London's Big Ben Clock Tower from across the River Thames in London, England.

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In touch with quaint country lifestyles and booming metropolitan hubs, England contains gems to uncover for all travelers. With over 5,600 trips planned by our travel specialists to date, Zicasso is confident that you will have an itinerary designed perfectly to your preferences. Below are sample itineraries that will demonstrate what is possible from the mystical Stonehenge and proper tea ceremonies, to the cutting edge of western culture. To get more information on this engaging country, visit the England Travel Guide where you can explore helpful tips and inspiration to jumpstart your imagination.

Sample Itineraries

Get inspired with our sample trips below. You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel. Any number of days.
Any departure date. Any experience you want.

Cherry blossoms framing Edinburgh Castle.

The Grand Tour of Great Britain

The Grand Tour of Great Britain

22 Day Custom Tour

From $8,135

If the United Kingdom was a book, those who visit London only read a page, and this 22-day tour of England, Scotland, and Wales is designed to give you an up-close and personal look at each land you visit. This vacation ensures that you will enjoy the entire story of this magnificent country. At each destination, a blend of leisure and active exploration will provide you with a balanced and well-rounded experience.

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Iconic red telephones booth outside of Big Ben.

Best of Legendary London One-Week Tour

Best of Legendary London One-Week Tour

7 Day Custom Tour

From $2,445

From Abbey Road to London Bridge, the capital of the United Kingdom enjoys a reputation that is much larger than the city itself, and this 7-day tour of London has been designed to help you reconcile this reputation with the reality of your visit. The distinct thrill of this reality will be revealed through day trips to Oxford and Cambridge, vintage trains rides, and an exploration of the headquarters of British soccer fandom.

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St Paul's Cathedral from Millennium bridge in London, England

Best of England Tour

Best of England Tour

7 Day Custom Tour

From $2,445

From afternoon tea to “God Save the Queen,” England is a place unlike any other, filled with adventures waiting to be had and memories waiting to be made. And with private tours of the country’s best sights, from Westminster Abbey to the ruins of Stonehenge, you can be sure that this first visit to England will not be your last.

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England UNESCO World Heritage Tour

England UNESCO World Heritage Tour

13 Day Custom Tour

From $4,545

England's World Heritage Sites evocatively represent the eras of world history: Jurassic fossils, neolithic mystery, Roman frontiers and spas, medieval pioneers, industrial innovators, and an inspiring list of architectural styles. This unique England UNESCO World Heritage tour reveals ­­16 UNESCO sites in 13 days, capturing the eclectic blend of heritage. Every day brings another inspiring monument from centuries past, revealing both historical England and the country's influence on the world. 

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London Tower over the Thames River.

Historical Exploration Tour of Southern England

Historical Exploration Tour of Southern England

12 Day Custom Tour

From $4,195

Southern England has long presented visitors with a stunning array of historical sights and UNESCO-listed attractions, but this 12-day tour of Devon, Cornwall, Kent, and Sussex will present each destination and its enticing gastronomic scene. As you savor the foodie tours, cheese tastings, and wine samplings of this vacation, you will experience a side of English cuisine that is missed by those that never venture away from the traditional pub fare.

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View of the village Painswick and surrounding countryside in the Cotswolds

Signature Tour of England and Scotland's Comforting Charms

Signature Tour of England and Scotland's Comforting...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $6,505

Epic history, grand landscapes, and charming villages will take center stage during your 14-day luxury tour of England and Scotland. Castles, palaces, mysteries, and luxuries will bring to light the allure of iconic sites while uncovering hidden character. Designed for 2021, this sample itinerary ranges from the White Cliffs of Dover to Edinburgh’s cobbled lanes, charming thatched-roof cottages, and stunning palaces, each brimming with timeless drama and endless prestige.

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UNESCO World Heritage site Hadrian's Wall at sunset in Northumberland National Park, England, United Kingdom.

Northumbria Tour of England's Wild Land

Northumbria Tour of England's Wild Land

11 Day Custom Tour

From $3,845

Indulge in the complexity and contradictions of the English wilderness during this 11-day luxury tour of England. Discover remote and rugged islands where puffins nest and wind around the iconic architecture of Norman castles and Gothic cathedrals. From monastic foundations and remote coastal trails to dramatic Roman walls and charming villages lost in time, you will have an immersive journey into England's inspiring and captivating wilds.

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The fishing village of Port Isaac in Cornwall.

