The Quantock Hills to the West with views over the moors and seascapes below provided inspiration for poets such as Coleridge and Wordsworth whilst further along the Bristol Channel coast is Lorna Doone's Exmoor easily accessed from the resort town of Minehead and the mediaeval village of Dunster with its romantic hilltop castle.
One of the jewels in Somerset's crown is the City of Bath, where mineral springs attracted Celts and Romans to settle there and 1,000 years after them a Georgian renaissance re-established it as a key city of the British Empire. Today it’s one of the best preserved cities architecturally in the country and located in the spectacular valley of the River Avon.
Nearby the City of Bristol, largest urban area in the West Country, with its massive shopping centre, historical docks and waterfront and vibrant nightlife.
London is served by an extensive transport system and whether you want to visit special places such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge or Camden Market or if you’d rather just take time to explore and sample the multicultural city that is modern London we can help you do either.
With London as a base the South East and Midlands of England are very accessible – travelling south you can hit the English Channel coast, visiting famous seaside places such as Brighton or ancient heritage sites like Stonehenge or Avebury.
Across the mighty river Trent we reach the North of England – characterised by its Viking history and forged in the Industrial Revolution into the powerhouse of the Empire. Amidst the textile mills, coalfields and industrial cities such as Leeds and Manchester is an ancient landscape of hills, dales, lakes and rivers bounded by the coastline of the great North Sea to the east and the Irish Sea to the west.
The Roman/Viking City of York has been the capital of the North ever since and still maintains its medieval walls intact along with its majestic Minster.
The Mersey seaport of Liverpool, home of the Beatles, continues to fascinate tourists whilst the Lake District attracts walkers and lovers of the countryside with its dominant crags and grassy fells. To the far north the Roman barrier known as Hadrian's Wall, built to keep out the Scots, has whole sections intact and set amongst hill tops with great vantage points provides an exhilarating location to sample the north country at its best.