Best from the West
Best places to visit in the West of England
The best places to visit in the West of England
Being a tourist in the UK is all about London, right? Even if you live in the UK, when you think of a weekend city break most people go straight for the capital.
Don’t get me wrong, I can totally see why - London is awesome. So much history, culture, shopping, everything you can think of! No wonder Instagram is full of people posing in front of London landmarks.
But what about other parts of the UK? Within less than a two-hour drive or train journey from London, are the gems of the West Country. Granted I’m a little bit biased, being a native and all, but some of my favourite places are in this ‘gert lush’ neck of the woods.
Here are my top five places to visit in the West of England:
One of the most elegant cities in the UK is the Georgian city of Bath. It is famed for its rich history - most notably the 2,000 year old Roman Baths, and of course, the hometown of Jane Austen.
If you’re looking for the ultimate Spa Weekend mixed in with some beautiful sightseeing, then Bath is the place to go. The Bath Thermae Spa is the only spa in the UK to use naturally heated water, and one of my absolute favourites to visit! With everything from a rooftop outdoor pool to celestial relaxation rooms (a rather ‘trippy’ experience but still pretty soothing), this is one of the best things to do in the city.
In terms of photo ops, don’t miss the stunning Pulteney Weir, Bath Abbey (be sure to do the tower tour!) and the Royal Crescent, which has been home to some seriously famous names like John Cleese, Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage. Grab a picnic and laze on the green in front of this famous landmark.
Just 10 miles away from Bath, is the super trendy city of Bristol. Best known for Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s spectacular Suspension Bridge across Avon Gorge, Bristol is also the home of the world’s most mysterious artist, Banksy. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to stumble across some of his masterpieces in amongst the city’s vibrant street art.
A beautiful harbour city, with the famous SS Great Britain docked just around the corner from the Marina, you’re never far away from a sea of cool bars and restaurants, quirky art exhibitions and theatre, or the shopping havens of Cabot Circus, Broadmead and Clifton Village. You name it, Bristol’s got it!
Salisbury is a small city in Wiltshire, and home to a ‘Wonder of the World’ – Stonehenge. These prehistoric stone monuments are one of the most recognisable sites in Europe, and a mystery to this day as to how they were constructed over 5,000 years ago. You can’t exactly walk amongst the stones but you can still get close enough to marvel at its impressive stance and learn all about Neolithic history, pagans and druids.
Within the city is the beautiful, medieval Salisbury Cathedral. Owning the tallest spire in Britain and Europe’s oldest working clock, it’s also home to the original Magna Carta from 1215. This city is a real must for history lovers!
4. Jurassic Coast
If you’re in need of a visit to the coast, but don’t fancy a typical British seaside town, then a trip to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset is for you. The coastline is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers some beautifully rustic cliff top walks – perfect for dog walking if you want to bring along your fur babies too.
My favourite parts of the coastline are the impressive natural rock formations of Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks!
OK so technically this isn’t necessarily deemed as the West Country, more the South of England, but it’s so close (and one of my personal favourites) that I feel it deserves a place on the list!
The final place on the list, is somewhat renowned for its incredible annual music festival – Glastonbury. Every year, on the outskirts of this quiet country town, it is transformed into an international stage for some of the best music acts in the world. An experience not to be missed for a music lover. (Although they’re having a year off in 2018 to let the ground recover).
When it’s not filled with celebrities and thousands of people in June, Glastonbury is a lovely bohemian town in the depths of Somerset. Full of eclectic shops, offering everything from tarot readings to fairy paintings, Glastonbury is the best place to indulge your ‘inner hippy’. There are also the iconic religious monuments of Glastonbury Tor and the ruins of the Abbey, which is said to be the burial place of King Arthur.
Plus, don’t miss out on the county’s favourite tipple. Can you really go to Somerset without indulging in some proper local cider?
So there you have it, my favourite spots in the West Country! An area full of important British history, culture and spectacular countryside.
Thanks for checking out Yugen's first blog post. A massive thanks to Holly for inspiring people to explore England! Check out more of her travel's on Instagram hollybreckon
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