London has a lot to offer the first time traveller to England, especially in 2012, but there are hundreds of little towns and cities tucked comfortably in and all through England; so beautiful, you might not ever want to leave.
Of course it can depend on the time of year you choose to visit. The countryside is diverse and dependent on weather, such as the South East England being full of cherry blossoms and daffodils in March. So do a little research for the time of year you choose to visit.
Here are five incredible places we thought were worth mentioning:
It’s funny that every time you ask anyone who has spent extensive time, or even just a few weeks in England, where they think the most beautiful place to visit in England is. Inevitably they come around to mentioning Bath. It is known as one of the most beautiful historic cities in the world. Maybe it’s the 2,000-year-old pavements surrounding the Roman baths that are fed by natural hot springs, or the West Country or Stonehenge? The 18th Century architecture, Roman remains and green landscapes couldn’t hurt either. The point is that this place offers everything from history and excitement to pure relaxation and romance. And according to experts and visitors over the years, it is well worth the trip.
If the 16th century buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon isn’t enough to draw you to this amazing place, perhaps the fact that William Shakespeare was born here just might. The cottage where he was born can be toured and you can also pay your respects to this literary genius at the Holy Trinity Church, where he and his beloved wife Anne Hathaway were buried (no not the actress). This lovely place offers a market town with over 800 years of history, and a variety of farmers markets, quaint shops, pretty accommodation and restaurants. Be sure to take in a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
3. Isles of Scilly
This is a treasure trove of five islands and many other rocky islets just off Lands End, the South-westerly point of the British Isles. The climate is mild, the beaches are golden and soft and it is literally a haven of peace and tranquillity loved by most everyone who visits. Marriages can be performed at the historic St. Mary’s and include luxury horse-drawn carriages. Or why not take a boat trip to one of the uninhabited islands? For the more energetic, rent a bike to tour this beautiful place.
Home to the famous Stonehenge, Salisbury has a history dating over 5,000 years. In this amazing and versatile city, nestled in southern England’s heartland, there’s something for everyone. Some other great places to visit are the Salisbury Cathedral, a number of amazing stately homes and beautiful gardens, and numerous farm parks and award winning museums. Some places in Salisbury date back to the 13th century and some of these places are now restaurants and pubs. There is a lot of shopping on offer including street markets and shopping malls and the walking and biking opportunities in the area are superb.
Since York is one of the world’s oldest cities and was in existence during medieval times, there’s plenty of history and beautiful architecture to see here. You might catch a Viking ghost in a historic castle tour or perhaps you’d prefer to visit the biggest Gothic medieval cathedral north of the Alps. There are several museums, the Jarvis Viking Centre, which is full of history, as well as jewellery, and sea fossils. William the Conqueror built Clifford’s Tower in 1069 and if you climb to the top you’ll get some fantastic panoramic views so be sure to take a trip here!
Author Bio: Kristy Alexander is an avid traveller, writer for HotelClub and history buff. She enjoys the thrills of a new adventure and the culture she is able to enrich her children with. Be sure to check out hotels in York with HotelClub for some great options on you next trip.