From the Yorkshire Dales to the Peak District, and Northumberland to the Cotswolds, there’s plenty of beautiful places to see in England’s green and pleasant land.
March 17-25 marked English Tourism Week, so to help you celebrate the best of Blighty, we’ve got all the inspiration you need for visiting some of the unique and unusual hotspots and locations around the country. These weird and wonderful places will certainly provide some serious enhancements to your Instagram game!
Here’s our list of places you should try to tick off and visit.
Holy Island of Lindisfarne
More commonly known as Holy Island, this is a charming yet quirky destination that certainly is worth a visit for English Tourism Week. Found just a mile off the coast of Northumberland, the island, which you have to drive across the sea to get to, features a monastery, a museum telling the history of the site, as well as breath-taking views around the island. If that’s not enough, you can always sample the mead brewed on the island at St Aiden’s Winery - just be sure to keep the kids away from it!
If you do decide to give the island a visit, make sure you know when the tides are set to come and go and also check the weather, otherwise you’re in for a trip in North Sea, which owing to it being March, won’t be particularly warm.
An attraction that has gained massive popularity over the past few years, this former private folly is highly regarded as one of the best places to visit in England. Located in the Yorkshire Dales, it’s easy to get lost in the Forbidden Corner’s charming features. Complete with tunnels, follies, sculptures and even a maze, it’s sure to be a hit for families and adults alike. But be sure to book in advance, as it can get quite busy.
Rude place names
The English language can often pull up some unusual words, so unsurprisingly this has led to some strange yet quirky named places being scattered across the country - some far ruder than others.
Some of the best names that can be found include:
- Booty Lane, North Yorkshire
- Boggy Bottom, Hertfordshire
- Crotch Crescent, Oxfordshire
- Gravelly Bottom Road, Kent
- Winkle Street, Southampton
Visiting these and taking some snaps is sure to bring about a smile or two!
This is probably the most well-known location on our list. Located just outside of Amesbury in Wiltshire, Stonehenge is a unique and wonderful site that has baffled many a generation. Likely to have been built between 3000BC and 2000BC, the monument is bizarrely made up of a ring of standing stones. It definitely provides the perfect location for some great pictures, especially at sundown, and is an English tourist hotspot you need to tick off!
You’d be crazy to miss out this place for English Tourism Week. Not your typical museum, this one of a kind attraction is the largest collection of cuckoo clocks in the world with over 600 crazy clocks, all coming from the Black Forest region in central Europe where they originate from. You can browse the collection in Tabley, Cheshire and immerse yourself in the world of these weird and wonderful clocks.
The Thin House
England has its share of architectural marvels and mishaps, and this is arguably one of them. The Thin House, located at 5 Thurloe Square in South Kensington, London, is a mere 6ft wide and was built in the late nineteenth century. The apartments were originally designed for artists at a time when Kensington and Chelsea were renowned for being art hubs. It’s now regarded as one of the strangest structures in London, so if you’re down in the Big Smoke be sure to take a trip to see this bewildering building.
The Isles of Scilly
An escape to palm trees and sandy beaches isn’t as far away as you’d think! Just off the coast of Cornwall, experience this tropical oasis on England’s southernmost point, the Isles of Scilly. If you can manage to drag yourself away from the beaches, you’ll find plenty to do, from hiking the hills and taking in the breath-taking views, to immersing yourself in the ancient history and archaeology before indulging in the excellent fresh food on offer.
Isles of Scilly photo by Tom Corser photos
So, there you have it, a great mix of things that are sure to get you more into the swing of things for English Tourism Week. There’s plenty to see in one of the many towns and cities or in the English country garden, so we hope you enjoy it!