England is my favorite place outside the United States! I love the culture and history in London, especially, and I truly enjoy the people I’ve met on my travels.
Where to Visit Within England?
If you’ve never been to London, it’s time to get packing! As the capital of England and its largest city, it’s a place everyone should get to visit. London is loaded with history, and my favorite attraction is the Tower of London. But there are tons of other London attractions to see, too.
Other great towns to visit in England include Manchester (home of The Smiths) and Oxford. The Norfolk coast is absolutely stunning and a great place for England birding. The Lake District is especially enchanting. There are so many places to visit in this amazing country that you really can’t go wrong.
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What to Expect When Visiting England
Weather: England is fairly cool and can be drab and drizzly, too. Pack for inclement weather. A cute pair of Wellies is highly recommended, and I personally won’t return without mine!
Language: English is the official language anywhere in England. Some phrasing is different than in the US, but nothing you won’t understand, unless you happen to encounter some Cockney slang!
Money: The currency here is the British pound. Unlike in the US, there are coins for one and two pounds. Many credit cards are accepted, but they work slightly differently. There are also ATMs for cash withdrawal. Make sure you understand your bank fees in advance.
Transportation: Flying into London will put you at either Heathrow or Gatwick airports. I personally like Heathrow, and it’s super easy to take the Heathrow express train into the heart of London. From there, you can get to almost anywhere in the city by taking the London Underground, the subway also called The Tube. You can also use ride-sharing services like Uber. (Lyft doesn’t currently operate outside of North America.) To get outside the city, you can take a train, or you can rent a car and drive. Be aware that they do drive on the left side of the road, and you should figure out in advance how to manage a roundabout if you don’t already know!
Accessibility: England doesn’t have an equivalent the US’s Americans with Disabilities (ADA) regulations. Some locations may be hard or impossible to navigate with a wheelchair. Some tube stations don’t even have elevators. If you require a wheelchair, you’ll need to do some extra planning to make sure you don’t miss out on something for lack of transportation of accessibility.
Other UK Vacation Destinations
England is part of the United Kingdom, and it’s easy to travel between the various countries – though of course Ireland will require a flight or boat trip.
Scotland: Scotland is to the north of England, and you can drive between the two or take a train. Check out 5 Perfect Locations for Family Holidays in Scotland to determine where to visit in Scotland, or Romantic Scotland for additional ideas.
Ireland: Ireland is on its own island to the west of England, Wales, and Scotland. Northern Ireland is part of the UK, while the south is an independent country. It’s easy to move between the two parts, though. Here are some unique places to visit in Ireland, as well as things to do in Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland (the south).