England

As the largest country in the United Kingdom, England is home to fairy-tale villages, vibrant cities and some of the world’s top tourist attractions. Read more...

The vibrant capital London is often the first stop on many people’s holidays to England, and with good reason; it blends history with culture in a way that is truly exciting. On a London tour, spend days exploring its museums and galleries, riding the Eye or watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, before enjoying the amazing restaurants, traditional pubs and nightlife once the sun goes down. But there’s much more to this compact country.

Enjoy an England tour that will take you beyond the confines of London city. The north has both exciting cities and alluring countryside. Manchester is famous for its football teams and nightlife. You can immerse yourself in the heritage of the Beatles and explore the historic dockyards in Liverpool. Or head to the seaside resort town of Blackpool, with its vintage roller coasters at the old-school amusement park, as well as the Tower Ballroom, where dancers trip the light fantastic to the tunes from a Wurlitzer organ.

Outside of the cities is some of England’s most beautiful countryside, including the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales. This is also where you’ll find Hadrian’s Wall, a Roman fortification that stretches 117 kilometres from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth. And of course, while you’re up here you are so close to Scotland or Wales, you may as well make it a Great Britain trip!

The southwest is renowned for its gorgeous, rugged coastline. Wander along the sand at Cornwall and try some of the town’s delicacies, from pasties and cream teas to fabulous seafood feasts. Relax a while in the Roman spa town of Bath or marvel at Banksy’s street art, have a snack at the St Nicholas market or marvel at the engineering skills on display at the stunning Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. Immerse yourself in Arthurian legend and fairytale cottages in the on a  guided tour of the Cotswolds, stare out from the cliff-top ruins of Tintagel Castle and explore the twelfth-century Norman cathedral, ancient walls and underground passages in Exeter.

Literature fans will want to explore the world of Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, while aficionados of history should head north to York. Here, you can uncover bloody tales from days of yore at the Jorvik Viking Centre or tour Europe’s largest gothic cathedral, York Minster. There’s plenty more to discover in England – take your time to find it all on one of our England package holidays, including new rail packages.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend the night at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, which doubled as Hogwarts in two Harry Potter movies.
  • Cruise the River Mersey before taking a tour of Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and other significant Fab Four spots in Liverpool.
  • Have afternoon tea at Lindeth Howe, one of Beatrix Potter’s homes, in the Lake District.
  • Enjoy a private tour of Stonehenge from within the stone circle as the sun goes down.
  • After a long day of sightseeing, find a local pub for dinner and meet the locals.
  • Be chilled to the bone on a walking tour of London’s East End, which was terrorised by Jack the Ripper in 1888.
  • Try the quintessential British takeaway – curry and chips!