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Wiltshire Villages | 20 Quintessential English Villages

Wiltshire Villages | 20 Quintessential English Villages

Wiltshire villages offer some great examples of the quintessential English village with scenic outdoor views, rich history, and pretty cottages. And if you’re looking for villages in England that contain these picturesque views and excellent places to explore, you will find them all in Wiltshire. After all, Wiltshire villages have…

Leeds Travel Guide: Where Is Leeds & What To Do There

Leeds Travel Guide: Where Is Leeds & What To Do There

Leeds in northern England is an old industrial town that bloomed during the Victorian age, declined in the 20th century but which has recently undergone a renaissance. Here’s our Leeds travel guide. This city is full of history, delicious dinners, and activities to keep your schedule packed for days.  Our…

The Cities Of Northern England

The Cities Of Northern England

Our profile of the cities of Northern England including Manchester, York & Liverpool and the other English cities in the North. We’ve done posts on many of them and have included the links if you want to know more about any of them. (We’ve also recently done a post on…

Top 12 Things to Do in Manchester – The Ultimate Guide

Top 12 Things to Do in Manchester – The Ultimate Guide

Manchester, England, is home to many unique sites, experiences, and natural beauty. Whether you want something to do for a day or somewhere to spend an entire week, you certainly won’t have trouble finding a way to stay busy in this city. Manchester is a metropolitan borough in North West…

Top 12 Things to Do in Newcastle Upon Tyne

Top 12 Things to Do in Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle sits along the northern banks of the Tyne River. It is one of North East England’s most populated areas and is well known for its nightlife, strong sporting traditions, and other tourist attractions that bring in tons of visitors from all over the world. If you aren’t interested in…

20 Gorgeous Somerset Villages: Our Pick Of The Best Villages In Somerset, England

20 Gorgeous Somerset Villages: Our Pick Of The Best Villages In Somerset, England

The best and prettiest Somerset villages. Gorgeous dwellings in the heart of this rural West Country county. Somerset in the West Country of England is known for its cider and gentle rolling hills. Its also home to some wonderful villages, the pick of which are featured here: Our Pick Of…

The Best 20 Towns & Cities In Southern England

The Best 20 Towns & Cities In Southern England

We’ve put together some of the best towns and cities in south England for a day trip, holiday, or vacation.   From epic coastline to quaint villages and ancient cities, there’s just a lot to explore in Southern England.  Here are our picks… 1. London We start with the biggest place…

The 20 Best Coastal Breaks For Couples In The UK

The 20 Best Coastal Breaks For Couples In The UK

Home to some of the most secluded and tranquil islands and hotels of the world, the UK coastline provides ample opportunity for a coastal break for couples in the UK. Here are some great examples. Grand Hotel in Scarborough If you’re looking for a bit of old-fashioned grandeur for a…

Stratford Upon Avon – Shakespeare’s Gorgeous Home

Stratford Upon Avon – Shakespeare’s Gorgeous Home

Stratford upon Avon in the centre of England is a lovely market town on the river Avon, with an illustrious former resident: William Shakespeare. The Bard was born and grew up here, returning after a successful stint in London’s theatrical community. The town is proud of its famous son and…

Shropshire Villages: 20 Pretty English Villages

Shropshire Villages: 20 Pretty English Villages

Shropshire villages include some of the prettiest villages in England, including many full of half timbered cottages (the so called ‘Black and White’ villages). Here, then, are a selection of the finest of these villages (plus a couple of market towns): Twenty Great Shropshire Villages 1. Hodnet Hodnet is a…

20 Best County Durham Villages, England

20 Best County Durham Villages, England

County Durham is a North Eastern county based around the ancient city of Durham. It’s just above Yorkshire, but below the better known county of Northumberland. It’s a tough place and has in recent years suffered from the decline of the mining industry. Here are what we reckon to be…

Staffordshire Villages | The 20 Best Villages in Staffordshire, England

Staffordshire Villages | The 20 Best Villages in Staffordshire, England

Our guide to the best Staffordshire villages… Staffordshire in the Midlands is a lesser known county, sandwiched between Birmingham to the South and the Peak District in the north. However, Staffordshire is home to many fine villages, twenty of which are featured here. 1. Alrewas Alrewas is a Staffordshire village…

