England Travel Guides
England offers the perfect holiday destination from mainland Europe, with history, culture and lots of fun attractions just a short ferry crossing away. Whether from Calais, Dunkirk or Amsterdam, you can be sure of enjoying a fantastic holiday that starts as soon as you board your DFDS ferry.
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Overview, Traditions, and History
From Celtic roots to Norman invasions, and an empire that spanned the world, England has a great deal of history crammed into its modest borders. The culture has absorbed many customs and cuisines over the centuries, but it still has a character all its own.
England is famed for its climate, but not necessarily for good reasons! Rain is a common feature, but the country also enjoys warm summers and relatively mild winters, with some fantastic seaside towns and resorts for enjoying the sun. Just remember that it’s very changeable, so dress for all weathers.
Green and pleasant land
The landscape of England is also famous for its picturesque character, with rolling green fields, wild hedgerows, and rambling woodland, much of it the result of centuries of cultivation. Arriving by ferry into Dover gives you a fantastic view off the famous White Cliffs, and further west along the Channel in Dorset and Devon you can find the Jurassic Coast, a natural World Heritage Site replete with fossils and important natural history.
Further north you have the Lake District, a beautiful landscape that inspired writers such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Beatrix Potter with its sweeping vistas and twisting lanes.
Or the windswept moors of Yorkshire and the Pennines, where Emily Bronte set her famous novel, Wuthering Heights.
Set against this beautiful landscape are one of England’s most recognisable sights: the country house. You’re spoilt for choice with stately homes, from the grandeur of Blenheim Palace to the elegance of Chatsworth, these great houses record history in their architecture and design, as well as the events that took place there.
There are also great royal palaces such as Hampton Court and Buckingham Palace, showcasing the history, and current story, of the monarchy.
London is a world-famous city, known for its public buildings and graceful squares, great cathedrals, museums and galleries, as well as its vibrant and lively culture. It’s home to the British Museum, the most visited attraction in the country, as well as the National gallery, the Natural History Museum, the Palace of Westminster, and the London Eye.
As well as these big attractions, there’s also a cosmopolitan mix of cultures to be discovered, with every part of the city having its own distinct character and delights, from the maritime heritage of Greenwich, to the elegant parks and avenues of the West End. There’s fantastic shopping on Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Knightsbridge, perfect for a Christmas trip, or there’s great nightlife for those looking for a fun break with friends.
London is only one of England’s cities too, with plenty more to discover wherever you go, such as seaside fun at Brighton, the imposing cathedral and castle of Durham, the medieval streets of York, or the vibrant culture and maritime history of Liverpool.
There are also fantastic family attractions up and down the country, such as the world-renowned Chester Zoo, Legoland Windsor, and Alton Towers theme park.
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Want to find out more about some of England’s top cities? Take a look at our individual travel guide pages for more information:
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