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Introducing England

England is steeped in history. Like Greece and Rome before it, this relatively small island nation rose to become what was once the world’s most powerful empire—by 1922, the British monarchy ruled more than a quarter of the world’s population. While the empire may have diminished over the course of the 20th century, the culture of the Britons and the beauty of England’s cities and villages remain steadfast.

When is the best time to visit?
England is famous for its gloomy weather; unfortunately, this stereotype is mostly true. Fall is gray and drizzly, and winter is gray and cold. The best time of year to visit is summer (June-August) when the sun shows its face—at least for a short while at a time—and you can put the heavy layers away. If you want to beat the crowds and score lower prices on hotels, try visiting during the shoulder spring season of March-May (and remember to bring a rain jacket). Learn more

Where should I go in England?
It wouldn’t be a trip to England without spending time in London. England’s capital is one of the world's great cities, equal parts tradition, history, modernity, and kinetic energy. In a single day, you can go from the colorful street art of bohemian Camden Town to the open-air markets of Notting Hill, from the gates of Buckingham Palace to a festive working-class pub south of the River Thames.

Two hours southeast of London, in the county of Kent, stretch the famous white cliffs of Dover, and north of London, the university city of Oxford has stunning medieval buildings dating back to the city’s founding in the 12th century. There are other interesting cities in the north, such as Birmingham, Manchester, and Liverpool—the famed birthplace of the Beatles.

Thinking about traveling around the United Kingdom? Learn more about planning a trip to Wales or Scotland. Many travelers also combine their trip to the UK with a visit to Ireland.

How many days do I need?
You can experience the highlights of London in a mere three or four days. With a week you can enjoy the capital and make time for another city or region, be it the cliffs of Dover or a trip to Oxford. In two weeks you can spend time in London, travel around the countryside to various market towns and villages, and even visit a city or two in the north.

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England Tours & Itineraries

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 The Jacobite Steam Train, also known as the Hogwarts Express
Map of Family-Friendly Adventure in England & Scotland - 7 Days
Family-Friendly Adventure in England & Scotland - 7 Days

This weeklong adventure around England and Scotland is terrific for families—and travelers young at heart! Start in London with a ride on the Hop-on, Hop-off Bus, and an interactive "Harry Potter" tour. Then you'll visit Kensington Palace, the Roman Baths, and mysterious Stonehenge before catching the Caledonian Sleeper train to Scotland. On the other side of the border, sample street food and local specialties on a food tour, then ride a Jeep around Cairngorms National Park on a wildlife tour. Finish the itinerary with an unforgettable train ride—best known to Harry Potter fans as the Hogwarts Express—and a boat cruise across the famous Loch Ness.

Tower Bridge amid a moody London sky
Map of Family Fun in London & Highland Adventures in Scotland - 10 Days
Family Fun in London & Highland Adventures in Scotland - 10 Days

Experience the highlights of London and Scotland over 10 days on an itinerary perfect for the whole family. Discover London's famous palaces, enjoy a "Harry Potter" tour, and see ancient archeological sites at Bath and Stonehenge. Take an overnight train to Scotland, walk the historic streets of Edinburgh, visit countryside locales seen in the "Outlander" TV series, and even ride the "Hogwarts Express" amid Highland scenery.

Cotswolds
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English Countryside Retreat - 9 Days

England's most beautiful attribute might just be its famous countryside. It exists everywhere outside the cities: great expanses of rolling green hills, many of them home to grazing sheep dotting the horizon like fluffy white cotton balls. On this 9-day itinerary, you'll visit some of the old towns, palaces, and fishing villages found in this bucolic paradise, making for one unforgettable British vacation.

London skyline
Map of London and the English Countryside - 7 Days
London and the English Countryside - 7 Days

On this week-long itinerary, you'll immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of London, visiting Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, and much more. Then venture out into England's fertile green countryside, which boasts some of the most scenic landscapes in all of Europe. It's the perfect mix of city and country life, allowing you to enjoy culture and excitement as well as rest and relaxation.

English village of Bibury in Cotswolds
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Cotswolds Road Trip - 8 Days

Explore the heart of England from the famous "dreaming spires" of Oxford to the Roman baths in Bath, passing by some of the most quintessentially English villages of the Cotswolds. After visiting Oxford, head north via Blenheim Palace and the Cherwell Valley to the home of Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Following an excursion to Warwick Castle, start winding your way through the Cotswolds Hills, passing through a host of pretty villages built from honey-colored limestone. Then explore the elegant city of Bath where you can enjoy the grandeur of its Georgian architecture.

