15 English Countryside Vacation Spots

[Updated: 22 July 2021]

1. Cheshire

 CheshireA lot of visitors coming to Cheshire have two things in mind- grinning cats and cheese. Did you know that this English countryside vacation spot is James Bond star, Daniel Craig’s birthplace? The serene gardens here are delightful and blend perfectly with the sublime collection of stately homes. Go to Cheshire and explore its sweeping vistas, cosy country inns and ‘The Castle on the Rock’ – Beeston Castle and Woodland Park that is set on a hill.

2. Essex

EssexFamous as ‘Constable Country’, as painted by John Constable. Essex is speckled with inspiring villages, picturesque towns and rolling landscapes. There are a lot of parks, spectacular gardens and over 3,500 miles of byways and public rights of way. This place is perfect for an English countryside vacation.

 

3. Dorset

DorsetDid you know Dorset is where the famous Thomas Hardy’s make-believe world is based? A large portion of this countryside has been designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is also where about 5% of England’s protected ancient monuments are located. Be sure to see some of the great landmarks in Dorset, including the Gold Hill in Shaftesbury and Cerne Abbas Giant while on your English countryside vacation.

4. Yorkshire

YorkshireThis part of England has a lot of chalk streams, hidden valleys, miles of quiet countryside and bustling market towns. Wake up in this unspoilt countryside and search for the rabbit that got Lewis Carroll inspired to write Alice in Wonderland at St Mary’s Church.

5. Brontë Country

Brontë CountryCountryside image with a distant view in the background, taken in the Bronte country, near Haworth, in West Yorkshire, England, where the literary Bronte sisters lived. This is one of the most beautiful places in Britain, which attracts thousands of Emily Brontë’s fans to see where some of her novels were set. If you are not a book fan, then the ruined farmhouse and Haworth Moor are definitely worth checking out.

6. Hampshire

Hampshire

You must be wondering why a lot of famous writers escape to England’s countryside to draw inspiration for their writing. A place like Hampshire proves that it is one place where you can go to think creatively.  Pride And Prejudice came alive because Jane Austen spent most of her life here. There are a lot of hidden treasures for you to discover on your English countryside vacation to Hampshire.

7. Kenmore, Perthshire

Kenmore, Perthshire

Photo Source: Nora on Flickr

Think of a destination in Scotland with a gaggle of whitewashed homes that are scattered around a river and Kenmore, in Perthshire, will come to mind. This beautiful place has its special lochside beach that is great for fishing and sailing.

8. South Cambridgeshire

The_Queen's_Head,_Newton_Cambs

It is here you would see some of the rarest birds in eastern England. Plan your English countryside vacation to South Cambridgeshire and look forward to the evenings as you watch the dragonflies do their magic and the barn owls hunt while you take a romantic walk down the rural roads as twilight meets the night.

9. Lancashire

LancashireBlackpool is Lancashire’s best seaside resort that attracts plenty of people to enjoy this  English countryside vacation. Lancashire boasts great attractions, such as Arnside and Silverdale, and the Forest of Bowland, which is in the heart of Lancashire. Lancashire bristles with country inns, castles, B&B, spas, and walking festivals.

10. Hadrian’s Wall Country

Hadrian’s Wall Whether you are searching for a bistro or a tearoom, Hadrian’s Wall, in Brampton, has it all for you. A visit to the Roman Army Museum will transport you back in time with artefacts and pictures. The village at Vindolanda and the Roman Castle are some of the lovely destinations for you to visit when you are in Hadrian’s Wall Country.

11. Cornwall

CornwallCornwall is an iconic gem for an English countryside vacation. It’s famed for its seaside scenery, wild upland landscapes, serene beaches and a wide variety of water activities. If you love nature, you will enjoy walking around while exploring the wide-ranging options it offers.

12. Lake District

Lake DistrictThe Lake District is renowned for its natural beauty, unruffled landscapes, fascinating mountains and beautiful lakes. Some popular towns and villages in Lake District are Ambleside, Keswick, Kendal and many others. Lake District offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, what more could you want for your English Countryside Vacation?

13. The Cotswolds

The CotswoldsIf you want to enjoy the beauty of nature and experience the simple pleasures of the English countryside, the Cotswolds is the place to go. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds offers picturesque countryside, from rolling hills, bustling market towns and wildlife parks to peaceful towns and villages. If you enjoy walking or taking pictures, there are endless walking routes in the Cotswolds region.

14. Oxfordshire

OxfordshireOne perfect place to make a rural English Countryside escape is Oxfordshire. There are a lot of places that you would love here, such as Henley on Thames, Wallingford, Ashbury, Abingdon, Burford, Bampton and Woodstock. Visit the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’saisons for a treat specially created by chef Raymond Blanc.

15. Yorkshire Dales 

Yockenthwaite_-_A_Yorkshire_Dales_Hamlet

Pack your boots and head to Yorkshire Dales, an ideal destination for sightseeing, walking, biking or cycling. Yorkshire Dales is a historic county offering plenty of exciting activities to indulge in for the ultimate English Countryside Vacation. You will see beautiful small villages, limestone caves, river valleys, superb landscapes, Roman relics and rocky backdrops in the countryside.

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14 thoughts on “15 English Countryside Vacation Spots

  1. Thank u i needed this website for HOMEWORK

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    Ethan Riddle

  2. On No. 6 Hampshire, this is an American town, not Hampshire, England. Notice the cars lined up driving on the right, not left, and the American style of red brick and the buildings are relatively new compared to ancient England. But most importantly, notice the American flag flying on the left.

    • Best Reply Ive ever seen:)

    • That is Grove Street in Peterborough, NH 03458 USA

      Found it on Google Maps by looking up the cross street (Phoenix Mill Lane) seen in the photo of #6

  3. The article is actually awesome. I had never thought that the English countryside would be so awesome.
    I was exploring best places to visit in U.K and summed up 10 places which I shared in my article http://www.offateverything.com/10-best-places-visit-uk-offateverything/ but I had never though adding places from your articles mentioned here.

    These are simply beautiful places and anyone who wants to spend some time with himself in peace would and should try these places.

  4. Good article for travelers, most beautiful places pointed out and interesting article.

  5. Wow these are beautiful places. you have shared important information about that places . This article helps travellers

  6. All the destinations are very beautiful and is worth to roam. This article is helpful for traveller

  7. All the places you have shared are looks beautiful. I have saved this webpage for reference and i hope You will continue to add these types of articles even further.

  8. I’ve been planning a trip with my family to the UK countrysides since long. I’m really in love with it all, from the pictures. Thank you guys. I need to start planning my trip now.

  9. I also explored all these places in my these tours and have a joyful time with my family and friends. I am sure your shared images would be useful for all visitors which who have a plan to go there in coming up days.

  10. all the countries you listed are very unique and looking very beautiful. i trip many countries and now want to go one of them. thanks to share this amazing info.

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