Updated: December 9, 2021
A tiny island spreading its influence through everything from Shakespeare to the Beatles, England has oozed heritage for ages and these are often the most frequently asked questions from travelers eager to experience and explore quintessential England.
From eating cupcakes in the cultivated gardens of a stately manor house to visiting gothic cathedrals and fairytale streets in cobblestone villages, wandering along broad beaches with a packet of fish and chips to the lights of Big Ben, here is the information you need to plan your perfect England trip.
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England's greatest appeal is its size. It is a very small country, far smaller than most people realize. This means first-timers are quickly charmed, but regular visitors will always have a new angle to explore. Destinations are close together, so it's easy to cram a lot into a few days. For some that means covering the diverse blend of experiences that make England so incomprehensible.
Many first-time visitors to England are unaware of the country's diversity. Famous cities like London, Bath, and Oxford typically pack itineraries. But the country possesses many unique experiences:
The biggest factor in deciding when to go isn't the weather, but the hours of daylight. In mid-winter it's dark by 4pm, as opposed to almost 10pm in June and July. The peak tourist season is during summer, with the school holiday period of mid-July to late August being the busiest time of year. Exploring the English countryside and its cute rural towns is best done between April and mid-October. That’s because when the sun shines and the sultry summer evenings seem to go on forever, rural England is like an old-world painting.
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England is a safe country to visit and it is extremely rare for tourists to have any problems. In many rural areas, it's still common for people to leave their doors unlocked and sell homegrown vegetables by placing an “honesty box” on the side of the road. Some large cities have suburbs that could seem rough or unsafe. However, there is rarely any reason for tourists to visit these areas and the risk is widely exaggerated.
The National Health Service and free healthcare for residents have long been a flagship of the UK government. Foreign visitors also receive free treatment for medical emergencies and minor injuries. However, any medical treatment outside A & E (Accident and Emergency) or a minor injuries unit will incur significant costs that have to be paid or arranged by your insurer in advance. Tap water is safe to drink and visitors won't need any vaccinations or additional medication outside of personal necessities.
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Everyone has his or her picture of England, from village greens and flat caps to meandering country lanes and West End London's classic shopping experiences. Whether you want to visit towns like Bath and Oxford or take in the dazzling energy of post-industrial cities like Manchester and Liverpool, you can discover inspiration for your next trip with sample itineraries from our England Tours & Vacations. You can also find more helpful information for your next trip with Zicasso’s England Travel Guide. Speak with an England travel expert by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.