Cricket mania, wicket mania, runs, overs, googlies, yorkers. Cricket season, it is. Yes, but go on, get out there and check out what else england and wales have to offer.
ENGLAND/ KENNINGTON OVAL
London Eye, also called the Millennial Wheel, was the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world when it first came up in 1999. There is no better way to get a bird's eye view of London city in the sealed and air-conditioned capsules that can seat up to 25 passengers. The best part is that the capsules are big enough to let you walk around. It takes 30 minutes to complete one revolution and, on a clear day, you could see up to 40km. There is no stop and go cycle. The wheel turns slowly enough to let you get on and off at ground level.
While visiting a graveyard might not be everyone's cup of tea, this is a great place for nature lovers, those looking for some peace and quite and, of course for lovers of history. Some famous bones interred here include those of Karl Marx and George Eliot. Beware, though of spirits making an appearance!
Apart from food items, there are vintage and designer clothes shops, and pubs
Trinity Buoy Wharf
There are diners and cafes here, but also check out the London Parkour Academy, where you can indulge your sense of adventure sports
The Duchy Arms
Florentine Restaurant & Bar
It is an all-day diner serving pan-European fare
Doost Persian Grill and Vodka Bar
For Persian salads, grills and stews
Oaka at the Mansion House
Is famous for its Pan-Asian cuisine
Check out Novotel London Waterloo
It is practically on the banks of the River
Also, see Park Plaza
It is within walking distance of several tourist attractions
TRENT BRIDGE / NOTTINGHAM
Nottingham Council House has a clock bell whose sonorous ring can be heard as far away as 11km.
It's a good option any time of the year. Plan a timeout with friends or family
City of Caves
The network of caves under the streets of the city, are carved out of sandstone, and date back to the medieval times
The Factory Lounge
Pitcher & Piano
Lady Bay Pub
The Cross Keys Check out the different specialities on different days of the week — home-made pies, burgers, steaks, fish and other mouthwatering fare
Crowne Plaza Nottingham
COUNTY GROUND / BRISTOL
A hot air balloon ride is a great way to see the countryside or even catch the sun rise or set. It is definitely more exhilarating than looking down at the landscape from an aircraft window. However, this activity depends a lot on the vagaries of nature. If you are romantically inclined, you could also plan a date as you glide over the city.
A Walking Tour
Lets you discover sights and history of a place
Comedy magic show at Smoke & Mirrors
Magic and comedy here gets you a different experience. There's also live music, over a pint of course
Try wine tasting
At the Clifton Cellars with an expert and
The Beer Emporium
Bag of Nails
For the best Italian Sunday brunch
Head to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill for a formal evening
Check out the Crafty Cow. Its typically British name will intrigue you
It is actually a hotel
OLD TRAFFORD / MANCHESTER
In the age of Kindle and eReaders, the old-fashioned John Rylands Library, which opened to the public in 1900, and houses rare books and manuscripts, is like a handshake with humanity's ancestors.
St Mary Magdalene Church
Dating back to the 13th century, it is the largest church in the area
Greater Manchester Police Museum
It is worth checking out how policing has evolved over time
Manchester Art Gallery
It houses a collection of more than 25,000 objects spread over three buildings
Universal Yachting Great
For both experienced and amateur sailors of all ages on yachts from 36ft up to 41ft
The Marble Arch
Albatross & Arnold
The best place to visit for some good contemporary British fare
If you are looking for vegan options, this is the place
The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa
It is a luxury Regency country house set in four acres of scenic grounds
Premier Inn Manchester West Didsbury
It is quiet a well located property
Copthorne Hotel Manchester
It is a popular hotspot for tourists because its outdoor seating area offers great view of the waters
THE COOPER ASSOCIATES COUNTY GROUND / TAUNTON
Church of st john the evangelist dates back to 1858, it has a prominent tower, 80ft high, and provides a tradition of catholic sacramental worship.
Even if you haven't done this before, professionals will make sure you have a great experience on horseback. And why not do something you haven't done before?
