Sometimes we simply don’t have the money or time to go on a trip to the other side of the world, but that’s ok because in England we have so many wonderfully unique towns and cities to enjoy. From picturesque countryside and coasts to vibrant cities, there are plenty of places to choose from for those craving a mini break. Here’s the lowdown on some of our favourites.
Not only is it one of the prettiest cities in the country, there is so much to do in Bath. With a fascinating history from the Roman Baths to the life and times of Jane Austin, Bath has been luring visitors for more than 2,000 years. It’s also famous for its lovely Georgian architecture. If you’re looking for something a little bit quirky to do, have a go at the Bizarre Bath comedy walking tours – this is definitely memorable.
We couldn’t possibly create this list without our capital, the city of London. Bursting with history and cultural landmarks, fantastic shopping, and vibrant nightlife, London has something for everyone. Once you’ve done all the touristy activities (we recommend the British Museum, the Shard, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace), head east to the trendy Shoreditch – home the hipster and the backdrop for a colourful Instagram picture or two.
The Lake District
If you’re interested in hiking, photography, outdoor adventures or visiting the homes of famous poets, then the Lake District is a place for you. It’s a beautiful countryside where you can take part in activities including canoeing, cycling and hiking, then spend your evenings in a cosy British pub with home-cooked food. For a proper Cumbrian experience, give the Dog and Gun in Keswick or the Royal Oak in Ambleside a try.
The ancient lanes of Brighton are now strung with quirky shops and bars, and an unapologetically tacky pier pulling in the crowds. Brighton’s nightlife sparks up the south coast all year round, with comedy, street entertainers and live music rounding out the city’s arts scene and making it so lovable. Keep an eye our for events when you’re planning to visit – Brighton Pride being one of the biggest ones of the year.
Few cities are as beautiful as Cambridge, where you can drink in its dreamy landscapes along “The Backs” or partake in some punting on the river – an essential Cambridge activity. Highlights of a visit include the chance to wander England’s largest collection of preserved historic buildings, or exploring the old town centre which is full of unique shops and student-vibed pubs and bars. A city break here is the perfect escape from reality.
Liverpool offers plenty of cultural excitement, not least because of its association with the infamous Scouse foursome, The Beatles. But it has so much more to offer, being home to the most Grade I listed buildings in the UK as well as Britain’s largest cathedral. Liverpool also hosts a wild night out for those into dance music.
Stone cottages, flowing streams, winding roads and pretty villages make The Cotswolds a postcard perfect destination for a dreamy English escape. There are so many beautiful towns and villages to visit in The Cotswolds, but a few of my favourites are Bibury, Stow-on-the-Wold and Castle Combe (pictured above). It’s no wonder that this place has inspired so many poets and writers throughout the year; it’s such a relaxing place for a little break.
There is SO much to this city, making it so good for a weekend away. The Northern Quarter is home to funky street art and is worth wandering through, or for a smarter vibe, hop on a tram to Spinningfields where you’ll find smarter restaurants and bars as well as great shopping. Manchester is home to two universities, meaning you’ll never be short of places to go for a cheap night out. It’s also extremely gay friendly – head to Canal Street to find a host of gay bars and clubs.
When it comes to coastal getaways, very few places in England can match the breath-taking beaches and scenery in Cornwall. Many of the bays on the North cost provide some great surfing spots, and the South West Coastal path is a gem for hiking lovers. Every town will have its own hidden pubs, walks and beaches.
Newcastle is possibly the friendliest (and liveliest!) city in England. Although it’s famous for a crazily colourful night out, it’s also got plenty of culture. Take a stroll along the riverside and cross the Millennium Bridge to The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, featuring artists such as Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormley.
York is one of the prettiest cities in the north of England with cobbled streets and cute little cafes – pop into The Teddy Bear Tea Rooms for a yummy scone. Landmarks worth exploring are the city’s ancient City Walls and the National Railway Museum. You also cannot miss a visit to The Café 68 Gillygate for a delicious traditional brunch – they do an excellent veggie breakfast.
Have you got a break coming up? Why not take our RockHoppa roll-up travel bag?
This bag is suitable for both men and women, to be used for a weekend away or on a big trip as a cabin bag. Pack it, roll it up and carry it with the handle or shoulder strap!
It’s ideal for those that don’t like unpacking – unroll it on the bed to take out what you need, then roll it back up, or unroll it and hang it up – both provide easy access to your stuff!
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