Our England vacations

Our England vacations are about escaping the cities and busy attractions in favour of exploring the landscapes that have inspired artists, poets, musicians and writers. You might ride electric bikes along the Tarka Trail from a self-catering ecolodge in Devon, kayak off the coast in search of dolphins, throw the family into an activity vacation in the Lake District, or enjoy long-distance walks such as the Pilgrimsí Way. Dress for the weather and remember: your hosts in locally owned hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs are never short of a recommendation for the best pub nearby.

Our top England vacations

Devon eco lodge accommodation, England

From £205 to £810
per accommodation per week
Quirky eco lodges, 1 with Hot Tub, on a Devon nature reserve

England tour by train

From £2695 to £2895
13 days ex flights
Explore England's diversity and fascinating history by train
Tailor made

Devon sea kayaking vacation in England

From £1400
7 days ex flights
Price per family exclusive use of barn house accommodation

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly vacation

From £1995 to £2150
8 days ex flights
Admire England's south-western corner car-free
Tailor made

Isle of Wight cycling vacation, England

From US $650
5 days ex flights
Short UK cycling break with plenty of sightseeing

Devon self catering cottage in England

From £205 to £590
per week (sleeps 4)
Cottage with lake view & wood burner on Devon nature reserve

Winchester to Canterbury Pilgrims way, England

From £1650
15 days ex flights
Walk the Pilgrims Way from Winchester to Canterbury

Lands End To John O'Groats biking trip

From £1995
16 days ex flights
Britain's classic cycling challenge
Small group2023: 27 May, 2 Sep

Thames Path walking vacation in England

From £744 to £1098
7 days ex flights
Self guided walk along the River Thames Oxford to Windsor

More about our England vacations

Escape the cities on your England vacation

City breaks in England are overrated. Youíll be crammed into the same tired, overpriced tourist attractions as thousands of others, and rarely getting a feel for England beyond whatís on the posters. Instead, you could be exploring the joys of English landscape. Take in the cuisine at country pubs at a leisurely pace on long distance walks, sea kayak and cycle around pretty Devon while staying at an eco lodge, or enjoy a classic English beach vacation on the golden sands of Cornwall or the Isle of Wight. Thereís much more to England than Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon and the landmarks of London.

Devon vacations in England

In Devon, one of the most charming corners of England, it is possible to find picturesque pockets of peacefulness so quiet you can hear the grass growing under your feet. More adventurous travelers can find their happy place here coasteering or sea kayaking. Meanwhile, those that take a more laidback approach to their vacations can meander idyllic country lanes between country pubs, farm shops (great for self-caterers) and teahouses where you can dive into a plate of scones. Rural farm stays are perfect for families, with the welcome addition of electric bikes to make getting up those hills a little easier.

Walking vacations in England

Walking vacations in England are typically tailor made self-guided trips, and so ideal for independent hikers that like taking their time. Classic routes include the Thames Path, South West Coast Path and Pilgrims’ Way. Expect easygoing daily walks, overnighting in friendly B&Bs near tempting pubs, detailed maps and route notes, and landscapes that have inspired everyone from Wordsworth to Lewis Carroll. You can’t expect sunny weather throughout, even in summer, but the vagaries of the weather are actually one of the great pleasures of walking in England – just be sure and pack sun lotion as well as a raincoat.

South Downs National Park, England

England’s newest national park will always be close to our heart because it’s right on our doorstep. With over 3,000km of public walking and cycling routes, including the 161km South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne, and all of them a short hop from London, is it any wonder the South Downs National Park is liberally scattered with fantastic accommodations? From welcoming B&Bs to self-catering cottages, and even trendy yurts, this rural refuge encompasses the Sussex Heritage Coast, woodlands, pastures – plus market towns, where many a food and drink festival takes place.
[Escape the cities: Matt Buck] [Devon: mattvaux7] [Walking in England: Luke Ellis-Craven] [South Downs National Park: Sam Knight]
Photo credits: [Page banner: Luke Porter] [Escape the cities: Matt Buck] [Devon: mattvaux7] [Walking in England: Luke Ellis-Craven] [South Downs National Park: Sam Knight]