I’ve always been a bit of a home bird and love seeing what this country has to offer. Sometimes when you live in England it is easy to forget just how much history and beautiful scenery it has. I must say that my list is in no particular order because I couldn’t pick an overall favourite!
Here are my top five favourite places to visit –
The Jurassic Coast
There are so many places to visit along the ‘Jurassic Coast’ which runs from East Devon to Studland Bay (close to Bournemouth). This coastline is a fossil hunter’s paradise with 185 million years of history hidden within the cliffs and beaches. Seatown, although a small and quiet village, is popular among fossil collectors and is well known as one of the best beaches for finding fossils.
Lyme Regis is the perfect coastal holiday town with lots to see and do including festivals, family events, shopping and of course, a little fossil hunting!
Another brilliant holiday town is West Bay, known as the ‘Golden Gateway’ to the Jurassic coast and it marks the start of Chesil Beach which runs for 18 miles to Portland Island. I think West Bay is my absolute favourite, I love the traditional atmosphere with the ice cream stalls, fish and chips, caravan parks, watching children with their fishing nets and the fresh sea air. Since I last visited, West Bay has now been made famous by the TV show Broadchurch so I’m not sure what effect this might have had on the town but I challenge anyone not to be in awe of the gorgeous sandstone East Cliff.
There is so much to do in East Sussex which lies on the south coast of England. The beaches are mainly pebble beaches but they’re still great for lounging on deck chairs enjoying ice creams. It’s another area that’s steeped in history and if you’re visiting I think the battlefields from the Battle of Hastings are a must see… Yes, you are basically just walking through a field but you learn the story along the way and it’s a huge part of England’s history.
The coastal towns are brilliant, the main ones include Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, they’ve all got everything you’d want from a seaside holiday. The last time I was there was 2014 and on the day of the Eastbourne Pier fire I was further along the coast in Hastings, it was such a shame to see it ruined so hopefully it will be restored in the future. For anyone who likes museums and historic buildings the Royal Pavillion in Brighton is worth a look.
Another must see is the white cliffs – Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters. It’s a breathtaking area, but at over 500ft above sea level be careful not to get too close to the edge!
Wiltshire is a beautiful county and is filled with lots of quirky villages and everywhere you turn is a photo opportunity with the old buildings, thatched cottages and the famous stone circles. Speaking of which, I found Stone Henge to have a really strange atmosphere, nothing against the stones but I think it’s the whole set up with the high fencing and being guided around on a set path. The Avebury stone circle is more my cup of tea and a great one for walkers. You have the freedom to walk through the henge and really appreciate the sheer size of the stones (also, don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting up close and personal with the sheep! I suppose they’re used to all the tourists wandering through their fields).
Some other great places in Wiltshire include Devizes, Malmesbury Abbey and Chippenham. Walkers will love the Maud Heath’s Causeway walk in Bremhill.
Proof that it’s definitely not grim up north! The Lake District is a stunning place and it really is no surprise that tourists flock to the area. There’s lots of lovely little towns in the central area such as Bowness, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. They’ve got lots of independent shops and boutiques, garden centres, cafes, pubs and you can even hop on a ferry across Lake Windermere.
Head further north and you reach Keswick with its shopping area, market, theatre and museums (you’ll probably find your curiosity getting the better of you and will have to see what all the fuss is about in the Pencil Museum!). The walks are glorious and even the worst photographer will be able to capture great images of the surrounding fells.
I couldn’t do a post like this and not include London. It’s an amazing city and I don’t suppose I need to say a lot because we all know the brilliant things it has to offer. Every time I visit I go into full on tourist mode – Shopping is a must – Harrods, Covent Garden, Oxford St, then there’s the endless amount of museums, the parks, the musicals, the royal residences and so much more. If you’re ever there in late summer I would recommend the Buckingham Palace tour. It’s also a lot of fun lining the streets for any of the big royal events such as Trooping the Colour.
Thanks for reading x
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Disclaimer – I haven’t accumulated many photos of the Lake District so thanks to Pixabay for those. All other photos are my own.