Quintessentially British Places to Visit in England

What do you think of when it comes to ‘quintessentially’ British things? A good cup of tea? The Queen? Red letterboxes? Roast dinners? There are many things that make the UK such a wonderful and characterful place, but which areas really scream British? Here, we explore some of the most quintessential places brimming with British charm. From thatches rooves and characterful cottages to rolling countryside and magnificent coastline – each location offers something truly special and truly British.

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Quintessentially British Places to Visit in England

Cambridge
This city is certainly rich in history and is most famous for its prestigious University of Cambridge, founded all the way back in the 13th century. You’ll be amazed at the ancient architecture of the King’s College Chapel and the Tudor Trinity College which have retained their original character. 

Head to the river for a spot of punting (what is more British than that?!) before exploring the center, where you’ll find cute cafes, indie shops and quaint restaurants. There are also many quaint villages around the city such as Ely, famous for its imposing cathedral which is one of the largest in England.  You could easily do a day trip to Cambridgeshire from London and then hop back on a train from Ely to London King’s Cross.

London
Where screams Britain more than the capital? Here, you’ll find plenty of iconic British landmarks. Buckingham Palace is of course one of the most famous British buildings in the world and has been the official London residence for the UK sovereigns since 1837. While the building itself is sure to impress, it’s also worth going to see the Changing of the Guard. 

There are many other must-see places across the city, including the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, the iconic Big Ben, the magnificent Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral to name a few. In the midst of sightseeing, make sure you take a break with a great cuppa and piece of cake to make your trip truly British.

Cornwall
The nature of the British Isles means there’s miles upon miles of beautiful coastline to explore – and Cornwall boasts some of the most picturesque coastal scenery of all. Picture quaint fishing villages where boats bob on the water with fishermen hoping to bag their catch of the day. 

Where narrow cobbled streets are lined with pubs, bakeries and stone-built cottages and golden sandy beaches are waiting to be explored. This is what makes Cornwall such a magical place to visit, and with plenty of towns, cities and villages in the county, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Which of these quintessentially British places will you visit first?

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