22 Places in the UK You Must Visit Besides London

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I haven’t been everywhere and I know I still have a lot of countries to travel to before I should start naming my favourites but so far, I would have to say that the UK is definitely up there (on my number 2 spot actually, just after my favourite country in the world…Japan!) When I went to the UK, obviously, I fell in love with London but once I stepped foot outside of London, I realized there were so many small towns worth leaving my heart to. So here are other places in the UK you must visit aside from London (and of course, the Stonehenge).

Nottingham, calling all Batman and Robin Hood fans!

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Distance from London: approximately 206 kilometres

“Nottingham? ‘Isn’t that where Robin Hood is from?’ That’s the first thing people say when I say where I am from.

Nottingham is only an hour and 45 minutes from London by train. It’s a vibrant city in the Midlands, with new shops, restaurants and coffee shops popping up all over the place.

For sports fans, Nottingham was named as England’s official Home of Sport following a campaign by tourism body Visit England in 2015. You can enjoy a game of ice hockey, football or even water skiing if you are feeling brave. There are also some big cricket matches held at Trent Bridge if you time it right.” –Becky Angell from Becky the Traveller

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“You wouldn’t think that a big city is a great place for wildlife but there are one place not too far from the city centre that you should add to your list if you are visiting.

Wollaton Hall & Deer Park – The park is a great place to visit for a lovely walk or a picnic. There’s a lake, gardens, a café, a play park and as you walk down towards the lake you will normally see deer wandering around. You can even go inside the hall and explore.

For those of you who are movie fans you will recognize the hall from Batman -The Dark Knight Rises!

Oh and if you really want to, there is a statue of Robin Hood outside the Castle you can have your photo with.” -Becky Angell

Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s birthplace!

Distance from London: approximately 163 kilometres

“I understand William Shakespeare isn’t everybody’s favourite, some love him, some hate him but we have to admit, he was definitely one of the best writers this earth has seen. His works are classic. Everyone has read Shakespeare. I remember reading so many of his work for English class in high school so when I went to England, I made sure to visit Stratford-upon-Avon where this great man was born. Startford-upon-Avon is such a charming little English town filled with charming English shops, cafes, restaurants, and people. Being in Stratford-upon-Avon just gave me this feeling of warmth and happiness.” -Justine Kimoden from Jusz Travel

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“Definitely check out Shakespeare’s house whether you love him or not. You can also just wander around and check out the shops and restaurants in town.” -Justine Kimoden

Hay-on-Wye, a heaven for book lovers!

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Distance from London: approximately 241 kilometres

“Although off-the-beaten-path in Wales, Hay-on-Wye was one of my favourite places I visited on a trip I took through England and Wales. This little town is often described as the town of books and is the National Book Town of Wales. They host a major literary festival each year in June that attracts thousands of people from all over the world. However, even if you visit on a regular day you’ll be blown away by the charm of this little town. The streets are lined with cute boutique shops, including several book shops (new and used) and there are even little used book stands/shelves spread throughout the town on the side of the road. Whether you’re a book lover or not, the cuteness of this town is worth a visit off-the-beaten-path.” -Lauren Marinigh from Twirl The Globe

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“Hay-on-Wye in southern Wales has 1,500 residents and 26 bookshops. It is the perfect town for book nerds. The bookstore spree was started by Rich Booth, the self-proclaimed King of Hay. He cooked it up as an economic development scheme. It is said that at one time he owned most of the bookshops in town. But he’s elderly now and he’s only down to one shop. But his shop and the 25 others offer a wide range of new, used, and collectible books. And if you visit in early June, you can attend the annual Hay Book Festival.

The town oozes Welsh charm. It’s just small enough for you to feel cozy right away. But it’s just large enough to have a variety of lodging and restaurant options. In addition to book browsing, the town is well situated on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacon’s national park and the Offa’s Dyke hiking path cuts through town. Use Hay-on-Wye as a base of operations and create yourself an itinerary for literary Wales.” -Carol Guttery from Wayfaring Views

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“You must visit Booth’s Bookstore while visiting Hay-on-Wye which is one of the world’s largest secondhand bookstores where you’ll find all sorts of literary gems. Also stop by Shepherds Cafe to try their famous sheep milk ice cream. I tried ginger flavoured!” -Lauren Marinigh

“Spend your time Hay-on-Wye perusing the bookstores. And don’t be afraid to chat up the booksellers. Ask them to recommend their favourite author, or to give you some gossipy story about Hay. Try this rigorous itinerary: coffee, bookshops, lunch, bookshops, pub, sleep. Then repeat the next day. Have a great time and happy reading.” -Carol Guttery

Porthcurno, a spot to soak up the sun!