Berkshire Villages | The 20 Best Villages In Berkshire, England

Berkshire Villages | The 20 Best Villages In Berkshire, England

Berkshire villages include many of the prettiest places in the south of England. The county lies between Oxford and London and contains much of the gorgeous countryside around its county town of Reading. In particular, it contains much of the Thames Valley, with many of the villages we’ve chosen below…

Yorkshire Holiday Cottages | Self Catering In Yorkshire, Northern England

Yorkshire Holiday Cottages | Self Catering In Yorkshire, Northern England

Here’s our guide to Yorkshire holiday cottages, for those wanting a self catering holiday in the gorgeous county of Yorkshire in the North of England. It’s a wonderfully diverse county and if you’re looking for a stay in a seaside retreat, upland farmhouse or fisherman’s cottage, Yorkshire has something for…

20 Gorgeous Buckinghamshire Villages

20 Gorgeous Buckinghamshire Villages

Buckinghamshire villages are some of the finest examples of villages in England. Here are just some of the loveliest, all within a short drive from London. England is a small country with a huge history. The English countryside is beautiful and has long provided the public with various means of…

Northamptonshire Villages: 20 Gorgeous Examples In The English County Of Northants

Northamptonshire Villages: 20 Gorgeous Examples In The English County Of Northants

Northamptonshire villages are some of the prettiest in the UK. If you’re looking for a weekend away, or even just a day trip, these villages are worth a visit. Each village has its own unique charm, and there’s something for everyone. There are historic villages with beautiful churches and ancient…

Discover The 20 Best & Prettiest Sussex Villages

Discover The 20 Best & Prettiest Sussex Villages

Here are 20 of the prettiest and best Sussex villages to explore. Sussex, England, is full of rolling hills, lush countryside, and a fantastic coastline. You can find some of the most beautiful villages in the entire country here. Here are our picks: (NB We may have cheated a little…

The Yorkshire Dales | The Best Places To Visit

The Yorkshire Dales | The Best Places To Visit

The Yorkshire Dales have long been a favourite area for walkers and day trippers from Yorkshire towns and cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. A ‘Dale’ is the local word for a valley; the ‘Dales’ are therefore a series of valleys carrying the local rivers (the Swale, Nidd, Wharfe…

20 Gorgeous Hertfordshire Villages To Visit

20 Gorgeous Hertfordshire Villages To Visit

Hertfordshire villages, in the area just north of London, don’t have the most glamourous of reputations. Many people would see the county as a suburb of London, or commuter belt at least, forgetting that it’s a home to wonders such as St.Albans and some lovely villages which are the equal…

Chester | Stunning Roman, Medieval & Tudor Architecture

Chester | Stunning Roman, Medieval & Tudor Architecture

Chester in North West England (just over the border from North Wales) is home to some of the best preserved historic buildings in the UK. We’ve chosen to feature the city as it has some of the best preserved Tudor architecture in England. But we could have chosen many periods…

Dartmoor: Discover This Gorgeous English National Park

Dartmoor: Discover This Gorgeous English National Park

Dartmoor in Devon is an area of bleak but gorgeous moor that has inspired artists, and the odd movie director, for centuries… You know you’re onto a good thing when an A-list movie director waxes lyrical about a place. Steven Spielberg was very taken with Dartmoor when he came to…

Visit Herefordshire | Cathedrals, Pretty Rivers & Castles

Visit Herefordshire | Cathedrals, Pretty Rivers & Castles

Herefordshire is one of the off the beaten track counties in Western England on the Welsh Border. Despite its low profile there’s lots to do and see in this lovely place. The area has a bloody history – England and Wales being at each others throats for much of the…

Lincolnshire | Lincoln, Skegness & More

Lincolnshire | Lincoln, Skegness & More

Lincolnshire is a rather forgotten county on the East Coast of England. It’s not quite in East Anglia and not quite in the North either. It’s also not quite on any of the major routes out of London. And so it has been rather overlooked. That’s a mistake because it…

