I just love a staycation in England! Exploring my home country England is one of my favourite things to do and I always try and fit at least one staycation in a year when I am planning my travels. I wanted to share with you five places in England that are perfect for a staycation. I love enjoying adventures across the country and taking the opportunity to explore what is on my back door. From hiking in Yorkshire, to a city break in our capital city, there are so many places to visit in the countryside and in the city. If you’re lacking some inspiration, here are my favourite places to visit in England.
Jersey – For my last trip of 2018, me and Theo flew for a weekend in Jersey! We spent 48 hours exploring this wonderful island, including three days and two nights. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, between England and France and even through it is a self-governing dependency, it still sits within the United Kingdom. The island is a real mix of British and French cultures, with streets signs in French and English, many towns named after French phrases and lots of French inspired cuisine. The island is known for its beaches, cliffside walking trails and historic castles and there’s just so much to do on this tiny yet wonderful island. The island is possibly most famous for the Jersey War Tunnels complex, in a former hospital excavated by slave labor, which documents the island’s 5-year German occupation during WWII. So what are you waiting for? Get booking those flights and get planning that weekend in Jersey…
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York – At the start of December me and my best friend Katie headed up north for a weekend break in York; our third adventure together in 2018! York is a city with Roman roots and a Viking past, almost exactly halfway between London and Edinburgh. Combining the best of its heritage with modern British life, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time as you amble down intertwining streets lined with 13th-century walls, but its thriving cultural scene will bring you right back to the present. We had 48 hours explore this incredible city, and made the most of our visit by getting the York Pass, which gives you free access to over 40 York & beyond attractions and it is the only ticket you need to experience and explore York! It also includes discounts on evening entertainment such as ghost walks, escape rooms, plus money off offers at numerous cafes and restaurants across the city. Whilst we on our weekend break in York we stayed at the wonderful Staycity York and then spent 48 hours exploring the christmas markets, taking a ghost walk, learning at JORVIK Viking Centre, eating cake at the famous Bettys Tearoom and staring at York Minster. Come along and find out what else we got up to and why you should visit york….
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The Cotswolds – The Cotswolds is a magical place. And only two hours from London, it’s hard to remember the hustle and bustle of the city, when you’ve entered the peaceful villages of The Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is one of my calm places. Beautifully rural, with rolling hills, stone villages, winter walks and a beer by the roaring fire in a local pub, but with easy accessibility from London. It is also becoming a foodie capital of the country with amazing pubs, restaurants and cafes popping up all over the region. Whether you fancy a good walk, pub lunch, or a pamper at a spa, there is no better place than The Cotswolds.
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Yorkshire – Last January we headed up North for a weekend in Yorkshire, staying at the wonderful Brompton Lakes, part of the Holiday at Home family. We went up there with our best friends Tom and Sophie to celebrate Theo’s birthday in style. After a chaotic festive period, we wanted a trip that would be a mix of adventure and relaxation and when we stumbled across Brompton Lakes we knew it was the perfect location with a hint of luxury, alongside a splash of wellbeing = my perfect trip! Brompton Lakes is a collection of 5* lakeside holiday lodges with hot tubs in Richmond, North Yorkshire, where you will find everything you need for a weekend retreat away from the chaos of everyday life with family or friends.
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London – I have a love-hate relationship with London, always have and always will. But recently I really wanted to give it a chance again – explore the city, and especially some of the lesser known areas. London is one of the most prestigious cities in the world and it certainly has a lot to offer tourists, but what about those of us who live close by, and want to explore without the crowds and chaos? London is home to historical sights, world-class shopping, top-notch sporting, and wild nightlife. I’ve done the tourist attractions multiple times, and when me and Theo decided to head to London last weekend we picked four places we wanted to explore more: Hackney, St Katharine’s & Wapping, Hoxton and Soho. Armed with my handy Marco Polo Travel Guide we headed on the train to London for a fun-filled 48 hours.
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