With notable alumni including 5 Kings, 26 prime ministers and 40 Nobel Prize winners, not to mention literary legends like Lewis Carroll and J. R. R. Tolkien, Oxford University needs little introduction. Renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious learning establishments and the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the entire city of Oxford is centered around its famous university, with its many colleges, churches, libraries and parklands dotted all around town.
A warren of passageways and alleys woven throughout the historic city center, York’s famous Snickelways have long been the beating heart of the city and one of its most charming assets – dozens of narrow winding streets, lined with medieval buildings and paved with timeworn cobblestones. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Snickelways take their name from the local term ‘Snicket’, meaning alleyway, and range in size from tiny, narrow passageways to long, meandering streets, linking together the city’s main shopping streets, markets and attractions.
Voted the European Capital of Culture back in 2008 and home to the largest collection of national museums outside of London, Liverpool is well deserved of its status as the cultural center of the north. From discovering the city’s rich maritime heritage to walking in the footsteps of The Beatles, here are Liverpool’s top museums and galleries.
If you’re looking to discover the English countryside, there are few better locations than the Lake District, with 885 square miles of rolling hills, wildflower-filled valleys and, more than a dozen of England’s most spectacularly situated lakes. A natural stomping ground for adventurers and the ideal spot to escape the city, there are outdoor activities in the Lake District to suit all ages and fitness levels. Here are few ideas.
Hiking in Wales presents no end of challenges – scaling a snow-capped peak or battling the elements on a steep coastal cliff – but also plenty of tranquil moments – rambling through fields of wild daffodils or stopping for tea at a picture-perfect country pub. Best of all is the sheer variety – long-distance trails stretching the length of the country, challenging day hikes, easy coastal walks and family-friendly woodland trails.
Arguably the world’s most famous and prestigious long-distance cycling event, the Tour de France has been a mainstay on the sporting calendar since 1903, with more than 20 teams competing for the coveted top prize and the 21 day-long ‘stages’ clocking up an impressive 3,500 kilometers. Watching the Tour de France has long been a popular pastime in France, with enormous crowds turning out to cheer on the 180-plus cyclists along the route, but this year, fans can also follow the Tour de France in England, as the 2014 event kicks off on the other side of the Channel.