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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. 7 days: Swallow's Rest: £...

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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
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Train from Lille to London
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Train from Rome 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

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 £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend

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 £225, based on 2 people staying for three nights

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

Front entrance to Asperion Hillside in Guildford

Asperion Hillside, Surrey, England

A 4-star award winning guesthouse in the town of Worplesdon/Guildford offering a sustainable and ethical experience. In the restaurant you'll find a fresh local and seasonal menu. The garden is ideal for small quality weddings and functions.
1 single, 7 standard doubles, 6 deluxe kings, 1 suite

Single £65.00, Doubles £90, Deluxe Kings £105, Suite £120

Thorney How, main house view

Thorney How, Grasmere Independent Hostel

An independent, family run backpacking hostel and walker’s cafe/bar in Grasmere, in the heart of the stunning Lake District. Situated in 2¼ acres of stunning natural grounds, has over 350 years of heritage. Electric bike hire available.
10 bed rooms 1x2, 7x4, 2x6 plus 8 person Camping Barn

£66 per night private double with continental breakfast,, £110 per night family type 4 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, £27.50 pppn in shared/ mixed 6 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, , Bunkhouse £23 per bed, £85 per room, Camping Barn £11.50 per person, £85 whole use

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

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

Weekend £275, Midweek £295, Week £525 based on 2 sharing. Extra guests £25 per stay

Derbyshire Chapel

Derbyshire Chapel, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire

This Peak District former chapel is perfect for two. Built in 1812, the chapel is essentially one light, welcoming room with gothic stained glass windows with views to the Peak Distict and Derbyshire Dales beyond.
1 master double

£215 - 2 night stay, £505 - 7 stay

Luxury accommodation in England

Park Farm, Feather Down Farm, Oxfordshire, England

This Feather Down Farm is located on a 370-acre farm on the outskirts of the village of Littleworth, offering wonderful views out over the Upper Thames Valley. Fantastic walking routes towards Radcot Lock, Faringdon and Buckland.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635

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 £200 for a three night mid week break to £550 for a full week in high season

YHA Youlgreave

YHA Youlgreave, Derbyshire, England

High above the River Bradford and overlooking one of the area’s finest limestone dales is Youlgreave YHA. A perfect spot near the natural beauties of Lathkill Dale, and an ideal base for walking, cycling and climbing in Derbyshire’s White Peak.
42 beds: 1x2 4x4 1x6 plus dormitory accommodation

Prices from £15 - £139 (Dorm Beds - 6 bed private rooms)

The main hall at Trafford Hall

Trafford Hall, Cheshire, England

A magnificent grade 2 listed building on the outskirts of Chester, in 14 acres acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. Most of the rooms are built around the peaceful Victorian sunken garden using Segal timber design.
35 Twin, 7 Double,11 Family rooms, 7 Disability access rooms

£52 Based on 2 sharing, £34 Single and various packages for family rooms

Double bed at Newcastle apartment

Premier Apartments Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Spacious open plan serviced apartments based in the heart of this vibrant and cultural city, less than 5 minute walk from Newcastle Central Station. 4 star accredited with Visit Britain. This really is the best alternative to a traditional Hotel.
25 two double bedroom apts : 6 1 double bedroom apts

One bedroom apt from £65.00 per night, two bedroom apartment from £95.00 per night

The Manor House Stables, Martin, Lincolnshire

Manor House Stables, Lincolnshire, England

At the heart of rural Lincolnshire renowned for the great outdoors, these luxurious 18th Century stables, restored with sustainable materials, provide fresh flowers and a luxury hamper full of organic local specialties to welcome you.
2 accommodation units, each with double bedroom + box beds

3 night minimum stay. From £300 for 3 nights (in accommodation sleeping 2-3 people) up to £600 per week (in accommodation sleeping 2-4 people)

41-50 Block Burnside Park

Burnside Park, Lake District National Park, England

Central to Bowness and stunning Lake Windermere, stay in a gorgeous self-catering cottage or apartment and enjoy lots of activities in the area accessible without a car including use of the local spa and leisure facilities.
46 apartments/cottages

Sleep 4 £460 - £795 a week, Sleep 6 £650 - £1180 a week depending on time of year

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

Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635

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

One bedroom cottages: short break (3-4nights) £136-£231, 7 nights £195-£330; Two bedroom cottages: short break £154-£343, 7 nights £220-£410

The Old Repeater Station B&B

The Old Repeater Station, Northumberland, England

This B&B is a great pit-stop halfway along Hadrian's Wall, and a bus can take you from right outside the door to nearby historic Roman Forts such as Vindolanda. There are five basic bedrooms offering simple accommodation in bunks or en-suite twins.
5 rooms: doubles, twins and bunk beds. Sleeps up to 12.

