This trip was a phenomenal experience. The itinerary allowed us to visit many of the major cities in England and Scotland while also having enough time away from the tour to explore on our own or relax. The tour guide, Steve, made certain that we had every opportunity to see the highlights in each major city we visited.
Having only spent a couple of days in London, it didn’t take long for me to realize that there was so much more of England and Scotland for us to see.
England, Scotland – a country with a rich history of monarchy. You can explore the traditional castles and country houses on the island of Great Britain. Best time to travel in UK – May, June, September and October.
Visiting the UK? Make sure not to miss these amazing cities, attractions, castles and so on. If you’re like me, who really is interested in culture, you won’t be disappointed.
Vacation In England And Scotland
You have heard the saying “a nice change is as good as a rest”. Many of us at one time or another have had the desire to get away from our daily routines. The half-yearly holidays have become routine. A holiday where you can visit new places. Something that can stimulate your senses, something different from the norm.
England Tours Highlights
- Go royal spotting at Buckingham Palace.
- Listen to Big Ben ring at the House of Parliament.
- Take to the skies in the London Eye.
- See the city aboard a classic double-decker bus.
- Enjoy a cruise down the River Thames.
- Wonder at Stonehenge.
- Find your creative inspiration at the Lake District.
- Enjoy High Tea.
- Take a bath at the Roman baths.
- See the iconic Westminster Abbey.
England Tours Travel Tips
- The UK uses British Pounds as their currency – don’t make the mistake of exchanging for Euros.
- England can be expensive, but if you’re on an escorted tour with one of our partners, all you have to worry about is spending money and some meals. Hotels, some sightseeing, and transportation have been taken care of!
- The smaller cities like Oxford, Lancaster, Cornwall, Chester, or Bath are just as interesting as London.
- Some of the best museums in the world are in England and all public museums are free.
- A lot of cathedrals in England are also free.
- If you’re doing activities not included in your tour, book your tickets early.
England Tours Things To Do
- See Changing of the Guards at Buckingham PalaceHeadquarters and London residence of the monarchy, Buckingham Palace, has been a focal point for the British people. The Palace serves as a backdrop for the regular Changing the Guard Ceremony which is a colorful spectacle of British pageantry. Best Time To VisitFor 10 weeks each summer and select dates in the winter and spring, visitors are welcomed to tour the 19 State Rooms open to the public, including the Throne Room which is used by The Queen for court ceremonies and official entertaining. Changing the Guard is weather permitting and takes place at 11 am daily during the summer and Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the rest of the year. You Should KnowTo see Changing the Guard, arrive at Buckingham Palace early to save your spot. St. James’s Palace and the Wellington Barracks are also one of the best places to watch Changing the Guard. Please note, there is a new Changing the Guard schedule updated every month and it is advised to re-check the timing closer to your trip.
- Learn About History at Westminster AbbeyOne of the United Kingdom’s most notable religious buildings, this large mainly Gothic abbey church was the traditional burial site for English and, later, British monarchs and royal weddings. Founded in 960AD, with the current building over 700 years old, the Abbey is steeped in British history. Over 3,000 famous people are buried in the Abbey, including Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, and Jane Austen.Best Time To VisitWestminster Abbey welcomes over a million visitors each year and is open 7 days a week. Please keep in mind since it is a working church, some areas might be closed off to the public. Be sure to check for a full list of general opening times. The Abbey has gardens that have been cultivated for 900 years and are the perfect place to visit from Tuesday to Thursday. You Should KnowWestminster Abby has a gift shop and café to grab a snack, meal, or traditional afternoon tea. Photography is not permitted inside Westminster Abbey. If you would like to take photos, you can in the Cloisters, Chapter House, and College Garden. Appropriate clothing is appreciated, including removing hats while inside. During the winter, it can be chilly inside the Abbey so dress warmly.
- Take a Stroll in Hyde ParkLocated in Central London, Hyde Park is the largest of the four Royal Parks surrounding Buckingham Palace. Hyde Park got its start in 1536 when King Henry VIII seized the manor and turned it into a vast hunting park. Through the years, a few updates changed the look of the park. Charles I created a circular track called the ring where members of the royal court could drive their carriages. After William and Mary became king and queen, they added a processional route that was lit by 300 oil lamps. This was the first road in England to be lit at night. More recently, a memorial fountain dedicated to Princess Diana was added.Best Time To Visit Since the park is completely outdoors, it’s best to visit when the weather is warmer. The park also hosts lots of educational and well-being events so be sure to check the calendar for interesting gatherings. Hyde Park is family-friendly and even has playgrounds for little ones to play and explore.
