England is scandalous, lurid, delicious, and ancient. England is a country steeped in history, from bloody Kings, to holy wars. England is one of those countries where you could spend weeks, or months exploring. In many ways, England was one of the first superpower countries-but don’t tell the English, it may go their head!
A visit to England is full of variety, not just in sites, but in accommodation as well. Spending a week in the Lake District is ideal, and there are some cute, quaint cottages available for rent with Sykes Cottages.
If you want to mix things up a bit, then I suggest splurging on a night (or two) at Thornbury Castle. Yes, you can sleep in a castle! I’ve slept in a couple of castles in Scotland, and although some nights felt eerie, it was a very cool experience. I can almost guarantee your kids will love it (this would be a good time to brandish plastic swords, and have a war in the castle garden).
If your family enjoys the outdoors, consider a camping trip to Northern England. There are quite a few options, and all of them are family friendly. Haddon Grove, in Bakewell is one of those places where you’ll be able to completely unplug, and spend your days outside in the fresh air.
While I dream of visiting Italy, and viewing art first hand, I dream of spending time in England, and delving into its history. I want to visit small cobblestone towns, and wander through the British Museum (I think I would need at least 3 days for this museum). I want to visit Kent, where my family came from, and Liverpool, where they set sail for America, and a new life. I want to see Stonehenge, and look for pieces of Hadrian’s Wall.
But wait, there’s more! These are some of the cool, different, and interesting things to do and see in England.
- Sutton Hoo – once the home of a Saxon King. It’s said that his gold treasures were hidden from the Nazi’s. You’ll need to go to this town in Suffolk to learn more.
- Pluckley – this village in Kent is supposedly the most haunted village in England. Depending on the age of your kids, and whether you enjoy a good ghost story, you may want to either visit, or avoid this place.
- Stonehenge – I don’t think this one needs an explanation.
- Bramburgh Castle – this castle is in Northumberland may or may not have been the home of King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table. Let your kids decide.
- York Castle – the place where the famous Dick Turpin (Englands most infamous highwayman) was caught, and executed.
- Jorvik Viking Centre – visit this museum in York, and learn all about the Vikings.
- Steamboat Ride – take a steamboat boat ride at Coniston Water in the Lake District. It’s not like any steamboat I’ve ever seen!
- Roald Dahl Museum – if your children enjoy his books, then you really should consider visiting the Roald Dahl Mueseum in Buckinghamshire.