The Hidden Secrets of England
England is a popular destination for many tourists and currently has an increased profile, largely as a result of the recent London Olympics. As might be expected, many visitors naturally head for the capital, where they find a cosmopolitan city that has an enormous amount to offer.
But it would be wrong to think that the attractions offered by this country are limited to London. The truth is that there is life, history, culture and entertainment to be found elsewhere. It sometimes seems, however, that the people of England like to hold back. There may be an opportunity, as a result, for you to discover some places of interest that evade others.
I’ve spent a lot of time travelling within England and have identified some of my favourite places. You may not be familiar with all of them and you may have your own thoughts. But I hope that the list below will provide an interesting starting point, when planning your own visit.
The city of Winchester, despite being only an hour away from London, seems to go unnoticed by many visitors. That is a real shame, although local residents may be glad to maintain a certain sense of peace and quiet.
With its historic cathedral, links to King Arthur and place as England’s historic capital, it’s a city that deserves to take a higher profile place on the tourist trail. Once you take into account the wonderful restaurants, independent shops and nearby countryside, it would seem that this is a location that offers everything.
The Lake District
In a country with a long history of providing National Parks, it should come as no surprise that many people head to these locations each year. Unfortunately, the reality is that a relatively small proportion of visitors are prepared to step out of the car and to really explore.
That means that plenty of people are missing out. The Lake District, located in the North West of England, boast gorgeous lakes and stunning mountains, but it is best explored on foot, or by bike. If you like an active time of it, then follow in the footsteps of Wordsworth and see what the Lake District has to offer.
With distinctive, unique villages and rolling countryside, this area should certainly be included within your itinerary. Easily reached from London, although best explored with the aid of a car, since public transport links are not as widespread as they might be.
A visit to the Cotswolds can sometimes feel like a step back in time, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Cornwall is one of the most popular destinations for Brits seeking a break, with its beautiful coastal locations and romantic scenery. Although a little remote, many would see this as being part of its charm.
There’s an ongoing campaign to gain independence for this county and you may well feel that it offers something very different from the rest of England.
When discussing places to visit, it’s always difficult to narrow down the options. The truth is that England offers a wealth of opportunities. It’s time to explore!
Keith Barrett understands that campervan hire opportunities can help with the exploration of England’s hidden gems. He writes extensively on a broad range of topics.