It may come as a surprise, but not everyone’s ideal honeymoon includes endless sunshine, white sand beaches and copious hours lounging by a pool. Warm weather isn’t even a necessity.
In this spirit, we recently traveled to Great Britain to scout what adventures honeymooners can find in England. After four days exploring the sights, museums and pubs of London, we rented a car and ventured west (about 100 miles) to the historic city of Bath and the quintessentially English district known as the Cotswolds.
England may not be synonymous with honeymoons, but we discovered it’s definitely a place newlyweds should consider. Here’s what we found.
There has been a town of some sort on the site of Bath since the Romans ruled England. The hot springs bubbling up from the Earth inspired a sprawling bathing complex that eventually crumbled and was dismantled throughout the Dark Ages, Medieval period and beyond. The buildings today were built in the early 19th century in the Georgian style and the entire city as a result has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site.
Located just to the east of Bath in Wiltshire and a short drive from our hotel in Box was the town of Lacock. This entire tiny town is owned by the National Trust and is worth a quick walk around. If it looks a bit familiar, that’s because it’s been a location for many films, including two Harry Potter adventures.
We wanted to visit Downton Abbey (aka Highclere Castle), but it was closed to visitors in May. Instead, we ventured to one of the many other old manor houses in Britain donated and maintained by the National Trust. Dyrham Park was built around the turn of the 18th century by a commoner bureaucrat who worked in the courts of William and Mary, and Queen Anne. It’s a smaller, less ostentatious example of a manor house, but nevertheless provides a glimpse of the history and culture that has inspired so many with “Downton Abbey.”