• The Cotswolds

England

From the grandeur and bustle of London, to the pastoral countryside that inspired Shakespeare, to some of the quaintest towns you'll ever experience, England delights. Stand in a desolate field and ponder an ancient stone circle. Strike up a conversation just to hear the Queen's English. Bite into a scone smothered with clotted cream, sip a cup of tea, and wave your pinky as if it's a Union Jack.

Places

At a Glance

▲▲▲ London Thriving metropolis packed with world-class museums, monuments, churches, parks, palaces, theaters, pubs, Beefeaters, double-decker buses, telephone boxes, and all things British. Maritime Greenwich, with its famous observatory, is on the city's outskirts.

▲▲▲ Bath Genteel Georgian showcase city, built around the remains of an ancient Roman bath.

▲▲▲ York Walled medieval town with grand Gothic cathedral, excellent museums (Viking, Victorian, Railway), and atmospheric old center.

▲▲ Cambridge For many, England's best university town.

▲▲ Windsor Cute town nestled around the Queen's impressive home-sweet-castle.

▲▲ Near Bath England's mysterious heart, including the prehistoric-meets-New Age hill at Glastonbury, spine-tingling stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury, enjoyable cathedral towns of Wells and Salisbury, and delightful Dorset countryside.

▲▲ The Cotswolds Remarkably quaint villages — including the cozy market town Chipping Campden, popular hamlet Stow-on-the-Wold, and handy transit hub Moreton-in-Marsh — scattered over a hilly countryside.

▲▲ The Lake District Idyllic lakes-and-hills landscape, with enjoyable hikes and joyrides, time-passed valleys, William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter sights, and the charming home-base town of Keswick.

▲▲ Oxford Stately university town with Blenheim Palace — one of England's best — on its doorstep.

▲ Canterbury Pleasant pilgrimage town with England's top church.

▲ Dover and Southeast England The imposing Dover Castle, famous White Cliffs, lush Sissinghurst Gardens, hill town of Rye, and historic site of the Battle of Hastings.

▲ Brighton Flamboyant beach resort on England's south coast, near the rolling hills of South Downs Way and the chalky cliffs at Beachy Head.

▲ Portsmouth Revitalized shipbuilding city with top nautical sights at the Historic Dockyard, plus Roman ruins and stately Arundel Castle nearby.

▲ Dartmoor Mysterious, desolate, moor-cloaked national park with wild ponies, hiking paths, and an ancient stone circle.

▲ Cornwall Feisty peninsula littered with prehistoric ruins, plus the seaside resort towns of Penzance and St. Ives, King Arthur's supposed Tintagel Castle, the tip of England at Land's End, and other offbeat sights.

▲ Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare's hometown and top venue for seeing his plays performed.

▲ Ironbridge Gorge Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, with sights and museums that tell the earth-changing story.

▲ Liverpool Rejuvenated port city and the Beatles' hometown.

▲ North Yorkshire Smattering of ruined abbeys, desolate moors, and seaside towns (including bustling Whitby and tiny Staithes).

▲ Durham and Northeast England Youthful working-class town with magnificent cathedral, plus (nearby) an open-air museum, the Roman remains of Hadrian's Wall, Holy Island, and Bamburgh Castle.

Warwick and Coventry England's best medieval castle, in pleasant Warwick, and the stirring bombed-out husk of an ancient cathedral, in Coventry.

Blackpool England's tackiest, most fun-loving beach resort.

Plan

Photos

  • Pouring a pint in a pub in England's Cotswolds
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  • london-buckingham-palace
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  • London Underground Sign
  • The Shambles is York's atmospheric old butchers' quarter
  • The York Minster is the largest Gothic church north of the Alps
  • Rick Steves next to a Severe Dip road sign
  • Fish & Chips in Britain
  • Warwick Castle exterior, Warwick, England
  • Brighton Pier, England
  • Derwentwater, Lake District, England
  • Windsor Castle Exterior, Windsor, England
  • Victoria Statue and Kensington Palace, London, England
  • Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England
  • Anglesea Arms Pub Exterior, London, England
  • English Breakfast
  • The Shard and the Thames, London, England
  • Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress, Kensington Palace, London, England
  • Road Sign, Cotswolds, England
  • B&Bs, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
  • Olympic Stadium View, London, England
  • Docklands Skyline, London, England
  • Train Station Interior, London, England
  • Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island, England
  • Hadrian's Wall, England
  • Dover Castle Setting, Dover, England
  • Beach in Blackpool, England
  • Bridge of Sighs, Oxford, England
  • Ceiling of King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England
  • Storefront, Beamish Living Museum, Durham, England
  • Sheep in Cotswolds, England
  • Train Platforms, Paddington Station, London, England
  • Docklands Plaza, London, England
  • Public Ice Skating, Somerset House, London, England
  • Winter Wonderland Fair, Hyde Park, London, England
  • Boat on Lake Ullswater, Keswick, Lake District, England
  • Beefeater, Tower of London, England
  • Natural History Museum Interior, London, England
  • Globe Theatre Exterior, London, England
  • Tower of London Exterior, London, England
  • Taxis and Parliament, London, England
  • Royal Pavilion Exterior, Brighton, England
  • Brighton Pier, England
  • Westminster Abbey Exterior, London, England
  • Deli in Bath, England
  • Abbey Ceiling, Bath, England
  • York Minster Church, York, England
  • Pipe Stem, Millennium Bridge Construction, London, England

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