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.
Few towns are as quintessentially English as Bath, but while the UNESCO-listed city is best-known for its Roman Baths, it also has a rich literary history, as the former home of iconic British writer Jane Austen. First visiting as a teenager, Jane lived in Bath from 1801 to 1806, and the city served as a backdrop for at two of her novels – Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Now, more than 200 years since the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, fans still flock to the famous spa resort and there are plenty of fun ways to explore Bath in the footsteps of Jane Austen. Here are a few ideas.
Wet weather is an unfortunate but inevitable part of holidaying in England, but don’t let the lack of sunshine put you off sightseeing – there are still plenty of things to do on a rainy day in Liverpool. Here are a few ideas.
With rolling hills, dramatic coastal cliffs and traditional country villages, Wales is a country tailor-made for train travel and the country’s narrow-gauge railways and historic steam trains have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. For those travelers who like to enjoy the journey as much as the destination, here are 5 of the most scenic train journey Wales to add to your bucket list.