Tag archives for England

On Location: Five Scene-Stealing ‘Star Wars’ Sets

They may not be in a galaxy far, far away, but exotic locales such as the soaring sand dunes of Abu Dhabi and Iceland’s bubbling calderas help give Star Wars: The Force Awakens—which hits theaters in December—an otherworldly spirit similar to the original trilogy’s.

Brilliant: Top Ten Yorkshire Experiences

From the North York Moors to the wild east coast of northern England, Yorkshire offers some of the most dramatic landscapes in the British Isles. Here are the top 10 things to experience in this historic county.

Great Read: Unfettered Yorkshire

Part serene dream, part gothic scream—England’s northern countryside keeps road-trippers guessing.

Spiritual Slumber Party: ‘Champing’ in England

Falling asleep in church has been frowned upon—until now. Thanks to the Churches Conservation Trust, four of England’s historic churches become hallowed hostels by night.

Europe’s Rising Star: Liverpool

With more than a little dose of nocturnal naughtiness and a waterfront to rival any in Europe, Liverpool has emerged as one of England’s most convivial and cosmopolitan cities.

Just Back: Isle of Man

Nat Geo travel books editor Larry Porges crossed a destination off his bucket list this summer when he traveled to the Isle of Man, located smack-dab between the islands of Ireland and Great Britain in the middle of the Irish Sea. The co-author of the “London Book of Lists” has had a long fascination with the self-governing British Crown dependency and its Celtic, English, and Viking roots. Here’s why.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Stonehenge has long drawn pilgrims on sacred days. A recently opened visitors center has transformed the tradition for the summer solstice (on June 21 this year, though the date varies). It’s one of the few occasions when people are allowed to stand inside the circle.

Travel Inspiration: Great New Reads

Looking for some travel inspiration? Here are three new #TripLit reads that will transport you to a faraway place.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

Travel Lately—a roundup of the best new dispatches from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web.

I Heart My City: Emily’s Oxford

Nat Geo Young Explorer Emily Ainsworth was born and raised in Oxford, England. After studying at her hometown’s prestigious university, she joined the circus in Mexico, performing nightly as a solo dancer in the ring while producing an award-winning documentary about life backstage. Ainsworth’s work illuminates the lives of people on the fringes around the world–from Mongolian nomads to London royalty. Here are a few of her favorite things about her beloved City of Dreaming Spires.

Happy 450th, Shakespeare!

The Bard of Avon was born 450 years ago and, rightly so, England is celebrating his enduring legacy. Rather than zipping over to Stratford for the day and checking off Shakespeare sites from a list, I wanted to experience the landscapes that inspired his words. That’s how I found myself ordering waterproof shoes, packing light layers and Lycra, and landing in London to bike Shakespeare’s Way, a self-guided route around the English countryside.

The Best of the Cornish Riviera

Falmouth sits in the center of the “Cornish Riviera,” England’s charming southwestern coastline, and the port is its lifeblood. Here are four ways to experience this seaside gem.