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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Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Enjoy the sights and blooms of the Longleat Estate.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

Walking and hiking
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Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

In the north west of Wiltshire, the Cotswolds encompasses the honey-pot village of Castle Combe and the picturesque market town of Malmesbury.

Location: Wiltshire Cotswolds, Wiltshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Pay a visit to Anne Hathaway’s family home - the place William Shakespeare courted his future wife.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Gardens and Parks
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Spoil yourself with a bit of luxury at Ellenborough Hotel

Spoil yourself with a bit of luxury at Ellenborough Hotel

Even fussy types will find their every fancy and fantasy is well catered for at Cheltenham’s Ellenborough Hotel.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy

Home to a rather fabulous collection that includes pieces by Rubens, Van Duyck, Titian.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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Gardens and Parks
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Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

The magnificent house, gardens and deer park at Lyme Park was the filming location for the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Location: Lyme Handley, Cheshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland, and the River Nene.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Gardens and Parks
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Commemorate the First World War centenary at Dunham Massey

Commemorate the First World War centenary at Dunham Massey

Mark the centenary of WWI at Dunham Massey by hearing the stories of Stamford Military Hospital in which 282 soldiers were treated.

Location: Altrincham, Cheshire

Gardens and Parks
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Follow the Ancient Sherwood Route

Follow the Ancient Sherwood Route

Take in the best of north Nottinghamshire on this 20-mile cycle route, which explores the extensive area covered by Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Cycling
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Antony House

Antony House

The star of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Location: Torpoint, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

As if the Cotswolds weren't enough of a treat, get a taste for the local and refined at this gourmand's delight.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Food and Drink
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Sizergh Castle and Garden

Sizergh Castle and Garden

An imposing Cumbrian castle boasting an award-winning rock garden.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover a vibrant arts scene within the Forest of Dean

Discover a vibrant arts scene within the Forest of Dean

Discover a cultural scene that really breathes life in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Stand where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed

Stand where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed

Now only the earthworks and the conical motte remain of Fotheringhay Castle, standing above the peaceful River Nene.

Location: Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a romantic meal by the river at Farndon Boathouse

Enjoy a romantic meal by the river at Farndon Boathouse

There is no better way to while away a summer’s evening with your loved one than with a visit to Farndon Boathouse Bar and Kitchen.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Eating out
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Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

Attractions
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Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Set amongst 250 acres of woodland overlooking the North Norfolk coastline.

Location: Kelling Heath, Norfolk

Picturesque places
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Visit a cinematic favourite at Eastnor

Visit a cinematic favourite at Eastnor

Eastnor’s typical castle architecture has made it the star of many a movie and TV programme over the years.

Location: Ledbury, Herefordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover beautiful blooms at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Discover beautiful blooms at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Amazing azaleas, beautiful bluebells and magnificent magnolias – you will lose yourself within 180 acres of gardening wonderland.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Gardens and Parks
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Explore gardens, modern art and more at Dudmaston

Explore gardens, modern art and more at Dudmaston

Built in the 17th century, the classic setting of Dudmaston Hall also provides a contrast to its unique collection of art.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks

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