We call England home, but were not born there. We live in a very central spot in England, so frequently head off on day trips and occasional weekend trips.
England is small, but there are many historic and interesting places to see and to visit. In the time we have lived in England we have visited a number, but it will take a lifetime to see all there is to see.
Many, who have not visited the United Kingdom before, confuse London with England. London is the big city and has its own ways. But London is only a city in England. While London is fascinating, the rest of the country has much to offer the visitor.
Just to avoid confusion, England is a country in “Great Britain” (see Wikipedia), which in turn is part of the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” (see the Wikipedia entry), often just called the “United Kingdom” or “UK”. It took me a while to figure that one out!
Travelling To England
There are many flights into the main airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester, from all over the world. A large number of airports also service Europe and Asia.
Coming from Europe? Try a ferry from Spain, France or Holland. Think about the train through the Channel Tunnel.
Travelling in England
From short commuter flights (say from London to Glasgow), to a superb motorway system and an excellent railway system, travel in England is easy. Just do some planning ahead. The many side roads and country roads can take you to some great places and get you lost very quickly.
What to do in England
Now that is a big question. England is quite small, but with many towns and villages, most of which have a long history. Unless you are visiting for a few years, do some research. What would you like to see? What would you like to do?
London is well known, but we know from our overseas friends that many see London as England, often in the worst way, as reflected in TV news. London is much more than that. And the great city is only a part of England. many first time visitors are amazed by the countryside and the many sights to see and enjoy.
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Have you visited England? Tell us about it.
Check out some of the places we have been in the last few years (with many before that, still to be blogged).