Beautiful views across the Jurassic Coast, Dorset.
Map of Walk England's Jurassic Coast - 8 Days
Walk England's Jurassic Coast - 8 Days

This self-guided 8-day itinerary lets you walk Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast at your own pace. Start in Lyme Regis and travel east along England's south coast, taking in dramatic chalk cliffs, shingle beaches, prehistoric earthworks, and charming thatched villages before ending in historic Lulworth.

Make the Most of Your Time in England

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When planning a trip to England, spend a few days in London
How Many Days to Spend in England

England is an endless pageant of stunning landscapes, quaint villages, and vibrant cities teeming with fascinating historical and cultural sites. Even in as few as four or five...

Get yourself to iconic Westminster Abbey in London
Map of 1 Week in England - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in England - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week in England, you can take a trip to up to four different destinations, split time between two or three, or even dedicate all of your travels to an adventure in one...

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Admire the east London skyline on a 2-week trip to England
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2 Weeks in England - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

A two-week trip to England transports you back in time, putting you in touch with the country's rich history and culture. With 14 days to explore, you can travel at a quicker pace to approximately six destinations—like London, Oxford, the Cotswolds, and the Lake District. Or, you can move slower to visit fewer places and spend more quality time in cities like Liverpool and Manchester. Plus, thanks to their proximity, you can cross into Wales or France if you'd like to make the most out of your Eurotrip.

The London Eye and Big Ben
Map of England to France: London, English Countryside, Paris & Lyon - 14 Days
England to France: London, English Countryside, Paris & Lyon - 14 Days

This action-packed, two-week tour spans from England to France. Start by enjoying the best of London—from Buckingham Palace to high tea to a private tour of the Tower of London—along with day trips to the southeast coast and countryside. Then, head to Paris to explore the Eiffel Tower at night, cruise the Seine, and have a Euro-Disney adventure. Finally, end the trip in Lyon with a tour of the city center, delicious Lyonnaise eats, and a visit to the Beaujolais wine region for a farewell toast.

Sunrise in Chipping Campden, Cotswolds
Map of England & Wales Outdoor Tour: London, Oxford, Cotswolds, Conwy, Ambleside & Cambridge - 14 Days
England & Wales Outdoor Tour: London, Oxford, Cotswolds, Conwy, Ambleside & Cambridge - 14 Days

This two-week outdoor adventure takes you from England to Wales and back to England. Begin with sightseeing tours in London and Oxford before spending three days discovering the charming Cotswolds by car, bike, and horse. Then, venture into Wales to visit the stunning castles and northern coastline. Return to England's Ambleside for scenic adventures in the Lake District before visiting Cambridge for punting and an excavation tour.

England Travel Maps

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5 Days in England - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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2 Weeks in England - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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1 Week in England - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Travel specialist Stephen Molloy
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Stephen Molloy

Urbanist by training, he spent most of his twenties traveling and living overseas. Bitten by the bug, he lived in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, California, Australia, DRC, Kenya, Pakistan...and...

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Travel specialist Jane Davey
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Jane Davey

I grew up in the UK and developed a real passion for the great outdoors, which inspired me to work in travel. As a child, I spent my holidays in the UK with my parents and my brother. My dad used...

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Travel specialist William Armstrong
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William Armstrong

I am your English-born, UK and French expert for all activity holidays in off-the-beaten track destinations in UK and France. I have lived, worked and traveled extensively in both the UK and...

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Travel specialist Sarah Metrat
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Sarah Metrat

For 7 years , I have been sending groups and companies all over the world to live unforgettable moments. Today, I am using this expertise to create your perfect holidays. I love designing authentic...

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Trip Reviews for England

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Amazing London Vacation
England | Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2024

Stacia
Stacia M.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2024
Aleksandra planned our family an amazing vacation with London Stratford as our home base and side trips to downtown London, Oxford and Bath. We liked everything about our trip from the hotel to the tours and tour guides. Most importantly, Aleksandra was so accommodating while planning and during our stay in London. We had to make some last-minute changes to our itinerary because of family reasons and she was easy to reach and took care of everything. She answered all of our questions and... Read more

Aleksandra planned our family an amazing vacation with London Stratford as our home base and side trips to downtown London, Oxford and Bath. We liked everything about our trip from the hotel to the tours and tour guides. Most importantly, Aleksandra was so accommodating while planning and during our stay in London. We had to make some last-minute changes to our itinerary because of family reasons and she was easy to reach and took care of everything. She answered all of our questions and checked on us each day even on weekends. I highly recommend Aleksandra and KimKim.