Simply Splendid Southern England Tour

Simply Splendid Southern England Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

Southern England has long enjoyed a special hold on the imagination and attention of travelers, and this 10-day tour along England's southern coast has been handcrafted for those searching for great food, excellent views, and abundant history. This tour allows you to fully immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of England, making sure that no stone goes unturned by the time of your departure.

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Somerset House ice rink during the winter in London, England.

English Christmas Tour: Majesty and Magic on Display

English Christmas Tour: Majesty and Magic on Display...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

From the cozy charm of a Cotswolds farmhouse in the wintery countryside to the scarf-wearing and pint-hoisting hospitality of London, this 9-day tour of England at Christmas time will present you with an unforgettable experience of the holidays. England is an excellent choice of destinations no matter what time of year you visit, but nothing quite matches seeing this historic land during the peak of the holiday season.

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Boutique Romantic Tour of England

Boutique Romantic Tour of England

12 Day Custom Tour

From $4,195

England's romantic landscape is a sensual patchwork of new experiences and iconic traditions. These 12 days helps reveal it all, enveloping you in a world of spa cities, opulent hotels, champagne picnics, and sublime architectural styles. From glamorous palaces to cute cottages, serene lakes to decadent cityscapes, this romantic tour of England loops around the finest boutique destinations in the country, offering a journey that's handcrafted just for two. 

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Aerial view of Portofino.

Luxury European Escapade: France, Italy, England Tour

Luxury European Escapade: France, Italy, England Tour...

18 Day Custom Tour

From $11,695

All the clocks in the world will not give you the time needed to fully explore Europe, but this 18-day tour of France, Italy, and England has been designed to provide you with a robust introduction to each country. From the rugged beauty of the French Riviera to the rolling vineyards of Tuscany and the urban charms of Paris and London, this tour ensures a blend of opulence and adventure.

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Buckingham Palace and the Queen's Garden in London, England.

Legendary London and Paris Tour

Legendary London and Paris Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,145

Tailored for those seeking to discover the best of London and Paris, this 8-day tour highlights the reasons these destinations must be visited. Uncover the origins of Rome in London in addition to visiting its royal palaces and the English countryside. Savor authentic French cuisine and make memories within France's fabled heritage sites of Versailles and the Eiffel Tower.

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Historic Castles of England Tour: Discover & Stay

Historic Castles of England Tour: Discover & Stay...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,145

Castles evocatively dapple the English landscape. And with this handcrafted itinerary, you don't merely visit them. You spend each night immersed in their ancient splendor, basking in the luxury of their royal past. On this England castle tour, you sleep in six different castles; each handpicked to reflect a different architectural era and opulent style. On the way, you stop at an eclectic mix of England's premier attractions and connect the centuries with effortless ease.

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Skyline of Florence, Italy with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore Dome

Family Getaway Vacation to England, France & Italy

Family Getaway Vacation to England, France & Italy...

13 Day Custom Tour

From $3,895

Family time is as precious as gold, which makes custom family vacations priceless. Your custom tailored family vacation to England, France, and Italy offers you marvels of which the entire family will enjoy, from the storybook villages of the French countryside to the trotting horses along the lush plateau of the Swiss Alps. Castles overlook the historic waterways in London. Bakeries and boutique shops line the wide avenues of Paris. Renaissance statues decorate the public squares of Florence. Hike along the Mediterranean coast and create everlasting memories that the entire family will treasure for a lifetime.

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Highlights of Britain and Ireland Tour

Highlights of Britain and Ireland Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,745

Your custom-tailored highlights of Britain and Ireland tour takes you on a journey through the British Isles and Ireland, showing you their interconnected, yet diverse histories, from Celtic mythology to Roman ruins, English kings to treasured scenery. The sunlight shines through stories etched into the colorful stained glass windows decorating York’s historic abbey. An imposing castle stands atop a cliff overlooking Edinburgh. Images of the Titanic fill the harbor at Belfast. Whispered histories continue to drift through the marbled halls of Trinity College in Dublin. The historic centers of Cardiff embrace the modern architecture of the city’s edges.

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Prehistoric stone monument, Stonehenge near Salisbury, UK


Timeless England Tour: A Journey Through the Eras


Timeless England Tour: A Journey Through the Eras

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

So much of England feels frozen in time, charming destinations revealing the postcard-perfect images of eclectic eras. This luxury 10-day England tour itinerary connects these jigsaw pieces of the past, immersing you in everything from Neolithic wonder to medieval charm, Georgian beauty to Roman remains. Along the way, there's a complete sense of England's iconic countryside, plus glamorous stops that discover regal opulence. Seductive and sublime, this is a tour of England's untouched history.

