Be it the lively vibrance of the capital or the quaint calm of the rolling countryside, England has charm and attractions aplenty.
It may be relatively small in size, but when it comes to stunning scenery and world-class attractions, England is hard to beat. The sheer diversity of its landscapes; from cutting-edge skyscrapers and grand historic architecture to dense forests and beautiful beaches, is reason enough to entice travellers from far and wide. With centuries of history to explore in its architecture, museums and plethora of stately homes, as well as incredible art and music scenes in cities such as Liverpool, it can certainly be said that there is something for everyone in this "green and pleasant land". From Lake District hikes, and tours of the Cotswolds to boating on Hyde Park's lake and fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, England holidays surprise and delight for everyone.
Whichever part of the country you're holidaying in, you're sure to be surrounded by charming scenery. With ten national parks and 34 Areas of Outstanding National Beauty, breathtaking landscapes aren’t hard to come by. Be it the white cliffs of Dover, the hills of the Peak District or the moors of the Yorkshire Dales, the variety of spectacular natural sights is almost unparalleled. An essential part of all England tours is fish and chips at the seaside, and with around 2750 miles of coastline to choose from, a day at the beach is a must. From lively resorts such as Weymouth, Brighton and Blackpool to the more laid back stretches of Poole's Sandbanks and Cornwall's picturesque Isles of Scilly, there is plenty of beach lazing to be had close to home.
As a country with a long and varied history, there are plenty of opportunities to explore England's past across the country. From ancient Roman ruins to grand 19th-century palaces, the breadth of history on display is impressive. A stroll through the cobbled streets of York reveals architecture dating back to the Medieval period, while magnificent stately homes such as Beaulieu Palace House, Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House, Highclere Castle provide a glimpse into the lives of aristocrats from years gone by. For historic artefacts covering an impressive range of dates and locations, London's world-famous museums are hard to beat.
From hearty comfort food to cuisines from far-flung corners of the world, English food is always inviting, varied and suitable for all sorts of palettes. Whether you're dining in one of the many cosy traditional pubs, quaint tea rooms, independent cafes or authentic restaurants, it's easy to find a tasty meal to fuel your sightseeing.
The country is home to a fantastic array of quality produce, from beef and pork to apples and strawberries. Cheese lovers are exceptionally well catered for, with Cheddar, Stilton, Wensleydale, and Red Leicester as tempting as any varieties found on the continent. Seafood is also delicious and plentiful, from mussels in Devon and lobster in Cornwall to cod in Yorkshire and Northumberland's kippers.
As well as the ubiquitous Sunday roast, full English breakfast and fish and chip supper, England tours provide the chance to sample regional delicacies, many of which have been enjoyed in their home towns and counties for centuries. The Lancashire hotpot, a filling lamb and vegetable stew, dates back to 1859, while the humble Cornish pasty was a staple for 17th-century Cornish miners. Be it Bedfordshire Clangers, northern England's black pudding, or Bakewell's famous jam and almond pudding, there are plenty of tantalising new flavours to sample. Feeling thirsty? Choose from a variety of ciders, ales, stouts and perries, as well as the still much-loved Pimm's, Shandy, and, of course, a nice hot cup of tea never goes amiss.
Thinking of holidaying in this ‘green and pleasant land’? Here are some often-asked questions.
From the Cotswolds to the Lake District, England is known for its quaint and traditional towns and villages. Some of the best-loved picturesque towns include Upper Swell in Gloucestershire, Polperro in Cornwall and Cerne Abbas in Dorset.
Thanks to the wide variety of both indoor and outdoor attractions, England holidays can be enjoyed all year round. Generally speaking, England has cool, wet winters and warm summers, and doesn’t see the extreme weather many other countries experience.
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