Living in the south of England, I have access to many interesting locations, including famous university towns, coastal villages, and lush countryside. However, it wasn’t until recently that I began to admire these locations a little more closely. Here are some of the best places to visit in the south of England:
For the academically-minded among us, Cambridge is about as good as it gets in Europe (or in my opinion anywhere in the world). A world famous university, that once housed the likes of Oliver Cromwell, Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, and received a visit from a certain Albert Einstein. As a city, Cambridge is one of the most beautiful in the south of England, with the River Cam very prominent, on which you can hire a boat for an hour and let a student ‘punt’ you downriver.
Described by some as the Cinque Terre of Cornwall, St. Ives is a quaint and interesting beachfront town in the south west of England, not too far from Penzance and Land’s End. In the summer particularly, St. Ives is a great place to capture the sights and sounds of laid-back Cornish life.
Historically, tourism has always been high in the city of Bath, and the main reason for this is the Roman Baths. These are a form of hot springs from the Roman times, and admission is around £15 to the complex – but no, you CANNOT bathe in them. Like Cambridge, Bath is also a renowned university city, and it has a typically-English vibe about it.
Amidst rolling hills and meadows of the British countryside is The Cotswolds, a very famous place for people to explore. Secret gardens, charming rivers and lakes, and quaint architecture in the villages are all part and parcel of what to expect in the Cotswolds, and its location in the Thames Valley, just an hour or so away from London Paddington makes it one of the best getaways from urban life.
Oh, I do like to be by the seaside! For readers of this blog from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia etc., you may be used to your own beautiful tropical beaches, but in the UK, Brighton is probably the most famous beach we have! The beach itself if very pebbly and has little sand, but the whole city is known for more than just its beach: the historic pier, the thriving LGBT scene, the marina, and of course great British snacks such as fish and chips and “99 Flake” ice creams! A walk from the train station (30 minutes from London Victoria) down to the seaside, past the pier, and onwards to the marina where you can enjoy local and international cuisine with great views of the boats is a great way to spend time in Brighton!