Population: 55.6 million people
Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)
Modern England is a land of bright cities, vibrant nightlife and many attractions. Nature itself has divided the small island into different regions, differing among themselves by the variety of nature, landscape, geography, turning it into a huge state. Historic castles and cathedrals, quaint villages, rolling countryside and of course the coastline are everywhere – a peaceful place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy a relaxing time. Here you can take a walk along the windswept marina, eat delicious fish and fries, look for marine life in rocky pools, find fossils in ancient rocks, see dolphins from picturesque beaches. No place in England is more than 110 km from the coast, the love of the British to spend holidays on the beach is a long tradition. For many years, some of the beach areas were inaccessible to visitors. But in 2020, the British government built the English Coastal Route, linking all the sections together. Its length was 480 km. Now, anyone who wants to walk from Berwick upon Tweed in the northeast to Bowness-on-Solway in the northwest only needs a pair of sturdy boots to walk the Wales Coastal Trail, the world’s first national coastal trail.
How to get here
The British capital has ten airports with flights to almost anywhere in the world. The majority of international flights are served by Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Outside the capital, in the north, international connections are carried out through Manchester, and from the many small local airports located throughout the country, you can fly to Europe, and not only.
An unforgettable experience
- The Northumberland Coast is a magical historic trail, home to dramatic castles and coastal islands with cul-de-sacs and lintels, and spectacular Holy Island, accessible only by a road that emerges at low tide.
- Walk, bike or sit on the bus to Coasthopper: you can reach the Norfolk Coast by any means, which has been considered an area of outstanding natural beauty for more than 50 years, one of the most attractive stretches of the coast.
- A newcomer to the coast is the Southwest Coastal Trail, which stretches from Somerset to Dorset. It was originally built to patrol smugglers, but now it is visited by lovers of walking and beautiful views.
Duration: 2 weeks
- Known for its hills, lakes and numerous references in literature, the Lake District is also the start of the Coastal Trail.
- Soft valleys lined with charming villages make the Yorkshire Valleys a pleasure to come. Bring some gourmet Wenleysdale cheese with you.
- York is a place with an unrivaled history, perfect to immerse yourself in England’s past. Be sure to try the York Rogue (pie) at the famous Betty’s Cafe. The gloomy beauty of North York Moors is best enjoyed with a steam train ride and then walk to Robin Hood Bay, where the Coast Trail ends.
- After your walks, head to the Roman Baths and relax in the mineral waters just like the Romans did. It also boasts excellent shopping and Georgian architecture.
- Complete the route with an overnight stay in the capital, London
When to go
The weather in England is difficult to predict. No season can guarantee good weather. Due to the fact that the country is surrounded by seas and oceans, the climate is characterized by high humidity. Rains are frequent, especially in spring and autumn.
The best time to travel to England is between April and September: the weather is pleasant and most of the attractions are open to visitors.
High season is July and August. It is in the summer that the largest number of tourists come to England, flooding the cities and coastal regions of the country. Locals prefer to leave the cities in the summer and go to the coast to enjoy their vacation by the sea.
In November, the most colorful and vibrant holiday is held – Guy Fawkes Night, when the whole country is literally drowning in fireworks.
Winter England is an unattractive phenomenon: fog, dampness, rain and strong winds.
You can change your currency at any bank branch, at airports, train stations, hotels or in huge supermarkets (at currency exchange offices).
The most profitable rate at banks: National Westminster, Midland, Barclays and Lloyds. Banks are open Monday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Saturday is a day off.
Visa and Master Card are accepted everywhere in Britain.
You can familiarize yourself with the pricing policy below:
Useful phone numbers
USA Embassy in London, 33 Nine Elms Lane, London, SW11 7US: +44 20 7499 9000
UK Tourism Office: 020 7808 3810
London Tourist Information: 020 7932 2000
Emergency help (police, fire brigade, ambulance): 999 or 112 (from landline phones).