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Windsor Castle in England

Quintessential English Tour of Indulgence: London, Bath, Canterbury

Quintessential English Tour of Indulgence: London,...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,495

Afternoon tea in luxurious hotels, spas surrounded by Georgian architecture, palaces delighting in their grandeur; it can only be England and its famous indulgence. This 10-day luxury England tour takes you on a journey from royal history to contemporary luxury, boutique dining to rural English excess. At every turn, you can't help thinking that this is England, a country bathed in traditions and a place where opulence and heritage always come hand in hand.

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Anne Hathaways cottage in Stratford Upon Avon, England

Literary Legends of England & Ireland Tour

Literary Legends of England & Ireland Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,745

Celebrating some of the world's greatest literary figures, this unique tour takes you on a journey from Shakespeare to Samuel Johnson, Tolkien to Oscar Wilde. Discover Dickens' London and Joyce's Dublin, explore the inspiration for seminal works and breathe in the hallowed scent of ancient libraries. You'll visit the locations that have captured the imagination of millions around the world. Except you're not reading. You're seeing them in private on exclusive behind-the-scenes tours.

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Battlefields and World War Tribute Tour: England & France

Battlefields and World War Tribute Tour: England &...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,115

Southern England and Northern France are covered in the poignant reminders of the two world wars, from historic beaches to shell-battered bunkers, resonant memorials to legendary aircraft. On this guided itinerary, an expert historian unveils all the history, taking you on an illuminating journey that's away from any tourist trail. Part tribute and part celebration, these ten days uncover the legends from the Allied story and the locations that will always honor their memory.

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England & Scotland Heritage Tour: Retracing Ancestral Lands

England & Scotland Heritage Tour: Retracing Ancestral...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $3,570

Kings and queens, battles and artwork, forests and mountains, museums and pubs all fill the histories of England and Scotland. Imagine the cobblestone streets of London, the central dramatic edifice of Edinburgh Castle, and the thatched roof cottages of Grasmere village. Roman walls outline the ancient city center of Chester, and Hadrian’s Wall demarcated the Roman territories from the north. Your England and Scotland heritage tour is hand tailored to show you the proud heritage of these grand countries, taking you beyond the House of Parliament and the Scottish Crown Jewels, into the majesty of English countryside all the way to the Scottish Highlands.

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Inside the Royal Opera House in London, England

Royal Opera & Theater of England Tour: Private Recitals, Sublime Performances

Royal Opera & Theater of England Tour: Private...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $4,895

England captivates with its classical tones, Shakespeare's plays echoing from outdoor theaters and opera houses revealing the world's finest. This handcrafted England tour of operas and theaters takes you behind the scenes to private recitals, hidden history, and sublime performances. With music as the focus, you tour the iconic destinations of Southern England, enjoying spectacular evenings in eternal venues such as the Royal Opera House. Resonant and atmospheric, every day is a live highlight.

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Town houses on the High Street Broadway in the Cotswolds, Worcestershire, UK

London and Countryside of England Tour

London and Countryside of England Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,795

Shakespearean sonnets whisper historical romances along the banks of the River Thames. Treasured artwork spans the lengths of neoclassical buildings. Charming canals wind through enchanting cities, where locals glide along the water on shallow boats. Marketplaces brim with vintage wares and artisan cheeses. Your custom London and countryside of England tour showcases the splendor of historic architecture and mystical landscapes, noble palaces and Roman ruins. Visit enchanting traditional country villages and captivating urban neighborhoods offering iconic glimpses into the everyday life of past and present England.

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Highclere Castle, England

The Downton Abbey Movie Tour

The Downton Abbey Movie Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

The world of Lord and Lady Grantham will burst into life during your handcrafted tour of England, which is inspired by the upcoming Downton Abbey film and the series most beloved characters. Experience the grandeur and the elegance of the British aristocracy of the 1920s as the Granthams prepared to welcome the King and Queen to Downton in the 1927 setting of the film. Travel through London to follow the life of the royals, and then step into etiquette lessons in connection to the strict guidelines of Mr. Carson before discovering recipes in which Mrs. Patmore would delight. From savoring your time at Highclere Castle to relishing the real-life tiara of Princess Mary’s that is on display at Harewood House, your custom-tailored tour drops you into the world of 1927 England as you explore the film locations of Downton Abbey.Note: DOWNTON ABBEY is a trademark of Carnival Film & Television Limited, Focus Features, and Perfect World Pictures and/or its affiliates. Neither "The Downton Movie Tour" nor this website is in any way affiliated with, related to or authorized by Carnival Film, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures nor any officially licensed or authorized DOWNTON ABBEY tours or other goods or services.

