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Places To Visit In The UK That Are Not London

The UK is a leading destination for American tourists, welcoming 4.6 Million American travellers in 2022. With London being a vibrant and cultured amazing city – it can be a little bit over-saturated with the amount of tourism and vacationers who attend each year.

So where else can you go if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Capital City boroughs?

Below you’ll find the top rural destinations in the UK, some include the sights and experiences we offer as part of our package holidays, while others would be suited to independent excursions you could plan and pursue with your holiday party.


High angle shot of the rocks in the seashore of the Durdle Door in Dorset

Welcome to Dorset, a county steeped in natural beauty, amazing scenery, rich history, and timeless charm. From its stunning Jurassic Coast to its picturesque countryside, Dorset offers a wealth of experiences for visitors to explore and enjoy. Below we have detailed some towns and villages local to our very own Well Cottage which would be perfect to stay at on your visit to England.


Just a stone’s throw north of us lies the picturesque market town of Shaftesbury, steeped in history and charming villages. Founded in 888 by King Alfred, Shaftesbury Abbey once stood as one of the wealthiest religious institutions in the country until its demise in 1539. The town boasts Gold Hill, a steep cobbled street immortalised by a memorable 1970s television commercial for Hovis Bread.

Cranbourne Chase

Nestled within another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cranbourne Chase beckons with its idyllic landscapes and invigorating trails. At 277 metres above sea level, Win Green stands as the highest point, crowned with a majestic cluster of trees. Hambledon Hill, a prehistoric Iron Age hill fort under the stewardship of the National Trust, offers sweeping panoramas of the countryside.

Embark on a rejuvenating circular walk guided by us, discovering hidden Geocache treasures along the way—an adventure fit for both young and old.

Wardour Castle

Venturing just beyond the county border into Wiltshire, Wardour Castle stands as a testament to centuries past. Erected in the 1390s, the castle endured partial destruction in the mid-1600s and now rests under the care of English Heritage. Consider it a captivating stop on your return journey from our main excursions or a serene retreat for a leisurely day, remaining close to the comforts of Well Cottage.

Lake District

Nestled in the heart of Cumbria, the Lake District beckons with its breath-taking landscapes, serene lakes, and rugged fells. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, artists, and nature lovers alike. Whether you’re seeking tranquil walks amidst stunning scenery or adrenaline-fueled adventures, the Lake District offers something for everyone.

Lake District

Explore the picturesque villages of Ambleside, Grasmere, and Keswick, each with its own unique charm and character. Embark on a scenic boat ride along Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, or hike to the summit of Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. Lose yourself in the beauty of Wordsworth’s Daffodils at Ullswater or discover the enchanting landscapes that inspired Beatrix Potter’s timeless tales.

Indulge in local delicacies at quaint tea rooms and traditional pubs, savouring hearty Cumbrian fare and locally brewed ales. Whether you’re here for a day trip or a week-long retreat, the Lake District promises unforgettable experiences and memories to last a lifetime.


Oxford England

Immerse yourself in the timeless elegance and rich heritage of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous university town renowned for its stunning Georgian architecture, thermal springs, and literary history. From its iconic ancient ruins of the Roman Baths to the majestic Bath Abbey, every corner of this historic city tells a story of centuries past.

Wander through the winding, narrow streets lined with honey-coloured stone buildings, soaking in the atmosphere of this charming city. Explore the elegant Pump Room, where visitors have been sampling the healing waters for centuries, or stroll along the tranquil banks of the River Avon.

Experience Bath’s Rich Literary Heritage

As the former home of literary giants like Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, Bath boasts a rich literary heritage that continues to inspire visitors from around the world. Follow in the footsteps of these iconic authors with a literary walking tour of the city, where you can visit the places that inspired their greatest works and learn about their lives and legacies.

Visit the Jane Austen Centre to delve into the world of Regency-era England and gain insight into the life and times of one of the world’s most beloved authors. Explore the Jane Austen Festival, held annually in Bath, where enthusiasts gather to celebrate the author’s enduring legacy through lectures, readings, and period costume events.

Discover the secrets of Bath’s literary past with a visit to the Bath Central Library, home to a vast collection of rare books, manuscripts, and historical documents that offer a fascinating glimpse into the city’s literary history. From classic novels to contemporary literature, Bath’s libraries and bookshops are a treasuretrove for book lovers of all ages.

