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England Travel Guide

Mind the gap!
Double-decker buses. The Queen. Fish and chips. The Beatles. Sheep. Shakespeare. Harry Potter. Knights. Man Utd.  Mary Poppins. There are hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of excuses and/or reasons to visit England. 

But despite the many iconic castles, palaces, and attractions that you’ll likely want to visit, it’s the simple delights that you’ll remember years from now:  drinking your first pint in a pub, watching MPs politely insulting each other in the House of Commons, listening to a variety of lovely English accents, and walking in the countryside that inspired Wordsworth’s poetry. 

No matter where you go, regardless of amount of time, whether you’re travelling solo or in a group, we guarantee you’ll love your time here.


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Double-decker buses. The Queen. Fish and chips. The Beatles. Sheep. Shakespeare. Harry Potter. Knights. Man Utd.  Mary Poppins. There are hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of excuses and/or reasons to visit England. 

But despite the many iconic castles, palaces, and attractions that you’ll likely want to visit, it’s the simple delights that you’ll remember years from now:  drinking your first pint in a pub, watching MPs politely insulting each other in the House of Commons, listening to a variety of lovely English accents, and walking in the countryside that inspired Wordsworth’s poetry. 

No matter where you go, regardless of amount of time, whether you’re travelling solo or in a group, we guarantee you’ll love your time here.


Location

England is part of the United Kingdom, along with Northern Ireland, and Scotland and Wales. It is bordered by Scotland to the north, and Wales to the west. France is only 33 km away to the south, with the English Channel in between the two countries.

Where to go

Thanks to the country’s unparalleled history, heritage and modern culture, discerning travellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing from the many places to visit in England. It’s essential to spend a couple of days in London, the capital of the UK - in itself a whirlwind of experiences.. Beyond London, there are plenty of castles, and royal houses one can visit, and many natural attractions such as Stonehenge and the famous Cliffs of Dover. 

When to go 

England is a perennially popular destination, as the weather is relatively mild throughout the year. Travellers may enjoy visiting during springtime (March to June) or autumn (September to November) when it will be slightly warmer and drier

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At a glance

Weather

Everything you’ve heard about the weather in England is right; it is usually cloudy and cool throughout the year, with frequent rainfall.  However, you can enjoy pleasant weather during summer and snowy winter holidays towards the end of the year. And northern regions such as Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire usually are colder and wetter while South-West England sees seasonal temperatures. 

Language

English
Naturally, English is England’s most widely-spoken language, although with several tonal and dialectal differences depending on which regions you visit. 

Currency

Pound
When travelling in England (and across the UK for that matter), you can use pounds for transactions. The conversion rate from Pound to INR at the time of posting is 1 GBP = 92 INR.

Expert travel advice

Travel tips and insider advice that have made the most difference to us, sourced from our
community of like-minded travellers and global experts.

Go to Brighton   

Recommended by Nomadic Matt

“There are lots of shops, boutiques, cafes. The streets are narrow, creating an intimate atmosphere as you walk around the lanes. The city is a famous and a popular summer destination for locals who come here to relax on the beach, enjoy the fleeting summer sun, and wander the pier where there are amusement rides and a few carnival style stalls to check out.”

Matt Kepnes, aka Nomadic Matt, has travelled to nearly 100 countries. He shares proven tips and advice on his website which has been featured on major media sites including the New York Times, the BBC, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, The Independent, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and TIME magazine.

Visit a historic Roman bath in Bath   

Recommended by Hand Luggage Only

“One of the best preserved Roman baths in all of Europe is situated in the gorgeous and beautiful city of Bath (around 2 hours west of London). Take a tour of this beautiful historic site and see what all the Romans raved about back in the day.”

Yaya and Lloyd share travel stories and photos with others like-minded travellers on the internet.

Head to a local pub for a traditional Sunday roast   

Recommended by The Portable Wife

“Going to an English pub is one of those London must do experiences. ...For the uninitiated, Sunday roast consists of slow-roasted beef/pork/chicken (or sometimes chestnuts for a veg-friendly alternative), potatoes, root vegetables, gravy and Yorkshire pudding.”


Chelsea shares authentic advice on how to maximize your vacation days, grow your travel budget, on her award-winning blog.

Explore Lake District   

Recommended by A Little Adrift

“The country is lush and green and filled with fresh air. With 16 lakes and a number of mountains and hills bubbling over the earth, the Lake District is exactly how I’ve always pictured England from reading books like Pride and Prejudice (an obsessive favorite) and Jane Eyre.”

Shannon O’Donnell launched A Little Adrift as a way to share her journey. The site has become a resource spot for other round the world travelers. National Geographic named O’Donnell a 2013 Traveler of the Year, and her work has been featured on Canada’s Globe and Mail, BBC Travel, USA Today, Lonely Planet, and Cosmopolitan Italy magazine, among other places.

