It’s time to look beyond London; although the cosmopolitan city is alluring, you’d be remiss not to explore the rest of the country’s captivating lands. In particular is the cultural allure of England’s Heartland, which is geographically located in the center of the country (hence the name). These areas include Birmingham, Peak District & Derbyshire, and Warwickshire (a.k.a. Shakespeare’s England) and are riddled with charm and affordable luxury.

If you’re planning a visit to jolly ol’ London, don’t forget hop over to these beautiful regions. Birmingham is the second most populated city outside of London. It is an easy 1.5 hour train ride northwest of the country. Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted by an eclectic, vibrant city which has more canals than Venice. The area also is filled with Michelin-starred dining options, hosts a killer cocktail scene and even brag-worthy driving experiences. Meanwhile, Peak District & Derbyshire is a short one hour train ride north of Birmingham. The region is brimming with natural beauty and is home to Britain’s first National Park. In addition to preservation of wildlife and the environment, this countryside gem is a paradise for adventure seekers; its mountains and caves offer hikers otherworldly exploration.

Capture the spirit of England’s Heartland and its experiential glory.

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