Imagine a destination that is packed with breathe-taking ancient wonders, adrenaline=inducing extreme sports, stunning beaches, modern street art and hearty food…Welcome to South West England, a traveller’s paradise that you have never thought of.
“While London will always be a huge attraction for Australian travellers, England has so more to offer. South West England is a perfect destination if you are after a relaxing Europe getaway. You can enjoy it at a much slower pace. You won’t need a holiday after a holiday.” STA Travel’s Head Of Marketing Tara Sena-Becker says.
Here are some insider tips on five South West England cities from STA Travel:
The name speaks for itself…Bath is known for the incredible Roman bath ruins. It is one of the oldest towns in England –the entire city is listed as a World Heritage Site. If you are a literature fan, head to The Jane Austen Centre and chat aboutPride And Prejudice over afternoon tea at The Regency Tearoom.
Must Do: Take a bath at the only natural thermal water in England at Thermae Bath Spa where you can overlook the city of Bath. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views.
Must Eat: Bath is home to some of the best cooking schools in England, so why not learn how to knead and eat your own bread creation at The Bretinent Kitchen Cookery School?
Any place has its own Monopoly set is worth your attention. Home to seven miles of golden sands, Bournemouth is one of local’s favourite seaside towns. It is becoming known for its free festivals and events all year round. If you are after an activity that is suitable for the whole family, full of inspiration that benefits both mind and body, explore its award-winning Lower Gardens.
Must Do: Bournemouth beach has a great promenade for cycling which stretches from Hengistbury Head in the east, to Sandbanks in the west. It is a great way to get around Bournemouth wonderful coastline.
Must Eat: Arbor at The Green House is popular for its eco-friendly innovations. Its fresh produce is sourced within an 80km radius of the luxury boutique Hotel. If you are looking for more a café vibe, check out Flirt Café in the Triangle. It is a great spot for delicious sandwiches, healthy smoothies and fantastic drinks!
Picture a remote city surrounded by rolling countryside, Bristol has got that “je ne sais quoi” small town charm with big city sophistication and extremely rich history. Scour the streets of Bristol and you’ll struggle not to find a cutting-edge piece of graffiti art decorating the city’s walls. You can easily see why Bristol is the birthplace of Banksy, the elusive graffiti artist extraordinaire.
Must Do: Experience The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and see over 150 hot air balloons take to the sky. It is definitely Instagram-worthy.
Must Eat: With a 4.5 star on Tripadvisor, CHOMP began in 2012 with a pop-up restaurant event called Beef and Beer. It has now grown into a go-to for locals. Who can say no to awesome steaks and hamburgers?
Blessed with the South West England’s wildest coastline, Cornwall is THE place for surfing in UK. For the best waves, head to Newquay. It is a rite of passage in UK for school leavers to celebrate their freedom with a camping trip in Newquay. It is a lively surfing town that put The O.C to shame.
Must do: If you are a serious music fan, head to Saint Austell and enjoy some great music at the futuristic domes of the Eden Project. It houses the largest rainforest in captivity in the world plus some amazing sculptures and delicious organic food. This unusual venue has hosted the likes of Elton John, Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris.
Must Eat: Be sure to have a hearty roast meal while in Cornwall but do not go home without trying some of the best fish and chips at Rick Steins.
Wiltshire hosts two significant World Heritages Sites: Stonehenge and Avebury (dating back 4,500 years). Renowned for its iconic white horses carved into the rolling downs, almost half of Wiltshire is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit Lacock Abbey and see the filming locations of Harry Potter and The Other Boleyn Girl in person. The best news, it is only an hour and a half away from London.
Must Do: Visit Stonehenge on the night of the 21st June for the Summer Solstice celebrations. This free event gives you a flavour of how people celebrated the longest day of the year thousands of years ago. Be prepared to join 15,000 hippies, drummers and fire-eaters who party from dusk until dawn.
Must Eat: Have a traditional pub meal at one of the oldest pubs in the region, Haunch of Venison.
If you feel like your feet is itching, layby your international flights with STA Travel for only $99 and see for yourself why South West England is a traveller’s paradise.