VisitEngland reveals 2013 holiday trends

Visit England reveals 2013 holiday trendsPeak District. PA

If you're already thinking about where to take your holiday in 2013, VisitEngland is giving you a helping hand and has revealed the top holiday spots for next year.

The official travel promotion agency for England has reported that literary tours, science adventures, historical trips and visits to movie sets will be favoured by holidaymakers in England.

With 2012 being the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, literary breaks have already been popular this year and 2013 sees the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, which was set in the Peak District.

Horrible histories will also interest Brits as 2013 is the 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper's murders in East London.

Doctor Who will celebrate its 50th birthday giving a boost to sci-fi tourism and the Warner Bros Studio Tour featuring The Making of Harry Potter will continue to be a hit, as well as Pinewood Studios, where most of the James Bond films were shot and where expansion plans are underway.

Other travel trends for tourists in England next year include royal breaks inspired by Kate Middleton with top spots, like The Westleton Crown in Suffolk where Kate and Will's celebrated their first wedding anniversary. Walking in the Peak District, camping in the New Forest and visits to England's gardens are also set to be more popular.

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The Goring Gap in Oxfordshire, viewed from Lardon Chase: this interesting geological feature was caused by the River Thames breaking through the hills as it snakes its way south to the sea.

Standing patiently on the escarpment overlooking Salisbury Plain, the white horse is one of a dozen to be found etched into the chalky Wiltshire Hills. Its modern appearance is thanks to George Gee, who had it remodelled and recut in 1778. A coating of concrete and white paint in the 1990s has ensured its maintenance as a distinctive local landmark.

The images hows the sturdy remains of the engine house. Tin mining was established in the area before the Roman times, and such structures were once a common sight.

Salisbury Cathedral was built with remarkable rapidity, in less than 40 years after 1220. The graceful spire, the highest in England at 404ft (123m), was added in 1320, and featured in several well-known paintings by the 19th century landscape artist John Constable.

The rugged gritstone ridge of Curbar Edge, in the eastern area of the national park, is littered with ancient remains including a stone circle at Froggatt Edge, and a Bronze Age burial cist or cairn.

In a commanding position atop a steep-sided rock, 200ft (60m) tall, Harlech Castle has the impregnable air of a fortress. Built in 1283-90, the castle has a concentric design, with inner and outer walls.

An impressive structure from any angle, the Forth Rail Bridge became an icon soon after its construction, which began in 1890 and took eight years. Maintaining its red oxide paintwork was a notoriously never-ending task, but a recent coating of modern materials, including layers of glass flake epoxy and polyurethane, promise to give a more durable and lasting finish.

The gritstone escarpments of the Roaches and Hen Cloud lie in the southwest of the Peak District National Park, and form a popular practice ground for climbers as well as walkers. The area has been associated with a colony of wallabies, naturalised after their escape from a private zoo.

Nobody is quite sure who Bowerman was, or whether this is a fair interpretation of his profile, but he has given his name to an extraordinary weathered granite outcrop on Hayne Down, near the Dartmoor village of Manaton.

Dress uniform and bearskin caps are the order of the day for the ceremonial Changing of the Guards outside Buckingham Palace. Five different regiments of the British Army take turns to supply the Queen's footguard: their collar badges reveal these as members of the Scots Guards.

The white chalk bastion of Beach Head, near Eastbourne, commands superb views along the Channel coast, towards the Isle of Wight in one direction and Romney Marsh in the other. Ther red and white lighthouse at its foot was built in 1902.

The shattered hull of RMS Mulheim lies stranded at Castle Zawn near Land's End, where she ran onto the rocks on a dark morning in 2003 with her cargo of plastic waste. She is the latest in a long line of Cornish shipwrecks.

A dusting of winter snow highlights the beauty of the fells above Ambleside, viewed from Loughrigg Fell. The area offers fells, parks, woodland and a Roman fort for visitors to explore.

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This natural stone arch is set on a a naturally curving bay and is popular with holidaymakers. It's a familiar landmark on the South West Coast Path, Britain's longest national trail which extends for 630 miles (1,014km) from Minehead in Somerset all the way to Pole in Dorset.


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