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Green Holidays in England

Perhaps the most environmentally-friendly holiday decision you can make is to go for a staycation and enjoy what's on offer on your doorstep. Weeks of sunshine and soaring temperatures can't be guaranteed, but verdant England has so much to offer...

Here's a quick guide on How to go green in England and the rest of the UK, including the country's remaining wilderness areas and England's sustainable tourism champions.

From roaming the peaks of the North, cycling through the Lake District and the picturesque cotswolds to eco-cabins in Shropshire and homestays in our vibrant and historic cities and sailing breaks along the South West's stunning coast, an eco-friendly break in England is a wonderful opportunity.

To learn more, see our guide on How to tell if a hotel is green

Featured below is our selection of the best 'greenest' places to stay and holidays we have come across throughout England:

High Broadwood Hall Cottages, Northumberland, England

Surrounded by utter peace and tranquility, these two beautifully-restored, eco-friendly cottages are set in the gorgeous Northumberland countryside with magnificent views of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Prices vary, please enquire.

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How to travel overland from Europe to England


Our detailed rail journey planner shows you how to travel by train from over 40 destinations in Europe to London, detailing where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Here are a few examples of itineraries:

Train from Barcelona to London
Train from Berlin to London
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Train from Lille to London
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High speed train travel from Europe to England.High speed train travel from Europe to England.

 


Travelling to England by ferry is now so much easier thanks to the recent upgrading of many cross-channel services and as well as from Spain, Ireland and Denmark. Our ferry journey planner provides in-depth information, including intermediate travel, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets for the following ferry crossings:

Ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth
Ferry from Calais to Dover
Ferry from Caen to Portsmouth 
Ferry from Cherbourg to Poole 
Ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich 
Ferry from Roscoff to Plymouth 
Ferry from Santander to Portsmouth 
Ferry from Santander to Plymouth 
Ferry from St Malo to Portsmouth 
Ferry from Ostend to Ramsgate

Travel within the British Isles by ferry:

Ferry from Dublin to Liverpool
Ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (Isle of Wight)

More places to stay in England

HOW HILL WINDMILL HEART OF THE NORFOLK BOARDS

How Hill Windmill, Ludham, The Norfolk Broads, England.

Stay in a real Norfolk Windmill that once ground grain delivered by wherry boats on the River Ant. Beautiful, unspoilt, location with stunning views & adjoining a nature reserve. Sleeps up to 4 people. Mediaeval Norwich & the coast just a drive away
3 rooms with beds. 1 single. 1 double. 1 single/ converts

Weekly £375 to £575

Howlugill Farmhouse and Barn

Howlugill Barn, County Durham, England

A 17th-century farmhouse with a contemporary touch in the Durham Dales & the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Luxurious, affordable accommodation: great for walkers, travellers, bird spotters and anyone who loves the great outdoors.
Two double bedrooms and one twin bedded room

From £220

The Blacksmith's House Frontage

The Blacksmith's House, Brockenhurst, New Forest

An unusual B&B in the heart of the New Forest National Park where you feel fully cared for but left in peace to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings. Excellent breakfast and baked goods on arrival, wonderful cosy atmosphere and home away from home.
4 double rooms (3 with extra single bed as well), 1 single

From £62

Foxtwood on an early summer morning

Foxtwood Cottages, Peak District, England

A fantastic collection of 7 cottages nestled in the Churnet Valley, part of the beautiful Staffordshire Peak District. Wander the labyrinth of footpaths through picturesque woodlands and meadows and admire the views over Caldon Canal.
7 cottages, sleeping 2, 3, 4 (x3), 5 and 9.

From £285, based on 2 people staying for three nights

Holiday lodge at Waveney River Centre

Waveney River Centre, Norfolk, England

Waveney River Centre provides an ideal location for a Norfolk Broads holidays where you can enjoy boating, walking and relaxing. Stay in one of our luxury holiday lodges, use our exceptional camping facilities. Rent a canoe, bike or day cruisers.
2/3 in lodges

