Following on from my adventures at Stonehenge and in Bristol, it was time to begin the journey north through England.
Myself and Dan hoped in my trusty rented Ford Fiesta and headed off from Bristol bright and early to take a walk through Britain’s history.
If you’re looking for a chance to explore the areas of England that still have that “old England” vibe, you’d best head to the Cotswolds.
You’ll be met with cobblestones, gorgeous little cottages that look straight out of a Beatrix Potter story, quaint tea houses, and pretty little creeks running straight through the town.
The main drawcard is simply aesthetic – The Cotswolds are a gorgeous place to take photographs – but it’s also a great place for tea, brunch or a picnic lunch.
There are many different places to choose from when visiting the Cotswolds area – we visited Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to the Cotswolds without a spot of tea.
So after we took our time admiring Bourton-on-the-Water, we stopped off in Stow-on-the-Wold for a morning tea at the Huffkins Bakery and Tea Rooms.
After a beautiful morning in the Cotswolds, we drove on to Manchester, where we stopped for lunch at an AMAZING all-vegan restaurant called V Revolution.
In the style of an American diner, this awesome place offers burgers with names like the Helvis Presley and the Heisenburger (my choice) and incredible non-dairy milkshakes.
If you’re in town and looking for some decent vegan food, I would definitely recommend V Revolution.
Our roadtrip then took us east to Leeds, where we met up with one of my friends from home, Biance, who is currently living there.
For a spot of fun (and a history lesson) we took a trip to the Royal Armouries Museum – what I would consider a “must” if you’re into museums (or even just Game of Thrones, like me).
It seems incredible how many pieces of amour and weaponry this museum has – the fact that these historical items have no been lost, and are able to be on display for residents of the UK and it’s visitors seems like an extraordinary feat.
If you’re in Leeds, take advantage of this mass collection of items in the one place and explore the history of war and weaponry from Great Britain and around the world.
Note – There are lots of interactive sections in the museum which children will find engaging (and sometimes entertaining).
Find out more about the Royal Armouries Museum here.