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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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Vintage swimwear, Lewis Carroll’s desk and summer keepsakes

Vintage swimwear, Lewis Carroll’s desk and summer keepsakes

Step back in time and discover British seaside holidays through the ages in the new Summer Holiday Seaside exhibition on Eastbourne’s elegant seafront.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
Enjoy a taste of Grasmere Gingerbread

Enjoy a taste of Grasmere Gingerbread

Stock up on one of the Lake District’s most famous exports: Grasmere Gingerbread.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

 
Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Head to the delightful seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea for a fun trip up a sea-cliff lift and dine on fish and chips with a view.

Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

 
Explore the past at Elsecar village

Explore the past at Elsecar village

Set within the attractive conservation village of Elsecar is Elsecar Heritage Centre, a unique attraction and a working hub of industry to explore.

Location: Elsecar, South Yorkshire

 
7 best ways to explore Manchester

7 best ways to explore Manchester

Manchester, the birthplace of the industrial revolution, is most commonly known as a hotspot for sporting giants. However, if you take the time to look a little deeper there are many secrets to unfold.

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore Oxford's Museum of Natural History

Rainy Day Activities: Explore Oxford's Museum of Natural History

Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, housed inside one of the city's most beautiful neo-Gothic buildings.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
6 classic Christmas films shot in England

6 classic Christmas films shot in England

The turkey has been devoured and the Christmas pud set alight, so now it’s time to settle down on the sofa (wrapped up like a pig in blanket) ticking off the hefty list of festive films in the Christmas TV Guide. But before you get too comfy, check out these flicks that were filmed in locations across England.

 
Stay in a secret chalet in rural Nottinghamshire

Stay in a secret chalet in rural Nottinghamshire

Enjoy a romantic stay in a beautiful chalet in the grounds of Langar Hall, and explore the surrounding area including country walks and walled gardens.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Celebrate this great literary mind by exploring his childhood haunts, the inspiration for literary classics Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Stay at the award-winning Lion Quays Waterside Resort

Stay at the award-winning Lion Quays Waterside Resort

The Lions Quays near Oswestry is a renowned hotel which also boasts a five-star Country Club and Spa.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

 
Discover the quirky side of Robin Hood’s Bay

Discover the quirky side of Robin Hood’s Bay

Enjoy a traditional seaside break with a twist at this old smuggling and fishing village on the North York Moors National Park coast.

Location: Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby

 
Join Bill Spectre on his award winning Ghost Trail

Join Bill Spectre on his award winning Ghost Trail

Dressed as a Victorian undertaker, Bill will lead you through the streets of this pretty city lifting the lid on this great seat of learning.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Discover Bristol’s myths and legends

Discover Bristol’s myths and legends

Delve into ancient folklore and uncover Bristol’s iconic landmarks on a family city break

Location: Bristol

 
Get away from it all with Hoe Grange Holidays

Get away from it all with Hoe Grange Holidays

Located on a working farm in a quiet corner of the Peak District, Hoe Grange Holidays is an ideal way to enjoy some peace and relaxation in your very own luxury log cabin or glamping pod.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

 
Get kippered in Craster

Get kippered in Craster

Craster is the acclaimed home of the kipper – a breakfast favourite of the Queen. But there’s more to Craster than fishy tales.

Location: Craster, Northumberland

 
Visit top chef Tom Kerridge’s Michelin pub in Marlow

Visit top chef Tom Kerridge’s Michelin pub in Marlow

Located in the charming Georgian town of Marlow, the Michelin starred Hand and Flowers is all about great food in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Marlow, Buckinghamshire

 
Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Visit the cathedral city of Ely, and discover why the humble eel is so important in its history, as you walk its unique Eel Trail.

Location: Ely, Cambridgeshire

 
Spooky Salisbury ghost walks

Spooky Salisbury ghost walks

Join Salisbury City Guides as they search for Salisbury’s secretive ghosts.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

 
Soak up the sun on a royal beach

Soak up the sun on a royal beach

Osborne House in the Isle of Wight was Queen Victoria's holiday home for many years. Pay a visit to this pretty spot to get a glimpse into her family getaways and even see her private beach!

Location: East Cowes, Isle of Wight

 
Enjoy close encounters at Tropical Butterfly House & Wildlife Centre

Enjoy close encounters at Tropical Butterfly House & Wildlife Centre

Discover one of the most exciting wildlife parks in Yorkshire - an indoor rainforest paradise with birds and butterflies, creepy crawlies and reptiles, cheeky Meerkats and minibeasts from around the world.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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