When was the last time you went somewhere new in England? This English Tourism Week, we're thinking about all our favourite places to visit, from Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to urban adventures...
We've chosen our top 7 must-visit places in England - are any of them on your list?
We’ll begin with a rather obvious one, but in our defence, if you are going to be a tourist in England then the city of London should be top of your must-visit list! With an endless supply of attractions and museums (many of which are free!), London is the ultimate tourist hot-spot for sightseers and shoppers alike.
Our must-see in London
The London Eye. No, The Natural History Museum. And Buckingham Palace. Wait. Madame Tussaud’s!
There may be too many to narrow it down... One of our definite favourite things to do in London is to amble through the stunning Hyde Park, sit down by the Italian Fountains and enjoy a moment of calm in the vibrant city. Stay at Corus Hotel Hyde Park for the best location less than a 5 minute walk from Lancaster Gate tube station.
2. The Lake District
Get the walking boots out, we’re off to The Lake District to see England’s largest lake and highest mountain (Lake Windermere and Scafell Pike, in case you were wondering). It really is no wonder that The Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2017, putting it alongside iconic destinations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon. A must-visit on everyone’s list!
Did you know…
There is only one official lake in The Lake District: Bassenthwaite Lake. All the others are 'meres' or 'waters'.
Our favourite activity in The Lake District
Complete your trip to The Lake District with a lake cruise! Admiring the waters from the shore is lovely, but we can’t recommend a trip with Windermere Lake Cruises enough.
There are many cruises to choose from, but we love the 45 minute Island Cruise which takes you on a circular cruise from Bowness, taking in stunning mountain and woodland scenery. Finish the perfect day with afternoon tea at Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield which overlooks Lake Windermere and offers stylish interiors and spectacular views over Lake Windermere.
At the heart of England, Coventry is home to an abundance of rich history and culture. Named as the UK City of Culture 2021, it’s a definite must-visit city for any history buff looking to soak up some heritage. There’s so much to do in Coventry, whether you’re looking for relaxing walks in beautiful gardens, theatre and entertainment, or award-winning museums on a rainy day. Stay in a Laura Ashley designed bedroom at Corus Hotel The Chace, just 3 miles from the city centre, for an extra-special visit.
Did you know…
Coventry Transport Museum is free to enter and is home to the world’s two fastest cars!
Our must-see in Coventry
A trip to Coventry wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Coventry Cathedral. Celebrated as the UK’s favourite 20th century building, it’s a beautiful and unique venue.
You’ll be a cooler person just from having visited Manchester, trust us. Just 2 hours from London on a fast train, Manchester is a must-visit city for music and film buffs, football fans, and anyone who considers themselves a bit of a foodie (the Rusholme curry mile awaits!). Take a camera and get ready to soak up some culture, hit the shops and discover this urban paradise for yourself. Stay at The Hillcrest Hotel for affordable comfort and easy access to the M62.
Our favourite activity in Manchester
Gin fans, this one is for you! Discover the Manchester Three Rivers Gin Experience and create your very own gin to take away with you.
Feeling a bit royal? Windsor is home to Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it’s one of the Queen’s official residences and puts Windsor firmly on our to-visit list for anyone who’s touring England. While in Windsor, make sure you treat the kids (and your own inner child) to a LEGOLAND trip for a fantastic day out!
Our favourite thing about Windsor
It’s just 30 minutes outside of the capital and surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the ancient woodland of Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. Make a trip of it at Burnham Beeches Hotel with the perfect retreat…
6. Lincolnshire Wolds
Speaking of beautiful countryside, the Lincolnshire Wolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering fine views, gentle rolling hills and an abundance of flowers and wildlife. If you’re not familiar with the East Midlands, then you should definitely add this to your list. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and families looking to explore the great outdoors. Head over to the fishing port of Grimsby for the best fish and chips (top of our fish and chip list!) at The St James Hotel after a busy day.
We think you’ll love…
The Kinema in the Woods. Located in Woodhall Spa, this unique 2 screen cinema dates back to 1922! A must-visit for any film fanatic.
England’s second biggest city has so many fantastic things to do and is often missed out from must-visit lists, so here it is on ours! Birmingham is so much more than just the Bullring shopping centre; with vintage steam trains to ride, intricate waterways to wander, and the quirky Back to Backs (four typical back to back houses that have been carefully restored to offer a step back in time) to marvel at, there’s plenty to see. Stop for a tea break at the beautiful Laura Ashley The Tea Room in Solihull and indulge in a divine afternoon tea experience.
Our must-visit museum
If you’re a bit of a speed demon, you can’t miss the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, which opened its doors in 1984 and holds the world’s largest and finest collection of British motorcycles.
Inspired to discover somewhere new in England this spring? Stay at any Corus Hotel and enjoy complimentary breakfast when you book direct!
Enjoy English Tourism Week from 30th March-7th April 2019. Share your staycation experiences using #CorusEnglishTourismWeek
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