Color image of the River Avon and Putrnry Bridge, Bath, UK. People kayaking and people walking on on path along side the river, a few boats tied to the bank. Cloudy sky.

Unveiling England’s Treasures

Bath, York, Nottingham, Scarborough, and Whitby

By: Vanessa Jordan

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Today, I want to take you on a delightful journey through some of my favourite places to visit in England. From breathtaking landscapes to tantalizing food and rich historical sites, this list is sure to ignite your wanderlust. So grab your favourite cuppa, and let’s dive right in!

Bath: A Roman Retreat Steeped in Elegance

Oh, Bath! With its stunning Georgian architecture and the Roman Baths that give the city its name, this place is an absolute must-visit. As you stroll along the cobblestone streets, don’t forget to treat your taste buds to a scrumptious Bath Bun, a local delicacy. If you don’t mind a short line, stop into Sally Lunns for lunch or dinner, one of the cities oldest establishments. The city’s historical significance is palpable, and the Roman Baths themselves offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. The hop on/off bus tours are a great way to see this beautiful city while also learning a little about its history. (If you don’t have earbuds they will have some on the bus.) FYI, you will also find the only American Museum located outside of the United States. 

Color image of people waiting in line to eat at Sally Lunn's in Bath, UK. Partly cloudy sky
Color image of people waiting in line to eat at Sally Lunn’s in Bath, UK. Partly cloudy sky

York: A Medieval Marvel That’ll Leave You Spellbound

Prepare to be transported back in time as you set foot in the enchanting city of York. From the iconic York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, to the medieval city walls, the entire town oozes with historical charm. If you happen to be visiting on a Sunday, don’t miss a chance to savour a delicious Yorkshire pudding with a Sunday roast while exploring the quaint streets of The Shambles, a well-preserved medieval shopping street. For the nostalgic experience, book your stay at the Guy Fawkes Inn or one of the many other pub-inns in York. 

Color image of Shambles, York, UK. People walking on a cold winter day.
Color image of Shambles, York, UK. People walking on a cold winter day.

Nottingham: Where Legends Come to Life

Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, and the Nottingham Castle – this place is a treasure trove for folklore enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Immerse yourself in the legends of Robin Hood as you explore Sherwood Forest’s ancient oak trees. And if you fancy a tasty treat, make sure to try the local specialty, a savoury pork pie. Also, a visit to Nottingham Castle offers breathtaking views of the city and a fascinating journey through time. After visiting the castle pop down to Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem for pint and a bite to eat, just don’t touch the haunted ship or sit in “The Pregnancy Chair”. Don’t forget to take a stroll through the Lace Market, there is so much to see from beautiful architecture to quaint shops, restaurants and pubs.

Color Image at night of Robin hood Statue in front of Nottingham Castle. Nottingham, UK
Color Image at night of Robin hood Statue in front of Nottingham Castle. Nottingham, UK

Scarborough: Sun, Sea, and a Slice of British Coastal Charm

Color Panoramic Image of Scarborough, UK, photo taken at the castle looking down at the beaches on either side of the town.
Color Panoramic Image of Scarborough, UK, photo taken at the castle looking down at the beaches on either side of the town.

Time to head to the coast! Scarborough, a charming seaside town, beckons with its sandy beaches and charming promenade. Take a leisurely stroll along the seafront and indulge in some lobster and crab or traditional fish and chips, best enjoyed with a sprinkle of salt and a dash of vinegar. Don’t forget to visit the historic Scarborough Castle perched on the cliff, offering panoramic views of the North Sea. Saint Mary’s Church is located just outside the entrance to the castle, there you will find the resting place of Author Anne Bronte. If you have time for a quiet stroll Peasholm Park Japanese gardens is the perfect spot.  If you don’t already have a favorite place to stay, check out Beaches B&B, https://www.thebeachesscarborough.co.uk Janey is absolutely lovely; she goes above and beyond to make one feel at home, and Chris will start your day off with a splendid home cooked breakfast.

Color image of the Beaches Bed and Breakfast in Scarborough, UK. Man reading the informaqtion in front of the establishment.

Whitby: Gothic Beauty and Seafood Galore

Prepare to fall head over heels for the captivating town of Whitby. Once known for the Whitby Whalers, boats made for whaling during the 18th & 19th centuries. Today it is sought after for its amazing sea views and dramatic clifftop abbey, immortalized in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” exudes an air of mystery and gothic allure. While here, be sure to sample some mouthwatering seafood, such as the renowned Whitby scampi or freshly caught fish and chips. For a true maritime experience, visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum or take a stroll along the bustling harbor and breathe in the salty sea air. 

Color Image of Whitby Abby on a partly cloudy day with dry grass around the abby. Whitby, UK
Color Image of Whitby Abby on a partly cloudy day with dry grass around the abby. Whitby, UK

England truly has it all – from awe-inspiring historical sites to breathtaking landscapes and delicious culinary delights. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or a foodie, these five destinations offer a little something for everyone. If you plan to visit any of these great places, please do a little research first. There is so much to do and so many things to see, I just couldn’t list them all. 

So pack your bags, put on your walking shoes, and get ready to embark on an adventure you won’t soon forget. England’s hidden gems await, ready to weave their magic and leave an indelible mark on your heart.

Happy travels, my fellow explorers!

Vanessa Jordan
Vanessa Jordan
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