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Destinations: Central England

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With such a large proportion of Central England to cover, it's certainly not an area to skip over. Packed with history, ancient legend and sheer beauty, there's no wonder this part of the world inspired dozens of literary heroes such as Shakespeare. Just a short visit is enough to feel inspired yourself, so why not give it a go?
Malvern Tewkesbury Cheltenham Oxford Stratford Warwick Cambridge Nottingham Peaks Shropshire Suffolk Forest Dean
Oxford Central England has many facets from the multi-cultural metropolis of Birmingham, the educational bastions of Oxford and Cambridge to the rolling Cotswold hills with its picturesque villages. A visit to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon is a must. To the north of the region the Peak District offers an appeal to walkers and rural culture seekers alike with its array of landscapes and caves.

One more bonus about this region is that it’s right at the hub of Britain’s road network, so exploring every last bit of it is made very easy! You don’t even have to fly into London because there is the international airport at Birmingham, right in the centre of the region. 

The Great Outdoors

TewkesburyThe Cotswolds are quintessentially English. Spanning an area of gentle hills lying between the enticing cities of Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, and Oxford, the area has pretty villages of honey-coloured stone, manor houses, charming churches, dry-stone walls and country pubs in abundance. The area includes a variety of architecture, including black and white medieval buildings at Tewkesbury, elegant Regency houses in Cheltenham and traditional antique shops in Stow-on-the-wold. If it’s walking you’re after, why not walk the famous Cotswold Way.

PubIn total contrast the Peak District (Britain's first national park) comprises an array of classic English landscapes from heather-dappled moorland, to murky limestone caves, gentle hills and gritstone outcrops. Nestled between the rolling hills, no visit is complete without a trip to Mr Darcy’s Pemberley Estate, otherwise known as Chatsworth House. And on top of all this, there's a huge choice of activities to do from walking, cycling and horse riding to climbing, caving and paragliding.

Academia and History

PuntingYou can’t leave this region without visiting the famous university cities of Oxford and Cambridge, both with architectural delights a plenty, opportunities to punt down their respective rivers, and soak up the history and academic ambience of these bastions of knowledge and achievement.


Urban Life

SherwoodNottingham has one of the most sophisticated urban environments with more café-bars and elegant restaurants than any comparable city, an enviable reputation for clubs, theatres, cinemas and galleries. History is never far away however, as it’s hard to miss frequent reminders of Nottingham's legendary hero Robin Hood and his historic adversary the Sheriff of Nottingham. Historical sites and features are its unique labyrinth of caves under the city, the splendid mansion that is now Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery.


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