Great English escapes

Great English escapes

We’re not usually the type to boast but seeing as St George’s Day is just around the corner, we think it’s only fair to make a bit of a hoo-hah about this green and pleasant land. Join us as we celebrate the many things that make England great, from the centuries-old tradition of afternoon tea to exploring some of the best-preserved castles and historical sites in the world.

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Embark on a two-night classic car break in the Durham Dales

Embark on a two-night classic car break in the Durham Dales

Combine a luxurious stay at Headlam Hall with the use of a superb Jaguar E-type and a luxury picnic hamper with which to explore the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

See opera's biggest stars hit the high notes at Glyndebourne.

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

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Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Setting off from Kidderminster, dine in style on a steam-hauled restaurant car train, along 16 miles of Shropshire’s beautiful Severn Valley.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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Sampling England’s national dish in historic Whitby

Sampling England’s national dish in historic Whitby

The traditional taste of fish and chips still comes out on top in the picturesque seaside town of Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Explore the spooky towers and frightening dungeons at Warwick Castle, and uncover its gruesome past spanning over 1100 years.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

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Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

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

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Satisfy your sweet tooth at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Satisfy your sweet tooth at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Enjoy retro sweets that evoke childhood memories at The Oldest Sweet Shop in England.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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Experience England at its most glorious

Experience England at its most glorious

Enjoy a quintessential English break exploring the grounds of the grand Goodwood Estate and grounds.

Location: Goodwood, Sussex

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Look into outer space at Jodrell Bank

Look into outer space at Jodrell Bank

Cutting-edge astronomy and interactive displays wow visitors to the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, home of the magnificent Lovell Telescope.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

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Go punting on the River Cam

Go punting on the River Cam

Find your inner rhythm in Cambridge as you mess about on the River Cam.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgshire

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Explore the Houses of Parliament's medieval Westminster Hall

Explore the Houses of Parliament's medieval Westminster Hall

Explore 1,000 years of British history on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, from the Westminster Palace to the Commons Chamber.

Location: Westminster, Greater London

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Get football fever at St James' Park

Get football fever at St James' Park

Experience Premier League football at St James' Park, home to Newcastle United, and go behind closed doors to the players’ changing rooms.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Tour the Cotswolds’ hidden gems and receive a warm welcome at the Secret Cottage, a private home where you are invited to traditional afternoon tea.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

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See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the stunning Crown Jewels on display at the historic Tower of London, and learn about their profound religious and cultural importance.

Location: Tower Hill, Greater London

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Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

There’s nothing so quintessentially English as settling down in the drawing room for sandwiches, scones and a pot of Yorkshire tea.

Location: Oulton, Yorkshire

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Be seduced by ritzy Blackpool and its mighty Tower

Be seduced by ritzy Blackpool and its mighty Tower

Soar to dizzying heights at Blackpool Tower, whirl around on its famous dance floor and be dazzled by ‘the greatest free light show on earth’.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Drive through the Lake District in a classic car

Drive through the Lake District in a classic car

Explore the Lake District in style. Only the sexiest sports car will do, the top has to be down, and the roads have to be winding.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Built into a cave system underneath Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (or ‘The Trip’ as locals call it) is a legend among English inns.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Enjoy a pint in ‘England’s oldest pub’

Enjoy a pint in ‘England’s oldest pub’

Experience a meal at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, ‘England’s oldest pub’ according to Guinness World Records, where Oliver Cromwell dined in the 1600s.

Location: St Albans, Hertfordshire

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