Travel to England
A trip to England can be the journey of a lifetime. That is why we must take the time to plan ahead so as to make sure that the trip meets your highest expectations. To help you make your choices, we offer you some possible activities and must-see attractions for your visit to “the country of tea.”
Organized Tour or Independent Travel in England?
If you want to make sure your trip to Britain is successful, you can opt for a tour organized in England. Not only will you benefit from special group rates, but you will also be sure to see the best that the country has to offer in the company of experienced guides and professionals. Otherwise, you can always go it alone, with friends, or your lover, making sure to include the following attractions in your travels.
London, the Capital
London, the capital of England, is a beautiful city full of tourist attractions, starting with the iconic Tower Bridge, which often symbolizes the country on postcards of London.
Built in 1894, it spans the River Thames and connects the boroughs of Southwark and Tower Hamlets. It is easily accessed by an organized tour of London or by purchasing the London Pass which gives access to several other worthwhile tourist attractions, such as the Tower of London (another iconic landmark), Westminster Abbey, and a cruise on the River Thames.
The Famous Red Telephone Boxes
Once you have visited those monuments, you must not miss the famous British red telephone boxes, which are part of the country's tourism heritage.
Indeed, these kiosks, which can be found in several places in England, including in front of the Tower of London, remain a must for tourists visiting the city, despite having fallen out of use in recent times. Although the phone has been removed from most boxes, you can still see their empty shells, so that your trip to England wouldn't be complete without a picture of one of these kiosks!
Activities for All Tastes
One can do almost everything in England: shop in majestic stores, go to the theatre, visit a museum, historical site, or an art gallery, attend a food festival, enjoy a nice cup of tea, dance in a nightclub until the wee hours of the morning, fall in love with gourmet cuisine in chic, trendy restaurants, visit one of the many attractions of the royal couple William and Kate, see a castle, take a river cruise, photograph beautiful landscapes, do some beach surfing, etc.
In fact, there are many good reasons to visit Britain. The activities are so varied that you may find it difficult to choose from among all the options available to you. Here are some more ideas.
Visit the House and Tomb of William Shakespeare
England is known for its rich culture and history. There are many houses and buildings that belonged to the stars of literature and cinema, including that of the English playwright William Shakespeare.
Indeed, at Stratford-upon-Avon you can learn more about the life of one of the world's most famous playwrights. Furnished as it was in his days, the sumptuous Tudor cottage takes visitors into the rich past of the poet.
At Stratford-upon-Avon, one can also visit the Tudor cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway, as well as Shakespeare's grave located in the church of the Holy Trinity, where he had been baptized in 1564.
See a Film Studio
Many of the biggest films in cinema history were shot in England. That is not surprising, since it has some of the most beautiful castles and places of the world! Thus, it is possible to visit the places where the characters of the films of Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, to name but a few, came to life.
The Royal Naval College in London, the Lake District in Cumbria, Culzeam Castle near Maybole, and the royal residence of Balmoral, located halfway between the towns of Ballater and Braemar, are all famous film locations that are now open to the public.
Visit the City of Bath
Mecca of tourism in England, the lovely city of Bath in the county of Somerset is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is famous for its splendid Georgian monuments, posh houses, numerous shops, and Roman baths. More than a million tourists visit there every year to attend a play or to visit museums and historic sites. A real jewel, both culturally and historically.
Have Afternoon Tea in York
Go to the old city of York, in the county of North Yorkshire, to visit, among other things, its medieval heritage, the largest Gothic cathedral in all of Europe – the York Minster, have afternoon tea in an authentic tea room, or for a pint in an English pub. Whatever the reason you visit the city of York, it is a unique place that will certainly leave you with a lasting memory of your trip to Britain!
Explore a Haunted Castle
More daring travellers might want to venture into a number of the most beautiful castles in England, some of which are said to be haunted. This is the case of Chillingham Castle in Northumberland and Glamis Castle in central Scotland, both of which have a reputation for harbouring ghosts and other malicious spirits belonging to the knights of the past.
You guessed it: England has myriad other beautiful places to explore and activities to enjoy with friends, family, or lovers. It has so many that, often, a lifetime is not long enough to discover them. So what are you waiting for to book your next trip to England?