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Itâ€™s English Tourism Week and to celebrate, weâ€™ve gone off the beaten track to bring you some of the less famous (and much the better for it) tourist attractions near to our locations.
Cornwall is so full of fabulous days out and attractions itâ€™s difficult to narrow down to one or two recommendations. However, in the spirit of searching out treasures that you might otherwise miss, we have eschewed the Eden Project and the not-so-Lost Gardens of Heligan in favour of theÂ Hidden Valley Discovery Park at Launceston. This gem is around an hourâ€™s drive fromÂ DeerparkÂ and is based around solving clues on various treasure trails. Itâ€™s the sort of day out that you think you are going on for the children and then find yourself completely wrapped up in the adventure.
Discover the Eden Project in Cornwall
Meanwhile, over in Winchester near toÂ Blackwood Forest, you can enjoy a fascinating morning at theÂ Gurkha Museum, which tells the moving story of Gurkha service to Britain over the last 200 years. One of many military museums in Winchester, the Gurkha museum is notable for its detailed miniature battle scenes and immaculately kept displays. Even if you have only a passing interest you will find yourself caught up in the story of this fearless and generous regiment.
Explore the Gurkha museum
Are you staying at our location, Thorpe Forest, this summer? A diverting trip to Englandâ€™s only whisky distillery, St. Georgeâ€™s Distillery, is well worth a visit. A craft operation using local ingredients, could it take on the Scots at their own game? Weâ€™ll let you decide. For fun, education, and nostalgia all wrapped up in one pleasurable package, donâ€™t miss the Dadâ€™s Army Museum at Thetford. Itâ€™s a lovely little museum, free to enter and with lots of props from the original series, which was filmed in the area.
PuzzlewoodÂ is a popular activity amongst our guests atÂ Forest of Dean. Itâ€™s exactly as you would picture a fairy tale wood, with mossy rocks, twisted yews, and little wooden bridges across steep gullies. Reputedly, JRR Tolkien took his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it's easy to see why. This magical landscape will delight everyone.
Venture out and explore Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire
Up country toÂ Sherwood ForestÂ and if you can drag yourself away from all things Robin Hood, head northwest on Worksop Road to Creswell Crags. This honeycomb of caves is home to Britainâ€™s oldest art gallery. Here, Britainâ€™s only known Ice Age rock art gives a fascinating insight into the lives of our most ancient ancestors. Explore caves, vales, and gorges then discover more in the museum.
Our most northern English locations are of course,Â CroptonÂ andÂ KeldyÂ in North Yorkshire. Both are near to the pretty market town of Pickering and our tip off here is theÂ Beck Isle Museum. With 27 themed rooms depicting local life through the ages itâ€™s one of those treasure troves of a museum that can be overshadowed by more well-known attractions and yet offers a thoroughly captivating experience.
There is something of an authentic, unspoilt theme in our pick of attractions, with a thread of nostalgia woven through, and our final suggestion is no exception.Â The Scarborough Fair CollectionÂ is a whirlwind of Wurlitzer organs, old fashioned carousels, and fairground attractions, with a jaw-dropping collection of working steam engines thrown in for good measure. Itâ€™s another of those attractions that draws everyone into its magic, whatever their age or temperament. Give it a whirl!
What do you think about our eclectic selection of English tourist attractions? Have you visited any of them? Have you any suggestions of your own for an overlooked yet wonderful little gem?Â Book your break and discover some of these secret attractions for yourself.