England has many holiday destinations – and although some are better than the rest, all are worth visiting one way or another. We’ve picked four different locations that can be regarded as classics, and have been the destination of choice for many generations. If you have any to tick off your list, make sure you do – even if it’s just for a few minutes!
In fact, why not do the lot in one go? You could spend a couple of weeks on an English road trip – which is, of course, one of the best ways of seeing a country. Whether you go by car, caravan or train, it’s very achievable. Anyway, take a look and see what you think.
Brighton is known as London by the sea and is renowned for its nightlife. It’s a peculiar place as much as anything, with a strange mix of residents ranging from the stoically working class to the vegan trustafarian. But it has a unique atmosphere because of it. Try going mackerel fishing in the channel, and it would be remiss not to go for a walk along the pier. The Pavilion is also worth checking out if you are interested in architecture, and there is always gigs going on at the Dome if music’s your thing.
Cornwall is a breathtaking place, whatever season you happen to visit. Sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, and long and winding walks: it really has it all. As you are making your way around the county, make sure to enjoy the views on offer at Tintagel. Head to Padstow for some of Rick Stein’s famous fish and chips, and also pay a visit to the Eden Project. There’s always something going on there, and it’s a great place to bring the kids.
Blackpool used to be the holiday destination of choice for the entire north of England, before turning into the go-to place for stag and hen parties. However, it’s worth dipping your toes in, just to say that you have actually done it. Just make sure you whip them out again pretty quickly, as the nightlife can get pretty gnarly. The promenade actually looks in great shape these days, and there are some good restaurants in Blackpool – if you know where to look. Your best bet is to do the Pleasure Beach in the early evening and disappear for something to eat on the Highfield Road in South Shore before things get too wild.
Good old Skeggy is on the Lincolnshire coast and, despite its rather drab reputation, is a pretty good place to visit during the summer. There’s a famous Butlins, of course, but there are also glorious beaches and plenty of theme parks dotted about the place to keep the kids happy. The Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve is always worth a visit. Forget what you might have heard and give Skegness a go – sure, it can be a touch cheesy, but it’s a good value break away with plenty of fun on hand for everyone.
Going to take us up on that road trip? Be sure to let us know how it went!