Visit Big Ben & the Palace of Westminster   

Recommended by A Blonde Abroad

“No picture can do justice to this striking monument sitting beautiful on the river. Be sure to visit the rest of the Palace of Westminster, and join in for one of the Parliament tours while you’re in town!”

Kiersten Rich created The Blonde Abroad to help women find the confidence to travel the world. She shares resources on everything from solo travel to packing guides to photography tips on her site. The Blonde Abroad is a Forbes Ranked "Top 10 Travel Influencer", and has been featured in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Marie Claire, Business Insider, AFAR, Times Now & more.

Incredible places to visit in England

London

England’s capital, London, is the perfect introduction to the rest of the country.  It’s iconic. It’s weird. It’s noisy. It’s got red telephone booths. It’s got Big Ben. And the Palace of Westminster. It’s got lots of pubs. And parks. And double-decker buses. It’s quintessentially British. There’s plenty to do here, but here’s what you should try to include in your itinerary:

The London Eye

This iconic structure rising 135 metres into London’s skyline and gracing many an England travel guide, is one of the most attractions in the city. It is also one of the tallest observation wheels in Europe.  On a clear day, you can see 25 miles far out over the 30-minute ride.

Tower of London

The Tower of London’s infamy lies in housing the sparkling crown jewels (including the Kohinoor diamond) and for holding many famous prisoners over its 900-year history (including Henry VIII’s wives, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, as well as Guy Fawkes). At the Tower, you’ll be led around by its iconic bearded Yeoman Warders, also known as ‘Beefeaters’, who’ll fill you in about all the scandalous and gory tales interwoven with the tower. Plus, you can visit the Tower’s famous ravens! Legend says that the tower — and the monarchy — will fall if the six ravens ever leave the fortress; however, we wouldn’t advise trying to encourage this during your visit. 

The British Museum

The British Museum is home to some eight million different works– one of the largest collections in existence. This collection has been divided into departments such as Egypt and Sudan, Coins and Medals and Prints and Drawings, which is honestly, a delight to explore. Within the museum walls, you can encounter the famous Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, a stone chopping tool thought to be almost 2 million years old, the Greek Parthenon marbles, and an Easter Island statue.

Entry to the museum is free; in fact, it was the first of its kind in the world to be open to everyone.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

The formidable St. Paul’s Cathedral was inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and, quite like the Basilica, has been a place of Christian worship for more 1400 years. Besides Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral is arguably the second must-see church in London.

Climb to the top of the structure for sweeping views of the city or pay a silent tribute to the dome which survived the Blitz to become a mascot of Londoner resilience. And make sure you visit the Whispering Gallery, in which you can hear the quietest sounds from across the dome.

Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster is the seat of British power. Sat on the North Bank of the River Thames, diagonally opposite to the London Eye, it is where the House of Lords, and the House of Commons convene. Access to both houses is only permissible when the Houses are in session. For an experience not many travellers get to partake in, try visiting on a Wednesday morning, when the Prime Minister usually addresses the House of Commons.

Afterwards, cross the street to the fabled Westminster Abbey where British monarchs have long been married and crowned. For another off-the-cookie-cutter itinerary, try to attend Evensong, which is an evening service with lots of choral music, and is a lovely experience.

Camden Town

Although each of London’s boroughs have a distinctive vibe, there’s no place quite like Camden Town’s colourful eccentricity. For one, it’s filled with food stalls selling every kind of food imaginable, as well as independent boutiques, tattoo parlours, and pop-up markets. And there are plenty of bars featuring live music around (you’ll find plenty of people drinking and listening to music throughout the day). 

Go pub-hopping

Speaking of pubs, no matter where you go in London, you’re sure to find a pub a glance away.

For a twist, consider visiting ones that have their place in history– the Spaniards Inn, for example, which Keats, Byron and Dickens frequented, or Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese for a pint with a side of Victorian thrill. For general good vibes, though, there are plenty of pubs to choose from in Soho, Hackney and Covent Garden with their own specialities. No trip to England would be incomplete without this ritual.

Portobello Market

Claiming to be the world’s largest antique market, Portobello Market is, if anything, the perfect spot to find even the most obscure antique or collectable. Head to North Portobello and Portobello Green to find vintage clothing and collectables, whilst antiques are at the Southern Portobello Road. Saturdays are the best days to visit the market to witness its signature flux of people, and give haggling a shot. Given that ‘Notting Hill’ was filmed in the area, you could do worse than try “I’m just a boy/girl standing in front of a seller, asking them for a discount” - but no guarantees it will garner you anything more than an eye roll.

