Remember Paul Revere’s famous line, “The British are coming, the British are coming”? It’s hard to imagine that the U.S. and England were so historically intertwined just 300 years ago! Thankfully, we’ve both moved on from that whole “Boston Tea Party” incident, and England is a top European destination for U.S. visitors. With the added benefit of being able to easily communicate in the native language, rest assured your trip to England will be full of unique experiences whether traveling alone, with friends, or with the whole family.
TRAVELING TO ENGLAND
SAS flies to England via Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route) from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, Wi-Fi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2-11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
SHOPPING, FOOTBALL AND ARCHITECTURE
England is an exciting and diverse country, offering plenty of activities, no matter what your interest. Shopping addict? London is one of the top fashion capitals in the world with unlimited stores and inspiration for the shopping lovers. Football aficionado? Pay a visit the self-proclaimed capital of football – Manchester. Consider yourself an architecture expert? Go to Birmingham and check out the new library, which has undergone a huge transformation.
VISIT THE DYNAMIC METROPOLISES IN ENGLAND
If you particularly enjoy an urban setting, England has multiple metropolises that are worth exploring. London is Europe’s biggest city, home to more than eight million people of multiple ethnicities, over 300 languages and countless nationalities. It is truly a cultural melting pot with an experienced, rich, cultural vibe. Manchester on the other hand, is a popular place for young people to move and study, reflected in the overall feel of the city. The excellent, thriving nightlife scene is perfect for those looking to party into the morning hours. Additionally, the city of Birmingham has undergone a huge transformation in the past five years. New Street Station, Birmingham Library and the John Lewis department store are worth visiting.
And of course, no visit to England’s cities is complete without a pint at a local pub!
ENGLAND’S BEAUTIFUL NATURE
In addition to flourishing urban areas, England is also home to spectacular nature and rural regions, which inspired writers to write classics such as Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice and Alice in Wonderland. You will find great variance in the English countryside from north to south. Southern England is full of charm. From the quaint little villages, stunning green landscapes such as Cheddar George in Somerset, country homes, cathedrals and universities, you can be sure to get the full experience of the English countryside. The rural areas of northern England are less forgiving. The nature is rough such as the Malham Cove, an 80 meter high cove created by the last Ice Age or the Brimham Rocks, a collection of precariously piled rocks that have been puzzling visitors for centuries.
SAIL THE CANALS
Did you know that England is home to an extensive canal network stretching more than 2,000 miles? Sailing through this water network is truly a unique way to experience the country! In addition, it’s an ideal destination for anglers, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers looking to take in some fresh air. Be your own captain and sail your own boat or take one of the guided tours. The stunning lake district, Lake Windermere and Ullswater, in Northwest England is worth a visit, too!
GO HIKING IN ENGLAND
The best way to discover England’s beautiful scenery is definitely on foot. Go for a hike and immerse yourself in the rugged coastline, gaze at the snow capped mountains and feel the crisp air on your face. The hike along Hadrian’s Wall in northeast England is particularly interesting as it is one of the most preserved English relics dating back to the year 122, when England was part of the Roman Empire. Since 1987 it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A COUNTRY WITH HISTORY AND MYSTERY
England’s most famous and oldest landmark is Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument dating back from between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. The site has been at the center of many mystical tales and a few conspiracy theories, as it is still unclear to this day exactly what purpose it served. Some suggest it was for astronomy-observations, while other think it was a site for religious prayers and a burial ground. In addition, England is full of deep history and many other historic monuments. The Tower of London, for example, is a fort from the Middle Ages that holds England’s crown jewels. Or, a visit to the university city of Oxford, with winding cobblestone streets is the perfect way to experience the feeling of old England.
NORTHERN ENGLAND – VIKINGS AND MODERN CULTURE
Besides the capital city of London, Northern England has so much to offer and attracts thousands of tourists each year. The old Viking city of York is particularly popular due to its deep-rooted history with the seafaring invaders. In the late 1970s to 1980s archeologists discovered the homes, workshops and backyards of the historic Viking-age city of Jorvik, still as it stood more than 1,000 years ago. Today, visitors can experience the Jorvik Viking Center on the same site where the discoveries took place. Due to extensive floods in Christmas 2015, however, the Center will be opened again in Spring 2017.
In addition, a visit to northeast England isn’t complete without stopping in at the dynamic city of Newcastle. Here you will find great shopping, a colorful culture, and, of course, the town’s most famous beverage: Newcastle beer. Are you a fan of the Beatles? Make sure to check out Liverpool, full of vibrant city life. And for art lovers? The Tate Gallery Liverpool, a branch of the famous Tate Gallery in London, is sure to impress!
VISIT THE CHARMING PENINSULA WALES
Wales is positioned on a southwest peninsula of the country. Though still a part of England, it features its own cultural identity, traditions and even language. In this region, there is a number of stunning natural sites to see. The Snowdonia National Park, for example, is ripe with canyons, lakes, waterfall and rolling green hills, sure to impress anyone that visits. Additionally, surrounded by the Baltic Sea and Atlantic Ocean, the Gower Peninsula is home to some of the richest wildlife in the entire United Kingdom. Scattered throughout the landscape, you’ll find memories of the past “Gowerians”, such as Medieval churches, castles, iron age fortifications and prehistoric stone.
Wales’ biggest vacation spot, Llandudno, is also a must see. It was originally designed as a high-scale holiday destination for the wealthy during the Victorian Age, and luckily, still maintains this charm today. With long sandy beaches flanking both sides of the area, it’s a popular spot to visit in the summer, especially with the possibility to explore the vast wilderness of Great Orme just next door.
FOOTBALLTRIP TO ENGLAND
England is also home to the Barclays Premier League, one of the most elite and highly competitive soccer leagues in the world. Fans from all over the globe routinely travel to England with the potential to experience some of the top soccer teams and players from all over the world. The teams are scattered all throughout the country. In London, the biggest clubs are Chelsea and Arsenal, while Manchester is home to Manchester United or Manchester City. Make sure to visit a game to check out these top athletes on their home turf!