- Sail Down the River ThamesThe River Thames runs from Cotswold through London and into the North Sea. It is part of the longest river in England, has 45 locks, and is home to over 25 species of fish. There are a wide variety of cruises available that explore the River Thames. Evening cruises to see the city at sunset, dinner cruises to dine with a fine background, and hop-on/hop-off cruises so you can take advantage of the cruise at any time of day.Best Time To VisitLondon is beautiful at any time of the day, but the city really sparkles when the sun is setting. Watching to sunset behind the buildings and seeing the lights of the London Eye, and the many towns and churches twinkle over the city is stunning and romantic. Grab dinner at a local restaurant at the end of your cruise to end a fun night in the town.
- Marvel at StonehengeThis prehistoric monument in Wiltshire is regarded as a British cultural icon. The ring of stones is about 13 feet high and is believed to have been constructed in 3000 BC to 2000 BC. There have been many theories on why Neolithic and Bronze Age people put so much effort into building it, but no one knows for sure.Best Time To VisitThe busiest season for visitors is in the summer months of July to September. In the spring and autumn, it will still be sunny and warmer than the winter months. Since this is such a popular destination, visitors should arrive before 9:30 am if you are trying to avoid crowds. Many people prefer going right before closing time in order to catch the sun dropping behind the stones.
- Spend Time in the British MuseumDating back to 1753, the British Museum has artifacts spanning over 2 million years. They have a unique collection of world-famous objects, namely, the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and Parthenon sculptures. Along with their permanent exhibits, they also have special exhibitions and displays that are only available for viewing for a short time.Best Time To VisitThe British Museums is open from 10 am to 5:30 pm. If you can’t get there right when it opens, go later in the afternoon, closer to closing time. Don’t save the Museum for a rainy day, it is usually more crowded when the weather is bad. If a temporary exhibit is close to ending, the Museum will be more crowded. You Should KnowThe British Museum is free for everyone. You will need to go through a security checkpoint and large luggage is not permitted. Check out the big sights before wandering around. The Museum is huge and you could spend all day there. Go see what interests you first, then explore. Most people head to the Rosetta Stone right when they go through the doors. You don’t have to spend your whole day at the Museum, you can pop in and out and spread your visit over the series of a few late afternoons or early mornings.
- Tour the Roman BathsThe Roman baths, in Bath, England are one of the most well preserved religious spas of the ancient world. The water at the Baths still flows with natural hot water. The Baths, which were used for public bathing and socializing, were used until the end of Roman rule in Britain in the 5th Century.Best Time To VisitThe Roman Baths are open every day except Christmas day and December 26. March through October, the Baths open at 9 am. They are open late during mid-June, July, and August. The evenings are relatively quiet, especially on the late nights. The Great Bath is lit by torches, which makes for an impressive atmosphere. The summer months are the busiest, as well as the weekends. You Should KnowEvery town used to have its own bath complex, it is essentially a large and luxurious swimming pool. Unfortunately, visitors can’t take a dip in the water. If you’re peckish, the Baths have a restaurant bistro and afternoon tea.
- Explore World Famous Art at the National GalleryLocated in Trafalgar Square in London, this art museum was founded in 1824 and houses over 2,000 paintings dating all the back from the 13 th century. Visitors can expect to see world-famous artists like Rembrandt, van Gogh, Monet, Michelangelo, da Vinci, and more.Best Time To VisitThe quietest time to visit is usually in the early morning. The Gallery is open late on Friday nights and is also a good option. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the calmest days, while all of August is the busiest. If the weather is nice out, it might be a good time to explore the Gallery. It is open on bank and public holidays, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year. You Should KnowAdmission to the National Gallery is free, but some exhibitions and events are ticketed. You can take pictures in the Gallery for non-commercial use, but be on the lookout for signs that say No Photography. If you want to see the best-known Impressionists and van Goghs, head to rooms 45 and 46 right when you arrive. The Gallery has three entrances, circle the building if the line gets long to see if there a shorter wait time. If you want to start in chronological order, start at the Sainsbury entrance.