England is a kingdom steeped in tradition and pride. The is a brief introduction to this royal kingdom and some places you may find worthwhile.
Yes, you can find the typical snobbish Brits, but you’ll find that most people are friendly, down-to-earth and assertive, if sometimes a little pleasantly quirky. In fact, although more reserved than Americans, many Americans find friends in Britain with little difficulty, especially when camping or doing something else together with the British, such as hiking, cycling or other activities. Our common language is a great asset in Britain and allows you to speak to anyone.
The land is so enchantingly beautiful that it is breathtaking. Great Britain is truly one of the most beautiful islands in the world. England is a green, friendly and elegant land with rustic, tidy towns and cities and vibrant cities, all with centuries-old architecture that captures the quintessential essence of England. It’s like visiting an enchanted land.
There are several large cities in England, such as Liverpool and Manchester, but the most important city politically and culturally is London.
In a way, London captures the spirit of England and is its center in many ways except geographically. As well as a healthy and ever-changing clubbing scene, London is also a major venue for live theater in the English-speaking world; and this is in the West End districts of Soho and Covent Garden. Interesting sights to see during the day include The Eye, which is a giant Ferris wheel with large enclosed cabins that travel slowly and offer surprisingly good views of London. A Thames River Cruise tour runs through central London, but you can also visit the Tower of London which houses the crown jewels, London Aquarium, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Zoo, among others. a few. For those interested, London has a number of major world-renowned museums, including the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. If you need to do some shopping for yourself or for gifts or just for fun, visit some neighborhood flea markets and antique shops on the weekend.
But London is not everyone’s cup of tea.
get out of london
Many American visitors stay in London for their entire vacation, and that’s a shame. If you are backpacking or have the courage to get out and travel the highways and byways of the big city, then for God’s sake, after you see a bit of London, get out of London and wander around the rest of England.
The English countryside has been the subject of rhyme and verse, ballad and song for over a thousand years. Simply put, it is impressive in its wooded grandeur and a welcome refuge from the hectic city. In deeper England, you’ll be free of (most) highways and, except for festivals, crowds of people and find the sleepy towns and cities that are the epitome of Olde England. Of course, in the summer months many Brits are of the same mind, so the larger resort towns may not be as quiet as one would like.
But there are other delights. In the summer months festivals are everywhere and you will be able to attend folk music festivals, rock festivals and all kinds of festivals all over Britain. Visit a government tourism office for festivals in the areas you plan to visit.
In addition, there are a host of magnificent medieval cathedral cities such as Lincoln, York, Salisbury, Durham and Winchester, fascinating ruined castles and stately manor houses dotting the open countryside, an abundance of peaceful gardens, National Walking Trails, hundreds of miles long and quaint towns, each with their own unique eccentricities, literally all over England.
Do your research and plan ahead for your trip and plan where you would like to go and what you would like to see and experience.
The following are some districts, towns and places that you would like to visit.
Bath is considered by some to be the most idyllic of English cities. Bath is west of London and in the beautiful English countryside, Bath is an especially beautiful city. This is the location of the famous Roman Baths, made popular by the natural hot springs in the area. The remains of the Roman baths are open to the public.
Oxford and Cambridge
These are separate cities, but one cannot be talked about without the other, since the history of England is intertwined with the ancient universities of both cities. In fact, the two towns are sometimes referred to as “Oxbridge”. Oxford and Cambridge are stunningly beautiful cities that are so deeply English and upper-class that their importance and prestige would border on myth if it weren’t fact.
Oxford is the older of the two cities and the University of Oxford is the oldest in Great Britain. The University of Oxford has 36 faculties and more than 14,000 students. Oxford is a very small city that is also one of the main tourist destinations in Great Britain. This means that it is often very crowded, so we do not consider driving a car in Oxford to be a viable option. If you are arriving by car, there is a Park and Ride service with buses to the city center which we recommend using. Or bring bikes and cycle around Oxford. By the way, if you are trying to rent a punt (boat) to navigate the river, we recommend that you do so only if you are a good swimmer, as learning to control a punt is incredibly difficult, but like all those things, it seems so easy.