Hotel Review
Hyatt Regency London Stratford
London

The hotel is conveniently located right next to the London Stratford train station which is fantastic for travelers. The hotel was nice and the breakfast served daily was very good. It was difficult for taxis to find because it's located within a shopping/restaurant type mall so always send your GPS location to your taxi driver.

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Smoke alarm went off in middle of night so no water, a/c, elevators until mid-morning
Activity Reviews
Beatles Private Walking Tour
Beatles Private Walking Tour
London

This tour is not just for intense Beatles fans. It's for anyone who is interested in learning about the Beatles and seeing different parts of London. Our guide, Michael Purvis, was amazing. He took such good care of us. He is a musician and had so many interesting stories and pictures to share with us. Even though it was a misty day, we enjoyed every minute of this tour.

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Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
London

We had a slight itinerary change and had afternoon tea at the Savoy and I'm so glad we did. It was very special. They provided excellent service; the setting was beautiful, and the afternoon tea was delicious. They even packed up a box for our daughter who was unable to attend.

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Exclusive Guided Tour in Buckingham Palace
Exclusive Guided Tour in Buckingham Palace
London

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Buckingham Palace is stunning. The self-guided tour was very well-done.

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Bath and The Cotswolds
Bath and The Cotswolds
London

We changed our itinerary slightly and ended up going to Stonehenge and Bath. Both were definitely worth seeing. It was a beautiful drive too. We had a nice lunch at the Derby in Bath and enjoyed touring the Roman Baths. We were thankful to visit Stonehenge and happened to be there when it was not too busy. Our tour guide, Alam, was fantastic. He was so kind and patient with us and very knowledgeable. He made sure we saw the best views and sites.

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British Museum Private Tour
British Museum Private Tour
London

The British Museum is worth seeing but it is extremely crowded. It probably depends on when you visit it. We had to wait in long security lines to get in and then it was hard to see exhibits at times. Our tour guide was late so that did not help.

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Retired Royal Guard Central London Walk
Retired Royal Guard Central London Walk
London

We highly recommend this tour. David Lombardi is an excellent tour guide. He has such a unique background that affords him inside information that other tour guides would not have. We learned so much and were interested the entire time. He was extremely professional, knowledgeable and interesting.

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Private Oxford University Punting Tour
Private Oxford University Punting Tour
Oxford

What a fun, relaxing excursion this was for our family. Our guide was so nice and knowledgeable. We enjoyed this punting tour.

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Iconic Oxford  Private Walking Tour
Iconic Oxford Private Walking Tour
Oxford

Our tour guide was fantastic. First, we were an hour late because of London traffic and he was so nice and accommodating. He was extremely knowledgeable and an excellent storyteller. Very interesting tour.

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 Round Trip to Oxford - Private Transfer
Round Trip to Oxford - Private Transfer
London

Our driver to Oxford went above and beyond traveling through horrible traffic to Oxford and back. Also, he was extremely accommodating when we had a family issue that delayed our return. He was very kind.

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Local specialist: Aleksandra Shebaltseva

Kim Kim is excellent. Sarah was responsive an...
England | Jun 22 - Jun 28, 2024

James
James G.
Port Townsend, WA | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2024
Kim Kim is excellent. Sarah was responsive and did a good job developing this trip with our family. We threw some changes at her late in the game and she was able to make those happen. Not easy with a group of 12. The emergency number proved invaluable several times as we ran into unexpected issues. Both issues were resolved efficiently and we were able to move along with our trip. Thank you! As a group, we did find the road book a bit cumbersome to use. The first six pages were great.... Read more

Kim Kim is excellent. Sarah was responsive and did a good job developing this trip with our family. We threw some changes at her late in the game and she was able to make those happen. Not easy with a group of 12.

The emergency number proved invaluable several times as we ran into unexpected issues. Both issues were resolved efficiently and we were able to move along with our trip. Thank you!

