We’ve been to our fair share of places up and down the country, and I think it’s fair to say that England is a little under estimated when it comes to its beautiful scenery, beaches and National Parks.
Brits are so quick to book the next flight to Spain, but few actually stay put to explore the stunning country we already live in – do we take it for granted? Maybe we have a little too.
Although we are yet to visit the number one destination on our list, Lake District National Park, we’re grateful to have been able to adventure around our favourite places England has to offer!
This place has always stolen our hearts. Not only for the breathtaking beaches and towns but for personal reasons too, as Kelly’s family have claimed this town as their second home for several generations. This place holds decades of holiday memories for our family, and we will continue to create more.
Newquay hands down has the best beaches in England (Bournemouth being second!), and a must visit is Crantock beach – surrounded by golden sand dunes, with the River Gannel running alongside leading into the sea. The Gannel is great to paddle in at low tide, and be sure to drop into the Bowgie Inn for lunch. This lovely pub is located at the very top of the cliff looking over Crantock Beach.
This is our new favourite spot! Having only just visited recently, this is definitely up there with the top seaside towns – we really didn’t expect it to be so lively and unique. One of the stand out factors for us was the atmosphere and just how laid back everyone was, as people crowded in the dozens on the field by the lighthouse with music and BBQ’s at sunset, surrounded by basketball players and people rollerskating in pairs.
You wont be short for restaurants or bars, as you’ll find them scattered along the cliffs looking out to sea at the Plymouth Breakwater Fort. The only downside is the lack of beaches, but we hopped on a 30 minute ferry to Cornwall which was a great cruise, and takes you to a few beaches in the small town of Cawsand.
One of the most visited hot spots in England, and is located right next to Durdle Door which is a bonus – you’ve got to see both of them if you go. This was a great weekend away for us in the cutest countryside B&B, just a 10-minute drive down the lane to the coast. Or if you want to get even closer, then the Lulworth Cove Inn is definitely the place to stay, right on the edge of the cove!
At the sea-front we found a local fish and chip shop, and an ice-cream parlour full of Marshfield Farm flavours.
We even found a secret spot up on the highest part of the cliff, to get some great snaps at sunset! Instead of heading left towards the top point of the cove which is fenced, head to the right and you’ll see a little gap in the trees which you’ll have to work your way through. I promise this is a legit route as there are steps up to the top once you reach the fence, it is just a little muddy!
Once you reach the top, take extra care as the ledge is out in the open with a direct drop into the sea, so climb at your own risk.
This was quite the walk from Lulworth Cove at the car park, which no one warned us about! We definitely thought they were right next to each other, but you need to hike up the hill for about 30 minutes before you reach Durdle Door beach. It is definitely worth the walk if you’re up for it, or there is a car park nearer specifically for Durdle Door.
If you’re visiting both, we think it’s still best to park at Lulworth, so when you’re tired at the end of the day, you only have to walk mostly downhill back to the car, not the other way around.
The beach is a great picnic spot with views of the white cliffs, so bring a blanket and some snacks! If you’re feeling more adventurous there is a Portland and Jurassic Coast day trip, which includes visits to both Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, as well as Corfe Castle and Broadchurch locations.
This is our favourite place in England so far, and have visited several times. The park is just absolutely huge with never ending sights and activities, and not to mention the wild roaming ponies! Have a BBQ in the woods at Bellever Forest, climb for a view at Haytor Rocks, or have a picnic and chill at the Fernworthy Reservoir. These are all highly recommended personally by us, and just to highlight our favourite spot: Lydford Gorge. Here you can trail around the forest, and have lunch by the Whitelady Waterfall, which is a truly amazing sight! There are also cute bridges and smaller waterfalls, and even opportunities to dip your toes in the water.
Of course, London needs to be on the list, as the capital of this wonderful country. For anyone who is yet to go, the exploring and experiences are endless – we even live here and haven’t managed to see everything yet! The main attractions are a must, which you can see in our London Guide, but even just a stroll along the River Thames is unreal. Surrounded by boats, art galleries, restaurants, bars, street performers and beautiful people, you will not be disappointed. Also remember to check out the dozens of live events and festivals!
Most importantly, London’s history is thriving in abundance, which is just waiting to be remembered and explored by today’s society. Go back in time with historical events that shaped London, such as the Plague and the Great Fire of London, at the London Dungeons. On top of that, examine the crimes of a London serial killer, at the Jack the Ripper Museum, or re-live his footsteps with a Jack the Ripper guided tour around the cobbled streets of the Victorian East End of London, where you will conduct a fact filled inspection of the real murder sites.
This seafront destination is flourishing with fun things to do and golden sandy beaches. Having previously lived here for two years, and now visiting at least once a year, this is like our home away from home and we absolutely LOVE IT.
It has everything you could ever want or need, from seafront cocktail bars and restaurants, shops, sports bars, ice cream parlours, clubs, raves, arcades and even a zip wire over the beach! Our favourite thing to do is chill on the beach for sunset on the soft sand, with a BBQ, bonfire and some music – any time of year (in allocated areas)!
You definitely have to check out Aruba cocktail bar on the pier, with a balcony to enjoy views over the ocean, or Hot Rocks restaurant next door. The Bournemouth Air Show is also a must if you’re headed there in September, to witness the famous red arrows.
If you fancy venturing out a little further, there is a fantastic full day tour to Isle of White departing from Bournemouth!
If you live in the UK, don’t forget to explore what is on your doorstep and seek out the best places to visit in England! You’ll be suprised at the beauty you’re surrounded by, and some can just be explored in one day!