London is the capital and largest city in England and the United Kingdom. The city sits on the River Thames in the south-east of England. London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best attractions, restaurants, and activities. Get a bird’s eye view from the London Eye. Discover 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites (including the Tower of London). Sit back and relax in one of the 8 Royal Parks. It is said that the best theatre scene in the world is in London – take your pick from long running musicals, classic plays or new shows making their West End debut. Explore the many museums and galleries – many of which are free such as the British Museum, Tate Modern, Natural History, and the Science Museum. Culinary delights abound from tasty street food, traditional British pubs, haute cuisine at Michelin starred restaurants, and afternoon teas.
Liverpool is famous for its musical heritage; this is where The Beatles were born and raised. Visit The Beatles Story museum and see the housed where John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up. Explore the excellent museums and galleries including the modern art museum, the Tate Liverpool. Do not miss the waterfront with its well preserved 19th century historic dockyards and the Liverpool’s two towering cathedrals.
Bath is a mix of cobblestoned streets and romantic architectural styles. It is well-known for its history and natural hot springs. The city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Romans built the world-famous Roman Baths around the city’s natural hot springs. Visit the Pulteney Bridge from 1770, one of only four bridges in the world to have shops on both sides. The Georgian aristocrats of the 18th century built graceful streets such as the grand Royal Crescent. Visit the impressive Bath Abbey. For Pride and Prejudice fans, visit the Jane Austen Centre to learn about her many years in Bath and the works that were inspired here.
The Lake District National Park is the largest in the United Kingdom and has England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its largest lake, Lake Windermere. Explore the lakes, valleys and picturesque stone villages that has attracted many visitors and inspired artists and writers. Visit Hill Top cottage to see where Beatrix Potter penned many of her works. Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth’s home is now a museum full of memorabilia. There are several traditional pubs, some even serving locally brewed beers. Or maybe, take a truffle making class at the Chocolate Factory Hawkshead. Do not miss a chance to get out on one of the lakes with a sightseeing cruise.
Cornwall is in the south-west tip of England with a rugged coastline. Once characterized by smugglers’ coves and tin mines, coastal Cornwall is now known for stunning beaches, world-class surfing, fresh seafood, and picturesque harbors. Some of the attractions include historical castle ruins with links to King Arthur, artists’ colonies, and the world’s largest rainforest.
York is a well-preserved medieval walled city full of history. The magnificent York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Here you will find some of the oldest and most beautiful stained-glass windows in Britain. Visit York Castle Museum to explore social history exhibits from 18th century to 1960s pop culture. Learn more about trains at the National Railway Museum. There is Viking history too – York was once the capital of a Viking territory – find out more at the Jorvik Viking Centre. Be sure to visit The Shambles, one of the best-preserved medieval streets in Europe dating back to the 14th century. At the York Dungeon, you will hear tales of the city’s past. A sweet attraction, Chocolate-York’s Sweet Story, lets you taste your way through chocolate history.
When you think of the English countryside, The Cotswolds may come to mind. The Cotswolds are several small villages nestled among the rolling hills. Explore villages with honey-colored stone cottages, sip a pint in ancient pubs and visit some of Britain’s most beautifully preserved medieval churches.
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight, located off England’s South coast, is a diamond shaped isle that was Queen Victoria’s getaway. Easily accessed by ferries from Southampton and Portsmouth, the laid-back isle is a delight for all who visit. Explore the country lanes, the sandy beaches, and tearooms. Over half the isle is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Do not miss a visit to the Osborne House. See how Queen Victoria and her family spent their vacations, explore the nursery, their private rooms and private beach. The Isle of Wight hosts several music festivals as well as the Garlic Festival each year.