If you are looking for somewhere a little different to visit this summer, the good news is that you don’t have to go far to explore beautiful scenery and top-quality attractions! No matter whether you’re looking for a short city break or an extended family-friendly getaway, England has something to suit everyone.
Here are some of the best places to visit in England if you’re planning a last-minute holiday this summer!
Nottingham is a historic city located in the Midlands, making it easily accessible from all over the country. Brush up on your culture and history with a visit to Nottingham Castle, Museum and Art Gallery, or alternatively, embrace the stunning architecture of 16-century Wollaton Hall. The kids are sure to enjoy exploring the unique City of Caves, whereas the National Justice Museum is a great option to keep busy on a rainy day. If you are opting for a hotel in Nottingham, a city centre location is ideal for those travelling to the city via public transport, but if you are visiting by car, the Best Western in Nottingham is handily situated with great transport links.
This beautiful national park is filled with rolling scenery and chocolate-box villages. Conveniently located in the Midlands, it is also relatively easy to access, making it a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a day out at the stately Chatsworth House, or alternatively, engage in a spot of thrill-seeking at Alton Towers theme park. If scenery and the countryside are more your things, make sure to leave time to visit Dovedale and Kinder Scout, two of the most scenic points in the park.
No trip to England would be complete without visiting the capital! London is a bustling, metropolitan city where old and new brush shoulders on every street. While there are countless things to do in London (and one trip is certainly not enough to cross everything off your bucket list!) a few of the highlights include the iconic Big Ben, the historic Tower of London, and the impressive Buckingham Palace. If you time your visit right, you can also watch the Changing of the Guard – a real spectacle!
One of the most instantly recognisable sights in England, Stonehenge is a truly iconic, awe-inspiring historical site. The circle of large standing stones has been a sacred site for thousands of years and is still used for pagan ceremonies today – most notably at the summer and winter solstices. This prehistoric monument is still a mystery even today, but you can discover what we do know about the site on a tour.
Boasting picture-perfect scenery and historic, chocolate-box villages, the Cotswolds really is one of the most traditionally beautiful parts of the country. Soak up the grandeur of Blenheim Palace or take a leisurely stroll up to Broadway Tower. Alternatively, enjoy a walk at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, or let the kids run wild at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens.
Another significant, cultural city, Bath is a beautiful city filled with stunning architecture and historical connections. Even if you do nothing else in Bath, make sure to factor in a visit to the old Roman Baths. Beautifully preserved and a great attraction for the whole family, the Baths really are a must-visit. Other noteworthy attractions include Bath Abbey, the Jane Austen Centre, and the picturesque Pulteney Bridge.
The Lakes are famous for their outstanding scenery and historical connections, making them the ideal holiday destination this summer. You could do a tour of the lakes, or alternatively, simply visit a few of the highlights. If you fancy a break from the lakes, why not set yourself the challenge of hiking up Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England? Whether you travel by foot, bike, car, or boat, the Lake District National Park is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
This ancient wall is still a wonderful place to visit today, thousands of years after it was initially constructed. Enjoy the outstanding scenery and countryside or learn more about what life was like for the Romans who once patrolled the length of Hadrian’s Wall. Explore the ruins, marvel at the feat of construction of the wall, or simply let the kids run off some steam!
Dartmoor National Park boasts a wide expanse of moorland that brings its own remote, wild beauty for visitors to soak up. The unspoiled scenery and abundance of wildlife which calls the park home make it the ideal destination for walkers, hikers, and birdwatchers, but there are also opportunities to try horse riding and even rock climbing for the more adventurous tourists!
Featuring awe-inspiring scenery crisscrossed with traditional dry-stone walls, the Yorkshire Dales is undeniably beautiful. If you fancy a walk, take a trip to the unique limestone pavement of Malham Cove – a truly inimitable natural wonder. Similarly, Aysgarth Falls makes for another impressive, natural destination to visit when you’re in the Yorkshire Dales. If history and heritage are more your things, don’t miss a chance to see the striking ruins of Bolton Priory or Skipton Castle, a well-preserved medieval fortress.
No matter where you choose to visit, you are bound to have a wonderful time exploring the very best that England has to offer. From history and heritage to outstanding scenery, family fun, and the country’s unique culture, you’ll be spoiled for choice!