Gallery: 20 Gorgeous Norfolk Villages

Gallery: 20 Gorgeous Norfolk Villages

Norfolk villages are more diverse than you’d think being in England’s flattest county, Norfolk, in East Anglia. Whether it’s riverside villages that dot the Norfolk Broads to the windswept seaside places on the north coast, there’s something for everyone. As a relatively undisturbed place, it’s also the best preserved with…

Region in Focus: East Anglia

Region in Focus: East Anglia

Situated on the east of England, the region of East Anglia is sometimes overlooked by visitors drawn to the better known beauty spots of the Cotswolds, Lakes or Peak District. Those ready to take a closer look, though, will find beautiful countryside, pretty market towns, wide sandy beaches and magnificent buildings.…

Cambridge Guide: Discover This Peaceful University Town

Cambridge Guide: Discover This Peaceful University Town

Cambridge is home to one of most prestigious universities in the world. But, whilst the University provides many of the most beautiful sites, it would be a mistake to ignore the charms of this pretty East Anglian town. Smaller, and less busy, than its rival Oxford, it’s a lovely peaceful…

The 20 Prettiest Northumberland Villages: Raw Beauty In North East England

The 20 Prettiest Northumberland Villages: Raw Beauty In North East England

Northumberland Villages including Bamburgh, Seahouses and Alnmouth… The rural North-East English county of Northumberland is best known for its historic castles, miles of stunning coastline and spectacular scenery. Northumberland – as the name would suggest – is the northernmost county in England and is located on the border with Scotland…

20 Essex Villages You Shouldn’t Miss

20 Essex Villages You Shouldn’t Miss

Essex is one of the UK’s largest counties, and across it, you’ll find a diversity of landscapes, from the rural north to the more built up south. Here are 20 Essex villages you should not miss. If you’re interested in looking for accommodation in any of these Essex villages, then…

Lake District Villages: Wordsworth, Fells & Sticky Toffee Pudding

Lake District Villages: Wordsworth, Fells & Sticky Toffee Pudding

Lake District villages are a great base to explore the region, which entices visitors from across the world, drawn by the promise of pretty lakes backed by brooding fells. Nestled among them are some delightful places well worth checking out. If you’re tempted, here are our picks for the 20…

Oxfordshire Villages: The 20 Most Picturesque In The County

Oxfordshire Villages: The 20 Most Picturesque In The County

The county of Oxfordshire is most famously known for its medieval, prestigious university city of Oxford. But apart from the “City of Dreaming Spires,” visiting the sweet little villages of Oxfordshire offers some much-needed peace and tranquillity away from the bustling, beating heart of the county. Here’s a look into…

The 20 Best Villages in Lancashire

The 20 Best Villages in Lancashire

From the mill villages and the moors to the seaside settlements of the coast, Lancashire has a wealth of little places to explore. Here are some of our picks for the best Lancashire villages. Downham Beloved of location scouts and directors, Downham has no village sign, satellite dishes or TV…

20 Gorgeous Suffolk Villages: Quintessential England

20 Gorgeous Suffolk Villages: Quintessential England

The best, most gorgeous, Suffolk villages seem like they’ve been plucked right out of a postcard. Complete with pretty thatched-roof cottages, winding cobblestone streets and cosy village pubs perfect for Sunday roast. Surrounded by idyllic countryside, meadows with flowing rivers and medieval houses that have set the scene for Harry…

Rutland: England’s Forgotten County

Rutland: England’s Forgotten County

If you haven’t heard of Rutland, England’s smallest county, than don’t be too distressed. Many of the English would struggle to place this tiny part of the Midlands. Discover Rutland: Rutland Water, Oakham & More This anonymity is a shame as Rutland is actually one of the prettiest areas of…

The Best & Prettiest Villages In Surrey, England

The Best & Prettiest Villages In Surrey, England

Surrey has the reputation for being on the London ‘stockbroker’ commuter belt and therefore not a great place to visit. However, even they do I’m sure contain many stockbrokers, the following villages are just as pretty and interesting as neighbouring Hampshire or Sussex… 1. Shere Pub In Shere Shere is a…

