I've been living in the UK for about a year and a half now. I've seen most of the major cities, but I have developed a real love for the beautiful little medieval villages that the UK boasts.
I've seen a lot of the nice ones in Kent and East Sussex (Ayelsford, Cobham, Rye, Battle, Yalding) and Wiltshire (Avebury, Bishopstone).
Now thats an interesting question.
I could tell you a few places not to visit.
I used to live in a village called Dickleburgh (stupid name)
Villages make it even harder.Kent and East Sussex is a really nice area.
I live on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and have done for 32 years but thinking about it im struggling.
Maybe thats a sign of living here too long
Had abit of a think.
Somerleyton,Norfolk (i did a half marathon around here once and you run past Somerleyton Hall which is nice)
Fritton,Norfolk (lovely on a warm day relaxing on the big park or by the lake)
Geldeston,Norfolk (theres a pub about a mile and a half down a dirt track and it doesnt have any electricity and its by the river)
Framlingham,Suffolk (a nice castle worth walking around)
Edale,Peak District (fantastic place to camp and hike for a week or two)
Betws-y-coed and Capel Curig,North Wales (also great for camping and hiking)
Borrowdale,Lake District (theres an awesome pass to drive round as long as you dont slip off the edge.I camped there one night in the middle of nowhere and woke up to spectacular views)
Fort Augustus,Scotland (at the edge of Loch Ness and possibly my favourite place in the UK.)
Dundonnell,Scotland (in the middle of nowhere and perfect for hiking up Scotlands most dangerous mountain.)
There are a few in Scotland that are nice -
Dunoon - very small, on the sea, quite nice though.
Portpatrick - gets a bit touristy in the summer but it's a very nice little village in the most south-westernly point of Scotland.
Luss - nice little village on the edge of Loch Lomond, somewhat ruined by the fact that a tv show was filmed there.
Durness - up in the very far North of Scotland and close to Cape Wrath which is a very nice spot.
I've found another little gem in Kent: Cooling. It was in the churchyard that Pip met Magwytch in Great Expectations. It also has a castle, though this is in ruins and in private hands.
Ozman have you been here yet?
It was several years ago when i visited but it was a nice day out
Yes, I have been there. I was hoping for some real jousting, but it was all staged.
Anywhere else around there that you know of?
Hi ozman, Have you been to Stratford apon Avon for Shakespear's house. The whole town is very medieval. Shakespears house is GREAT.
Clovelly is amazing - this is a small seaside villiage in Devon.
went last yr and loved it.
Bibary (Cotswolds)- this is one of my favorate places. My gandmother is from here and I always take people here for a visit. IT's VERY small so will only take an hour to walk around then you can go on to Bourton on the water.
Bibary has a 14th century church which is lovely. Arlington Row is a block of 17th century cottages that were built to house the cotton mill workers. They are awesome. My grandparetns used to live in one and tourists were always looking in the window and taking pics as we were eating. They have a mill which is full of intersting facts and history. send me your email and I will send you a photo of bibary and one of clovelly or look on line. Not sure how you would get there if not driving althought there are plenty of tours to the Cotswolds.
I occasionally get to go to a little village called Wolvercote just outside Oxford, and it's beautiful! Little thatched houses, a lock, a quiet, sleepy little pub called the Trout which faces onto a river, and has peacocks and a little garden and all. It's blissful to sit out there on a summery evening. It's only a half hour or so to walk to the city, but we usually bike it because it's surrounded by fields and canals and great biking terrain.
It's just gorgeous! Anyone been there?
try places like marlow, hambleden, medmenham, henley in buckinghamshire and oxon.
marlow is where ilive and work and is a beautiful place... not a village but perhaps the most beautiful small town in the uk?
i am biased but its true haha