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The Glamorous James Bond Tour of England

The Glamorous James Bond Tour of England

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,795

Brush off the tuxedo, travel at high speeds, and journey into the 007 world of London. James Bond travels in style, and this James Bond tour of England celebrates his glamorous adventures: drive an Aston Martin, sip martinis in iconic hotels, tick off the movie filming locations, and reenact the epic duels of England's greatest movie series. From the Goldfinger ballroom to the casino in Dr. No, this is not merely a sightseeing experience: it's a chance to live it up in London, James Bond style.

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How to Book an England Tour

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences.The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist makes a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

England has oozed heritage for ages, a tiny island spreading its influence through everything from Shakespeare to the Beatles, the Magna Carta to Manchester United, fried breakfasts, and red telephone boxes. And when you're exploring this grand land, it's hard not to pause and exclaim, “Ah, this is England!” Perhaps it's the endless cups of tea. More likely, it's because you're always surrounded by quintessential scenes. Eating cupcakes on the cultivated gardens of a stately manor house; gothic cathedrals and fairytale streets of cobblestone and intrigue; double decker buses or black taxis; undulating hills covered in sheep and dry stone walls; wandering along broad beaches with a packet of fish and chips in hand... Then again, maybe it's because so much of England graces world TV screens – the lights of Big Ben and Tower Bridge on a London news item, opulent castles on Downtown Abbey, or a famous royal wedding.

Everyone has his or her own picture of England, but it is difficult to fully capture this nation in a single image. There's the England of village greens, flat caps, and meandering country lanes. Compare that to West End London's classic shopping experiences and hit musicals. Quaint towns like Bath and Oxford remain unchanged for centuries, yet it's easy to get absorbed in the dazzling energy of post-industrial cities like Manchester and Liverpool. And what would England be without its iconic green countryside, punctuated by thatched roofed cottages and forests that glow red during autumn. Regional diversity is stoically defended and proudly celebrated. Travel just 30 miles and the accents emphatically change, another bizarre tradition is revealed, and everyone looks a little different.

But England's greatest appeal is in its size. It is a very small country, far smaller than most people realize. It means first timers are quickly charmed, but regular visitors will always have a new angle to explore. Destinations are close together, and 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. Others will enjoy effortlessly following a single paradigm, whether that's rural or regal, recounting yesteryear or taking in city lights. Traveling between all the destinations is part of the experience, and the soothingly green landscapes compel you not to rush. There is never a lost moment when everything is so wonderfully, well, English... So welcome to a land of eccentricity, a nation of historical revere, and a country that everyone has to visit at least once in their lifetime...

  • Fill the camera roll as you explore Central London, gasping at all the famous monuments and painted scenes. Watch red double decker buses line up beside the majestic dome of St Paul's Cathedral, observe the changing of the Queen's Guard outside Buckingham Palace, wander across ancient Tower Bridge and then up the gloomy stairways of the Tower of London. Keep snapping as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben appear and then savor it all from the London Eye. Yes, it's all crowded with tourists. But there's nothing more glorious than a day reveling in Central London.
  • Wander along the charming cobblestone streets of England's illustrious old towns, reliving an ancient time through stunning cathedrals, atmospheric taverns, and side streets full of enthralling shopkeepers. Oxford combines all of this with its famous university and archaic libraries. York also reveals the remnants of Roman England, Europe's largest gothic cathedral, and the finest purveyors of cream tea and scones.
  • The English idolize the royal family, and the aristocratic opulence of the throne can be discovered all over the country. Windsor Castle and St James's Palace are well-recognized sites, monumental displays of wealth that ooze regal charm. But rural England is covered with stately homes, centuries-old manor houses, and gothic mansions, all usually set within acres of flowering gardens and pruned hedges. Castle Howard, Bowood House, Highclere Castle; this is the England from Downtown Abbey.
  • Head north and immerse yourself in Yorkshire, declared the world's third best region by the Lonely Planet, and proudly called “God's own country” by its idiosyncratic residents. It's a land of peculiar accents, white coastal cliffs, boutique shopping arcades, thriving nightlife, and swathes of the countryside that make everyone ogle with envy. Explore historic market towns like Ripon and Skipton, enjoy the grand Victorian renascence of Leeds, and spend many an afternoon discussing the weather over a pint (of beer), a brew (slang for a cup of tea) or a cold pork pie (local snack).
  • Absorb the Georgian splendor of Bath, and then seek out its medieval heritage and 2000-year-old Roman bathhouses. The whole city is a UNESCO world heritage site, a living architectural museum packed with arched stone bridges, glorious abbeys, and row upon row of elegant stone townhouses. Half an hour down the road, Salisbury offers a miniature and quieter version with the same artistic splendor. Then drive another 30 minutes to discover Stonehenge, a baffling Neolithic cluster of giant rocks whose origin nobody can explain.
  • Meander through the rich green landscapes of the Cotswolds, absorbing archetypal English vistas and flowering gardens that dance with color. Jacobean houses and enigmatic stone villages punctuate the rolling hills, each offering a serene atmosphere for high tea or a traditional pub dinner. This is the England of 18th-century oil paintings, created with gentle shades and swirling brushstrokes. And it's packed with some of the country's finest boutique accommodation.

