(Seeing as I have no photos of any of the places I’m about to mention, I decided to use these ones I took from the Mayfield Lavender Fields a few weeks ago because, well, I just really wanted to! *hides and runs away*)
I’m constantly planning new trips in my head, whether or not I can actually a) afford them b) make time for them. Lately my problem has been mostly option A as I’ve realised I’ve gone slightly overboard with the trips I’ve planned/already booked and now can’t really afford anything except saving to pay off said trips. But, I can’t completely stop planning, which is why I’ve made a little list in my head (and now here in the blog) of some weekend trip ideas for England I’d love to put in action when I can’t really afford to go anywhere else.
Here’s my top 3 – what’s yours?
I’ve been to Bath once, about 6 years ago, for a short daytrip and I completely fell in love with it. As someone who’s loved reading Jane Austen books and watching, and then re-watching the adaptations (Northanger Abbey is my favourite), Bath is the perfect place for me to visit. Its old townhouses and cobbled streets make you feel like you’ve stepped right into one of the books, and there’s also a Jane Austen museum to visit and a Jane Austen afternoon tea (!!) to be had.
I’ve only ever spent a few hours in Bath and I’ve been itching to go back ever since. It’s achingly beautiful, full of history and lots of places to do and visit. I want to rummage through all of the independent shops, have tea and scones in one of the traditional cafes and just wander around the little streets, taking it all in.
Again, I’ve visited York once and absolutely loved it, but it’s now been almost 10 years and I still haven’t gone back yet, even though I’ve been swearing I would do it for almost as long. What I loved about York the most was the history that was so present throughout the city. The castle, the old city walls and the lovely little Shambles street all added to the feeling of stepping back in time a little bit.
It takes about two hours to get to York from London, so I really have no valid reason why I haven’t gone back in all these years, especially seeing as I always recommend it to everyone else planning city breaks. York really left a profound impact on me and I hope that writing it down on this list will finally be what I need to actually book a weekend away in there.
I’ve been to many of the bigger cities in England, but I’ve still got a few to tick off too – one of them being Liverpool. Recently I’ve seen the city popping up in a lot of guides which has definitely peaked my interest even more, and I’m now actively checking if there are any really good deals to I could find so I could finally go. Unlike the first two places on this list, Liverpool is completely unfamiliar to me, other than knowing it as the birthplace of the Beatles. I’ve been looking into the city a lot recently though, and there’s quite a few things I’d like to do and see…
As when travelling to most places, I’m always really drawn to nice architecture and with Liverpool it’s the beautiful skyline across the Mersey river and the industrial red brick buildings that I keep seeing in pictures. After the architecture I’m mostly excited to witness the cultural side of the city – the bustling little streets, the musical heritage (I’m really excited to visit The British Music Experience!) and the many restaurants and bars dotted all around the city. The more I research Liverpool, the more I want to go! Fingers crossed I can squeeze it in next year, if not this.