England's Areas of outstanding natural beauty

England's Areas of outstanding natural beauty

These places make your heart beat just a little faster. From delightful working harbours, to exquisite beaches, impressive gorges, rolling hills, and fascinating heathlands, we boast over 30 wildly differing landscapes which have been officially designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Walking the chalk hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds or marvelling at the wildfowl, seals and dolphins from the flats and marshes of the Solway Coast. Inhaling the aromas of the orchards and hop farms that populate stretches of the undulating Kent Downs. You will be part of living, breathing landscapes.

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Relax in Thermae Bath Spa’s open air rooftop pool

Float in the open air rooftop pool at Britain’s only natural mineral-rich thermal spa and soak up the spectacular views over Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Step into the St Mary Redcliffe

Standing for over 800 years , St Mary Redcliffe Church was described Queen Elizabeth I as 'The goodliest, fairest and most famous parish church in England'.

Location: Bristol

 

Trot over to meet Redwings Horse Sanctuary's rescued residents

Come nose to nose with some of Redwings Horse Sanctuary's most delightful residents at Redwings Ada Cole Rescue Centre in Essex.

Location: Nazeing, Essex

 

Take Cambridge’s history in your stride on this walking tour

Navigate your way through Cambridge’s cobbled streets and its 1,000-year history, with one of the city’s expert guides.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 

Visit a unique Roman cavalry exhibition along Hadrian’s Wall

2,000 years of history comes to life in Hadrian’s Cavalry, an exhibition celebrating the Roman cavalry regiments.

Location: Hadrian's Wall

 

Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Trace a history that goes back millions of years as you meander Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, England’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage site.

Location: Dorset

 

Get the teenagers active on an action-packed family break

Enjoy a weekend of abseiling, cycling and horse riding and country walks with the whole family on the moor.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

 

Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Discover 4th-century Roman England at Chedworth.

Location: Fossebridge, Gloucestershire

 

Discover what life was like for a 16th century noble family

Visit Doddington Hall, an Elizabethan mansion steeped in history, and explore the stunning English gardens that fill its country park estate.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 

Indulge in a romantic city break in Manchester

Your romantic getaway is just round the corner; visit some of the city’s most sumptuous hot spots for great cuisine and spectacular skyline views.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Explore the stunning medieval Bolton Castle

Experience the incredible atmosphere of Bolton Castle where many of its rooms give the feeling that their inhabitants have just walked out of them.

Location: North Leyburn, North Yorkshire

 

Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

See the rare survivals of Victorian gardens, which were used by townsfolk who wanted to an escape from the busy town centre.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 

Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand with one foot in the east and one in the west and feel on top of the world at this historic observatory.

Location: Greenwich, London

 
Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

May events: Shake your tail feather at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

See some of the best performers from the world of burlesque and alternative cabaret at this event in May.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

 

Enjoy Afternoon Tea with a twist in Windsor

Indulge in the quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea from a wooden river boat, or whilst dressed in your best vintage clobber this spring.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

 

Dine at the best restaurants in Bristol

Bristol is home to three Michelin starred venues, three of the UK's top restaurants and many other award-winning dining experiences.

Location: Bristol

 

Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Celebrate Capability Brown’s tercentenary as you explore 42 acres of Sherborne Castle's beautiful gardens and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting.

Location: Sherborne, Dorset

 

Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Step into the world of Rudyard Kipling by visiting his traditional English gardens in Rottingdean, near Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Discover the hidden gem of Grimwith Reservoir

Grimwith Reservoir is one of the Yorkshire Dales' hidden gems tucked away off the road between Grassington and Pateley Bridge.

Location: Near Grassington, North Yorkshire

 

Follow King Arthur’s trail in Shropshire

King Arthur (the real one!) was born, lived and died in Shropshire. No, really. And his Queen Guinevere was a Shropshire lass too.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

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