England is such a beautiful country and I hate to think people might only come to London. It’s such a beautiful city though, you could spend years and never see the whole city. BUT there are also loads of other hot spots that are waiting to be discovered. England has such a vast history and everything is so ancient, it puts New Zealand to shame. So here we go. Here are all the amazing places I visited in England that I can personally recommend you need to take a look at!
A clear choice for anyone who loves street art and quirkiness. Bristol has an amazing young vibe. I stayed at the YHA hostel right next to the water, it was a great hostel which was cheap and pretty close to everything. Check out the Bristol Cathedral, Banksys graffiti around the city and all the other beautiful street art. The photo above was taken in 2013 and was done by Banksy minus the blue paint which was the doing of someone else! If you love discovering the street art then you should do a walking tour of the city.
There are so many cool things to see in York such as the York Minster, York Castle and even have a walk on the city walls. York is a very historic place with so much history to take in. This region is definitely somewhere you would want to spend the whole weekend. I lived just out of York for a few months and the city was great to spend a few days looking around. The Shambles are a ‘must do’ for a spot of shopping and soaking up the Yorkshire culture and do some people watching. Have a picnic on the side of the museum gardens which overlooks the river Ouse. If you get a chance check out the countryside, you will experience the real Yorkshire and if your lucky enough to get to go in spring, you will see the rapeseed flowering which means you will see seas of bright yellow paddocks – it’s really beautiful.
This is in southern central England which consists of rolling hills with very, very cute villages you only see in the movies, you will see very sweet, old English pubs with a lot of character. Spend a weekend driving around the Cotswolds. You can’t say you have been to a proper village in England until you have visited this area.
You can’t go to England and not experience Bath! It is known for it still-standing Roman baths which are believed to have been constructed around 8000BC, so in other terms BLOODY OLD. It cost me £14 which is not a lot considering I spent most the day there trying to absorb the history. Not only are the baths historic the whole town is, so have a good wander around and take in the architecture of this amazing place.
Known for its iconic castle, the area is definitely worth a day trip! Entry to Windsor castle costs £19.20. You can opt for an audio guide which I recommend because this place is huge, and the guide will tell you about all the places you are standing in. Go in summer so all areas are open including the gardens which are beautiful! The one thing I love about England were the castles, they are simply mind-boggling.
Where the big players play and also go to the very posh universities! Cambridge is truly awesome. Make sure you go on a nice day when you can punt down the river Avon and admire where Prince William went to university – oh what it would be like to be rich. The universities are something you would see in movies, it’s incredible.
Robin Hood Bay
This is a little bay north-east of York on the coast. My family I was Au pairing for took me here for the day and I loved it. Its got a great fish and chip shop (we had to queue for 20 minutes!), it’s just off a very steep street which I struggled getting up after my greasy meal. The beach was very full, as most of English beaches are on nice days. I was very impressed with the little village though, it was definitely worth a visit.
St Ives, Cornwall
Such a beautiful place. This would have to be one of my top 3 places in England for sure. St Ives is a seaside town with loads of character, soak up the sun and enjoy the gorgeous town! There are really good art galleries here, I brought a couple of little painted pictures from a guy selling them on the seaside. It is recommended to take a train here and not drive because parking is a nightmare.
The town itself is not overly exciting but if you don’t believe England has good beaches, then maybe this will change your mind. The beaches were amazing and beautiful – that’s coming from a Kiwi. If you need a bit of a sun-soaked relaxing weekend, then you need to head here!
This is an awesome sea-side town with a tiny beach. The town and the lake with the boats is very picturesque. Enjoy on a sunny summers day with fish and chips and an ice cream! You can also walk up the top of the hill and take in some amazing views seen in the top photo for this blog post.
Another beautiful English seaside location with cute huts and no stony beach in sight! Woohoo! It is very full in the summer but a must visit for some amazing snaps. Bonus is that it is a huge beach so you can have a nice long walk and you will be sure to find a spot for yourself.
So here is a little taste of some of the places I visited when I lived in England. If you are looking for transport, England has a great rail service so I would suggest catching a train to these places. If you choose to do this I would recommend getting a rail card otherwise it can get pricey! If you’re more into buses then Megabus do very cheap fares – sometimes you can get a £1 deal to the North from London! If you are wanting cheap accommodation around the UK I can recommend Agoda. They have fantastic savings!