Top Places To Visit In England During SummerSo, you’ve decided to come and learn English in the summer - possibly at a summer school in England. Besides improving your English what exactly are the out-of-school benefits of coming here at this time of year?
Well there is just so much to see and do, especially here in the South of England. The question is, where do you start?
If you want beautiful beaches, lovely countryside and a laidback atmosphere, then go to the Isle of Wight. Just 10 minutes from Portsmouth by Hovercraft, you feel like you have stepped back in time. You can visit Osborne House, the gorgeous summer home of Queen Victoria, cycle around the island and go to the famous ‘Needles’ on the West coast or visit the charming seaside towns of Shanklin and Sandown on the East coast. There is even a steam train and an old London Underground train to ride on!
Portsmouth itself is fabulous in the summer. You can spend all day at the Historic Dockyard visiting some of the world’s most famous ships, such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose. While you are there, why not take a boat tour of the harbour. If you feel like chilling out then head for Southsea Common. This huge expanse of green along the seafront is great for a barbecue, playing some sport or simply taking in the sun’s rays. For some stunning views and to fully appreciate what makes Portsmouth so special, go to the top of the Spinnaker Tower.
How about a boat trip? There are lots of possibilities. Numerous boats go up and down the coast from either Portsmouth or Southampton and from many places in between. You can also take lovely boat trips along the canals and rivers in both Chichester and Guildford. If you would like to stretch your legs then take a map and go to the New Forest or the South Downs National Park. Both places give you an opportunity to see what makes the English countryside so special during the summer.
If you like the historic, then look no further than either Winchester or Salisbury. These glorious cities have much to offer. Visit two of the finest Cathedrals anywhere in Europe, go to some fascinating museums or stroll around the streets where you will find lots of great independent shops, pubs and restaurants. End a hectic day with a cream tea in a cafe. What could be more English than that!