There’s an amazing array of fantastic things to do in England this year. Sure to suit all types of traveller, all ages and all preferences too. There’s so much in fact it can be hard to pick some highlights especially if your time here is short but sweet. So with that in mind I’ve picked a few weird and wonderful things to consider for your trip to England this year.
Lets start in the heart of London, the most likely place at the top of your list. There’s so many places to go in London but the sparkling West End is where its really at. One of the most famous theatre districts in the world, you’d be mad not to take in a show here. Some plays have been running for decades like the multi-award winning “Phantom of the Opera” which is a must for any theatre lover. There’s also critically acclaimed new productions like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” which are well worth checking out. Tickets usually start at around £50 for a half decent seat. You can get cheaper tickets by turning up on the day and searching for a little box office shop. You’ll find a few around Leicester Square and you can pick up a last minute bargain. Well worth it if you don’t mind what you go and see. The surprise is part of the fun!
An easy day trip out of London to one of the most historic cities in the country. Oxford is famed for its abundance of amazing colleges that make up Oxford University. There’s plenty to walk around and admire in the centre of the city, very easy to get to with a number of park & ride services if you’re driving there. With a city filled with students there’s a great atmosphere here and lots of wonderful pubs to enjoy a pint at too! Take in a walking tour, usually run by local students trying to make a little extra cash, they’ll retail you with stories of pranks played between colleges and strange initiation ceremonies that seem to get all the weirder with each passing year. You can also see a number of movie set locations such as Christchurch’s college where some of the scenes of Harry Potter were filmed. Be sure to take your camera to Oxford as its a beautiful place!
Stratford Upon Avon
Another easy day trip and you’ll be in Shakespeare’s birthplace, where you can actually visit his family home and gardens. Its right in the centre of town and very walkable. A ticket here also gets you access to a number of other equally historic buildings dotted around. On a sunny day this place is beautiful and bustling with appreciative tourists. You’ll see performances of Shakespeare’s plays happening all around you and at his family home you can even request your favourite scene from any of his masterpieces. There’s also boat trips and plenty of great places to eat with gorgeous views of the waterways.
An area of outstanding natural beauty if a bit of an understatement when it comes to the Cotswolds of England. Its towns and villages here are routinely voted the most beautiful in England and again its an easy day trip out from London. The most famous village here is “Bourton-on-the-water” where plenty of excursions end up. This working village looks more like a hollywood set than home to some 3,000 locals but don’t be fooled by the twee exterior. There’s lots to do here including meeting England’s only King Penguins at Birdland or checking out the Motor Museum where the 90s’ kids TV show “Brum” was filmed. There’s some beautiful market towns worth visiting too like Stow-on-the-Wold and Buford. All easy to get to and filled with beautiful buildings made from Cotswolds Stone.
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