Once you decided to leave London, the best way to get around is by car rental (Check drivy.co.uk/ for more about car hire near London). The only difficulty will be to decide where to go…Discover the heritage of a historic city, the beautiful coastlines, the large manor houses and the English countryside that looks like a postcard. Don’t leave without having a cup of tea in a typical tea room or fish and chips in a restaurant by the sea.
Explore the beautiful English countryside
The country has so much to offer. Rent a cottage, stay in a B&B or pitch your tent. Whatever your choice, Avis car rentals are the ideal option to start your journey. If you want to hike, head north into the rugged lake region, the rolling Peak District hills or Yorkshire’s National Nature Parks.
If you prefer to explore the south, you will enjoy the chalky hills of the South Downs. The coasts are not to be outdone: between the Jurassic coast, the white cliffs of Dover and the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall in the south or the rural coasts of Northumberland in the north. Not to mention the unique landscape of the Broads of Norfolk. Spend an unforgettable holiday and take a day to visit this vast expanse of rivers and lakes by boat.
Cities and villages
The rental car is an excellent choice for moving from one city to another and for visiting villages. Experience the modern atmosphere and varied entertainment offered by major provincial cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Bristol or Nottingham.
Step back in time in the historic cities of Bath, York, Stratford-upon-Avon, Chester, Oxford or Canterbury. Enjoy fish and chips in the seaside resorts of Brighton, Whitby or Blackpool. Or spend the afternoon driving nonchalantly in the picturesque villages of Cotswolds, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
Festivals and annual events
England hosts thousands of events and festivals every year. Wherever you go and whenever you go, you will find activities close to you.
If you are on site during Chinese New Year or Diwali, festivals and celebrations are held in most cities across the country. In summer, the main cities organize their own gay pride, the most important ones outside the capital taking place in Manchester and Brighton. Christmas is the ideal time to shop, see the illuminations and visit the German markets.
If you want to discover English traditions, you will not be disappointed. Choose between cheese rolling in Gloucestershire (May), Burning the Clocks in Brighton (December), Bonfire night celebrations across the country (November 5) or the summer solstice in Stonehenge.
Summer is the season for outdoor music festivals. Glastonbury is the most important and best known, but there are many others for alternative music or family outings like WOMAD – World of Music, Arts and Dance, in Wiltshire and Big Green Gathering in Somerset. Many cities also host smaller festivals, such as the Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the Scarborough Jazz Festival.