As a group, we did find the road book a bit cumbersome to use. The first six pages were great. What would have been very helpful was to put the actual links in those first six pages to the vouchers with words like…”click here for vouchers”.

It took one of us (Wendy) finding the menu with the link to transportation, event, and hotel vouchers to see this clearly. Sarah, I know you told us about that menu, but we were having so much to worry about, it didn’t sink in. Any info (like restaurant recommends etc. not in the actual itinerary should be clearly marked and placed at the end of the document for perusing at leisure. Does this make sense?

Great job guys. It was a trip of a lifetime and whoever thought of the Gorski Clan hats was brilliant! Thank you!

Activity Reviews
Nottingham Castle Visit
Nottingham Castle Visit
Nottingham

This is a good place for kids with an activity playground to expend energy.

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Edinburgh Ghostly underground tour suitable for kids
Edinburgh Ghostly underground tour suitable for kids
Edinburgh

It was raining…and not everybody went…too tired. She was a great story teller and truly made the kids squeamish!

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Private transfer in town
Private transfer in town
Ireland

Very early morning…on time!

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Gorski Family Detour : Transfer and Visit at Harlaxton
Nottingham

Our son did a semester here at Harlaxton College in Grantham England. This place is like Hogwarts on steroids…so fun and beautiful. Our guide was a retired PHD in drama and he was thoroughly entertaining.

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Secrets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile - walking tour with castle tickets
Secrets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile - walking tour with castle tickets
Edinburgh

Wonderful guide…full of history and great stories the whole family loved.

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Visit to Urquhart Castle
Visit to Urquhart Castle
England

This ancient castle’s location is amazing and it’s easy to see why it was strategically placed on the rock outcroppings. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore.

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Edinburgh Castle Tickets
Edinburgh Castle Tickets
Edinburgh

Great history…but oh so crowded!

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Lots of great stuff…Better off season without the crowds.
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On foot!
Dunnottar Castle Tickets
Dunnottar Castle Tickets
England

Must see!

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Visit Fraser Castle
Visit Fraser Castle
Inverurie

Beautiful grounds…great stories! There is a family link here.

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Huntly Falconry
Huntly Falconry
Dufftown

We are a family of 12 with six kids…fabulous hands on experience. Would highly recommend!

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Local specialist: Sarah Metrat
Sarah
Sarah Metrat
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Jul 09, 2024
Hi Jim!! Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! I'm so glad to hear that you had an amazing family trip!! I’m happpy that we could accommodate your last-minute changes and that the emergency number was helpful when you needed it. Managing a group of 12 is no small task, and I'm happy we could make it smooth for you. We really felt that Harlaxton was very important to your family, and I was truly touched to be able to make this dream possible for you! I appreciate your input on the... Read more

Hi Jim!!

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! I'm so glad to hear that you had an amazing family trip!!

I’m happpy that we could accommodate your last-minute changes and that the emergency number was helpful when you needed it. Managing a group of 12 is no small task, and I'm happy we could make it smooth for you. We really felt that Harlaxton was very important to your family, and I was truly touched to be able to make this dream possible for you!

I appreciate your input on the roadbook. We'll work on making it even more intuitive with direct links to the vouchers. You're right that for a group, the tool might not be the best fit.

It was truly a pleasure helping you plan this "trip of a lifetime". And yes, the Gorski Clan hats were quite a fun idea, weren’t they? So glad you enjoyed them!

Thanks again for your kind words and constructive feedback. You are one of the most amazing families I had the chance to work with! I can't wait to help you plan your next Gorski Clan Reunion, whether it’s in the UK, France, or even Italy!

Sarah, Flore & The High Point Holidays Team

Aleksandra was great to work with.
England | Jun 18 - Jun 28, 2024

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Royce R.
SeaTac, WA | Reviewed on Jul 04, 2024

Aleksandra was great to work with. She is super responsive to all questions and emails. She works hard to solve any problems that may occur during the trip. She took the burden of planning the trip off my shoulders and gave us a great experience.

Local specialist: Aleksandra Shebaltseva
Aleksandra
Aleksandra Shebaltseva
Local specialist in England | Replied on Jul 04, 2024

Dear Royce,

I'm so grateful for your kindness and wonderful feedback! I hope your experience was seamless and enjoyable despite any issues, and that you were able to create wonderful memories during your English vacation with Rachel.
Wishing you exciting adventures ahead!

Sincerely,
Aleksandra