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Overview to England: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


It almost goes without saying that London is England’s best-known and most visited city. A vast, cosmopolitan place full of culture, outstanding monuments and great shopping that courses with exciting nightlife… The city undoubtedly has it all.

But aside from London the other major cities of Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool have all experienced massive redevelopment in recent years. In addition to the decidedly trendy nightlife hub of Brighton, all now have a great deal to entice the visitor away from the capital.

Beyond these large urban centers, the cathedral cities of York, Durham and Winchester are just some of the best-known examples of the country’s many picturesque towns. The university towns of Oxford and Cambridge, as well as Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespeare – and Bath, are also (to varying degrees) extremely picturesque.

Obviously, for a country with such a rich and checkered past, there are an enormous number of fantastic sites of historical interest to be explored. One of the oldest of these, the Neolithic stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury, are out to the west, while to the far north, Hadrian’s Wall (built by the emperor Hadrian in the year 122AD) is just one of a number of Roman remains.

Another thing that’s often overlooked by visitors to the country is the variety and beauty of the English countryside. From the rugged coastlines of Cornwall and the wild moors of Exmoor and Dartmoor, to the rolling hills of the Lake District, England’s landscapes, studded with idyllic, picture-postcard villages, are an inspiration.

Twenty-first century England is a diverse place. Married to its past, it’s also determinedly modern in its approach to so many things. A largely urban landscape, it nonetheless boasts some truly stunning countryside. Most of all, though, if it were to be given a fitting strapline it might read: “England – So much more than just London”!