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From March 16th – 24th 2013, English Tourism Week celebrates the best that the country has to offer for residents and international visitors alike. After much deliberation on our Facebook page, we’ve created a list of the Top 7 English Destinations perfect for a brilliant short break on home soil. With an abundance of culture, history, countryside and entertainment, what’s not to love about a good old English holiday? Check out our list below and let us know if you agree!
Aside from being the capital city, London is the place to be for theatre, sport, music, history and perhaps more importantly for some, The Royal Family. Thanks to a fantastic few years of promotion through The Royal Wedding, The Diamond Jubilee and The Olympics, London has flourished into a city with something for everyone. If you pay the city a visit, make sure you check out the incredible V&A Museum for the 2013 Bowie exhibition.
As my hometown and the base for Superbreak Towers, York gets my vote every single time. Not only is it one of the most beautiful cities in England (yes, I am incredibly biased) but tourists flock here every year to witness fabulous historical sites like The York Minster and the Roman City Walls. There are some delicious restaurants hidden away in The Shambles too. My favourite is Stonegate Yard – make time for a visit if you can!
European City of Culture 2009 and home to one of the most iconic bands the world has ever seen, Liverpool has a lot going for it. Whether you fancy a girly shopping trip or a day of wandering around the Tate gallery, Liverpool has hundreds of exciting things for you to do. If you visit in April you can also catch the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National, one of the most popular race meets of the year.
Now I realise this isn’t a city, but every town and city in Cornwall could easily make it into this list individually! Famous for its white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and delicious ice cream, Cornwall is the hotspot for holidaymakers staying in The British Isles every year. With iconic gardens like The Eden Project, dramatic coastlines in Falmouth and some of the best surf in the UK, it’s not hard to understand why it’s so popular.
Almost everyone we asked suggested Bath as one of the best English destinations to visit. A truly English city, Bath is full of history and culture, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site Bath offers some of the most spectacular architecture in the country. One thing you have to do on any visit to the city is try out the Thermea Bath Spa – Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters including the indoor Minerva Bath and the open-air rooftop pool with amazing views.
As well as the famous pier and bustling nightlife, the cosmopolitan city of Brighton offers a whole host of attractions that make it one of the most iconic English cities. A vivacious art scene and historical buildings such as The Royal Pavilion make Brighton a hugely cultural place, and for the younger visitors amongst the group, the Brighton SEALIFE Centre is a fun-packed day out.
My favourite place in England (aside from York, obviously) is by far The Lake District. Not only is it the ideal place to escape the busy city and never-ending emails, it’s also one of the most romantic places I’ve ever visited. With tranquil lakes and nothing but the sounds of nature around you, you can literally be the only people around for miles.
What’s your favourite English destination? Comment below and let us know!