Oxford is one of the most familiar cities in Britain. Its fine wide streets and noble buildings have been the backdrop for countless TV programmes and films. Recently the famous old Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean museums reopened, the first refreshed, the second extended.
The Lake District? Think Austrian Alps, Italian lakes and Norway's steep U-shaped valleys, packed into a precious piece of England just 35 miles across. And now the BBC is to adapt Arthur Ransome's much loved children's saga Swallows and Amazons, set in Lakeland.
York’s central location makes it one of the
most easily reached cities in Britain. And with trains running in from all parts of
the compass, it’s an ideal destination for a day trip or a weekend away at any
time of year.
Glorious wanderings in the Cotswolds. The pluperfect hunk of England is threaded by pretty rivers and studded with gold-clad villages nestling in cosy valleys under dreamy hills, cross-hatched with dry stone walls.
Visit England has named Southport as one of the best places for shopping in England. The famous shopping Mecca of Lord Street: “The splendour of its preserved Victorian architecture is matched by the incredible array of goods turning a shopping trip into something special.“
This Midlands city on the move has one of Britain’s newest theatres, a daring new shopping mall, and the museum which inspired the Attenborough brothers. Visit England chose it (Spring 2011) as one of its top English cities.
There is more to Somerset than the annual mud fest at Glastonbury. From the majestic heights of Exmoor, the Quantocks and the Blackdown Hills, to a string of seaside resorts. And all that cheese and cider.