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:

  • Witness England through the eyes of its great storytellers, embarking on tours that discover the world of Shakespeare and Jane Austin. Comedy comes from the witty locals; drama is provided by the grandeur of ancient estates, poetry is delivered in charming rural villages, and then the theater is relived as you match the destinations to the plays and books.
  • The English are mad about football (or soccer as it’s known in the US), and the Premier League has become another of their famous exports. Listen to “You'll Never Walk Alone” ring around Anfield Stadium, or relish the tingling sensation of a game at Old Trafford, Manchester United's proclaimed “Theatre of Dreams.” Football lovers can enjoy tailored vacations, but it's also easy to incorporate a match day experience into a wider English itinerary.
  • Explore the historic streets of Liverpool and go on a musical tinged journey through the ages. Edwardian monuments and grand dockyards reveal the city's indelible imprint on world history before a Magical Mystery Tour opens up the hometown of The Beatles. Visit Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane, discover the atmospheric pubs where the fab four first played and lose yourself in Liverpool's love for their favorite sons.
  • Put on the hiking boots and amble through the glorious landscapes of the Lake District, the endless green valleys dotted with serene lakes and lost country pubs. It's a world of sheep, dry stone walls, crumbling forts, and vistas that are as iconic as the mugs of tea you'll be drinking. For a remote escape into rural England, there are few better places.
  • English food is made fun of around the world, with most people thinking that it all comes fried in six inches of oil and contriving heart attacks. Fish and chips and fried breakfasts don't challenge the stereotype, even if they're must-experience parts of any vacation. But in reality, English cuisine is full of surprises, Michelin stars, and fresh organic produce. And dining is very much part of the England experience, from charming country gastropubs to snazzy city restaurants, unusual local cafes to seven-course banquets in a five-star ballroom.

The English weather is as world famous as the royal family or fish and chips. It's known as the country of rain, gray skies, and a bit more rain. This stereotype has garnered such worldwide recognition that England is now partly defined for its inclement weather. Is it deserved? Maybe not, given that it's statistically drier than Italy, Paris, and most of Western Europe. Then again, perhaps it's all a self-fulfilling prophecy, as locals really do enjoy complaining about the weather. They say it's either too cold, too hot, too windy, or they'll lament that the “weather can't make its mind up.”

In reality, the country follows the four-season rhythm of the northern hemisphere. Winters can be chilly, but snow only falls every few years. Summers are typically mild and mixed, occasional wet days juxtaposed with the odd week of glorious sunshine and temperatures hitting the low 80s. Spring and fall are perhaps the most beautiful times, the landscapes bursting with life or leaving a red-yellow tinge on the ground. But whenever you visit, you'll probably have to pack for all four seasons. Spring and summer time is particularly unpredictable. In general, there's more rain the further north and west you go. It's also always a few degrees warmer in the south.

You certainly shouldn't let the weather put you off, as England has a solution for every scenario. Whenever the sun shines, you'll find that the whole country is outdoors, the parks and countryside buoyed by a wonderfully enthusiastic atmosphere. If it's raining, then there are more than enough indoor attractions to keep you busy. Roaring log fires, pots of tea, heavy traditional food; the country certainly knows how to warm you up.

