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England Travel Guide

Featuring a sturdy mix of both old and new, England is filled with sights and experiences that you need to make time for. From marvelling at the iconic London skyline dotted with silhouettes of Big Ben and the London Eye to exploring the historic towns of Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon where the great Shakespeare was born, you won’t be short of things to do in England.

The Highlights

  • London

    Is there a more iconic city than London? Of course not! London is brimming with sights to see and experiences to behold. Find out if London Bridge is, in fact, falling down, ride a bike through Hyde Park, explore Camden Market and uncover the hidden cafes in Shoreditch. Or, you could walk along the Thames and visit the Tate Modern or St Paul's Cathedral. This majestic city is yours to explore.

  • Buckingham Palace

    Get your fill of Royal encounters and behold the beauty that is the Buckingham Palace. This grand structure has served as the official London residence since 1837, and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. It also serves as the backdrop to the regular Changing the Guard ceremony. Over summer, visitors can gain access to the 19 Staterooms in the palace.

  • St. Michael’s Mount

    Located a stone’s throw away from the Cornwall peninsula lies St. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island that can be reached from the mainland over a small path that appears when the tide recedes. The dramatic castle can be explored however visits must be timed with the tides. During your travels, be sure to allow ample time to take in the sights of Cornwall and sampling local delicacies.

  • White Cliffs of Dover

    Existing as one of the most compelling and iconic natural sights in England, the vast limestone chalk facade rises high above the sea and creates an imposing, yet graceful wall along the coastline of Kent. Visitors can enjoy taking the time to stroll along the many pathways that line the cliffs while gazing out to the coast of France across the Channel on a clear day.

  • The Cotswolds

    The delightful, honey-hued towns and villages of the Cotswolds are unlike anywhere else in the world and has been formally recognized as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here, you can stroll through the wonderful hiking trails between villages, and of course, stopping for high tea complete with scones with jam and cream along the way.

  • Bath

    Steeped in history, covered in Gregorian architecture and well-preserved Roman bathhouses is just the start of the beauty offered within the town of Bath. Make time to visit the great medieval-style Bath Abbey or the American Museum in Britain for the history lovers. Or, if you’re dreaming of a relaxing day, there are plenty of boutique spas nearby.

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to August

    While the temperatures in England might only peak to an average high of 22°C in some parts of the country, during the months of June to July is when England comes alive. With increased hours of sunlight through the warmer months, public spaces become filled with picnic-goers and seaside areas become packed with locals (and visitors) enjoying their dose of sunshine. It is worth noting that accommodation rates are much higher – especially in August during the school holiday period. Take time to explore the Chelsea Flower Show, Wimbledon among other music festivals at Hyde Park or Victoria Park.

  2. Low Season

    December to February

    Over the winter months, the average temperature will drop to only 3°C in some parts of England, however rain showers will be frequent and are to be expected. Up north, snow is expected to fall frequently whereas this rarely occurs in London. Visitors will need to be aware of reduced daylight hours over the winter months and this may cause a slight disruption to sightseeing activities. The good news is that accommodation rates are much lower, and museums will see much fewer crowds. In December, there are many Christmas markets, including Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

England Tours

  • Visit Responsibly

    Travelling responsibly means respecting the communities, culture and environment of the places you visit. Keep these tips in mind when travelling to England:

    Go green. Be environmentally conscious on the road by taking short showers; turning off the lights in your hotel room when you leave; and resisting the urge to collect any plants, seashells, or other natural flora.

    Respect cultural differences. Before travelling, read about the local culture and customs – even just knowing the dress code and a few basic phrases in the local language will go a long way.

    Support local businesses. Enjoy a more authentic experience and directly support the local economy by travelling with a local guide, eating in local restaurants, buying from local artisans, and staying in locally-owned and operated accommodations.

    Wherever possible, avoid single-use plastics. Pack reusable items such as your own shopping bags, utensils, a water bottle, and a straw. These items are typically lightweight and compact, and will greatly reduce your consumption of plastics.

    Be conscious of overtourism. Opt to visit the lesser-known regions of England or travel outside the peak season – you'll likely even get a better deal and won't have all the crowds!
  • Sustainable Tourism in England

    Green Transportation
    There are green options for getting to and around your destination easily, such as rail, hybrid-engine buses, and bike. Consider a rail tour of the UK, or discover the countryside on a cycling tour.

    Plant-based Food Options
    A simple, easy, and delicious way to experience the capital is by opting for plant-based foods - which there is certainly no shortage of in London. Whether you want to try plant-based spins on traditional dishes or innovative plant-based experiences, there are plenty of options to skip out of eating animal products on your trip.

    Sustainable Accreditations
    There are sustainable accreditations within the UK, such as Green Tourism, that showcases tourism businesses making a positive impact on local communities and the environment. In addition, these accreditations are also helpful in encouraging more tourism businesses to adopt more sustainable practices.

FAQs about England

  • Do you tip in England?

    In England, it is expected that you leave a tip of 10-15% in a restaurant when eating out. However, restaurants often add on a service charge (usually 12.5%), so it's worth checking your bill just to be sure.
  • What is the internet access like?

    Most large cities in England will often allow you to connect to free street WiFi upon agreeing to the terms and conditions for use. Internet connection can range in quality, but you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Yes. It is most definitely safe to consume tap water in England. Bottled water is inexpensive and readily available, however, it is best to pack a reusable water bottle to reduce waste.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout England. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Along with popular public holidays such as New Year’s Day, Christmas and Good Friday, England celebrates the Early May Bank Holiday May 6, Spring Bank Holiday May 28 and August Bank Holiday on August 6.
  • Is it safe to visit England?

    In short, yes. Due to a large number of visitors, England is a safe place to explore.  As with many destinations, visitors must always use common sense and practice due caution and vigilance when travelling across the world. There is also large expat community-based in London.