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Beginners Guide to Travelling the South of England

When visiting England for the first time it can be difficult to know what you will need to pack as the weather can be incredibly indecisive and unpredictable. On Monday it could be clear blue skies and piping hot and then on Wednesday there could be a flood warning. This being said, the attractions and sightseeing opportunities in the UK are endless, especially in the South. Famously known for its’ scenic coastal panoramas that stem for more than 300 miles and historic heritage, the South of England is a must on any travel bucket list. 

Cities You Have to Visit

London 

Duh. The Capital. I know you’ve probably done your research on London… how could you not want to visit this vibrant city that never sleeps? There are an infinite number of activities and sights to see when visiting London, whether you are looking for a wild party fueled weekend away or a chilled-out sightseeing break. London is up there with the most famous cities in the world and it does not disappoint. With the Underground Tube, it is simple and cheap to get from one side of the city to the other. 

Cornwall

The county famous for its pasties and cornish ice cream? You guessed it, we have Cornwall.  Situated on England’s southwestern tip, the area is filled with gorgeous sandy beaches, wildlife and picturesque villages. With so much nature in Cornwall there are heaps of things to do such as long walks, hikes, or even sunbathing at the beach. But, if walking doesn’t take a liking, why not visit some of the homegrown cafes and restaurants, and try some of Cornwall’s heritage?

Brighton

The beach getaway for most Londoners and everyone around the south, Brighton is home to many sights and activities to do. Slowly modernising itself with the rise of the new generation, Brighton is very much a place to be eccentric and unique. With rows of lanes showered with independent, one of a kind boutiques, all the way to the heaps of cool cafes and restaurants. The town is based just off the East side of Sussex, scattered with pebbled beaches and its famously known pier. Brighton is also home to an array of history, such as the royal pavilion and the marina. Who wouldn’t want to take a trip here on a sunny day?

Isle of Wight

Located on the South Coast of England is an island named the isle of wight. Heard of it? Most likely! It’s widely known for its’ seafront beaches and the white chalk needles that stand tall along the island. The isle of wight is also home to a mind-boggling amount of history dating all the way back to the dinosaur era, where remains and fossils can be found by just about anyone. Just a simple ferry ride away, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean on the way to the island – really, getting two views for the price of one! 

Devon

The shire county of Devon is the gift that keeps on giving. Hosted within the English Riviera, Devon is neighbouring towns such as Tourquay, Paington and Brixham, giving so many options for places to visit! Devon encompasses everything from sandy beaches to medieval towns, giving perfect options for every kind of person. There is also the picturesque views of the cliffs that tower along the coastline running for miles across Devon – the best day for the avid hiker. Or, if its nature that takes your interest, then moorlands national park will be a choice to remember, taking in the surroundings of a calm and tranquil reserve walk.

Bath

A site focussed with a little more history is the largest city in the county of somerset – Bath. the city is located along the valley of the river avon, known massively for its roman built baths and georgian roots. The city of bath quickly became a world heritage site from the decades of history it holds within its structure. A city sure to be pleasurable for any historian or the dedicated learner. Bath will be sure to send you back a few thousand years, showing you how things would have been. Do you think you would be able to live in that era?

Oxford

Oxford, the city revolving around its prestigious university, schools and history. With the world renowned education system built all the way back in the 12th century, paired with its ever growing hi-tech community, Oxford is slowly becoming the city to beat. The mix of both ancient and modern allow enough things to do for both tourists and residents, proving this city is not only an attraction, but a sustainable home space too. Not forgetting oxford being home to England’s oldest Botanical Garden and Ashmolean museum, for the ones who appreciate stunning floristry and scenic garden creations.

Dorset

Again located within the shire county, Dorset is the king of attractions. It offers both beautiful countryside that has received attentive groundcare as well as a coastline, perfect for families, couples, or a personal visit on your own. The County is swarmed with geological history, gaining its name as the ‘jurassic coast’ from its offering of buried fossils and rock formations that are millions of years old. Dorset is also home to the infamous Durdle door. The limestone arch and blue seas make a high quality backdrop for any photograph or postcard. Over half of dorset is dedicated to holding the astounding natural beauty that the population has so well upheld, so you will not be disappointed by the miraculous views and gorgeous sunsets experienced within the town of Dorset. 

Exeter

Dating back a little further within history, is a City on the River Exe… yes, Exeter. Going all the way back to the roman era, the city is surrounded by the decor of the time, as well as the gothic generation. With both Exeter castle and cathedral, the city is known for its outrageous landmarks. As well as the award winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum, offering over 2000 years of history to be experienced in just one sitting. The history doesn’t stay above land however. Exeter offers its visitors a trip through the medieval underground passages that run under the city, snaking from each corner – no one can imagine what could’ve gone on down there! The city sure does pack a punch, and a historical one too.

Those are some of the best in the South of England has to offer. From history dating back to the time of the dinosaurs, to beaches that can offer you a tan worth waiting for. But, what does one take on a trip like this? With so much to do in one area, it will be vital to have resources for any situation. From walking boots to bikinis, below is the top checklist, to ensure you are not left unorganised before your next trip.

The Packing Essentials For Travelling The UK

Winter

If it is hitting the colder seasons, however you have a desire to travel in your free time, then don’t let the weather stop you. Depending on the area chosen will determine the things you need to pack. But, focus on the waterproofs and knits. Afterall, we can dream, but the english winter is never going to be any dryer. 

The essentials:

  • Wellies
  • Raincoat
  • Hat,scarf,gloves
  • Reliable walking boots – no soggy socks!
  • Knitted clothing
  • A large coat for warmth
  • As thick a sock as you can find
  • Umbrella
  • Thermos – for those hot chocolates during a day out

Spring

Spring is the time of the extremely temperamental season. This is the time where it can either be rather warm, or overcast with a huge chance of showers. For this reason, packing can come at a difficulty.

So, what to remember to pack in spring:

  • Trainers
  • Light clothing
  • Warm clothing
  • Sandals
  • A Hat
  • Suncream
  • Both light and heavy jackets
  • An umbrella – just incase
  • A small beach bag with swimming costume – we can hope!

Summer

The best time of year! The Brittish summer isn’t exactly that of a mediterranean holiday, but it can get fairly warm. So, packing for the situations will be beneficial!

  • Swimming costumes and beachwear
  • Summer clothing-shorts, light tops, dresses 
  • Sandals, sliders or flip flops
  • Trainers – for the walks
  • Suncream
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses
  • A water bottle
  • A light jacket – incase the evenings become a little chilly along the coast

Autumn

We sadly finish the summer cycle, and approach the start of the colder weather. With autumn slowly pulling away the sun in replacement for clouds. It will be important to pack for a slightly chillier time if travelling in this season – the weather can become very crisp! 

  • Some jumpers and jeans – full body wear
  • A warm and light jacket
  • Waterproofs
  • Boots and trainers
  • An umbrella
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses as a maybe
  • Hair straighteners – things can get a little fluffy and crazy in this weather
  • T-shirts and vests

Summary 

With a handful of the most important things suggested above, it hopefully will allow packing for a trip to the south coast to be a little easier. With the weather fluctuating rather a lot, it can be hard to make judgements before you are in the situation. So, ensuring you have clothing for all possibilities, and footwear to compliment, then there won’t be anything you cannot do or see, while visiting the UK.

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