Around two years ago I made it my new years resolution to explore more of what England has to offer. I started to go camping every summer (click here to read!), Picking a random hotel and booking it for one night at the weekend or even taking day trips! So I think I can safely say I can recommend to you some towns that you should visit if you either live in England or plan to visit. These are all accessible by train from London if you’re staying in Central!
My first recommendation is:
Bourton on the Water.
Honestly hands down my favourite town I’ve visited in England! Bourton is so quaint and beautiful. Special props to the boyfriend for doing his research and finding this gem in The Cotswolds. The best way to describe this place is to say this is a sleepy Sunday village (unless you are travelling in the summer!) and really good for a walk around.
Perfect for: Cute small independent shops, walks with the doggo, cream teas & pasties and picture-perfect bridges.
If visiting Historical Universities are your thing, great! if not, EVEN BETTER! Please don’t be put off and think this town is run with rogue posh blokes running around everywhere! You are so wrong! Another favourite on my list this year, once you walk 20 minutes into town (or bus it) this place is full of beautiful buildings, independent restaurants and all sorts of markets! My friend Jade and I came across a food market, a flea market, an antique market and a jumble sale market all within 5 minutes walk of one another.
Perfect for: Punting, beautiful historic buildings, food, markets and looking through the window and daydreaming about the Cambridge Satchel company.
I was taken there for my birthday once and I’ve been begging the boyfriend to take me back for the pie and mash alone! Similar to Cambridge in terms of historical beautiful buildings and a good food scene, this place is a little more modern and I feel it is divided in to old town and new town. There is a massive shopping centre here but also an old shopping arcade which hides the best cookies and pie and mash in the world.
Perfect for: a weekend getaway, shopping, historical buildings, food and bikes!
I’ve been so much I’ve stopped taking photos and I am sick of it! (I’m joking, kind of!) This town has so much more to it than Zoella and a cold pebbled beach! With hidden gems here and there, this is perfect for a weekend getaway. There are lots of independent business here so head down to the lanes and explore. I’ve also heard it’s really good for nightlife! (I’ve not tried it but I’ve heard others have said so!) Check out the vintage penny arcade on the beachfront right next to all the artsy shops, it’s my favourite and I am worried it’ll go out of business! I never see anyone in there. Is a guide to England really complete without Brighton?
Perfect for: Fish and chips, wasting so much money in the arcade (and loving it!), nightlife (apparently) and just a really fun day out!
Another seaside town but one of my favourite England highlights of this year! Walking along the beach and then stumbling on a hidden rose garden was so lovely. I took a lot of photos here and just generally enjoyed my time here. There are arcades, there is ice cream, there are beach shops. What more could you want? This beach is also sand so it is perfect to visit in the summer.
Perfect for: Photogenic pictures in front of the multi-coloured beach huts, sandy beach walks, camping, hikes, activities such as a zip line and rock climbing!
Would an England guide be complete without it? Beautiful and full of history, this 18th Century Georgian town is honestly so beautiful to visit! Take a walk in the garden and pretend you’re in Pride and Prejudice, have a glance at Pulteney bridge or go in the Roman Baths (but don’t actually get in!). We recently went back for Christmas markets but found out they shut early in the year, which was really disappointing but I’ve heard they’re incredible and worth checking out, just do your research first
Perfect for: History, shopping, pretending you’re in a Jane Austin novel, and beautiful buildings.
That concludes my town recommendations! I really want to check out the Lake District, York and Norfolk and maybe Bristol at some point in 2019. Do you have any places you would recommend? Let me know!