Average cost p/day: US $80
Time frame: 2-3 weeks
Currency: Pound sterling
Many people use England as a starting point for Europe, partially because it’s an English speaking country which makes life easy but also because many flights go in and out to different parts of the world. London is great, but you should be aware that there’s a whole lot more to England than just London.
For a real British experience, hire a cottage in a little village in the middle of nowhere and spend your days walking the cobble stoned streets and big open fields. And any Brit will tell you – a good walk always ends at the pub!
WHERE TO GO
My new home! I’ve been living in London since October 2016. It’s a HUGE city, so I’ve still got plenty to explore. There is so much more to London than the very touristy hot spots – Big Ben, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace…the list goes on! East London is the ‘hipster’ area (in particular Shoreditch) where you will find busy weekend markets, lots of street art and quirky bars, cafes, restaurants and clothing stores. Camden is another very cool little area, boasting one of London’s most popular markets. There are many great museums and parks to roam around too. If you’re willing to go a bit further out of the city, Richmond Park is not only a lovely green space, but it’s full of deer!
Stonehenge is somewhat of a mystery; they don’t know quite how it got there, which makes it all the more fascinating! Huge rocks somehow laid on top of each other in a circular formation, in a time before technology could assist with such contruction. Definitely check it out.
Brighton is a seaside city famous for it’s iconic Pier, loaded with rides and food stands. The pebble beach is lined with beautiful buildings, and Blaker St is full of rainbow coloured houses. It is often a popular spot for a weekend getaway, due to the hectic nightlife, quirky shops and abudance of restaurants and cafes.
People often describe Bristol as a mini version of London. And I can see where they’re coming from: there’s always heaps going on, it’s a nice city to roam around, plenty of shops and bars and restaurants etc. BUT… One big bonus: it is significantly cheaper! Cabot Tower offers a great view over the city and while Bristol’s most famous site, Clifton Suspension Bridge, can be seen from here, it’s worth going for a proper look there too.
Nowhere can quite compare to Bath when it comes to architecture! The buildings are stunning and everything just seems so clean. The main attraction here is the roman baths. It’s worth taking a tour around the baths to get an idea of the history.
Another absolutely stunning city. Full of churches and university buildings, everything is just…stunning. There are an abundance of scenic walks you can take, both by the canal and through the town. Some parts of Harry Potter were filmed at Oxford University and inspiratons for C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia can be seen all around town.
Where the Beatles were born! You can stroll down Penny Lane and past Strawberry Fields as well as see the houses some of the Beatles grew up in and the bars that made them famous. The nightlife here is awesome – heaps of live music at the bars and great vibes on the dancefloor.
I have a little bit of a soft spot for Portsmouth because I worked there one summer many many years ago. The harbour area is nice to roam around and you can check out the HMS Victory to get an understanding of life on a warship. Isle of Whight is close by too.
Coming soon (hopefully!): Lake District, Peak District and Cornwall.