It’s the time of year when kids head to university. Many of them will go to the UK.
For those who will not go this year but want to explore the university cities there are some picturesque towns.
Oxford is an easy drive from London. Combine the motorways with the ‘B’ roads and minor roads. Along with Oxford, you could also go to the Cotswold with their beautiful cottages, Bath and Stratford upon Avon with its history and Shakespeare. There are lovely tea rooms, churches, meadows and gardens. And real Ale.
The University of Bath is also well rated.
Just over an hour away is the University of Warwick. This is close to Coventry and not far from the medieval Warwick Castle. Warwick also has an antique market if you are a collector.
Further away is Manchester, home to many excellent colleges, bars, a progressive arts scene and thriving new bands.
Durham has one of the best universities in the UK and Durham Castle. Bill Bryson (Notes from a Small Island) called it “A perfect little city”
Towards Scotland and St. Andrews has a prestigious university where the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall went. Edinburgh is also home to a fine university and if you go end July or early August then you should time it for the Edinburgh festival.
Cambridge is closer to London and other than arguably the world’s premiere university also has lovely pubs and wine bars.
If you are visiting universities find out when they have their open days. It’s a good way to get a feel for the place and whether it gives you the right vibes.
If the university has been sorted out, get your accommodation and hostels sorted out early. It’s harder than you think to find the right place.