Planning a getaway from stress and work? Find new places without having to go looking for them: Swide takes charge with a pocket guide of top 5 places to see in…England.
A city in the county of Somerset, in South West England, was first established as a spa with the Latin name, Aquae Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") by the Romans sometime in the AD 60s when they ruled Britain. There, they built baths and a temple in the valley of River Avon around hot springs. Today the city still preserves them, and was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987. With a lively cultural life (it has 5 theatres, visit the Rondo Theatre), the city holds many festivals like the Bath International Music Festival and Mozartfest, Bath Film Festival and Bath Literature Festival. You have to taste the The Sally Lunn buns (a kind of teacake) to be found at Sally Lunn’s house.
York is situated in North Yorkshire: the city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD, under the name of Eboracum. In the 19th century York became a hub of the railway network and a manufacturing centre. York is surrounded by medieval walls, so take a walk along them or visit the castle. York Minister is worth a visit, too: it is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. A feature of central York is the Snickelways, pedestrian routes, and St Sampson’s Square. The city also offers museums, gardens and most of all…delicious tea and scones (go to Betty’s of York tea Room Fat Rascals!).
It doesn’t need that much introduction: it’s the Royal Borough, well-known because it is the site of Windsor Castle, one of the official residence of the Royal Family. Windsor and the surrounding areas contain some of the most expensive and desirable housing in the UK. The name originates from old English Windles-ore or 'winch by the riverside', a royal settlement, now “Old Windsor”. Take a walk in the centre, go to the theatre, simply enjoy the fact that you are close to the Queen, or if you are like Peter Pan and refuse to grow up , visit the Legoland Windsor.
A university town – Cambridge was found in 1209 and is one of the oldest Universities (and one of the top 5) in the world - situated in the county of Cambridgeshire. A site historically devoted to sport, so much so that it played a unique role in the invention of modern football, and held first class cricket matches in the past, it is perfect for those who love water sports like rowing or simply if you like to go punting. Also several fairs and festivals take place in Cambridge, mostly during the British summer, like the Midsummer Fair who dates back to 1211, and the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.
Brighton is located on the South Coast of Great Britain, the ancient settlement of Brighthelmstone dates from 1086, but it emerged as a health resort featuring sea bathing in the18th century and became a destination for short trips from London after the arrival of the railway in 1841. Visit the Royal Pavillion, a former royal palace built as a home for the Prince Regent during the early 19th century, with its Oriental interior and the Sassoon Mausoleum, now a chic restaurant/club. If you're an art lover, you are in the right place: On the seafront between Brighton's two piers is the Artists' Quarter, a row of Victorian fishermen's workshops converted to small galleries and studio spaces, where artists, employing a variety of media and styles, publicly show their work. In 2009 Anish Kapoor exhibited during the artist open house event at the Brighton Festival.
Written by: Elisa della Barba