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For a little country, England packs an amazing variety
of things to see and do. From days and nights out in city centres
to pootling round the Cornish countryside, England always has
something to offer.
We have partnered with VisitEngland, the country's National Tourist
Board, to bring you the very best of Blighty. Whether you choose a
costal weekend adventure with friends or you're looking for a
family fun packed day, you're sure to find something to inspire you
and to enjoy.
If you fancy experiencing some culinary delights a trip to
Birmingham may be just up your street. With a great selection of
dining experiences available including a number of
Michelin-Star restaurants you will find something
to suit all tastes. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you can
take a family day out to Cadburys World and
indulge yourself with some chocolaty treats.
The city of Bristol is another perfect destination for a long
weekend away if you love to hit the shops. With all the usual mix
of high street names available, Bristol's Gloucester
Road is Europe's longest independent retail street, with
shops selling everything from Retro to vintage clothing, antiques,
organic foods and much more. After all the retail therapy you can
pop down to Bristol Harbourside to soak up
the evening atmosphere with dinner and drinks on the water
Who doesn't love a day out at the beach - ice cream, fish and
chips on the pier - all these simple pleasure can be found in
Bournemouth. As well as being the traditional English seaside
resort some may crave, Bournemouth has an exciting surf scene, with
a variety of water sports to try for those adventurous enough. As
we all know, the sun may not always shine on our coastal adventures
but luckily. Bournemouth has some solutions with an indoor play
adventure playground for children with a resting zone for the
adults serving up local, organic delights. There is also the
Oceanarium which houses the world's first virtual
Whether it is music, literature or art that interests you,
England has a rich mixture of all of these cultural delights plus
more. For a bit of everything, Cambridge is the place to visit. The
iconic Cambridge University colleges dotted
throughout the city create a culture of learning with libraries,
galleries and museums to visit. You can embark on your own journey
of discovery and maybe even learn the art of Punting along the
river Cam. The City also plays host to one of Europe's
best folk festival where acts such as Mumford and Sons
The great family day out has to have something to please all and
a trip to Manchester is sure to cover all bases. The Chill
Factore, the UK's longest indoor skiing and snowboarding
slope has something for everyone whether you are a whizz on a pair
of skis or would rather a bit of sledging,
you're all bound to havea fun time. If you have your very
own budding star or media mogul within your household a tour around
MediaCityUK home to the BBC and CBBC is the ideal
trip. Visitors get to have a sneak peek behind the scenes and find
out what it's like to be a TV presenter.
English heritage is what attracts so many visitors every year
and for good reason. With beautiful churches and cathedrals a
common site and many a historic castle to explore the past is still
very real and visible in the present. A trip to Oxford
castle unlocked takes you on a journey through the castles
dark and infamous history. The ghostly tales and dark crypts are
sure to give the bravest a fright. For something a bit lighter, and
the prefect outing for anyone crafty, Stoke-on-Trent
potteries are well worth as visit. You can discover the
history behind the industry and have a look at the beautiful
ceramics that have been created over the years in the museums and
visitor centres. You can even have a go yourself and take home a
memento from your visit.
With idyllic villages, scenic coastlines and countryside a hint
of romance is not hard to find in England whatever the occasion. If
there is a special occasion coming up and you want to treat that
special someone in your life a trip to Birmingham Jewellery
Quarter, Europe's largest will do the trick. With a
treasure trove of diamonds and jewels there is sure to be something
that fits. But, being romantic need not cost you a penny. A
walk up Cabot Tower in Bristol provides
visitors with the most stunning panoramic views for you to take in
and enjoy a special moment together.
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