11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That’s Not London!)

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11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)


England is such a beautiful country but most people miss the real beauty because they just stay in London.  London is my favourite city in the world  BUT there are also so many other hot spots that are waiting to be discovered.  England has such a rich history, beautiful architecture and some great natural wonders which most don’t even know about!


Here are some of the most beautiful places to visit in England  


 11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

1. Bristol

A clear choice for anyone who loves creativity.  Bristol has an amazing vibe full of amazing street art and some great music venues.  I stayed at the YHA hostel right next to the water.  It was a great hostel which was cheap and really close to everything that you would want to see.  Check out the Bristol Cathedral, Banksy’s graffiti around the city, and all the other beautiful street art.  If you love discovering the street art then you should do a walking tour of the city.


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11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

2. York

There are so many cool things to see in York such as the York Minster, York Castle and even have a walk on the city walls.  York is a very beautiful place with so much history to take in.  This region is definitely somewhere you would want to spend the whole weekend, maybe more.  I lived just out of York for a few months and the city was great to spend a few days looking around and taking in the city. This is one of my favourite places to visit in England!

The Shambles is a ‘must do’ for a spot of shopping, soaking up the Yorkshire culture and do some people watching.  Have a picnic on the side of the museum gardens which overlooks the river Ouse.  If you get a chance to check out the countryside, you will experience the real Yorkshire.  If you’re lucky enough to go in spring, you will see the rapeseed flowering which means you will see seas of bright yellow paddocks – it’s really beautiful.

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 11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

3. Cotswolds

This is in southern central England which consists of rolling hills with very, very cute villages you only see in the movies, you will see very sweet, old English pubs with a lot of character.  Spend a weekend driving around the Cotswolds and staying in one of the beautiful villages.  You can’t say you have been to a proper village in England until you have visited this area.  Castle Combe has been named Englands prettiest village!

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11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

4. Bath

You can’t go to England and not experience Bath!  It is known for its still-standing Roman baths which are believed to have been constructed around 60-70 AD.  Entry to the baths cost £16.50 for an adult and it’s really worth the money!  Not only are the baths beautiful but the whole town is, so have a good wander around and take in the architecture of this amazing place.  I highly recommend having a weekend in Bath.

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11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

5. Windsor

Known for its iconic castle, the area is definitely worth a day trip! Windsor Castle is the Queen’s castle and has been in the royal family for over 900 years.  It’s also the largest occupied castle in the world!  Entry to Windsor castle costs £21.20. You can opt for an audio guide which I recommend because this place is huge, and the guide will tell you about all the places you are standing in.

Go in summer so all areas are open including the gardens which are stunning.  The one thing I love about England were the castles, they are simply mind-boggling.  Windsor Castle is sure to knock your royal socks off!

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 Beautiful Places to Visit in England

6. Cambridge

Where the big players play and also go to the very posh universities!  Cambridge is truly incredible.  Make sure you go on a nice day when you can punt down the river Avon and admire where Prince William went to university.

The universities are something you would see in movies, actually, they do get features in movies!  This is a great day trip from London as you can catch a 50-minute train from Kings Cross St Pancras to see this beautiful city.

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11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

7. Robin Hood Bay

This is a little bay north-east of York on the coast.  My family I was Au pairing for took me here for the day and I loved it. Its got a great fish and chip shop (we had to queue for 20 minutes!), it’s just off a very steep street which I struggled getting up after my greasy meal. The beach was very full, as most of the English beaches are on nice days.  I was very impressed with the little village though,  it was definitely worth a visit.

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 11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

8. St Ives

Such a beautiful place.  This would have to be one of my top 3 places in England for sure.  St Ives is a seaside town with loads of character, soak up the sun and enjoy the gorgeous town!  There are really good art galleries here, I brought a couple of little painted pictures from a guy selling them on the seaside.  It is recommended to take a train here and not drive because parking is a nightmare.  St Ives is one of the most popular places to visit in England!

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11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

 9. Hayle

The town itself is not overly exciting but if you don’t believe England has good beaches, then maybe this will change your mind.  The beaches were amazing and beautiful – that’s coming from a Kiwi.  If you need a bit of a sun-soaked relaxing weekend, then you need to head here!

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11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

10. Ilfracombe

This is an awesome sea-side town with a tiny beach.  The town and the lake with the boats is very picturesque.  Enjoy on a sunny summers day with fish and chips and an ice cream!  You can also walk up the top of the hill and take in some amazing views seen in the top photo for this blog post.

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11 Beautiful Places to Visit in England (That's not London!)

11. Woolacombe

Another beautiful English seaside location with cute huts and no stony beach in sight!  Woohoo!  It is very full in the summer but a must visit for some amazing snaps.  Bonus is that it is a huge beach so you can have a nice long walk and you will be sure to find a spot for yourself.

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So here is a little taste of some of the best places to visit in England and the top that I personally recommend! If you are looking for transport, England has a great rail service so I would suggest catching a train to these places.   If you’re more into buses then Megabus do very cheap fares – sometimes you can get a £1 deal to the North from London!


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  • Reply
    April 27, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I would also recommend all the national parks, like Peak District, the Lake District, Snowdonia, etc 🙂 I love york, it’s such a beautiful town. There are plenty of towns I didn’t know before reading your post, I will have to do some research 🙂 Thanks for sharing this ! Have a lovely week. Gin.

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      April 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you for your recommendations! I wanted to go to the Lake district last time I was in England but didn’t get the chance. I will definitely go in a few months when I get back to England. Have a great week too! 🙂

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        April 27, 2015 at 7:40 pm

        Difficult to see everything, there is so much to do over there !! 🙂

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    July 28, 2016 at 12:50 am

    I love your amazing blog! would 100% recommend Salcombe in Devon too, I definitely think it’s one of the most beautiful places I have been in the world, let alone in England!

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      Anita Hendrieka
      August 3, 2016 at 2:39 am

      Thank you 🙂 Oh yes, Salcombe is beautiful as well!

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    Anne Slater-Brooks
    October 14, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I’d also recommend the beaches of Northumberland, the Peak District and Lake District

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    December 6, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I’ve been to 3 of those places! Will have to get to the other spots – can’t wait to keep exploring my newish home.

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    January 10, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Great list, Anita Hendrieka! I would like to travel all of the British Isles, as they are historically rich and naturally diverse and beautiful. Until now I’ve seen only some small parts of Scotland… So many great places still await me!
    Ioanna (A Woman Afoot)

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      Anita Hendrieka
      January 12, 2017 at 4:12 am

      Ah yes of course! Happy travels 🙂

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    March 10, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you! It’s a beautiful country!

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