It may be the capital city, but there is so much more to the UK than just London. Here are a few of my favourite places to visit in my home land:
A popular resort town located near the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary, it is known for its beautiful waterfront and for boating. For those who like to sunbathe, North and South Sands are your best bet, although it can be fun to hop on the ferry, or your boat and head to East Portlemouth or Sunny Cove. The South West Coast offers dramatic views of the cliffs and hidden coves that appear out of nowhere as the tide comes out. Overbecks is a beautiful National Trust park, perched high above the town. Salcombe itself is full of traditional shops, among them clothes shops which will make anybody look like a pro sailor, even those who have no intention of getting on a boat. The Salcombe Regatta is the last week of July, visit for sandcastle competitions, crabbing and yachting.
Return train from London Paddington to Totnes: £90 (3 hours)
For those mad on outlet shopping, nowhere quite compares to Bicester. The stores are filled with luxury goods and designer clothes, at great discounts. Fun fact: It is the second most visited location in the UK, by Chinese tourists, after Buckingham Palace, and the signs at the station are in Mandarin. That is a big deal for the UK, we rarely do bilingual.
Return train from London Marylebone: £28 (40 minutes)
The town is the birth place of Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest playwright of all time, and hosts Anne Hathaways Cottage, Nash’s House and Hall’s Croft. For those who enjoy the theare, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre, have regular performances throughout the year. Afterwards, be sure to visit the Dirty Duck, which is frequented by famous actors. If the weather is good, it is fun to join the crowds having a picnic and then going on a rowing boat, and there is often a market near the waterfront that sells everything from street food to little accessories. Head to Sheep street for bars, restaurants and an amazing cheesecake shops
Return train form London Euston to Stratford-upon-Avon: £29 (2 hours)
Known in main for Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the royal family, the town is filled with tourists every date of the year. After exploring the castle, head down the Long Walk to the Great Park. For families, a few miles away is Legoland, the largest in the world and guaranteed fun for little ones. Across the river is Eton, home to the most famous public school in the country, as well as cobble stoned streets, traditional shops and pubs. If you have time, hop in a rowing boat and paddle up the Thames.
Return train from London Paddington: £12 (30 minutes)
Here is located Britain’s finest scenery and countryside, a mix of breathtaking lakes, soaring mountains, picturesque callers and sandy coastline. There are many different areas to explore and things to do. Windermere is one of the most popular areas, located around a mile from the lake. It is popular for its ice cream, wonderful walks and rowing boats. Oxenholme is also very popular and has a lot of trekking, mountain biking, climbing and horse riding. It is also close to the beach and has live music bars. For those wanting to experience the fresh air and beautiful views, this is for you.
Return train from London Euston to Oxenholme: £98 (3 hours)
The Cotswolds is at the heart of Idyllic England, a picturesque region, made up of wonderfully rolling hills. The villages are made up of honey coloured stone buildings, among manor houses and walking trails. Chipping Campden is a great start for a first timer in the area, an exquisite old market town. After visiting, head to Broadway, Stow on the Hold and Snowshill Manor.
Return train from London Marylebone to Moreton-in-Marsh: £42 (2 hours)