After thinking about my favourite places to visit in the USA, I got into thinking about all the quaint English towns that are so wonderfully charming and beautiful… How could I not share some of the very best that England has to offer. I have some real favourites that I love to travel to again and again, usually because they are so picturesque, peaceful and idyllic. These towns are perfect for day trips and a great opportunity to explore some of the rich, historical heritage that “Olde England” has to offer. These are just a small snap-shot of my most favourite towns and I’m sure you will have many more that you can recommend to us! 🙂 So, here is my list of my most Merry Olde English Towns that make me swoon!

14 MERRY OLDE TOWNS THAT YOU MUST VISIT IN ENGLAND


1) Knaresborough: A perfect town to explore the rich industrial heritage that gave prosper to this area.

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (10)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (29)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (39)


2) Truro: A Cornish Delight, nestled on the coast, with beautiful views out onto the English Channel 

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (38)


3) Stratford Upon Avon: The birthplace of Shakespeare!

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (12)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (22)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (26)


4) Bath: Take a visit  to the world famous Roman Baths that are still present in the city centre, which is filled with Roman architecture.  

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (2)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (4)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (5)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (6)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (28)


5) Castle Combe: Truly a postcard English town. Nestled in the Rolling hills! 

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (20)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (24)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (25)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (31)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (35)


6) Cambridge: It’s not just the studious that love Cambridge (so does Yaya)! This is where he studied and it is a truly great place to live and experience when you are in the UK

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (44)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (14)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (34)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (37)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (40)


7) Bibury: Quaint Architecture that is shaped by its rural heritage and agricultural past.

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (1)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (3)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (8)


8) Durham: A northern delight that is beautifully preserved about 2 hours drive south of the Scottish Border

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (41)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (42)


9) Canterbury: Best known for its Cathedral, this is a perfect place to wander and stroll through the many side streets and cobbled roads that line the city.

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (18)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (36)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (43)


10) York: Yorkshire heritage at its best! Visit the City walls for a great view across York

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (9)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (15)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (33)


11) Cerne Abbas: Yes, the man (Cerne Abbas Giant) below is real… and he is very unique… he is also very old… Almost 400 years to be precise. Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (32)Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (7)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (21)


12) Lacock: A town famous for its quaint charm… oh yes, also the place where lots of Harry Potter was filmed! 

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (19)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (23)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (27)


13) Warwick: Just a 90 minute drive from Central London, Warwick is a true historical delight, with a castle that is immense in its size and scale!  

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (11)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (13)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (16)

Merry Olde Towns That You Must Visit In England (17)


14) And Of-course… London Town, which you can read more about here! 😉


Hand Luggage Only srprsme competition


You May Also Like

  • I love Knaresborough and I’m pleased to see it on your list, because it’s very off the radar! I discovered it by accident 10 years ago while driving from Lancaster to York on a sunny Sunday! I wish I had explored it more, but still have some lovely photos from walking by the river!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! So glad you like Knaresborough too Anna – it really is a beautiful little place!

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

      x

  • Pingback: In Search Of The Most Beautiful Street In England - Arlington Row, Bibury - Hand Luggage Only - Travel, Food & Photography Blog()

  • Hey guys, I have a question about Knaresborough – I am doing a driving holiday of England in a few weeks and planned on heading to the town. I am a little concerned about driving there though, the streets look really small – would it be more sensible to park somewhere and get a train there instead? I was thinking of parking at Cattal and getting the 8min train to Knaresborough.. it is easy to walk around – I have dodgy knees so I’m not sure what is the best plan of action for the town.. thanks in advance 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hey Sarah,

      Ah, you’re going to love the city… have an amazing road trip!

      Okay, so taking the train might be a good idea, but there is parking available in the town too. Here’s a few suggestions that might help… you’d be able to park in one of these and stroll around.

      http://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/visitor-info/car-parking/knaresborough-car-parks

      Hope that helps 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Awesome thank you!! I am really looking forward to going there. Seen heaps of amazing photos of the place 🙂