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London is one of the world’s most famous cities, attracting visitors from all corners of the globe. If your stay with us at the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel is your first time in the UK capital, then it’s likely you’ll want to explore some parts of the rest of Britain during your trip as well. But just how easy is this?
The capital city has highly-efficient transport links with the rest of the country, so it’s definitely worth taking a day or two out of your trip to visit some of the UK’s other highlights. From the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution to picturesque rugged coastlines, Britain has it all.
It takes just over two hours to travel from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly by train, where you’ll find a thriving city with traces of its industrial heritage fused with the bohemian Northern Quarter, upmarket Spinningfields and the Gay Village that surrounds the famous Canal Street. For shopping, head to Afflecks Palace, where you’re sure to find a unique souvenir from your trip; for culture, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Museum and Museum of Science and Industry are just a few of the highlights on offer; for food, enjoy an Alice in Wonderland-inspired afternoon tea at the Richmond Tea Rooms, or grab a burger at Solita.
The Scottish capital Edinburgh can be reached from London by coach, train or even plane, with a flight from London taking under 90 minutes to reach Scotland. Visit the historic Edinburgh Castle, climb Arthur’s Seat to take in a stunning view of the city and explore its myriad of tearooms, second-hand bookshops and boutiques. Make sure you try some traditional Scottish haggis, neeps and tatties, washed down with a large Scotch whiskey before you leave.
Over in Wales, Anglesey offers a quaint, picturesque location where you can enjoy a few days’ peace and quiet away from the constant hustle and bustle of London. Anglesey is around a five-hour drive away from the capital, but if you want to visit Wales during your stay in Britain, it’s one of the most tranquil spots of the country to head to. The Isle of Anglesey is only reachable via either the Menai Suspension Bridge or the Britannia Bridge, making it the perfect secluded spot to explore Wales. Much of the isle’s coastline has been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while Beaumaris Castle is a must-visit if you’re interested in Welsh history. Anglesey is also home to the place with the longest name in Britain, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
The Lake District National Park is one of England’s most beautiful spots. Situated around 300 miles north of London, the Lake District is actually home to a Montcalm hotel of its own, meaning you can leave the confines of the capital without having to say goodbye to the luxury of your accommodation during a visit to the stunning park. We recommend that you take a boat trip across picturesque Windermere, embark on a ramble across Helm Crag – which is an ideal challenge for amateur hikers, but pretty enough to keep expert walkers satisfied – and head to Hill Top Farm to explore the former home of Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter.
Cornwall is England’s southernmost county, located just a few hours’ drive away from the capital. It’s home to some truly wild countryside, with Bodmin Moor providing the extremely eerie setting for Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel Jamaica Inn – you can even enjoy a pint in the pub itself after a bracing walk across the moor. Cornwall’s beaches and quaint seaside towns are its real standout feature though, with highlights including St Ives, Carbis Bay, Porthleven, Penzance and Newquay. There’s some fascinating pirate/smuggler-based history to be learnt during a trip to this gorgeous county, and make sure you don’t leave without tucking into fish and chips by the sea, washed down with a traditional Cornish cider.