For a relatively small country, England is hard to define. It boasts some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world but is also home to cosmopolitan cities like London, Manchester, and Liverpool. When you add in the years and years of history, cultural heritage and influences from other nations, the result is a nation of diverse beauty and unique charm that you won’t find anywhere else. Planning a trip to a country like this is no simple task; you need to be prepared to face all kinds of eventualities (and weather) to tick off all the big tourist attractions you’ve set your heart on and do some exploring of your own. This guide can help you get started.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of hotels and B&Bs to choose from, but they will vary significantly in cost and quality. You can stay in one of the large hotel chains or pick an independent one. In fact, one of the best ways to experience the English countryside is by staying in a charming B&B.
If you’re after a more rustic adventure, campsites are a great way to travel in England on a budget. The English weather can be unpredictable, to say the least, so bear that in mind when you’re packing!
What to Do
- Explore England’s history by visiting the museums and many historical sites which are still standing. Country houses and castles are located throughout the country, but they’re by no means the oldest remnants of past ages.
- Embark on a countryside ramble through forests, hills, and mountains and discover hidden natural beauty; the country is bursting with it! If you’re an animal lover, wildlife spotting and photography is another potential activity way to spend an afternoon.
- Have a day at the beach and enjoy one of England’s many seaside towns. It’s a great chance to relax in the summer sun, stroll along the sandy coastline, visit the fairground and entertainment arcades or try some water sports. Make sure you try some of the famous fish and chips on the seafront and take a stick of rock home! To locate your nearest beach in England you should visit Coast Radar. Simply enter your location and this website will tell you where the nearest and best beaches (and other attractions) are.
Where to Eat
- Restaurants and cafés are usually a safe bet, but again the quality and pricing will vary greatly as it would in most countries. From Michelin starred restaurants to the classic greasy spoon café and traditional pub, you’ll be able to eat well on just about any budget.
- Traditional Farmer’s Markets are a great place to find locally sourced and freshly prepared food, and this will also give you the opportunity to sample local specialities.
How to Get Around
It’s crucial to understand the public transport systems in England if your exploration is to go as smoothly as possible. If you’re visiting London, the London Underground or Tube network of trains is the easiest way to cover the most ground for as little money as possible. Some cities have tram networks, but these aren’t as common as buses and cabs. The national train system will get you from city to city in the quickest time but taking the bus is often a lot cheaper. When you’re in the countryside, public transport becomes much less regular and often unpredictable!