for competitive tourists.

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle is located in Bolsover, Derbyshire. The original fortress was built between 1612 and 1617 by Sir Charles Cavendish. The castle that sits there today, however, was built on top of the original castles ruins sometime in the 17th century. The site is listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by the English Heritage charity and offers a wall walk, fountain garden and tearoom treats.

Porchester Castle

It’s believed that Porchester Castle was built in the late 3rd century as a baronial castle that was later taken under royal control in 1154. Located in Portchester, Hampshire, Porchester Castle offers visitors a guided audio tour as well as areas for family picnicking.

View more castle attractions in England here.

We also offer accommodation upgrades in authentic castle hotels if you are looking for a mix of luxury and history. Some of our favorite castle hotels include Leeds Castle, Amberley Castle and Hever Castle – but you can view our full list here.
Highclere Castle

TV and Film Tours in England

There’s no shortage of filming locations in England. Explore the homes of your favorite characters and scenes from your favorite movies with a custom tour. We’ve outlined some of the most popular TV & film tours in England that we’ve planned in the past. Simply let us know which one speaks to you the most, and we’ll handle the rest!

Downton Abbey

Whether you’re a fan of this popular show or not, you have to admit that the filming locations are beautiful! Here are some of our top suggested sights that you’ll definitely want to visit:

  • Highclere Castle, Hampshire
  • Bampton, Oxfordshire
  • West Wycombe House, Buckinghamshire
  • Horsted Keynes Station, Bluebell Railway
  • And many more!

The Crown

This biographical drama series follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II. These locations are worth exploring for their historical aspect alone, regardless whether you’ve seen the show or not.

  • Hatfield House
  • Ely Cathedral
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Lyceum Theatre
  • And many more!

Harry Potter

Discover the magic behind the movies! The Harry Potter franchise filmed throughout several locations of the United Kingdom, including these well-known spots in England. PS – we also have Harry Potter themed tours!

  • Great Scotland Yard
  • Australia House
  • King’s Cross Station
  • Millennium Bridge
  • And many more!

Me Before You

Based off the bestselling novel, this movie follows an emotional journey of a caregiver who is on a mission to prove that life is worth living. Historical locations were used in this film, including:

  • Sandown Park, Surrey
  • Chenies Manor House, Buckinghamshire
  • Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath

Sherlock Holmes

Uncover the not-so-secret locations of the famous Sherlock Holmes series with these suggestions!

  • Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent
  • Brompton Cemetery, London
  • Chatham Docks, Kent
  • Cliveden House, Taplow
  • And many more!


Customize Your England Self-Drive Tour

Are you ready to embark on your self-drive tour of England? With Tenon Tours, you can customize your own vacation package complete with a rental car, accommodations, our exclusive By-Your-Side Service℠ and more.

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