Exploring England: 5 Reasons to Escape the City

Posted 10 Jun 16, written by Amanda Lambert

With winter in full swing, the Christmas holidays already seem like a lifetime ago - and it can be tempting to pack up and wave goodbye to England as you head off in search of sunnier climates. But thanks to Britain’s beauty, there’s no need to cross oceans to enjoy a welcome break. 

If you’re looking for some destination inspiration a little closer to home, we’ve got just the thing. Whether you want to try your hand at seaside water sports, hike in the hills or just drink in the stunning scenery, with these 5 holiday hotspots, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family!

Navigate your way to Northumberland

Whether you’re from the North East or venturing from further afield, the spectacular region of Northumberland is not to be missed. If you’re hoping for an action-packed itinerary, this picturesque part of England won’t disappoint! From surf lessons and kayaking to exploring the castles and seal spotting off the Farne Islands, a day spent by the coast offers something for the whole family. 
 
When you’re ready to head inland, take a hike along Hadrian’s Wall or uncover the magic of The Alnwick Garden, before heading to one of the region’s renowned restaurants – where delicious, locally sourced food is guaranteed to help you refuel.
 
When evening falls, if you fancy putting on your dancing shoes, the exciting city of Newcastle upon Tyne is just a stone’s throw away! Alternatively, head over to Northumberland’s Dark Skies park where you and your family can camp out under the stars. If you’d prefer to spend the night indoors, we offer accommodation options aplenty - and with a wide range of pet friendly holiday cottages, you can bring your family dog along, too!

Dawdle around Dorset

A visit to Durdle Door is a must if you’re holidaying in Dorset. The natural limestone arch and beach attract visitors from all around the country and can be accessed via the footpath and steps leading from Lulworth Cove. With ancient castles bringing architectural appeal to the county and a range of museums adding historical significance, Dorset is brimming with culture. 
 
If you’re staying the night - or longer - in Dorset, there’s a generous choice of places for you to rest your head. Norburton Hall is a beautiful self catering converted farm and is the ideal holiday companion for families looking to tailor their holiday around their own itinerary.

Cruise along Cornwall’s coast

If you’re planning a trip to Cornwall, a visit to Polperro’s fishing harbour is a must. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this pretty Cornish village is picture perfect - providing the ideal backdrop to your holiday snapshots. If a taste of culture is on the cards, head over to the Minack Theatre - where you can enjoy live musicals and storytelling performances.
 
Famed for its attention-commanding cliffs and seaside sports, Cornwall is the ultimate holiday hotspot for the whole family. After a day spent exploring along the coast, you can head to your beach side hotel for some much needed rest. Looking for a room with a view? The family-friendly Sands Resort Hotel & Spa provides visitors with views of the Atlantic Ocean - so a sea breeze is never far away.
 

Sightsee in Somerset

Somerset is home to some of England’s most breath-taking views. Whether you’re spending a day in the surf or rambling your way around Cheddar Gorge, a visit to this county guarantees plenty of adventure. From trying your hand at sailing to spending a morning wildlife watching, you’ll need more than just a few days to uncover all that Somerset has to offer. 
 
If peace and quiet is on your agenda, Taggart House could be just what you’re looking for. This eco-friendly house offers visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life in their very own slice of paradise. Hidden away in the countryside, tranquility is guaranteed - and there are plenty of walking routes on the doorstep.

Daydream in Devon

When it comes to holiday destinations, Devon really does have it all. From lush green landscapes to sandy beaches, there’s something for everyone in this enigmatic part of England. Whether you’re teasing your tastebuds with the catch of the day or sampling some locally sourced dairy as you watch the sun set, there’ll never be a dull moment during your stay in Devon. 
 
If you’re most at home in the countryside, don’t miss out on a chance to visit Dartmoor. The marshy moorland is tucked away in southern Devon and is ripe for the exploring. When your action-packed day comes to an end, there are a number of hotels and B&Bs on offer. If you fancy being waited on hand and foot, the region has some stunning guest houses who’d be happy to take care of you during your stay. 
 
Whether you’re holidaying up north or heading for the southern hills, there are holiday options aplenty in the UK. And with these five destinations to get you started, you’re guaranteed to find a British break to suit the whole family.
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