Kensington Gardens

The magnificent Kensington Gardens were once a part of world-renowned Hyde Park and remains one of London’s eight Royal Parks. Get your fix of au courant art and modern architecture at the Park’s Serpentine Galleries or take a tour of the Kensington Palace to get a glimpse into how the royals live. The Albert Memorial is a display of Victorian grandeur that can’t be missed, especially as a part of England honeymoon packages.

Natural History Museum

Everything inside this museum is fascinating. There’s a fossil of a stegosaurus. There’s an enormous skeleton of a blue whale.  And besides these show stoppers, there are over 70 specimens that you can see, including some collected by Darwin himself. For a rare experience, you can take a tour to go behind the scenes of the museum to see more than 300 scientists working in a variety of fields related to biology and geology. 

Brighton

This famous seaside city is one of the most popular destinations in England, beloved both by daytripping Londoners and international travellers. It is known for being bohemian, open, welcoming, diverse and laidback. You’ll meet the most friendly and eclectic locals here.

While Brighton Beach is the city’s most famous attraction (and you should definitely spend a day by the waters during summer, enjoying the sunshine, and watching seagulls trying to steal food), Brighton’s charms lie in exploring its hodgepodge of shops, bars and cafes. You’ll never know what you’ll come across - such as Anna’s museum, a collection of natural and obscure artifacts ranging from animal skulls and horns or Vegetarian Shoes, offering a “treat for your feet if you don’t eat meat!”.

Bath

The entire city of Bath has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status and once you step foot into the city, it’s not hard to see why.  It’s a head-turner; there are gorgeous honey-coloured Georgian-era historic buildings everywhere, of which the most famous is the Roman Baths. They were first built here in 70AD. Millions of litres of water still flows into them every day.  And Bath’s primary attraction is its spas, that tap into its underground vein of rich mineral waters, and allegedly curative for all sorts of ills.

There’s another reason why travellers love  Bath - and that’s Jane Austen. The city played a huge part in the author’s life and is featured in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Fans can retrace her steps and those of her characters around the city - walk in the parks, and definitely take in high tea. On that particular note, try a Bath classic at Sally Lunns, the oldest house in Bath, and eat a ‘Sally Lunn bun’ is a kind of brioche spread with butter or cream.

Liverpool

Today, Liverpool is known mostly for being the home of two icons– Liverpool Football Club and the Beatles. However, the city itself is architecturally fascinating, with each line and column revealing a bit of its past (despite enthusiastic efforts at urban regeneration). With a variation of styles, ranging from Brutalist to rugged Victorian, Liverpool earned World Heritage status in the year 2014. 

To take in the city’s layered history and architectural grandeur, start at the Queen Anne-style Bluecoat Chambers, arguably the oldest building in the city centre. Liverpool Town Hall is also a must-visit, not least because it’s a Grade I listed building that holds steadfast to its original Georgian design. And definitely visit Albert Dock, which was once the centre of world trade until it was beaten down during the Blitz.

Beatles fans, rejoice– you can take a tour of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes and spend a few hours at the Beatles Story museum, complete with an audio guide narration by Lennon’s sister, Julia.

Manchester

There’s so much more to Manchester than meets the eye.

Roman ruins, grand brick buildings and glossy modern towers speak of the city’s complex and rich history, as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the innovator of the first computer, and the home of English football. And the city has continued to build on these foundations, to be one of the most progressive and welcoming cities in England, and a culture, sports and media hub.

Exploring this city means getting to see one of the country’s finest art collections at Manchester Art Gallery or stopping by independent music venues to take in the city’s local acts (Oasis, The Smiths and Blossoms all hail from the city-region). Football fanatics and ‘GGMU’ heralds should slate in a pilgrimage to the National Football Museum and Old Trafford (you could easily spot soccer millionaires such as Pogba). And those looking for something a little more offbeat will love the opportunity to be the star of the 90’s classic, The Crystal Maze, a reimagination of one of the UK's favourite television shows.

Cornwall

Cornwall is in essence, England’s answer to the Wild, Wild, West.

Tucked into South West England by the Celtic Sea and the English Channel, this region has a rugged coastline that goes on for 300 miles, with startling turquoise blue waters flanked by wild green marshlands. It’s the type of place you imagine when reading stories by Enid Blyton.

Just like the Famous Five on holiday, you too can pack a picnic hamper, and take it down to the coast. While away a day sunbathing or building sandcastles on deserted beaches, walk up streams to explore rock pools full of little crabs and jellyfish, and go for a swim in the cool waters.

Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a glorious interweb of thatched-roof cottages and, in the words of poet William Morris, ‘rural idyll’. The region stretches across six counties in England and was titled an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in 1966. Rival only to the Lake District in size, its expansive breadth of woods and hills are a favourite for hikers, wanderers and horseback riders alike. 
One thing is for sure - whether a last-minute holiday to England, or on a pre-planned England trip package, the Cotswolds is a great addition to your itinerary.

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