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Distance from London: approximately 473 kilometres

“There are so many beautiful places across the UK that are worlds apart from the usual haunts you’ll find in larger cities such as London or Edinburgh. 
When visiting the UK, Cornwall should always be on your list. Not just because this county has the best sandy beaches in the UK or killer waves for surfing (although those reasons are certainly up there), but because there are so many other incredible and unique experiences offered here.
Take Porthcurno on the south coast of Cornwall as an example. Here, you will find the all important sandy beach perfect for a spot of sunbathing (when the weather’s good), but you will also find the Minack Theatre right on the edge of the coastline.
This open-air theatre looks like a traditional Roman amphitheatre with stone seating carved into the side of a cliff. The sea-view behind offers the most superb natural backdrop to any theatre performance. And the open-air element makes for such a thrilling atmosphere in summer evenings.
So bring your blankets, Prosecco, and picnic along with you and engage with both a spectacular performance and the beautiful surrounding landscape. You may even be lucky enough to experience a full moon and a clear night!”
Justine Cross from Wanderer of the World

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“Whilst you’re taking part in the ‘Cornish’ vibe of the UK, don’t forget to eat some traditional fish ‘n’ chips. You will find so many takeaways and restaurants offering this throughout Porthcurno. With this being a staple food item in the UK (and especially in Cornwall), it really is a must-eat!”
Justine Cross

Aviemore, a playground for outdoor enthusiasts!

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Distance from London: approximately 861 kilometres

“Aviemore, Scotland, situated in the Carin Gorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands, is known mostly for it’s snow sports as well as hiking, biking, and many more outdoor activities. There is a Funicular Railway that gets you up the Cairn Gorm mountain in 10 minutes. Not to mention the wild reindeer herd that are very domesticated and are known to get very close.

Aside from the mountain, there is a lot to see and enjoy in Aviemore, which always astounds me for such a small town. Aviemore is home to 25 per cent of Britain’s threatened wildlife. There are many tours you can enjoy that take you around and tell you more about the animals. You can also just try your luck and go for a wander, you are likely to come across something.”Chiera McLaughlin from Young and Undecided

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“My favourite place in Aviemore is Loch Morlich. Any season, rain or shine, Loch Morlich is stunning. It is also surrounded by woodland which I personally love exploring. This past October I went up for the day, there was a marathon happening with Loch Morlich as the finish line. They had a big barbeque set up that anyone could join. It is perfect for families as small kids can happily play in the sand and the older kids can take part in the water sports. There’s even a cafe for the parents to top up their caffeine!

About three hours drive from Glasgow, Aviemore is somewhere perfect for a day trip, or a long weekend. Also check out Cafe Mambo in the town centre, they have incredible chicken burgers!”Chiera McLaughlin

Bristol, Banksy’s hometown!

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Distance from London: approximately 190 kilometres

“The home of Banksy, Brunel and ‘Blackbeard.’. Bristol is often overshadowed by its neighbour, Bath. Whilst Bath has a lot to offer; from natural spas and Roman heritage, there is no reason that Bristol should be off of your radar. Bristol is a city that should be recognised – if our homebrew the Wurzels didn’t float your boat, perhaps the locally sourced cider and the links to world renowned graffiti artist Banksy would take your fancy. Bristol is a city with so many strings to its bow. Diversity is celebrated here, no less than at a free annual event of St Paul’s Carnival – with the vibe of Notting Hill but on a smaller scale. Head up to Gloucester Road to browse the goods sourced and made by local people… on your way, you may well spot the Banksy Murial of the ‘Mild, Mild West’.
If you would like to learn about the history of Bristol, you can climb aboard the S.S Great Britain, the first iron ship to sail across the Atlantic, where you can walk through the engine room, passenger cabins and even climb the rigging to the crows nest. Alternatively, you could learn about Bristol’s ties to ‘Blackbeard’ and join ‘Pirate Pete’ on a tour through the historic docks, before enjoying a pint of Somerset’s finest cider in Bristol’s oldest pub – the Hatchet.” -Emma Badger from Where’s That To?

