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England travel guide

Shop, party and gaze at the incredible sights in London, feel the weight of an immensely rich history, or go back to nature amidst the serene hills of the Lake District. Whatever path you choose to follow in England, you're guaranteed to find more than you bargained for in this awesome part of the UK.

Top places to visit in England

Reach out beyond England's capital city and you'll find a diverse mix of other cool and cultured cities that give London a run for its money, with beautiful national parks, castles, cathedrals and charming market towns. And let's not forget that if you hit up this region of Britain during the summer, there's a whole host of festivals to attend every weekend, come rain or shine... and the English really know how to party! Hire a car, grab one of our bus passes or take an adventure tour with other travelers to see the very best of England. Here's our top picks of where to go below...

 

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The Lake District

Tread in the footsteps of Wordsworth on some of England's best hiking trails, and visit his daffodil garden and burial site in the gorgeous village of Grasmere. A few days road tripping around the quaint roads of this northern gem is guaranteed to make your soul soar.
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Brighton

Less than an hour outside of London, this colorful coastal city serves as a weekend escape from the Big Smoke. Hit up the beach, the bars and the awesome pier to get a real taste of the British seaside. On a hot day, you'll feel like you've left England entirely!
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Cathedral Towns & Cities

No trip to England would be complete without a visit to some of its most charming historical towns. Durham, York, Oxford, Cambridge and Bath are some of the destinations that warrant an afternoon of wandering. Visit the cathedrals and 700-year-old churches, stop for a spot of tea in a traditional English tearoom, or duck inside an old tudor fronted pub for a pint or two.
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Cornwall

Head southwest and coast along the coast of Cornwall: England's most beautiful peninsula. Filled with hundreds of sandy beaches and gorgeous villages, it's a mecca for surfers, sunbathers, keen walkers and seafood lovers. Head to Newquay to taste a sunny side of England you've never seen before...

Our favorite cities in England

England tours and adventures

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London Explorer

Why come all the way to Europe and not spend some quality time arguably its most happening city? This Contiki package allows you to discover museums, shop on Oxford Street, eat curry on Brick Lane, see a West End show experience England's famous nightlife. Also included is a day trip up to Bath and Stonehenge.
 
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England & Scotland

Hit the highlights of England & Scotland for a full dose of sightseeing, history & culture. Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles, stroll Edinburgh's Royal Mile & look for 'Nessie' on a boat cruise across Loch Ness.

 

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England & Wales Self-Drive

You can go your own way! With bed and breakfast included along the way in Oxford, York, Lake District, Liverpool, Snowdonia National Park, the Brecon Beacons, Cardiff, Bath and more, you can rent a car and stop off where you please each day. Spot Caerphilly Castle, marvel at Stonehenge, and get active in Snowdonia.

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Hit the Open Road!

Winding country roads, good music and a few friends: a recipe for a perfect road trip! Get off the beaten track with the freedom your own wheels bring, staying in cozy hostels and country bed and breakfasts along the way. We have a range of cars to suit all needs and budgets, so get in touch with a travel expert to talk car rentals or search online now.
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Campervan Rental

SpaceShips provide custom-designed, award-winning and easy to drive vans for 2 to 4 people. They're commonly known as the 'Swiss Army Knife' of the campervan world, but we think that nickname doesn't do them much justice. After all, how many swiss army knives have you seen that have DVD players, build in iPod cords, cookers and utensils, fridges, roadside assistance and WiFi?
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Bus Passes

Hop on and hop off at your leisure on the UK's extensive network of bus and coach routes. You can book single journeys as well as flexible multi-stop passes. Just give one of our experts a call or click the link below to find out more.

When is the best time of year to visit the UK?

The UK's seasonal pattern is the same as America's: expect gorgeous hiking weather during the spring months, warm yet temperamental summers filled with awesome music festivals, photogenic Autumns, and festive yet freezing Christmas markets throughout December.

Try and catch Guy Fawkes Night on the 5th November, when fireworks light up the sky above Westminster in London and thousands of Guy Fawkes dolls are burned on bonfires up and down the country. This weird celebration is held each year to mark the anniversary of a plot to blow up parliament in the 16th Century!

It's no secret: in England, it can rain at any time, so an umbrella is a good idea.

Do I need a visa to visit England?

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are a hospitable bunch. U.S. citizens arriving in the UK as tourists don’t need to apply for a tourist visa, and you can stay for up to six months. *Visa and entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Please always check the current status with your applicable embassy prior to travel.

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