England blends cutting-edge culture, history, tradition and romance against its backdrop of centuries-old towns, eye-candy cottages, pubs, cathedrals, intricate coastlines and magical countryside.
Now add the creativity responsible for some of the world’s best music, theatre, film, design, fashion, art, literature, chefs, sporting heroes, and architecture and you have England, the destination that delivers, big-time.
History is well preserved in England in its vast network of castles, manor houses, historic homes and mystical places including Stonehenge, Avebury and other stone circles. Our passion for gardening is legendary – so many gardens so little time! Themed travel connects people to places – Jane Austen and Bath, Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon, Find Harry Potter in York, Oxford, Gloucester, London’s King’s Cross Station. The Beatles and music in Liverpool. London of course is our beloved, superstar city in a league of its own.
Catch the icons but make time for fresh discoveries, too. Explore modern cityscapes where reinvented dockland and industrial precincts add designer flair and urban experiences to their cafe culture, arts, and nightlife. Wander ancient streets in historic towns, then head to the country. Away from the main roads, England harbours a maze of villages, fields, woods, canals and waterways, accessed by inviting laneways. The Cotswolds is just the beginning. Beyond lie the rural counties of the West Midlands including Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire for hiking, biking, kyaking, and beautiful drives.
You can also feel a million miles away in England, on moorland and in coastal landscapes. Discover the magical coastlines of Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset, the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Yorkshire Moors. Experience the atmospheric Marches of the scenic English/Welsh border country, the Derbyshire and Yorkshire Dales. Be impressed by the dramatic coastline of Northumberland and seduced by the Scottish border country and the Lake District. — Alison Plummer