Guest Post: Southwest English Towns You Should Visit

Saturday, September 27, 2014 | Stamp in My Passport| , , |

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hello lovely readers! I’m Sara from Bristol In My Pocket! Born and raised a Texas girl, I moved to England a year ago to pursue a masters degree as well as make this wonderful country my home. Sound familiar, right? As an American expat living in England, I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite cities in the Southwest. No, not the American Southwest. The Southwest of England, aka my adopted home. England has so much to offer, and one of my favorite hobbies is to explore my own backyard. 


I’m pretty biased when it comes to Bristol. Bristol is home now, and without a doubt I could not be happier. I moved here having never visited, which was kind of crazy but oh so worth it. Bristol has the small town feel with all the conveniences of a big city. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote, one that describes Bristol perfectly. “I love Bristol because it knows who it is. It's cool and cosmopolitan and it doesn't compete with other cities. Bristol is happy dancing to the beat of its own drum."- Stephen Merchant


Stepping off the train in Bath is like stepping through a time machine. Instantly you feel as if you are in a Jane Austen novel. Bath is England’s most romantic city. It happens to be the home to some of England’s oldest history as well. Visit the Roman Baths and Bath Cathedral just a few steps away. Take a stroll around the cresent and grab a coffee in one of Bath’s many hidden/tucked away cafes. 


The smallest city in all of England, Wells is the setting for the hilarious movie “Hot Fuzz”. Although small, Wells is home to my favorite cathedral in England as well as a beautiful medieval palace. Wells has quite a bit to offer considering its size. Besides the cathedral, there’s a palace, an abbey, and even some caves!


Home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, Salisbury is located 20 minutes south of Stonehenge. It’s local markets and impressive cathedral are must sees on a visit to this medieval city! Around Christmas time you can explore one of the best German Christmas Markets in the area! 


Just 8 miles southeast of Bath, this tiny town is commonly nicknamed “Little Bath”. While the architecture is similar, the atmosphere of Bradford-on-Avon is completely different. Off the beaten track, this town is perfect for capturing true English village life.


Emerald Dove said...

Great post! I come from the South West and I love these places too - especially Bath. :)

Jess Hnatiuk said...

These photos are gorgeous! We briefly visited London last year, and I said then, I want to come back to see the smaller towns. These will be put on my travel bucket list!

Marta GarcĂ­a said...

Hi there! I miss England! Bath and Salisbury are so beautiful!

Kiana said...

I have lived in Bristol all my life and its great to hear you like it!!! I do have to say Bath is my next favourite place apart from Clearwater, FL.

Valerie said...

Oh I love Bath, it was so quaint and charming. Bristol, I wasn't convinced but maybe I haven't visited it properly. I have yet to visit the other towns :) xx