We’re busy working on a mini blog series highlighting the ‘Best of British’. To kickstart our series we wanted to highlight 5 great British holidays. The wonderful thing about holidaying in Britain is that it’s relatively simple to navigate your way from one stunning location to the next. Simply book some time off work, scour the car hire agencies to compare costs, hire a vehicle, pinpoint your must-see locations, programme the GPS and set off on a great British adventure!1. Visit the Capital- London is arguably one of the most historic locations in the world and boasts a hugely interesting past marred by plague, fire, war and riots. London is a wonderful city to discover gastronimical delights and indulge the taste buds, enjoy breakfast at The Wolseley or afternoon tea at The Ritz. A few leisurely highlights include roaming around Portobello Market, the many beautiful Parks, St. James’ is the oldest of the Royal Parks with views over the water, you can see straight across to the London Eye or spy Buckingham Palace on the Horizon. Getting cultural at the Southbank, located immediately adjacent to the south bank of the River Thames you’ll find the Royal Festival Hall and The Queen’s Walk, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and other arts venues opened along the river such as the Royal National Theatre and the British Film Institute. There is always something going on down at The Southbank. London has some of the World’s most spectacular museums and unlike most other countries they are free to enter! You simply must visit the capital.
2. A Fabulous Weekend Break In The Lake District: Steeped in history, rich with nature, visually spectacular and the power to make anyone turn into an old romantic, The Lakes is the perfect weekend escape. Visit Hill Top Farm, home of the late, highly talented children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, tip toe around Mr McGregors garden where Peter Rabbit lived. See the Lakes own lovable breed of sheep nicknamed ‘Herdys’. Visit the historical Allan Bank once home to Wordsworth and pay your respects to Wordsworth’s’ plot in the graveyard in Grasmere. ‘The loveliest spot man hath ever found’ -William Wordsworth
3. Day Trip London To Beautiful Brighton: Brighton has a rich historical and cultural heritage, playing host to several annual festivals including the Alternative Miss World extravaganza, the World Beard and Moustache Championship, regular Classic car and bike rallies where groups of mods and Rockers will ride their scooters and motorbikes into town, just like Quadrophenia (but much less violent!). Head down to the North Laines. “The Laines” are narrow alleyways near the seafront famous for their independent boutiques, antique shops and brightly painted residential houses. The Laines are lined with stalls selling all kinds of second hand furniture, clothing, jewels, fresh fruit and veg and wonderment. Walk along the Sea Front, stroll along the promenade. Walk along Brighton Pier, the Pier is an almighty place to get scorching hot donuts on a cold day, head inside to spend all your loose change on the arcades and possibly win big, or not.
4. Cornwall: Cornwall is a peninsula on the south coast of England. Cornwall’s landscape, unspoilt maritime scenery and mild climate make it a popular tourist destination for surfers, weekend trippers, sailors and anyone looking to enjoy the delights of a picture perfect seaside location. Cornwall has inspired and been home to some prolific artists and writers over the years including the sculptor Barbara Hepworth and modernist writers such as D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Cornwall has a strong culinary heritage, surrounded on three sides by the sea it’s no wonder Cornwall is famed for it’s fresh seafood. Television chef Rick Stein has long operated a fish restaurant in Padstow for this reason, Jamie Oliver recently chose to open his second restaurant, Fifteen, in Watergate Baynear Newquay. Cornwall is perhaps best known though for its pasties. As well as pasties and award winning seafood you can also sample the delicious cornish made ice cream and fudge, not to be missed!5. Oxford City Break: Famous for being home to the oldest university in the English speaking world, unforgettable T.V detective Inspector Morse and the good old Oxford English Dictionary, a break in Oxford will not disappoint. With the feel of a cosy small town walking around Oxford you’ll notice the friendly atmosphere, picturesque architecture, lush greenery and romantic stretch of the River Thames. Oxford is known as the “city of dreaming spires”, a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of Oxford’s university buildings. Oxford offers some fabulous cafes, bars and restaurants, an abundance of independent shops and a wealth of history to get lost in making it the perfect destination for a weekend city break.
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