Travel between America and the UK is back in full swing. And there’s no better time than in autumn — picture foliage to rival New England’s and cozy pubs full of frosty pints. But if you’re not keen on London, there’s a lot more to the British Isles by way of beautiful nature and charming cities and villages. Here are five of our very favorite.
1. Lake District
Northern England is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the United Kingdom. If you’re a fan of long hikes followed by cozy pubs with mountain views, the Lake District is the place for you. We’d recommend Keswick or Grasmere as your home base.
For villages straight out of a fairy tale and rolling hills full of sheep, look no further than the Cotswolds. Merely two hours outside of London, this protected area is famous for its incredible natural scenery, and tiny picturesque towns like Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Burford.
Manchester is called the capital of the north for good reason; while it may not have the best weather, Manchester is home to incredible shopping, restaurants and cafes, music and nightlife venues. Soccer fans should especially make Manchester their destination, as it’s home to one of the most thriving football scenes in the country.
If the seaside if where you’re happiest, look no further than Brighton. This seaside city has a famous boardwalk, charming downtown and all the fish and chips you could want.
Forget Edinburgh; Glasgow is the true hidden gem of Scotland. It’s cheaper, friendlier and boasts one of the best nightlife scenes in the UK.