Cambridge is a very nice city not far from Oxford. There are many things to see and do in Cambridge, but because it is smaller, Cambridge is the best option to visit during the school year, but if there are no classes, Oxford is the boss.
Stonehenge and Birdbury
Stonehenge is a famous prehistoric ritual site made up of a circular formation of huge rocks. There are several theories about the origins of Stonehenge, but it is recognized that it served as an astronomical observatory and had great religious significance. Visitors have come in increasing numbers over the years, so to protect the site, it can only be viewed from a distance, so don’t expect to be able to walk around the rocks.
Avebury is not far away and is also a magnificent prehistoric site. Unlike Stonehenge, Avebury remains fully accessible to visitors. Definitely worth a visit.
The farm fields and gently rolling hills of the Cotswolds are a beautiful area west of Oxford, east of Gloucester and north to an area south of Birmingham in the South West of England. The Government has designated it as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB). It is best to visit this unusually picturesque area in the off-season. If you are visiting during the warmer months, avoid the larger cities and you will by no means miss out on your experience. There is a national trail called ‘The Cotswold Way’, which is a walking trail that runs for 102 miles (164 km) along the dramatic escarpment of the Cotswold Hills from Bath northwards and then parallel to Gloucester and then towards north across the field to the west. from Cheltenham and then north to Chipping Campden. Several prehistoric sites are close to the trail and are worth visiting.
Glastonbury and its festival
Glastonbury, in Somerset, South West England, is of special interest to those with a spiritual, New Age, neo-pagan, traditional craft or transitional community orientation. If you are of your opinion, you will find this small town an interesting place to visit. For some, it is a place of pilgrimage to experience its special energy matrix, similar to that of Sedona, Arizona, with the convergence of power lines, or lay lines, near the town. Glastonbury also has its share of myths, as some think it is the possible location of King Arthur’s Isle of Avalon. In any case, it is without a doubt a unique place with interesting people.
Since the 1970s, Glastonbury has been famous for its outdoor performing arts festival, which actually takes place in the small town of Pilton, near Glastonbury. The Glastonbury Festival is a music festival that has attracted some of the leading pop and rock musicians, but there are also live theatre, comedy and dance productions, a circus, cabaret and other arts. The Festival usually takes place at the end of June, but it did not happen in 2012 due to the 2012 London Olympics. In 2011, tickets sold out within four hours of going on sale. You have to plan ahead if you want to attend.
Cornish Eden Project
Although Cornwall is an interesting county in itself, of special interest is an amazing place called the Eden Project. It consists of two incredibly huge domes with secondary supporting domes that make up the largest greenhouse in the world. This is a green facility that is huge in size. If you arrive on foot, by bike or by public transport, you’ll qualify for the ‘Green Discount’ of £19.50 towards entry. Although expensive, it is worth it.
Inside the first dome there is a tropical jungle environment and the second one has a Mediterranean atmosphere. Thousands and thousands of plants and trees are carefully cared for. You can follow a path through these vaulted environments. It is a pleasant and beautiful experience. It is located in the countryside 1¼ miles (2 km) from the town of St. Blazey and 3 miles (5 km) from St. Austell.
The Lake District
Another particularly beautiful area is the serene mountains and lakes of The Lake District, also called ‘The Lakes’, in North West England, which is essentially the national park of the same name. The pastoral mountain scenery of The Lakes is breathtaking, with stunning views comparable to those you’ll find in Switzerland. The mountains with their natural lakes and pretty rustic villages were the inspiration for some of England’s leading 19th-century Romantic poets, including Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Manchester is a stunning city in the North of England that has transformed into a modern metropolis that has fully embraced the 21st century like few others in Europe. Manchester is considered by many to be the most dynamic city in England if not Europe, and after London the most important city in England.
Manchester is a lively city with a very active nightlife, a lively fine arts scene, the site of a ‘musical revolution’ and has a considerable amount of modern architecture. It is clearly the city of the future and is the only English city to carefully plan for orderly and planned residential expansion. It has been compared to Barcelona in its uniqueness and modernity. It’s a wonderful place for a holiday, and it’s cheaper, friendlier and nicer than London, but that’s a personal opinion. Manchester has five universities and a very active night scene.