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Bristol is located in the South West of England and is a real treat to visit as it offers a blend of urban city, historic buildings, and some gorgeous green spaces. There is a lively nightlife and some cracking festivals in the summer.

No matter what you’re interested in, there is something for you. For the creative types, there is an array of theatre, music venues, and is home to famous graffiti artist, Banksy. Walking around Bristol means you can see some of his original artwork still on the walls.

For history buffs, check out the Cathedral on College Green, SS Great Britain, and Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge.

However, one of the things I love most about Bristol is the cider! Although cider is now pretty national and international. Some of the best cider is brewed in the West Country and you can find it in many bars and pubs. For a unique Bristol experience, go to the Apple – a cider bar on a boat!”Helen Anglin from Helen the Bristolian Backpacker

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“Bristol International Balloon Fiesta happens annually and is usually during the first two weeks of August (check online for this years dates). It is the second largest balloon fiesta in the world, after Albuquerque. Here you will find stalls with local foods and drinks, a small fun fair with some rides for the thrill seekers, handmade goods from local sellers and the piece de resistance is of course the balloons. They do a mass ascent in the early morning at 6 a.m., again in the afternoon with entertainment in the arena in between, including aerial displays, parachute jumps and the air ambulance helicopter. On some of the days, they also do the night glow which is when the balloons are inflated and tethered and the pilots are choreographed to light their balloons up as music is played through large speakers. As if all of this hasn’t been enough to tempt you, I haven’t told you the best part yet. It is free to enter! So all you need to pay for is your own food and drink, however you can take a picnic in if you wish.
The big event is very well organized so travelling to Ashton Court is simple, with many extra bus services provided. Free events are aplenty in Bristol – but the balloon fiesta is my favourite and when you visit, you’ll understand why.” -Emma Badger

Founded in Bristol, Pieminster serves up some lovely pies for all tastes. Hearty portions are available and you can wash it down with some local cider. It’s one of my favourite places to eat and a real treat if you’re in Bristol.” -Helen Anglin

Belfast, UK’s party scene!

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Distance from London: approximately 757 kilometres

“Belfast is an underrated city in the UK worthy of your time. The capital of Northern Ireland is a beautiful and vibrant place that has a lot to offer, where clubbing in a former church is a thing. The architecture – with its red bricks, tiny houses and re-purposed churches – is beautiful, and passing by (or visiting!) Queens University will take your breath away. If cultural activities is your thing, don’t miss the free Ulster Museum and the Titanic Belfast, both very informative, fun, and suitable to all ages. There is also a huge chance of being in town while there’s a festival, which is always a good way to spend time. In the food department, the versatility is huge so no one will be disappointed, and is particularly accommodating to gluten free and vegan eaters. Last but not least, the bar scene is very exciting and you can hop from a pub with traditional music to a jazz club or a gin-lovers hideaway and end up in a club.” -Alice Cardillo from Take Your Bag

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“While Titanic Belfast is a well-known must-see, I would recommend to spend some time in the Ulster Museum. It’s free, and covers pre-historic to modern history (with an emphasis on Irish history), zoology, sciences and arts. The place is gorgeous, and you can’t miss the dragons hanging from the ceiling!” -Alice Cardillo

York, a place to de-stress!

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Distance from London: approximately 349 kilometres

“York, just about two hours away from London by train and is the perfect antidote for stressed out city dwellers. Once you arrive in York, you will find that the city is pleasantly “walkable,” and you can comfortably travel at your own leisurely pace. Whether you stroll along the preserved medieval walls, sit down for a tea and a spot of dessert in Betty’s Café Tea Rooms, or visit the awe-inspiring York Minster cathedral, you can take your time to fully experience the area.

