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.
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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.
Home to one of England’s biggest and most prestigious universities, the city of Cambridge is synonymous with its namesake university, and its ever-changing student population brings with it a wealth of creativity and invention. But despite its fashion-forward arts and cultural scene, Cambridge is still one of the most quintessentially English of Britain’s cities and it’s this mix of historic buildings, riverfront parks and buzzing nightlife that make it one of the top attractions of the South. Whether you visit on a day tour from London or combine it with the historic colleges of Oxford, one day in Cambridge is plenty to take in the top attractions, but you’ll likely want to stay much longer.
The largest National Park in Wales and home to the highest peak in England and Wales, Snowdonia National Park is riddled with superlatives and its wild terrain makes it a firm favorite with hikers and climbers. Renowned for harboring some of Britain’s most dramatic scenery, Snowdonia serves up a landscape of stark contrasts – windswept coastal cliffs give way to vast sandy beaches, craggy mountain peaks shelter glistening lakes, and traditional welsh-speaking villages lie in the shadows of towering medieval castles.