Lodge s/b from £ 246, wk from £352 • Pod from £40 pn • Pitch from £10pn

Boutique hotel Strattons Norfolk luxury hotels

Strattons Hotel, Swaffham, Norfolk, England

Bohemian 14-room country hotel in the market town of Swaffham. It's a Grade II-listed Queen Anne villa with canopied four-poster beds, open fires, stripped wooden floorboards and an award-winning restaurant serving mostly seasonal, organic food.
14: 7 doubles/twin, 5 suites, 2 self catering eco lodges

Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles from £133

Elderflower Yurt, Secret Cloud House Holidays, Peak District

Secret Cloud House Holidays, Peak District

Luxurious, eco-friendly yurts set on a farm in the Staffordshire Moorlands with stunning views, wood fired hot tub, featherdown bedding, Egyptian cotton sheets, hamper of local food on arrival & hot solar powered showers in lovely log cabin washroom.
3 yurts sleeping 2/4

From £250

Exmoor Centre, Exmoor, UK

Get back to basics at this unique centre that provides affordable accommodation aimed at enabling young people to explore the wilds of Exmoor.

From £9 per person (minimum cost per group applies).

Luxury accommodation in England

New Barn Farm, Feather Down Farm, Carlton, Bedfordshire

Barely two hours from London by train, this fantastic campsite just outside the picturesque village of Carlton has pigs, goats, horses, ponies, donkey, ducks and chickens, not to mention acres of beautiful woodland and numerous walking trails.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

from £291

Rushbanks Farm Campsite, Dedham Vale, Essex

Just a short distance along the River Stour from the pretty 15th-century village of Nayland is Rushbanks, the only official campsite in Dedham Vale. It’s a peaceful, family-friendly site with simple facilities and is particularly good for boaters.
Campsite (no electric hook-ups)

£15 for one-man tent; £22 for 2 adults

East Briscoe Farm Cottages are set in beautiful rural Teesdale

East Briscoe Farm Cottages, County Durham, England

Experience the beautiful, unspoilt landscape of Teesdale from these award-winning, farm cottages. The surrounding countryside with its woodlands, meadows, market towns and pretty villages is great for walking and cycling.
8: 5 doubles, 3 twins in 3 2-bedroom & 2 1-bedroom cottages

prices from £206

Exterior of the Nottingham Premier Suites

Premier Suites Nottingham, England

Stylish apartments providing excellent value for money in central Nottingham. Ideal for business or exploring the city. It's the perfect alternative to a traditional hotel stay for both corporate and leisure travellers.
52 apartments: 33 - 1 bed, 15 - 2 bed and 4 penthouses

One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night

The exterior of the 1800s stone cottage

The Chestnuts, Oxfordshire, England

Visit this luxuriously contemporary eco-cottage within the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set in a traditional 1800s stone cottage, The Chestnuts has been awarded gold by the GTBS.
Three double bedrooms and two double sofa beds

From £1175

Dean Steep Holiday Cottages, Exmoor, UK

Beautifully secluded up on the moor, yet only a mile from Lynton and the coast at Lee Bay, these 12 stone-built bungalows provide a cosy base for exploring the national park.
12 cottages, each with a double and a single or twin bedroom

£239-£581 per week. Short breaks also available (£149-£379).

More holidays in England

National Cycle Network route from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.

Coast to coast cycling in northern England

This ‘must-do’ cycling holiday with its quiet country lanes, cycleways and paths is a wonderful way to see the varied and beautiful landscapes of northern England, on the National Cycle Network route from the Irish Sea across to the North Sea.

£485 (based on two people sharing)

5 days
Various departures from May to September
Cycling holidays in England

Land's End to John O'Groats cycling holiday

The ultimate Great British cycling challenge - that really is the only way to describe our Land’s End to John O’Groats epic. Every cyclist should make this journey at least once in their lifetime! Over 1000 miles, through 3 countries in just 16 days.

£2100 (based on two people sharing)

16 days
various departures year around
Cycle breaks in the Peak District

Mountain bike weekend in Derbyshire Dark Peak

One of our tougher UK mountain bike weekends in prime mountain biking country - located at the start of the Pennines, with Kinder Scout and Mam Tour looking on, we'll be in the heart of the Dark Peak. Serious bike riders, only!

£265 (based on two people sharing)

3 days
Various departures year around
Eiffel Tower, Paris

European Adventure: London to Sofia by Train

Experience the best of Europe by rail on this 22-day tour, a diverse mix of modern cities, picturesque countryside, famous sights and historical wonders, taking you all the way from metropolitan London to Sofia, the laid-back capital of Bulgaria.

