5 Must-See Sites In The English Countryside

There is a magical quality to the English countryside. From the wild and desolate landscapes to those which are lush and quaint, the countryside of England boasts something for everyone’s tastes!

A number of years ago, Travelstart posted its recommendation of the 15 areas that are worth visiting in the English countryside. We’ve picked our top five.

The Lake District

Home to the largest national park in England, the Lake District is a favourite holiday destination of many. This region of England boasts mountainous areas as well as lakes and forests. The Lake District lays claim to many famous residents. Children’s book author, Beatrix Potter, lived here and she drew her inspiration from the local farming community.

Celebrated poet, William Wordsworth, drew much inspiration for his poetry from the Lake District. Places which inspired him include:

  • Glencoyne Bay
  • Long Meg and her Daughters
  • Aira Force
  • The Lorton Yew

The Cotswolds

Watch any film that is based on a Jane Austen novel and you’ll have a good picture of the Cotswolds. Here, you’ll experience the expansive rolling downs to the bustling, quaint towns where you’ll sure be able to pick up a bargain on market day!

Towns in this area include:

  • Barton-on-the-water
  • Chipping and Dursley

There are a wide range of celebrities who call the Cotswolds their home. Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, from Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour, live here. And if you stick around, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Princess Anne and her family.


Oxfordshire is home to Oxford University where well-known figures – such as Bill Clinton and Stephen Hawking – attended. The university town has acted as the set for many films. These are, for example:

  • Three of the Harry Potter films
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Shadowlands

Towns in Oxfordshire include:

  • Abingdon
  • Banbury
  • Carterton
  • Witney
  • Bicester
  • Didcot
  • Wantage


Cornwall is by far one of the most famous seaside towns in the English countryside. So if beach living is your scene then you can’t miss a visit here!

This town is most famous for its contribution to the culinary arts. Cuisine that come from Cornwall, which we are all familiar with, are:

  • Cornish pasties
  • Saffron buns
  • Cornish Heavy (Hevva) Cake
  • Cornish fairings (biscuit)
  • Cornish fudge Cornish ice cream
  • Cornish clotted cream


Last on our list is another seaside area called Lancashire. Situated on the seashore, Blackpool draws many from all-over England to enjoy their ballrooms and pier rides. Further inland you’ll find verdant Lancaster which boats attractions such as Lancaster Castle as well as Lancaster City Museum.

There is so much more to visiting England than Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Madame Tussauds. So if you want to discover more about what makes this vibrant country tick, then we recommend that you take a trip in the English countryside!