Whether you live in the United Kingdom and are looking for a break from the big city, or are coming from further afield, sometimes the best getaways involve visiting locations that are off the traditional tourist track. Whether you are after a quiet and relaxing break in the heart of the English countryside or want the option to explore some local history and culture, the list below has a location for every occasion.
Cornwall is one of the most popular destinations to visitors of the English coastline, so much so that it can be hard to imagine any Cornish town free from bucket-wielding tourists. The quiet village of Lansallos offers typical rugged Cornish beauty, but is significantly more untouched than the more popular sounding towns like Polperro. If you are after stunning windswept coastlines, crowdless beaches, and many beautiful walking paths, then Lansollos is ideal.
2. Burton on Trent
Conveniently located in the middle of England and perfect for those who want to explore the country by road, using car and van hire in Burton is a great starting point. You could head off north to Scotland, or drive down south to London, or drive just a few hours west to Wales. Follow in the tracks of the ancient Romans, using the direction of one of Britons’ oldest roads to explore surrounding towns and cities like Derby. Not only is Burton a conveniently located starting point, but it is also a typical example of a British market town. It was a major town for brewing and exporting beers and is home to the National Brewery Centre, so a great place for ale-loving visitors, too.
History buffs out there are sure to feel a cold chill of excitement when walking around this eerie ghost village. Evidence suggests that Tyneham had been populated since the iron age and is documented in the Domesday Book, however, it is now known as ‘Dorset’s forgotten village’. Used for the war effort during WWII, the residents of this village were evacuated in 1943 and have never returned. Open most weekends, the town where time stood still can be a great stop off if you are walking the Jurassic coastline, or for a day trip.
As dedicated travelers will discover, it is only the remote location of Whitby that stops it from becoming a top destination for tourists to England. The seaside town, which still has a working port, is home to many different treasures ready to be explored. Set on the edge of the Yorkshire moors and on the heritage coastline, it is a wonderful base for ramblers. The town also has a rich history: it is believed to have been the home of Caedmon, one of the earliest English poets and is the seafaring town was where Captain Cook learned his trade. The Anglo-Saxon Whitby Abby, now in ruins, makes a dramatic sight on top of the East Cliff. Whitby is also stooped in legend as it is the setting for the novel Dracula, and much of the local folk lore appears in the story.
The quintessential rolling hills and traditional English charm of the Cotswolds make it a must-see for tourists. However, it is possible to enjoy this little pocket of England undisturbed by other travelers. Elktsone village lies in the heart of this area of outstanding natural beauty; set on the top of a high hill it has some wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. The village is also a stunning example of Norman architecture, with the church and many houses having ornate stained-glass windows.