The Yorkshire Wolds: Our Pick Of The Best Places To Visit

The Yorkshire Wolds: Our Pick Of The Best Places To Visit

The Yorkshire Wolds lie to the east of God’s Own County and are often overshadowed by the Yorkshire Dales or Moors. Indeed The Yorkshire Wolds Way is, arguably, one of the least well known National Walking Trails in Britain. It is 79 miles – or one week – of tranquil, isolated villages…

Visit Yorkshire, England: York, The Dales & More

Visit Yorkshire, England: York, The Dales & More

Visit Yorkshire in the north of England, one of the most popular tourist regions in England. There are tons of things to do and places to see. It’s many attractions include fishing villages, historic cathedrals. and breathtaking countryside. Here, then, are some of the top destinations in this lovely county… (We’ve split…

Visit Somerset, England: Cider, Bath, Glastonbury & More

Visit Somerset, England: Cider, Bath, Glastonbury & More

One of the many beautiful counties in England, Somerset has something to offer for all tastes in travel. Sandy beaches, historic architecture and rolling hills, this vast county has a diverse range of sites to explore. Here then are the best things to see should you be lucky enough to visit Somerset: (We’ve…

Bristol: Discover This Gateway To The West Country

Bristol: Discover This Gateway To The West Country

Top 10 Places To See In Bristol, England The largest city in South West England is famous for balloons, bridges, bikes, boats, Banksy, and Brunel. The name of the place is derived from the old English word “Brycgstow”, which means “the place at the bridge.” Even before it became the…

Visit Northamptonshire, England

Visit Northamptonshire, England

Visit Northamptonshire – a beautiful county in the East Midlands of England, also known as ‘The Rose of the Shires’. The county offers picturesque views and various adventure opportunities for all ages. Read on to know more about the different ways you can explore Northamptonshire. (We also have a post…

Gallery: Cornish Fishing Villages

Gallery: Cornish Fishing Villages

Cornish fishing villages: These pretty little places dot the coast of Cornwall, in the far south west of England. The county is famous for its smugglers, wild seas and villages that have grown up around the coves and inlets of this rugged coast. Most of these villages supported the local…

Discover The 20 Prettiest Devon Villages

Discover The 20 Prettiest Devon Villages

Devon villages are one of many reasons that make the English county of Devon a popular holiday spot… We’ve featured Devon in South West England several times before, but thought we’d concentrate on one of the reasons for the county’s popularity with visitors: its many lovely villages. From seaside fishing…

Gallery: The 20 Most Gorgeous Hampshire Villages

Gallery: The 20 Most Gorgeous Hampshire Villages

Hampshire villages are extremely diverse – from the wooded hamlets of the New Forest, to the old fisherman villages on the south coast – and as pretty as those in its neighbour, Dorset. Here, then, is our pick of the best of these Hampshire villages: The Prettiest Hampshire Villages: Wherwell…

Lake District Writers And Poets: Inspired by Beauty

Lake District Writers And Poets: Inspired by Beauty

For over a century, some of England’s most celebrated Lake District writers and poets have found their inspiration in the dramatic beauty and solitude of this gorgeous part of northern England. Its 885 acres of mountains, meadows and lakes have, however, moved them in very different ways, leaving a legacy…

Nottingham: 20 Things To See, Do & Eat

Nottingham: 20 Things To See, Do & Eat

Nottingham, a city in East Midlands, is full of character and history. If you’re visiting for a day or two, there is plenty to do, see, and explore. City’s award-winning public transport system ensures that everything is within easy reach and you can move around quickly and carefree. Nottingham is…

Essex: 20 Things To See, Do, Or Eat

Essex: 20 Things To See, Do, Or Eat

Essex is a vibrant location with various attractions to keep visitors occupied, but discovering what to do can be tricky considering it’s difficult to know where to start. Since you’re spoilt for choice in Essex, this article has been written to provide inspiration for those who are intrigued to visit…

Birmingham: 20 Things To Do, See Or Eat In England’s 2nd City

Birmingham: 20 Things To Do, See Or Eat In England’s 2nd City

Birmingham, the “Second city” of England, is also often the most underrated in the country. The city made its name as an Industrial centre, a hotbed for manufacturing, aided by the intricate canal system that runs through it. It underwent extensive bombardment in 1940 but rose like a phoenix after…

