Visiting London the first few times, I felt there was so much to do in the city, the thought of venturing outside for a day trip or weekend jaunt didn’t even occur to me.
Moving here, I still feel like there’s never enough time to explore all of the city’s villages, nooks and crannies, but I’ve also been trying to carve out more time to venture outside London, and experience more of what England has to offer.
In June and July, I have to send my passport in for renewal, which means I’ll be staying in the UK for a few weeks. I’m looking forward to spending more time in the Big Smoke, and heading to different corners of England.
5 Places in England on My Summer Wander List
Jurassic Cost: Windswept cliffs, sparkling blue waters, endless coastline- The Jurassic Coast stretches 96 miles from Devon to Dorset in Southern England. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the coast is dense in fossils- some even date as far back as 185 million years. I’d like to do a day trip to the coast to see Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch, and Lulworth Cove, a horse-shaped rock formation with white pebble beach and shining blue water.
Southern Cotswolds: After visiting Northern Cotswolds villages on a day trip in May, I left eager to see more of this picturesque area. Golden villages, quaint towns, plenty of cream tea and rolling hillsides, it’s the epitome of charm. This summer, I’d like to see a few of the southern towns- Castle Combe, Bibury and Lalock are at the top of my wish list.
Cornwall: The southernmost point of the UK doesn’t disappoint when it comes to outdoor adventure and jaw dropping scenery. Often referred to as one of England’s best kept secrets, I’ve been dreaming up a trip to Cornwall for months. A place best explored outdoors, summer is peak season to visit the seaside towns of Penzance and St. Ives. With beaches, cobbled streets and quirky shops, I’m hoping to make it here for a long weekend in late June or July.
York: Brimming with history and charming streets, York piqued my interest when I heard of Castle Howard (never one to say no to castles), and Knaresborough, a darling countryside town. Yorkshire is known for its Roman and Viking heritage, can’t wait to explore Norman castles and walk the city’s medieval streets.
Bristol: Named as the best place to live in the UK in 2014 and 2017, Bristol is one of the country’s most creative and exciting cities. With the perks of city living- a lively food scene, great street art, cool cafes and hopping nightlife (I’ve been promised there’s a cider boat!), I’m excited to spend a weekend exploring a new to me city.
Have you ever been to the United Kingdom or England? Which part of the country, outside of London, was your favourite place to visit?