Top 5 Destinations to Visit in England (Aside from London)
Updated: Sep 7
Everyone knows about the draw of London and the plethora of attractions you can expect to experience in the capital. However, what about the rest of England and the destinations that you might want to include on an upcoming trip?
In this article, we take a look at five of the most interesting destinations in England that will infuse a little nature, history, food and nightlife into the same itinerary.
Top 5 Destinations to Visit in England
1. Jurassic Coast
Situated in Southeast Dorset, the Jurassic Coast is a stunning stretch of rugged coastline, dotted with stacks, bays and rock arches. Whether you want to go fossil hunting or just enjoy some time with nature, this is also the perfect place to escape the noise and go hiking on nearby trails. And just so you know, there are ten separate trails along the coast and many of these fossils date back more than ninety million years. In many ways, a visit to this region is like an interactive geology lesson and you will find a number of quaint cafes and eateries nearby to complete a memorable trip to Dorset.
2. Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most celebrated landscapes in Britain for good reason. Situated in “Cumbria Country”, this stunning region has several nature reserves, hundreds of hamlets and villages, and beautiful dales at every turn. Needless to say, you can expect to encounter tranquil lakes and imposing mountains, and a very primitive experience compared to the busy cities down south. What’s more, each of these lakes has a slightly different feel or character and the likes of Windermere and Ullswater Lake are perfect for those who like to avoid the crowds. You can also go hiking, swimming and paddle boarding in the Lake District and all considered, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is my absolute favorite destination to visit in England.
(Side note: The Lake District is my favorite area in England!)
Lake District – Cumbria County
3. The Cotswolds
You must have heard about the Cotswolds already, many outdoor stores and brands like to covet the name such is the natural beauty of the region. Located in close to Oxfordshire in south central England, you will also find many ancient remnants and medieval towns in between hills. However, this area is best known for a one-hundred mile trail that runs all the way from Bath to Chipping Campden. More specifically, there are mountains, lakes and rivers throughout and stunning views the entire time. But what else is so different about the Cotswolds? Well, most of the churches, homes, statues etc were built with a unique yellow limestone that was extracted from the region. That aside, the locals are incredibly friendly and just as memorable as the actual scenery.
Stretching for more than three-hundred miles along the south coast of England, Cornwall is overflowing with attractions. In fact, this beautiful area is known for having an artistic heritage and many famous sculptors, potters and painters come from the region. As if that’s not enough, the historic mining areas are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites that never fail to interest and inspire visiting tourists. Meanwhile, the towns and harbors still have a distinct traditional feel and architecture that takes each visitor back to medieval times. At the same time, Cornwall is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with beautiful cliffs, beaches, trails and activities from start to finish.
Did you know that Bath was a Roman Spa settlement in ancient times? It’s true, there are roman baths to enjoy and either Roman or Georgian architecture everywhere you go. Further, you should find this to be a great place to learn about the history of England, while mixing things up at hipster eateries and cafe’s. From the Jane Austen Centre and Regency Tearoom to the American Museum in Britain, there are many other attractions to visit in Bath, and this is arguably one of the most cultural experiences in England. Believe it or not, there is also a lively nightlife so whether you come for the spa or the history or the food and drink, there is something for everyone in Bath.
As you can see, there is something very different about each of the above destinations. While you may not have time for them all, it’s worth including at least two of these places on a week or two-week itinerary for England. Either way, there is much to see and no time to waste so enjoy planning your trip and experiencing the best of England.
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