Double room from £65, family room from £75

Exterior of Brookside cottage in Shorewell

Brookside Cottage, Isle of Wight, UK

A cosy 17th Century modernised cottage with beautiful garden and delightful brook in the heart of picturesque Shorwell village, just two miles from the sea. Ferry inclusive deals available, including free ferry tickets for foot passengers.
Sleep 6 (1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk bed) + travel cot

£315 - £835 per week. Short breaks available on request.

Manor Bottom, Isle of Wight, England

Manor Bottom, Isle of Wight, England

Nestled in six acres of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this 200 year old stone barn is a fantastic option for a secluded holiday. With countryside all around, the island's extensive network of footpaths and bridleways runs right past the back door.
4 bedrooms (3 double, 1 twin) 2 travel cots

£800 - £1850 for one week. Short breaks available at 70% of weekly rate

the shack beach house

'the shack' - Vintage Vacations, Isle of Wight

Located in a dingly dell on the Isle of Wight (in a secret location near Cowes) "the shack", bijoux but perfectly formed, has two bedrooms, a kitchette and is peaceful and within reach of the beach, with a bbq, swing and hammock in a private garden.
1 double bedroom and 1 twin - sleeps 4

Weekend breaks from 185, midweek breaks from £160, weekly stays from £475

House overlooking the stunning countryside

Brook Farm, Worcestershire, England

A pretty house in the country nestling in the Teme Valley, a quiet area of rounded hills, orchards, castles and gourmet food. Friendly hosts provide a relaxed place to stay including breakfasts, log fires and delicious homemade damson vodka.
Two double bedrooms B&B and self-catering for two people

B&B £80 per night £95 for one night at a weekend. Self-catering £250-£350 per week

Exterior of The Old Furnace in Staffordshire

The Annexe at The Old Furnace, Staffordshire, England

A fantastic relaxing base for woodland walking, birdwatching and cycling. The oak conservatory overlooks a trickling stream as it winds its way through beautiful Dimmingsdale. Three nature reserves all within 1 mile.
Annexe sleeps 1-3. Two bedrooms; one twin & one single

High season: £55 per night (1-3 persons), plus £55 short break supplement if stay is less than 1 week. Low season £35 per night plus £35 short break supplement

Layer Marney (Country Retreat)

Layer Marney (Country Retreat), Colchester, Essex

Layer Marney (Country Retreat) offers lodges in the shadows of the tallest Tudor gatehouse in England, offering fantastic views of the coast. Explore the grounds, lakeside setting, stable yard, farmyard and adventure tent too.
several Retreat Lodges which each sleep up to 6

From £389 per week

Exterior of the Nottingham Premier Apartment

Premier Apartments 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

Contemporary kitchen in this apartment in Birmingham

Premier Apartments Birmingham, West Midlands, England

A complex offering 67 attractive, bright and stylish one or two bedroom apartments. In the heart of the city centre beside the famous Bullring Shopping Centre and within walking distance of New Street Station and Broad Street.
67 Apartments - 56 x 1 Bedroom, 11 x 2 Bedroom

One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00

Nice and comfortable accomodation in England

Readyfields Farm, Feather Down Farm, Nottinghamshire

Located in some of the most beautiful walking country Nottinghamshire has to offer, this 100 acre farm offers some fantastic walking and cycling routes, as well as lamb bottle-feeding and sheep shearing in the summer.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635

Low Mill Guesthouse in the Yorkshire Dales

Low Mill Guesthouse in the Yorkshire Dales, UK

Low Mill, Grade II listed watermill with working waterwheel and beautiful riverside garden, provides 3 luxury en suite guest bedrooms. Situated in Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Bed, breakfast and evening meal offered.
3 double rooms, all en suite

from £105 B&B pn to £170 B&B pn

Orchard House

Orchard House, Mendips, England

Orchard House, self-catering serviced apartments or bed and breakfast in the Chew Valley, perfect for cyclists or walkers wanting to explore the Mendips. Situated on routes 3 and 410 National Cycle routes, a stop off for Lands End to John O'Groats.
Five

Bed and Breakfast £75 per night. Self-catering (1 or 2 bedroom apartments) £50 to £70 per night, £300 to £450 per week

Malting Farm

Malting Farm, Colchester, Essex

Malting Farm hosts an accessible haven of tents tucked under old oak and ash trees with zip wires and craft activities. Local beaches, nature reserves and Colchester town’s castle, zoo and more nearby make for the ideal farmstay family holiday.
Canvas Lodges sleep up to 6.

