Hey everyone! Another weekend equals another getaway. Who else has been getting their adventure on? For me, London has been the perfect base to explore Europe, and with so many amazing countries at my doorstep, I sometimes forget that there’s just as much to explore right here in the UK!
Over the last few months I’ve been using my weekends to explore the top recommended places outside of London, and I’m so glad I did because so far they have been beyond beautiful.
Every corner you turn, you’ll find one stunning building after another. This town is rich in history, and it definitely shows through its cobblestone bridges, roman architecture and mesmerising cathedrals.
The main attraction to this spa focused destination is the Roman Baths. Now whilst you can’t take a dip in said baths, you can soak up the years of history that surround you and book yourself a nice spa treatment close by for afterwards.
And when it comes to dining out, you pretty much can’t go wrong, with an abundance of delicious eateries to choose from. My personal favourite is Cafe Rouge, I just can’t get enough of their Beef Bourguignon!
Located just outside Salisbury’s city centre, Stonehenge is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. As you approach the stones, you’ll discover the temperature drops a few degrees and it becomes quite windy. There are hundreds of theories as to why this happens, but none have yet to be proven (that I’m aware of). A ticket into Stonehenge will cost you £17.50 for an adult, giving you up to two hours to explore the area. Which I found to be a sufficient amount of time.
*Top tip: once inside, take the free shuttle bus to the stones. It’s a lot faster than walking, especially if you’re pressed for time.
THE LAKE DISTRICT
This place is a hidden gem. Or not so hidden, with it’s ever increasing popularity. A simple train ride from London’s city centre, the Lake District has a few key areas to visit, myself choosing to stay in Ambleside.
Ambleside was incredibly beautiful, peaceful and yes rainy! Apparently to get the full Lake District experience, you have to endure a little – or in my case, a lot of rain. Guess I can tick that off the list. Choosing to stay in an Airbnb just a short walk from Stock Ghyll Force Waterfalls, it was the perfect way to embrace all the nature that Ambleside has to offer.
Over the weekend I went on various nature walks, enjoyed the local cafe scene, and explored the surrounding areas including Windermere and Grasmere. For a relaxing time away and something a little different to the often popular city or beach break, this place is definitely a must – just don’t forget to pack your raincoat!