Not only is England a beautiful country, you will also discover that it is a place rich in culture. It’s extremely inclusive and a melting pot of different art forms, people, and places. Whether you are a fan of classic architecture and modern art or lively pubs and gorgeous landscapes, something is waiting for YOU in England.
A Warm Welcome
It’s a common misconception that British people are unfriendly. Their impeccable manners and reserved nature can be mistaken for lack of warmth, but that could not be any farther from the truth. The people of England are of many different cultures and beliefs. Their Universal Language is “politeness.” But don’t worry, there is no need to go as far as practicing your curtsy - unless you happen to meet the Queen. Just be sure to say “please,” “thank you,” and “sorry” if you bump into someone on the street.
While in England, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get a glimpse of the places and people who shaped this country into what it is today. If you could use some help narrowing down your choices, here are a few of our favorite destinations and activities to add to your travel itinerary:
- Buckingham Palace - While in London, take some time to visit the Palace and view the changing of the guards. If you are visiting in August and September, you can even take a tour inside the Palace and have a chance to view special exhibitions, incredible art, dazzling decor, and the historical treasures within.
- Take the Cultural Quarter Trail - Once known as a textile and shoe industry, the Cultural Quarter in Leicester has transformed into a haven for artists and designers. Here you’ll find award-winning theaters, restaurants and bars, and plenty of galleries and entertainment options.
- Escape to a Country Cottage - Check into a country cottage inn, an English manor, or even a castle to experience British culture and tradition at its best. Wander the gorgeous English gardens in bloom before high tea at 4 pm. You might try your hand at lawn bowls before dinner or have a pint of ale at the bar.
The Heartbeat of England
Music, dance, and performing arts are strong in England. Wherever you go, you are bound to see all kinds of impressive acts, from traditional folk music to modern rock. You can enjoy the theatre, ballet, orchestra, and other world-class shows in the major cities, while in smaller towns and villages, you might catch a live band or stand-up comedian at a local pub.
If you plan to visit in April, you might even be lucky enough to celebrate St. George’s Day. It’s celebrated at concerts and events around the country and may include maypole dancing, English cheese rolling, and thrilling reenactments of St. George slaying the dragon.
Bring a Bit of London Home
Souvenirs often reflect the diverse culture you find in England. You might want to pick up some
goodies to take home featuring iconic flags, telephone boxes, food, tea, bowler hats, or castles. Another symbol of London is the rose! Since the country’s Civil Wars are known as the “Wars of the Roses,” the rose has been the nation’s official flower.
Since it is part of the UK along with Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, it can be hard to distinguish British Culture as it spreads throughout to the surrounding countries as well. But it’s safe to say it has a fascinating and colorful culture that you will enjoy and remember for years to come! If you’re ready to experience England for yourself, click here to schedule a call and let us help you plan the perfect getaway!
Until next time!