Our Favorite Places To Visit When We Live In UK
When we relocated to UK, one of the most exciting things to do was to look for places we could visit on week end. We love to look for the best bus, train and hotel deals for our trip. Sometimes we would rent a car too if needed.
Living in Singapore, Indonesia and Australia before, I knew many people who have visited UK. When I ask them where they visited most of them, say I went to London, Oxford or Cambridge. I quickly find out that London, Oxford and Cambridge was their only England experience.
We stayed at the West Midland of UK and in fact, London was the last place we would visit. I would love to share with you where are our favorite places to visit during our stay in England.
Cotswolds has a charming and natural beauty villages and ancient buildings that is so romantic that you would love to stop in every town just to enjoy its beauty. One of the most beautiful town in Cotswolds is Bibury. It was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as "the most beautiful village in England.
Remember the smash-hit romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary (2000), starring Renee Zellweger as a 30-something singleton living in London on a journey to find Mr Right? Here the St Barnabas Church located at Cotswold village of Snowhill, near Broadway.
In the film, which also starred Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, the village known locally as "Snozzle" provided the location for Bridget Jones's parent's home where she first meets Mark Darcy (Firth) at Christmas.
Blenheim Palace, the historic country home in the Oxfordshire Cotswold has been a popular choice for filmmakers for decades.
The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the buildings from the Old Water Mill (now the Car Museum) down to the Old New Inn and the ford.
2. City of Bath
We visit this city twice as we were so in awe with its beautiful charming town. We stay at the beautiful accommodation in the University of Bath. The bus journey from the town to the university is really stunning.
Go for a leisure walk along the east side of the river Avon from Pulteney Bridge for wonderful views of the Abbey the Empire Building and Pulteney Bridge.
Who doesn't know Jane Austen's novel and her famous novel that turn into the movie "Pride and Prejudice"? She is the most famous Bath's resident. You can visit Jane Austen Centre to explore how the city of Bath impacted upon Jane Austen's life and writing.
Of course, we don't leave Bath city without their famous scones and tea. We really love the tea time in England.
3. Lake District
Our friend who really love Photography plan for our trip to Lake District. We rent a car and went as a group for this trip. There are only very few places in England that can match this place at Lake District.
Its a great place for sight seeing. The scenery also makes for wonderful photographs.
We visit Lake Windermere to the houses of William Wordsworth. Its peaceful, it is beautiful. Breathtaking view.
Note: all the photograph of us below is taken by our dear friend Prihanto Herbowo. Thank you so much Pri for pictures worth keeping memory you took for us.
4. Warwick Castle
We stayed at Warwick area, so going to Warwick Castle is only 15 minutes bus away. Our daughter really love the castle and the activities there. Its well worth the detour. And Warwick Castle is only 10 miles away from Stratford Upon Avon - so we can easily drop by to the birth place of William Shakespeare.
5. Stratford - Upon - Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon. We were so blessed to stay at beautiful place of Warwick because we can enjoy the delights not only of Shakespeare's hometown, but also the the nearby surrounding shire counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds to the south, Worcester and the Malverns to the west, Warwick Castle and Henley in Arden to the north.
At Stratford-upon-Avon you can visit its parks, gardens , theater, places to visit - Shakespeare's houses.
Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)
6. Animal Farm
This is our daughter favourite place. Animal Farm and Farmer Market. There are plenty of farm in England and we just love the spacious land they have on the farm. Coming from Singapore, farm in UK is really magnificent.
7. Shrewsbury Town
This town is almost unheard of from tourists. This is England's most splendid heritage town's with over 600 listed buildings. Charles Darwin was born here as well. The landscape inspires me with its beauty. Every corner is a great cafe and we can't resist to sit down having cup of chocolate and cakes to enjoy it.