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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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Discover a tale of forbidden love at Bessie Surtees' house

Discover a tale of forbidden love at Bessie Surtees' house

A tale of forbidden love to rival Romeo and Juliet is immortalised in Bessie Surtees’ 16th century house, tucked behind NewcastleGateshead's quayside

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Discover one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets, with hidden gardens, secluded walkways, outdoor Shakespeare and rock pooling.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

There is no better place to take in the change of the seasons than London’s Greenwich Park, home to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line.

Location: Greenwich, London

 
Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Pull on your wetsuit and goggles and aim for Thurlestone Rock off the south Devon coast for a really wild swimming adventure.

Location: Thurlestone, Devon

 
Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Explore the spectacular staterooms and corridors of the Victorian gothic-style Manchester Town Hall.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
Spot rare winter birds on the River Exe Estuary

Spot rare winter birds on the River Exe Estuary

During winter the River Exe Estuary bursts with life. Take a guided bird watching cruise to see why the mudflats are as rich as a rainforest.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Retrace the footsteps of John Keats in Winchester

Retrace the footsteps of John Keats in Winchester

You don’t have to work up a sweat to follow in the footsteps of one of our greatest romantic poets – it’s actually a very pleasant walk!

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Uncover underwater life at the National Marine Aquarium

Rainy Day Activities: Uncover underwater life at the National Marine Aquarium

Need a rainy day idea? Visit the UK's largest aquarium to be amazed at its fascinating underwater world, and learn how we all play a part in conserving it.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Take a walk through Tresco Abbey Garden

Take a walk through Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco Abbey Garden has unique climate conditions that allow for the growth of exotic and unique plant life.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 
Build sandcastles at Bamburgh Beach

Build sandcastles at Bamburgh Beach

Do you know your cockles from your winkles? St. Aidan and Grace Darling certainly did. And what better place to learn than on Bamburgh Beach.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

 
Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

You’ll feel like a hero or heroine in your very own fairy story as you mount the stairs of Truro’s Victorian Water Tower.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

 
Venture to the tree tops at Go Ape!

Venture to the tree tops at Go Ape!

Enjoy fun and adventure in the trees, taking on epic zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles.

Location: Wendover, Buckinghamshire

 
June events: Enjoy a flutter on the horses at Royal Ascot

June events: Enjoy a flutter on the horses at Royal Ascot

Enjoy a quintessentially British day out at Royal Ascot – a highlight of the summer social calendar and one of the most exciting events of the year.

Location: Ascot, Berkshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Get spooked in the Blackpool Tower Dungeon

Rainy Day Activities: Get spooked in the Blackpool Tower Dungeon

Tales of Lancashire's dark history and scary stories galore lay ready and waiting in Blackpool's spookiest indoor attraction, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 
Woo your true love in Stratford-upon-Avon

Woo your true love in Stratford-upon-Avon

Relax by the river, recite a romantic sonnet, indulge yourself in Shakespeare’s England. It is a heavenly break for you and your true love.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
Discover UNESCO World Heritage site at Masson Mills

Discover UNESCO World Heritage site at Masson Mills

Experience what life was like to work in an 18th-century mill at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

 
Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

A weekend of tasty treats, markets, live music and entertainment in Holmfirth.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

 
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

 
Revel in the sounds of the Cambridge Folk Festival

Revel in the sounds of the Cambridge Folk Festival

Join thousands in enjoying some of the finest folk music in Europe, at a gorgeous country hall in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 
Feel the rhythm on Bristol’s music-filled streets

Feel the rhythm on Bristol’s music-filled streets

Hear music drift outdoors this summer with the Bristol Proms, listen to jazz on cobbled streets and watch huge outdoor concerts in July and August.

Location: Bristol

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