Exploring Wales

Exploring Wales

(I realise that this site is devoted to England, but we couldn’t resist covering Wales at least once). Any trip to the United Kingdom is incomplete without a day, or a few days, spent discovering the charms of Wales. World famous for its castles, its coastline and its Celtic culture,…

English Cities At Night Gallery

English Cities At Night Gallery

English cities look very different at night. Many of the old buildings that look great during the day have been lit to look gorgeous at night too. And these contrast with the more modern buildings lit up too. The effect is different from more traditional city-scapes, such as New York,…

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Bath, England

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Bath, England

With its elegant Georgian buildings and ancient Roman Baths, the city of Bath on the River Avon is truly inviting. As you have probably already guessed from the name, this city is famous for its healing waters. The Romans loved the natural hot spring waters and built beautiful and functional…

The Best Restaurants Outside London: 10 Great Dining Experiences

The Best Restaurants Outside London: 10 Great Dining Experiences

Whilst London is rightfully known as the culinary capital of the UK, there are lots of great restaurants outside of London. Here’s our list of the best fine dining outside the Capital… Best Restaurants Outside London 1. The Great House Restaurant and Hotel, Suffolk Source Here we have one of…

Liverpool: 10 Fantastic Things To See And Do

Liverpool: 10 Fantastic Things To See And Do

Liverpool is one of the best known cities in the world due, in large part, to it having been the home of The Beatles. Plus it has a great sporting heritage, with Liverpool’s Anfield being one of the world’s best known soccer stadiums. But, these are not the only things…

Boating On The Norfolk Broads

Boating On The Norfolk Broads

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” – The Wind In The Willows. There’s something about messing about on boats that’s so very English summer (when it’s not raining of course). Kenneth Grahame nailed…

Lancashire: The Best Things To See And Do

Lancashire: The Best Things To See And Do

Lancashire is an ancient county to the west of its arch rival, Yorkshire. This rivalry dates back from the Wars Of the Roses fought in the 1400s between the House of York (symbol: a white rose) and the House of Lancaster (symbol: a red rose). It’s now a ruggedly pretty…

England Geography Quiz: Where am I?

England Geography Quiz: Where am I?

How much do you know about English places? Take our England Geography Quiz below to find out. For each statement, choose which of the four options is being described. (Answers at bottom of page): English Places Quiz 1. I am a small island off the South West coast of Cornwall,…

Region In Focus: Peak District

Region In Focus: Peak District

The Peak District is an upland area of Northern England, in the county of Derbyshire, similar to the Yorkshire Dales (but probably less well known). Like the Dales it offers stunning views of upland sheep country, dry stone walls and pretty villages nestling in valleys. Here, then, is our guide…

10 Places to Visit in Cheshire England

10 Places to Visit in Cheshire England

(Updated February 2022) Cheshire in England is one of the oldest and most historically relevant counties in the country. It is situated in the northwestern part of England and has a small population of around 1 million. The county town of Cheshire is Chester and it is regarded as one…

10 Best Places to Visit in Leicestershire England

10 Best Places to Visit in Leicestershire England

Leicestershire, a landlocked county in the English Midlands, is one of the foremost places of tourist attraction in England because of the choices it offers in activities, places to visit, cultures, and architectures. 10 Best Places to Visit in Leicestershire England 1. National Space Center Photo by Visentico / Sento…

Top Ten Places To See In Bristol, England

Top Ten Places To See In Bristol, England

The largest city in South West England is famous for balloons, bridges, bikes, boats, Banksy, and Brunel. The name of the place is derived from the old English word “Brycgstow”, which means “the place at the bridge.” Even before it became the leading commercial harbour of the country, it was…

The 10 Must-See Places In Cornwall

The 10 Must-See Places In Cornwall

Cornwall is a region of England that has a lot to offer, from biodomes to castles, from modern cities to the quaintest of Cornish fishing villages and from modern science to ancient fairy tales. It is a region where every visitor will be able to find something that suits their…

The 10 Best Places in Shropshire

The 10 Best Places in Shropshire

A Shropshire Travel Guide The name Shropshire might not immediately ring a bell, but some of the places in this list definitely will . While the region is usually not a tourist’s first choice, there is a lot to see and you will find that this region of England just…

