When our daughter settled in Loughborough as a PhD researcher, we started visiting Great Britain and discovering the many sides of a country full of unconventional ideas, new perspectives and irrepressible energy.
Stretching some 300 miles, the south coast of England is officially the sunniest part of the UK. Which means it’s the ideal place for a summer holiday! Lined with dramatic cliffs, stunning beaches and hidden coves, and plenty of picture-perfect seaside towns.
Situated just off the south coast of England – just over 2 hours from London via ferry or hovercraft – the Isle of Wight is simple to get to and a wonderful holiday destination all year round to explore.
There are only two Roman baths in the world that still have hot mineral water flowing into them and one of them is in Bath, England. Bath is a small, charming city that is absolutely worth visiting and a great place to stop over before journeying onto the Cotswolds.
Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and steeped in culture and history.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in south western and west-central England. The area is characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). This limestone is rich in fossils, particularly of fossilised sea urchins. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.Of the nearly 800 square miles of the Cotswolds, roughly eighty percent is farmland. There are over 3,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways. There are also 4,000 miles of historic stone walls.
One of my favorite places is Oxford, a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. You’ll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, and plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces in which to relax. Plus, the city centre is small enough to cover on foot, and only a few minutes walk from the main rail and coach stations.