Best of England Travel Guide

This green and pleasant land we call home might not be your first choice when you’re looking for your next holiday destination, but England has so much to offer for every kind of holidaymaker. Whether you want to sample a spot of culture, embark on an adventure in the great outdoors, or find a quiet beach to kick back on, England has it all – and lots more besides.

You really don’t need to hop on a plane to enjoy a holiday to remember. Look a little closer to home and you’re sure to find the perfect place for your next break.

Why England?

The best thing about choosing England as a holiday destination is its variety. There really is something for everyone. Whether you’re eight or eighty, a solo traveller or a family, there’s plenty to see, do, and take fantastic photographs of.

To help inspire you, here are a few of our favourite English spots where you can really make the most of everything our lovely country has to offer. Just remember to take a brolly, as you never know what the weather might throw at you!

Best for Little Ones

Woolacombe

Woolacombe

Voted best beach in the UK on Tripadvisor for the second year running, Woolacombe’s three mile stretch of golden sand is the perfect spot for family fun.

Whether on or off the beach, there’s plenty to keep little ones entertained – including Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, which has lots of animals (both living and extinct!) to get to know.

Best for a Romantic Break

York

York

Forget crossing the Atlantic to visit New York for a romantic getaway, stay a little closer to home (and save your pennies) by heading to the original, “old” York.

Wander its winding medieval streets hand in hand, or climb the Central Tower of the stunning York Minster for beautiful views across the city and beyond.

Best for Adventurous Types

Ullswater

Ullswater

Ullswater inspired Wordsworth’s famous poem Daffodils, but it’s got plenty to offer for those looking for something more active than writing poetry.

Head out on the beautiful lake to enjoy sailing, kayaking and fishing, or back on dry land hop on a bike or a horse to take in the sights at a different pace.

Best for History Buffs

London

Hampton Court

Wherever you go in England you’re never too far from history, but nowhere more so than in London.

With amazing architecture, picturesque palaces, stunning churches, and museums packed with artefacts to discover, you’ll never get bored of exploring this extraordinary city. And that’s before we even get to the Royal Family!

Best for Culture Vultures

Cambridge

Cambridge

Combining history and tradition with a whole host of cultural delights, Cambridge is the ideal place to while away a summer weekend. Punt down the Cam, stroll around the ancient colleges, or coincide your visit with the poetry, folk or film festivals for a real taste of the city’s world-beating culture.

Best for Beach Bums

Porthcurno

Porthcurno

If you’re a beach lover who likes nothing better than the sand between your toes, Porthcurno is the place for you. With soft white sand and turquoise sea, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d washed up somewhere far more exotic than Cornwall.

A trip to this little oasis is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated – and maybe a little tanned, depending on the great English weather!

Best for Peace & Quiet

Lundy Island

Lundy Island

Tranquil and unspoiled Lundy never gets busy, so it’s the perfect spot to get some much needed peace and quiet. The landscape is spectacular enough during the day, but once night falls (with no glare from streetlights) you’ll be treated to the awe-inspiring sight of the stars shining brighter than ever up above.

Wherever you choose to spend your holiday in this lovely land, we hope you have a brilliant time! 🙂

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