The peak tourist season is during summer, with the school holiday period of mid-July to late August being the busiest time of year. But the biggest factor in deciding when to go isn't the weather, but the hours of daylight. In mid-winter, it's dark by 4 p.m., as opposed to almost 10 p.m. in June and July. When visiting the cities, it's not a problem, as they're just as impressive when lit up, and the opening times for attractions don't really vary. However, 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.

English accommodation is unquestionably distinctive. Take a photo of your hotel lobby and 90% of your friends would be able to guess where you went on vacation. The country is full of grand hotels and boutique bed and breakfasts, each screaming England as vociferously as the view from the window. It's also a master of matching the accommodation with the destination. Be prepared for some humongous buffet breakfasts, slightly odd carpet designs, and all the modern amenities you would expect anywhere in Western Europe.

In London, you'll find almost all the famous hotel brands, supplemented by a great assortment of luxurious and small owner-managed hotels. Some of them veer towards grandeur, impressing with their opulent lobbies, grand restaurants, and corridors that scream of an imperial past. Others are sparklingly modern, oozing the energy and cutting edge design of the capital. The other big cities offer a similar type of choice, although few places on the planet can compete with London's sheer quantity of accommodation.

Country villages used to be famed for their inns, cheap and simple places to sleep that were usually placed above the local pub. Thankfully, a surge in small boutique hotels and romantic B&B's means that there are always resting locations befitting the charm of the village. You'll find quaint stone houses in the Cotswolds, cottages overlooking fields of sheep in Yorkshire, and elegant old fishing homes on the coast. England's finest accommodation is probably found in its manor houses and ancient mansions. These offer the true aristocratic experience, from afternoon tea in sumptuous gardens to four-poster beds and rooms fit for royalty. The buildings are attractions in their own right, and the acres of surrounding greenery can occupy you for days.

Visa and Passport Requirements

US and Canadian citizens do not require a visa to enter England on vacation. Immigration officials can be very strict and will need to see proof that you're actually on vacation. Always have your return or onward flight confirmation on hand, as well as details of your travel plans – a confirmation from the agent will suffice.

The interchangeable use of England, Britain, and the UK, can be confusing. In summary, England is a country that's part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain (along with Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland). There is a shared UK immigration office, and you will be stamped into the UK, not into England. Although the UK is part of the European Union, it is not part of the Schengen visa agreement. Therefore, any traveler needing a visa must get one with UK immigration.

Health and Safety

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 suburbs and the risk is widely exaggerated. Cheap Cable TV shows have done their best to portray English city center streets as a mass gathering for drunkenness and aggression. On Friday and Saturday nights, you are likely to see a collection of drunken folks stumbling around the city. But unless you're visiting nightclubs or partying until 3 a.m., you won't witness this heavily hyperbolic side to England.

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.

Customs and Etiquette

The English are an eclectic bunch, and you're likely to meet a diverse cast of characters. There's the traditional upper-class gent, dressed sharply and perfect in his pronunciation of the “Queen's English.” Compare that to the cheeky wit and indecipherable accent of anyone from Liverpool, a flat-cap wearing farmer, or a loyal football fan bellowing from the stand. Then go to London and discover a city that's welcomed influences from just about every country in the world. England has always celebrated individuality, and there is no standard dress code or style that people must adopt. In fact, the English are quite warm to those who just act like themselves.

Almost everyone is welcoming to visitors. Simply smiling and saying hello is normally enough to endear you to the locals. But while some English people may love to complain about England, they don't take kindly to foreign visitors making the same criticisms. Accents remain an important part of local identity, and a voice can tie somebody to their hometown for life. Travel 20 miles and the changes can be remarkable. Travel across the country and you'll go from gruff Geordie to chirpy Yorkshire and then cheeky Cockney. Subtle dialect changes also mark the journey; “thank you” becomes “ta” or “cheers,” while “hello” could be “'eyup” or “al'right.” Many locals will tone down their accents when speaking to foreigners, so the pronunciation becomes part of the charm rather than a challenge.

The English are stoic defenders of the British pound, the local currency being a celebrated part of English culture. ATMs are found everywhere, and you can pay by card in almost every establishment. Note that England and Scottish banknotes are different, even though they're the same currency. Scottish notes aren't readily accepted in England but can be exchanged at banks. Tipping is common in restaurants, and 10% would be considered a good tip. It's rarely practiced or expected in cafes or bars.

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