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Introducing England

Discover England.
England is steeped in history. Like Greece and Rome before it, this relatively small island nation rose to become the 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 remains steadfast.

When is the best time to visit?
England is famous for its gloomy weather, and 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).

Where should you go?
It wouldn’t be a trip to England without spending time in London. England’s capital is one of the great cities of the world, 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 you need?
You can experience the highlights of London in a mere three or four days. With a week you can enjoy the capital and also make time for another city or region, be it the cliffs of Dover or a trip to Oxford. With two weeks you can spend time in London and travel around the countryside to various market towns and villages, and even visit a city or two in the north.

England Travel Insights

Cornwall coastline
London and Cornwall Adventure - 9 Days

On this British adventure, you'll experience two distinct and wildly different parts of England. Start with a visit to cosmopolitan London, a great global metropolis and a true model of diversity. Then, you're off to the rugged coast and rural beauty of Cornwall, in the southwest region, which is regarded as one of the most scenic counties in England.

Cotswolds
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
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.

Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway's, historical home outside of Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare in Love Tour - 9 Days

On this unique multi-city “Shakespeare in Love” tour, you will explore the towns and cities that shaped William Shakespeare's career, including London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the romantic Cotswolds. Tour the English countryside and cities he called home and gain insight into the Bard's 16th-century world. You will tour the Globe Theatre, explore Shakespeare's hometown, as well as visit movie locations for the film based on the young playwright.

Bamburgh Castle
Northern England's Castles - 5 Days

Explore iconic medieval castles in England's Northeast region. Visit ruins and modern-day palaces, discover the area's military history, and spend quiet afternoons strolling in countryside villages. Start your trip in industrial Newcastle, then continue to Alnwick Castle to see the backdrop for the Harry Potter films. End on the wild Northumberland coast to see isolated 16th-century Lindisfarne castle and sample fresh-caught lobster.

Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island
Northeast England - 9 Days

Explore northeast England's diverse history and culture as you travel from medieval towns to remote coastal trails. Visit industrial Newcastle, discover Roman history along Hadrian's Wall and see medieval Tynemouth Castle. Continue your trip to see the impressive Durham Cathedral, 16th-century Lindisfarne, and the wild seascape of the Farne Islands.

England Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Northern England's Castles - 5 Days
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Northeast England - 9 Days
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English Heritage Tour: Cambridge, Norfolk, the Peak District, Cotswolds, Buckinghamshire & Windsor - 9 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for England
Travel specialist Daniel Bradnam
active 19 hours ago

Daniel Bradnam

As someone who has been involved with travel for over 10 years, creating beautiful vacation itineraries is a true passion of mine. I was born and raised near Cambridge in England, I am proud to...

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Travel specialist Joël Massé
active 2 mins ago

Joël Massé

I'm the "southern man" of the team at Objectif France. I was born in Perpignan, at the south border of France with Spain, and I've spent the first 30 years of my life in the South, before “coming...

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Travel specialist Louise Lewis
active 38 mins ago

Louise Lewis

I enjoy everything connected to travel. As travelers, we all love to see new places, experience the culture, food, architecture and landscapes of a destination. But for me, a trip begins with the...

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Travel specialist Elise Duhem
active 48 mins ago

Elise Duhem

I was born in Orléans, in the center of France, but I grew up in the beautiful Burgundy region. After studying English literature and civilization at the University of Dijon, I spent a little more...

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