York is also home to fantastic food. During my long weekend stay, I only encountered fantastic dishes – including a hearty roast, peppered beef pastry and simply heavenly sticky toffee pudding. The locals were very pleasant, which explains why the service people at the hotel and restaurants were so friendly. York’s convivial atmosphere combined with historic touches makes the small city a truly enjoyable place to visit.” -Alison Roberts-Tse from Up and At ‘Em Travel

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“When planning a trip to York, make sure to include the National Railway Museum, which is great for adults and children alike. Here you view retired trains and imagine the passengers on luxurious journeys. You can also compare and contrast trains from all over the world, some of which you can board.” -Alison Roberts-Tse

Chester, UK’s former Roman capital!

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Distance from London: approximately 325 kilometres

“Whenever I tell people that I’m from Chester, a puzzled look comes over their face. My hometown is definitely not as well-known outside of the UK as it should be. Chester is a historical city, it was once the Roman capital of the UK. The city still has reminders of its past to this day. Chester is home to the largest Roman amphitheatre in the UK and the old Roman walls that enclose the city centre are still intact!” -Tom Stevenson from The Travelling Tom

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“Chester is not only an historical city, there’s also one of the biggest zoos in the UK just outside of the city centre. Within the city centre, there’s also the famous Eastgate Clock, which is one of the most photographed clocks in the world. Chester is a great place to visit if you’re in the Northwest of the country, as it can be the gateway to Liverpool, Manchester and Wales! If you’re thinking of heading to the UK, don’t miss out on Chester!” -Tom Stevenson

Laugharne, a poet’s paradise!

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Distance from London: approximately 360 kilometres

“Laugharne is a town in Carmarthenshire, Wales, lying on the estuary of the River Tâf. If it is an inspiration you are looking for, Laugharne is the cat’s (Captain Cat’s) whiskers. Apologies to the genius of Dylan Thomas but anyone with a poetic soul cannot fail to be inspired by the black boat bobbing shores of Laugharne overlooked by the world famous boathouse where so many of Thomas’ creations were inspired and penned.” -Sarah Berthe from Travelosio

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“There are a number of landmarks in Laugharne connected with the poet and writer Dylan Thomas. These include the Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk, which was the setting for the work Poem in October, and The Boathouse, where he lived with his family from 1949 to 1953; it is now a museum. Other attractions in the town include the 12th-century Laugharne Castle, the town hall, the birdlife of the estuary and the great festival called The Laugharne Weekend.” -Sarah Berthe

Canterbury, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site!

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Distance from London: approximately 100 kilometres

“Canterbury is a historical town and is just a two-hour drive from London. The town is well-known for its cathedral and that’s why it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. In contrast to London, Canterbury is very small and serene. It is nice to spend a day in this town, especially if you’re looking for a typical English town with cozy cafés and eateries and historical sites.” -Tamara Stuijt from Girlswanderlust

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One site you should absolutely see and visit when you are travelling to Canterbury, is the famous cathedral. In the centre of the town you can find the entrance. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. The entrance fee costs £12.

One activity which I haven’t done due to bad weather, but from what I’ve heard is definitely worth to do, is a boat trip over the river The Great Stour through the centre of Canterbury. There is an organisation, Canterbury Historic River Tours, which provides boat trips of 40 minutes over the river, with stories about the history of Canterbury.

And are you a chocolate lover? Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Chocolate Café! Not only do they have a delicious menu with all kinds of hot chocolates and snacks, but it’s also a very cozy café with a nice ambiance.” -Tamara Stuijt

Stroud, a sanctuary for serenity seekers!

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Distance from London: approximately 171 kilometres

“What’s England without a taste of the great green plains? I couchsurfed in Stroud, at a humble abode right by the forest. With a map, some water, snacks, and a backpack in hand, I scooted off into the great unknown!
En route, I was very much at peace with the serenity of nature – the quiet calls of the birds, the gentle droplets of the leaves’ dew, and little sheep grazing.
The white specks you see in the distance are sheep! Coming from a modern city of Singapore where all I see are skyscrapers, I was so enraptured by the vast green pastures, the herds of sheep frittering their time away grazing, and the crisp mountainous air. Living in a farm has always been on my bucket list and this was the closest experience I can come to ticking it off.” -Isabel Leong from Bel Around the World

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“You cannot miss tasting the traditional Cornish pasty.” -Isabel Leong

Cotswolds, land of stone houses!

