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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

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.

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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.
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