Wonderful coastlines and waters, quaint cobblestone streets, impressive castles and plenty of history await travelers in England’s small towns. They are not only the perfect destination to play big bass bonanza demo play, but also make the perfect trip for this autumn.
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Ely on the Great Ouse is one of England’s most underrated towns. Yet travelers should not miss this wonderful town. Ely is a perfect day trip from London, and guests should visit the magnificent cathedral. A particularly beautiful way to get to know the small town is from the river – on a boat trip across the Great Ouse.
On the River Avon, the small town of Warwick enchants with a lot of history. The most impressive building is certainly Warwick Castle with its gardens and a hill, which once William the Conqueror built in 1068. The hill was the most important part of his defense strategy. Over time, the fortress became a manor house with the beautifully designed Peacock Garden. Travelers should also take a look at the ancient artifacts in St. Mary’s Church. In addition, Warwick treats visitors to an excellent selection of bars and restaurants.
Rye, East Sussex
Rye is the perfect blend of medieval flair and its own brand of modernity. The town is situated on the rivers Rother, Breede and Tillingham – once this made Rye one of the most important port towns in England, because it had direct access to the sea via the Breede. Due to the lowering of the river level, the port was abandoned in the 19th century – nevertheless, travelers still experience a maritime atmosphere today. Walking through the small streets – with their cobblestone ground, guests can discover the Tudor buildings and fortifications. A visit becomes truly fairytale-like when walking down Mermaid Street (pictured) with its curved wooden houses.
In the north of England, travelers to Hexham can look forward to stunning architecture and picturesque parks. One of the most beautiful is Sele Park. But those who visit the small town will also encounter its bloody history – whether it’s the marauding Vikings or the Old Gaol prison, whose history can be traced back to the 14th century. At the prison museum, guests can discover artifacts or tour the dungeon – if they dare!
St. Ives, Cornwall
The former fishing village is now one of the most beautiful coastal towns in England. The fine sandy beaches make St.Ives a popular seaside resort and the perfect vacation destination for all windsurfing enthusiasts, water rats and beach lovers. Anyone strolling through the narrow winding cobblestone streets is sure to quickly fall for the fairytale charm of St.Ives. Art lovers should pay a visit to the Tate Gallery – located right on the coastline
If you’re looking for the perfect cliché of English country life, head to Shaftesbury on the border between the counties of Dorset and Wiltshire. A real gem is Gold Hill (photo) with its many historic cottages. The prominent chimneys stand out picturesquely against the hilly landscape in the background. The steep cobblestone street is probably the most photographed motif in the village. The ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey, which date back to 888, are a reminder of the town’s founding, and today’s small town developed from the monastery settlement. A monastery museum informs interested people about the history.
Do you know Bakewell Pudding? The sweet English pastry with fruit filling is a classic. It is said that the dessert was created by mistake – someone in Bakewell mixed the ingredients in the wrong order and invented the popular pastry. Historians, however, doubt this theory. Nevertheless, travelers to the East Midlands should try the pudding. Bakewell is also an ideal starting point for hiking or exploring the caves in the Peak District National Park.
Wells Cathedral, also known as St. Andrew’s Cathedral, is a mighty building that dominates the cityscape of Wells. With its crossing tower, ornate chapter house and richly decorated west façade, the cathedral combines much that is so impressive about English Gothic architecture to this day. During a walk through the garden of Bishop’s Palace, travelers can admire lush green spaces, artfully laid out flower beds and water features. A visit is particularly worthwhile in spring – then the pretty front gardens of Vicars’ Close are in full bloom.