Cancel that plane ticket! All these places are right here in England so you really can swap the Caribbean for the Scilly Isles, Lake Como for Windemere and the Twelve Apostles for The Needles.
After a rather poor excuse of a Summer last year, a lot of people were excited to leave our shores behind in favour of sunshine-drenched holiday spots. People in the street were muttering “why do we choose to live here anyway?” Ok, I might even have said it myself when I got caught in not one, but TWO torrential downpours in a day that was supposed to be ‘summer’.
But don’t be too hasty. I know we can’t ALWAYS guarantee the weather here, but we do have a heap of utterly amazing places to explore right on our doorstep. In fact plenty compare to the most popular holiday destinations.
I’m half way through my first year as a Visit England ambassador (a campaign I’m absolutely loving) and as a result I’ve spent hours Googling places in my home country. I’m trying to narrow down the places I really want to visit as part of the ambassadorship, but it has been SUCH a struggle to choose. So in no particular order, here are some amazing places here in England that truly stand up against those abroad. Don’t be too hasty jetting off… unless it’s to Cornwall. Then you’re allowed!
Forget travelling abroad, all these places are right here at home!
Lake Windemere, Lake District Vs Lake Como, Italy
I’ve visited Lake Como and it was peaceful, serene and totally dreamy. My latest UK exploration took me to the Lake District and yes, it had the same dreamy quality. I still can’t believe it took me 31 years to visit!
Lake District, England
Lake Como, Italy
Durdle Door, Dorset VS Arch Rock, California, USA
There are plenty of rock arches around the world, but our Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast is pretty epic. If you get the weather right, it even beats California’s Arch Rock!
Durdle Door, Dorset
Arch Rock, California
Heacham, Norfolk VS Provence, France
The bright flash of purple from the lavender fields has been enticing people to Provence for years, but it turns out there are some gorgeous places to get your purple fix right here, including Heacham in Norfolk.
Brighton Pavillion, East Sussex VS Taj Mahal, India
Ok I admit the scale of these two is pretty different, BUT, both are stunning and let’s face it, India is a big trip which will take a lot of planning, while Brighton you can hop on a train from London and snap pics as pretty as this!
Brighton Pavillion, East Sussex
Taj Mahal, India
Birmingham, West Midlands VS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Having been a resident of Brum for 3 whole years while at university, I heard one fact more than any other. That the city has more miles of canals than Venice! And do you know what? They’re surprisingly pretty in parts. While perhaps it’s pushing it a little to compare Brum to dreamy Venice, you could certainly mistake some parts for Amsterdam… what do you think?
Birmingham, West Midlands
Isle of Wight Vs Sonoma Valley, California, USA
While the wines are completely different according to where you go, you can find vineyards and wine tasting opportunities right here on home soil! My experience at the vineyards in Sonoma Valley weren’t dissimilar to my afternoon at Rosemary Vineyard on the Isle of Wight. Look – even the weather was the same!
The Needles, Isle Of Wight Vs Twelve Apostles, Australia
Australia’s Twelve Apostles are an example of incredible limestone rock formations, but the chalk formations of The Needles certainly compare. And you’re less likely to find sharks near the Isle of Wight!
The Needles, Isle Of Wight
Twelve Apostles, Australia
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall Vs Mont Saint-Michel, France
Both of these islands are tidal, meaning you can walk all the way out to them at low tide. While the Cornish one has a medieval church and castle, its Normandy counterpart is home to a monastery.
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
Mont Saint-Michel, France
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset Vs Sao Jose dos Ausentes, Brazil
While Brazil is known for lush landscapes and epic scenery, it’s easy to forget we have some right here too. Cheddar is home to a 400 ft limestone gorge and caves. There’s fascinating history to explore to, in fact it’s where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton was found, estimated to be over 9,000 years old.
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Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Sao Jose dos Ausentes, Brazil
Tresco, Scilly Isles Vs Barbados, Caribbean
It was tricky deciding which English beach to compare to the Caribbean, as actually there are plenty of options! Yes, you need some good sunshine, warm weather and some rum to truly feel like you’ve transported yourself, but with turquoise waters and perfect white sand, the Isles of Scilly might have you fooled!