At hoppa, we’re fanatical about travel and while jumping on a plane and exploring a new part of the world is one of our favourite things to do, we also appreciate that there’s so much to see in our own corner of the world. In honour of English Tourism Week, we’re celebrating some of the beautiful, diverse and historic destinations that are a bit closer to home.

Bath

Famous for its beautiful Georgian architecture, the Roman Baths and Jane Austen, Bath is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's the only place in the UK where you can bathe in natural hot springs and visitors can explore the 2,000-year-old Roman Baths. The cobbled streets in the city centre are adorned with street performers and lined with a wonderful array of shops, restaurants and bars. This city truly has something for the whole family.

Brighton

Brighton’s vibrant nightlife, stunning seafront and eclectic shopping areas provide something for everyone. Wander the winding lanes and uncover unique boutiques, pubs and restaurants, as well as famous chains such the amazing chocolate shop Choccywoccydoodah. The Royal Pavilion, the seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV), and its gardens are a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the town. At the other end of the spectrum, the pier and seafront are full of entertainment for all the family, including fairground rides, prize bingo and amusement arcades. Don’t forget to pick up some fish and chips to keep you going while you explore the pebble beach!

Durdle Door

Located on the Jurassic Coast on the Lulworth Estate, Durdle Door in Dorset is one of the county’s most photographed and iconic landmarks. A dedicated World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2001, Durdle Door is now classed as a natural wonder. The natural limestone arch was formed when the rock eroded and created a hole through the middle. The coastal walks nearby offer magnificent views of the landmark and surrounding beaches.

Lake District

Situated in Cumbria, in the north-west of the country, the Lake District, as the name would suggest, is home to stunning lakes, valleys, mountains, coastline and villages. It may come as a surprise to find out that Lakeland, as it’s called by locals, is a national park and is visited by around 15 million people each year. The picture-perfect location is a must-visit location for everyone from lovers of the great outdoors to true romantics, with the lakes providing inspiration for 19th-century Romantic poets.

Newquay

While many will associate Newquay with its wild nightlife, there’s much more to the harbour town than that. Newquay boasts beautiful sandy beaches and trendy bistros and plays host to some of the world’s best water sports competitions. There is plenty to do in the famous seaside resort, attracting surfers from all over the country, particularly during the annual Boardmasters festival.

Where's your favourite place in England to visit for a weekend away? Let us know if you have any hot tips in the comments below.

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