From Abbey Road to Winchester Castle and everything in between, there’s no denying that there is an abundance of must-see sights in London. While there is plenty of opportunity for history, natural beauty and cosmopolitan chic in England’s capital, there’s also a lot more to be seen outside of the city.

However, knowing where to go and what to see outside of London can be difficult, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite outer-city destinations for you to enjoy!

Cotswolds

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📸 by @amitsoni29

Explore the dramatic hills and sweeping meadows, dotted with stately castles, honey-coloured villages and charming thatched roof houses of the iconic Cotswolds.

Glenfinnan

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📸 by @sidoniaweber

All aboard to witness the spectacular scenery of the Scottish highland village of Glenfinnan. Keep your camera ready at the mountain-lined shore of Loch Shiel and the famous viaduct that carried the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.

Stratford-Upon-Avon

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📸 by @shauneeeboi

William Shakespeare may be one of the most quoted English authors of all time, but travellers may be speechless standing in the Tudor-style birthplace and surprisingly modest grave site on the banks of the River Avon.

Bath

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📸 by @federicadinardo_

First enjoyed by the Romans, then the dandies of 18th Century London, the curative mineral waters of Bath – and its spending Georgian architecture – remain a respite for today’s traveller.

Isle of Wight

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📸 by @jajones000

You’ll feel like royalty as you ferry from England’s south coast to the yachter’s playground of the Isle of Wight. At Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home, you can tour her private apartments and frolic on her former bathing beach.

Southampton

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📸 by @akadryyyyyy

Set sail from Southampton! This famous port city was the departing point for legendary voyages, including the Mayflower and the Titanic. Its dreamy shores also inspired the setting of many of Jane Austen’s romance novels.

Oxford

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📸 by @mandy0044_

Home to the famed University, Oxford has given rise to many elite scholars, including Albert Einstein, David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch. And, like any great college town, Oxford is home to many quintessential pubs. This is a destination where the present is shaped by the past, and where work and play collide.

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