For most people, when they think about England, the first city that comes to mind is London. Being an English girl living in America, I’ve gotten used to people referring to the entire country as London. As much as I love the big city, there’s so much more to England that’s definitely worth knowing about. Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip or just adding to your bucket list, here are 5 beautiful destinations in England that will make you want to go right now.

Liverpool

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Albert Dock, Liverpool, UK.

With its beautiful architecture, the famous soccer team and being the home of The Beatles, Liverpool has something for everyone to enjoy. You’ll find The Beatles Story, the world’s largest exhibition devoted to the band and their rise to fame. Take a walk down Mathew Street and visit The Cavern Club, where The Beatles first started playing, as well as many other pubs and cocktail bars. There are multiple museums located in the city, including their World Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Liverpool. In the city center, you will find Liverpool ONE, one of Europe’s top shopping destinations with a variety of retailers, bars and restaurants, a cinema, an indoor golf course and a park.

York

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The Shambles, York, UK.

The city of York has so much history to explore. Visit the York Minster, one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals with more stained glass than any other cathedral in Europe. See the city from a bird’s eye view at Clifford’s Tower, a famous landmark that stands as a symbol of the medieval kings. Museums in York include the National Railway Museum, the York Art Gallery, the Yorkshire Air Museum, and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Walk through the Shambles, where you’ll find a wide variety of small shops and restaurants lining the cobbled road. There is also the York Dungeon if you want to add a little horror to your trip. There are plenty of sightseeing tours around the city that are perfect for a relaxing day out.

Lake District National Park

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Windermere, Lake District, UK.

The Lake District’s picturesque lakes, mountains, and valleys create a unique experience that you can’t find in London. Explore the lakes on a boat, or even swim. Hire bikes to ride along family-friendly cycling trails. You’ll find multiple museums and galleries located in the Lake District, as well as historical houses and gardens. They have forest segways for rent, ziplining, mountain climbing and canyoning. Small towns are scattered around where you’ll discover a variety of attractions and activities. At the end of the day, lay below some of England’s darkest skies that are perfect for stargazing.

The Cotswolds

Castle Combe, The Cotswolds, UK.

Named as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), you can explore countless villages, castles, gardens, and markets. There’s a variety of cafes, traditional pubs and fine dining scattered throughout The Cotswolds, as well as independent shops and boutiques you won’t find anywhere else. Home of William Shakespeare, as well as many other famous writers, artists and musicians, it’s not surprising that it is a very artsy destination. You’ll find art galleries, theaters and concert halls. The Cotswolds also holds annual jazz, film, literature and music festivals. You won’t run out of things to do in these beautiful stone built villages.

Cornwall

Polperro Harbour, Cornwall, UK.

Cornwall has everything from woodland mountain bike trails to beautiful beaches and coves. It is home to famous attractions including St Michael’s Mount, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Minack Theatre, and Tintagel Castle. Visit art galleries and museums, relax with group yoga, or learn how to surf. The opportunities are endless. You’ll have plenty of dining options looking over the clear, blue water, or find traditional English pubs throughout. The variety of spas, vineyards and beaches make this a prime relaxation destination.