Discover Bath’s Cultural Scene

Beyond its architectural marvels and literary connections, Bath boasts a vibrant cultural scene that beckons visitors to explore further. The city plays host to a plethora of events, exhibitions, and festivals throughout the year, offering something for every taste and interest.

Explore the bustling market towns that dot the city’s landscape, where local artisans and vendors showcase their wares, from handmade crafts to delectable artisanal foods. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Bath Guildhall Market, one of the oldest shopping destinations in the city, where you can sample gourmet treats and pick up unique souvenirs to take home.


Step back in time and discover the rich tapestry of history that defines the city of York. From its mediaeval city walls to its stunning Gothic cathedral, York is a treasure trove of architectural wonders and cultural heritage.

Explore the cobbled streets of the Shambles, one of the best-preserved mediaeval streets in Europe, lined with timber-framed buildings and quaint shops. Visit York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe, and marvel at its intricate stained glass windows and soaring spires.

Historic Buildings and Activities

Delve into the city’s vibrant past at the Jorvik Viking Centre, where you can journey back to the time of the Vikings and experience life in 10th-century York. Explore the exhibits at the National railway museum, home to a vast collection of historic locomotives and railway memorabilia. You can also visit the York castle museum for all the history fanatics out there.

Experience the lively atmosphere of York’s bustling markets, where local artisans showcase their wares and street performers entertain crowds of onlookers. With its rich culture, fascinating museums, and lively city life, York offers a truly unforgettable experience for visitors.


Scotland Castle

Edinburgh, the majestic capital city of Scotland, where history and modernity blend seamlessly against a backdrop of stunning architecture and dramatic landscapes. From its iconic castle perched atop an ancient volcanic rock to its streets filled with culture and charm, Edinburgh offers a wealth of experiences for visitors to discover.

Edinburgh Castle

Dominating the city’s skyline, Edinburgh Castle stands as a symbol of Scotland’s rich and turbulent history. Explore its ancient walls and learn about the castle’s role in shaping the nation’s destiny, from its origins as a royal residence to its pivotal role in countless battles and conflicts. Don’t miss the chance to witness the firing of the One O’Clock Gun, a tradition dating back to the mid-19th century.

Royal Mile

Step back in time as you stroll along the Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s historic thoroughfare that connects the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the mediaeval buildings that line the street, including St. Giles’ Cathedral and the historic John Knox House. Browse the charming shops and boutiques, where you can find everything from tartan kilts to traditional Scottish souvenirs.


Tree growing into the wall of Christ Church College's building in Oxford.

Oxford is a city steeped in tradition, intellect, and historic sites. Nestled in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, this historic city is renowned worldwide for its prestigious university, timeless architecture, and rich cultural heritage.

Discover Oxford’s University Heritage

At the heart of Oxford lies its esteemed university, one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. Take a leisurely stroll through the hallowed halls of Oxford University, where centuries of scholarship and discovery have left an indelible mark on the city’s landscape.

Marvel at the stunning architecture of colleges such as Christ Church, Magdalen, and Balliol, each with its own unique history and architectural style. Explore the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and wander through its labyrinthine corridors lined with ancient manuscripts, rare books, and priceless artefacts.

Explore Oxford’s Architectural Gems

Step back in time as you wander through Oxford’s picturesque streets, lined with stone buildings and centuries-old churches. Admire the grandeur of Oxford’s iconic landmarks, from the soaring spires of the Radcliffe Camera to the mediaeval splendour of the Divinity School.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Oxford Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Britain, where you can wander through tranquil greenhouses, fragrant herb gardens, and vibrant flower beds bursting with colour. Take a punt along the tranquil waters of the River Cherwell, passing under picturesque bridges and past lush meadows dotted with grazing cows.

Tailored Luxury Experiences

At the heart of every memorable journey lies the promise of adventure and discovery.

Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat for two or an action-packed family getaway, we are here to turn your travel dreams into reality. From personalised itineraries to exclusive access to hidden gems, let’s embark on a journey that’s as unique as you are.

*Denotes destinations that require independent travel arrangements.