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What Are The Most Beautiful Parts Of The UK?

I've been to London many times but never have ventured beyond.%0D %0D If you had to pick one region to visit, what would it be?%0D %0D Cornwall? Devon?%0D %0D I know this may sound stupid, but are there parts of England that resemble the backdrops in all those Agatha Christie TV shows? You know, quaint villages, pretty, well tended gardens and noble country houses?

by Anonymousreply 57December 23, 2010 6:07 AM

The lake district is very pretty and if you want a beautiful city, go to York.

by Anonymousreply 1December 17, 2010 6:17 PM

What time of the year are you visiting, OP?

Get out of England and go to Wales to the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia. There are parts of the latter that are breathtaking, especially in the summer.

by Anonymousreply 2December 17, 2010 6:21 PM

Lake District

by Anonymousreply 3December 17, 2010 6:24 PM

I took the train from London to Rugby. My friend had a flat right on the canal. I thought it was a great little town.

by Anonymousreply 4December 17, 2010 6:32 PM

In the spring, summer and autumn there are no ugly parts to the UK. If you enjoy the cold too, then one can safely say, there are no ugly parts to the UK.

by Anonymousreply 5December 17, 2010 6:48 PM

Recently we drove out to the Oxforshire- Buckinhamshire borders and the part we went to is only an hour from London and it's so rural and beautiful.%0D %0D It became so rural that we ended up on a road that hadn't even been treated. It was slightly frightening actually, but the car made it.%0D %0D But I do think Buckinghamshire is as beautiful as England gets, but is overlooked due to its closeness to London and yes it does look like Miss Marple.%0D %0D

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by Anonymousreply 6December 17, 2010 6:59 PM

My avenue and the environs.

by Anonymousreply 7December 17, 2010 7:11 PM

The horizon as you approach the Atlantic, knowing NYC is only several hours away.

by Anonymousreply 8December 17, 2010 9:14 PM

Most people would tell you the Cotswolds OP, but touristy as it is, I think you'd like this place (see link). For other suggestions, check out Frank Entwisle's "Abroad in England"%0D

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by Anonymousreply 9December 17, 2010 9:28 PM

The walkway leading to the airplane LEAVING Heathrow. England has become middle Earth.

by Anonymousreply 10December 17, 2010 9:32 PM

Cambridge and Norwich OP

by Anonymousreply 11December 17, 2010 9:34 PM

Nobody goes to England for "scenery" per se. If that's what you want, a cruise of Norway's fjords is in order.%0D

by Anonymousreply 12December 17, 2010 9:44 PM

Manchester is the No. 2 gay city, OP, but let's face it, all of England is GAY GAY GAY.%0D

by Anonymousreply 13December 17, 2010 9:45 PM

I second York.

by Anonymousreply 14December 17, 2010 9:56 PM

Parts of East Anglia are very pretty

by Anonymousreply 15December 17, 2010 10:43 PM

That is one big oxymoron right there in OP's thread title.

by Anonymousreply 16December 17, 2010 11:25 PM

Chester

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by Anonymousreply 17December 18, 2010 1:59 AM

my reflection in the hall mirror

by Anonymousreply 18December 18, 2010 2:24 AM

Scottish Highlands

by Anonymousreply 19December 18, 2010 2:29 AM

Cambridge, Bath, Vale of Glamorgan (Wales)

by Anonymousreply 20December 18, 2010 2:49 AM

Lindisfarne!

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by Anonymousreply 21December 18, 2010 3:08 AM

OP is modern, rational. He will be attracted to postwar developments such as Cwmbran, Wales!

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by Anonymousreply 22December 18, 2010 5:30 AM

South Downs, The Western Isles of Scotland, Jurassic Coast, Cotswolds, The Fens, Lake District, York, SW Welsh coast, the Black Isle, the Wolds.

by Anonymousreply 23December 18, 2010 10:19 AM

The Gower Peninsula, Wales. The Lake District, East Anglia, parts of the West Country, parts of the Thames Valley and the Highlands (pictured)

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by Anonymousreply 24December 18, 2010 11:30 AM

Right this very minute Mornington Crescent is a winter wonderland.

by Anonymousreply 25December 18, 2010 12:00 PM

Lake District.

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by Anonymousreply 26December 18, 2010 12:51 PM

Whitby, North Yorkshire - home of vampires and goths!

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by Anonymousreply 27December 18, 2010 12:53 PM

The Cotswold are also excellent for seeing the quieter, more refined side of England:

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by Anonymousreply 28December 18, 2010 12:58 PM

Cornwall in the south west is considered quite Celtic and mystical, usually very warm, benefits from the Gulf Stream. One of the few places in Britain where palm trees grow naturally.%0D %0D At this little open air theatre they still hold plays regularly and the place is usually packed. They do Shakespeare quite a lot. %0D %0D

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by Anonymousreply 29December 18, 2010 1:01 PM

Sorry that should have been the Cotswolds.

by Anonymousreply 30December 18, 2010 1:02 PM

Malverns are nice, good for walking and well known for the spa water.

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by Anonymousreply 31December 18, 2010 1:04 PM

Cornwall for sure. Penzance, St Ives are all worth a look. Near to Penzance, there is a tiny fishing village called Mousehole which looks like it has been untouched for 200 years.

