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A winter sunset highlights London's modern architecture
England in January: Travel Tips, Weather & More

With a warm coat and umbrella, January is an excellent time to take advantage of England's low-season prices and crowds. You'll have more options than you might think, whether you seek an escape in the quaint countryside, winter surfing on the Cornish coast, or more elbow room at famous cultural sites from York to Bath. Of course, you can always find something buzz-worthy in London, starting with a street parade marking the first day of the year.

Low season is a great time to take advantage of London's famous sites
England in February: Travel Tips, Weather & More

February is a great time to take advantage of low rates and fewer crowds in England. Though it's winter, there are many options to choose from, with lesser-known cities, romantic drives in the countryside, and outdoor adventures on the southern coast (like cliff walking and surfing). Or, stick around London and see the famous sites—plus, there's a month-long orchid show at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Sunset view at Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast
England in March: Travel Tips, Weather & More

March signifies a hopeful transition toward spring. This is when temperatures and daylight hours are on the upswing, while rates remain low (except for Easter if it falls early). Use this month to take advantage of less-crowded cultural opportunities and scenery, perhaps with a coastal hike in the south where there may be more sunshine and milder temperatures.

Vibrant blooms at Kensingon Palace in late April
England in April: Travel Tips, Weather & More

April is a lovely time to visit England, even though the weather can be fickle with a mix of chilly rain and bright blue skies. One thing is for sure: This is a time when trees and flowers begin to bloom, bringing vibrant color to the country's gorgeous parks, gardens, and squares. Crowds and prices are still reasonable before peak season, but there will be a spike during Easter—a popular travel week for students and families.

Bluebells are a famous spring bloom in England
England in May: Travel Tips, Weather & More

May in England is awash in fresh greenery and color, from stately manicured gardens to the rugged woodlands where bluebells bloom. It's also a great month to catch off-peak prices before the summer season (and crowds) arrive. However, plenty is going on this month with festivals celebrating Vikings, seafood, and opera—and, of course, gardening at London's famous Chelsea Flower Show.

The Lake District, known for its scenery, comes alive in June
England in June: Travel Tips, Weather & More

June is a beautiful month to visit England as spring turns to summer. Take advantage of the prime weather with a self-guided road trip, perhaps through the Cotswolds or Lake District—or head south for beaches, seafood, and coastal hikes. Make sure to tack on a few days in London with events like the Queen's birthday and Wimbledon, which kick off at the month's end.

Turquoise sea views off the Cornish coast near St. Ives
England in July: Travel Tips, Weather & More

July is prime summertime in England, with the best weather of the year and long daylight hours to enjoy activities like hiking, swimming, and surfing. You can also kick back on a leisurely road trip through the stunning countryside and stop at historical attractions. Of course, England's cities beckon in July with music festivals and an enormous Pride parade in London.

One of many peaceful and picturesque beaches in the Isles of Scilly
England in August: Travel Tips, Weather & More

In Augus, England is abuzz with summer vibes when crowds—especially families—head for the beaches and parks to soak up as much outdoor fun as possible. It's easy to find peace and quiet with a self-guided road trip in the countryside, while travelers seeking action can travel (perhaps by train) to bigger resort towns and cities where events and festivals are in full swing.

The Jurassic Coast near Dorset is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
England in September: Travel Tips, Weather & More

September is one of the best (and driest) months to travel in England. Summer is still in session, yet the peak crowds are starting to dissipate for more peace and quiet. Meanwhile, those who like to nosh can flock to several foodie events around the country—like a seafood fest in Dorset, which pairs nicely with the area's stunning coastal trails.

Glide past fall foliage in a river boat on Cambridge's River Cam
England in October: Travel Tips, Weather & More

Despite an increase in rain, October is a lovely time to experience autumn colors around the English countryside—perhaps with a self-guided road trip in the Cotswolds or a river tour in a medieval university town. If big city life is more your speed, London has plenty of action this month with a marathon (and half-marathon), a star-studded film festival, and Halloween-related events.

Late fall is a less-crowded time to visit English castles
England in November: Travel Tips, Weather & More

November is one of the quietest months to visit England—a fantastic opportunity to spread out at cultural sites and historical attractions. When the sun is out, consider some time outdoors in the late autumn foliage. If the rain is stubborn, use it as an excuse to plan a museum day followed by afternoon tea or a pint at the nearest pub.

The Manchester Christmas Market was the first in the UK, and is a local favorite
England in December: Travel Tips, Weather & More

England loves Christmas, and the entire country gets decked out for the holidays in December, adding some much-needed atmosphere to the shortest days of the year. If London is too crowded for your taste—and it will be busy—consider other great cities, like Manchester, as well as charming towns and villages where there will be plenty of festivities, plus close proximity to cultural attractions and nature walks.