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Distance from London: approximately 133 kilometres

Last spring my family took a road trip around England. In my research I was directed to an area that I had never heard of- the Cotswolds. I am so glad that we added this to our itinerary as it ended up the highlight of my trip. The area is a group of old market towns located in the southeast corner of England. It is full of stone houses with thatched roofs, cute pubs, and rolling green hills. There is also a 100-mile walking trail that meanders through the villages.” -Jamie Italiane from The Daily Adventures of Me

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“We stayed in Stow-on-the-Wold. I felt like I had travelled back in time or into a movie set. Every corner was beautiful and I spent our day there just walking around, shopping, and eating. The Cream Tea and Welsh Rarebit that I leisurely enjoyed in Lucy’s Tea House were like a dream for this Anglophile.”Jamie Italiane

Oxford, home to a famous university!

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Distance from London: approximately 95 kilometres

Oxford should be at the top of your list for a visit to the UK. Long-famed for its university, it’s a city steeped in history and culture. Wander through the university’s colleges (each built in its own unique style) and learn about the evolution of this modern city.

Oxford’s only a short train or coach ride away from London, but it’s a world away from the capital. Its soaring spires and sandstone buildings make a delightful backdrop for your explorations.

Almost every building has an interesting story for you to discover: you can settle in for a drink in the Eagle and Child, a frequent watering hole and meeting spot for The Inklings (the literary group whose members included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis). Snap a picture of the world-famous Radcliffe Camera – part of the Bodleian Library and possibly the most beautiful building in a city with no shortage of contenders. For something a little different, why not explore the Oxford Botanic Gardens, the oldest botanical gardens in the UK, complete with beautiful tropical greenhouses filled with plants from around the world.” -Julianna Barnaby from The Discoveries Of

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“Keble College. After all of the sandstone buildings, Keble’s neo-gothic red brick architecture is something to behold. The college is just across from the Pitt Rivers Museum and the University Parks, so you can snap it from the outside but if you do get a chance to go inside, you’ll find impressive architecture and some of Oxford’s most distinctive buildings.” -Julianna Barnaby

Isle of Wight, perfect balance of both country- and sea-side!

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Distance from London: approximately 145 kilometres

“The Isle of Wight is everything that crowded, tourist-flooded London is not. Located about four miles of the southern coast of mainland UK and accessed by ferry crossing, the Isle of Wight is a small island with its own quirky personality. Each corner of the island offers something unique and different, and the island as a whole offers a much needed mix of the countryside and the seaside – a perfect way to just get away from it all! Whether you are looking for a beach holiday, or to explore somewhere new, the Isle of Wight offers something for everyone. With sandy beaches, a couple of English Heritage sights, art galleries, scuba diving opportunities, international sailing competitions and more, you never run out of things to do and see on Isle of Wight.

For a truly relaxing weekend away, consider visiting the Isle of Wight in the off-season. Some attractions will be closed, but the island feels empty and that alone makes the trip worth it!” -Kelly Mongan from A Pair of Passports

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“I usually prefer to find off the beaten path activities, but every once in a while I find a gem of a tourist attraction that is well worth a mention, Carisbrooke Castle is that. The sight is dog-friendly, adult-friendly, kid-friendly – everyone can enjoy it! Not only are the ruins of the castle incredibly well-preserved and beautiful, but the views that you get from the top are the best in the Isle of Wight (or so I think!). You can learn about what life was like in the castle, or just walk the perimeter and take in the views; regardless, I highly recommend a visit!” -Kelly Mongan

Sheffield, a place for foodies and beer-lovers!