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by Anonymousreply 32December 18, 2010 1:28 PM

To me, the Cornwall coast is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. I have vacationed there every year for over 15 years. I could easily be happy there for the rest of my life.

by Anonymousreply 33December 18, 2010 2:31 PM

Chipping Camden owns my heart.

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by Anonymousreply 34December 18, 2010 2:36 PM

Why are so many US gay men so obsessed with the UK? Is it because they all wanna be sort of queeny aristocrats, or it is because of Madonna becoming British. Weird, most US gay men would become British citizens tomorrow.

by Anonymousreply 35December 18, 2010 2:42 PM

The Essex and Suffolk Coasts can be beautiful. The Dedham Vale, outside of Colchester(the oldest recorded town in England and the original Roman Capitol before London) is where John Constable did all of his paintings. It is quite beautiful, and terribly unappreciated by the natives.

by Anonymousreply 36December 18, 2010 2:47 PM

R35 it's because many gay men in the US are (or want to be) very affected people and have an insane desire to be thought more impressive or "better" by other people. It's no different than the flyover queens who move to NYC. They think that by being able to say "I live in NYC", other people are going to be impressed or in awe of them, and that builds up their self esteem (why is beyond me).

When I see some queen who moves to the UK and comes back to visit after 3 months with a British accent I just want to projectile vomit right in their faces and then give them a vicious face slapping.

by Anonymousreply 37December 18, 2010 2:55 PM

R37,you should seek help for that.

by Anonymousreply 38December 18, 2010 3:07 PM

R26, ancient Brits had a thing for stacking stones. Pretty pictures

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by Anonymousreply 39December 18, 2010 3:10 PM

I have been everywhere in England. Highly recommend (and please Google-Image these):%0D %0D Lavenham in Suffolk.%0D %0D Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.%0D %0D Stratford. (I know! But it and the visit outside town to Ann Hathaway's Cottage is as picturesque as it gets.).%0D %0D Clovelly in Devon.%0D %0D Circa London: Windsor/Eton; Henley-on-Thames.%0D %0D Ambleside in the Lake District.%0D %0D The Cornish coast (Polperro, Mousehole, Penzance, St. Ives).%0D %0D Bath/Wells in somerset. %0D %0D The Isle of Wight.%0D

by Anonymousreply 40December 18, 2010 3:19 PM

I know so many British people who are desperate to move to New York or LA. It's funny because I love the whole Americana thing. I love the music, especially Calexico and Neko Case, it really influences how I dress and I guess silly little things. I would love to live in LA or Tucson or somewhere like that.

Maybe people always want to be where they aren't and sad thing is when you get there you realise who have to deal with the exact same shit but in a different place.

by Anonymousreply 41December 18, 2010 3:22 PM

Alissandro Nivola's ass crack.

by Anonymousreply 42December 18, 2010 4:40 PM

Essex! The chavs make it lovely year round.

by Anonymousreply 43December 18, 2010 4:42 PM

England =BORING

by Anonymousreply 44December 18, 2010 4:46 PM

All of the countryside is England is beautiful. Devon, Cornwall, the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District are particularly so.

by Anonymousreply 45December 18, 2010 6:25 PM

The OPEN sign on dental clinic door.

by Anonymousreply 46December 18, 2010 6:37 PM

Mine.

by Anonymousreply 47December 18, 2010 6:48 PM

Brits don't seem to get that nobody from countries with actual scenery is impressed with the Lake District. The truth is Americans just like the little villages and fields, because they are so neat and clean in comparison with the USA.%0D

by Anonymousreply 48December 18, 2010 7:11 PM

[quote]Why are so many US gay men so obsessed with the UK? %0D %0D Years of watching Miss Marple and Poirot episodes on TV.

by Anonymousreply 49December 18, 2010 7:27 PM

[quote]Years of watching Miss Marple and Poirot episodes on TV

But they're not set in the present. That'd be like Brits lusting after the US because they saw Deadwood or some other period drama which you don't seem to have any that you export.

by Anonymousreply 50December 19, 2010 9:07 AM

R44 England =/= the entire United Kingdom.

by Anonymousreply 51December 20, 2010 5:07 PM

The Giant's Causeway is quite famous

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by Anonymousreply 52December 20, 2010 5:09 PM

Wherever Prince Harry's bum is resting, at least for the next year or so until he turns into the obligatory Windsor toad.

by Anonymousreply 53December 20, 2010 5:13 PM

That's strange, R6, since most of the Marple series episodes are filmed in Cornwall and Devon.

by Anonymousreply 54December 20, 2010 5:19 PM

DORSET: not too remote, but far enough from London for people not to commute. Pretty villages - but not too twee. Rolling hills and a beatiful coast. 'Hardy' country. Perfection.%0D %0D Also: Cornwall / Pembrokeshire / southern Snowdonia / the west coast of Scotland.%0D %0D Most of the east of England is too flat for my taste. The Cotswolds are too 'tea-shop-y' and the Lake District is overrun.

by Anonymousreply 55December 20, 2010 5:31 PM

I wish that I was fucking dead.

by Anonymousreply 56December 23, 2010 6:02 AM

No you don't R56. The holidays are always stressful, particularly this year in the UK.%0D

by Anonymousreply 57December 23, 2010 6:07 AM
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