Bath is the largest city in the county of Somerset and it is named after its Roman built baths. Bath is in the valley of the River Avon, 97 miles west of London and 11 miles southeast of Bristol. The city became a World Heritage Site in 1987. The Romans took advantage of the area’s natural hot springs by building the majestic Roman Baths, now a UNESCO Heritage Site. You can experience the mineral rich waters for yourself at Thermae Bath Spa but don’t miss the spectacular views of the city from the rooftop pool. The city has elegant Georgian architecture, which is best seen on foot. While in this beautiful city take a walk to the Royal Crescent, one the most beautiful streets, the remarkable Bath Abbey and the historic Theatre Royal.
Cambridgeshire is a place where you travel through miles of lush, marshy fenland, Cathedral towns full of medieval markets and see one of the world’s greatest centres of learning. Follow the footsteps of one of the county’s most famous residents, Oliver Cromwell, to Ely to treat yourself to views of sprawling wetlands from the lantern towers. Alternatively, why not visit Cambridge and take a punt or a bike ride to view the college greens, libraries, and chapels.
Cambridge truly is a green city situated on the River Cam. It has 31 different and distinct colleges with their own history, style and story. Visit the beautiful courts or the stunning view from the Bridge of Sighs or mind blowing Mathematical Bridge. Cambridge has one of the most impressive collections of museums in the country incorporating the sciences, archaeology, zoology and polar exploration.
There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy from galleries showcasing an array of art, to vibrant theatres. You can even picnic under the trees along The Backs whiling away the hours in the well-manicured college grounds and Fellows’ gardens.
The Lake District National Park is in the county of Cumbria. England's largest National Park is a jewel of a place to visit with breathtaking lakes, soaring mountains, locally known as 'fells', picturesque valleys. There are many attractions and places to visit in the Lake District, covering a very large area. Windermere and the surrounding area is arguably the most famous and popular area in the whole of the Lake District. Windermere is also the name of a small town, which lies just over a mile from the lake shore. It's separate from the town of Bowness-on-Windermere, which is one of the busiest places along the shoreline and the main jetty for cruise boats. Ambleside is another popular town in the Lake District, sitting at the north end of Windermere Lake. It is a great starting point, for some of the best know fell walks.
Oxfordshire sits firmly between the Cotswold Hills and the Chiltern Hills with the River Thames meandering through its centre. It is most famous for its county town of Oxford, known as the City of Dreaming Spires. Oxford is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds and some of the most beautiful Cotswold villages and towns are to found in Oxfordshire including Chilterns, Burford, Ascott under Wychwood and Minster Lovell.
Oxford University is made up of a collection of colleges, the oldest dating back the 13th Century. The University College and Magdalen College are off the High Street, which runs from Carfax Tower to the Botanic Garden on the River Cherwell. A tour of the hallowed halls of the University will follow in the footsteps of Prime Ministers, Poets and the one and only Harry Potter. Several scenes from the Harry Potter movies were shot here including the Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, which fans would know as Hogwarts Library.
While in Oxford a visit to the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the first purpose built museum in England, which opened in 1683 or marvel at the anthropology collections at the incredible Pitt Rivers Museum. If you want a more relaxed day, why not take a punt on a traditional flat bottomed boat and sightsee the city in a different way.