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Distance from London: approximately 271 kilometres

Sheffield is a city that is perfect for those that love good food and great beers. Once dubbed the beer capital of the UK, there are tons of breweries across the city making some really great English Ales and really tasty craft beers. There are top quality cafes serving up excellent espressos and creative concoctions that I thought only existed in the big smoke. They are all hyper-focused on bringing their customers the best of Yorkshire produce. You could spend a whole week sampling a different restaurant and cafe each day and discovering something totally new and delicious at every turn. Aside from the food and drink, Sheffield has great live theatre, history museums, and is close enough to make a day trip to the Peak District for some of the best walking trails in the country.” -Laura Bronner from Eternal Expat

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“You can’t miss brunch at Marmaduke’s, coffee and cronuts at SteamYard, beers at Sheffield Tap, and dinner at Silversmith’s. It’ll be the best food day you’ve had in a long, long while.” -Laura Bronner

Cardiff, a city that has it all!

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Distance from London: approximately 280 kilometres

“The underrated capital of Wales, Cardiff is a gem that goes undiscovered by most travellers as they stick instead to the well-trodden pavements of London. However, if you’re not visiting this leafy green city, you’re missing out. It literally has everything you could possibly want from a visit to the UK; great food like that served up at New York Deli in the High Street Arcade (one of Cardiff’s many stunning Victorian shopping arcades), great nightlife in the form of Moon Club or craft beer fan favourite Urban Taphouse and great parks, like student hotspot Bute Park. It’s even within walking distance of delightful Cardiff Bay, which has a wealth of restaurants and is home to the Dr. Who experience, which is worth mentioning, films in the university buildings there regularly, too! And, as an extra bonus, there’s even a castle (the most quintessentially British tourist attraction) located smack bang in the middle of the city centre. Honestly, I don’t know why you’d even bother with London at all.” -Lauren Cocking from Northern Lauren

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“If you only have time to do one thing in Cardiff though, it should be to stroll through Bute Park, dodging the many runners, cyclists and rollerbladers that love to use it as their own urban gym, in the direction of the beautiful Cardiff Castle, which is a whopping 2,000 years old!” -Lauren Cocking

Dorset, UK’s prettiest county!

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Distance from London: approximately 207 kilometres

“Although Devon and Cornwall are lovely in their own right, I consider Dorset to be the prettiest of England’s counties. There’s a whole lot of natural and man-made history packed into this stretch of land – from the ancient Jurassic Coast (featuring the very cool Durdle Door), cute little villages like West Lulworth, Corfe Castle, and the Cerne Abbas Giant, as well as some very pretty beaches.

For anyone venturing to that part of the country, I’d recommend staying at Poole. The town is a short drive away from many of the county’s highlights and a delight to visit in itself. I have spent many hours walking alongside the harbour, ice cream in hand or whiling whole afternoons away in the beer gardens of the numerous local pubs. Not to mention the calibre of the seafood on offer… oh my.” -LC Haughey from Birdgehls

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“Take a boat ride from Poole Harbour around the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site which stretches along the southern coastline of the UK. The coastline consists of millions of fossils that compressed to form rock over thousands of years. Sights of interest from Poole include Old Harry, a crumbling limestone stack (it’s rumoured to have been named after the Poole Pirate Harry Paye) and Brownsea Island, which is home to Britain’s native red squirrels, which are sadly dying out across the country. You can make a day trip if it, by spending an afternoon in the town of Swanage.” -LC Haughey

Norwich, where history and modern era meet!

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Distance from London: approximately 190 kilometres

“It’s not just its geographical location that sets Norwich apart from the rest of the cities in the UK. As the only city in the county of Norfolk, Norwich is situated roughly 100 miles north-east of London in the east of England. Norwich is abundant in a history that dates back over 1,000 years, yet manages to blend this in with all the trappings of vibrant 21st century city living.

You can appreciate Norwich’s medieval history by a walk down the cobbled streets of Tombland, a wander through the gardens of the Anglican Cathedral (that dates back to the Norman era), or a stroll along the banks of the river Wensum. Head up to Norwich’s Norman-era Castle for a wonderful vantage point across the market towards the striking Art Deco period City Hall building.

