Visiting England during the Olympics? Avoid the Crowds at Bath and the New Forest Park

London has always been a popular tourist site, and that popularity will explode during the 2012 Olympics. The entire city, not just the Olympics venues, will be packed with crowds. Traffic will be more congested than ever, with the Olympic priority routes. Hotels have been booked solid for months. Holidaying in London simply won’t be the same while the Olympics are going on. Many visitors to England during the summer will wish to stay away from the city during the games. Others will want to get away from London before or after seeing a bit of the Olympics.

Anyone wanting to enjoy time in England this summer without the press of the Olympics crowd will enjoy finding more peaceful parts of the island, including Bath and the New Forest Park, both enjoyable destinations in England.

Jane Austen’s Beautiful Bath

Bath, England bills itself as “one of the world’s most beautiful cities,” and visitors tend to agree. The city that Jane Austen called home between 1801 and 1806 features beautiful architecture surrounded by enchanting countryside.

A spa city in Jane Austen’s day, Bath remains a popular destination for those seeking to enjoy its natural hot springs and the abundant spas that have grown up around them. Taking the waters in bath is still one of the most popular attractions.

Seeing Bath is easy and fun, whether on a free walking trip with the Mayor’s Honorary Guides, a boat trip on the Avon, or a free audio walking tour from Bath’s official tourism website.

After soaking in the hot springs, visitors should be sure to soak in some history at the Roman Baths, the Fashion Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery, among many historic and unique attractions.

For a night or a weekend in Bath, check out offers on Bath Hotels to find a great room at a remarkably low price.

Wild or Mild New Forest Park

The New Forest remains largely unchanged from the days when William Conqueror hunted here. Named William’s “new hunting forest” in 1709, the woodlands and wilderness have been managed under William the Conqueror’s system since.

Sites to see at the New Forest Park include the Roman Villa at Rockbourne and Buckler’s Hard, the shipyard for Lord Nelson’s fleet, which was built from New Forest oaks. Alice Liddell, the model for Alice in Wonderland, is buried in the Lyndhurst churchyard.

Roman Villa

Visitors can enjoy any of a variety of gardens in the New Forest, including over 100 varieties of roses at Braxton Gardens and the New Forest Water Gardens, the forest’s largest water garden.

Museums abound, including New Forest Centre, St. Barbe Museum and Gallery and Fordingbridge Museum. History buffs will enjoy visiting all of them.

Wildlife also features prominently in the New Forest Park, whether at Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre, Marwell Wildlife or the New Forest Wildlife Park.

Anyone wanting to spend a few nights, or even one, in the New Forest Park should take a look at a New Forest list of hotels to find a room worthy of the surroundings at an affordable rate.

England involves a lot more than London, and taking a few days to see other, less crowded and more subdued areas of the country will be well worth the time spent.


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