As the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon — a small central England town — has long punched above its weight when it comes to tourism. Throngs of visitors make their way to the town to walk in the footsteps of the iconic playwright.
England’s only UNESCO-listed city is a beguiling mix of age-old tradition, historic architecture and contemporary arts, and it makes a popular choice for a day trip from London, often combined with nearby sights like Stonehenge, Lacock or Stratford-upon-Avon. With little time to spare, it’s possible to take in the highlights in just one day in Bath; the compact center makes it easy to get around all the top attractions on foot or by bike.
Just an hour and a half by train from London, the historic Roman city of Bath makes for a relaxing weekend escape. Discover its classic, pale sandstone architecture that basks in the afternoon sun, take the waters at the city’s iconic spa, and explore countless hidden treats for eating, drinking and shopping.
Oxford is England’s quintessential university town but as the sun sets, the city sheds its studious image and becomes a lively hub of bars, nightclubs and live music venues. The nightlife in Oxford is varied, but is generally dictated by its large student population, making it a great place to discover cutting-edge arts and music, as well as a good choice for those on a budget, with ample student discounts, happy hour drinks promotions and discounted entrance fees.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes London so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in London!
With plenty of sunny days and a busy roster of seasonal events, summer in Liverpool is ideal for sightseeing, although it’s still worth packing an umbrella just in case! When the sun is shining, locals make a beeline for the city’s beaches, the most popular of which is Blundellsands, home to Antony Gormley’s iconic ‘Another Place’ art installation, as well as a long sandy beach. More of Gormley’s work can be seen at Crosby beach, while other popular coastal retreats include West Kirby Beach, Ainsdale beach and the North Wirral Coastal Park. Alternatively, take a day trip to nearby Blackpool, one of England’s best beach resorts, famed for its dazzling illuminations and seafront Pleasure Park.