Dorset: Discover 10 Great Places In Thomas Hardy Country

Dorset: Discover 10 Great Places In Thomas Hardy Country

Dorset is one of the more untouched counties of England, offering the beauty of the Cotswolds, without the crowds. It’s also home to one of England’s finest authors, Thomas Hardy, whose novels such as Tess of the D’urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd were based in the county. The…

6 Places to See In England Before You Die

6 Places to See In England Before You Die

There’s a lot to see in England, and it would be a big ask to name just a few places on an ultimate bucket list. Here, however, are six for starters. Some make easy day trips from London, so don’t miss out on your chance to see them. Whether it’s…

Manchester’s Mad Music Scene

Manchester’s Mad Music Scene

What do the Bee Gees, New Order, Oasis, Herman’s Hermits, The Chemical Brothers and The Stone Roses have in common? All of these artists hail from the fertile music scene of Manchester, England. Drawing from the city’s industrial and blue-collar past, artists from Manchester possess the ability to write songs…

The Best 15 English Seaside Resorts

The Best 15 English Seaside Resorts

When you think about visiting England, do you think about spending a lazy day or two on the beach in one of the many English seaside resorts? If you aren’t a native, you probably don’t! England doesn’t exactly have an international reputation as a country with beaches to flock to,…

The Top 10 Places In The Thames Valley

The Top 10 Places In The Thames Valley

The Thames Valley region of England is a loose term for the counties and areas that roughly follow the course of the River Thames as it flows from Oxfordshire in the west to London in the east. The region is dotted with charming villages, cities, and towns, many of which…

Great Cities of England (Other Than London)

Great Cities of England (Other Than London)

When we think about exploring England’s cities, the first one to come to mind is London. While London is a beautiful, enormous city that should definitely be on your list, there are plenty of other cities in England to explore that are just as amazing as London. We’ve assembled a…

Region in Focus: North East

Region in Focus: North East

The North East of England comprises the counties of Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and the Tees Valley. While the region is in general hilly and sparsely populated, it has pockets of more diverse landscapes that include maritime cliffs, extensive moorlands, saltmarshes, estuaries, bogs, hay meadows, and even alpine…

The Best 10 English Rail Journeys

The Best 10 English Rail Journeys

The train is an excellent way to get around in England, and so we’ve looked at some of the best English rail journeys for your next visit. England is home to some of the oldest railways in the world, which have existed since as early as the 1830s. A generation…

The Best English Market Towns

The Best English Market Towns

English market towns are an important part of the country, and its history. Traditionally the center of a region’s life – where farmers would go to sell their produce and locals go to shop – they still form a key role in rural life even now. Larger than local villages,…

The Cotswolds: The 20 Best Places To Visit

The Cotswolds: The 20 Best Places To Visit

The Cotswolds epitomise the very best of the English countryside: gorgeous villages of honey-coloured stone nestling in the hills, surrounded by green fields that have been farmed for centuries. Covering over 2,000 square kilometres and the second largest protected landscape in England, visitors to the Cotswolds will be spoilt for…

Region In Focus: West Country

Region In Focus: West Country

The West Counties of England (Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall) are a rich hodgepodge of cultural history and modern ingenuity. The West country regions are famous for their specialty foods, friendly locals, and breath-taking views. If you want to explore all that the English countryside has to offer, then you will…

Region In Focus: Lake District

Region In Focus: Lake District

“Perhaps to the Lakes!” – With these words, Elizabeth Bennett of Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice began her adventure to the Lake District. Her enthusiasm to see the natural beauty of that unique region is still appropriate today. Walk where Wordsworth found his “host of golden daffodils.” You could easily…

York: The 9 Must See Attractions

York: The 9 Must See Attractions

People from all over the world visit York due to its history – dating from the Romans – and gorgeous architecture. There are buildings rich with beautiful architecture, museums full of intriguing artefacts, and views that speak of times present and times past. Below are some of the must see…

10 Must See Sites In Oxford

10 Must See Sites In Oxford

Oxford is the city of ‘dreaming spires’ with a world wide reputation for learning. It’s a collection of about 40 colleges, the oldest being University college founded in the 13th century. This has grown over time and now includes a few colleges founded in the past few years. A visitor…