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Best places to visit in England

Best places to visit in England

Discover the best places to visit in England. From Notting Hill in London to the mystical site of Stonehenge, the Roman baths of Bath, the magical Manchester Christmas market, St Michael's Mount, Windsor Castle, ... the most beautiful places to visit in England await you.

 


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London

Remember Hugh Grant's blue eyes in the film “Notting Hill”? Discover Notting Hill, one of London's most beautiful places. Walk in the footsteps of Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant for a romantic break in the capital of England.

 

The houses are colourful in Notting Hill, the bookshops are small, Portobello  market so “bello”. Enjoy the place and make your stay in London perfect!

 

Book your hotel, B&B, Youth Hostel, London apartment at the best price and your best activities and tours in London.

 

Do not forget to buy the London Pass to enjoy free access to the best activities in London. You might find your prince/princess charming in Notting Hill! Who knows?

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to London and your transfer

 

 Where to stay: "The Portobello Hotel" with a quiet location in elegant Notting Hill.  

 


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Stonehenge

Salisbury

You can get to Stonehenge by yourself: it requires some organization though but it is quite possible by booking your flights to Bournemouth (1 hour by car - 3 hours by public transport) or booking your flights to Heathrow (2 hours by car - 4 hours by public transport).

 

You can also avail of a trip to London to treat yourself to an unforgettable visit of Stonehenge for less than the cost of a train ticket. Your will get an audio guide to visit at your own pace and discover the secrets of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to London (2 hours by car - 4 hours by public transport) or book your tour from London as well as your accommodation at the best price.

 

 Where to stay:  "The Mill House". Stay near Stonehenge. 

 


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Bath

Country

Bath is one of the best destinations to visit in England if you want to get off the beaten track and see something other than London or Manchester during your stay in England.

 

You will discover the mysteries of Stonehenge, visit the Roman Baths and the museum, take delicious afternoon tea at the Pump Rooms and have time to explore Bath at your own pace.

 

 How to get there: You can book flights to Bristol and reach Bath in 30 minutes by car (50 minutes by train). You can also book your flights to London and enjoy a day trip to Bath & Stonehenge from London for the price of a train ticket.  

 

 Where to stay: "Z Hotel Bath". Couples particularly like the location. 

 


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Oxford

Its towers, spires, gilded gates and wind vanes glinting in the sunshine, Oxford is perhaps most magical in winter’s snow and early spring. Secluded college gardens are carpeted in flowers, blossoms tumble over cloister walls, and Christ Church's rare breed cattle are turned out to munch the ancient meadow.

 

If you fancy a bit of culture, there are 5 free museums, including Britain's first, the Ashmolean, a Modern Art gallery and 5 towers with splendid views. Concerts and a varied programme of theatre, from pantos to Shakespeare in college gardens are often on offer, as well as candle-lit Evensong in the Cathedral.

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to London (50 min by car/ 1h15 by public transport). 

 

 Where to stay:  "The Galaxie" is a family-run bed and breakfast. 

 


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Manchester

Manchester is the original modern city - the birthplace of everything from the Industrial Revolution and the computer to the football league and the co-operative movement.

 

Manchester is the gateway to the North of England - home to the Roman city of Chester, the port city of Liverpool, coastal resort of Blackpool and the wonders of the Lake District National Park. Manchester has direct flights to over 200 destinations, including many major European cities, and is a two hour train journey from London.

 

Not to miss: The, original, biggest and - arguably - the best Christmas market in the country, Manchester Christmas Markets is the ideal destination for a festive outing.

 

 

Some 300 beautifully crafted stalls offer mouth-watering international food, drinks and finely crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of the buzzing city centre.  

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Manchester or London (2h by train).  

 

 Where to stay:  "King Street Townhouse" situated 5 minutes' walk from Manchester Town Hall. 

 


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Bibury

Cotswolds - Gloucestershire

Just a 50 minutes’ drive from Oxford, Bibury is a beautiful Cotswolds village located in Gloucestershire County. Bibury is considered by many travellers but also painters to be one of the most beautiful villages in England.

 

You can stay overnight in this beautiful village to make the most of the unique atmosphere of Bibury. You can also book your tours and activities in England today  such as a "Cotswolds tour with lunch".

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Bristol (1 hour 20 from Bibury by car – 3 hours by train) or London (2 hours by car – 4 hours by train).

 

 Where to stay:  "The Swan Hotel"  located in the heart of Bibury Village. 

 


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York

York is one of England’s finest and most beautiful historic cities. The Romans knew it as Eboracum. To the Saxons it was Eoforwick. The Vikings - who came as invaders but stayed on in settlements – called it Jorvik.

 

Its more recent history also characterises the city – its Minster and medieval architecture, its Georgian town houses, and its wonderful Victorian railway station.

 

The York of today is a fashionable city that successfully combines its heritage and superb historic architecture with sophisticated designer shops, smart restaurants, bars and cafes, to attract tourists from all over the world. Visitors soon discover that every aspect of York’s modern life is inextricably linked with its past. Even their evening entertainment includes ghost walks through the city’s shadowy snickleways and ginnels to find haunted pubs – of which York boasts a great many.

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to Leeds Bradford Airport (50 min by car). 

 

 Where to stay:  "The Grand, York". The 5-star hotel offers a luxury spa. 

