Get going and explore the landscapes that have inspired some of the world’s greatest leaders, writers and poets in England. We’ll take care of all your England tour essentials, while you choose from our optional experiences to create your dream trip to England. Whether you want to walk in the fab footsteps of the Beatles in Liverpool, or explore the stunning Lake District and cruise Lake Windermere that inspired Beatrix Potter, you’ll discover England, your way.
An England tour with Costsaver has all the iconic sights included, from the thrilling Tower of London to the ancient streets of York.
ADMIRE WINDSOR CASTLE
This mighty fortress is one of the most lavish places to visit in England and has been the home of kings and queens for nearly 1,000 years. It’s now the oldest and largest lived-in castle in the world and we'll take you to view it in all its glory. You might even bump into Queen Elizabeth since it’s her favourite official residence.
WALK THE HISTORIC COBBLES OF YORK
Take a medieval journey through York to the impressive York Minster, the 13th-century Gothic cathedral that towers over the city. Admire the beautiful stained glass windows and hear tales of Romans, roses and ghosts. You can even walk along The Shambles, a street so old it was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
WANDER THROUGH STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, THE BIRTHPLACE OF SHAKESPEARE
Wind your way through the lush green countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon, the medieval town where England’s favourite storyteller was born and laid to rest. You can delve into his life and imagine you’re in a midsummer’s night dream, as many of the streets and squares remain as they were in the time of Shakespeare.
ENGLAND TAILORED BY YOU
Create your own rules on a tailor made holiday to England with our range of Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like exploring Wray Castle and taking a steam train journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.
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VISIT THE JANE AUSTEN CENTRE IN BATH
The Jane Austen Centre gives you a snapshot of what it would be like to live in Regency times.... the fashion, the food, the society. Everything that would have inspired Jane Austen's novels is here for you to discover. Come and meet our costumed ‘character’ guides, and enjoy being shown Bath’s fascinating history and its associations with Jane Austen and her family. Don't miss its wonderful Regency Tea Room too!
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TAKE A PRIVATE CRUISE ON LAKE WINDERMERE
You can't miss taking an exclusive cruise through the Lake District, the stunning area that inspired the likes of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. You'll glide along Lake Windemere, Englands largest and most beautiful lake, to see the northern coastline, deserted islands, gorgeous gardens and houses and even Wray Castle.
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STROLL DOWN THE SOUTHBANK IN LONDON
I grew up in London and one of my favourite places to go when I've been away for a while is the Southbank. A wander down this side of the Thames lets you see some of London's famous landmarks - Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. There is amazing street food and plenty of places to perch outside with a glass of something fruity when the sun is shining. If you're after something quirkier, spend an hour at the Namco Funscape arcade - jump in the bumper cars and play the claw machine to your heart's content.
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN ENGLAND
Cottage pie, Cornish pastries, fish & chips, bangers & mash… English food is warm and welcoming and we’ll show you where to find the best eats in the country.
A British pub-food staple, you can't go past a traditional cottage pie served hot! A generations-old favourite, it's story began as a clever idea of housewives, to create a warm and hearty meal from leftovers like cooked beef or lamb, packed with vegetables like peas and carrots, and lashings of mashed potatoes. Delicious!
It doesn’t get more British than scones and tea! If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, head to your local cafe and pick out a classic English scone - the best kinds are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, and smothered with clotted cream and jam - and wash it all down with a steaming pot of tea.
These baked pockets of heaven are made from shortcrust pastry filled with a mix of beef, potatoes, onions, swede and egg. When cooked together it forms a rich gravy, sealed in its own delicious wrapping. The traditional Cornish pastry originated as the portable lunch of Cornish tin miners who couldn’t return to the surface at lunchtime.
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT ENGLAND
Whether you want to go city sightseeing or explore the countryside, there’s always a good time for a trip to England.
BEST TIME TO VISIT ENGLAND’S CITIES
England’s cities have something to offer whatever the weather. Expect breezy beer gardens in summer and cosy pubs in winter, while autumn and spring offer pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds.
BEST TIME TO EXPLORE ENGLAND’S HISTORIC TREASURES
You’re more likely to get blue skies and sunshine in the summer months of June, July and August, but it’s also great to visit England’s historic sites in the milder days of autumn and spring.
BEST TIME TO GO WALKING IN ENGLAND
From the Cotswolds to the Lake District, England is packed with gorgeous walking trails and charming countryside. It’s best to get out there in the summer months, but we also love the autumn leaves or lush springtime.
PACKING TIPS FOR ENGLAND
England is known for its drizzle and downpours, so pack a waterproof coat to keep you cosy and dry on all your adventures
It’s not uncommon to experience four seasons in one day in England, so pack an umbrella both for rainy days and for when the sun comes out.
A day bag
Whether you want to hit the bustling streets of London or go strolling through charming villages, a day bag will come in handy for all the souvenirs and treasures you find.
HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN ENGLAND
Take the Tube
Before you hop in a taxi for one, think about taking the Tube on your London trip. This underground metro system can take you all over the London region in a cheaper and more local way.
Leave no trace
Help keep England beautiful by making sure you take all your rubbish with you and reduce your plastic waste by reusing bags and bottles.
Head to the charming town pub for a Sunday Roast, or the local fish ‘n chips shop for a newspaper filled with greasy goodness. You’ll get to meet the friendly locals and see the real England.