A patchwork of quiet villages, vibrant cities, velvet green fields, ancient forests, rivers and bustling market towns… England really does have something for everyone to fall in love with and the holiday home options are fantastic - you’ll find everything from cottages to camper vans. So, what are the highlights? With such a variety of things to see and do, it’s no easy feat to summarise this country’s myriad attractions. But we’ve had a go...
National Parks and AONBs
The Lake District in the North is an enduringly popular destination boasting beautiful lakes, fells, forests, flora and fauna. Further south, the Peak District offers visitors gentle green dales, high rugged hills and stunning country estates like Chatsworth. There are 33 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, including the Cotswolds; a region of quite breathtaking beauty and charm. The honeyed stone and peaceful fields will enchant you.
Historic towns and cities
While there are plenty of rural idylls to discover, England’s character wouldn’t be complete without its ancient cities. York’s winding streets are a medieval delight, and cathedral cities such as Wells, Salisbury, Lichfield and Norwich all have their stories to tell. Don’t forget Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of national hero William Shakespeare, or indeed Oxford and Cambridge; as two of the world’s oldest university towns, they are well worth a visit.
London itself is celebrated worldwide as a centre for the financial industries, with many companies run from the glass towers of Canary Wharf and Threadneedle Street. From Richmond in the west to the Thames Estuary in the east, the city is packed with secrets to discover. The National Gallery, the Tower of London, Oxford Street… the list simply goes on and on.
But the provinces are catching up: Birmingham has become a commercial powerhouse with brand new shopping centres like the Bullring and Grand Central springing up. And further north in Manchester, the new MediaCityUK is a thriving headquarters for much of the country’s television production.
Moving away from the city, England’s most truly captivating areas are also some of its most rural. Kent (known as the Garden of England) and the handsome hills of East Sussex provide the kind of peaceful and picturesque sights that really do sum up this green and pleasant land.