With the beautifully uncharacteristic summer weather underway, it is the perfect time to think about a getaway. If you’re looking for something more low key and relaxing than long, cramped flights and stuffy airport transfers, opting for a local summer break is the perfect solution for your summer holidays. England has many beautiful places packed with activities, culture and sights. Here are some of the best places to visit in England this summer.
Visiting The Cotswolds
If you’re looking for the best places to visit in England, The Cotswolds is the ideal location for a quintessential English getaway this summer. Old cottages and winding streams in quaint little villages make the Cotswolds a picture perfect location for a relaxing getaway. You can go for a peaceful walk or a country drive to admire the picturesque scenery and soak up the sunshine. The Cotswolds also has several museums, great historic houses, and beautiful rambling backstreets to discover.
The Cotswold scenery is made up of pretty market towns and villages of rustic Cotswold stone and dotted with impressive manor houses and churches. Winding river valleys flow through the country landscape and cottages peak through lush green trees and cottage gardens. If you love natural unrefined architecture and scenic rural landscapes, the Cotswolds isn’t to be missed.
If you’re looking for interesting things to do in the Cotswolds there are a variety of attractions to keep you busy. The Cotswold Wildlife Park can give you some up-close and personal time with their animals, while Sezincote Estate boasts 4,500 acres to explore. If you’re looking for something more historical Sudeley Castle has a 1,200-acre estate that features the Queens Garden, so named because Katherine Parr, Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Queen Elizabeth I all walked the grounds. If you’re looking to get active, The Cotswolds has many opportunities to climb, walk and cycle.
Galleries, museums and theatres make up other attractions in the Cotswolds. In Cirencester, you’ll find the New Brewery Arts gallery, and Cheltenham has The Wilson. There are also plenty of art and craft centres and shops to discover, as well as tea rooms and cafes and restaurants. The Old Bakery Tearoom in Stow-on-the-Wold is a favourite, as well as The Hive.
Bath is one of the prettiest cities in England, featuring impressive Georgian buildings of beige coloured Bath stone set against rolling hillsides which easily make it one of the best places to visit in England any time of year. The city has such lovely architecture that going for a walk around the centre is an experience in itself. If you’re looking for more of a country view, you can take a stroll along the Bath Skyline Walk to experience the beautiful wildflowers and stunning views of the city from afar. This route is six miles long and navigates through woodlands, lakes and tranquil spots hidden amongst the countryside, which makes it perfect for secluded picnics, sunbathing and relaxing in the sunshine.
If you want to experience the luxury of Bath you can visit the Thermae Bath Spa, which uses natural thermal spring water and has an impressive open top heated-pool on the roof. There’s also Jollys, the oldest department store in the UK, which sells a variety of luxury and fashionable items. History lovers can visit the Roman Baths to learn all about the rich history of the spa town, from Roman settlers to the Regency elite. Bath also has a variety of museums and galleries, including the Jane Austen Centre and the Bath Assembly Rooms. And of course, there’s the stunning architecture of Bath, including the Circus, and the famous Royal Crescent.
There’s plenty of fancy restaurants and cafes around Bath to enjoy. The Pump Room Restaurant boasts delicious cream teas which can be enjoyed with champagne and they even have their own orchestra to serenade you while you eat. You can also take part in the tradition of ‘taking the waters’ at The Pump Room, where you can drink the warm, mineral-rich waters pumped fresh from the Bath springs.
Everyone knows that Cambridge is one of the best places to visit in England, but there’s more to the historical city of Cambridge than just universities. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in Cambridge, including galleries, theatre and music. This includes the world-famous Folk Festival, the popular Beer Festival, the Big Weekend and the Secret Garden Party festival, which all continue to generate huge crowds. If you’re looking to relax, walking along The Backs will give you beautiful views of the Cambridge landscape, or if you’re looking to enjoy the sunshine you can enjoy a picnic in any of the beautiful parks.
Punting is a popular tradition in Cambridge, where you can take punting tours around the city and get to see famous landmarks including the Bridge of Sighs, all while relaxing down the River Cam. The University of Cambridge itself is made up of 31 colleges, with stunning grounds that aren’t to be missed. You can walk and bike ride around the city to take in some sights, or go on a walking tour to make the most of your trip. If you want an experience to remember you can visit the Choir of King’s College, where they perform the Choral Evensong most days and is entirely free.
If you’re interested in taking in some culture, Cambridge is home to many diverse museums and galleries. At the Fitzwilliam Museum, you can see over half a million works of art and can learn all about the city. There’s also Kettle’s Yard galleries, which have a vast collection of inspiring art. Cambridge also has many pubs, bakeries, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. There’s the iconic cafe Fitzbillies, who serve their famous Chelsea buns and host fancy afternoon teas, and the creative and adventurous menus of Restaurant 22.
Travel Essentials at Michael Jones Jewellers
One of the most annoying things you have to do on holiday is detangling your jewellery after your long journey. Whether you choose one of the best places to visit in England or go abroad this summer, Michael Jones Jeweller have a wide range of luxury travel cases to keep your jewellery safe and secure while you travel. From the compact Wolf Caroline Rose Quartz Leather jewellery case to the sleek and stunning Wolf Palermo Safe Deposit box, we can provide you with a sophisticated solution for your travel needs. We also offer watch rolls like the Wolf Blake Watch Roll so you can transport your watch in style this summer.
We have showrooms in both Northampton and Banbury, so if you live in those or the surrounding areas, we’re a perfect location to find a stylish travel case for your jewellery and accessories. Alternatively, you can browse our website and make purchases online. Our friendly staff in all of our showrooms are always more than happy to assist you. In Northampton, we’re based on Gold Street and in the Grosvenor Centre; in Banbury, we’re on the High Street. To get in touch with us, ring any of our showrooms; for Gold Street, call 01604 632 548. Call 01604 636 633 for the Grosvenor Centre showroom and 01295 263 540 for Banbury. Alternatively, send us a message through our contact form on our website.