Many people living outside of Britain hold a certain image to the country and its inhabitants. It would be incredibly dismissive to quash these visions as untrue for outside visitors – but they’re definitely all not true for all parts of the UK.
They say you should never meet your heroes as you will only be disappointed – the same should be said for places you love. The last thing you’d want is to go to England only to see that what everyone says isn’t true.
It would be cruel to ruin the dream, so here are the best places to go to experience the English stereotypes that you hold dear to your heart.
Now, all you need to explore the land of the Brits is a good camera, a car, a comfortable pair of shoes and maybe you can pass the Life In The UK Test
Where To Find The Stereotypical Britain
This is the capital for a reason – you’ll find thousands of traditional stereotypes living and breathing here. Visit the East End for cockney pubs and jellied eels, then travel to the centre for a completely different culture.
Seeing past the busy workers power-walking past on angry phone calls, it’s easy to experience the tradition seeped in England’s capital.
In Westminster you can visit the Houses of Parliament and have a peek down Downing Street – and from politics to royals you can visit Buckingham Palace.
And then there are the skyscrapers, big red buses, the London eye, China Town, the Thames, the West End, Hamleys and Harrods, along with so much more.
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The best word to encapsulate York is ‘quaint’. With winding, cobbled streets, tea rooms and stone walls, this is a very typically English city.
It has old sweet shops and dusty second-hand book shops, as well as The Shambles – one of best preserved medieval streets in the world.
It is filled with tourist shops, tea shops, and aromas of fudge and chocolate…awesome things to do in York!
With breath-taking peaks, quaint countryside towns and Wordsworth’s grave, the Lake District gives postcards of England their pictures.
With around 15.5 million visitors per year, you won’t be the only one chasing traditional England…
Make sure to visit Keswick for traditional English pubs and cafes.
When people think of Britain, they think of fish and chips – whilst the food horizons of many Brits may have broadened, this is still the go-to Friday evening meal for many households across the country.
Scarborough, the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast, is the ideal place to visit for seaside traditions – as well as fish and chips, you’ll find arcades, donkey rides, candy-floss and a nice freezing cold, British sea.
The county of Yorkshire has strong stereotypes attached to it – and they can all be found in the popular holiday destination of the Yorkshire Dales.
Talkative strangers, farmers, lots of sheep and an abundance of pubs – any village in the Yorkshire Dales will make you feel at home in England.
What is your favorite stereotypical place in Britain?
Peak District Walking & Outdoor Festival
Spring has arrived, and in Peak District, England, they’re preparing for the upcoming annual Walking & Outdoor Festival later this month.
The festival begins the 23rd of April and continues to the 8th of May, and over 100 events and competitions will be held during the festival.
For those who don’t know, Peak District is known for having some of England’s absolute best places for hiking, with many great trails with beautiful views.
The Peak District is the UK’s first national park, and the festival highlights and showcases the best of the area; the lush landscape, picturesque villages and the rare flora (which includes orchids during spring and early summer).
The festival will be fun for everyone who loves the outdoors, but you really don’t have to be an expert; guided tours, climber lessons for beginners and navigation lessons for beginners are just a few things for those who are like me, and want to try the outdoors sports for a bit without any real experience.
Another fun way to enjoy the natural park is to do it with an ‘artistic’ focus.
There are specialized photography walks and a photography competition (the theme this year is ‘fire and light’) going on.
During the guided walk in the district you’ll learn heaps of history about the area, with all from railway heritage walks to plague village walks.
If you’re interested in visiting The Peak District, I think this is the best time of the year to do it.
Many people have planned their Peak District holidays for months in advance so it might be a bit tricky finding some place to stay in the some of the closer villages.
One way to get around this would be to spend your nights in one of the many pretty Ambleside cottages.
Ambleside is as beautiful as the village in the main Peak District area, and then you can just drive to the festival for a lovely day trip.
There are many nice villages around Lake District as well, In Keswick, renting out one of the traditional Keswick cottages is very popular for weekend holiday makers, and if you find it too far to drive to Peak District from there you’ll find that the nature around these villages is pretty amazing in itself.
If this is a bit short of time to plan, don’t worry, since there are festivals in Peak District all year round, the next one, National Forest Walking Festival, begins already May 21st to June 1st, and then there is another autumn festival in September.
So basically, whenever you plan to go here, check out what festival is going on in the near future and go then, a festival always brings out the best of places!