With seaside villages, cobblestone streets, and charming countrysides, England is overflowing with quaint escapes. If you’re searching for an alternative to the city-life of London, these escape-worthy towns should be on your list.
With Cotswold stone cottages nestled along the river, Castle Combe has earned the nickname of “Prettiest Village in England.” So beautiful in fact, that Castle Comb is regularly featured as a film backdrop. Be sure to grab some delicious homemade treats from locals and stop into the 13th century St. Andrew’s Church, boasting a medieval faceless clock, one of the oldest working clocks in the country.
The historic UNESCO World Heritage Site blends the diversity of city, country and coastal experiences into one vacation. Entering Canterbury through the town’s 14th century Westgate, is like stepping back in time. While the Canterbury Cathedral garners all the attention, be sure to stop by two other UNESCO churches: St. Augustine’s Abby and St. Martin’s Church. For the freshest produce, baked goods, and meats visit The Goods Shed. This local farmers’ market boasts some of the best food in town.
The Lake District
One of UNESCO World Heritage’s newest sites, the Lake District, also known as the Lakes, is brimming with natural wonders. The beauty of the district’s lush mountains, pristine lakes, and enchanting villages has long attracted artists seeking inspiration. Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are just a few literary masters who fell in love with the area. The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House are a favorite place to stay while in Cumbria. It has 25 stunning acres overflowing with gorgeous gardens, a Michelin starred restaurants and luxurious spa.
Bask in the captivating cathedral city in West Sussex, just as the Duke & Duchess of Sussex did last autumn. With the crisp air and beautiful foliage, fall is the perfect time to visit Chichester. But regardless of when you travel, there is plenty to explore. From friendly fishing villages to the splendid countryside, the diverse array of activities and sights lends way to many options for every traveler. Explore the incredible architecture of the Chichester Cathedral, welcoming visitors for over 900 years. While there, don’t miss the magnificent altar and Arundel Tomb.
The idyllic Cornish seaside village and antiquated harbor, becomes a popular destination in the summer months. Relive the past in the Polperro Harbor Heritage Museum, relax along the beach or simply stroll the streets sampling the area’s famous seafood and somehow feel as if time is standing still.