England is a beautiful place, and you’ll come across a lot of destinations to add in your bucket list. When there are so many options, you might end up skipping places that are worth a visit. While the pandemic might stop you from travelling, there’s always an option to stock up on travel plans for the future. This list has some well-known places or hidden gems that you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re touring England.
1. St Michael’s Mount
St Micheal’s Mount is a stunning castle on top of an island. The mild climate and breezes, coupled with tropical gardens, sounds like an ideal island getaway. You can take a tour of the castle, or stroll in for a garden visit. The dazzling view seems like it’s stolen from a fairytale. The walk up to the castle is almost like a hike, so bring in your sports shoes. It’s a must-see sight for people visiting Cornwall.
2. Lake District
Lake district is named after the 16 glacial lakes that lie along its valley. It is also known for Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. This popular tourist has the largest lakes and mountain ranges, all enclosed in this serene 1,343 square kilometer area. You can also hike across Catbells High Ridge, visit Wordsworth’s home (Dove Cottage) and admire the Castlerigg Stone Circle. No matter what corner you visit, the Lake district’s welcoming beauty will make you fall in love with it.
You can easily explore the Lake District from the comforts of your car. It’s comparatively safer, too, considering the pandemic has made public transport unsafe. Besides that, Don’t forget to get a car roof rack installed for additional storage.
This World Heritage Site is the most popular prehistoric monument to date. With a history of over 4500 years, Stonehenge is one of the seven wonders of the world. It also stands as a source of inspiration and holds spiritual meaning for a lot of people. Historics call it a masterpiece of engineering. You will want to visit this place if you’re visiting England. Can’t make it to Wiltshire? Take this interactive virtual tour from inside the monument.
Manchester is the iconic cultural hub, famous for its extensive history, raging nightclubs and spacious libraries. Once a powerhouse of industry, Manchester is now a mix of modern and historic. You can find eye-catching museums and historical landmarks to party your night away at this iconic clubbing capital. You can watch a football match at Old Trafford, discover world history at the Manchester Museum or shop at the biggest indoor mall in Trafford Centre. And once you’re done exploring the city during the day, ensure to visit the famous nightclubs and make the most of your nights too.
5. Watergate Bay
Watergate bay is the perfect pick for a relaxing and easy holiday. It is one of the most well-known beaches in Cornwall and is known for being featured in films. You won’t have a dull moment in Watergate bay. Adventurers can participate in regular events and sporting activities. The annual polo on the beach and intense sports shows are well-loved by tourists. The 2-mile long beach offers tons of caves and rock pools to discover. Other than that you can go kayaking, canoeing, golfing, surfing and whatnot. If you love animals, check out the Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium and the Screech Owl Sanctuary. Besides it, there’s a large number of cafes and restaurants lined up on the shore for a romantic beachside dinner.
When you think of Oxford, you’ll think it’s just a hub for all geniuses. But the beauty of this city is more than just that. You can shop to your heart’s content at The Covered Market, visit Ashmolean Museum or escape to the countryside for a picnic at Port Meadow. A visit to Oxford is incomplete without a tour of the University of Oxford. Known as one of the oldest universities in the world, it rightly grants the city a nickname- ‘the City of Dreaming Spires’. Check out the Bodleian Library if you’re a Harry Potter fan, as it was featured in movies. If you want a more romantic getaway, try taking a punt (a flat-bottomed boat) and enjoy the sunset.
Cambridge is all about countryside picnics, punting and riverside walk. It became an official city in 1951, courtesy of it’s a prestigious university. Start by a guided tour of Cambridge University. Since it’s modest in size, you can tour this city by hiring bicycles. Try visiting the 40 acres botanical gardens where you can admire the lush foliage. The Fitzwilliam Museum and Scott Polar Research Institute Museum are free-entry museums that display beautiful trinkets, polar research and ornaments.
Crowned as the most visited city of England, London attracts around 27 million tourists every year. There’s so much to do in London that it would probably need more than a weekend trip. You can start by visiting Westminster, where you can find the Houses of Parliament. London is home to the iconic London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel that allows you to see the gorgeous view of the city. You can pair it with visiting the nearby London Aquarium. Try taking a cruise across the river Thames. There’s so much more to do in London, so here’s a list by the official visitors guide to help you better.
9. Robin Hood Bay
Robin hood bay is a humble village that has turned into a tourist attraction from a small fishing village. This ‘Bay Town’ has a remarkable landscape. A dedicated exhibition in the Old Coastguard Station explains how this landscape was formed. You can visit the Sneaton Forest and enjoy the soothing waterfalls and tea gardens. History lovers would love to check out the Robin Hoods Bay Museum. It will give you an idea about some local traditions and how this smuggling town worked. This bay is a perfect calming getaway, and an ideal pick if you want to relax post pandemic.
Birmingham is a dynamic city in England’s West Midlands region. You’ll find several fine dinings, shopping centres, bars and spectacular museums here. If you’re a lover of historical art and culture, try visiting the Birmingham Museum. It has the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. You can also visit Moseley Bog, the original inspiration for the Hobbit town from Lord of the Rings. Cadbury world is the perfect chocolate paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth. Other than that shoppers will love the Jewellery Quarters. Featuring about 700 jewellers, independent retailers, a food court and amazing bars, the Jewellery Quarters is one of the unique destinations in the UK.
England is a place of wonders, and these destinations are a great example of its magnificence. You can find beauty and a touch of its traditional routes in every city. People from all kinds of backgrounds end up loving it. So buckle up, and plan your trip now. Don’t forget to keep your masks and sanitisers handy while you’re travelling!