England Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the coolest things to do and see in England
The largest and most populous country in the United Kingdom, England is also probably the one you think of first in the union. With so much rich history and beautiful landscapes but also some really cool cities and loads of amazing things to see and do, it can be a bit overwhelming planning a trip to England! Start here with my basic England travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest England travel blogs.
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When to Visit
The weather in England is pretty mild all year round, with no much extreme. Nonetheless, summers are no doubt the nicest time of year to visit, but it may still rain at any time, especially in the west of the country! Snow in winter in the south of England is unlikely, but the further north you go, the more chance you have of finding a winter wonderland, if that’s what you’re after! In the largest cities, especially Brighton, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, York, Leeds and Newcastle, there are things going on every day of the year, so no matter when you visit, you’ll find something cool to do!
Top Things to See
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton – This former royal residence close to the seafront built in a faux Indian style is just one of Brighton’s many wacky attractions. Though you’re not officially allowed to photograph inside, it’s still worth exploring the many rooms to get a look at all of the items on loan from the Queen herself!
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol – An impressive feat of engineering, and a symbol for the city of Bristol, this cool bridge on the edge of one of Bristol’s fanciest neighbourhoods (Clifton) is a must-see when visiting England.
The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle – This museum for contemporary visual art housed in a beautifully renovated former flour mill is unusual in that it doesn’t have a permanent collection at all, but instead hosts regularly changing exhibitions. In 2011, it was the location for the Turner Prize exhibition.
New Forest National Park – For an escape into the English countryside, the New Forest national park in the southwestern corner of England offers a little bit of something for every type of tourist. For adventure travel enthusiasts, the park is home to some of England’s most picturesque trails and hikes (great for amateur cyclists!), while the tourist attractions of the region are great for romantic weekend escapes, family trips, or even school groups.
Taking a tour while visiting England can be very much worth your time. With such a rich history, it’s easy to overlook things there, and having someone in the know guide you can be extremely valuable. Take a look at this selection of England tours.
LGBT – Gay England Travel Guide
England is a very welcoming place for LGBT travelers. Of course London, simply by virtue of its size, has the highest concentration of gay venues, events and spaces in the country, but many other cities around England have their fair share too. Here are a few things you should know about gay England.
Brighton Pride – Unusual compared to other pride events in England because it’s actually more of a festival attended by all kinds of people, Brighton Pride is a definite highlight of the city’s summer program. Of course, there’s a parade, but it ends at a stage where popular British musicians headline.
Soho, London – The epicenter of everything gay in England, Soho is London’s historical gay neighbourhood. Incorporating the theatre district as well as the city’s Chinatown, Soho is a diverse and eclectic part of the capital, definitely worth exploring. There are countless bars, clubs and shops with a mainly queer clientele, as well as home of the oldest gay pub in England.
Canal Street, Manchester – Since being featured in the classic British show, Queer as Folk, Manchester’s Gay Village, centered around Canal Street, has helped to define the city as one of the world’s modern gay city hotspots. A lot of the city’s contemporary gay history has taken place in and around this area, with Sackville Gardens being home to a number of historical monuments. Of course, it’s also a great place to go bar hopping!
More gay travel resources here.
England Hotel Deals
In the cities, hotels can be quite expensive in England, though you’ll still be able to find budget options if you’re willing to not be so central, for example. I’ve found using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined is a great place to start and can be really useful for finding some amazing last-minute deals.
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