Browse our Top 10 lists for England hotels, weekend breaks, places to visit, things to do, beaches, towns, villages, museums etc, etc
England, Visitor & Tourism Guide
Select Regions: South West England
, East Midlands
Select Counties: Devon
, East Sussex
Select National Parks: The Peak District
, The Lake District
Select AONBs: The Cotswolds
, Tamar Valley
, South Devon
Select World Heritage Sites: Jurassic Coast
, Durham Cathedral
, Hadrian's Wall
Select Cities: London
, Bristol City
This short summary guide to England provides an overview of the country's regions and its major attractions. If time's precious and you want to discover England quickly, we'd suggest you browse our 'Top 10 Recommendations' lists below. Click on each recommendation to learn more and to see the destination or attraction mapped. The team behind PictureTheUK have been travelling around England for decades and we've lived in cities, towns and villages from North to South. Clearly, we think it's an extraordinary place.
National Parks and AONBs, World Heritage and Coast
Relative to many countries, England's small. About 50,000 square miles (or 130,000 square km). For its size, England has a pretty large population, roughly 50 million people, and over 80% of the UK population live here. Small means you get to see a lot of it in a relatively short space of time so it's a great place in which to holiday.
World famous for its history and culture, England's exceptionally beautiful too. If you're looking to discover new places to visit, there are ten National Parks
and over thirty Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
, plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
and around sixty cities. The coastline is awesome, its architecture can be sublime.
to the north and Wales
to the west, we've split the country into nine regions such you can discover all the places to visit and things to do a little more easily.
South West England
is an extremely popular domestic holiday destination. Known for its stunning coastline and beaches, the region's also home to Dartmoor National Park
and Exmoor National Park
, a high number of AONBs and internationally famous cities such as Bath
. In the South West, you'll find Stonehenge
and the Jurassic Coast
, Salisbury Cathedral
and St Michael's Mount
South East England
is home to two National Parks and numerous famous destinations. The New Forest National Park
is to the west of the region, the South Downs National Park
runs parallel to a large chunk of its coast. Oxford
needs no introduction, Canterbury
is a must. From famous landmarks
to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
, fairy tale castles
, the region offers holidays and weekend breaks for all interest types.
Cradled by the counties of South East England, London
is one of the world's greatest cities. Click through to our London summary guide to discover more. Highlights include the British Museum
and The National Gallery
Jutting out into the North Sea, the East of England
is particularly known for its beaches and National Park. The Broads National Park
is the UK's largest protected wetland, the Norfolk Coast AONB
has some huge and impressive beaches. Cambridge
are top UK cities, the Dedham Vale AONB
where John Constable grew up and worked.
The middle of England is split east and west. The East Midlands
is home to much of the UK's most popular National Park. The Peak District
, whilst busy, is sublime. Lincoln
is dominated by a mighty cathedral
, the town of Stamford
is a delight. Visit Chatsworth House
and Belvoir Castle
, walk the Lincolnshire
coast and climb Mam Tor
The West Midlands
is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the Industrial Revolution. Ironbridge World Heritage Site
is an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stratford-upon-Avon internationally known. Walk the Shropshire Hills
, explore the northern section of the Cotswolds
. Another advantage of holidaying here is its close proximity to Wales
The Yorkshire and The Humber
region is another UK holiday hotspot. Discover the Yorkshire Dales
and North York Moors
National Parks. Visit York
, walk Malham Cove
and the region's coast.
Pushing north into North West England
, visit Liverpool
. The former is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the latter a UK cultural highlight. Scale the mountains of the Lake District National Park
and explore Carlisle
. Head north, again, and you're in Scotland
Last, top right of the England map, holiday in North East England
. With its National Park
and glorious coast
, exceptional castles
, the region's a much under-visited place. Durham City
is a treat, Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site
must be seen.
England by theme
Another way in which you can discover England is by theme. If you're looking for English mountains, it's probably best to start in the Lake District
. If you're looking for white sand beaches head down to Cornwall
has the many of the country's best museums and galleries, Northumberland
has some of its finest castles.
For prehistory, we'd suggest Wiltshire
and Dartmoor National Park
. For pretty English villages try the Cotswolds
. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommendations' lists for further inspiration by theme. We list country houses and cathedrals, castles and museums. If you're looking for beach ideas, we have a list for them. If you're looking for exceptional views then we have a list for those, too.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
For those looking to squeeze the most out of a short stay, we'd recommend those UNESCO World Heritage Sites
. The obvious ones include Stonehenge
and The Tower Of London
, the less obvious the Jurassic Coast
and Cornwall and Devon Mining Landscape
, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, is a must. Both Bath
are a joy.
So why not start discovering England by using the recommendation lists provided? Alternatively, why not start discovering popular places such as Devon
, South Devon AONB
Top 10 Recommendations
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