England -- it's home to one of the most famous cities in the world and yet it harbours so many more surprises around its glorious countryside that so many people miss and don't experience because of the main drawcard that is London. Do yourself a favour! After experiencing London, get out of the city and get among the real England and the real Brits.
The capital city, London, is a great place from which to start your adventures. You could easily spend a couple of weeks here seeing and doing all the crazy and wonderful things that this city has to offer. There are hundreds of England hostels here , some in better areas than others. Do your research on where you want to be, what you want to see, and what the better neighbourhoods are before you book -- and be sure to book in advance, especially during the high season if you want to avoid staying in a total dive.
From London it is quite easy to do weekend trips on the train or the cheaper Megabus or National Express to towns such as Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Oxford, Southampton, and Brighton. Each has some wonderful and historical things to see and do. The cheapest way to get around however if there are a few of you traveling is by car, however public transport will get you to pretty much anywhere in the country you may want to go. Just keep in mind that the closer to your travel date that you book your trains and buses, the more you are going to wind up paying. If you can manage to book a week or two in advance you will save yourself quite a lot of money. If you can do it over a month in advance, you can score some pretty cheap Megabus deals.
You will literally find England hostels from one end of the country to the other. There are such a large number of them in so many different locations that you shouldn't have trouble finding somewhere to stay either in or close to where you want to be.
Traveling east of London, you will go past the famous Stonehenge on the side of the highway on your way through to Bath and Bristol, which are both great cities to explore -- Bath for its history and Bristol for its up-and-coming music scene. You will also find Stratford-Upon-Avon out this way -- it's where arguably the most famous author of all time, William Shakespeare, was born.
As you travel north, you will find that the culture and the landscape both change. The Lake District is home to some of the most stunning scenery and hiking in the country, and is an area not to be missed if you have some time to spend up here. It is close to the major towns of Liverpool, Manchester, York, and Leeds.
The south coast of England is home to the famous Cliffs of Dover, some amazing coastal hiking, and the hip town of Brighton. You can also catch a ferry here to France.
In the summer months, England becomes a hub of music festivals galore; the most famous of which is Glastonbury. If you are here in the summer, a music festival is a very worthy way to spend your time.
There is obviously way more to this amazing country than can be described in short. The best advice is to get out of London and experience what the rest of the country has to offer, because London has an entirely different culture than the rest of the country. You won't regret it for one second.
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Exeter is wicked. If you fancy a good night out, go to Arena and then Paradise Tandoori. They have the best naan kebabs I have ever tasted in my life!
Avoid Bath at all costs. It is horribly expensive and there's is really nothing going on.
I now live in Canada. I use to live on Dartmoor, in the Girls Boarding School, not too far from Widecombe in the Moor. I remember coming to Widecombe Fair, every year. Today, I decided to see what websites there were. It's great to see these beautiful places being used for tourists. Someday, I'll come back there …
St. Mitchell's Mount is a walking distance from Penzance, one of the best places in the UK. Weather in this part of the UK is usually windy and quite sunny.
Be sure to take one of the London Walks tours - they're marvelous, cheap, and let you see and learn more about London than you could on your own!
Canterbury is a gorgeous city! Take a river baot trip (from Weaver's), Go to the Cathedral (quite expensive but SO worth it). Rent a bike and go to Whitstable on the Crabbe and Winkle route. There's a park next to the West tower at the end of High street which is really nice. I love Canterbury!
Oxford is the best place to visit. If you go down along the river there is a beautiful park to sit and have lunch or relax. The Virgin store in town allows you to email for friends for a cheap rate also. Going rowing in the river is also a fun time.
Manchester is the best place in to shop at outside of London in England. There are tons of shops. Visit the Printworks, which is a collection of bars, pubs, and a movie theatre all under one roof. Try out the bars near the University of Manchester if you are looking for a younger crowd.
It's such an underrated city. There's loads to do! You have the coast, surf, fabulous beaches, a coastal path, free ferry to Cornwall, Dartmoor, bars, superb nightlife, remote, fun, hip, and happening. Apart from a chaotic traffic system and poor shopping, Plymouth is the bees knees.
You have no reason to come to Sittingbourne -- we have nothing.
I went to Newquay last year when I was 16 with some friends and it was fantastic! The night life was great and in the day you can surf or just chill on the beaches. It's cheap and the perfect place to get away from it all. But beware, a signal is not easy to get for mobile lovers.
Jersey is not part of England, or the UK for that matter but independent and is actually an Island in the British Isles. Fantastic place for families, mature people, food lovers, plenty of cliff walks etc. One thing it doesn't have is really a proper club scene.
Dorking is a pleasant country town, some interesting older architecture, several antique shops, a museum, and a visitable winery. Boxhill on the Downs is a famous walking and tourist spot just north of the town.
Hexham town has a lot of great things to do, including a small theatre, cinema and a once a month farmers market. A great tourist atraction is Hexham abbey. There are also plenty of great places to eat and drink.