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From beautiful landscapes in the North to the great city of London in the South east or coastal charms in the South west, England is truly a destination to explore. Choose from vast National Parks, royal gardens or world-class attractions including historic castles and glorious countryside destinations. Seaside resorts, quaint villages and towns steeped in history and culture offer splendid comforts and natural beauty for any traveller.

Nowhere in the country can match the scope and innovation of the metropolis that is London, a colossal and frenetic city where you’ll find Britain's best spread of nightlife, cultural events, museums, galleries, pubs and restaurants. These days, other cities are up and coming and  all have something to offer with Birmingham and it’s resurgent arts scene or Newcastle’s nightlife. Manchester is also now firmly on the map for it’s glamour in cafés and clubs, and of course it boasts the inimitable draw of the world's best-known football team.

England's ancient cathedral cities cannot be equalled for sheer physical beauty. Wherever you're based, you're never more than a few miles from a ruined castle, a majestic country house, a secluded chapel or a monastery. In the southwest there are remnants of a Celtic culture that was all but eradicated elsewhere by the Romans, and everywhere you can find traces of prehistoric settlers - most famously the megalithic circles of Stonehenge and Avebury .

Most beguiling of all are the long-established villages of England, hundreds of which amount to nothing more than a pub, a shop, and a gaggle of cottages. Devon, Cornwall , the Cotswolds and the Yorkshire Dales harbour some especially picturesque specimens, but every county can boast a decent showing. Then, of course, there's the English countryside, an extraordinarily diverse terrain from which Constable, Turner, Wordsworth, Emily Brontë and a host of other writers and artists took inspiration.

With so much to offer… the UK is a great choice as everything is practically on your doorstep. So if it’s whetted your appetite, then a holiday in England could be just the ticket!

Cornwall

The scenery in Cornwall is spectacular - tantalising views of deep wooded valleys and wide vistas of sparkling blue sea combine with a varied and luxuriantly coloured landscape, historic market towns, attractive fishing villages and picturesque riverside hamlets. Ancient antiquities, such as stone circles and remains of iron age villages can be found between Land’s End and Penzance, and Celtic crosses dot the countryside.
The region’s fishing industry still survives in harbours such as Newlyn, Mevagissey, Padstow, Falmouth, Looe and Polperro, and many smaller boats still work out of coves such as Port Isaac, Cadgwith and Mullion.
There are a wealth of superb restaurants and bistros to be found along with more traditional inns and, of course, the famous Cornish pasty and saffron cake can be bought in every bakery in Cornwall. 
St Ives is a must for arts and crafts, with 30 galleries including the Tate. Fowey has many small galleries and specialist shops, as well as St Agnes on the north coast and Penzance in the west. The cathedral city of Truro has many of the major high street stores, as well as specialist retailers dotted around the many narrow ope ways leading off the main thoroughfares.

Must see and do

  • Eden Project, St Austell
  • National Maritime Musuem, Falmouth
  • Tate St Ives, St Ives
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey
  • Trebah Garden, Falmouth
  • Tintagel Castle, Tintagel
  • St Michael’s Mount, Marazion
  • Obby Oss Festival, Padstow (May)
  • Helston Flora Day, Helston (May)
  • Daphne Du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature, Fowey (May)

Northwest

reat offers available at these two popular hotels. Last-minute stays to see Blackpool's famous Illuminations, from only £249pp dinner, bed and breakfast with live entertainment every night. Or why not treat yourself to a Halloween or Turkey and Tinsel break.

This is the region for city breaks, exploring famously-fashionable haunts, historic streets and buildings. It’s a region to walk, cycle and discover the landscapes and wildlife of unspoilt villages. 

There is always a feast of sporting entertainment including international cricket, championship golf courses and Premiership football.
England's Northwest is also bursting with cultural confidence, from outstanding national museums and galleries to magical sculptures and blockbuster theatre events.
There are great places to stay in chic city centre hotels, rural retreats, country houses and cosy pubs.
You’ll find it all in England’s Northwest.

Must see and do

  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
  • The Tate, Liverpool
  • Tatton Park, Knutsford
  • Imperial War Museum North, Salford
  • Chester Zoo, Chester 
  • Lancaster Castle, Lancaster
  • Beatles Story, Liverpool
  • Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre, Macclesfield
  • Muncaster Experience, Cumbria
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, Cumbria

Southwest

"I love the West Country, the countryside, the sea and the gulls." Fern Britton
The South West is a region of contrasts - Wiltshire, where South West England begins less than an hour from London; Gloucestershire, home to the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds; Dorset, an area of outstanding natural beauty and bordered by the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site; Bristol and Bath, with centuries of history and culture; Somerset, a mix of heather covered Exmoor and the levels of Sedgemoor; Devon, with two coastlines and wide open spaces; Cornwall, bounded by the sea and steeped in Celtic tradition with the delightful Scilly Isles, each with its own features and attractions. 
Majestic cathedrals grace cities like Salisbury, Gloucester, Wells, Truro and Exeter while Bath boasts famous Roman remains and Georgian splendour. Maritime history features strongly in Plymouth from where the Pilgrim Fathers and Sir Francis Drake sailed. And for contemporary arts, Bristol, the largest city in the South West, is home to the wonderful Arnolfini. 
Wherever you go you will see spectacular scenery, wonderful countryside and a beautiful coastline. Walk the coastal paths, discover sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages, or visit the larger and livelier resorts. Inland, visit prehistoric sites, villages with thatched, cob cottages and riverside pubs, stately homes with landscaped gardens or the wide open spaces of the wonderful National Parks, Exmoor and Dartmoor.

Must see and do

  • Eden Project, Cornwall
  • Annual Cheese Rolling Competition, Brockworth (May) 
  • Roman Baths, Bath
  • Stonehenge, Wiltshire
  • Bath Christmas Market, Bath (Nov, Dec)
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol
  • Exeter Cathedral, Devon
  • Salisbury Festival, Wiltshire (May/June) 
  • Wells Cathedral, Somerset
  • Helston Flora Day, Helston (May)

Hampshire

From open coast to rolling hills and river valleys, Hampshire's countryside has something for everyone. With its clear chalk streams, thatched cottages and cosy pubs, Hampshire’s countryside is a hidden gem for visitors. Here you’ll find historic buildings, fascinating interactive museums and bustling market towns, together with delicious local produce and gentle scenic walks. With the county being famous for the home of Downton Abbey and with its many accessible buildings, such as the Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower and numerous tourist attractions makes this part of the world a joy to explore.

Must see and do

  • Marwell Zoo
  • Birdworld
  • Winchester Science Centre
  • Watercress Line The Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'. Experience the Golden Age of Steam Travel.
  • Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
  • Winchester Cathedral
  • Canal Cruising
  • Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

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