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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Discover The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Explore hidden paths and bamboo tunnels on this aristocratic Cornwall estate.

Location: Heligan, Cornwall

 
The domes of the Eden Project at night

Discover Cornwall's Eden Project

Five biomes nestled under five giant bubbles in the hills of Cornwall make for one of Britain's most impressive indoor eco-attractions.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

 

Alice in Wonderland at Antony House

Just over the Tamar, Antony House was the location for the hit 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010. Here you can explore its formal gardens, sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies.

Location: Torpoint, Cornwall

 

Retreat to Ruthern Valley

Get some peace and quiet in a wooded valley inhabited with squirrels and wild rabbits.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

 

Cycle The Camel Trail to Bodmin Gaol

The Camel Trail provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line.

Location: Padstow to Bodmin, Cornwall

 

Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

 

Take a visit to Looe Island

Looe Island Nature Reserve is a haven for diverse and fascinating wildlife, from silver-washed fritillaries to grey seals.

Location: Looe, Cornwall

 

A warm welcome awaits weary travellers at the Victoria Inn

Reward yourself after a bracing walk along the coast with a pint in one of Cornwall’s oldest watering holes.

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

 

July events: Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Culture galore mixed with the beautiful Cornish countryside makes the annual Port Eliot Festival a truly magical summer event.

Location: Port Eliot, Cornwall

 

Relax in sustainable style in The Geo Ekopod on Bodmin Moor

Escape the rat race to enjoy the unique peace and tranquillity of Bodmin Moor in a luxurious, sustainable Geopod.

Location: Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

 

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

 

Discover Cornwall’s rugged landscape on the Poldark Trail

Saddle up for Hallagenna’s horse riding trail across Bodmin Moor, taking in some of the stunning filming locations behind the BBC’s Poldark remake.

Location: Cornwall

 

Head to Scilly for a rural retreat

Head to England's remotest and most southwesterly islands of the Isles of Scilly, and experience English countryside with a twist.

Location: Isles of Scilly

 

Cycle through Plymouth and Dartmoor

Plymouth is perfectly positioned for the pedalling visitor on the crossroads of National Cycle Network routes and on the foothills of Dartmoor.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Walk between the Islands at Low Tide

On extreme low tides, walk the channel between Tresco and Bryher and take in the magnificent views across the sands.

Location: Isles of Scilly

 

Get Romantic on a Break to Scilly

Stay in a 16th Century castle, a 19th Century Townhouse or a harbourside inn and enjoy a romantic break on the stunning Isles of Scilly.

Location: Isles of Scilly

 

Escape to Port Isaac for a coastal break

Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall, home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes.

Location: Port Issac, Cornwall

 

Discover the Gardens of Cornwall

With over 70 gardens Cornwall is often described as the garden capital of the world, visit for yourself to see the greenery at its finest.

Location: Cornwall

 

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

Discover the history and heritage behind Cornwall's mining industry, early settlers and communities.

Location: Cornwall

 

Follow in the Footsteps of Michael Morpurgo

Are you a fan of celebrated children's author Michael Morpurgo? Come and see the island that has inspired him so much.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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