Welcome to my England Travel Guide – on this page you will find links to all my travel-related posts about England. This includes where to visit, what to see, tours and tickets to buy, books to read, and lots of resources and inspiration for your trip.
England is the largest country in the UK and if you are flying into London will be the first country you arrive in. Although I love London there is so much more to England than just its capital city though choosing where to visit can be overwhelming.
This guide will help you decide which destinations in England to visit so you can plan your trip and itinerary and include the places that most appeal to you.
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POPULAR DESTINATIONS IN ENGLAND
The geography of England
To help plan your trip to England it is useful to understand a little of the geography and the locations of the best cities, areas and attractions to visit.
England is divided into 9 geographical regions.
These are (from north to south)
These regions are further divided into 48 counties.
The largest county in England is Yorkshire and the smallest is Rutland.
The largest cities in England (after London) are Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds and Bristol.
With a population of approximately 56 million England has more than 84% of the total UK population living within its borders.
In these articles you will discover the best things to do in each of England’s 9 regions.
For an overview of each region, its location (including a map) read the introductory guide for all 9 regions above before diving into each region in more detail.
Travel Guides to popular English places, landmarks & attractions
With so many historic and interesting cities, quaint towns and villages, ancient monuments, cathedrals, palaces, castles, stately homes as well as beautiful countryside to visit choosing exactly what to add to your travel itinerary when visiting England can be tricky!
Below you will find inspiration as well as detailed guides and more to help you decide not only where to visit but also how to plan the perfect trip.
Guides to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty AONB
Many visitors to England have one or more of these regions on the wish list.
Each of these guides will provide you with the best information about each area including best things to do and see, where to stay, how to get there and more tips to help you plan your visit.
City Travel Guides
Choosing which of England’s cities to visit when planning your itinerary can be overwhelming.
These travel guides to the best cities to visit including information about the best things to do and see, itinerary suggestions, where to stay, where to eat and how to get to (and around) to help you plan your perfect city visit.
BRIGHTON TRAVEL GUIDE
MANCHESTER TRAVEL GUIDE
CAMBRIDGE TRAVEL GUIDE
CHESTER TRAVEL GUIDE
CANTERBURY TRAVEL GUIDE
DURHAM TRAVEL GUIDE
BRISTOL TRAVEL GUIDE
Guides to places of historical interest in England
If you are particularly interested in history you will discover many places of historical significance in England. This includes castles, palaces, ancient ruins and monuments and more.
In this section you will find my articles dedicated to places of historical interest in England.
ROMAN RUINS IN ENGLAND
FAQ’S – PLAN YOUR TRIP TO ENGLAND
When is the best time of year to visit England?
If you are wondering when is the best time of year to plan your visit to England it may depend on a number of factors. The weather in England varies with the seasons and the number of hours of daylight also changes throughout the year.
England experiences its warmest and lightest days in the summer months of June, July and August and the colder, darker days during December, January and February.
The temperatures also vary as you move further north in England with London generally a few degrees warmer than the North East for example.
For more information to help choose the best time of year to plan your visit to England read my in-depth article – ‘When is the best time of year to visit the UK?’ which examines each season as well as detailing popular events on a month by month basis.
Do you have itineraries I can use to help plan my trip?
On this website, you will find suggested itineraries to help you plan your trip to numerous destinations around England and the UK.
These include multi-destination and city itineraries:
- One day itinerary for Bath – how to see the best of Bath if you only have one day to spend (can also be extended to 2 days)
Where accommodation options are available in England?
There is a vast range of accommodation to choose from in England. In order to help you find the best accommodation I have created detailed guides based on personal experience, customer reviews, location, facilities and price.
Whether you are looking for the best-priced quality hotels in England, budget accommodation, boutique hotels, luxury accommodation, a cozy cottage, or even a castle to stay in you will be able to find the very best option for your trip, travel style, group size and budget in my accommodation guide for England.
How can I get around England? What transport options are available in England?
There are a variety of transport options you can choose to get around England including using public transport such as trains or buses.
Hiring a car and embarking on a road trip around England and the UK is a popular choice or if you are pushed for time there are regional flights available.
You can find out more about the different transport options in my transport guide to the UK.
Complete guide to driving in the UK
Tips for visiting England
Planning your visit to England for the first time and wondering what to expect?
- Read my Top 15 tips for first-time visitors to England to find out what to do (and what not to do) during your visit!
- Read my month-by-month guide to visiting the UK which contains information about what to expect during the different seasons as well as shows/attractions and activities.
- Take a virtual tour of some of the most famous landmarks and sights to prepare for your visit.
Best day tours and tickets for popular attractions and landmarks in England
You will find various day tours recommended in each of the destination travel guides for England.
Below are just a selection of some of the tours offered by Get Your Guide (an online marketplace where tour operators list available tours for destinations worldwide)
Travel books about England
There are a wide variety of travel guidebooks available for England and the UK. Below are a selection of travel books for England.
For a complete selection read my article about the best UK travel guide books available for 2021 and beyond.
If you have specific questions about a destination in England why not join my UK and London Travel Planning Group on Facebook where you can chat to others planning their trip.
Join my UK and London travel planning group on Facebook for more tips, inspiration and help from other travelers planning future travel to London and the UK.