Explore London with Derbyshire Cottages

Friday, July 06, 2012

Arguably one of the best things about travelling around a new country is that you get to see so many different sights. This is certainly the case when you’re moving up and down the UK, as there are so many notable landmarks which look even more impressive up close than they do in a photograph. However, with so many attractions to take in, it can be hard to pick the ones you really want to visit, but, if you book one of the many peak district cottages with Derbyshire Cottages, you’ll have a great starting point for exploring.

From the Pottery Annexe in Baslow near the market town of Bakewell, you’re within easy reach of the motorway network. This will help you get to places such as Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham in no time. Further south, London is perhaps the best place for landmarks, with iconic structures such as the Marble Arch, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye all worth visiting. From the London Eye, you get panoramic views of the capital in its entirety.

London Phone Booths

In the Peaks, you could visit Chatsworth House. A well-kept stately home or venture north towards York, which is home to York Minster, a massive cathedral which dominates the city’s historic landscape. The city’s walls and castle and a plethora of museums make this city worth visiting.

Outside London, there are a number of other amazing landmarks which you could visit. If you’re staying in a cottage in Northumbria, you might want to look at the Angel of the North, a sculpture in the Tyne and Wear region just by the A1. This sculpture is a fantastic sight to see up close, and you go crazy taking photos of it from different angles!

London Parliament

Further south is the Stonehenge, a site hugely popular with tourists for its spiritual connections. It can be accessed from anywhere in the south of England without too much fuss. At the other end of the country, Edinburgh Castle is perhaps one of the most beautiful landmarks in the whole of the UK, and looks great from any angle.

There are so many sights to behold and places to explore in this side of the world! 

Have you ever been to London? What was your experience like?

This is a featured post by Cumbrian Cottages. Photo credits: Catherine Iblan for London Eye and Parliament. Gracey Yanson for London phone booths.
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  1. Went to London last year for the first time and I could describe my experience as being "smitten". Walking around feels like being inside the show "Mr. Bean". The old facades of their buildings were preserved giving it an old but charming feel to the city. I went to St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Kensington Palace, rode the cruise along River Thames, watched West End musicals ("Wicked" and "Jersey Boys"), and went for a beer in Oxford Circus - an enjoyed every minute of it. It's also the first time I understood why Londoners love to talk about weather - because it changes very fast. One minute I'm wearing my thick jacket and using my umbrella, the next minute it becomes hot and stops raining, and then the next minute it rains again. Another observation I had when I went there was that the British weren't really known for their cuisine. I call it boring cuisine. So boring that they had to adopt from the Indians and proclaim "Chicken Tikka Massala" as a true British national dish to make their cuisine a bit more tasty. Lastly, London is one freaking expensive place to live in! I had to pay 3.75 pounds for a regular size serving of pancit, 2.5 pounds for a 150 ml soft drinks, and 1.8 pounds for a bus ride (using the Oyster Card which is supposed to be cheaper). Nevertheless, for a budget conscious person like me, the money I spent for that trip was all worth it.

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