Countryside

Both genteel and wild, there’s nothing quite like the English countryside for rural escapes with its patchwork hills, dramatic dales, ancient woodlands and winding country roads. All well and good, but what is there to do in England’s countryside exactly? Quite a lot, actually. Admire the grand interiors of a stately home before catching a play in the surrounding gardens, travel back in time with visits to ancient stone circles and crumbling castles, or step into a chocolate box of quaint villages and market towns and live like a local, trying farmhouse cheeses, cream teas and real ales along the way.

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Rowton Castle

Rowton Castle

All the quirks of a 17th century castle mixed with plenty of modern luxuries and great food put simply, it’s got the lot.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Food and Drink
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Fall in love with Tickton Grange

Fall in love with Tickton Grange

Relax in this magnificent Georgian country house hotel. Dine in its award-winning restaurant or lose yourselves in its beautiful gardens.

Location: Beverley, East Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Malham Tarn Geocaching Trail

Malham Tarn Geocaching Trail

Become a geocacher and find the treasure.

Location: Malham Tarn, Yorkshire

Low cost
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Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Learn about the history of diving at the place it was pioneered.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

Family
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Recapture days of old at Old Hall Farm

Recapture days of old at Old Hall Farm

Take a trip to this historic open working farm and see many different activities throughout the farming year.

Location: Ulverston, Cumbria

Family
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Take a culinary journey using Yorkshire’s local produce

Take a culinary journey using Yorkshire’s local produce

Keeping it local is the theme of the 'Yorkshire Born and Bred' cookery course held monthly at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery school.

Location: Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Explore over 660 acres of countryside, and uncover the rare wildlife that inhabit the area all year round.

Location: Hastings, East Sussex

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Experience pure adrenaline in the great outdoors

Experience pure adrenaline in the great outdoors

Over a third of Sheffield lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park, where a whole world of outdoor adventure pursuits await.

Location: Peak District, South Yorkshire

Countryside
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Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

See world-class art for free at the National Park’s ‘Inspired by… gallery’, a haven for contemporary art in the heart of the North York Moors.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Free
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Curious histories, famous guests and classic hotels

Curious histories, famous guests and classic hotels

A favoured destination of 18th century society, Harrogate’s grand hotels have a wealth of stories to tell and a roll call of famous guests.

Location: Harrogate, Ripon, Masham and Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire

Countryside
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Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

The Battle of Hastings in 1066 changed the course of English history forever. Explore the site and learn about history’s most famous date.

Location: Battle, East Sussex

Military history
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Trevase Cottages

Trevase Cottages

Trevase Cottages provide two separate large luxury self-catering cottages set within the stunning Herefordshire countryside.

Location: Nr Hereford, Herefordshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Stay the night at a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms

Stay the night at a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms

After exploring Shropshire’s gastronomic capital, where better to unwind than Ludlow’s Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms, Mr Underhill’s?

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Food and Drink
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Rekindle your romance in the Peak District

Rekindle your romance in the Peak District

Put a spring in your step with a tete-a-tete in a secluded country house hotel, share a walk with heart-stopping views and chill out in a relaxing spa.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Head off-road on two wheels in Sherwood Forest

Head off-road on two wheels in Sherwood Forest

From family cycle trails to extreme mountain biking, Sherwood Pines Forest offers the best when it comes to getting active on two wheels.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Cycling
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Meet Downton Abbey's farmyard animals at Cogges Manor Farm

Meet Downton Abbey's farmyard animals at Cogges Manor Farm

A place of family fun and learning and one of the idyllic settings for ITV’s Downton Abbey, Cogges is a wonderful family attraction in Oxfordshire.

Location: Witney, Oxfordshire

Family
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Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Maypole and morris dancing, craft stalls and Wiltshire’s farm produce are just some of the many things you’ll find at this free event in May.

Location: Downton, Wiltshire

Free
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Plan a gourmet foodie break in the Peak District

Plan a gourmet foodie break in the Peak District

Tuck into a delicious culinary experience in Bakewell and hone your skills on a hands-on cookery course on a gourmet break in the Peak District.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

National Parks
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Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Eden Project

Eden Project

Five biomes make for one of Britain's most impressive eco-attractions.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

Gardens and Parks

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