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The best places to visit in each English county

We often travel abroad and forget that our own country has amazing things to offer. Each of England’s counties have something amazing to discover if you are looking for ideas for days out. Here we go through each English county and provide you with a couple of ideas for things to see and do. Whether you are looking for somewhere to take your children, a great family day out, somewhere to go with friends, or just looking for stunning views and scenery, we have you covered.

Bedfordshire: Whipsnade Zoo, Woburn Abbey Gardens, Woburn Safari Park

Berkshire: Windsor Castle, Legoland, Ascot Racecourse

City of Bristol: Brunel’s SS Great Britain Suspension Bridge, Bristol Cathedral, Ashton Court Estate

Buckinghamshire: Bletchley Park, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Cambridgeshire: Imperial War Museum Duxford, University of Cambridge, Ely Cathedral

Cheshire: Chester Zoo, Lyceum Theatre, Tatton Park

City of London: British Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral, Barbican Theatre

Cornwall: Eden Project, Tintagel Castle, Fistral Beach

Cumbria: Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Hill Top (Beatrix Potter’s Home)

Derbyshire: Chatsworth House, Kinder Scout, Bakewell

Devon: Woolacombe Beach, Dartmoor National Park, Exeter Cathedral

Dorset: The Tank Museum, Old Harry Rocks, Kingston Lacy House

Durham: Durham Cathedral, Beamish – the living museum, Raby Castle

East Sussex: Beachy Head, Seven Sisters, Ashdown Forest

East Riding of Yorkshire: RSPB Bemptom Cliff Seabird Centre, Flamborough Head, Burnby Hall Gardens

Essex: Colchester Zoo, Colchester Castle, Clacton Pier

Gloucestershire: Hidcote Manor Gardens, Gloucester Cathedral, Clearwell Caves

Greater London: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park

Greater Manchester: The John Rylands Library, Old Trafford & Ethiad Stadium, The Lowry

Hampshire: Highclere Castle, Jane Austen’s House Museum, Mottisfont

Herefordshire: Forest of Dean, Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Hereford Cider Museum

Hertfordshire: St Albans Cathedral, Warner Brother Studios Leavesden, Lee Valley White Water Centre

Isle of Wight: Monkey Haven, The Needles Landmark Attraction Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Kent: Canterbury Cathedral, Botany Bay, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Lancashire: Blackpool, Lancaster Castle, Morecambe Bay

Leicestershire: Twycross Zoo, National Space Centre, King Richard III Visitor Centre

Lincolnshire: Lincoln Cathedral, Steep Hill, Belton House

Merseyside: Cavern Club, Mersey Ferries, Knowsley Safari

Norfolk: Sandringham Estate, Norwich Cathedral, Cromer Beach

Northamptonshire: Rockingham Castle, Pitsford Water, Kirby Hall

Northumberland: Cragside House and Gardens, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Coast

North Yorkshire: National Railway Museum, Whitby Abbey, Flamingo Land

Nottinghamshire: Clumber Park, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, The D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum

Oxfordshire: Blenheim Palace, Oxford University Museum of National History, Bridge of Sighs

Rutland: Rutland Water, Aquapark Rutland, Barnsdale Gardens

Shropshire: The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Ludlow Castle, Shrewsbury Castle

Somerset: The Roman Baths, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral

South Yorkshire: Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Sheffield Cathedral

Staffordshire: Alton Towers, Biddulph Grange Gardens, Lichfield Cathedral

Suffolk: Africa Alive, Southwold Pier, Newmarket Racecourse

Surrey: Hampton Court Palace, Thorpe Park, London Bus Museum

Tyne and Wear: Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Angel of the North, Victoria Tunnel Tours

Warwickshire: Warwick Castle, Stratford upon Avon, Tudor World

West Midlands: Cadbury World, Black Country Museum, National Sea Life Centre

West Yorkshire: Bronte Parsonage Museum, Hardcastle Craggs, Salts Mill

West Sussex: Arundel Castle, Nymans, Chichester Cathedral

Wiltshire: Stonehenge, Longleat, Lacock Abbey

Worcestershire: Worchester Cathedral, West Midlands Safari Park, Malvern Hills

We hope this article has provided you with some great ideas of where you could visit when you are next in a different county. However, this is not an exhaustive list, so please recommend your own suggestions in the comments or let us know by connecting with us on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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