Vacation In English Countryside

Vacationing in the English countryside can be a great experience, especially if you know some things about the places you’re visiting. If you’re new to travel destinations, you’ll appreciate learning about some of the differences between vacationing in America and vacationing in England. This will help make it easier for you to choose places to visit, as well as provide more knowledge for your English countryside vacation.

If you’re looking for a little peace and tranquility, with a side of romance (for 2), then the English countryside is the place for you. One can only truly take in all that the countryside has in store from atop a not-so-old English horse. You’ll spot red kites soaring overhead; sheep skirting gracefully on the green hills. It’s idyllic, really. Go on, throw on your best tweed suit, grab a sunburned guidebook and some binoculars, and make haste to Pontrilas in Herefordshire to hire a well-mannered pony of your own (or better yet, rent some). No Victorian romances at this particular vacation spot but there is sure to be another period drama or three taking place while you’re there.

Have you ever wondered if there are any cheap, fun and exciting activities to do in the English countryside? A place filled with rolling hills, lush green meadows and cottage gardens, which is still filled with culture, history and rich heritage.

Vacation In English Countryside

​The English countryside is well-known for its rolling hills, picturesque pastures and well-tended fields. This has made it a favorite with holidaymakers and tourists from around the globe.

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


Did 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


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

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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


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 


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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