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

 

A weekend in Gloucestershire

From Double Gloucester to Harry Potter.

Location: Gloucestershire

 

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

 

Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Durham’s landscapes and iconic buildings have inspired several of England’s great artists and writers, including the master painter JMW Turner.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

 

Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

See how The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden enhances the beauty of an already breath-taking place.

Location: Oadby, Leicestershire

 

Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Where would you expect to see a sheep duo, rock character, miniature train and fairy castle, all carefully carved out of wood?

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

 

Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Tudor House is one of the most prominent buildings in Broadway which houses objects and artefacts on loan from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

 

Discover Jane Austen’s legacy in Hampshire

Celebrate Jane Austen at the Jane Austen Regency Festival in June and visit her much loved home in Hampshire and the countryside that inspired her.

Location: Alton, Hampshire

 

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

 

Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst showcases giant pieces created from materials you might find in the Forest.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

In the quiet village of Dymock, literacy history was being made by six of the finest poets of the early 20th century.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Enjoy great views on top of the Worcestershire Beacon and follow in the footsteps of writers and composers including Sir Edward Elgar and C.S Lewis.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

 

Walk in the footsteps of the famous Brontë sisters

Visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum and explore the beautiful home and surroundings that inspired classic Brontë novels.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

 

Explore the Midsomer Murders locations

Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby as you explore Causton, Midsomer Newton and more on the trail of the Midsomer Murders locations.

Location: Wallingford, Oxfordshire

 

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

 

Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Enjoy a delicious menu made from the best Cumbrian produce, washed down with a pint of freshly brewed ale at the Kirkstile Inn in the heart of the North Lake District.

Location: Loweswater, Cumbria

 

Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take a trip around the landscape used in the film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and discover what inspired Arthur Ransome to write his famous book.

Location: Derwentwater, Cumbria

 

Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Come and see 'Trenwith', the Poldark family home, actually 'played' by Chavenage House in Tetbury and you may spot Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark!

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

 

Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

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

Location: Poole, Dorset

 

Explore the beautiful and curious Rushton Triangular Lodge

This place is proof that in England you'll find architectural treasures in the most unlikely places.

Location: Kettering, Northamptonshire

 

See art on the Wolds Way

The WANDER art trail is the first of its kind in the country encompassing a series of public art installations on the 79 mile national walking trail.

Location: Malton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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