Norwich offers an endless variety of independent cafes, bars, and shops dotted throughout its laneways for you to discover. It’s a paradise for ethical shopping and dining with many places offering locally sourced produce or products.” -Meg Davies from Meander with Meg

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“For a taste of quintessential British life, pop into the Colman’s Mustard shop in the stunning art nouveau Royal Arcade. Colman’s has been an integral part of UK cooking since it first began in Norwich in 1814 and graces dining tables the world over. You can learn about Colman’s history, try some mustard infused chocolate and pick up some vintage inspired gifts.” -Meg Davies

Lewes, a throwback to Victorian times!

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Distance from London: approximately 96 kilometres

“Imagine taking a trip back in time to a place where you can get a glimpse of what life was like in Victorian England. The historic town of Lewes in Sussex gives you just that. With a population of just a little more than 17,000, Lewes is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. From Ann Cleaves House to a 15th-century bookstore, you’ll feel a bit like you’ve just stepped out of HG Wells time machine in this cozy, traditional community.

Just a 40-minute train ride from London, this charming little town is anything but sleepy. Its adorable High Street runs through the center of town and features a variety of boutique shopping, such as Twinkle Twinkle. After you’ve maxed out your credit cards at places, grab a bite and a beer at one of the town’s many pubs, including the Pelham Arms and Brewers Arms.” -Heather Hudak from Wanderlust Wayfarer

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“If you only have time to take in one sight in Lewes, make it the Lewes castle. Built in 1069, Lewes Castle is a stone structure that stands high above the entire town. Be sure to climb to the top for an amazing view of the surrounding area.” -Heather Hudak

Bury St. Edmunds, home to the UK’s only surviving Regency playhouse!

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Distance from London: approximately 134 kilometres

Bury St. Edmunds, a fantastic example of how to harmonise old and new. Located just 30 minutes east of Cambridge, this historic town is a wonderful stop on any adventure. We spent the morning wandering around the elegant Abbey Gardens, the imposing Abbey Gate still stands on Angel Hill as the entrance to the park and home to the ruins of a 12th-century monastery. We then visited the neighbouring St. James Cathedral and Mary’s Church, the burial place of Mary Tudor, favourite sister of Henry VIII. The contrast between old and new is beautifully represented between the modern feel of the cathedral compared to the church which felt more traditional with stunning stained glass windows.

As we walked, we noticed the upper façades of the buildings seemed largely untouched by time, contradicting the modern shop fronts below before reaching the top of town, home to the newer developments such as the Apex Concert hall and arc shopping centre.

Throw into the mix the only surviving Regency playhouse in Britain and one of the UK’s biggest brewers, Greene King, whether you want history, shopping or just a couple of beers in a traditional English pub, it’s all in this charming little town.” -Matt Hulland from The Travel Blogs

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“As mentioned, Bury St Edmunds is home to one of the UK’s biggest brewers and their brewery is open for tours. Be sure to book as they are popular. You’ll learn about the tradition of British beer, climb to the top of the brew house for great views, and of course, plenty of tastings!” -Matt Hulland

Rugby, for lovers of the sport!

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Distance from London: approximately 138 kilometres

“Do you enjoy playing or watching a Rugby game? Do you have your favorite teams or players? I recommend that you visit Rugby in Warwickshire – the birthplace of Rugby!

Personally, I have no interest in sports. For some reason, Rugby town captured my heart. Just last November, they launched the World Rugby Hall of Fame Museum, where they give tribute and importance to some of the prominent figures of the field. Get to know interesting historical trivias and be mesmerized with its HD touch screen technology. It is located in the Rugby Museum & Library where they also have exhibitions that promotes local artists.” -Micaela Rodriguez from Senyorita

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“Rugby is also the birthplace of a number of literary icons with Rupert Brooke being the most popular. They are given recognition at the Jubilee Gardens. The Caldecott Park is a lovely place to go to especially when the flowers are in full bloom. The Rugby Town Centre managed to maintain its charm, which makes a daily stroll in food establishments and charity shops a pleasurable one. Lots of lovely people too!” -Micaela Rodriguez

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  1. 22 places but no Newcastle? Sad 😭

    • jusztravel
    • April 3, 2017

    Oh woops! sorry! I am definitely adding Newcastle to my places to see in the UK!

  2. There is so much to see in this country! So happy to be included.

    • jusztravel
    • April 5, 2017

    Yay! Thank you so much for collaborating with me Jamie! 🙂

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