But my favourite part of England is Cornwall, on the south-western peninsula. Fringed by craggy cliffs and white sand beaches, the pounding Atlantic Ocean is never far away. Cornwall is also known for its art and food, especially seafood and the ubiquitous Cornish cream tea of English scones with jam and clotted cream.
While you are in Cornwall, stop by St Austell and visit the Eden Project and marvel at what you can achieve with vision, hard work and clever engineering. The site is a former china clay quarry, now transformed into a giant ecological treasure house and educational center and super-cool outdoor concert venue. There are giant bubble-like structures filling the valley, each a bio-dome dedicated to a different climatic zone, such as the tropics or the Mediterranean climates (which also includes Australia and California). There are also plants and other activities outside the domes – whether you are traveling as a family or on your own you could easily spend half a day here, not counting the time in the gift shop!
Tickets are £16 at the door for adults. Concessions and family tickets available. Discounts if you arrive by bicycle or on foot.
St Austell, Cornwall
Photo credit: “The Eden Project” by youMayCallMeSheep on Flickr. Licensed for commercial use under Creative Commons.