In England, you’ll find an unparalleled breadth of landscapes, cultures, and attractions. Chalk cliffs adorn its sunny southern coast, while rocky peaks and dark moorland extend along its northern backbone towards Scotland. Vast lakes and majestic mountains are to be found in the northwesterly Lake District. Experience medieval castles, Victorian manors, and cosmopolitan cities in a single afternoon with a trip to England.
Planning an England tour isn’t easy - with Tourlane, you are able to book your flights, accommodations, transfers, and guides, all in one place! Below are some sample itineraries - although every Tourlane tour is tailor-made from start to finish. Less
London is one of the world’s great cities and most popular destinations for travelers. If you’re interested in the Royal Family, visit Buckingham Palace, London’s most popular tourist attraction. Here, 775 interior rooms are visitable during the summer, and the iconic changing of the guard takes place year-round—though not daily so check the schedule.
Elsewhere in the capital is the famous Tower of London - an infamous fortress and political prison where the likes of Ann Bolyn were publicly executed. From the White Tower outlook, get the best view of London Bridge—where the heads of decapitated corpses used to serve as a warning to the public that loyalty to the crown was non-negotiable. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more insider tips and recommendations for London.
If you’re interested in ancient history, then the enigmatic site of Stonehenge is a must. The towering sarsen stones were transported over 140 miles and erected with painstaking accuracy using interlocking joints. Drive to the Wiltshire countryside to see the prehistoric monument for yourself. Most agree that the circle of stones is some sort of temple aligned with the solar movements, but beyond that, it remains a mystery.
If you love the great outdoors and great literature, head to the Lake District. Prepare to become a romantic in these lush surroundings. These green peaks and wooded low lands of northwest Cumbria inspired famous poets like William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge. Taking a diary is optional, but you’ll feel compelled to wax poetic about your visit to this precious, protected corner of England.
The iconic White Cliffs of Dover tower 350 feet above the English Channel, grabbing the eye of anyone traveling from continental Europe by boat. Walk or cycle along the chalky outcrop—home to various orchids and butterflies in the summer months. Tour the forgotten defences of Fan Bay Deep, a network of underground tunnels from the 1940s. Go back in time even further with a visit to the South Foreland Lighthouse, the Victorian guidepost constructed in 1843 and active until 1988.
Nature lovers will want to pitch a tent in the Peak District National Park for a couple of days during an England tour. Paraglide over Hope Valley or rock climb the black peaks of the Staffordshire Moorlands. Relax with a morning canoe through Tittesworth Reservoir and see if you can spot a red deer darting through the ash woodlands. Jane Austen fans may enjoy a visit to one of the area’s country manors, some of which date back to the 12th century. Less
English culture is steeped in more than 5,000 years of history, during which it has been shaped by Roman, Viking, and Norman influences. Be sure to venture beyond its world-famous capital, London, to experience this. Relax in the Roman-built pools in the aptly named City of Bath, or explore the quaint villages in the surrounding Cotswolds region. Manchester was the world’s first industrialized city, and has now reinvented itself as a center for culture, sports, and music.
Traditional English dishes include the famous full English breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, toast, hash browns and black pudding), fish and chips (white battered fish, best enjoyed by the sea), bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potato with peas and gravy), and the Sunday roast (either roast beef, chicken, lamb, or pork served with potatoes, vegetables, and gravy).
If you love live music, then try your luck at winning a ticket to the world-famous Glastonbury Festival that takes place every June at Worthy Farm, Somerset. Hosting the biggest music acts worldwide, Glastonbury is truly in a class of its own. If you’re passionate about tennis, consider timing your trip to coincide with the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, which takes place every June in London and is considered one of the world’s big four Grand Slam tournaments. If you’re interested in history, grab a sword and head north to participate in York’s annual Viking Festival reenactments—where the ancient city celebrates its Norse heritage every February.
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