Onward travel from London: Explore the kingdom

17 Jul 2017 by Business Traveller India


Bath is an extremely captivating part of the English countryside. The Roman baths here are considered to be one of the finest historic sites of southwest England. Take a dip in the natural thermal waters of Thermae Bath Spa, and sit back and relax just like the Romans and the Celts did many moons ago. Fashionistas will find the Fashion Museum in central Bath interesting. Its exhibits trace the evolution of clothes’ design and attire from the Georgian era until not very long ago. There are more than 160 dresses showcased, which represent approximately 400 years of fashion. Conclude the day with an extremely exhilarating experience on-board a hot air balloon ride that offers a breathtaking aerial view of Bath at dusk. You’re likely to pass over the beautiful Stonehenge, which makes for a beautiful photograph.



Birmingham is a perfect getaway from the fast-paced life of London. The birthplace of the renowned playwright Shakespeare, Birmingham offers a host of exciting activities to history lovers. Start with the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery situated in the heart of the city. Time warp to either ancient Egypt, pre-Raphaelite, or baroque art eras here. Royal Air Force museum is a great place, where you can learn about the English aviation industry. The museum is known for its international collection of aircraft. One of its highlights is “The Cold War Exhibition” site. Another interesting place to stop by in Birmingham is Cadbury World, where you can spectate the art of chocolate making just like in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The city is also famous for its British Motor Museum. Travel through the milestones of some of the biggest car brands like Land Rover, right from their very first models. A fantastic way to sum up this informative, yet restful holiday can be to admire the sunset whilst picnicking at the quaintly pleasant surroundings of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.



Soak in the sun at this seaside town to the south of London — Brighton. Full of life, the once upon a time sleepy village now has a few places that you should not miss. Plan an entire day exploring Brighton Palace Pier where one can participate in fun events. Here’s a chance to relish the traditional fish and chips, a patent symbol of England alongside some freshly made churros, doughnuts and crepes. The Shellfish Bar is a fun spot at the pier and is famous for serving innovative seafood delicacies. The air is filled with youthful energy and encourages you to embrace your inner child as you sit on the many rides here. When the sun shines bright, Brighton Beach is swarming with tourists, a perfect spot for sunbathing. Watch out for the pesky seagulls though; they are known to be notorious for snatching any unattended edibles. Finally, embark on a quiet tour of Royal Pavilion, an architectural landmark of Brighton that fuses two cultures. The exterior of this structure is inspired by Indian architectural techniques, whereas the interiors are heavily influenced by Chinese designs.



Bristol, the city that straddles River Avon, is known for its bridges, balloons, bikes and artists. Explore the historically eminent structures here by stopping by at Bristol Cathedral and Lord Mayor’s Chapel.  The city in southwest England is home to the world renowned street-artist, Banksy. Sign up for a walking tour alongside his metaphoric and highly impactful artwork on building facades, walls and fences. Visit Bristol Zoo Gardens that houses a monkey jungle, a reptile house, Asiatic lions, bug and twilight worlds, a meerkat lookout point and an exotic aquarium. Conclude the day with a sunset boat ride from the Harbourside or Floating Harbour, both eight-minute walks from each other.



Not only does the Irish capital have an enthralling nightlife, but it also offers a host of interesting things to do for travellers. Dublin’s iconic point is the 26-hectare Guinness Storehouse brewery situated in St James’ Gate Brewery that was founded in 1759. Sip on a pint of Irish beer whilst hopping from one bar to another. Take a walk through the National Museum of Ireland and learn about the various animals found in and around the region. The National Transport Museum of Ireland is another informative place to know about the public service and road transport vehicles of the island. Chart through the Irish waters by taking a day trip to one of the coastal towns near Dublin. Pick from lazing on a beach to taking an adventurous cliff walk, indulging in European seafood and sifting through Irish history at its century-old castles. One of the popular picks is the buzzing port town of Dun Laoghaire.


The Scottish capital is a delight for historians, lovers of greenery and fans of Scotch whisky. Read on to know more about how to make the most of your weekend here….

Netra Venkateshwaran

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