Bishops Lydeard Mill
Check out the water wheel and the milling process
Creative Innovation Centre
For a mix of things like music, painting, art exhibitions, films, quizzes
It's located within walking distance of the town centre and is close to the railway station
The Mount Somerset Hotel
This Regency country house offers great views of the Quantock and Blackdown Hills
Ring of Bells A gastro pub, its traditional British vibe, local fare and gluten free options are a big hit with tourists
Bill's Taunton Restaurant Serves contemporary European food and other delicacies
EDGBASTON STADIUM / BIRMINGHAM
Cruising along the river is a great way to enjoy the city from a totally different angle. It is one of those don't-miss experiences.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Do something different. Check out how the Harry Potter movies were made. While you are at it, savour some butter beer or ride a broomstick
Scavenge for food and weapons among other things
You will never tire of window shopping in one of the many malls here
Loki Wine Merchant and Tasting House
This is a little place where you can have an expert give you a crash-course in wine-tasting
The Old Moseley Arms
The Edgbaston Tap
Edgbaston Argentinian Steak Restaurant
You get some great (what else!), Argentinean steak & grills
The Blue Piano
Live music and Singaporean, Malaysian and Cambodian fare will keep you occupied for long
Looking for something more upscale? Head straight to this Michelin-starred eatery
The Edgbaston Hotel
Check out its beautiful Art Deco rooms
HEADINGLEY / LEEDS
Battle Castle has earned the moniker Castle of Queens as six queens, including Catherine of Aragon, have lived here.
Cottage Road Cinema
It has been showing movies continuously since 1912. Catch the latest blockbuster or indie film here
The Bear Pit
This is a favourite for tourists because the pit was the home of a bear for a long time
The Original Oak
Head of Steam
Man v Roast
Simply because you want to tuck into a good roast
It is where you can expect the trappings of a luxury hotel
The Rose Bowl Southampton
Beaulieu National Museum is a must-visit if you love vintage bikes and cars.
Houdini's Escape Room
Experience puzzles, challenges and games like Escape from Alcatraz and more
The Anglers Innovation
West End Brewery
You will love the bar's Continental fare
Toby Carvery, Bishopstoke
What Britain does best are its roasts
Highfield House Hotel
It is conveniently located close to the city’s best sights
Oxford Street was originally a residential area, which gradually became a commercial hub. It can lay claim to be being Europe's busiest street. Rich in history, it's seen prostitution and public hangings, and even been bombed during WWII.
Jack the Ripper Tour
For something different, like a standing on the exact spots where victims were felled by this famous serial killer in the past who still remains a mystery.
A West End Musicals – Silent Disco Walking Tour
For the many fans of music and theatre (welcome half the planet!) out there.
Adam & Eve
The Prince of Wales
The Eight Bells
Bailey's Fish and Chips
You cannot get more local than good old fish n chips. This is the place for that authentic feel
offers a good mix of local, French and European with a tasting menu option in fine settings
The Westbourne Hyde Park
Close enough to Lord's, it is also within walking distance of various tourist spots, cafes and restaurants
RIVERSIDE GROUND/ CHESTER-LE-STREET
On the bank of the River Tees stands Egglestone Abbey, an abandoned monastery, founded in the late 12th century where the code of conduct followed was extremely austere.
Old Cinema Laundrette
This old cinema house is a launderette by day and a pub by night where artists put up their gigs or solo shows in a mix of folk and pop music
The Lambton Worm
The Wicket Gate
The Bank Bar Bistro
Serves a good roast. There's some artwork you can check out as you wait for your food to arrive
Caspian Turkish Restaurant
For flavours from Turkey
Quiet and peaceful, it offers extensive grounds for walking and old ruins to explore. You could even stay in a pod or a caravan
Plawsworth Hall Farm
You could hire an entire cottage for a slice of English life.
SOPHIA GARDENS / CARDIFF
Tenby Harbour in Pembrokeshire is where you can walk along the beach or get in a spot of Dolphin watching. If you still want more, hop on to a boat to go to one of the castles on nearby islands.
When you are done with the matches, take a walk to Pen-y-fan, the highest point in Cardiff. Scenic and beautiful, the route takes you past glacial lakes and monuments.
Steam Train with Cambria Tours
This might not sound exciting on the surface but it's a great way to see the incredible natural beauty of Wales
Ashbridge Inn Table
Pen & Wig Beers
Under the Stars
Game for drinks and tapas and a spot of entertainment on a boat?
If you want to go really local, this is a popular local hangout
The Potters Newport
For a cosy ambience and home-cooked food
The Hellenic Eatery
It is a Greek cosy modern restaurant with great service
Holland House Hotel Apart from other amenities, this one has a leisure club and spa. You will be spoilt for choice
For a touch of glamour during the WC, Hilton has a fashionable air and is a short work to Cardiff Castle
It dates back to 1883 and has hosted some well known people in its history of hospitality including The Beatles and Marlene Dietrich