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One of the most popular destinations on the globe, England tantalizes travelers with its rich history, picturesque countryside, and thriving arts scene. The country offers plenty to see and do across its territory, so if driving on the other side of the road does not faze you, renting a car is the best way to explore.
One of the world's most popular travel destination, London is closely followed by Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool. In these cities, you can expect to treat your senses to gourmet dining, big-name and independent theatre productions, awe-inspiring museum halls, and entertaining nightlife. Need a break from the bustle? A retreat to a seaside town or secluded village in the countryside will make you feel as though you’re in a different part of the world.
While London promises lively happenings and plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, there are many close-by towns that are well-suited for daytrippers. England is much more than just its capital, so why not rent your own set of wheels, or hop on a train to discover the surrounding areas?
A popular jaunt for Londoners, the small town of Brighton packs quite the punch. The LGBT-friendly town is brimming with independent boutiques and trendy cafés, as well as a pebble beach lined with colorful huts and fish and chip stands. A mere 2-hour train ride from London’s Victoria Station, it’s the perfect day trip to escape the big city for some coastal charm. For a decadent sweet treat, stroll down the pier and have your choice of carnival-themed eats. Don’t forget your camera!
Famed for its prestigious university campus, Oxford is a walkable town of architectural standouts. The best way to explore is by foot, and you may want to take a guided tour to get a fascinating insight into the history of the city. Many of the buildings here were used as filming locations for Harry Potter, which comes as no surprise considering their magical qualities. Oxford is just an hour’s train ride away from London's Paddington Station.
Another renowned university town that gathers locals and tourists alike is Cambridge. Situated less than an hour by train from King’s Cross Station, Cambridge is smaller and even more walkable than Oxford. While you’re here, pay a visit to the beautiful King’s College Chapel, complete with high arched ceilings and colorful stained glass windows. Then why not hop aboard a mini gondola and enjoy a chauffeured punting tour down the River Cam?
If you’re dreaming of rolling hills, market towns, and quaint stone houses, you’ll find it all in Cotswold. Nature lovers will revel in the outdoor experiences on offer, whether it’s hiking the Cotswold Way or Thames Path, or mountain biking through scenic byways and bridleways. Laden with gardens, wildlife, and castles, it is no surprise these fairytale-esque lands inspired magical stories such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Harry Potter. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, don’t miss a chance to venture to his charming hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. Take a stroll through the ancient town to marvel at period houses of the Tudor period and walk in the famous playwright’s footsteps. When it’s time for a break, pick your favorite spot along the Avon River to enjoy a picnic with a view.
Only an hour away from central London, Windsor Castle is sure to impress you with: with over 1,000 years of royal history, it is the biggest occupied castle on the planet. Spend a day marveling at the many lavish chambers and breathing in the same fresh air that Her Majesty The Queen herself enjoys. Opt for a private tour to explore the palace’s selection of fine art and peculiarities such as Queen Mary’s elaborate dollhouse, modeled to-the-tee after a royal manoir.
Just like the royal structures that you see in films, the Bodiam Castle perfectly captures the essence of medieval times. The castle even has its own tea room where you can enjoy a warm beverage and a scone as you watch the old steam train pull into Bodiam station. Surrounded by a moat and accessed only via its one bridge, the castle is in East Sussex and just a 2-hour drive from central London. Make a full day of it by journeying a little further south to Rye, a lovely seaside town with cobbled streets and medieval houses. Known for its fresh seafood, Rye hosts a scallop festival every February. And if you’re there in the warmer months, make sure to bring your bathing suit to lounge on the nearby sandy strip of beach.
A step back to medieval times, York’s historical riches combined with its offerings of lively pubs and cafés make it a worthwhile day trip. Having been occupied previously by Romans and Vikings, the city’s cultural charms are everywhere. Your first stop will likely be the ornate York Minster, a gothic cathedral surrounded by narrow streets and 13th-century walls. After you’ve had your fill of history, get lost in the winding streets, packed with spots to indulge in afternoon tea or perhaps a beverage (or two). Daily trains leave from London’s King’s Cross Station, and the journey is only 2 hours each way.
Spend the day admiring nature’s wonders with a visit to the White Cliffs of Dover. Located on the English coast facing France, the cliffs are lightly marked by walking paths where you’ll be able to look out for miles and miles. On a clear day, you may even spot France’s coastline. Get your camera ready — the contrast between the white rocks, verdant lands, and azure waters mimic a scene from a painting.
For a trip to England, a stay in the country’s capital will have you in the heart of the action. Take advantage of the extensive transportation network by filling your holiday with big-city sights and quaint day trips. If you’re looking to feel right at home, our vacation rentals in London are sure to please.
Place yourself close to the Thames river and stay in one of our stunning homes in Chelsea. Once known as the bohemian quarter where artistic types came to play — Chelsea’s King’s Road was also notably the birthplace of the 'Swinging Sixties' in London — this fashionable neighborhood will charm you with its beautiful architecture, eclectic cafes and chic boutiques. Our luxurious apartments in the area are designed to reflect Chelsea’s then-and-now culture, with vibrant pops of color complimenting the modern feel of each room. Start your sightseeing days off right with breakfast on your terrace, then later on in the day, return to your luxurious home away from home for an evening of relaxation.
Pimlico is another attractive waterfront option, close to photo-worthy landmarks such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. In this quiet neighborhood, traditional English townhouses are bountiful and within walking distance to many museums. Sip your morning coffee on your balcony as you admire the manicured streets, then walk over to the Tate Britain, or opt for a stroll along the Thames.
Live in one of the most quintessential London neighborhoods in the brightly colored Notting Hill. With its pastel houses, cobblestone streets, and meticulously landscaped gardens, it's easy to see why many film directors have favored Notting Hill as a shooting location. And with the antique-happy Portobello Market only a skip away, you’ll have ample opportunities to peruse. With gorgeous art and luxurious amenities, our multi-storey townhouses in Notting Hill are most welcoming after a long day exploring.