From £2,899 GBP

22 days
Departures throughout the year
Juniper Hall, Box Hill, Surrey

Real Family Holidays - Box Hill, Surrey

A family holiday with a difference, mixing exciting activities with plenty of time to do your own thing. Full board, comfortable accommodation and one free activity per night stayed from an affordable £30.00 per person per night.

£30.00 per person per night.

Stay any time in April or August 2015
Stay any time in April or August
Walking holiday alongside the coast of the Isle of Wight, England

Walking the Isle of Wight Coastal Path, England

With over half of the island designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, almost 30 miles of heritage coast and an abundance of sunshine make the Isle of Wight a very appealing and welcoming destination in Britain.

from £395

3-7 days
March - October
Bruges canal taken by Beespoke Tours

Cycling Tour from London to Bruges with Beespoke Tours

Discover why Belgium is so much more than chips and Trappist beer (without striking those off the list either!) cycling through the beautiful Essex countryside and along the famous dutch dykes to arrive in the fascinating medieval city of Bruges.

£750

4
1 May to 1 October
The South Downs Way Walking Holiday, England

Walking the South Downs Way, England

The South Downs Way stretches 100 miles from the historic city of Winchester to the coastal chalk hills on the South Coast. Located within an hour from the country’s capital city, this National Trail is the perfect escape from often hectic city life.

From £605 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

6-8 days
March to October
The tranquil shores of Crummock Water

Walking the Inn Way to the Lake District, England

Explore dramatic mountain passes, look out over tranquil lakes and trek through peaceful valleys as you spend 7 days walking this circular route beginning and ending in the charming Lake District town of Ambleside.

From £645 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

9 days
April - September
A footpath sign at Teeside on the Pennine Way

Walking the Pennine Way National Trail, England

This epic 20-day walking holiday along the Pennine Way National Trail encompasses some of England's most fascinating landscapes, from the open moorlands of the Peak District to the wild expanses of the Yorkshire Dales.

From £1225 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

15-22 days
April - September
Cycle breaks at Ullswater, England

Ullswater Mountain Bike Weekend, Lake District

A wonderful weekend of mountain biking, you'll ride rocky river beds, steep descents, rewarding ascents, and singletrack traverses, all within the capabilities of those quite new to off-road riding, or for those just wanting a great weekend of biking

£255 (based on two people sharing)

3 days
various departures year around
Cycling Holidays from Land's End to John O'Groats

Cycling Holiday from Land's End to John O'Groats

From toe to tip, the entire length of Britain, and the ultimate great British cycling challenge. This trip 3 week epic tour of mainland UK is tough but manageable and something you will not forget for a long, long time!

£2795

22 days
Various departures year around
Beespoke tours at London St Pancras

Cycling Tour from London to Amsterdam with Beespoke Tours

Cycle besides rivers, ancient woodlands, farmlands, quiet villages, sand dunes, tulip fields and of course, windmills on this 50 mile a day trip. If you’ve never sampled the dreamy idyll that is the Dutch cycle network, this trip is a must.

£650

3
From 1 May to 31 October
Shropshire castle ruins

Walking in the UK - Shropshire Marches

Uncover the history of the English/Welsh Marches on a rewarding self-guided hotel-to-hotel walk, with luggage transported, from picturesque Bishop’s Castle to the historic market town of Ludlow via pretty Clun and magnificent Stokesay Castle.

From £358 per person based on two people sharing

4 nights, 3 days
Various departures from March-October

Vern Overton Cycling, Nidderdale, Yorkshire

VOC bikes offer high quality road, mountain-bikes and hybrid cycles for personal hire. Take to the road yourselves or let them lead the way over some of the most beautiful roads and trails that Nidderdale and North Yorkshire has to offer.

varies

Choose duration of holiday to suit
Various departures all year around
Horse drawn Tram , Douglas

The Isle of Man Vintage Railways

Explore the beautiful coastline, perfect sandy beaches and stunning scenery as you explore the historic Isle of Man. Enjoy a gentle pace of life, admiring and travelling on some very impressive vintage railways and horse drawn trams.

From £645

6 days
Various departures April to October