Things to do

The words ‘I’m bored’ aren’t welcome here. Especially when we have heaps of holiday ideas and things to do in England for you discover based on your interests. We’ve got fun-fuelled breaks for families, holidays for flocks of friends, romantic getaways for love birds, city breaks for culture vultures and rural escapes for tree huggers - think of us as your England travel guide. Get filtering to find your perfect holiday in England.

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Walk, cycle or ride through ‘the Durham Forest’

Walk, cycle or ride through ‘the Durham Forest’

Get active and get outdoors at Hamsterley Forest with 33 miles of way marked walking, cycling and horse-riding trails in striking surroundings.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

Forests and woodlands
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Gloucester Tourist Information Centre

Gloucester Tourist Information Centre

Providing outstanding customer service comes naturally at Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, with all staff being passionate about Gloucester and striving to go that extra mile.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 Gold winners
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Enjoy a winter family break in a historical coach house

Enjoy a winter family break in a historical coach house

Enjoy a family get together with a difference this Christmas at the historic Brackenborough Hall Coach House.

Location: Brackenborough, Lincolnshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery holds a vital key to what Shakespeare looked like, with what may be the only portrait of the bard painted from life.

Location: Charing Cross, Greater London

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Find out what lies beneath (as well as above) Exeter

Find out what lies beneath (as well as above) Exeter

Explore Exeter’s Underground Passages and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on a family break, and then relax with a burger at Ruby Diner to end the day.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Activities
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Have the perfect medieval themed wedding at Barley Hall

Have the perfect medieval themed wedding at Barley Hall

York is considered as one of the top 50 best places in the world to get married, and tying the knot in Barley Hall is certainly up there.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Wedding celebrations
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Take a cruise along the River Ouse

Take a cruise along the River Ouse

The city of York owes its existence to the rivers. Escape the city rush and admire the scenery from the comfort of a Yorkboat.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Boating
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Indulge your sweet tooth in Cocoa Wonderland

Indulge your sweet tooth in Cocoa Wonderland

Sneak into Cocoa’s enchanted chocolate wonderland for a true midnight feast and experience a lock-in with a difference.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Hidden gems
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Forage tasty mushrooms for your dinner at Fungi Foray

Forage tasty mushrooms for your dinner at Fungi Foray

Get an insight into the wonderful world of mushrooms, and find out what you can pick, and what you should avoid.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Forests and woodlands
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Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Tours and trails
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Place a foot in each hemisphere at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Place a foot in each hemisphere at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand astride the Prime Meridian and enjoy iconic London views, climb the roof of The O2 and ride on London’s only cable car.

Location: Greenwich, London

Castles and Historic Properties
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Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Cheap eats at Pani's Restaurant

Cheap eats at Pani's Restaurant

Searching for a cheap eat in NewcastleGateshead but overwhelmed by the breadth of choice available in the city centre? Look no further than Pani’s.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Eating out
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Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Open bodies of water are a rarity in south Wiltshire, making Langford Lakes nature reserve an attractive stopping-off point for a host of wild birds.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Free
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Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Dubbed the most romantic castle in England.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy some adrenaline-fuelled cycling in Whinlatter Forest

Enjoy some adrenaline-fuelled cycling in Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter puts the mountain into mountain biking, making full use of its landscape to offer some fantastic trails.

Location: Whinlatter, Cumbria

Cycling
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Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Connect with your inner monkey as you swing through the trees at Go Ape in Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Forests and woodlands
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Discover Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Discover Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era?

Location: Canterbury, Kent

Attractions
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Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Be inspired by the Queen of Crime’s world on the English Riviera at the annual Agatha Christie Festival.

Location: Torquay, Devon

Low cost
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Fly a kite on Parliament Hill and admire the views of London

Fly a kite on Parliament Hill and admire the views of London

On a clear yet windy day, fly a kite on London's Hampstead Heath, then walk to the historic Spaniards Inn pub for a pie and a pint.

Location: London

City parks

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