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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Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Peel back 900 years of history at this UNESCO World Heritage Site of majestic monastic ruins, water gardens and medieval deer park.

Location: Near Ripon, North Yorkshire

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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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Bed down in a VW campervan and explore Bath’s rolling countryside

Bed down in a VW campervan and explore Bath’s rolling countryside

Hire a fully refurbished and kitted out VW campervan and explore Bath and its surrounding villages and countryside.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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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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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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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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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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Read John Keats' love letters at Keats House

Read John Keats' love letters at Keats House

Read love letters and poems from John Keats to Fanny Brawne in the home where the poet fell in love and wrote some of his finest poetry.

Location: Hampstead, Greater London

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Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon for the chance to see a play performed in the Bard’s own hometown.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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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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Recreate scenes from Pride & Prejudice at Stourhead gardens

Recreate scenes from Pride & Prejudice at Stourhead gardens

See the changing colours on a visit to breath-taking Stourhead, where you can see the beauty of nature through the seasons.

Location: Mere, Wiltshire

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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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Experience contemporary art in Margate

Experience contemporary art in Margate

Contemporary art is leading the way in Margate alongside retro shops and funky bars framed by the trappings of the classic English seaside.

Location: Margate, Kent

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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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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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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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Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Step inside Hogwarts' Great Hall at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and feel the films magically come to life.

Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire

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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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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 dancefloor and be dazzled by ‘the greatest free light show on earth’.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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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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