 


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St Michael's Mount

Marazion - Cornwall

St Michael's Mount is located just 20 minutes from the beautiful village of St Ives and is a two-hour drive from Plymouth Airport.

 

This small island was built after the famous Mont Saint Michel in France. The St Michael's Castle is on top of the island at the very end of England, the extreme south.

 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Plymouth (2 hours by car – 3 hours by train) as well as your accommodation in Marazion.

 

 Where to stay: "Marazion Hotel" offers a restaurant, bar and stylish rooms, some with views of the sea towards St Michael's Mount. 

 


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Windsor Castle

Berkshire

Windsor Castle is just a 20 minutes’ drive from London Heathrow Airport. Book your flights and accommodation at the best price and discover this castle ranked among the best castles in England.

 

Windsor castle is world famous because it is one of the official residences of the royal family. Book your flights and accommodation as well as your tours and activities in England such as a "Windsor Castle admission ticket".

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to London. Windsor Castle is 20 minutes away by car and 50 minutes by public transport.

 

 Where to stay: “Castle Properties” with views of Windsor Castle just 100 metres from your apartment.

 


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Brighton

With its laid back, bohemian atmosphere and reputation for cheeky, free thinking, lesbian and gay Brighton has long been considered the UK's gay capital. Everyone is welcome here.

 

As well as a thriving gay scene that offers some of the best gay bars and clubs in the country, you'll also discover a heady mix of attractions, festivals, museums, film, nightlife, comedy and theatre.

 

What's more, as well as being the proud home to one of the biggest Pride festivals in Europe, the city is also a top destination for civil partnership & same sex marriage ceremonies, making it the perfext choice for romantic or honeymoon breaks.

 

And if you are an LGBT family with kids, Brighton is perfect for a weekend or family friendly getaway too.(©visitbrighton).

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Brighton, your hotel, apartment, B&B at the best price in Brighton as well as your best activities in Brighton

 

 Where to stay:   


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Nottingham

 

Robin Hood's birthplace is truly magical at Christmas time.

 

While away the hours browsing over 70 traditional, Bavarian-style stalls, searching for the perfect gift as well as sampling the delicious homemade and artisan cheeses, chutneys and chocolates on offer. This year’s Christmas market has been expanded, with something for everyone including  plants, mead, jewellery, scents, fashion, retro style, Eco art, Lego art, Fair-trade, Continental food, local homemade stew and home accessories to offer the discerning visitor.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to East Midlands Airport (30 min) or Birmingham (1h30). 

 

 Where to stay:  "Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre" The restaurant serves traditional cooked breakfasts each morning.

 


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Seven Sisters Country Park

Seaford - East Sussex

The Seven Sisters Country Park is an exceptional place for walks, bird watching, canoeing or just unforgettable memories.

 

Located in the South Downs National Park, its name comes from the 7 chalk cliffs that make up one of the most beautiful coasts of England.

 

Accessible trails for all types of travellers, sporty or not, are available and the site is accessible to people with reduced mobility. A nice trail (a 4km round trip) will allow you to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Seven Sisters Country Park, one of England's best natural wonders.

 

Seven Sisters Country Park is located 30 minutes from Brighton and 2 hours by car from London. Book your flights and accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities in Sussex such as a "From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour". The two nearest towns are Seaford and Eastbourne.

 

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to Brighton (30 minutes) or London (2 hours). 

 

 Where to stay: For its views of the sea and its award-winning gardens, we recommend the "Hydro Hotel". 

 


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St Ives

Cornwall

St Ives is a picture postcard village ranked among the best places to visit in England.

 

You can book flights to Plymouth and explore Cornwall and St Ives. Located a 2 hours’ drive from Plymouth Airport, St Ives has inspired many artists who have decided to settle there ; what about you ? Book your hotel at the best price in St Ives and your tours and activities in Cornwall.

 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Plymouth (2 hours by car, 2 hours 30 by train).

 

 Where to stay:  The "Tregenna Castle Resort" is located a 5 minutes’ walk from St Ives Beach.

 


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Winchester

Winchester is truly magical at Christmas. Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is one of the best in Europe, renowned for its bustling atmosphere and stunning location in the shadow of Winchester Cathedral. Inspired by traditional German Christmas Markets, you’ll be captivated by the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas Market, with tempting seasonal treats and delightful Christmas gifts.

 

Discover 112 chalets filled with high quality exhibitors, hand-picked for their unique and exclusive products. At the heart of the Christmas Market you'll find a spectacular covered ice rink, the perfect winter playground! 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to London (50 min by car), accommodation at the best price and your best tours and activities in the UK and discover the most beautiful Christmas market in the UK.  

 

 Where to stay:  "The Winchester Hotel and Spa" situated in the heart of ancient Winchester. 

 


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Durdle Door

West Lulworth - Dorset

Durdle Door is one of Dorset's most iconic landmarks with its natural arch of great beauty near a beautiful sandy beach.

 

Book your flights to Bournemouth. If you are lucky you will have a direct flight from home; if not, take a domestic flight from London to Bournemouth. Once at the airport you will reach Lulworth by car (1 hour) or by train (3 hours). Once there, be sure to visit Man O'War beach on the east side of Durdle Door; there is a small bar, a toilet and even a souvenir shop on site.

 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Bournemouth (1 hour by car – 3 hours by train). 

 

 Where to stay: If you want to stay nearby, book at the "Castle Inn," couples particularly like the location.

 


 

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