'England is never in a hurry because she is eternal', this quote by nobel-prize winning novelist, Henryk Sienkiewicz, is the perfect way to encapsulate this stunning laid-back nation. Posh, prim and proper, the land of the Queen defines class. Unpredictable weather conditions aside, it is a delightful mocktail of varied cultures, global cities making a difference to the planet and breathtaking landscapes that can leave you gasping in awe.
A trip to England means the first stop has to be it's glorious capital, London. Kick off the holiday by taking a tour of the megalopolis in it's traditional open-topped red-decker bus or go for a quiet traditional and private horse-drawn carriage tour, depending on your preference. Catch a glimpse as well as be privileged to hear the chiming of the iconic Big Ben every time the world-famous clock strikes the hour. Don't forget to witness the legendary 'changing the guard' ceremony at the renowned Buckingham Palace, residence of the Queen. The Coca-Cola London Eye offers a beautiful panoramic view of the metropolis. Harry Potter fans can take the Warner Brothers Studios, Leavesden tour to soak up all the features that made the popular franchise a stupendous success. Pop culture enthusiasts can flock to the renowned Madame Tussauds to snap pictures with the wax statues of their favorite celebrities.
Nicknamed as the 'Capital of the North', Manchester is popular for it's world-famous football club, Manchester United. A visit to the Old Trafford stadium, home to Manchester United for numerous decades, is a must for die-hard fans. Chocoholics, be sure to assemble at the Cadbury World at Birmingham. The tour allows you to learn more about chocolate's history, it's origins and the journey of Cadbury's business.Don't forget to gorge into the delicious and lip-smacking chocolate samples including finger-licking fresh liquid chocolate as well as gasp in awe at the planet's biggest chocolate waterfall. Head over to the Oxford University in Oxford or the Cambridge University in Cambridge to soak up the student atmosphere.
Visit the small town of Bath to experience the healing powers and rejuvenate yourself with the ancient city's 2000-year old Roman Baths erected around the hot springs. Be sure to stroll around the honey-colored Georgian Townhoused residing on Royal Crescent. Speaking of old-age wonders, the Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain spans 8sq mi. History aficionados would be pleased to learn that these 'hanging stones' were positioned there from 3000-1500 BC. Renowned for being the birthplace of one of the world's most famous music bands Beatles, die-hard fans will be delighted to visit Liverpool and go on various tours offered to re-visit their journey and story.
Known as the cradle of English Christianity, Canterbury Cathedral from Canterbury is one of the oldest as well as the most known Christian structures in England and not to mention a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When it comes to breathtaking landscapes, head over to Yorkshire Dales National Park or Lake District National Park to witness nature at it's finest. Marvel the beautiful and stunning views of the Severn Valley and the Vale of Evesham while you discover Cotswolds on foot. If a seaside town is in your agenda, then the beautiful coastline of Cornwall will provide you with much-needed respite.
English cuisine and the various delicacies from England are world-famous. Start the day by ordering the Full English breakfast comprising of bacon, sausages, grilled tomatoes, fried bread, black pudding, baked beans, mushrooms and eggs. Other traditional British meals are the appetizing Sunday Roast prepared with roasted meat, roast potato or mashed potato served with Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. A cream tea is generally a type of afternoon tea light meal containing scones, clotted cream and raspberry jam. Don't forget to dig into scrumptious apple pie, served with whipped cream or ice cream on top or accompanied with cheddar cheese. Sip on refreshing Ciders from any of the pubs found in England.
Stay options in England are abundant with the best luxury and opulent hotels found in the country but there is no dearth of the modest and cheap accommodations and hotel apartments to suit the needs of backpackers and budget travellers.
England experiences temperate Martime climate. The best time to visit the country would be May, June, September and October when the temperatures are pleasant.