BRITAIN’S BEST PLACES TO VISIT

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Planning a trip to England soon? There’s more to it than just London. Here are some other popular destinations, from bustling cities to off-the-beaten-track villages.

Words MELISSA GAN
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When you think of the United Kingdom, the first place that comes to mind is London. After all, the capital has it all – history, culture, art, style and great food. But there are a lot of other just as exciting places to visit like these six must-see destinations with its own charm as well. Bonus: They are easy to get to from London.

IDEAL FOR EVERYONE:
BRIGHTON
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family eager for some seaside fun for little ones or a solo traveler who loves nothing more than to explore interesting alleyways, then Brighton is the place to be. There’s always something happening in this little pier town that will keep you occupied from AM to PM. The Brighton culture is exciting and full of quirkiness that you won’t get elsewhere. Make sure to grab a fish and chips meal on the beach to really soak in all that Brighton charm.

WHAT TO DO
• Explore Brighton Pier. Take a stroll out to see over the wooden deck and check out some of the fairground rides.
• Visit the Royal Pavilion, an 18th century royal residence that makes for a perfect picture.
• Stroll around The Lanes, Brighton’s coolest shopping areas filled with every type of shop and restaurant.
• Check out Brighton Art Museum and Gallery for culture fun.

For more activities, go to visitbrighton.com

GET HERE FROM LONDON
Great thing about Brighton is that you can get there from London Victoria and London Bridge stations in just under an hour by train, making it the perfect day excursion. Go to southernrailway.com for ticketing details.

 

PERFECT FOR AN ADVENTURE:
LAKE DISTRICT
Sometimes, you just want to get out and experience some nature instead of walking around a city. If this is the case the next time you head to England, make your way to the Lake District in northwest England, Cumbria. This huge national park has it all – mountains, valleys, coastlines and lakes,
as well as some quaint little villages and towns to call it a day after all that exploring.

WHAT TO DO
• Visit the former home of children’s author Beatrix Potter, the Hill Top, to see furniture, photos, paintings by Potter and much more, as well as roam her famous garden. There is also a Beatrix Potter Trail you can download from nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top that will take you around parts of Lake District that inspired her writing.
• Check out the Castlerigg Stone Circle, a fascinatingly intriguing collection of boulders that dates back to the Neolithic period, much like the Stonehenge.
• Join a guided walk to explore the area’s best sceneries, perfect to do from March to October.
• Rent a bike and go around Lake District’s many family-friendly cycle routes.

For what’s fun in Lake District, lakedistrict.gov.uk has it all.

GET HERE FROM LONDON
Just hop on a train from London to get to Lake District. It takes an average three hours and train fares start from £25. There are 18 trains per day so you can conveniently plan your journey. Check out www.trainline.com for more details.

 

HIDDEN GEM:
CORNWALL
When it comes to coastal holidays and getaways, very few places in the UK can match the stunning sights that await you at the ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall. The beaches and coves will fill up your days exploring and soaking in nature’s charm. There’s also history here, being the home of King Arthur. With its fresh, clean Cornish air and seafood straight from the sea, Cornwall is just what you need to unwind, rejuvenate and recharge.

WHAT TO DO
• See the Eden Project, the world’s largest greenhouses that have become Cornwall’s most famous landmark housing all kinds of plants.
• Head to Tintagel Castle for legendary ruins and dramatic sea views.
• Discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of history at the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount.
• Explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the real-life secret garden with carpets of moss, plants and flowers
at every turn in the path.

For more exciting things to do in Cornwall, check out visitcornwall.com.

GET HERE FROM LONDON
It takes less than five hours to get from London to the heart of Cornwall by either train or car. You can jump on the high speed train service that runs frequently from London Paddington station. Go to nationalrail.co.uk for more info.

 

A SPOT OF HERITAGE:
OXFORD
Oxford is one of the most famous places in the UK and it definitely lives up to expectation. There’s beautiful architecture to look at, great shopping and the most charming streets to walk around and take pictures. Then of course, there’s the prestigious Oxford University where its 200-year-old history is enough to warrant a trip here to explore the college grounds, magnificent buildings and world-class museums.

WHAT TO DO
• Take a walking tour to cover all the must-see places in Oxford like the University Colleges, Radcliffe Camera and more. There is an official walking tour that starts at the visitor centre.
• Love Harry Potter? Check out the Harry Potter filming locations in Oxford such as the beautiful Christ Church college.
• Be in awe of the Bodleian Library where at least five kings, dozens of prime ministers and Nobel laureates have studied in.
• Visit Britain’s oldest public museum, the Ashmolean Museum that was established in 1683.

Planning your itinerary to Oxford? Get more info from visitoxford.org.

GET HERE FROM LONDON
You can hop on the Oxford Tube bus service (oxfordtube.com) that picks up from Marble Arch and Notting Hill Gate with frequencies every 10 to 15 minutes. Or get on the express train from London Paddington from just £5.40 for an advance single ticket with Chiltern Railways (chilternrailways.co.uk).

 

FOR OLD-SCHOOL CHARM:
YORK
York’s the place to go if you love discovering little cities.
It features a Medieval layout that is fun to explore with lots of history and culture in every nook and cranny thanks to its Roman roots and Viking past. The social scene is buzzing too with many contemporary shops and vibrant eateries. No wonder it was voted the best place to live in the UK by The Sunday Times!

WHAT TO DO
• Check out one of the 30 world-class museums in York.
• Foodie? Head to the smaller market town of Malton that’s a food paradise.
• Take a fascinating tour through the grounds of York Minster for the most extensive collection of medieval stained glass, underground chambers, treasured artefacts and more.
• Visit the Jorvik Viking Centre, a museum containing lifelike mannequins and life-size dioramas depicting Viking life in the city.

visityork.org is your one-stop site for all things York related.

GET HERE FROM LONDON
It takes only one hour and 15 minutes to get to York from London via the London North Eastern Railway starting from £18.50. Get value tickets and cheap rail fares at lner.co.uk.

 

A ROYAL TREATMENT:
WINDSOR & ETON
One of the main reasons to visit Windsor? To visit the Queen’s castle, Windsor Castle. It is the largest occupied castle in the world and has been in the Royal Family for over 900 years. For this alone, the Berkshire town attracts tourists from all over to check off their list of things to see when in the UK. It’s not just the castle; Windsor & Eton is also worth stopping by for its buzzing restaurants, exciting shopping and other fun and sights.

WHAT TO DO
• Immerse yourself in royal history at Windsor Castle. Don’t miss Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House a miniature replica of a 1920s mansion complete with electricity and running water.
• Travelling with kids? Legoland Windsor is a must do!
• Take a stroll down Windsor Great Park, a sprawling, 4,800-acre green space.
• Don’t forget to visit Eton, Windsor’s twin town that’s across the Thames dominated by Eton College.

Head over to windsor.gov.uk to find out what else is happening at Windsor & Eton.

GET HERE FROM LONDON
Windsor & Eton by train takes between 30 minutes to one hour, depending on which route you take. Regular routes start from London Paddington or London Waterloo, and the fee is £10.50 for a return ticket. Or you can hop on a bus from London Victoria (Green Line 702) for a £10 return ticket. For details, check out www.theoriginaltour.com

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