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Thatched cottage, Chipping Campden

Best places to visit in the Cotswolds | TRAVEL GUIDE

The Cotswolds has everything you’d expect from the idyllic English countryside. Rural landscapes, green hills filled with sheep and quaint villages. With old churches and cottages built with traditional honey coloured Cotswold stone, it’s pretty dreamy indeed. There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in the Cotswolds.

Once a medieval area of high-quality wool trade (“Cots” meaning sheep and “wolds” hills), it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966. And judging by my description above, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. It covers an area of 790 sq miles and spans several counties including Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Warwickshire. And it’s only a two hour drive from London!

Whether you’re on a tight schedule or simply don’t know where to start, fear not. I have some top tips to make the most out of a countryside holiday in rural England. Here are the best places to visit in the Cotswolds on a long weekend trip.

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York City walls and York Minster in the distance

Staycation ideas: Where to go on holiday in the UK

With the current travel restrictions due to COVID-19, travelling abroad is a little out of the question for many. Especially when this can involve a mandatory quarantine period on return. Luckily, this also means it’s the perfect time to turn that post-lockdown getaway into a UK staycation instead.

And really, there’s no better time to rediscover the UK and enjoy what’s right in front of you. With National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), picturesque medieval towns and some of Britain’s finest coastal scenery, there’s a type of staycation for everyone in this beautiful country. If you’re not sure where to go on holiday in the UK, here’s a list of the best staycation ideas, in no particular order. Right here. At home.

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Glasgow skyline from The Lighthouse

Top things to do in Glasgow | TRAVEL GUIDE

Glasgow is a historical city with a lot to offer. It boasts some of the best architecture of both the UK and Scotland, the street art scene is one of the largest in the UK, only second to London, and some of the museums are the most visited outside the capital. And the food? It has some of finest dishes and whisky I have tried, dare I say.

Now, it can be difficult to know what are the best things to do in Glasgow when you’re visiting for the first time. Whether you have a full week to explore Glasgow or are just ‘scratching the surface’, I’ve included a complete list of recommendations for you to choose from. It’s up to you – you can do them all or go with the flow! Either way, I’m sure you’ll have a blast.

Here are the best things to see and do in Glasgow.

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St George's Chapel and Windsor Castle Lower Ward

Things to do in Windsor and Eton

After bringing you my guide to Windsor Castle I thought it was only fair to pop up a recommendation list with some of my favourite things to do in Windsor and Eton. Located on the banks of the River Thames, Windsor is famous for being one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II. This, and the fact that it’s quite close to London has made quite lively and popular among tourists.

This perspective seems to quieten when you cross the bridge that separates Windsor and Eton. The latter is a much calmer historic town that has that je ne sais quoi, very intellectual and quintessentially British. With a rich heritage, beautiful surrounding countryside and history that connects both towns, Windsor and Eton are great for a quick weekend escape. And there is plenty to do for those who either want to relax or explore.

So without further waffling, here are my top things to do in Windsor and Eton.

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George IV gateway, Windsor Castle entrance

Visiting Windsor Castle – Everything you need to know

Windsor Castle is the biggest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. Located in the city of Windsor, in Berkshire and about 22 miles west of London, Windsor Castle has served as the royal residence of the British monarchy for over 1,000 years. It still is, up to this day, where the British Royal Family (and in particular, Her Majesty The Queen) spends most of their private time.

With 13 acres of magnificent grounds, the Gothic St George’s Chapel and a palace that features some of the most luxurious ceremonial and private rooms in the country, Windsor Castle is the perfect representation of a quintessentially British royal household. And guess what? You can explore most of the palace on a self-guided tour in 2.5-3 hours; even if The Queen is there! Just look out for the Royal Standard flag waving above the Round Tower.

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Kelvingrove museum and Glasgow University from Kelvingrove park

Glasgow’s West End: Everything you need to see

With a weekend escape to Scotland’s biggest city on our agenda (and no, I’m not talking about its capital, Edinburgh), Sam and I were extremely excited to discover a little more about Glasgow. Particularly the West End of Glasgow! Full of bohemian personality, incredible gothic architecture and a huge list of hot spots (food alert everyone!), Glasgow’s West End is one of the best parts to explore and stay in. After quickly settling in and dropping our bags, it took us no time to go out and explore the cobbled streets and marvel at the beautiful Victorian Houses. With everything in a walkable distance (a bonus when the Scottish weather brings a fair few showers), I couldn’t help but put together a little list of recommendations for everyone that’s heading to gorgeous Glasgow’s West End.

Here’s our travel guide to Glasgow’s West End – enjoy!

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Fellow Glasgow residents - red squirrel, deer and fox graffiti, Glasgow city centre mural trail

Glasgow Mural Trail guide and map

As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow couldn’t be more different to the winding cobbled alleys, green cliffs and medieval architecture of its eternal rival Edinburgh. Once heavily industrialised, the Scottish city has long forgotten its grey past and has completely transformed into the blooming cultural hub that it is now. It will come as no surprise that Glasgow was recently named the top cultural and creative centre in the UK by the European Commission.

One of the creative initiatives by the Glasgow City Council that provides an excellent way to explore the city is the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail, an unmissable display of graffiti works by local and international artists that bring to life the once empty façades. This is perhaps one of the most attractive ways of discovering Glasgow’s buzzy charm.

Jump to see the Glasgow Mural Trail map.

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