From £289

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.

£450 (based on two people sharing)

5 days
2013 : 10 -14 May , 7 - 11 Jun , 12 -16 Jul , 9 - 13 Aug , 6 - 10 Sep
Wheel Dipping Ceremony

Cycling Across Northern England - Coast to Coast

Ride 140 miles from Whitehaven on the Irish Sea to Tynemouth on the North Sea on this mini break cycling tour. >> Free Gift if you mention Greentraveller when you book: A Limited Edition, Explore branded Moleskin

From £245 (tour only)

4 days
2013 departures: 18 Apr, 02 May, 17 Oct, 24 Oct.
Christchurch College Photo: Rabbie's

The Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford 2 Day Tour

2 days to take in the highlights of the charming Cotswolds with its beautiful villages, the ancient stone circle of Avebury and the grandeur of Bath and Oxford.

Adult prices: £89 - £99 Discount prices: £83 - £89

2 Days
Saturday only (until March) then Mon, Wed, Sat (Apr to Oct) Mon and Sat (Nov to Mar)
Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walking Holiday, England

Wainwright's Coast to Coast

The Coast to Coast is one of the world’s great walks! Alfred Wainwright, famous for his pictorial guides to The Lakeland Fells, stitched two coasts, three national parks and 191 miles of footpath together to create the ultimate long distance walk.

£945 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

16 days & 17 nights
March to October
Coast to Coast marker post

The Coast to Coast Walk

A self-guided walk along Alfred Wainwright's classic long distance route from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, crossing three National Parks along the way. This route is divided into two halves. Book both holidays to complete the entire route.

From £715 (based on two people sharing)

Two trips one 10 days and one 9 days
You choose starting date.
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.

£565 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

7 days & 8 nights
February to October
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
2015 : 6 Jun - 15 Aug , 4 Jun - 14 Aug
Real Family Holidays - Box Hill, Surrey

Real Family Holidays - Box Hill, Surrey - from £20.00

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 £20.00 per person per night.

£20.00 per person per night.

Stay anytime between 3rd - 9th August 2015
Stay anytime between 3rd - 9th August 2015
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.

£1295 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

20 days
March - 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.

£565 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

7 days
15 February - 15 October
Cream Tea (VisitBritain / David Clapp)

Traditional England, Windsor, Cream Teas & Riverside Walks

A wonderful day out exploring the historic towns and villages along the River Thames from Royal Windsor with its fabulous castle to sleepy Marlow and historic Henley.

Adult Prices: £45 - £49, Discount Prices: £42 - £46

One Day
Starting April 2014 - Every day (April to October) Fri, Sat , Sun and Mon (November to March)
Land's End is the UK's Southerly most point

Walking St Ives to Penzance, England

Be prepared for 4 days of exhilarating walking along the remotest section of the South West Coast Path, which hugs the stunning coastline as it snakes down towards Lands End, the most westerly point in the UK.

£265 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

4 days
February - June / August - October
The Cumbria Way Walking Holiday, England

Walking the Cumbria Way, England

The Cumbria Way is a 72 mile walk through the stunning wilderness of the Lake District. This classic 5-day walk links the charming town of Ulverston with the historic city of Carlisle and showcases the natural beauty of the Lake District.

£395.00 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

5 days & 6 nights
April - October
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.

£455 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

6 days & 7 nights
March - October
Padstow to St Ives walking holiday, England

Walking Padstow to St Ives, England

Stretching between the fishing villages of Padstow and St Ives, the Atlantic South Coast of the Cornwall Coast Path is one of the best sections of the 630 mile South West Coast Path - the ideal place for a 5 day walking adventure.

£395 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

5 days & 6 nights
March - June / August - October
The Isle of Man Vintage Railways

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 £575

6 days
First departure 09 April, Last Departure 08 October
Real Family Holidays - Yorkshire Dales

Real Family Holidays - Yorkshire Dales - from £20.00

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 £20.00 per person per night.

£20.00 per person per night.

Stay anytime between 07th - 21st August 2015
Stay anytime between 07th -21st August 2015

Greentraveller's Guides

Visit these brilliant holiday destinations in a way that has a lower impact on the environment, and a positive effect on the livelihoods of the local people and on landscape and biodiversity: